Portillo’s Chocolate cake

Portillo’s Chocolate cake

From time to time, when I peruse chocolate cake recipes to bake, I come across the chocolate cake from Portillo’s in Chicago. It’s a restaurant known for Chicago style hot dogs, Italian beef and chocolate cake. The recipe I found on a couple different sites (including Hellman’s) uses a chocolate cake mix, eggs, water and mayonnaise (as opposed to vegetable oil). You could also add chocolate chips, but i forgot. I also went with a homemade chocolate frosting. It is 100 degrees in CT this weekend, so I kept the cake in the fridge. My hubby is not a cake person, but he loves himself some frosting and he was a fan of this frosting!

Check out the frosting!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix (i used devil’s food)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 eggs,
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Spray 2 nine inch cake pans with baking spray. In a bowl, combine cake mix, water, eggs and mayo. Beat on medium speed with a mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add chips. Divide evenly into prepared pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes in pans. Remove from pans and cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract

Directions- combine ingredients and beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Frost cake

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Brookies cookies

Brookie cookies

When you can decide between a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie, you combine them! No better way to celebrate a weekend of game 7s in the NHL and NBA Playoffs. 7 game sevens total. Wow! What an awesome time of year!

Cookie monster!
  • Chocolate cookie ingredients
  • 8 tbs butter
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chips in 45 second increments until you can stir mixture smooth. In a bowl, beat eggs, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture. Blend in dry ingredients then chips. Chill for 15 minutes in fridge

  • Chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold, shredded with a cheese grater
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, yolk and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips.

Cookie assembly – using a 1 1/2 cookie scoop (or measuring spoons), scoop out your dough. Layer a scoop of chocolate dough, a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough, another scoop of chocolate dough, and another scoop of chocolate chip dough (6 tbs of dough, total). Roll into a ball to marble the doughs. Chill a few hours or over night.

This is how I stagger my cookies

When ready to bake – preheat oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper, stagger cookies on a sheet. I fit 7 to a sheet. They do spread a little. Bake 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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When you can’t decide between a brownie and chocolate cake

My husband requested a funni bone treat today, which is a chocolate cake, with a peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache on top. I asked if he wanted a brownie or chocolate cake base and could not decide, so I combined them! I used a chocolate cake mix, a brownie mix, eggs, water and oil. I used a cookie sheet 18×12. A warning – this makes a large sheet of brownie cake!

  • Brownie cake ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line an 18×12 cookie sheer with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine cake mix and brownie mix. Blend in oil and water. Fold in eggs. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 16 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely. Cut into rectangles .

  • Peanut butter fudge filling
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 bag peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions – over medium-low heat, melt butter, sugar and evaporated milk, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and let boil 1 minute. Add chips and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar. Set aside to firm up.

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions – in a microwave she bowl, microwave cream for 90 seconds. Add chips, swirling cream to cover then. Lwt set 5 minutes. Stir smooth.

Now to the assembly steps!

Slice a piece in half, horizontally
Spread peanut butter fudge layer on one half
Top with other half of brownie cake piece
Frost with ganache

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Milk chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

Milk chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

On a chilly Saturday night, I got a treatI request from my chief taste tester.. it was also a way to keep our pup in chill mode for a while. (she only got one walk today and was a little wound up). It is amazing how quiet and good she is when I am baking. So I decided on milk chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. It was one of my favorites from Mrs Fields many years ago. Did you have a favorite from a mall cookie place? My mom and dad loved the peanut butter cookie cups with chocolate frosting. I always remember when my mom and I would leave the McKinley Mall in Buffalo, after a day of shopping, that we always stopped to bring those cookies home to my dad.

I used a mixture of all purpose flour and cake flour, but you can use entirely all purpose flour.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. If you pour it dorectly into the cup, you pack it in..resulting in too much flour and a dry cookie. Also. preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

Yum!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, cold, shredded with a cheese grater
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips (10 to 12 oz)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
My ode to Mrs Fields

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, cream butter brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips and nuts. Divide evenly into 16 pieces of dough and shape each into tall mounds. Stagger mounds on prepared sheet. Bake 9 to 12 minutes, until you see golden patches on top. They may seem a little doughy, but they will continue to firm up once removed from the oven. Let set on sheet for a half hour before eating. (Rob could only wait 10 minutes!). Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with happiness and joy. And Go Bills!

Dark chocolate brownies (these are not pre-victory treats)

Is the ganache necessary? Why yes!

These brownies, a request from my hubby, which we will bring to his mom tomorrow. They are not a pre-victory treat for the Bills. I repeat, they are not a pre-victory treat. I can not take such chances heading into a divisional playoff game at Kansas City tomorrow. I may not be superstitious, but a little stitious! Or maybe I am superstitious. I text my college roomate every game day and we are on a 6 game winning streak. Coincidence? I think not. Go Bills!

Reminders -preheat your oven to 325 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Don’t overmix the batter. Just mix it until the flour is blended in.

A brownie masterpiece!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 5 1/3 tbs butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions – preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. In a saucepan, melt butter, chocolate chips, sugar and water over low-medium heat. Stir occasionally until chocolate and butter melted (does not take long). Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 27 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted,in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely.

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions- pour chips in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat cream over medium heat until it bubbles. Pour over chips. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Stir smooth. If you have a few chips that won’t smooth (did I just create a new verb?), you can microwave mixture in 20 second increments until you can stir it smooth. Cut brownies and store in covered container.

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Brown butter triple chip cookies

The cookie monster!

As I continue to break in out new stove, I present another version of the triple chip cookie. I used browned butter to give them a different flavor and active yeast to make them chewy.

Tips – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. (Pouring it in packs in the flour and winds up being too much flour,which could make dry cookies). I like to chill the dough for a bit so they cookies don’t get too flat. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, shredded
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp active yeast
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

In a pan, brown butter over low-medium heat. (The butter melts, you continue to cook and stir it occasionally until little brown specks appear. Once that happens, set aside for ten minutes. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and yeast. Cut in cold, shredded butter. Add browned butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups dough. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. Stagger cookies. Bake 9 to 13 minutes (light golden patches on top). Cool completely.

My new pooh potholder!

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Puffy, large chocolate chip cookies

All that puffy goodness!

Testing out our new Frigidaire gas oven with a chocolate chip cookie recipe… One of the more than 20 ccc recipes I have. They came out perfect. I also picked up some aluminum cookie sheets because I have been ready some articles how they bake cookies better. I am very pleased with how they came out. I think I may be investing in some aluminum cake and brownie pans too 🙂

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. Also, chill the mounds of dough for a couple of hours. And finally, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking, so your oven cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Crisco
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla (I used imitation)
  • 2 1/4 cups flour (scooped from your flour container into your measuring cup)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, Crisco, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Gently push a few extra chips on top. Chill dough mounds a few hours in fridge. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies on the sheet. Bake 9 to 12 minutes (light golden patches on top). I let these cool on the sheet for 10 minutes after removing from oven,hoping they would stay puffy (they did). Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you make these, let me know how they turn out. I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with joy, peace and love. And remember to be kind. We all deal with trials and tribulations. Some are tougher than others.

Oreo brownie cookies with chocolate ganache

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

A reminder to scoop your flour from your flour bag into you measuring cup. Also,form your dough into high mounds and chill these overnight. And,preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temp for baking

Still trying to use up my extra large box of Oreos,so I decided to finely crush them up, toss them in my brownie mix cookies. Then frost them with chocolate ganache (a fancy name for melted chocolate) and top with more finely crushed Oreos. These came out a little flatter than I prefer, so I may add a little more flour and a tbs of cornstarch next time to see if that helps them stay puffier.

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  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbs water
  • 3 /4 cup finely crushed oreos

Directions – combine brownie mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water. Blend in crushed Oreos. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dpugh. chill at least a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool completley.

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl,heat both types of chips for one minute. Set aside. In another microwave safe bowl, heat cream for one minute. Pour over chips, let set 10 minutes. Stir smooth. Frost completely cooled cookies. Top with crushed Oreos. Store in covered container.

I went a little crazy with the ganache!

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Monday night football!!!! A mini Oreo stuffed in a sugar cookie stuffed in a brownie.

Mini Oreo stuffed inside a sugar cookie stuffed inside a brownie

Big game for the Bills – against the Titans on Monday Night Football. So I upped my treat game -a mini Oreo stuffes inside a sugar cookie stuffed inside a brownie, with a chocolate blobby of frosting on top., why the frosting? I do not know. It seemed like the right call. Is it necessary? I believe the answer is yes.

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  • Ingredients list
  • 2 boxes of brownie mix, plus ingredients listed on the boxes
  • Sugar cookie mix, plus ingredients listed on box/bag
  • Mini oreos

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, combine brownie mixes and ingredients listed on boxes. Spread evenly into prepared pan. In another bowl, combine sugar cookie mix and ingredients on box. Scoop put 1 tbs cookie dough and cover a mini Oreo. Repeat process. I think I did about 16 of these. Gently press into brownie dough in pan in 4 rows of 4. Bake 28 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of brownie dough comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completley. Cut. You can frost these if you would like. Store in covered container.

Chocolate chip sugar cookies stuffed with Oreos

An Oreo stuffed inside a chocolate chip sugar cookie

I have an abundance of Oreos so in an attempt to use them up, I decided to stuff them inside a chocolate chip sugar cookie. I used a Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and added some chocolate chips. Then I stuffed an Oreo inside. And as soon as I took them out of the oven, I sprinkled them with powdered sugar. Feel free to use any cookie recipe (or mix).

  • Ingredients
  • 1 sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Oreos
Cookie monster at it again!

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. In a bowl, combine cookie mix, butter, water and egg. Mix well. Add chips. Scoop out 3 tbs of dough. Evenly form around an Oreo. Stagger on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 10 to 14 minutes, until light golden on bottom. Immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar after removing from oven. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Remember to be kind!