German Chocolate Cake

Husband just turned 30.

For funnsies, I blew up 30 balloons, each with a note stating something I loved about him, and dumped them on his head.

And made him a German Chocolate Cake.

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German Chocolate Cake recipe from Brown Eyed Baker . I did use my own buttercream recipe, because I think it’s tasty. Not the prettiest cake I’ve ever made, but it was pretty damn good.

And, when Husband blew out the candles, there were thirty candles on the cake. With a fire extinguisher at the ready.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (Christmas Edition)

It’s well documented I am a Hershey’s girl.

With anything in life, there are ‘buts’.  Sometimes, there’s a coupon. And sometimes, that coupon includes adorable Christmas themed chocolate chips.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (based on BH&G Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)

Yields: 3 dozen

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 tablespoon milk

½ cup melted chocolate (I melted chocolate chips)

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups Toll House Christmas Themed Chocolate Chips (or plain old milk chocolate chips)

Directions

Beat shortening and butter until smooth. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Mix in eggs until well incorporated. Add vanilla, peppermint, and milk. Fold in melted chocolate.

Mix in cocoa powder and flour, 1/2 cup at a time. 

Add Toll House Christmas chocolate chips.

 Using a 1″ cookie scoop, drop dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack. Allow to cool completely.

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I made these for a food drive at work along with a batch of good old-fashioned chocolate chip.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Cherry Mini Cupcakes

There is something about mini cupcakes I just find so darn cute.

Makes me want to start pinching checks and kissing babies.

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Made for a small party I didn’t know I was having with a few extra to be taken to my aunt. For her birthday. Which she never received. Because my brother is a poor delivery person.

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<I’m pretty sure he ate them>

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The chocolate and vanilla mini cupcakes are pretty self explanatory. The cherry on the other hand were very strong. I was playing with some flavoring and might have added a drop too much in the batter. So no recipe that I’m comfortable sharing, but a lesson. Less is always better.