Easy Peasy Melted Chocolate

I love making desserts that require melted chocolate: cake balls, candies, decorating cookies. Almond bark melts a lot easier, but I prefer using either candy melts or chocolate chips. The down side is they are much trickier to melt and keep at the proper consistency. Then I came across this pin. I was skeptical at first, but I used this trick to melt chocolate for the brownie bombs and the melted chocolate came out perfect and stayed that way for at least 45 minutes. The original author said it lasts for several hours, I didn’t try this however, since I was done with the chocolate sooner than that.

Here’s the trick:

Put chocolate chips/ candy melts in a glass jar.

Put jar/ jars in a crock pot.

Put hot water in the crock pot until it reaches halfway up the jars, being careful not to get water in the jars.

Turn on high for 30 min, stir the chocolate.

When its melted all the way turn down to low and voila!

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Perfectly smooth melted chocolate!

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Good luck!

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OMG Brownie Bombs

These are awesome.   Just plain awesome.  They are almost diabetes in a pan in cake pop form.  But they’re so much easier and quicker than cake pops.  Super easy (though a little more time consuming than DIAP).  Super delicious.  My favorite kind of dessert.

I bought a pack of mini chocolate chip cookie dough.  It was broken into 40 cookies, but I make them smaller and got 50 balls of cookie dough out of the package.  Roll the cookie dough in a ball and put them in the freezer.

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Then you bake a 13X9 package of FUDGE brownies.  After baking the brownies, I cut them into 48 pieces.  Then you smoosh the brownie and wrap it around the ball of cookie dough.  I had enough extra brownie bits to wrap the last two cookie dough pieces.

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Lastly dip the balls in melted chocolate.  The original post called for chocolate almond bark, but I like to use melted chocolate chips.  I melted them using a technique I found on pinterest (more to come on that!).  I covered the tops of the balls in chocolate and added sprinkes.  I didn’t dip them all the way because 1- I didn’t have enough chocolate chips, and 2- melted chocolate chips are thicker than melted almond bark and it sometimes creates too much of a coating when dipping cake balls/ brownie bombs in them.

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MMMMM… So good!

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Enjoy!

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Painted Wine Glasses

I fell in love with these glasses when I saw them on pinterest.  I went to the dollar store in search of tumblers and found stemless wine glasses instead.  I love them.  They are huge though, so I have to be careful when I fill them, because about an inch and a half is a full glass of wine.  I bought 4 glasses for a dollar each and and a pack of glass paint from Michaels for less than 5 dollars so I got a whole set of wine glasses for less than $10.  I was stoked.  All I had to do was paint the glasses, wait a day for the paint to dry completely, then sit them in the oven at 150 deg for an hour or so (the directions to cure them in the oven are on the package of paint, so follow those instructions not mine).

Here they are in their pretty glory!

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Bottoms up!

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Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

I tried these pancakes because they are healthy and I love pancakes and I was trying to be gluten free at the time.  The pinterest description said they”taste like french toast” but they really don’t.  They taste like pancakes.  I added chocolate chips, because lets face it, any meal is better with chocolate.  They were really good and even reheated well to eat for the next few days for breakfast.  The only change I would make would be to add a little more sugar, but I also have a big sweet tooth, so I require more sweetness than most people do.

The batter looks really clumpy, if you had a stronger blender or blended it longer, it may look more like regular pancake batter.

ImageThe batter cooked just like regular pancakes: pour it, wait for the bubbles, flip it.

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Finished products!

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