12/11/18

Grandma's Chocolate Pie #ChristmasSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


My Grandmother's Chocolate Pie recipe, It's a rich chocolate pie, has a pie shoppe quality.
I have found that I like to use really good quality chocolate for the recipe, it's the one time I don't skimp and buy the cheap store brand!

I only make this for special occasions, so it's Holidays only usually for us, so when I make this you know it's a special treat! You can make this in a graham cracker crust or a regular pie crust. I've done both.

When I first found the hand written recipe on a piece of scratch paper in a collection of other recipes in an envelope, I thought, OK.. This is one I'll be tackling for sure. When I did try and make it, I found either some of the portions for the ingredients seemed off, or the directions seemed missing some steps. My first pie didn't turn out, so I set the recipe aside for a lot of years and didn't try again. But then, I decided to try again. Tweaked it here and there and kept trying, until now.. I am finally starting to get it where I think she'd be pleased with my efforts.

I miss her so much, and I think, making her recipes, and sharing her stories, is one way to help make them feel closer to you. 





Yield: 8 Servings

Grandma's Chocolate Pie

Here is my grandmother's Chocolate Pie recipe, It's a rich chocolate pie, made from and has a pie shoppe quality
prep time: 5 mins cook time: 15 mins total time: 20 mins

ingredients

1 prepared pie crust: either regular pie crust or graham cracker
¾ cup sugar
6 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 12 oz bag milk chocolate chips divided in half (use at different times in recipe)
½ teaspoon of salt. (original recipe called for a pinch)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 “can” of water from empty condensed milk can (14 oz)
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons butter (Use real butter if you can)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Whip Cream for topping before serving

instructions

  1. In large sauce pan whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and half of the chocolate chips. Set pan aside.
  2. In mixing bowl whisk together: Condensed milk, water, eggs
  3. Pour milk mixture into sugar mixture in saucepan and whisk until smooth and well blended.
  4. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly until pudding begins to boil, and pudding has thickened. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in 2 Tablespoons butter,vanilla and additional half of chocolate chips stirring until melted and smooth.
  6. Pour into prepared pie shell. Refrigerate till set and cool.
  7. Top with whipped cream
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#ChristmasSweetsWeek Recipes:

Beverages:

Candy Cane Crunch Milkshake from The Redhead Baker

Caramel Hot Chocolate Toddy from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Gingersnap Eggnog Shooter from Seduction In The Kitchen

Grumpy Grinch Punch from For the Love of Food

Merry Mistletoe Cocktail from Who Needs A Cape?

Raspberry Thyme Prosecco Punch from Take Two Tapas

Vanilla Snowstorm Punch from Cooking with Carlee



Breakfast:

Cranberry Orange Make Ahead French Toast Bake from With Two Spoons

Candies:

Cookie Butter Balls from The Bitter Side of Sweet

White Chocolate Bark from Family Around the Table



Desserts:

Champagne, Cranberry, and White Chocolate Layer Cake from Cheese Curd in Paradise

Chocolate Orange Crinkle Cookies from Kate's Recipe Box

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Tart from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Crinkle Cookies from Love and Confections

Double Chocolate Mousse Cake from The Crumby Kitchen

Gingerbread Cookie Cups from Moore or Less Cooking

Gingerbread Cupcakes from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Gingerbread Sprinkle Cookies from Daily Dish Recipes

Grandma's Chocolate Pie from Tip Garden

Italian Butter Cookies from April Golightly

No Bake Eggnog Pie from Our Good Life

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart from Sweet Beginnings




Thank you ChristmasSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Lorann Oils & Flavors, Torani, Joyjolt, and Sweets & Treats Boutique for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The ChristmasSweetsWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six (6) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The ChristmasSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the ChristmasSweetsWeek posts or entry.

    12/10/18

    Cranberry Almond Ecstasy Bars #ChristmasSweetsWeek

    This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

    Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe


    If you've ever sunk your teeth into a similar bar at a famous coffee shop, then you probably wanted to have another!  This recipe was printed in my local newspaper as a knock off recipe that someone developed. I couldn't wait to try it. I did add a splash of Almond extract, as my own twist.

    What could show someone love more than a plate full of their "favorite" bars from you? You could tuck in a coffee gift card to elevate the gift if you really wanted to become their favorite friend!

    OR.. take them to a work potluck. Sit back and watch how quick they disappear. Then sit back and watch how long it takes for people to start asking for your recipe.
    Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe

    Theses are so addicting! Try and get them out of your house and onto treat plates as quickly as possible!
    Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipes

    Sponsor Shout out:  Dixie Crystal Sugar, LorAnn Oils & Flavors, as well as Sweets & Treats Candy Sprinkles. I did use their amazing products in the making of this recipe!



    Yield: 16 bars

    Cranberry Almond Ecstasy Bars

    A knock off of those famous coffeehouse bars, these Cranberry Almond Ecstasy Bars will leave you wanting more!

    ingredients:

    Bar Cookies:
    1 1/2 Cups Flour
    1 tsp. ground ginger
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 cup (2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    3 eggs
    1 tsp. almond extract
    1/2 cup minced, dried cranberries
    1 1/2 oz, chopped white chocolate.
    1/4 cup. minced crystalized ginger

    Frosting:
    1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
    3 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
    1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1/8 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
    1/3 cup minced dried cranberries
    (Optional: 1/4: Minced Crystalized Ginger)

    White Chocolate  Drizzle: 
    1 oz White Chocolate
    1/8 cup powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon milk

    instructions:

    Bar Cookies:
    Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees, and spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
    In Medium Bowl, sift together flour, ginger, and salt, and set aside.   
    In the bowl of an electric mix on medium high speed, beat the butter until creamy, about 1 minute. Add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  add eggs and almond extract. Beat untl fully combined. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture and mix just until combined.  Fold in cranberries, white chocolate, and crystallized ginger by hand with a spoon. 
    Spread batter in prepared baking pan and bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. remove pan from oven. transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

    Frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer on the medium -low speed, combine cream cheese , butter, powdered sugar, vanilla,  lemon or orange zest, and mix until creamy about 2 to 3 minutes. Using an offset spatula spread the frosting uniformly across the cake. Sprinkle the dried cranberries on top of frosting.  Sprinkle the minced ginger across the frosting if you are using this optional topping. Refrigerate 1 hour.

    White Chocolate Drizzle: In either a double boiler in a bowl over gently simmer water, or in a bowl in a microwave melt the white chocolate. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and milk. whisk until fully combined.Scrape chocolate into a small plastic bag and cut a tiny corner from the bag . squeeze bag to drizzle the chocolate across the bars in a decorative drizzle. 

    To slice the bars: Cut the cake lengthwise down the center. creating two long rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 4 equal portions; ten slice each of these in half diagonally, to create 16 triangle pieces.
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    Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe




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    #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes:

    Beverages:

    Brownie Batter Hot Chocolate Mix from The Spiffy Cookie

    Christmas Flip from Our Good Life

    Easy Cranberry Orange Madras from Love and Confections

    Glogg from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

    Grinch Cocoa with Peppermint Marshmallows from Kate's Recipe Box

    Salted Caramel Toffee Martini from Family Around the Table

    Sparkling Snowfall Cocktail from Seduction in the Kitchen

    Sugar Cookie Martini from The Redhead Baker



    Breakfast:

    Christmas Cranberry Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

    Easy Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree from Jonesin' For Taste

    Overnight Caramel French Toast from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen



    Candies:

    Cherry Mash Truffles from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

    Chocolate Covered Orange Cheesecake Truffles from Cooking with Carlee
    Dark Chocolate Cherry & Peppermint Snowflake Bark from Sweet Beginnings

    Grinch Fudge Topped Brownies from Big Bear's Wife

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake Fudge from Lady Behind the Curtain

    Red Velvet Fudge from Live Love Texas



    Desserts:

    Black Forest Tiramisu Parfait from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

    Chocolate Bundt Cake from Juggling Act Mama

    Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes from The Crumby Kitchen

    Christmas Chocolate Chip Sprinkles Butter Cookies from Moore or Less Cooking

    Cookie Butter Pudding Cups from The Beard and The Baker

    Cranberry Almond Ecstasy Bars from Tip Garden

    Date Filled Cookies from Platter Talk

    Easy Snickerdoodle Cake from Daily Dish Recipes

    Eggnog Blossom Cookies from Blogghetti

    Eggnog cookies from Karen's Kitchen Stories

    Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle from My Suburban Kitchen

    Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream from Tara's Multicultural Table

    Glazed Gingerbread Loaf from 4 Sons 'R' Us

    Marbled Star Cookies from Eat Move Make

    Mint Chip Cookies from The Mandatory Mooch

    No Bake Peppermint Eggnog Pie from Who Needs A Cape?

    Peppermint Shortbread from Cheese Curd in Paradise

    Pepper Jelly Rugelach from Take Two Tapas

    Red Velvet Whoopie Pies from April Golightly
    Sugar Cookie Cheesecake from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

    Toffee Thumbprint Cookies from The Bitter Side of Sweet

    Ugly Sweater Cake from Mildly Meandering

    Vanilla Yogurt Mousse with Cinnamon Apples from With Two Spoons

    Vegan Hot Chocolate Layer Cake from The Baking Fairy

    Winter Wonderland Snack Mix from An Affair from the Heart







    Thank you ChristmasSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Lorann Oils & Flavors, Torani, Joyjolt, and Sweets & Treats Boutique for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The ChristmasSweetsWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six (6) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The ChristmasSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the ChristmasSweetsWeek posts or entry.

    #ChristmasSweetsWeeks Prize Packages & Information



    Welcome to #ChristmasSweetsWeek 2018!   What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food and a fun giveaway?  I'll be sharing 3 great recipes with you this week along with 44 other bloggers from around the country have come together to share over 180 sweet Christmas recipes!! Deck the halls and get ready for very merry sweet treats, like fudge, cookies, Christmas morning breakfasts, layer cakes, martinis, cocoa, and more! Our #ChristmasSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

    Also a big thank you to our hosts:Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures!



    Prize #1 Dixie Crystals 

    Dixie Crystals is giving one winner a Keurig K-Select Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker.



    Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South's choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. For generations, Dixie Crystals has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations. Our pure cane, non-GMO sugar products guarantee that treasured family recipes will turn out right every time. Bake with love and Dixie Crystals.







    Prize #2 Cabot Creamery Co-operative 

    Cabot is giving one winner a cheese gift set, including a Cabot Cheese slate cutting board, small cheese cleaver, Cabot custom Bee’s Wrap, an assortment of Cabot’s finest cheeses.



    Cabot Creamery Co-operative, makers of naturally aged, award-winning cheeses and dairy products is owned by 1,000 dairy farm families in New England and New York.







    Prize #3 LorAnn Oils & Flavors

    LorAnn is giving one winner a collection of 6 LorAnn Bakery Emulsions, a collection of three LorAnn Oils vanilla extracts, a candy making cookbook, The Sweetapolita Bakebook, and a 12-unit variety pack of LorAnn super-strength candy oils.


    Our flavors. Your creations. For over 50 years, LorAnn Oils has been supplying professionals and home chefs with the finest quality candy and baking flavors, essential oils, and specialty ingredients. Visit us at LorAnn Oils & Flavors to shop, learn, and discover new recipe ideas.







    Prize #4 Joyjolt 

    Joyjolt is giving one winner an Aurora Whiskey Decanter Set. Our Aurora Whiskey Decanter set has a timeless and sophisticated design that adds both class and style to any table. This set is hand made with top quality lead free crystal glass and cutting edge materials. The sets quality, design and upscale packaging makes the Aurora a perfect addition to your home, bar, hotel, restaurant, club or office. DRINK WITH JOY. ENJOY THE JOURNEY.



    Here at JoyJolt we believe that so many of the moments you enjoy most include raising a glass. From the jolt you get from that first sip of coffee in the morning to toasting a milestone with close friends. Thats why we have created glassware equally as special and unique as your happiest moments.







    Prize #5 Sweets & Treats Boutique

    Sweets & Treats is giving one winner the Year of Sprinkles Box at a $150 value. It contains holiday mixes, classic sprinkles, and some of their most popular sprinkles.



    Sweets & Treats, a party and baking supplies manufacturer and wholesaler, started out of a baking industry need for truly greaseproof cupcake liners. From there, the company expanded into a handful of specialized categories including the latest, Sweet Sprinkles, their one of a kind sprinkles and sprinkle mix line. With hundreds of truly unique products, they are a one stop shop for your next party!







    Prize #6 Torani 



    Torani is giving one winner a year supply of Torani: 12-750ml glass bottles, flavors will be winner's choice, plus pumps for each bottle.



    Torani inspires you to taste life, one flavorful experience at a time. Even though people all over the world recognize our iconic Torani bottle, we’ve remained a family-owned company -- adhering to the high quality standards that Rinaldo and Ezilda set over 90 years ago. Each and every syrup, sauce, and smoothie is created with care and pride. Way back we started with just five syrups. Today, you can use more than 100 of our naturally flavored syrups, sauces and beverage bases in coffees, sodas, teas, smoothies, cocktails and more. And we’re excited to bring you new taste traditions and flavors as we move forward.









    12/7/18

    Perfectly Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

    This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasCookiesWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasCookiesWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


    These are the softest Chocolate Chip cookies you'll ever eat! They have that classic, traditional taste you expect, but are superbly moist and light, not heavy or overly chewy!  Just a dream to eat! In fact, they'll be gone so fast, you'll think you dreamed them up!

    They have the perfect balance of delicate softness with the right amount of "chewy" you want in a cookie! Not too much, not too little. The sweetness and buttery flavor is perfectly balanced, making this recipe a classic, keeper!

    Soft chocolate chip cookies recipe

    My daughter is the culprit .. er source of this recipe for me! She makes these ALL the time! She found them over at Sweet Cake Mama and I'm glad she did! They really are wonderful! Sometimes with chocolate chips, sometimes with chocolate candy pieces! during the summer we even used them to make ice cream sandwiches. It's just a fantastic, classic, never to disappoint cookie that is perfect for any cookie plate!
    Soft Chocolate chip cookies recipe

    Jan's Tip: Got holidays coming up? What about substituting fun things like: Chopped Ande's Mints, Crushed Peppermint candies, Caramel Bits Candy Corns, Use your imagination!




    Yield: 2 Dozen cookies approx. depending on size

    Perfectly Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

    These are the softest Chocolate Chip cookies you'll ever eat! They have that classic, traditional taste you expect, but are superbly moist and light, not heavy or overly chewy! Just a dream to eat! In fact, they'll be gone so fast, you'll think you dreamed them up!
    prep time: cook time: total time:

    ingredients:

    2 sticks  butter
    1 cup  sugar
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. baking soda
    3 cups flour
    2 cups  chocolate chips (optional: candy pieces, toffee pieces, caramel pieces, Chopped Andes Mints

    instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.   
    2. In a mixing bowl with mixer, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
    3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined.
    4. Mix in the salt and baking soda.
    5. With the mixer on low, add all three cups of flour. The mixture will become crumbly, this is ok! It will come together as you continue to mix it.  As soon as it starts to come together, mix on med-high for about 45 seconds, then stop. 
    6. Add in the chocolate chips (or optional ingredients)  and mix until evenly distributed.
    7. Using a cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons) form balls and place on cookie sheet.  
    8.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are slightly brown. 
    9.  Remove from oven, they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet while they rest on the pan, so they won't "over bake" in the oven! Let  the cookies rest/ cook on the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. 
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    #ChristmasCookiesWeek Friday Recipes
    Almond Biscotti by House of Nash Eats
    Andes Mint Cookies by Daily Dish Recipes
    Brownie Cookies by Books n' Cooks
    Bubble Light Sugar Cookies by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
    Chocolate Cutout Sugar Cookies by Everyday Eileen
    Chocolate Peppermint Madelines by Family Around The Table
    Christmas Ornament Cookies by Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Christmas Tree Meringues by The Redhead Baker
    Cinnamon Roll No Bake Cookies by Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats
    Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies with Eggnog Glaze by Love and Confections
    Figgy Pudding Thumbprints by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
    Fruit Cake Cookie Bars by Kate's Recipe Box
    Gingerbread Cookie Stars by The Freshman Cook
    Holiday Lights Sugar Cookies by Palatable Pastime
    Lemon Snowdrops by Jolene's Recipe Journal
    Marbled Cut Out Sugar Cookies by The Baking Fairy
    Merry Moose Cookies by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
    No Bake Cookies by Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
    Ooey, Gooey Gingerbread Bars by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
    Pecan Shortbread Trees by Red Cottage Chronicles
    Perfectly Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies by Tip Garden
    Sour Cream Cookies by Grumpy's Honeybunch
    Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
    Whoville Christmas Wreath Sugar Cookies by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
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    Disclaimer: Thank you #ChristmasCookiesWeek sponsors: Adams Extract, Sprinkle Pop, YumGoggle and Silpat for providing the prizes free of charge. The #ChristmasCookiesWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Four (4) winners will be selected at random from entries recevied. The prize packages will be fulfilled by and sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. #ChristmasCookiesWeek bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household are not eligible enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookiesWeek posts or entry.

    12/6/18

    10 Easy Gifts from the Kitchen

    Top 10 gifts from the kitchen you can make up in a jiffy for neighbors, coworkers, teachers, or as a last minute unexpected gifts. 

     Our recent Link party gathered together the best bloggers who shared many great gift ideas you can pull together easily right from your kitchen, here are the top ten most viewed posts from our readers!

    by Family Around the Table






    by Book-n-Cooks






    by Delightful Repast






    by Tip Garden 







    by The Monday Box





    by Cooking with Carlee






    by the Baking Fairy





    by House of Nash







    by Corn Beans Pigs and Kids




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