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Knock Ya Naked Brownies

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I had no idea, all along while I was making and enjoying these AMAZING brownies, that they harbored a secret past. They had a secret life that I knew nothing about. They have always been “Those Gooey Brownies” to me. Little did I know that Ole Gooey here was leading a double life under another name. Going around town, tempting people with it’s hidden secret. The other name? Knock Ya Naked Brownies. Say What? For shame! 😉

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE:
1 box chocolate cake mix (I like Devil’s Food)
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
FOR THE CARAMEL FILLING:
1 (11 oz.) bag caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup evaporated milk

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

2. Spray 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Note: stick with me in the directions here so you get everything layered the proper way. I promise this isn’t hard but we do have a few steps to get through first.

3.In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, 1 cup evaporated milk and melted butter. Mix until combined (batter will be thick)

4. Spread HALF of the batter into the baking pan (we’ll use that other half later)

5. Put baking dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. While it is baking, start making your caramel filling. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, combine caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk.

6. Stir frequently until caramel is melted and smooth.

7. When brownie bottom is finished baking (it will only be partially baked), take out of oven and sprinkle with 2 cups chocolate chips.

8. Then drizzle with prepared caramel sauce.

9. Take the rest of the cake batter and drop by the teaspoonful onto caramel layer.

10. No need to be neat about spreading it out. If you want you can take your spoon and gently cover any big gaps in the topping but most of it will spread while baking. Look at all that caramel peaking through there…these really are so good y’all.

10. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes (until the center is set.)

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Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

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Layer ice cream with a mixture of cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces and pecans to make this striped frozen dessert. Thank me later!!!

Ingredients

3 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
1 pint (2 cups) chocolate ice cream, softened
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1 8 – ounce container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans

Directions

1. Place a 9-inch round sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper over the base of an 8-inch springform pan. Attach sides of pan to base, clamping the paper in place. Set pan aside.

2. In a large bowl combine cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces, butter, and finely chopped pecans. Press one-third of the cookie crumb mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Carefully spread the softened chocolate ice cream with the back of a large spoon over the cookie crumb layer. Cover and freeze for 1 hour.

3. Sprinkle half of the remaining cookie crumb mixture over the chocolate ice cream, pressing gently to form a crust. Carefully spread the vanilla ice cream over the cookie crumb layer using the back of a large spoon. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over the vanilla ice cream, pressing gently to form a crust. Cover and freeze for 1 hour.

4. Remove sides of pan; lift cake from bottom of pan and peel paper off bottom of cake. Place frozen cake on a serving platter. Frost with whipped dessert topping. Top with coarsely chopped pecans. Loosely cover and freeze 4 to 24 hours or till firm. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.

Chocolate Lasagna

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This is for YOU, the chocolate lover out there who is looking for a chocolate-y treat that is actually quite light! Chocolate Lasagna is a dessert you don’t want to miss! Oh, and did I mention that it’s a no-bake treat? I love it when I come across a fantastic treat that requires no oven! Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 package regular Oreo cookies (Not Double Stuff) – about 36 cookies
6 Tablespoon butter, melted
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons cold milk
12 ounce tub Cool Whip, divided
2 of the 3.9 ounce packages Chocolate Instant Pudding
3 1/4 cups cold milk
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Directions

1. Begin by crushing 36 Oreo cookies. I used my food processor for this, but you could also place them in a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. When the Oreos have turned into fine crumbs, you are done.

2. Transfer the Oreo crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in 6 tablespoons melted butter and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the cookie crumbs. When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you work on the additional layers.
Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in 2 Tablespoons of milk, and sugar, and mix well. Stir in 1 and 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the crust.

3. In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 and 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Allow the dessert to rest for about 5 minutes so that the pudding can firm up further.

4. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

One-Bowl Caramel Skillet Brownie

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I believe my heart sunk right into this skillet’s fudgy middle even before it was cool enough to cut a square. These are brownies that satisfy like no other; they’re intensely chocolatey, chewy yet still fudgy, and made even more decadent with swirls of gooey caramel sauce and a healthy sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Ingredients

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60 to 70% cacao), finely chopped
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt or 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 heaping tablespoons good-quality caramel sauce
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Directions

1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Place the chocolate in a large bowl.

2. Melt the butter in an 8- or 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Pour the melted butter over the chocolate, leaving a film of butter on the pan. Set the pan aside. Let the mixture sit for a minute, then stir to evenly combine — the chocolate should be melted and the mixture should be smooth.

3. Add the sugar and whisk to combine. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Whisk vigorously for about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and salt.

4. Transfer the batter to the skillet and spread into an even layer. Drop dollops of the caramel sauce all over the top. Using a butter knife, gently swirl the caramel sauce into the batter, running the knife lengthwise and crosswise. Sprinkle the top evenly with the flaky sea salt.

5. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs, 25 to 30 minutes. The edges should look firm and well-baked, the center should be moist but not gooey, and the caramel sauce should be bubbling.

6. Cool completely in the skillet on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve.

Candy Bar Stash Chocolate Cake

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This Candy Bar Stash Chocolate Cake starts with a rich chocolate cake with a tender, moist crumb and is topped with a sweet chocolate buttercream made with butter, cocoa powder and cream.

If that isn’t enough, take it up a notch and add your favorite chocolate candy bars. Once the cake is frosted, top it with a variety of candy bars making sure to do it right away as the frosting acts like a glue once it sits. It’s fun to give dimension to the cake by using Kit Kat, Crunch Bars, or even full-size candy bars that stand up on the cake.

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Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cake:
  • 1¾ cup Flour
  • 1¾ cup Sugar
  • ¾ cup Cocoa (high quality)
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Oil (canola or coconut oil)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1½ teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1½ cups Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Cocoa
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ⅓ cup Cream, Half n Half or Milk
  • Candy Bars:
  • Kit Kat
  • Crunch Bar
  • Snickers
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cup
  • Twix
  • Milky Way
  • Butterfinger
  • M & M’s
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. If you have a flour sifter, sift all dry ingredients.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla for 1 minute. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour in hot water and mix together.
  4. Spray two 8 or 9 inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. You can also use three 8 inch cake pans for this recipe. Pour batter evenly into each pan. Bake at 22-27 minutes. Place toothpick or cake tester in the center of cake to check if it comes out clean.
  5. Let cool before frosting.
  6. To make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  7. In mixing bowl, cream together Butter, Cocoa, Powdered Sugar, and Cream until light and fluffy. You may want to add more cream or milk depending on consistency. Once cake has cooled and has been removed from pans, frost each layer with frosting.
  8. Top with your favorite chocolate candy bars — Kit Kat, Crunch Bar, Snickers, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Twix, Milky Way, Butterfinger, and M & M’s.
  9. This is one baked good that gets even better the next day, if covered.
  10. *If you would like to make a triple layer cake, 1½ times the recipe and use three 8 or 9 inch cake pans

Mini Triple-Chocolate Pound Cakes

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You’ll hardly be able to bake these little gems before they’re devoured!  Enjoy!


Ingredients

CAKE
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups butter, softened at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons instant espresso
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate morsels
Shortening

CHOCOLATE GLAZE
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

BUTTERMILK GLAZE
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tbsp. buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Prepare Cakes: Preheat oven to 325°.

  1. Whisk together ingredients.
  2. Beat 1 1/2 cups butter in a medium bowl at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yolk disappears.
  5. Combine 1 1/4 cups buttermilk and next 2 ingredients.
  6. Add flour mixture to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  7. Beat at low speed after each addition. Fold in bittersweet chocolate morsels.
  8. Pour batter into 2 lightly greased (with vegetable cooking spray) 12-cup Bundt brownie pans, filling each about three-fourths full.
  9. Bake at 325° for 26 to 30 minutes.
  10. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely.
  11. Prepare Chocolate Glaze: Combine semisweet chocolate morsels, 3 Tbsp. butter, and 1 Tbsp. corn syrup in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until morsels begin to melt, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
  12. Prepare Buttermilk Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. buttermilk, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Add up to 1 Tbsp. buttermilk, if desired. Drizzle warm glazes over cooled cakes.

Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

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This luscious dessert includes a chocolate crumb crust and caramel-pecan filling crowned with melted chocolate.

Ingredients

1/3 cup butter, melted
2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (about 38 wafers)
30 vanilla caramels
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup whipping cream

Directions

1.In a medium mixing bowl, stir together chocolate wafer crumbs and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

2. In a heavy medium saucepan, melt caramels in caramel ice cream topping over low heat, stirring often. Stir in the first 1/4 cup whipping cream. Remove from heat; stir in nuts. Spread over crust. Cool; cover and chill for 1 hour.

3. For topping: In a heavy small saucepan, melt chocolate. Remove from heat; stir in remaining whipping cream.

4. Drizzle or spread over caramel-pecan mixture. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Makes 12 servings.