Friday, June 26, 2015

Trisha Yearwood's Chocolate Brownies

Good morning! Brownies and chocolate chip cookies are staples in my diet and they are the recipes that I turn to again and again. Consequently I am always in search of "the best",  "the perfect", the "most fudgy" brownie or cookie. This week after perusing my Chocolate Pinterest Board I discovered a recipe for Trisha Yearwood's Brownies that I had pinned some time ago and thought I would try out. I am so happy that I did because they are fabulous!

The recipe is different from other brownie recipes because there is no butter, you use shortening instead. I was a bit skeptical that they would be a little greasy but they were fudgy, sweet, and had a nice crispy crust on the top, like a European brownie. The frosting while not Trisha's recipe is delicious and makes the brownies look beautiful, perfect for a party or a barbecue. 

Trisha Yearwood's Brownies

2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening, such as Crisco

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 inch pan with foil and then prepare with cooking spray. Set aside. 

Melt the chocolate and shortening together over simmering water or in the microwave for 30 second intervals. Cool the chocolate mixture slightly.  In a separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs well then add the sugar and combine thoroughly, finally stir in the chocolate mixture.

Sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt, then stir into the chocolate mixture along with the vanilla. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

After cooling for about 20-30 minutes, spread icing on top and let cool completely before cutting.

Chocolate Frosting 

1 stick butter, melted

4  cups powdered sugar 

½ cup baking cocoa

½ cup whole milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder and stir to mix well. Add the melted butter, milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. 

I hope that you have a great weekend! Enjoy!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars

Salty and sweet, chocolaty and buttery, crunchy and creamy, these Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars have it all. And by all, I mean all the flavors and textures that one loves in a cookie bar. Magic Bars are one of my favorite treats to make and eat.  In fact they are the number one pinned recipe of this blog on Pinterest and have been repined, 167,510 times! 

The recipe is so easy and honestly you could add any combination of chocolate chips, candy bars and toppings to these bars to make them exactly the way you like them.

Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars

1/2 cup melted butter
11/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1 can of Eagle brand condensed milk

2 cups chopped peanut butter cups
1 cup of chopped pretzels

Heat oven to 350. Melt butter and pour into a 9x13 pan. Mix in graham cracker crumbs. Pour condensed milk over the crumbs and then layer the remaining ingredients evenly. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool the cut and enjoy.

If you are interested in recipes from this blog you can find them on my Once Upon a Chocolate Blog Board on Pinterest and if you would like the recipe for the Original Magic Bars click here.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rinse Bath & Body Box of Chocolate Soap

Typically I share recipes here, but the blog is called Once Upon A Chocolate Life after all, so I also like to share my chocolate "finds" as well. The week my sister in law gave me a fabulous Box Of Chocolate soap made by Rinse Bath and Body Co. If you are a chocolate lover or know someone that is these would be a great gift. 

Four handmade chocolate soaps including Amber Chocolate, Chocolate, Fudge Brownie, and Raspberry Drizzle arrive nestled snug in a box. 

I love these descriptions from their online store.

Amber Chocolate- Amber lends a warm, mysterious blend to an ever so sweet & spicy chocolate. 

Chocolate- With gourmet chocolate whipped into the topping & sprinkled on top of this soap along with the sophisticated, spicy chocolate scent, your sweet tooth just may be satisfied... with zero calories! 

Fudge Brownie- A fresh batch of rich, dense brownies swirled with creamy fudge. Almost sweet enough for dessert. 

Raspberry Drizzle- A sweet drizzle of raspberry wrapped in decadent fudge, making this both sweet and delectable. 

What do you think? I think the look and the smell is fabulous.  I loved mine so much that I ordered a few boxes for some chocolate loving friends. 

Have a great day! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thick Fudgy Frosted Brownies

Good morning! I hope that your week is going well. I have been baking up a storm this week, cheesecakes, cookies, a cake and these brownies. Thankfully they were all for friends otherwise all of my hard work from my walking workout would be undone. 

These brownies are the kind that I like, moist, thick, fudge and delicious. As I always mention, if you like cake like brownies then these might not be for you.

The frosting is not needed but is a nice chocolatty addition. If do not like frosting or have another favorite recipe than by all means use that instead. 

Thick Fudgy Frosted Brownies


1 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
1 cup flour
2 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoon coffee


1/2 cup butter
31/2 cup confectioners
1/4 cup cocoa powder
11/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees  and grease an 8x8 inch pan.  Sift together the dry ingredients. Add the butter and vanilla, then add the eggs mixing well after each addition. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes. Do not over bake.
(I like to make my brownies a little underdone that way they do not dry out as fast.)Cool on wire rack.

Melt the butter over medium heat, then add the remaining ingredients, whisking until smooth and thickened. Pour over warm brownies then let cool. 

These brownies would be a great addition to your weekend barbecue or just as a snack! I hope that you try them!

If your preference is for something other than chocolate, than check out this Swedish Almond Cake that I made this weekend, it is scrumptious. I think it may be my new favorite dessert.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Who knew? I love chocolate chip cookies and if you do to then I have plenty  of recipes here. These are a few of my favorites.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER

Ritz Carleton Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have many more recipes and you can find them in the search box. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Double Chocolate Bourbon Brownies with Hershey's Chocolate Frosting

Good morning! Are you ready for a decadent, moist, fudgy brownie that might possibly be the "best" brownie that you have ever eaten? As I have mentioned numerous times I am a huge brownie fan, but only fudge brownies, not cake like; add a little or a lot of frosting and I could enjoy a whole pan, not in one sitting of course, but maybe in a day.

While perusing the Internet for Kentucky Derby party ideas for my other blog, Pine Cones and Acorns I came across this recipe from Broma Bakery and I knew it would be perfect for the weekend.  After all, the Kentucky Derby is all about the bourbon and the horses. The only thing I changed was the frosting, I made my favorite frosting from Hershey's instead. 

Double Chocolate Bourbon Brownies
Recipe from Broma Bakery


1/2 cup butter
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons Bourbon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of flour
1/4 cup of cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 350. Line 8x8" baking pan with parchment and spray with cooking spray. Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl, you can do this in the microwave, 30 second intervals until melted.
Add sugar to chocolate mixture, stir well. Then add the bourbon, eggs and salt. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder. Mix until smooth and shiny but do not be overzealous. Pour into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. DO NOT OVER BAKE.

Cool completely, then frost with your favorite frosting or a quarter recipe of Hershey's Chocolate Frosting or to make the Bourbon Frosting that the original recipe called for click here.

I hope that you enjoy these brownies and your weekend!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Chocolate Tapioca Pudding

Pudding of any kind is a favorite and easy dessert of mine. It is a great comfort food warm or cold. Lately I have been making a lot of tapioca pudding and decided to change it up a bit by making it chocolate. Both versions taste great, but it is nice to have a smooth, creamy, rich chocolate version. 

Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding

1/3 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons instant Tapioca
23/4 cups of milk
1 egg, well beaten
11/2 Teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 generous hand full 60% chocolate Ghiradelli chocolate chips

Berries and or whipped cream for garnish

Mix the sugar, tapioca, milk and egg in a medium sauce pan and let stand for 5 minutes. 
After 5 minutes, cook over medium heat, string constantly until mixture comes to a full boil. Then remove from heat and stir in vanilla bean paste. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. 
Cool for 20 minutes and then stir. You can serve warm of chilled. If you would like creamier pudding be sure the put plastic wrap over the surface of the pudding while it is cooling. 

Garnish with berries and whipped cream if you wish then sit back and enjoy!