Pipe Dream #236: To Sneak in Snacks – Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

I just had to reblog this recipe. I haven’t made this this yummy cake yet, but I’m gonna. Chocolate and marshmallows -need I say more.

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For your cold and chocolate fixes…

{Get a looka that crinkly icing!}

…this oatmeal cake is sure to warm you up.

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This cake is so full of chocolate, I barely know where to begin. First comes the cake layer, a dense cocoa oat slice studded with semisweet chocolate chips. The oats in the cake don’t come off as oatmeal; they just keep everything moist and hearty. Then follows a sugary chocolate icing that includes MARSHMALLOWS (cue singing aloud for joy). It’s that kind of rich icing that you almost can’t eat with a spoon because of its intensity, but then you can because its fudge rippliness is so irresistible.

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I don’t often allow myself to make this kind of “snack cake.” Too much “evening out the slices,” if you catch my drift. (Can you see how I took out that little mini edge so it would be straight? Ha.) By the…

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BASIC BROWNIES

Who can argue with chocolate. I just made these little gems – delicious

 

Back to Basics Brownies

1 stick butter

12 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

In a small saucepan, melt butter, cocoa and oil. Let cool. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and salt together until thick and fluffy in texture. Add in cooled chocolate mixture and flour. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan (or you can line it with foil that has been greased for easy clean up). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes until set. I start checking at 20 minutes. If you prefer your brownies to be more cake-like in consistency, bake in a 9 x 9-inch pan. Enjoy!

The total cost for a pan of these brownies is $2.30. You can get a box mix for cheaper – but they won’t be nearly as good! These also make a fantastic frozen treat: Let brownies cool completely in pan. Top with your favorite ice cream and freeze until hard. Cut into squares and dip in melted chocolate. Freeze until firm. Enjoy!

 

 

A Modern Christian Woman

I made some brownies today for my son who also happens to be a certified chocoholic.  He has figured out if he does his chores without being told or grumbling, I am more likely to make some of his favorite treats!  I like this recipe because it calls for cocoa powder instead of baking chocolate – something I don’t usually have on hand.  They are chewy and moist – just a like a brownie should be.  You can add anything you want to the batter, chocolate chips, marshmallows, m& m’s, nuts, even peanut butter.  Feel free to jazz them up any way you want!  This recipe was adapted from the Joy of Cooking cookbook.

Back to Basics Brownies

1 stick butter

12 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

In a small saucepan, melt…

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QUICK GREAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

Make a double batch and keep some in the freezer – they don’t last very long so hide some!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup of butter or margarine

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla

2 cups of  semi-sweet chocolate chips

or 1 cup of M & M’s and 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350

In a big bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt.

In electric mixer (kitchen aid) mix butter, brown sugar, white sugar,2 eggs and vanilla.

Mix until smooth and slowly add flour mix.

Add Chocolate chips  –  mix in by hand.

Drop batter by the spoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Cook for 10 – 12 minutes.  Remove and cool on rack before placing in containers.

Make lots they’ll be gone in no time!  Great for the kids lunches  – not so good for mom’s waistline!