One Bowl Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Icing

I have never been much of a cake fan.  But there is one kind that when I eat cake I must have, it is chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.  Just the thought of a piece of decadent moist chocolate cake with a light homemade peanut butter frosting and a big glass of milk makes me need to eat a piece while writing this post!

The chocolate cake recipe is amazing!  Everything goes together in one bowl and is super quick to through together, just as quick as a box mix and you cannot even begin to compare the taste! The cake recipe is so good there was no need for me to change anything in it.  The original recipe comes from Valerie over at Valerie’s Kitchen.  You can click the link and follow her recipe and directions and you will get the best chocolate cake ever.  And it only takes 35-40 min to cook too so this is something that I just whipped up last night when I needed a dessert in a pinch!

Her chocolate icing recipe is also to die for and came out perfect when I tried it!  Again no worry about having icing in the cupboard as I always have powdered sugar on hand so you can just make you own and again it’s THE BEST!  I will post her recipe below as well but drop by her page and give her some love for sharing this amazing cake and frosting recipe. –Just a side note, her cake and icing recipe call for buttermilk which I never buy but that is a simple fix; by adding one tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 cup of milk you will make the perfect buttermilk.–

Now for the other best part… peanut butter icing!  Yes there are a tone of recipes out there and there are so many different ways of doing it.  My mom likes to mix peanut butter into a chocolate icing and use that!  This is my favorite and one that I have come up with to produce that perfect light ( not too peanut buttery) but also one gets nice and stiff.  I am do not like a watery frosting on a cake and this one is light and melts in your mouth but it will set up so beautifully on the cake!

Whether you needing a dessert in a pinch or you are craving that wonderful chocolate peanut butter combination or you just want to make something completely from scratch with ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now and you want to wow everyone with your skills… this is the recipe for you!

Peanut Butter Icing

The best light and fluffy yet nice and firm peanut butter icing recipe for all your bakes goods!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons milk

Instructions

  1. 1. In a bowl cream together the butter and peanut butter. ( handheld mixer or with your whisk attachment to your stand mixer)
  2. 2. Mix in vanilla.
  3. 3. Add your powdered sugar to the bowl and slowly mix in the milk starting off with 2 TBSP and adding the other as needed... you can add more milk as needed to get the desired consistency.
  4. 4. Place icing in your pastry bag and pipe onto cupcakes or spread over cake with your spatula. Will ice a 9x13 cake.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake ( From Valerie’s Kitchen)

Ingredients
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• 3/4 cup cocoa powder
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup very hot water

Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
• 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 6 tablespoons buttermilk
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 16 ounces (4 cups) powdered sugar, or as needed to reach desired consistency
• 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

For the Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat in eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Add hot water and mix until combined. Batter will be quite thin.
3. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan before frosting.

For the Frosting:
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over MEDIUM heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, buttermilk and vanilla. Turn heat to LOW and whisk in powdered sugar until you’ve reached desired consistency. It should be thick but pourable. Continue whisking vigorously until smooth. Stir in chopped nuts, if using.
2. Immediately pour frosting over cake and use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread it out evenly over the surface. Allow to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving the cake.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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I love all things sweet but at this time of year our home is overflowing with cookies!  There are so many different kinds out there the possibilities are endless.  Last year I wanted to try a new cookies recipe for Christmas and after a Pinterest search I came across these.  They were such a big hit on Christmas day they were all eaten by the end of the night!

Be prepared to impress everyone with these cookies and to be asked to make them again and again! I was a little hesitant to make these at first because of the look of them with the cinnamon swirl and my lack of success with previous swirl cookies but these were so simple and came out so beautiful!

A few tips before you get started… The dough will feel a little sticky but if its too sticky for you then just add a bit more flour to make it manageable.  Be sure not to slice these too thin and watch them while baking to prevent over browning on the bottom!

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 12m
  • Total Time: 45m
  • Yield: 3 Dozen +

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cookies

  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups al purpose flour

Ingredients for Smear

  • 5 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons water- more or less to get right consistency

Instructions

  1. In a bowl ( I use stand mixer with paddle attachment) beat together the butter, sugars, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in egg and beat until combined.
  3. Slowly beat in flour until just combined.
  4. Turn dough out on floured surface ( I just use counter but can use wax paper or whatever your preference) and roll out into square about 1/4" thick
  5. Make the smear by combining all smear ingredients in the bowl and mix using the paddle attachment.
  6. Spread smear all over top of dough and roll dough up jell roll style ( or like you were making actual cinnamon rolls!) To help with the dough not sticking I slide a floured flat edge icing tool under the dough to release it from the counter as I am rolling!
  7. Wrap roll in wax paper and freeze 20 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 375°
  9. Grease cookie sheet or use parchment or silpat.
  10. Remove cookie log from freezer and cut cookies 1/4" thick ( be careful not to slice too thin or they will brown too quickly.
  11. Bake cookies 12-14 minutes or until edges are just starting to golden.
  12. Let cookies cool on baking sheet 2 minutes then cool to wire rack.
  13. Combine all the glaze ingredients in a bowl and using a pastry brush glaze cookies ( I glaze my cookies slightly warm so the glaze melts in!) ENJOY!

Now go impress your friends at the cookie exchange! Happy Cooking.

 

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Gluten-Free (flourless) Chocolate Cookies

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It’s that time of year again!  The holiday season is upon us and the oven in our house is fired up and pumping out cookies and all kind of baked goods almost daily! I love my sweets.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake so how do I balance my ginormous sweet tooth with staying healthy and fit through the holidays? I don’t shy away from enjoying my sweet treats I just enjoy them in moderation! I know it’s not as easy as it sounds so to help me not eat up a dozen cookies in a day, when I bake, I like to share the wealth with friends and family. It’s always a nice treat when someone shows up at your door with some fresh baked goods (they don’t need to know that you have to get them out of your house just so you won’t eat them all)!

These are a new favorite in our house that I have been craving ever since I last made them (yea even though they are gluten free believe me they are so good you will crave these)!  I made these cookies as one of my desserts I took to my in laws for Thanksgiving.  My mom-in-law is gluten free and it was such a nice treat to have something to take that she could also enjoy!  My father-in-law also enjoyed them too, even though he is not gluten free, and he was in awe that these cookies were actually gluten free!  After a few bites of his first cookie he asked me again if they were really gluten free!

These cookies are so rich and fudgy! The egg whites in them help crisp the tops, think meringues, and the chocolate chips in them make them ever so decadent that the taste like they are from a bakery! The best thing about these cookies (besides all the stuff I just said and they are gluten free…) there are only 7 ingredients and none of them are crazy things that if you aren’t gluten free you don’t usually have in your home like 10 different kinds of flours!  The struggle is real people.. when you want to make a great gluten free dessert but you don’t have all the specialty ingredients ( what is xanthan gum anyway?) .  Since these cookies are flourless you most likely have everything you need, already in your pantry, to bake these today!

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Click recipe for printable version.

Original recipe found here.

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