Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake

This Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake has a creamy cheesecake filling on top of a thick chocolate layer and a sweet strawberry topping. So easy and delicious!

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Jello-O No Bake Cheesecake Dessert comes with everything you need to start.  The box includes a cheesecake mix, a buttery, and crunchy graham cracker crust and the sweet strawberry topping.  All you have to do is add the chocolate! Makes for a perfect & quick Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake.

You can find this dessert at many of the picnics that we attend during the summer.  I like taking it because not only is it delicious but it gets rave reviews.  Call me an attention seeker, but I love it when people enjoy what I bring to the table.

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When I get asked for the recipe and I tell them how easy it is I’m always surprised at how many people have never even heard of this stuff.  I remember my mom bringing this home for the first time when I was a teenager and how excited she was to try it.  At the time I think that it was just the basic, plain cheesecake but now they have 8 different types.  Check them out!  Like I usually say, ‘It’s with the Jell-O just usually on the very top shelf at the store.’

How to make Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake:

Open the box of Jell-o Cheesecake and take out the crust mix. Add the mix to an 8-inch pie plate.

In a bowl melt the butter.

Add sugar to the crust mix and then add the butter. Spread the crust over the bottom and sides of the pie plate.
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In another bowl add the filling mix and milk. Beat until thickened, about 2 minutes.

To a microwave proof dish add the chocolate chips and milk. Melt in 45-second sessions. Stirring in between. Repeat until all chocolate is melted.

Add on top of the graham cracker crust.

Add the filling. Refrigerate for 2 or more hours.

This recipe is adapted from the back of a box that was for Jell-O No Bake cheesecake bites.  I liked the idea but didn’t want to take the extra steps to make individual portions so I expanded on the idea and I’ve been making it ever since.  Check out the whole process in the video here—>

When ready to serve top with the strawberry topping. And here you are…….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published August of 2016. Updated photos & recipe January of 2019.

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Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake
This is a 5-ingredient dessert that will impress your guests. Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake will become your go-to no-bake dessert.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert, No Bake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert, No Bake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Prepare graham cracker crust according to package directions. Adding crumbs from box, 2 Tbs sugar and melted butter. Mix and form as crust in pie pan.
  2. Add chocolate chips and 2 Tbs cold milk to microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds. Take chocolate and stir until well combined. Pour onto the top of prepared crust.
  3. Add pudding mix and remaining 1-1/2 cup cold milk. Mix with electric mixer for 3-5 minutes. Add pudding mix on top of chocolate bottom.
  4. Refrigerate for 2-6 hours.
  5. When ready to serve top with strawberry topping.
  6. Cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge

This Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge has rich milk chocolate, marshmallows, crunchy walnuts and a little malty flavor that adds something a little extra to this fudge recipe.

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The holidays always call for fudge! Don’t you agree?  The thing that I love most about fudge too is that everyone makes it differently.  Whether it’s a classic chocolate and nut combination or loaded with goodies I have to admit that I haven’t ever met a piece of fudge that I did not like.

Another great thing about fudge, it’s SO EASY TO MAKE!

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The inspiration for this fudge recipe comes from my love of malted milk powder.  It is something I always have on hand.  It’s so good in plain or chocolate milk, shakes, even morning oatmeal.

Then I added marshmallows thinking of the hot chocolate that we make while it’s cold outside.  Finally, add the nuts for a crunchy texture.

How to make Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge:

In a microwave proof bowl add the milk chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.

Microwave the mixture in 45-second intervals, stirring in between to combine the ingredients.  It should take about 4-5 rounds until everything is well combined.

To the bowl add the marshmallows, walnuts and malted milk powder.  Stir to mix everything together.

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In an 8″x8″x pan add non-stick tin foil.  Lightly grease the tin foil then add the fudge mixture to the pan.

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Put the fudge into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.   Make sure the fudge has set before trying to cut.

Cut into 25 pieces and serve.

Tips for making Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge:

  • Since the chocolate mixture is hot the marshmallows will melt some. 
  • Store any leftover fudge in a container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

And here you are…..

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Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge
Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge has mini marshmallows and walnuts in every bite. Add a little maltiness to the chocolate for a great holiday treat!
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Chocolate, Fudge, Holiday
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Chocolate, Fudge, Holiday
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
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Instructions
  1. In a microwave proof bowl add the milk chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Microwave the mixture in 45-second intervals, stirring in between to combine the ingredients. It should take about 4-5 rounds until everything is well combined.
  3. To the bowl add the marshmallows, walnuts and malted milk powder. Stir to mix everything together.
  4. Put the fudge into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Make sure the fudge has set before trying to cut.
  5. Cut into 25 pieces and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge:

  • Since the chocolate mixture is hot the marshmallows will melt some. 
  • Store any leftover fudge in a container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler

Been apple picking yet this season?  Have you been looking for a super Easy Apple Dessert to make with all the apples you’ve got hanging around? This Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler has a warm apple filling and a crunchy cookie crust and uses less than 7 ingredients!

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler in a casserole dish ready to eat!

A few months ago my step-mother stopped over with a HUGE shoebox full of recipe cards and books that she had.  After going through all the wonderful recipes I landed on one that would be perfect for fall!  It was in a Pillsbury/The Pampered Chef small cookbook called, Turning Out the Best Recipe Book.  

A shoebox full of cookbooks.

The basics of this recipe require sugar, some spices, a tube of cookie dough and apples.  That’s it.  I only had to hit the grocery store for the sugar cookie dough.  If you have a really good recipe to make your own dough you probably don’t even need to do that.

Since this apple dessert recipe bakes up nicely in a dish and can travel well it’s the perfect dish to bring to holiday parties or tailgates.

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler with a slice cut out and on a plate next to it.

How to make Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Core and chop the apples into bite-sized pieces then add the apples to a bowl.

To the apples add lemon juice, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour.  Stir to combine.

Add the apples to a greased 9×13 dish.

Apple in a dish with a tube of sugar cookies and cinnamon sugar next to it.

Next, open the cookie dough and cut into about 18 slices.  Place the slices over the top of the apple filling.

In a bowl mix, the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle over the top.

Apples and sugar cookies in a dish with cinnamon sugar being sprinkled over it.

Put into the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.  Serve warm.

Tips & Variations for this Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler:

  • Don’t like apples with skin on them? I love cooking my apples with the skin on them but I know not everyone does so feel free to take the skin off before cooking with them.
  • I used Gala apples but you can use any red apple variety.
  • If you have apple pie spice on hand go ahead and substitute the cinnamon and nutmeg in the apples with 1/2 tsp.

And here you are……

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler in a dish ready to eat!

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Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler
Looking for the ultimate in fall desserts? Try this easy Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler. Apples, brown sugar and crispy sugar cookies - delicious!
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Fall Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Fall Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
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Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core and chop the apples into bite-sized pieces then add the apples to a bowl.
  3. To the apples add lemon juice, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the apples to a greased 9x13 dish.
  5. Next, open the cookie dough and cut into about 18 slices. Place the slices over the top of the apple filling.
  6. In a bowl mix, the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle over the top.
  7. Put into the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Don't like apples with skin on them? I love cooking my apples with the skin on them but I know not everyone does so feel free to take the skin off before cooking with them.

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake

A few ingredients come together to make this classic Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake recipe.  This cake comes out of the oven with a crispy top and a gooey, fudgy center with chocolate in every bite.  Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake is the perfect dessert for a dinner party or the holidays.

A baked Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake on a plate ready to cut.

Welcome to Choctoberfest 2018!  This is a wonderful time of year.  Over 100 bloggers are in our kitchens and churning out the best chocolate recipes to get you through October and the holidays.  Past Choctoberfest’s have produced some of my most inspired recipes like Homemade Chocolate Pudding and Cracker Candy.  This year I decided to use this as an opportunity to make a recipe I’ve had on my list for a while, Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka).

A baked Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake on a plate cut and ready to eat.

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I was SO EXCITED to see that Barlean’s was a partner again this year.  They are such a great supporter of food bloggers and have participated not only in Choctoberfest but Cookout Week as well.  I made a wonderful Margarita Pie with a pretzel crust with Barleans’s instead of butter and it turned out great.

Why swap out butter for butter flavored coconut oil?

  • It’s a simple 1 for 1 swap.  Use butter flavored coconut oil in cookies, brownies or most anywhere that butter is called for in recipes.
  • Unlike regular coconut oil, you almost completely miss the coconut taste.
  • It’s not just for baking!  Butter flavored coconut oil works great in sautees, sauces, and light frying as well.

I’ve had this cake on my mind for the past year or so.  While I’ve been sharing more recipes from Michigan and my family, I have been wanting to delve a little deeper into recipes from my heritage as well.  My dad’s family is from Sweden and my husband’s family is Norwegian so you might be seeing more and more of these recipes on the blog soon.  Until then, let’s get on to this delicious chocolate cake recipe.

How to make Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium-sized bowl whisk 2 eggs.

Ingredients and steps for how to cook a Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake.

Slowly whisk the sugar in with the eggs.

Add a mesh strainer to the top of the bowl.  Pour in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.  Lift up the strainer and gently shake all the ingredients into the bowl.

Pour in the vanilla.

Ingredients and steps for how to cook a Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake.

Next, melt the Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil then add pour it into the flour/cocoa mixture.  Whisk to combine.

Cover the bottom of an 8″ spring-form pan with parchment/baking paper.  Grease the sides so they release easily.  Add the batter to the pan.  Bake for 25-28 minutes.

Remove the sides of the pan then let cool. then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Tips & Variations for Swedish Sticky Cake:

  • Don’t have butter flavored coconut oil on hand?  Swap out 1:1 for unsalted butter.  If you only have salted butter omit the salt.
  • No springform pan?  That’s fine, just use a regular pie plate that is well oiled.
  • Make it even better served with fresh fruit or fruit sauce.

And here you are….

A baked Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake on a plate ready to cut.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Cafe Sucre Farine.

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Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake
This recipe for Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka) comes out of the oven with a crispy top and gooey center with chocolate in every bite.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Regional
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Regional
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk 1 egg.
  3. Slowly whisk the sugar in with the egg.
  4. Add a mesh strainer to the top of the bowl. Pour in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Lift up the strainer and gently shake all the ingredients into the bowl.
  5. Pour the vanilla into the bowl.
  6. Melt the Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil then add pour into the flour/cocoa mixture. Whisk to combine.
  7. Cover the bottom of an 8" spring-form pan with parchment/baking paper. Grease the sides so they release easily. Add the batter to the pan.
  8. Bake for 25-28 minutes.
  9. Remove the sides of the pan then let cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar then cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Don't have butter flavored coconut oil on hand?  Swap out 1:1 for unsalted butter.  If you only have salted butter omit the salt.
  • No springform pan?  That's fine, just use a regular pie plate that is well oiled.

Margarita Pie #CookoutWeek

I really don’t think that #CookoutWeek can pass without having an easy, no-bake dessert that everyone will love!  My Mother-In-Law’s Margarita Pie is a creamy, citrus no-bake pie with a pretzel crust that’s the perfect summer treat.

Margarita Pie ready to eat.

I have previously updated the recipe for this pie and made a Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie for National Pretzel Day.  The change was great but for today I thought I would just make the classic Margarita Pie recipe that I’ve been enjoying for years now.

Margarita Pie in a pan and a piece on a plate ready to eat.

This Margarita Pie also gives off some serious summertime vibes.  Full of creamy filling mixed with lime and orange juice it’s the perfect compliment to the salty pretzel crust.  No turning on the oven when it’s 100 degrees but you NEED to get a dessert made for that cookout your heading to.  Now on to the recipe because Summer is short!

Pretzels in a food processor and some coconut oil off to the side.

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How to make Margarita Pie:

For the crust, it’s as simple as crushing the pretzels. You can use a food processor or a good old Ziploc bag and a rolling pin. M

elt the Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil, which made a fabulous swap for regular butter in this recipe, then either add it to the bag or slowly pour into the food processor while pulsing to combine and get the pretzels nice and fine.

Add the sugar to the mix then press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate.

Ingredients for a Margarita Pie.

In a seperate bowl add the whipped cream, lime juice, orange juice then the sweetened condensed milk.

Fold the ingredients together from the bottom up.  Keep stirring until all the ingredients are well combined.

Add the filling to the pretzel crust.  Put into the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour.

Slice into 8 pieces.

And here you are……

Margarita Pie ready to eat.

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Margarita Pie
Margarita Pie is a creamy, citrus no-bake pie with a pretzel crust is the perfect summer treat.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Crush the pretzels using a food processor or a Ziploc bag and a rolling pin.
  2. Melt the coconut oil then either add it to the bag or slowly pour into the food processor while pulsing to combine and get the pretzels nice and fine.
  3. Add the sugar to the mix then press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate.
  4. In a seperate bowl add the whipped cream, lime juice, orange juice then the sweetened condensed milk. Fold the ingredients together from the bottom up. Keep stirring until all the ingredients are well combined.
  5. Add the filling to the pretzel crust.
  6. Put into the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour. Slice into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

Irish Stout Cake

Who says you can’t have your cake and enjoy a beer too? Pour a cup into this cake batter then enjoy the rest while the cake bakes.  This Irish Stout Cake is the perfect dessert for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.  Did I mention that I made it with Michigan Craft Beer?  Celebrate the Holiday and Michigan in one sweet dessert that is so easy to make.

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I’m so excited this year to participate in #FoodBloggerLove recipe swap.  This event is all about showing the ‘love’ to other Food Bloggers and recreating their best recipes.  I am pairing up with Amy Bartlett over at Savory Moments.  There were so many wonderful recipes on her site that by the time I finally settled on one I had a bunch more on my list to make but once I landed on her Guinness Chocolate Cake I knew this was the perfect recipe.  Check out Amy on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and of course on her blog where she’s cooking it up in the kitchen – can you believe she does it all with twins running around?

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If you follow Bottom Left of the Mitten at all you know that I do a lot of food and beer pairing but I haven’t ever cooked ‘with’ beer let alone bake with it.  I’m glad that I went outside my comfort zone for #FoodBloggerLove.  Not only was Amy’s recipe really easy it gave me an opportunity to swap out the original Guinness that she used for a Michigan Craft Beer which I’m always 100% here for. So if you want you can use 1 cup of Guinness or do I like I did and reach for Short’s Brewing Uncle Steve’s Traditional Irish Style Stout.  Now on to the cake!!

To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 8-inch springform pan.  On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer.  Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar.  Set aside to cool.  In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine.  Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.

Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients.  Then add the sour cream & eggs to that.  Make sure the springform pan is liberally greased or you can even add parchment paper to it.  Place the pan on a cookie sheet just in case the bottom leaks a little bit then add the batter.  Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.  Mine went for a full 55 minutes.  The top of my cake did crack and you know of course I just watched a baking hack video where it showed how not to have that happen but of course I forgot and you know what, oh well.  It turned out perfect!

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Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan.  Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.  Time to make the frosting!  Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined.  Spread over the top of the cake.  Cut into 8 slices and here you are….

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Irish Stout Cake
Moist and fluffy chocolate cake that is so rich and delicious. Topped off with sweet mascarpone frosting. The perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day and beyond.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
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Instructions
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
  1. To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-inch springform pan.
  2. On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer. Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar. Set aside to cool.
  3. In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine. Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients. Then add the sour cream & eggs to that. Add to the pan.
  5. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.
  6. Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan. Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.
Frosting
  1. Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Spread over the top of the cake.
  2. Cut into 8 slices. Enjoy!

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Happy November!  Time to dust off Halloween and enjoy a few short weeks before we officially kick off the holidays.  If you’re anything like me even though I have to wait for Thanksgiving feasts I start planning out the menu now.  With any luck you will want to save this Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe for yours.

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This actually is a pie that I have been wanting to make forever.  I was talking to my Step-Mom about a drink recipe that I wanted to make for the holidays.  ‘You know this and your sister’s pie are always what I think about when I remember the holidays.’  A crisp, crunchy top with pecans made way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust.  This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.  Luckily for me, she knew the recipe and gave it to me right then and there.

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According to her I could find the recipe on Baker’s German Chocolate baking squares.  Her sister then just omitted the coconut because her family didn’t care for it.  So off to the store I went and picked up the ingredients.  Unfortunately the Baker’s Chocolate did not have this pie recipe in it but no worries I found this German Chocolate Pie Recipe from Betty Crocker and guess what?  It was spot on.

For this I used a pre-made pie crust.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate.  Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.

To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Mix with a whisk until combined.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla.  Break the chocolate bar into pieces.  In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate.  Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely.  Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk.  Let cool for a few minutes.

To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step.  Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  Pour filling into the pie crust.  Finally pour the pecans over the top.  Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours.  Slice it up and serve with whipped cream.  And here you are….

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Chocolate Pecan Pie
A crisp, crunchy top with pecans make way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust. This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.
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Course Dessert
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Course Dessert
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate. Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.
  2. To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. Break the chocolate bar into pieces. In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate. Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely. Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step. Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  5. Pour filling into the pie crust. Finally pour the pecans over the top. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
  6. Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours. Slice it up and serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Choctoberfest is the perfect reason to dust off old cookie recipes and give them a fresh update.  I was excited to partner this week with Barlean’s and use a different version of one of my favorite items to cook with-coconut oil.  For these I used Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil.  Peanut butter and chocolate are made for each other in these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Trading out normal butter on a 1:1 ratio for Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil had these cookies coming out of the oven crispy, which is perfect because that is just how I like them. Now on to the recipe.

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In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg.  Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients.  Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt.  Finally add chocolate chips.  Once everything is all combined take off and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.  The dough will be almost like crumbles when all combined.  Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand.  Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet.  Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.  Like traditional peanut butter cookies press down with a fork horizontal then vertical.  Be careful because the dough is very delicate so press gently.  Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.

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Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.  Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper. Until they are fully cooled they will be a easy to crumble so give just a bit before diving in.  Now do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.

After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days but they probably won’t last that long!  And here you….

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Creamy peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips combine with butter flavored coconut oil to make a crisp and crunchy cookie.
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Course Dessert
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Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients. Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt. Finally add chocolate chips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.
  4. Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand. Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet. Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.
  5. Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.
  6. Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper.
  8. Do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.
  9. After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This Pudding Recipe that will transport you back to childhood.  A bowl of warm, chocolatey pudding with the extra special layer on top of it.  Homemade Chocolate Pudding is easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding in bowls ready to eat!

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This week for Choctoberfest I thought I would make a rich, chocolate dessert that takes me back to my childhood.  Sunday’s were spent at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house and dessert was usually a big bowl of homemade chocolate pudding.  Rodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa gives this chocolate pudding a rich flavor and easy enough to make to make your sweet tooth happy.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding with a spook in it and other bowls of pudding surrounding it.

I was very excited to partner with Rodelle in making this recipe for Choctoberfest.  Not only is their baking cocoa versatile for recipes it is also full of good things for you and your family: antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamins.  It’s also naturally cholesterol free Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.  So now on to the recipe!

How do you make Homemade Chocolate Pudding?

In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined.

Move the pot to the stove top.  Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter, and vanilla.

Recipe steps of how to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding.

With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going.  The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient.  Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken–this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn’t burn.

When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.  Give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little if eating warm.

Serve warm or chilled.  With or without whipped cream.

Tips & Variations for Homemade Chocolate Pudding:

  • Don’t like pudding skin? Cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  • Feel free to substitute dark cocoa powder for a dark chocolate homemade pudding.

And here you are…..

Homemade Chocolate Pudding in bowls ready to eat!

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Only a few minutes and a few ingredients to make the perfect comfort homemade chocolate pudding. Get ready to be transported to your childhood.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined. Move the pot to the stove top.
  2. Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going. The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient. Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken--this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.
  5. If eating warm give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little.
  6. For no skin: cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.
  7. If you want cold: put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. With or without whipped cream. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Don't like pudding skin? Cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.

Cracker Candy

Have you ever had candy made out of saltine crackers?  If not, you absolutely don’t know what you’re missing out on. Cracker Candy is the perfect combination of salty toffee, crispy crackers, and sweet chocolate. Top with your families favorite toppings for a treat that will please everyone.

Ingredients ready to make Cracker Candy.

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I was so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Imperial Sugar for Choctoberfest!  My little guy even got into the action layering the crackers onto the sheet pan.  Imperial Sugar is the perfect ingredient for all the goodies we plan on making this holiday season. Create some lifelong memories when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar.

A little hand laying out crackers on a sheet pan.

While holiday cookie baking can be fun, I have to admit again that I am not a really good baker.  So easy recipes like this Cracker Candy, or better known as Christmas Crack, are a welcome addition to the holidays.  It’s a recipe I know even I can throw together in a pinch.

There are also so many different ways to make it that guests won’t get sick of seeing it at all the holiday functions you attend with them.

Variations of Cracker Candy:

  • White chocolate, dried cranberries and pecan pieces.
  • Peanut butter chips, mini chocolate chips, and salted peanuts.
  • Dark chocolate chips (halved with milk chocolate chips), crushed peppermint candies. 

How to make Cracker Candy:

Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil.  Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar.  Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.

Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven.  Cook for 5 minutes.

Steps and ingredients for making Cracker Candy.

Take the crackers out of the oven.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.

Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.

Chocolate being spread over saltine crackers.

Add whatever toppings you like.  I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.

Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces.

Tips for making Cracker Candy:

  • Be patient and gentle as you spread the chocolate chips on the crackers. It does take a little time. 
  • You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges. The toffee mixture will fill in all the cracks. 

And here you are….

Cracker Candy broken up and ready to eat.

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Cracker Candy
Cracker Candy or 'Christmas Crack' is saltine crackers with toffee sauce poured over them then spread with chocolate and topped with nuts and coconut. Perfect for the holidays!
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Candy, Dessert, Holiday
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Candy, Dessert, Holiday
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil. Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet. You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar. Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Take the crackers out of the oven. Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.
  6. Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.
  7. Add whatever toppings you like. I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.
  8. Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces. Enjoy!

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