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

Ingredients

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



Frosting

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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!