chocolate muffins

Feb 19, 2012 by

valentine’s day week means chocolate finds its way into breakfast everyday.  this is a not-so-subtle way of getting your chocolate fix in.  i’m all for chocolate in the morning because it means you have all day to burn calories! source: bake at 350 1/2 c salted butter 1 3/4 c all purpose flour 2/3 c cocoa powder 1 1/4 c sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 1 c semisweet chocolate chips 2 eggs 1 c milk 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp white vinegar line a muffin tin with 12 paper cups.  spray lightly with cooking spray.  pre-heat oven to 425º. melt the butter, set aside to cool. in a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. in a separate...

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chocolate pb oatmeal cookies

Nov 19, 2011 by

well, hello again, blog!  i’m happy to report that things are back to “normal” at the shoebox.  it was hacked a month or so ago, and we’ve been working on moving content around and finding a suitable server.  (hello, godaddy!)  the shoebox is back with one more nashville recipe.  then, we get to move onto the wa ones! i made these cookies for my dad on his last visit to nashville.  they’re all of his favorite cookies, rolled into one!  after a ten hour drive to nashville from michigan, the least i could do was have a batch of cookies ready for him to eat.  if cookies could make it through the mail, i’d probably send a batch of these to him tonight to celebrate the big buck that he got today and that...

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s’mores pie

Sep 22, 2011 by

ok, i’m taking a break from catching up on old recipes.  you need to make this delicious dessert before summer is officially gone tomorrow!  it’s a dark chocolate ganache pie, topped with marshmallows.  stick with the dark chocolate, it balances out the sweetness. it is also important to know that a little bit of this pie goes a long ways.  take it to a cook-out or potluck and make friends!  it’s very easy, delicious and dangerous! source: crust: 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 10 graham crackers, crushed 2 tbsp sugar 1/8 salt chocolate ganache filling: 7 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (i used 60% cacao ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate) 1 c heavy cream 1 large egg marshmallow topping: 1 13 oz. jar of jet-puffed marshmallow cream (i included mini-marshmallows in the picture, but the...

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chocolate cupcakes

Feb 7, 2011 by

hi, my name is jess and i am a chocoholic.  (hi, jess)  i’ll take chocolate pretty much anyway that i can get it.  i made up a batch of these cupcakes for a superbowl party this weekend.  with all of the junkfood available for consumption, these would just be another log on the fire.  🙂  i’d highly recommend making a batch of them for your valentine. the cupcakes are from martha stewart’s recipe for one bowl chocolate cupcakes and it is true, they really are.  the frosting recipe is a swiss meringue buttercream (swbc), my second attempt at this type of frosting.  if you’ll recall, the first one that i used had too much butter.  i found a very helpful tutorial on  i am much happier with the results, but i still want...

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hot chocolate

Feb 1, 2011 by

hot chocolate in a canister is hard to find in tennessee.  you can buy packets of it, but it’s never enough to make to make a normal serving size.  i had to take matters into my own hands.  this is hot chocolate, shoebox style.  no wintry day is complete without it. we prefer our hot chocolate to be a bit darker than the usual milk chocolate variety, so the recipe calls for more cocoa and less sugar.  adjust as you wish.  i also threw in a recipe for homemade whipped cream.  stay tuned for a homemade marshmallow recipe! modified from 8 oz heavy cream 1/4 tsp clear vanilla (use regular if you don’t mind off-white whipped cream) 4 tbsp powdered sugar 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 c white sugar 1 pinch salt...

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rice krispie treats

Apr 30, 2010 by

rice krispie treats are very simple.  just follow the directions on the box of rice krispies and for the love of all that is sweet and ooey gooey: do NOT, under any circumstances microwave your ingredients.  always melt them low and slow on your stovetop.  if you use the microwave, the texture is all wrong and you end up with hardened rice krispies that are difficult to eat. here’s what you need: 6 c rice krispies 1 bag mini marshmallows 3 tbsp butter 1 tsp vanilla in a large saucepan (i use my soup pot), melt your butter.  add marshmallows and vanilla, stir until completely melted. add rice krispies, stir until evenly coated. pour into a greased 9×13″ pan, pressing in with waxed paper or a nonstick spatula. pictured above is a variation that...

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“f” is for fudge brownies...

Feb 25, 2010 by

ever since i was a little girl i have been fascinated with chocolate and cooking.  this was one of my first “signature” recipes found in the “alpha bakery children’s cookbook” published by gold-medal flour.  i remember saving up the upc’s off the bottom of flour bags and sending them away with a check for shipping and handling.   it was a very exciting day when that cookbook arrived! my favorite recipe from the book is below.  the recipe can easily be doubled to go in a 9×13″ pan.  (9×13″ pan = more gooey center brownies!) 1/4 c margarine or butter 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips 3/4 c sugar 2/3 c of gold medal all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp salt 2 eggs 1/2 c chopped nuts, if you like 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate...

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german chocolate cake

Feb 15, 2010 by

valentine’s day was yesterday. it was our first as a married couple! to commemorate the day, i baked my hubby a heart-shaped german chocolate cake, one of his favorite desserts. source cake 1 4 oz. package baker’s german’s sweet chocolate 1/2 c water 2 c flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 c butter, softened 2 c sugar 4 eggs, separated 1 tsp vanilla 1 c buttermilk preheat oven to 350°. cover bottoms of 3 9″-round cake pans with wax paper; grease sides of pans (i used pam with flour in it). microwave chocolate and water in large microwaveable bowl on high 1 1/2 – 2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1 min. stir until chocolate is completely melted. mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. beat...

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chocolate covered strawberries

Feb 11, 2010 by

valentine’s day is just around the corner…  here’s a sweet treat that you can make for (or with) your sweetie! 1 dozen strawberries, washed and dried 1 c white chocolate (i use almond bark) 1 1/2  c semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 tsp shortening prep your strawberries.  make sure that they are dry or the chocolate will not stick to the berries! in the microwave, melt the white chocolate (or almond bark) in 30 sec. intervals until melted. dip strawberries into white chocolate, place on wax-paper lined cookie sheet.  put in fridge for 5 min. or until white chocolate hardens. melt the semi-sweet chocolate and shortening in microwave for 30 sec. intervals until melted. dip strawberries into dark chocolate, return to cookie sheet.  drizzle with extra white chocolate.  you may need to re-melt the chocolate...

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