Friday, June 26, 2015

Trisha Yearwood's Chocolate Brownies

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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 Yearwoods' brownies. These brownies are featured in her cookbook  and on Foodnetwork, so I thought I would try them 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 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!

If you would like to try more of Trisha Yearwoods' recipes check out her cookbooks herehere and here.

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.