Thursday, October 22, 2009

First Chocolate Recipe and an ATC

I joined a swap called the Chocolate Lovers Recipe Swap. It's an easy 8 person, e-mail swap. Today, I received my first recipe...

Easy Easy Best-fudge-ever!!!

This is a no bake recipe, but don't let that fool you... you won't taste better fudge anywhere.

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 cup BUTTER (the salted kind... that's 2 sticks)
3 1/2 cups 10x powdered confectioner's sugar
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Melt butter and peanut butter together. Stir to blend. Microwave or stove... if it's on the stove now remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar, cocoa, and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Spread in a buttered 8x8 square inch cake pan. Freeze 30 minutes or just firm before cutting into squares. Store at roojm temp. Makes 2 pounds. Try not to eat it all yourself!!

Chunky chocolate cake mix cookies (a favorite with my kids)

1 pkg dark chocolate fudge cake mix
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter or margarine melted
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
(I actually replace these with peanut butter chips...awesome!! Or mix the two)
1/2 cup chopped pecans if desired (I don't use these with peanut butter chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together all ingredients except chips and nuts, until thoroughly blended. Stir in chips and/or nuts. Drop by level measuring tablespoons onto greased baking sheets. Bake 350 for 12 minutes for chewy or 14 minutes for crispy (go for chewy!!!)
Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets, then move to cooling racks. Cool completely. Store in airtight container. YUM!!! Makes 3 1/2-4 dozen.

I also received a Birthday ATC from Joyce in the UK.

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