Chocolate Swirled Marble Bars


Chocolate Swirled Marble Bars

When I was a little girl my Mom would make these delicious cookies several times a week, and they are truly a favorite! I know that they have the same ingredients as a chocolate chip cookie, but there is something about the swirled chocolate that makes it a heavenly bite.
~Amy

Chocolate Swirl Marble Bars

1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 cup milk, semi- sweet, dark chocolate pieces, or a combination of all

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add dry ingredients, and mix until just incorporated. Spread evenly into a 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and place in heated oven for 3 minutes. With knife, move through the chocolate pieces and dough to create a marbled effect. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 18-24 servings

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Wild Buffalo Style Chicken Soup with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons


Wild Buffalo Style Chicken Soup with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons

Buffalo wings seem to be the ultimate guy food. So to make my husband and brothers happy, I came up with the a fun combination of the bold and spicy flavors of buffalo hot wings ( without the mess ) and the comfort of homemade chicken soup. This is a super fast, and easy soup that will be sure to win the hearts of the men in your life.
-Amy

Wild Buffalo Style Chicken Soup with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons

Soup:
3 2/3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk
4 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp pepper

1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
Celery hearts ( optional )

In a medium sized sauce pan, bring chicken broth to a boil.
In a separate bowl, whisk together, sour cream, 1/2 of the milk, and pepper together until smooth. Add remaining milk and blend well.
Pour mixture into chicken broth, and bring up to a boil. When thickened, stir in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and chicken.
Serve with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons, fresh celery and additional hot sauce if desired.

Serves 4

Croutons:
8 slices rustic bread, thinly sliced
Butter
Bleu cheese, crumbled

Lightly toast bread in oven or toaster. Spread a thin layer of butter on to warm toasted bread to melt. Top which bleu cheese and place in oven under broiler until melted.

Serves 4

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Diet Coke Chocolate Doughnuts


Diet Coke Chocolate Doughnuts

Flashback to last year when I decided to take my love of Diet Coke to a new level by making some Diet Coke Chocolate doughnuts! These delicious bite sized treats will be sure to satisfy both your chocolate and Diet Coke craving! Cheers to 2014!

Diet Coke Chocolate Doughnuts

3 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup Diet Coke
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together, buttermilk, Diet Coke, and melted butter. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, with an electric mixer, lightly beat eggs, add sugar, and vanilla.
Alternately, mix flour mixture and Diet Coke mixture into the egg mixture, beating until just blended. Leaving a small portion of flour mixture to be stirred in at the end, cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours.

Roll dough out on a lightly floured board to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2 inch cutter dipping cutter into flour between cuts. Re-roll dough as necessary.

Heat oil to 375 degrees. Cook doughnuts in batches of 2 or 3 at a time, about 1 minute on each side or until golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels, repeat with remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes.

Top with glaze. Recipe follows:

Diet Coke Chocolate Glaze

1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup Diet Coke
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter, stir in cocoa powder, until smooth.

Remove from heat and whisk in Diet Coke and vanilla, add 1 cup of sugar, and whisk, when smooth, add remaining sugar, and repeat. Dip doughnut tops into glaze and cool on wire cooling racks.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen

Recipe by Amy Richardson