Chocolate Lava Cake

Last night being Halloween, we decided some sweets were in order, but seeing as nobody comes to our door anyway, we’re more interested in making them for ourselves, so we decided to make this recipe from Lulu at BikeyFace. It’s a very simple recipe, it turned out deliciously, and it’s perfect for two people (or one, if you *really* like chocolate).  

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Bittersweet or Semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 full egg, plus one yolk
  • 3 tbsp flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F (218 C).
  2. Butter two 7-8 oz. ramekins, and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low to medium heat, or in a bowl in the microwave, melt the butter and chocolate, whisking until it is smooth with no lumps.
  4. Mix chocolate/butter mixture together with powdered sugar, and whisk until well-blended.
  5. In a small bowl, beat the egg + yolk, then mix it into the sugar/chocolate/butter mixture. Whisk until well-blended.
  6. Add flour to the mixture, and again, whisk until batter is smooth.
  7. Divide the batter between the two ramekins, and place in the oven for about 13-14 minutes, until the outside is solid, but the inside is still very liquidy – look for the center to be slightly depressed, and looking like it has just formed a thin crust over it. Exact times will vary based on a gazillion factors, so just watch it and remove when you feel it’s done (in our oven, it was perfect after 13 minutes on the middle rack).
  8. Let sit for a minute or two, and then dig in (carefully, as the middle will still be piping hot – and gooey and delicious!). Goes perfectly with ice-cream, or just a cold glass of milk.

Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

Peanut Butter Cookies

We made this recipe a few days ago for the first time, (found here: http://glutenfreegirl.com/yum-yum-peanut-butter/) and then again to take to some friends who were bogged down with school work and needed a diversion, and both times it has turned out delicious. Since the primary ingredient is peanut butter, the flavor will depend largely on what kind you get, so get one with good peanutty flavor, and one that is not too oily, so that the cookies will remain cohesive after being baked. It’s a very simple recipe, and you can have fresh-baked cookies about 20-25 min after starting to make them.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup no-stir peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (about 176 C)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together peanut butter, sugar, and baking powder using a wooden spoon until everything is well-mixed.
  3. Crack your egg into the bowl, and again, mix it in with the sugar/peanut butter mixture until it is well-mixed.
  4. Pinch bits of dough, and roll them into about 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) balls, and space out on a cookie sheet.
  5. Using a fork, press down the tops of the cookies with the fork tines first facing one direction, then perpendicular, so you get a grid pattern on the top. Press gently, so that you don’t crumble the cookies.
  6. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake about 10 minutes, until the dough in the indentations where you pressed the fork is the same color as the outside of the cookies.
  7. Remove cookie sheet from oven, and let sit for about 3-5 minutes with the cookies still on it.
  8. When the cookies feel solid enough, use a spatula to remove them from the cookie sheet, and place on a cooling rack to cool off.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This comes from this recipe, with very few modifications – and is really our perfect ideal chocolate chip cookie. Easy too. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups (12 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. smallish-medium coarse sea salt (if you only have table salt, use about 3/4 tsp)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 150 grams baking chocolate, smashed to bits

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 360 F (182 C).
  2. With a hand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until somewhat fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat for another minute or two.
  4. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour, and incorporate with a fork (it’s easier with a fork, as the mixer will tend to fling powder all over the place).
  5. Once the dry ingredients are fully absorbed into the dough, add the bits of chocolate, and mix them by hand into the dough so they are well-distributed.
  6. The dough should be fairly thick at this point.
  7. Take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper, or a silpat mat
  8. Make 1 1/2-2 inch balls of dough, placing them about 2-3 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  9. Pop the cookies in the oven, and let them bake about 12 minutes, until just starting to brown, then remove from oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until the dough is all used up.
  11. Make sure to have some good milk on hand :)

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