In a nod to New England in their bid for the Super Title, I give you Mini Whoopie Pies!
The Whoopie Pie is the the official state treat of Maine, and considered a New England classic. Also know as black moons, gobs, or black and whites, whatever their name, they are in the words of Rachael Ray…yum-o! Continue reading “Mini Whoopie Pies”
What holiday is complete without a special treat? …….trick or treat. Cauldron Cupcakes!
I was inspired by a Pinterest pin from House of Yumm. These cupcakes are so flipping cute.
I knew this had to be something I tried. I used my own dark chocolate cake recipe. Dark cocoa powder, with dark melted chocolate, and strong brewed espresso make decadent cupcakes. Moist and super dark chocolatey.
Everyone has a recipe for buttercream frosting, but they are all pretty basic…butter, powdered sugar, and flavoring. I like a blend of vanilla and almond extract. My key is to whip the dickens out of it. I whip it for like 5 to 7 minutes to get it really fluffy. Continue reading “Cauldron Cupcakes”
The first Saturday in May is Derby Day! OMG that’s this coming Saturday………What better than Bacon Bourbon Pecan Brownies…….. BB Pecan Brownies to celebrate the winner.
The Kentucky Derby is a long standing tradition of roses, mint juleps, and hats. It’s also the first leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing.
So what about a dessert of the day. BB Pecan Brownies would be the perfect finish .
Super chocolatey, with a hint of bourbon…….Kentucky bourbon of course, these brownies are rich and decadent.
Topped with pecans, and crispy bacon…….well what can you say about bacon…….it makes everything better.
I topped a few of them with caramel sauce……just in case they were not decadent enough. You can use chocolate or just have them plain…….psst……..use the caramel…..wink, wink!
These brownies are the perfect finish line for your derby day party!!!
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted & chopped
- 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked crisp and chopped, reserving 3 tablespoons of bacon fat
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 packed cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Caramel or chocolate sauce if desired for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 13 X 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches of overhang on 2 opposite sides. Spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place both chocolates with the butter in a large microwave proof glass bowl. Microwave for 1 minute at a time stirring between until melted.
- Using a handheld electric mixer, beat in both sugars with the reserved 3 tablespoons of bacon fat. Beat in the bourbon. Add the eggs and salt and beat until smooth. Sift the cocoa and flour into the bowl and beat until blended.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the bacon and pecans on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the brownies are set around the edges but slightly wobbly in the center. Transfer to a rack and let the brownies cool completely. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares to serve. Top brownies with caramel or chocolate sauce if desired.