Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

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So, today is the last day of #Choctoberfest. Hopefully you were able to find a few new chocolately recipes. My last post for choctoberfest is what I am calling my Grand Finale. I made this triple Chocolate Mousse Cake for my son’s 19th Birthday and it has been killing me keeping it from you all!! LOL  Trust me when i say this looks harder than it is the only baking involved is the brownie bottom, but you do need to extend your 9 inch springform pan a couple of inches to hold all the chocolatey goodness, so start by lining the bottom of your springform pan with parchment paper. After you have lined the bottom build a ring out of parchment that is at least 2 inches taller than the top of your pan. Now you are ready to begin…..


For the Brownie Layer

1 box of you favorite brownie mix

Plus

whatever your box of brownies calls for

follow the directions on your box of brownies and then carefully pour into your already prepared pan and bake according to the 9×9 times to follow. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Once cooled you can remove onto the next layer.

Dark Chocolate Mousse Layer

9 ounces Dark Chocolate Chips

1-3/4 cups heavy cream, divided

2 tsp unflavored gelatin

2 Tbsp Water

Milk Chocolate Mousse Layer

9 ounces Milk Chocolate Chips

1-3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

2 tsp unflavored gelatin

2 Tbsp water

Semi Sweet Mousse Layer

9 ounces Semi sweet chocolate chips

1-3/4 cup heavy cream

2 tsp unflavored gelatin

2 Tbsp water

Between Each Mousse layer you are going to want to place your cake in the fridge for 25 minutes to let it “set up” before you add the next layer on top

For Each Mousse Layer

Combine chocolate and 3/4 cup heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth, let cool to room temperature. While you wait for your chocolate to cool. Mix the gelatin and water together and set aside to let the gelatin absorb. When your chocolate is cool microwave the gelatin bowl for 15 seconds, pour melted gelatin and chocolate together.

Whip the remaining 1 cup heavy cream to stiff peaks. Carefully fold chocolate into whip cream just until incorporated. Spread your first layer on top of your cooled brownie and set in fridge for 25 minutes to firm up.

After 25 minutes….. Continue on the same way you made the Dark chocolate mousse layer except using the milk chocolate chips and set back in fridge for another 25 minutes.

Once your milk chocolate layer has firmed up (25 minutes) make the semisweet layer and place on top of the milk chocolate layer. Let firm in fridge overnight. Remove from spring form pan place on a cake board and top with whipping cream and mini chocolate chips!! ENJOY!!

 

Imperial Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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Day 10 of #Choctoberfest!! First I need to start with I received free product from Imperial Sugar in exchange for a post all the opinions are my own.

What better way to use Imperial Sugar then making a Chocolate sugar cookie, but plain chocolate sugar cookies were well just a little to plain so I had to add some cherries to push this one over the top. These little gems will be the center pieces of my Christmas Cookie platters this year. Don’t the look like Roudolph noses??? Yes, I know Christmas is still I few days away but I like to plan ahead. Pour yourself an Ice Cold Glass of Milk and let’s get started.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line three baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 (4oz) package Unsweetened Chocolate

1/2 cup butter

8 ounces Cream cheese, softened and cubed

1-1/4 cups Imperial Sugar, divided

1 egg room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

1 can cherry pie filling

1/2 tsp almond extract

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl, set aside. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add cream cheese and continue to stir until cream cheese is completely melted. Stir in 1 cup sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix well. Place Dough in fridge for about 20 minutes.

Roll dough into one inch balls and then roll into a bowl filled with your remaining 1/4 cup of Imperial Sugar and place on already prepared baking sheet. Press your thumb into center of each cookie.

In a small bowl mix cherry pie filling with almond extract.

Into the center of each cookie fill indentation with one cherry.

Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool one minute on baking tray and then move to cooling rack to let cool completely. ENJOY! 🙂

 

Barleans Chocolate Banana Berry Green Smoothie

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First let me get all the important stuff out of the way… I received free products in exchange for my post but all the opinions of the product our my own.

Now, with that out of the way… Day 4 of #Choctoberfest and I have something for you that is not only YUMMY but also healthy. Many of you know that I have been on a green smoothie kick, and I think this just might be my favorite one. I always start with plain old water and some sort of green such as spinach, spring mix or kale and then add some fresh and some frozen fruit hence why I call them green smoothies even if they always don’t look green. LOL! I was so excited to receive the Barleans Chocolate Greens Powder once again this year and let me tell you it added a little extra to my smoothie that I might be willing to push aside my scoop of ice cream in the evening and opt for this Chocolate Banana Berry Smoothie. Give it a try…….

In a blender place

1 cup water

2 handfuls fresh spinach

Blend until you get a beautiful green juice

Add

1 scoop Barleans Green Powder Chocolate Silk

1 whole banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp ground flax seed

Blend until smooth and creamy, pour into a glass and enjoy a delicious breakfast. ENJOY 🙂

 

Monster Brookies

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Today is Day 3 of #Choctoberfest and I am so excited to share my first recipe with you all. Today was just one of those days where cookies sounded great but so did brownies. What was I suppose to do when I could NOT decide??? Make both of course!!! These Brookies tasted great on their own but as my boys figured out the tasted even better warm with a scoop of ice cream on top!! However you prefer them you are going to love them!! ENJOY!! 🙂

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line with parchment paper one 9×13 baking pan and then spray lightly with nonstick spray and set aside.

Brownie Layer

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup   Imperial Sugar

2 cold eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

Melt butter and then stir sugar into melted butter. In a medium bowl add eggs. Add a little bit of your butter sugar mixture to eggs and beat with a wooden spoon so not to temper your eggs. Add the rest of your butter sugar mixture to egg bowl and stir till combined. Pour in vanilla, then cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. Stir until combined well and then pour into your already prepared 9×13 baking dish. Now you are ready to make your Monster cookie layer…..

Monster Cookie

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cups Imperial Sugar

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup M&M candies

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter chips

1/4 cup shredded coconut

In bowl of mixer add butter and Imperial Sugar, Cream together the butter and the sugar. Add vanilla and egg, cream again until smooth. Add flour, baking soda and salt, stir until combined. Add M&M’s chocolate and peanut butter chips and coconut and stir until combined. With a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop drop “scoops” of your monster cookie dough on top of your already prepared brownie mix. Gently push your cookie into your brownie.


Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center removes clean. Let cool on wire rack 15-20 minutes , remove from pan and continue cool. ENJOY!

 

Chocolate Banana Cream Puffs

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

4 eggs

In a sauce pan bring the butter, milk, water and vanilla to a boil. Add flour stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until dough leaves side of pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat and let cool.

Beat in eggs one at a time until pastry dough is smooth. Transfer batter into piping bag fitted with large open star tip.  Cover baking sheet with parchment paper and then pipe pastry dough into 1-1/2 inch circles. You should get about 14 cream puffs.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and gently piece a tiny hole into the bottom of each cream puff to remove the steam and then let cool completely.

Filling

1 banana sliced (to keep banana’s from turning brown gently dip the slices in lemon-lime soda)

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup milk

1 (3.4 ounce) instant banana cream pudding

slice and dip banana and set aside. In bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment place heavy cream, milk and instant pudding, whisk until stiff and pipeable. Should be the consistency of well whisked whipped cream.

Slice cream puff shells in half, pipe with filling and then place a few slices of banana’s on each cream puff and place tops back on. Now you are ready to drizzle some chocolate.

Ganache

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 Tbsp butter

Place chocolate in a heat save bowl, in a small sauce pan add cream and butter and bring to a boil, pour over chocolate and gently stir until it becomes a smooth chocolate, let cool to room temperature. Once cooled using the tines of a fork drizzle chocolate over the tops of the cream puffs. ENJOY!! 🙂 Keep in fridge till ready to serve or to store.

Chocolate Strawberry Tart

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Once again we are back with a fun group post ” Spring has Sprung”. I don’t know about you but I am more than ready for spring and we are hoping these fun recipes will help you to get into the spring spirit.


To get the other ladies wonderful recipes scroll down and click on the highlighted links under their pictures.

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY TART

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 1 removable bottom tart pan with nonstick spray.

Chocolate Silk Filling~

2/3 cups sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

4 egg yolks

3 cups whole milk

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

2 Tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

In a heavy bottom sauce pot place sugar, cornstarch and salt stir till combined. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and milk. In a slow stream slowly pour egg yolk mixture into sauce pot, whisking together egg mixture and sugar mixture. Over medium heat whisking constantly bring your mixture to a slow bubble, the mixture will begin to thicken (6-8) minutes and then continue to simmer another 2 minutes. Remove from heat whisk in chocolate, butter and vanilla. Continue to whisk until chocolate and butter are melted and combined.  Place chocolate into a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pushing down plastic wrap until it touches the top of your chocolate silk, place in fridge and cool completely about 1-2 hours. While your chocolate is chilling it is a perfect time to get your crust made and cooling.

Crust~

10 Chocolate graham cracker cookie sheets

2 Tbsp sugar

4 Tbsp butter, melted

In a food processor place graham crackers and pulse till you have fine crumbs, add sugar and melted butter and pulse a couple times until combined. Pour into prepared tart pan and push crumbs up the sides of the pan and onto the bottom. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, let cool completely. Once both crust and chocolate silk are cooled, with a rubber spatula fill your cookie crust with chocolate silk and place in the fridge while you make the strawberry topping.

Strawberry Topping~

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/8 cup plus 1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 (3oz) package strawberry jello

24 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced

In a pot place water, sugar and cornstarch, bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Continue to stir until mixture becomes thick. Add in jello and stir until jello is dissolved and combined. Remove from heat, place in a bowl and let cool to room temperature. Fold strawberries in to cooled mixture and then place on top of chocolate silk layer and place back in fridge to chill overnight.

When ready to serve “pop”out of tart pan and slice!! ENJOY!! 🙂

 

Irish Coffee Macarons from The Rowdy Baker

Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie from Tampa Cake Girl

Easy Peanut Butter Cup Pie from Cooking from a SAHM

Blackberry Bitter White Chip Cookies

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This post is sponsored by Just Hemp Foods. All of the opinions are my own but in return for a recipe post I received a box of their terrific healthy products to play with. 🙂 Thank you so much for the wonderful product and for sponsoring Choctoberfest ❤ Amy~ Crumbs

We have made it to day 6 of Choctoberfest. I can feel my stretchy pants getting tighter so what a better time than now to add a little extra good to my diet, so I won’t be eating salads and veggies for every meal next week to detox from all the yummy sugar and chocolate goodness. After I received my box I thought I better educate myself first…Just Hemps Foods 50% protein powder is “a plant based protein powder that is rich in essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals”. Don’t worry there is no THC in this product and it is gluten, soy and lactose free!! How could I go wrong adding this to my cookies?? The answer… I couldn’t!!


Cookie Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside while you make your cookie dough.

2 cups flour

1/4 cup Just Hemp Foods 50% Hemp protein powder

If you choose to use just flour, use 2-1/4 cups flour and omit the hemp protein powder)

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cream of tarter

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup imperial sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp almond extract

About 4 tbsp Seedless blackberry Jam

3/4 cup Ghirardelli bitter sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup Ghirardelli white chocolate chips

In a medium size bowl combine all of your dry ingredients and set aside for a moment.

In bowl of a mixer place butter, Imperial sugar and brown sugar, cream together until combined and fluffy. Add egg plus extra yolk vanilla and almond extract and beat until combined well. Add dry ingredients that you have already mixed together in a bowl to bowl of mixer and beat until combined. Stir in your bitter chocolate chips and white chips.

Separate your dough into quarters drop jelly into each quarter of dough in about 1 tsp dallops so you have about a Tbsp of jam in each quarter of dough. “Cut” in the jam to your dough with a butter knife, you do not want to stir the jam in because your cookie dough will just turn purple you want sort of a swirl.

Drop cookie dough onto your parchment lined cookie sheets using a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop. Bake at 350 degrees 12-16 minutes. Remove from oven once baked and then slide onto cooling racks to cool completely. Your cookies are baked when they are slightly golden around the edges.

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My Cookie jar is now full and happy and I am satisfied knowing that my boys are getting a little of the good stuff with them.

Thank you so much Just Hemp Foods!!

 

 

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German Chocolate New York Cheesecake

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Welcome to day 4 of #Choctoberfest!!

First I need to start with a huge Thank You to Imperial Sugar for being a gold sponsor of #choctoberfest this post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar , In return for a post I received product from Imperial Sugar. All the opinions in this post are all my own.

By now many of you know that I love to make cheesecakes. Sometimes I think I can make them in my sleep. Awhile back I started a list of cheesecake flavors that I need to try, so I pulled out that list that to others looks like a bunch of scribbles because many nights I wake up and write down an idea. Yes, I dream about cheesecakes, doesn’t everyone?? At the top of the list was German Chocolate which worked out since it is #Choctoberfest.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of one 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick spray, set onto a cookie sheet lined with foil.

Crust:

2 cups (2 packages out of a box of grahams) chocolate graham cracker crumbs

1/4 shredded sweetened coconut

1/4 cup of pecan halves

2 Tbsp Imperial Sugar

1/2 cup butter melted

In your food processor add graham cracker, sugar, coconut and pecans and pulse until you get a fine consistency of crumbs. Stir in Imperial Sugar. Add butter and stir until all crumbs are moistened. Press crumbs in and 1/4 up the sides of your already prepared spring form pans. Once you have your crust all pressed into your pan place in freezer while you make your filling.

German Chocolate Filling:

8 ounces Baker’s German chocolate, melted and cooled

32 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1-1/3 cups Imperial Sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp vanilla

3 eggs, room temperature

1 cup sour cream

Rough chop your German chocolate and then place in a microwave safe bowl, melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stir after each 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Let cool for at least 15 minutes.

In bowl of mixer place cream cheese and beat (speed 4) until fluffy. Add melted, cooled chocolate and continue to beat (4) until combined well. Add Imperial Sugar, cornstarch and vanilla and continue to beat (4) until combined and smooth. Turn mixer down to lowest setting (stir) and add each egg one at a time, just until eggs are combined. You do not want to over stir after adding eggs. With a rubber spatula fold in sour cream.

Pour filling into already prepared crust and bake at 325 degrees for 75-80 minutes. Your cheesecake should be slightly jiggly in the middle and will set completely during cooling and refrigerating.

Once cheesecake is out of the oven let cool on a cooling rack for 15 minutes, then run knife carefully around edges. Let cool another 45 minutes and then place cheesecake in fridge for at least 6 hours but overnight is best.

Coconut Pecan Topping

1- 12 ounce can evaporated milk

4 egg yolks

2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup butter

1-1/2 cups Imperial Sugar

3 cups sweetened flake coconut

1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

In a large sauce pan whisk evaporated milk. egg yolks and vanilla over medium heat until combined and smooth. Add butter and Imperial Sugar stirring constantly on medium heat for about 15 minutes, until golden and color and thick. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans. Place in a 9×13 pan and let cool completely. Once cooled and your cheesecake has been in the fridge for at least 6 hours, top your cheesecake with the coconut pecan frosting.

Ganache Drizzle

2 ounces chopped German chocolate

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 Tbsp butter

Place chocolate in a heat safe bowl. In a small sauce pan place heavy cream and butter heat over medium until it just begins to boil, remove from heat and pour over your chocolate. Stir until becomes a smooth chocolate. Let cool to room temperature. Once cooled using the back of a fork, a spoon, a squeeze bottle or whatever you find in your kitchen drizzle chocolate over top of your German Chocolate Cheesecake! 🙂


I would like to Thank Imperial Sugar one last time for being a Gold sponsor for #choctoberfest!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!! ❤ Crumbs in my Mustachio

 

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Mint Chip Mini Brownie Bites

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Day 3 of #Choctoberfest and I am so excited to bring you my first sponsored post EVER!! First I would like to start by thanking Barlean’s for being a wonderful sponsor of #choctoberfest. In exchange for a recipe that sent me a goodie bag of their Greens chocolate silk and Swirl chocolate mint flax seed oil. I must say that the opinions in this post are all my own and of course my 2 favorite taste testers and Barlean’s product received a big thumbs up. At first I was a little worried about using the Barlean’s chocolate silk greens in my mixture but a little taste of the batter made my worry go right out the window. My batter was just as good, no it was better!! By adding the Barlean’s chocolate mint swirl flax seed oil it sent my recipe straight to chocolate mint cloud 9. When I first placed the mint chip brownie bites in front of my 2 favorite taste testers I felt a little sneaky but when they let me know that they were the best mint chip brownie bites they had ever had that feeling past. LOL!! It wasn’t until their 3rd and 4th brownie bite that I let them in on the secret and well I guess they didn’t care and thought they were as great as I did because they each reached for 2 more.

Okay, so I will stop rambling now and get to the recipe but, before you go any further you are going to want to follow me over to Barlean’s and place an order. I am headed over to try out a few more of their other products since this mom is not worried about sneaking in some good stuff with the sweet stuff now that I have found Barlean’s!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray one mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.

Brownie Bites

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup Imperial Sugar

2 cold eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp Barlean’s Chocolate mint Swirl flax seed oil

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 scoops Barlean’s Green Chocolate Silk

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

Melt butter and stir Imperial sugar and Barlean’s Chocolate mint swirl flax seed oil into butter.In a medium bowl place eggs, add a little bit of your butter sugar mixture to your eggs so not to scramble your eggs 😉 and beat with a wooden spoon. Add the rest of your butter sugar mixture and vanilla stir until combined. In a small bowl place cocoa powder and Barlean’s Greens chocolate silk, flour, salt and baking powder, stir until combined. Add your cocoa powder mixture to your butter mixture, stir about 50 strokes until all your ingredients are combined.

With a cookie scoop place your brownie batter into your already prepared mini muffin pan (each cup should be about 1/2 full) Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Once baked remove tin from oven and cool for about 5 minutes on a cooling rack, then remove from mini muffin tin and let cool completely on rack.

Mint Chip Frosting

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 Tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp mint extract

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup mini chocolate  chips

place cream cheese, butter and mint extract in bowl of mixer and cream. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until frosting consistency. Stir in mini chocolate chips.

Decorating

1 piping bag

12 andes mints, cut in half or chocolate curls

1 lrg open star piping tip

Place frosting in piping bag and pipe a little bit of frosting on each brownie and decorate with andes mints or chocolate curls.

Makes 24 mini brownie bites

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Ghirardelli Skillet Cookie

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees, use 2 of the Tbsp of softened butter to grease one cast iron skillet I believe mine is a 9 inch round cast iron skillet.

10 Tbsp spoons of butter, softened (8Tbsp for your cookie and 2 Tbsp to grease your skillet)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light  brown sugar, packed

1 egg, room temperature

2 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup Ghirardelli bittersweet chips

vanilla ice cream

Ghirardelli chocolate sauce

In bowl of mixer cream butter and sugars together, add egg and vanilla and beat until combined well.

In a small bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until mixed together.\

Add bittersweet chips and stir in with a rubber spatula. Spread cookie dough into your already prepared cast iron skillet.

Bake at 350 degrees, for 20-25 minutes mine took 25 minutes or until cookie is crisp around edges and golden brown.

Let cool completely or let cool for about 15 minutes and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a Ghirardelli chocolate drizzle.ENJOY 🙂