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Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

For my birthday I wanted to have some close family and friends over for games.  My birthday is also New Years Eve so we decided to celebrate with an evening of junk food and hot fudge sundaes.  I came across Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe and decided to try it out as well as caramel sauce made from sweetened condensed milk.

I had the additional fixings for sundaes along with a variety of ice creams.  This was such an easy way to serve dessert on my birthday.  Both toppings could be made ahead and just reheated.   To reheat I kept them on “keep warm” in a water bath in my slow cooker.  The lid did not shut completely but kept both sauces perfect.  When we reheated the fudge later we just removed the lid and microwaved it for no more than 30 seconds or so.

Keep hot fudge and caramel warm in the slow cooker.

Keep hot fudge and caramel warm in the slow cooker.

We have an extra jar of hot fudge in the freezer still for a later date.  This recipe produced about 2 pint jars of hot fudge.

Homemade Hot Fudge SauceHomemade Hot Fudge Sauce:

  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In at least a 2 quart heavy sauce pan melt chocolate on low heat.

Stir in sugar and milk, continue to cook over medium heat stirring constantly.

Cook for about 20 minutes (the sauce will start boiling around 8 minutes), continue to stir.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

After the 20 minutes continue to cook until desired thickness.  I stopped at this point.

Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

Pour into a few pint jars for easy reheat and storage.

Keep refrigerated or frozen for future use.


Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

With all that Halloween candy to use up we came up with some fun surprise brownies.  The kids had a blast adding in the candy bars.  It was even more fun to see what kind of candy bar you ended up with in your piece of brownie.  Tasty treat with a scoop of ice cream.

Happy little helpers!

Happy little helpers!

Don’t forget how important it is to get kids interested and in the kitchen.  They learn how to cook and be independent.  It is a memory they will never forget.  Recipes and baking are a great way to learn fractions and math.  Foodies are born in the kitchen, I grew up always helping in the kitchen and so will my kids.

Surprise Brownies:

  • 1 box or recipe for 9×13″ pan brownie mix, prepared and ready to pour
  • multiple fun size candy bars or larger ones but into bite size pieces (the more variety the better)


Prepare a 9×13″ baking dish by lightly greasing.

Pour 2/3 of the batter into the baking dish.

Follow by pressing different candy bar pieces into the brownie mix.  The kids love this part so get some helpers.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

Pour the remaining batter even over the candy bars being sure to at least cover each candy.  Spread with a spatula if needed to cover all bars.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

Bake as directed on box or recipe.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

Cool completely and serve everyone their very own surprise brownie.  You can serve them warm with ice cream as well, but the candy is extra gooey.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

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Brownie Batter Dip

Brownie Batter DipI live on a dead-end road a few miles long in a wonderful neighborhood.  My neighborhood is so great I can’t seem to get away.  I grew up on the road in my parents house, Mr.Picky moved in across the street in high school, and we have now lived just a few doors down in a rental house.  I used to be able to tell you every neighbors name and story.  Over the last few years we have had a lot of new families come to the street.  I try to introduce myself but I honestly think I am the only one.  No one knows each other besides their direct neighbor.  So I set out to host a neighbor ladies night in.  One of our neighbors sells jewelry and decided to have her do a show and invite all the neighbor ladies.

With the promise of dessert, jewelry, and meeting the neighbors we had a great night.  This of course gave me a great excuse to try some new and favorite dessert recipes out.  I had come across Brownie Batter Dip – Crumbs and Chaos which was a chocolate dream.  Being fall I had picked some more fall flavored desserts and was need of at least one chocolate treat.  This recipe was perfect.

I served my dip with pretzels and vanilla wafers.  Strawberries would have been tasty if they were in season.

Brownie Batter Dip:Brownie Batter Dip

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbs flour
  • 5-7 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 3-4 Tbs milk
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Whip together cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer.

Add in 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 Tbs milk, until combined.

Next add flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla, and another Tbs of milk.

Beat until mixture is smooth.

Add remaining powdered sugar and milk if needed for desired consistency.

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Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge BarsSo while pinning some yummy treats I came across this recipe from Love, Life, Lavins: Deep Dish Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bars.  It made a huge 9 x 13″ pan of dessert so I was waiting for the right time to make it.  After being invited to an end of the Summer potluck I knew this was just the event.

This recipe was a cinch to put together, just make sure you give a few hours to cool.  Like the original recipe claimed if you cut before it cools the center will run.  It took way longer than expected to cool.  Don’t worry the fudge never gets hard even after fully cooling.

After tasting this sweet treat I was glad to bring it to an event to share because it is rich.  Wonderful but rich, maybe some vanilla ice cream would have taken it to another level.  If you like oatmeal cookies and gooey fudge this dessert is for you.

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter, eggs, and brown sugar.

Add vanilla and milk.

Slowly add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 9×13″ pan, reserve the remaining cookie mixture to the side.

Meanwhile in a saucepan over medium heat melt together all the fudge ingredients.  Melt until well combined.

Pour the fudge mixture on top of the bottom cookie in the pan.  Spoon remaining cookie mixture on top of fudge.

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until set.

Ready to go into the oven

Ready to go into the oven

Allow to cool well before slicing to serve.

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This sounds as delicious as it is, creamy chocolate anything sounds good.  Frosting is usually not something I would rave about.  Not only is this an easy chocolate frosting but people ask many times what recipe I use.  Picking it up somewhere along the way this is it . . .

Creamy Chocolate Frosting:Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This easily frosts a 9 x 13″ cake, or two round.

  • 2 3/4 cup powdered or confectioners sugar
  • 6 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbs butter, softened
  • 5 Tbs evaporated milk or 1 % milk will do
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Sift cocoa powder and sugar.

In a large bowl cream butter until smooth.  Alternating sugar mix and milk, add to butter.

Blend in vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.

Puppy Party

Now that birthday season for my family is rolling around, I thought I would share photos from last year.  For my son’s first birthday we picked a dog theme because it was one of him first words and he was obsessed with animals.  I came across an idea for these puppy cupcakes and went from there.  I had to guess what they use but I am happy to share what I used, maybe it will inspire someone else.

Puppy Cupcakes and mini cake

Puppy CupcakesI made a basic cupcake and frosted it with chocolate frosting reserving some frosting in a fine tipped piping bag.

The ears: Nutter butter cookies split and laid frosting side down

Eyes: mini marshmallows cut in half, with a dot of chocolate frosting on them

Mussel: mini vanilla wafer, with chocolate frosting mouth and a dot to hold an m&m on

Frozen Banana Bites

Frozen Banana Bites

This is an easy summer treat.  Cool and at least a little better for you than ice cream.  Plus two little banana bites would fix a sweet tooth.  I know I like bananas but believe most people who don’t would like this treat.  My daughter had a blast topping the bananas as I dipped them, so get the kids in the kitchen and have some fun!

Frozen Banana Bites:Frozen Banana Bites

  • 3 large bananas, peeled
  • 1 cup chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1-3 Tbs shortening
  • Crushed peanuts,coconut,crushed cookies, or any other topping you can think of

Prepare a sheet pan with wax or parchment paper, and clear a space in the freezer large enough to fit the sheet pan.

Slice bananas in thick slices.  Prepare toppings by crushing or chopping, and set aside in bowls.

Melt chocolate and 1 Tbs of shortening, using a double boiler method or method of melting choice.

Dip bananas in chocolate (I think laying banana slices on a fork worked the best), set on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with toppings.  If chocolate becomes to thick or starts to seize because of the moisture of bananas add a Tablespoon of shortening at a time stirring until smooth.  Continue until all bananas are covered and on the cookie sheet.

Place cookie sheet in freezer for about two hours.  Then transfer banana bites to freezer bags and store in freezer, until you have eaten them all.

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