Tag Archives: Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

2 Dec

Today my sweet tooth won out, sigh.  I’ve been eating healthy all week to recover from my  turkey bender last week.  I was cleaning my kitchen and putting away my groceries, when I noticed a lonely little can of pumpkin left in my cabinet.  Actually, a bag of mini chocolate chips hit me in the head when I opened my cabinet as I attempted to restock my olive oil, and I then spotted the pumpkinI took the not so subtle hint that I deserved a reward and whipped up this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (adapted from Alton Brown)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/2  cup mini semi-sweet baking chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Whisk the flour, cinnamon, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.

In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Combine both mixtures, and add the pumpkin. Once combined, add the chocolate chips to the batter, and stir. 

Pour batter into a non stick 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan.  If your pan is not non stick coat it with butter and flour.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 mins.  At this point a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean.  Cool for 15 minutes if you can wait, and turn out onto a cooling rack.

You could also turn this recipe into adorable muffins.  Prepare the same batter and bake in muffin tins for 30 mins at 325 degrees.

So have a slice!  You know you earned it ;).

Flourless Chocolate PB & Choc Chip Cookies

21 Nov

Are you a planner or someone who does things on the fly?  I ask because there may be some of you who are still trying to figure out something easy and portable to bring to the fam’s house for Thanksgiving.  Sure you could bring something classic like this, or this and then afterwards turn it into this.  

Somehow I think you all are more like the most interesting man in the world, and therefore, anything but traditional!  Why not try something different and a little outside of the box?  How about some Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies?  These cookies are quick, include just a few ingredients, and are oh so portable for those of you on the go.

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from a Claire Robinson recipe)

  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter from Peanut Butter & Co
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • sea salt to sprinkle

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, mix the dark chocolate peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla, until well combined. 

Spoon 1 tbs of dough mixture about 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets (I know, you don’t even have to grease them). Flatten the mounds with a fork, making a criss cross pattern on the cookies. Sprinkle coarse salt on top of the cookies.

Bake until the edges firm up, about 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway thorough baking. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks. Couldn’t be easier right?  If this is too chocolately, then feel free to use regular peanut butter.

Stay hungry my friends.