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šŸ«Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Cookies with Chewy CaramelšŸ«

To celebrate the end of my daughter’s āš½ļø soccer āš½ļø season, I created these AMAZING chocolate-covered chocolate cookies with a chewy caramel layer. I stayed up entirely too late making them (due to the Chocolate mold only having 2 soccer balls on it!!). But, they are so totally worth it!! The melty, creamy milk chocolate, the not too soft but not hard and crunchy chocolate cookie, and the chewy delicious caramel… if it didn’t take so long to make each one,I think I would have made several dozen and froze them! 

First, I made some dark chocolate cookies. Flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, egg, and oil-rolled out between 2 layers of waxed paper, to make cleaning up a snap!


I rolled them super thin, cut them, froze them on a lined cookie sheet until hard, baked them off, then trimmed them if needed. 


(If dried out and thrown in the food processor, they would make a nice cookie crumb crust for a cheesecake!)

While the cookies were baking, I rolled out some caramels and used the same cookie cutter to cut them into rounds. The ‘scraps’ that were cut off, that weren’t eaten!, were combined and rolled out to make more caramel discs. 

Also happening while the cookies were baking, the chocolate was being melted. This ceramic covered metal bowl fits perfectly into the top of my big pasta pot, without falling in! I just throw a little water in the pot, set the bowl in the top, and turn on the stove. The chocolate melts and I turn the heat down to the very lowest setting just to keep it warm and melty. 


Now comes the part that takes forever-the chocolate molds! I highly suggest that you have multiple molds if you want to try these. It will go much faster that way!! I used a baby spoon to place the melted chocolate and spread an even coat into the soccer ball molds. Then into the freezer to let it set up. Back out of the freezer to add the caramel and cookie discs. Coat the bottom with more chocolate to close it off and pop it back into the freezer to finish setting up. When they were set, I turned the chocolates out of the mold to reveal these soccer cookie/candies.


They are my current favorites! They are sort of like having a chocolate version of the Twix bar! Delicious!


(Sorry about the chipping nail polish-mine doesn’t last very long, even the gel kind! But, I’ve been painting it turquoise every few days this whole month of October for Dysautonomia/Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) awareness month!! #makesomenoiseforturquoise)


A better shot of non-chipping turquoise


My beautiful POTSie soccer player. She may have been winded from her POTS, but she still did her best and I’m super proud!

Great season, Team Nicoletta’s! Thank you, Coach C and Nicoletta’s Italian Cafe!

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Yummy Chocolate Brownie Fake-Out!

I made some Gluten-Free pasta tonight (rice and corn spaghetti from Barilla). The kids couldn’t tell the difference! The taste and texture was the best GF option I have found. Yay Barilla!!  


But, I decided to take the GF all the way through dessert! Whaaaat? Yup, GF brownies. I have been wanting to try this recipe ever since I came across it and I finally got the black beans the other night. Yup, that’s right-I said black beans! 

  
I can’t take credit for the idea, as I found the recipe on Chocolatecoveredkatie.com, but I did add a couple extra Tablespoons of cocoa and a few more mini chocolate chips… because I like chocolate… and because, well, why not?!!?
  
I have to say, I was a bit skeptical about using beans. I under-baked it (12 minutes) and that seemed to be perfect for the way I like my brownies. They were baked long enough to hold everything together but not long enough to dry them out. The best part was, my daughters had no idea they were made from beans! The taste was pretty good and the texture wasn’t bad, either. I will definitely make these again!

For the actual recipe link, and to visit the site, click here: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/

Valentine’s Proposal Cake

As our news feeds light up with news of engagements this Valentine’s Weekend, I wanted to share the small part I took in planning one of these special proposals. Nate knew he wanted to propose to his love this weekend, and knew that he wanted to do it over dessert, but was also sure that he didn’t want her to bite into, or swallow, the ring. I combined two of her favorite desserts-red velvet cake and chocolate covered strawberries-to create this proposal dessert.

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A moist red velvet cake with cream cheese icing on the inside and cream cheese and buttercream icing on the outside. Rimmed with chocolate covered strawberries and a chocolate box on top.

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The chocolate box on the cake allowed for the ring to be hidden on the dessert without being consumed. The chocolate heart on the cover of the box says “Be Mine”. And a chocolate heart inside the box says “Forever”.

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Congratulations, Tanya and Nate!

 

 

Homemade Twix-like Candy Bars

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FromĀ caramel apples toĀ candy bars! IĀ had some leftover melted caramel from making caramel apples. I couldn’t waste perfectly yummy caramel; but what could I do with it? I thought for a minute and then remembered something I had made years ago. Homemade Twix bars! The recipe called for Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, but I don’t buy packaged baked goods and I didn’t feel like making shortbread. I wanted a more immediate reward! So, I took the dry ingredients to my white cake recipe and added vanilla and a stick of melted butter. Once combined, I pressed it into a pan and baked it off at 350 for 12-15 minutes. After it came out of the oven, and cooled,Ā I added the leftover caramelĀ on top and popped it into the fridge.

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Once it had set up, I cut into bars and dipped themĀ into melted milk chocolate. I could hardly wait for the chocolate to set up! Oh so good!

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Purple Ombre Ruffle Cake

For this cake, IĀ was given one word…

PURPLE.

So I ran with it!

Here’s the pretty purple cake I made for a friend’s 5oth birthday:

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Happy Birthday, Sue! May your next 50+ years be just as good, if not better, than the first 50!

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Happy Birthday, American Legion

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Cooperstown’s American Legion is celebrating their birthday today!

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A nice corned beef and cabbage dinner was planned and I was asked to make their dessert. A half & half cake… that is half vanilla/half chocolate cake. This one has buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.

(The smiley face was completely unintentional and was not even noticeable until the picture was taken from this distance. Que Sera, Sera!)

Happy Birthday, American Legion! Thank you all for your service!

60th Anniversary

 

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60th Anniversary cake-vanilla cake, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, and silver fondant hearts.

Happy Anniversary to the happy couple!

Pop-able Cream Puffs!

Pop-able Cream Puffs!

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I call them pop-able… because these miniature cream puffs are so small, you can just pop them right into your mouth!

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So cute… and soĀ addicting!

Cake Among Cousins

Growing up, I didn’t know my father’s mother’s family. I didn’t even know my grandmother’s maiden name until I was probably in high school. This family had moved into our school district and told us they were related to us. No way! We didn’t know them, how could they be related to us? That’s when I finally realized what my grandmother’s maiden name was; and that yes, in fact, this family was related to us. However, I didn’t know that there were others out there. It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I started to research my ancestry. I began reaching out to family members that I knew were ‘out there’ but never knew growing up. I had asked about my grandmother’s family and was told to get in touch with a particular woman who would be able to introduce me to family members. I did, and I’m so glad I did! I learned that there are so many cousins out there; quite a few of which live fairly near to me. Facebook has been a great tool for me to begin to get to know all these new found cousins of mine.

One of my cousins asked me to make a cake for her daughter who was turning 15. She told me that she liked the color orange, that she was into singing, dancing, and enjoyed playing keyboard, saxophone, and clarinet, too. The design was left up to me, and this is what I came up with!:

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It was great to finally meet a few of my cousins in person today and I can’t wait for the next time we can get together!

Happy Birthday, Miranda!

Surprised on Honeymoon Getaway!

I am not a big fan of coffee-even the smell of it makes me nauseous-and the caffeine gives me a headache… However, I do agree that coffee can enhance the flavor of chocolate (like in my chocolate brownies, etc)! You don’t really taste the coffee, just the enhanced chocolate! Yumm!

So, when I was asked to create a surprise basket for a bride and groom for their honeymoon getaway to Cooperstown, NY… and was told that there could be no dairy, I thought coffee would be the perfect substitute for milk in these chocolate cookies.Ā It was a nice flavor and when I topped it off with a chocolate almond frosting, it was pretty tasty! What I had forgotten was that I normally use a decaf coffee whenever I make my chocolate brownies, etc…. I had one of these little cookies and MAN!… I was feeling loopy from the caffeine! Mind you, I don’t consume caffeine in any form (except for chocolate!). Plus the fact that I probably hadn’t eaten anything that day, prior to that cookie! Guess I know what to send my kids in their college care packages some day for those long nights of studying! lol.

I made some chocolate cake pops-some round dipped in an orange white chocolate and drizzled in red-orange white chocolate, and some maple leaf-shaped dipped in red-orange white chocolate. (Sorry, no individual photo was taken)

Next, I decided to chop up some apples…

Roll out some pie dough…

And make some apple pie pops! Yup, those are mini apple pies… on lollipop sticks! How cute is that?!!?

The end result was a nice basket of chocolate coffee cookies with chocolate almond frosting, chocolate cake pops (in both round and leaf shape), apple pie pops, tickets to the Wax Museum, and tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. With a little help from our friends at Lake N Pines Motel, the newlyweds found this basket in their room when they arrived:

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

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