Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Gma’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

June 25, 2010

Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

You know how there are those images that cause an instant involuntary reaction – puffy clouds, a bunny, a crazy woman wearing fur on 8th avenue in the middle of July – and leave a lasting impression.  Well the sight of a plain cookie sheet messily covered with several sheets of aluminum foil puts a big smile on my face and starts my mouth “awaterin’ ” (pardon the country slang… sometimes you just need a “feel good” word).

Why does a messy foil wrap job make me happy? Good question.  The answer is my Grandma Millie’s Chocolate Sheet Cake.  Early on, Millie discovered that the best way to transport a sheet cake in your car* is to simply leave it in the pan in which you baked it and cover it with foil.  Fortunately, the cake is so good, you rarely have to leave the pan b/c it’s usually eaten in one sitting.  To this day, I see a wrapped cookie sheet and hope for chocolate cake — I seem to find myself hoping for cake a lot 🙂

*I should mention, this method of transport only works if you actually get the cake into the car (klutzy baking disasters run in the family).

Ingredients:

For Cake:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 stick oleo
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup oleo
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon milk (guess at this)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)

Step One: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Step Two: Sift flour and white sugar into large mixing bowl.

Step Three: In a sauce pan bring 1 stick oleo, cocoa powder, and water to a boil.

Step Four: Add hot ingredients (from step 3) to dry ingredients (from step 2) and mix in oil, buttermilk, egg, baking soda and vanilla.  Mix well.

Step Five: Pour into a greased cookie sheet.

Step Six: Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Step Seven: While cake is baking make frosting.  In a saucepan bring 1/4 cup oleo, cocoa powder, vanilla and milk to a boil.  Remove from stove and combine with powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and mix well.

Step Eight: Spread frosting over hot cake and let cool.

-Eat Hearty!

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Double Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 20, 2010

Butter + Butter Flavored Crisco = the-best-cookies-you-will-ever-eat. Seriously.

My mother is actually a very gifted baker.  For several years before I started school, she ran a gift basket business that featured here home-baked delicacies.  In my opinion she and my grandma share the blame for my uncontrollable love of butter… fodder for my (fictional) therapist, I suppose.

By far the best recipe she developed during this time were her chocolate chip cookies.  They are chewy, but a little crisp,  and PACKED with chocolatey goodness.  As an added bonus they will stay moist for at least 4 days (probably longer, but they never last that long) and the dough freezes quiet well.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter flavor Crisco (at room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips (can also mix 1/2 bag semi-sweet & 1/2 bag milk chocolate)

What you’ll need to clean up

  • Mixing bowl
  • Egg Beater (or mixer)
  • One mixing spoon
  • Two baking sheets

Step One: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, cream Crisco, butter, eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla.

Step Three: Gradually add flour, baking soda, salt.

Step Four: Mix in the chocolate chips

Step Five: Use a small – medium cookie scoop (2 tablespoon balls) and place rounded balls on cookie sheet.

Step Six: Bake 8-10 minutes (if air bake: 9:30 is perfect).  Remove when golden (and still a little ‘wet’ in the center).  Leave on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

*if over baked, put into an airtight container with a couple slices of apple for a couple of hours and they will be moist a delicious once again 🙂

Eat Hearty