If you're the kind of person who loves light and airy cakes, but still with all that deep richness, this is for you! Plus, its a ONE BOWL cake with no fuss, and comes together so quick. Hello, weeknight chocolate craving. We got chu.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp espresso powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1tsp pure vanilla extract
8 oz dark chocolate, chips or roughly chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp milk, plus more
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
In large mixing bowl combine flour, sugars, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan melt butter. Whisk in cocoa powder and water, and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 minutes, then remove from heat.
Add cocoa mixture to dry ingredients along with buttermilk. Whisk in eggs, and vanilla, mixing well until combined.
Pour batter into a greased half sheet pan (17inx12in) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until center is cooked and toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting:
In a microwave- safe bowl, microwave chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring after each,. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and using a hand mixer, mix chocolate, cream cheese, and butter. Add milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Slowly add cocoa powder, mixing on low. Add powdered sugar in slow increments. Stir in a tsp of milk to thin, if needed. Continue to whisk frosting until a smooth, spreadable frosting is obtained.
'Tis the season for soft, buttery, cake-like cookies! We love these little puffs of deliciousness. Especially with a tangy frosting made with butter AND cream cheese. For such a little cookie, they have so much flavor! We know you'll love them too!
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
¾ cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
1 tsp almond extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp heavy cream
Sprinkles of choice
4 oz cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, plus more if needed
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp kosher salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
Add egg, vanilla bean paste (or extract), and almond extract mixing on medium speed until incorporated, and scraping sides as needed. Slowly add flour, salt, and baking powder, and mix on low just until combined. Stir in heavy cream.
Using a small cookie scoop or 1 Tbsp roll dough into balls. Using two fingers, gently press down on the rounded part on the top of the cookie to slightly flatten. You don't want to flatten the whole cookie, just the top so you have a flat surface to frost once they are done.
Place on baking tray and bake 8-10 minutes on upper rack in oven, or until just cooked through.
For the frosting cream together cream cheese and butter. Slowly add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until all incorporated. Mix in salt and vanilla until combined. Check consistency of buttercream, and add additional powdered sugar if needed.
Spread on cookies and top with sprinkles of choice. Enjoy!
We wait all year for that first bite of fall, and this recipe was well worth the wait!
This beauty won first place by Stefanie Lourenco in our pumpkin recipe contest. Its all the things we long for in a dessert - sticky, gooey, sweet, perfectly spiced. It's also incredibly simple to throw together with an easy way to make caramel. We just love everything about it, and hope you do too. Happy Fall, Y'all!
2 cups half and half
1 15oz can pure pumpkin
1 cup (packed), plus 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
10 cups 1/2 inch cubes egg bread or raisin egg bread (about 15 oz)
whipped cream, for serving
1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, spices, and vanilla extract. Fold in bread cubes. Transfer mixture to a 11 x7 baking dish and let stand for 15 minutes. Bake until tester in center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare the caramel by whisking brown sugar and butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes.
Serve warm with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
The perfect ending to summer! We typically don't get fussy over our mixed drinks, but this is one we really love. It's simple and great for a lighter cocktail (we use diet ginger beer, shhhhhhh). All of the ingredients get married together in one large pitcher making it easy to share with a group. Sip, repeat, and enjoy!
1 1/2 cup small assorted melon balls (cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew) , plus more for garnish
8 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
24 oz ginger beer, chilled
2 bottles dry sparkling wine, chilled
limes for serving
In a large heavy duty glass jar, muddle the melons and mint together to release all the juices. Transfer to a large pitcher. Pour in chilled ginger beer and sparkling wine. Divide into glasses and serve with melon ball skewers, lime slice, and fresh mint. Keep chilled. Enjoy!
Our love for chocolate knows no bounds, and when miso is added it gives a depth of flavor that is simply indescribable! We use black miso here, which is a more concentrated flavor. You can use any type of miso, but you may have to adjust the measurements up slightly. Don't be afraid to give it a try - you will not be disappointed!
2 Tbsp black miso paste
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups chopped dark chocolate, 70%
Line a 2-quart pan with parchment paper that covers 1 inch up the sides of the pan.
Place miso in a large bowl and using the back of a fork break miso up to soften the paste. Add sweetened condensed milk to the bowl and continue mix incorporating the miso into the condensed milk (a few tiny clumps are ok, but be sure to incorporate most of the miso).
Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pot with boiling water. Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the melted chocolate immediately, whisking until combined.
Transfer mixture to lined pan and chill in fridge until set, about 45 minutes. Cut into squares.
This is exactly what friends are for - banana pudding. There's no dessert that gets Annie as excited as Nat's banana pudding. If you don't have a friend making it for you, the good news is it's easy to make yourself! We also love how it gives you all the feelings of comfort with classic vanilla wafer cookies. We like to keep it on the rustic side and throw all of the ingredients in a glass dish in no particular order (we eat it way too fast to spend too much time making it pretty!). Grab a spoon, grab a friend, and dig in!
Makes 6 individual servings
30 vanilla wafer cookies
*2 large bananas, sliced
For the pudding:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 heavy cream
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
5 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
For the whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
For the pudding:
Whisk together sugar, cream, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks and milk, and whisk together. Over medium heat, gradually whisk the milk and egg mixture into the cornstarch mixture. Continue to cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickens (about 7-10 minutes). Mixture will become very thick quickly. You want the texture to be similar to pudding. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and butter. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any lumps, if desired. Allow to cool.
For the whipped cream:
Add heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixer. Turn mixer on to medium for one minute, then increase speed to high. Whip cream until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.
In 6 glass individual serving dishes, alternate layers of pudding, banana slices, whipped cream, and 4 vanilla wafer cookies. Crumble up the remaining vanilla wafter cookies and sprinkle on top with a dollop of whipped cream. Place in the refrigerator prior to serving.
*If you aren't serving these right away squeeze lemon juice over bananas to prevent browning.
Crab boils can look intimidating, but they are really quite simple. The key is TIMING! To make sure your corn and potatoes are cooked though, and your seafood is not overcooked. Here we've used pre-cooked snow crab legs to make it even easier, but we've also included a time chart for other fresh seafood if you want to add some variety to your boil!
Lobster: 12-15 minutes
Clams: 5-10 minutes
Mussels: 7-10 minutes
Shrimp: 2-3 minutes
1 quart water
2 cups white wine (or sub water if desired)
6-8 garlic cloves, smashed
2 onions, peeled and quartered
2 lemons, halved
3 Tbsp crab boil spice (such as zatarains or old bay)
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 lb baby red potatoes (1 inch, or cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes)
4 ears of corn, shucked and halved
10 oz cooked andouille sausage, cut into rounds
6 snow crab clusters, pre-cooked
4 oz salted butter melted, for serving
In a large stock pot bring water, wine, garlic, onions, lemons, crab boil spice, bay leaf, thyme, and salt to a boil. (If you have a burner on the side of your grill this is a great place to do a boil.)
Reduce heat to medium and add potatoes. Cook potatoes for 5 minutes then add halved corn and sausage. Cook for an additional 3 minutes then add snow crab clusters. Cook for an additional 6-8 minutes or until crab is heated all the way through.
Strain and dump into a large serving platter, or right onto a newspaper covered table. Serve with melted butter and extra lemon.
We are officially obsessed with these little pockets of buttery, cheesy, biscuits laced with sweet caramelized onions. Everyone in our families go crazy for these scones! Perfect for a weekend cookout, but equally satisfying for a breakfast-for-dinner meal through the week. Or just for breakfast. Or a snack. And a snack? Ok, all of the above.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp corse or kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 oz gruyere cheese, cut into small cubes
leaves from 1 thyme sprig
1/2 cup heavy cream, plus 2 Tbsp
caramelized onions, recipe below
2 small sweet onions
2 Tbsp butter
pinch of kosher salt
Trim the tip and root from the onions, cut in half and remove the skins. Slice the onion from root to stem into a thin slice. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the onions, and a generous pinch of salt, and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook the onions on low, stirring occasionally, until they’re deep brown. This will take about 30-40 minutes. You don't want the onions to get too dark too quick, so splash a spoonful of water into the pan to prevent burning, if they begin to get dark brown. You want a deep golden brown color at the end. Times vary depending on the pan and stove you're using, but real caramelized onions typically take at least 30 minutes and most of the time up to 45 minutes.
For the scones:
Place flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter into flour mixture and pulse, about 5 or 6 times, or until butter becomes the size of peas.
Add the cheese, thyme, and buttermilk and pulse just until the mixture combines. Add caramelized onions and give one or two additional pulses. Mixture should be a little shaggy, but will come together when you press with your fingers. Add 1 Tbsp buttermilk at a time if mixture is too dry.
Turn mixture over onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Pat dough into 1 inch thick rectangle, and transfer to the freezer. Allow to chill for at least 30 minutes. Cut the dough lengthwise into 1 inch strips, then 1 inch crosswise to create squares. Cut each shape diagonally to make triangles. Pull triangles apart just slightly and place tray back into freezer. Chill for at least 30 minutes or until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place baking tray in middle or top rack of oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm slathered with butter, if desired!
We're not going to be shy when we tell you we eat this avocado salsa with a spoon. So, darn good and is the perfect accompaniment to flavorful, cheesy beef nachos!
If you don't like spice you can easily leave out the chipotle sauce and jalapeños. But if you're like us and you prefer a little kick to your fiesta, this will be your jam as is.
(If you don’t like spicy, you can substitute reduce the chipotle in adobe to 2 tsp (or eliminate all together) and increase the smoked paprika to 2 tsp)
1 bag tortilla chips of choice
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chili powder
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp sauce from can chipotle in adobe (or more if you like it spicy)
Salt and pepper
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese
Avocado Salsa, see below
In a large pan on med-low sweat onions in olive oil until translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook one minute longer. Add ground beef to pan and turn heat up to medium-high. Cook until browned. Drain excess fat if needed. Add cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder to beef and cook for 1-2 minutes longer. Stir in tomato sauce and chipotle sauce. Allow flavors to come together by simmering on low for an additional 5 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper, and stir in cilantro.
2 ripe avocados, diced
12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime, squeezed (more if needed)
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp cumin
Salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 350.
Assemble the nachos by spreading half out on a large baking tray lined with foil. Cover with half the cheese evenly, and top with half chipotle beef. Repeat with the remaining chips, cheese, and beef. Bake for 10 minutes or until all the cheese is melted through the layers. Top with avocado salsa and jalapenos, if desired.
We know Easter will be a little different this year, but that won't keep us from doing what we do best - celebrating with a table full of our favorite comfort foods. Of course not to exclude the most satisfying comfort food of all - Mac and Cheese! This year we're taking it to the next level
with the addition of @hatfieldmeats sweet Italian sausage, and whoa - this
gets us excited! We teamed up with @hatfieldmeats and @thefeedfeed to bring
you a ridiculously creamy recipe, so rich and flavorful with the sausage -
the whole family is going to love it. And the best part of all? Hatfield is
committed to sustaining American family farms. No hormones or steroids are
ever added, and the animals are raised without growth promotants. We can't
wait for you to try this one!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
1 lb medium shells, cooked al dente
1 lb Hatfield Sweet Italian Sausage
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
4 Tbsp flour
4 cups whole milk
16 oz fontina, shredded
8 oz sharp provolone, shredded
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, add Hatfield Sweet Italian Sausage to a large pan and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
Prepare the sauce by melting butter over med-low in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add milk while whisking continuously until the mixture is completely smooth. Bring milk mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken (careful not to boil sauce), about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cheeses, one handful at a time. Whisk in the grated parmesan, and season with kosher salt and pepper.
Stir in the cooked Hatfield Sweet Italian Sausage, sprinkle with more grated parmesan, and serve immediately.