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Picked From the Tree: German Chocolate Brownies

I come from a long line of divine cooks.  Their recipes were written on hundreds of little cards and shared. Eventually some of those cards were passed on to me.  Every once in a while I like to pull one of those recipes from my ‘family tree’ and get all nostalgic.  ’Picked from the Tree’ is a series where I document those recipes from my family tree and maybe share a memory or two.

German Chocolate Brownies

All my life I had heard about these brownies that my mom used to make.  They were glorious brownies by all accounts.  In fact, Mom had won a few blue ribbons at fairs with the recipe.  I don’t ever remember my mom ever making them (she was battling cancer for most of my childhood so she wasn’t doing much baking anymore) but I really wanted to try them.  They’re German Chocolate which is my very favorite so I just decided to jump in and try them.

German Choco Brownies

German Chocolate Brownies – serves 10×15 pan

Brownie:
1 1/2 cup margarine or butter
3 cup sugar
3 tsp vanilla
6 eggs
9 tbs cocoa
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Blend butter & cocoa until light and fluffy. Add eggs, flour, nuts & vanilla.

Bake at 325* for 40 minutes.

Icing:
1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine sugar, milk, egg yolks & shortening. Stir over med heat until boil.  Stir in vanilla, coconut & pecans.

Picked from the Tree: Cry Babies

I come from a long line of divine cooks.  Their recipes were written on hundreds of little cards and shared. Eventually some of those cards were passed on to me.  Every once in a while I like to pull one of those recipes from my ‘family tree’ and get all nostalgic.  ’Picked from the Tree’ is a series where I document those recipes from my family tree and maybe share a memory or two.

Cry Baby Cookies

This is probably my favorite holiday cookie.  It’s just the right amount of spice and it basically melts in your mouth when you take a bite.

The recipe came from my dads mom and I love that it’s written on her pink stationary from work.  She was the Dean of Girls for the Hayward School District (Bay Area of California) during integration and she has some pretty amazing stories to tell.  One of my favorites is about a girl that turned in a Home Ec. project the day of graduation so that she would be able to graduate and yelled, “It aint done good, but it’s done did!”  That has kind of become our family motto since then – it doesn’t matter if you get it exactly right, just work hard, do your best and finish strong :).

Cry Baby Cookie Recipe

Cry Babies – makes 60 cookies

Sift these five ingredients:
2 scant cups flour
2 tsp soda
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon

Add to that:
1 cup sugar
1 unbeaten egg
3/4 cup shortening
4 tbsp molasses

Mix well.  Fill end of teaspoon or roll in ball the size of a walnut and drop in 1/2 cup sugar.

Bake on ungreased tin at 350* for 10 minutes (or shorter – check after 5).

Chocolate Bird Nests

Are you guys ready for a super simple, really yummy, last minute Easter treat?  Good, cause here it is.

Chocolate Nests

I’m totally not kidding when I tell you how easy these are.  Ready for it?

Chocolate Bird Nests

1 bag chocolate chips
3 cups chow mein noodles (I personally like the La Choy ones that come in the little tin)
Peanut butter
chocolate egg candies (Love me some Cadbury eggs)

Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter.  I used a double boiler pan on the stove top, but the microwave would work just as well.  Coat the chow mein noodles in the melted chocolate. Form into little mounds with a depression in the center on wax or parchment paper.  Place candy eggs  into eggs and wait for it to solidify.

Boom,  Done!  See? super easy.

Linking to: Today’s Creative Blog + Lolly Jane

 

Quick St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Saturday afternoon Brad took Abi outside to change the wiper blades on our cars and play for a bit.  While they were out there I decided to take advantage of being alone to make a few little surprise treats for Abi.  I did a quick little search around the web and found these two gems.  So easy and so fun and so good!! Great for a last minute holiday treat.

St. Pat Treats

Pretzel Hugs via Bits of Everything

(only i used rolos. yum!)

Leprechaun Hat Pops via Mega-Crafty

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies

I decided to try something that I have never done before.  Something I didn’t even really know you could do.  I decided to make some Whoopie Pies.  Did you know I didn’t even know what a Whoopie Pie was until about a year and a half ago?  I know.  What?

Well anyway, the other day I saw a pin for it on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and my favorite flavor combo I decided to go with green peppermint icing.

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies

For my first try I think I did pretty good. In no way do my look nearly as perfect as I know I’m capable of, but I’m happy with it none the less.  I also had a little green dipping chocolate laying around so I thought to myself, “Self?  What’s better than a grasshopper whoopie pie? A grasshopper whoopie pie dipped in green chocolate.”  And you know what?  I’m sure it would have been if the aforementioned whipping chocolate wasn’t Key Lime flavored.  Whoops :)

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies dipped

Oh!  And before I forget,  here is the recipe I used. Try it.  You won’t regret it.

Peppermint Whoopie Pies via Grin & Bake It

Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes {recipe}

mini chocolate bundt cakes

I was given some of my grandmothers darling little bundt cake pans, but I had never used them before (i think i was intimidated by having to wash them after they were baked).  Finally I got the nerve up and went through her recipes and found on that looked delicious.  And boy is it!

And don’t worry – if you don’t have mini bundt cake pans I’m sure cupcakes would be just as yummy.

Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes

1/3 cup cocoa powder
about 1/3 cup hot water
1 cups sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 lightly beaten egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

1. Spray pans with cooking oil and preheat oven to 350*
2. Combine the cocoa & hot water until smooth then set aside
3.  Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add in buttermilk, sour cream, oil, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Pour in cocoa powder and water mixture and mix everything to combine.
5. Add melted chocolate chips and mix until smooth
6. Use a spoon to fill each indentation about halfway with batter. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Once they are cool you can drizzle with ganashe, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or just eat them with your fingers while still hot because they are so good!

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