Showing posts with label brownies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brownies. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chickpea Brownies

I know, I know.  I make my comeback and now I seem to be posting some weird stuff.  Trust me these are good. 
Really, really good.
And for anyone who is on a gluten free diet, these work for you too…
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Chickpea Brownies (adapted from Livestrong.com)

Ingredients

  • 15 oz Chickpeas, Canned
  • 3/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Good quality dark chocolate for drizzling over the top
Directions
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Meanwhile, mix in a blender the eggs, drained and rinsed chickpeas, maple syrup and baking powder. Once blended, add in melted chocolate and blend until smooth. Pour into a square baking dish and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.  Melt the dark chocolate and using a fork drizzle over the top of the brownies and let cool.
***I loved these and have made them over and over again.  They have become my go to snack.  Love the texture and the feel of them.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Chocolate Banana Brownies

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Sorry for the quick hit here but I was tweeting about these brownies and how delicious they are so I needed to get it up quickly in my very limited time!

I took my favorite brownie recipe and replaced all of the fat from the butter with 1/2 cup of mashed ripe bananas and then placed slices on the top.  These turned out moist and cakey on the bottom and deliciously gooey on top…

I made these from the following recipe but when thinking about it I really want to try it with a boxed brownie mix.  It should work the same!  Replace the full 1/3 cup of oil with 1/3 cup mashed up banana and follow the rest of the instructions…

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Chocolate Banana Brownies  adapted from Cooks.com

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup mashed bananas
2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup flour
2 eggs
Sliced bananas for topping

Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.

Mix banana with 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Then add 2 cup of sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2/3 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix to combine.

Grease a 9X9 baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Remove from oven.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes and gently remove from pan to cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Cookies – Brownie Thins!

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This wonderful event, in it’s second year, is the brain child of Andrea of Andrea's Recipes, but this year is being organized and ran by Sandy of At the Baker's Bench.

How I got asked to be involved with this incredible group is beyond me but all the thanks goes to Kelly of Sass & Veracity and after last year I sure earned my way in the hard way! There are 10 of us that have decided to do The 12 Days of Cookies – A bon appétit cookie extravaganza. We will be choosing, baking, tasting, blogging and sharing with you a cookie a day for the first 12 days of December.
These cookies are coming from bon appetit's Holiday Cookie-a-Day Slideshow.

These are my partners in crime. We will all be choosing different cookies and surprising each other. How fun is that???? Be sure to check out their selections for the day!

Andrea of Andrea's Recipes
Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen
Courtney of Coco Cooks
Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook
Kelly of Sass & Veracity
Michelle of Big Black Dogs
RJ of Flamingo Musings
Sandy of At the Baker's Bench
Tiffany of The Nesting Project

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For the 10th cookies I decided to make Brownie Thins.  I needed something that was quick and easy and wanted something chocolate.  These should have fit the bill.  Several of my partners in crime had made these so I did know what I was up against.  Some issues with the part of the plastic wrap being used to spread these out so I skipped that part and just used the back of a spoon to spread them out.  I also had no pistachios so I used cashews…

Brownie Thins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch of coarse kosher salt
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios

Directions:

  • Position rack in lowest third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Butter 2 baking sheets. Place butter and chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high power until almost completely melted, about 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Add sugar and egg; whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Add flour, both extracts, and salt; stir just to blend. Let batter stand 10 minutes.

  • Scoop rounded teaspoonfuls batter onto prepared baking sheets, spacing apart (12 per sheet). Spray sheet of plastic wrap lightly with nonstick spray. Place, sprayed side down, over cookies. Using fingers, press each mound into 2 1/2- to 2 3/4-inch round. Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle pistachios over rounds. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until slightly darker at edges and firm in center, about 7 minutes. Cool on sheet 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack; cool completely.

  • Would I make these again?  Nope.  These were soooo not forgiving.  I found them to be very bland tasting and not at all what I had hoped.  I even added salt to the tops of the last couple of batches hoping that would make them sing to me.  Too bad too because these were really a fast and easy cookie to make!

    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    Day 9 of the 12 Days of Cookies - White Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Brittle

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    This wonderful event, in it’s second year, is the brain child of Andrea of Andrea's Recipes, but this year is being organized and ran by Sandy of At the Baker's Bench.

    How I got asked to be involved with this incredible group is beyond me but all the thanks goes to Kelly of Sass & Veracity and after last year I sure earned my way in the hard way! There are 10 of us that have decided to do The 12 Days of Cookies – A bon appétit cookie extravaganza. We will be choosing, baking, tasting, blogging and sharing with you a cookie a day for the first 12 days of December.
    These cookies are coming from bon appetit's Holiday Cookie-a-Day Slideshow.

    These are my partners in crime. We will all be choosing different cookies and surprising each other. How fun is that???? Be sure to check out their selections for the day!

    Andrea of Andrea's Recipes
    Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen
    Courtney of Coco Cooks
    Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook
    Kelly of Sass & Veracity
    Michelle of Big Black Dogs
    RJ of Flamingo Musings
    Sandy of At the Baker's Bench
    Tiffany of The Nesting Project

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    For Day 9 I choose to make White Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Brittle.  Not sure why I choose this recipe as everyone in the house is rather put off by white chocolate.  But make it I did and I am so glad about it.  These cookies are delicious!  They turn into a nice hard cookie like brittle and then the candy melts and hardens inside as well.  Just a really perfect cookie and really, really pretty too!

    White Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Brittle

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 10 ounces high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina), chopped into 1/3-inch pieces, divided
    • 3/4 cup coarsely crushed red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies (about 6 ounces), divided

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Whisk melted butter, both sugars, and vanilla in large bowl until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until just blended. Stir in 1 cup chopped white chocolate and 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy.

    • Transfer dough to prepared sheet. Press dough into 14x8-inch rectangle, about 3/8 inch thick. Bake cookie until top is firm and dark golden, about 30 minutes. Cool on sheet 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool completely.

    • Stir remaining white chocolate in top of double boiler over barely simmering water until melted and smooth. Using small spoon, drizzle about half of melted chocolate in thin lines over cooled cookie. Sprinkle remaining crushed peppermint candies over chocolate. Drizzle remaining white chocolate over top. Let stand until white chocolate sets, about 1 hour. Break cookie into irregular 2- to 3-inch pieces. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

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    Would I make these again?  Oh yes I would, and maybe even for Saturday for a bake sale.  These are wonderful.  Crunchy, chewy, sweet and gooey!  LOVE, LOVE, Love them!

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Cinnamon Chocolate Brownies

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    The other day I was in a cinnamony mood. I think it’s because first thing in the morning I walked past one of those kiosks that sell the cinnamon pretzels. Poor me it was all I could think about for the rest of the day!!! I was going to make snicker doodles but Lori of The Recipe Girl’s favorite recipe has shortening in it and I was sadly out of shortening! I decided that I would try my hand at Cinnamon Chocolate Brownies and am I ever glad that I did!

    I used my favorite brownie recipe and added 1 Tbsp of cinnamon to the batter. This was a really great treat and although it didn’t fully satisfy my craving (really need to get shortening) it was close!

    Cinnamon Chocolate Brownies (Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies.)

    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
    • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    Preheat oven to 350°. Butter an 8″square baking pan. Line pan with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches hanging over the sides. Butter parchment paper.

    In a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stir together butter, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Set aside to cool slightly.

    Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

    Combine sugar, eggs, and vanilla using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale, about 4 minutes. Add chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until combined.

    Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly with spatula. Bake about 35 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet. Let cool in pan about 15 minutes.

    Lift brownies out of pan. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

    As Always…

    Happy Entertaining!!!

    Judy
    www.nofearentertaining.com

    Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    Thanks Jo and Yummr!

    Brownies!

    About a month or so ago I won a Pesto Challenge, with my Arugula Pesto and Wild Mushroom pizza, that was hosted by my friend Jo of The Adventures of Kitchen Girl and Yummr. The prize for the contest was 5 pounds of Barilla Pasta! Now that was exciting enough but I got the box the other day and as most of you know I have made myself a little nutty the past couple of days so I never got around to opening it (wayyyy too busy crying you know-what a DA* I am some times). Anyway I opened it yesterday afternoon and not only did they send me 5 boxes of Barilla but they sent me letter cutouts YUMR!!! How fun is that.

    During the day yesterday I was going to make the girls some cookies but in my bleary eyed state (you know from crying all the day before-DA* me!) I opted to make them brownies from a box with some add ins to make them better. I dumped in some nuts, chocolate chips and some cookies that I had in the freezer from my Gourmet cookie event. They turned out delicious and were even more fun once I used the letter cutouts to spell YUM!!!

    Thanks Jo and Yummr!

    *DA = Dumb A**

    As Always...

    Happy Entertaining!!!

    Judy
    www.nofearentertaining.com

    Thursday, December 18, 2008

    Christmas Brownie Bites

    See how festive they look?

    You know you want to make these. They are just to cute! I decided on Jill's, from Simple Daily Recipe's, suggestion to make these for my girl's class parties for Friday. Seeing as today is going to be all taken up with Dr's appt. and school things the only time I had to make these was Wednesday.

    I looked for a recipe for brownies that was going to be simple and cheap to make. Come on now, this is for a bunch of little kids that really don't know too much better...luckily they tasted pretty good anyway!

    The first 3 pans weren't so good. Some were too big, broke on removal from pan and the M&M's sunk right in! Along with the fact that I only found one of my mini muffin pans so I was making them 12 at a time, they truly took me all day long! Once I got the timing, the M&M and the cooling figured out I was in business.

    I truly loved these for the kids class and am excited to bring them to the parties they are having on Friday! Wouldn't you be?

    Brownies (Easy Method) adapted from Cooks.com

    3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 cup butter
    2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2/3 cup flour
    2 eggs
    red and green M & M's

    Preheat oven to 325°F degrees.

    Melt butter and mix it with 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Then add 2 cup of sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2/3 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix to combine.

    Grease mini muffin tin. Drop 1 tsp full of batter into holes and bake for 20 minutes.

    Remove from oven and gently press an M&M into the top. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and gently remove form pan to cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before serving.

    The girls were pretty happy with these as well. They got to eat all of the ones that didn't turn out!!!

    On another note take a minute and go and visit my friend Jo's blog and read about all of the wonderful things she wrote about me!!!

    As Always...

    Happy Entertaining!!!

    Judy
    www.nofearentertaining.com