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Recipes tagged with: Chocolate

Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts
  • Time: 1 hour, 45 mins
  • Complexity: medium

Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts

It's not very often that I manage to bake something that looks as pretty as it tastes, but these adorable Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts are finally fitting of that category!

This was a recipe I developed over Christmas time when I was feeling notably festive and wanted something that is easily shared between family and friends. With a gooey caramel filling, encased in a gorgeous shortbread base, and then topped with white chocolate and a single raspberry, you'll definitely get a few comments for delivering these to the table!

White Chocolate Chip Vanilla Pudding Cookies
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: very easy

White Chocolate Chip Vanilla Pudding Cookies

I hadn't actually heard of 'pudding cookies' until quite recently but the alluring placement of the word pudding in the title was enough enticement to get me inspired! This is another of my own creations and while I haven't tried a pudding cookie baked by someone else, I'm fairly comfortable that these are a good depiction - they are at least how I imagined pudding cookies to taste! 

They are quite sweet, but the white chocolate and the vanilla flavouring is a simply gorgeous match! The texture is soft and almost moist. Enjoy!

Chocolate Gooey Caramel Cookies
  • Time: 40 mins (plus 1-2 hrs refrigeration time)
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Gooey Caramel Cookies

Caramel is almost always best when preceded with the word gooey and these cookies do that word combo complete justice! Filled with caramel choc chunks plus the addition of a caramel candy in the centre, these are soft, chewy and oh so gooey! 

Admittedly I had a bit of a spread-o disaster when creating this recipe and didn't heed my own instructions - patience is a virtue I tend to ignore in the kitchen! So to avoid ending up with a single cookie the size of the tray, make sure you do adequate chilling time in the fridge and give your cookies some space on the tray. 

Shaz's Snickers Slice
  • Time: 2 and a half hours (includes setting time in between!)
  • Complexity: difficult

Shaz's Snickers Slice

Oh how I love caramel. You put caramel with just about anything and you'll have my attention quicker than you can say 2 for 1 shoe sale! Well maybe not that quick...Anyway, while I tend not to really eat chocolate bars that often these days, I have always been a big fan of Snickers, so it was a natural creative progression for Snickers to provide the inspiration for my latest experimental baking adventure. An adventure that, although had its hiccups along the way, I deem very successful!

This slice is quite decadent, but the saltiness of the caramel and peanuts prevents it from being untolerably sweet. There is a rather tricky layer of nougat in there too, but worth the effort. It is totally delicious and one of my best yet!

Daddy's Dark Chocolate Mud Cake with Salted Caramel Ganache
  • Time: 1 hr 20 mins (plus refrigeration time)
  • Complexity: advanced

Daddy's Dark Chocolate Mud Cake with Salted Caramel Ganache

The name might be slightly misleading for this decadent cake, as my father is about as capable in the kitchen as Stevie Wonder, so where does the naming come from? Well quite recently it was my dear old pop's birthday and being a fan of chocolatey goodness, I knew I had to do something special!

This cake could easily be used as a dessert, it's rich, decadent and definitely indulgent but not in a 'make you feel sick after one bite' kind of way. The cake itself is dense, moist and almost a blur between a flourless chocolate cake and a mud cake - best made in advance and it will fudgey itself up in the fridge. The caramel is simply delicious and could be used in a tonne of recipes! Be warned, the sheer density of this cake can make your caramel squeeze out the sides, but hey, just cover those parts up with more dark chocolate ganache!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been experimenting with cookies for quite a while, and this recipe is one I thought worthwhile sharing! My Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies take the flavour of a classic chocolate chip cookie and give it a soft but chewy consistency - it's the perfect cookie to serve with a glass of milk. 

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies

If you're after a sweet treat combining the best of bedfellows: white chocolate and macadamia nuts, in a deliciously dense and moist blondie base, then my White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies are for you! 

I only recently heard of the Brownies white counterpart, The Blondie, and was determined to develop a recipe that reflected how I imagined they should taste. I must admit, I did far better than I thought and I am quite proud of this recipe. It's divine decadence with a beautiful soft sweet base filled with chunks of white chocolate and macadamia nut. Yum!

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookietime Cookies
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookietime Cookies

Another chocolate chip cookie to add to the Chicks Cookbook, but this one is different yet again! Unintentionally, this one is remarkably similar to the 'Cookietime' cookies, us kiwi's should all know and love. It's quite dark, has a beautifully rich flavour and the texture is sort of hard on the outside and a coarse crumby consistency on the inside. 

A cookie that Cookie Monster would enjoy me thinks! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Time: 30 mins + 20 minutes (decorating time)
  • Complexity: medium

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

This cupcake was quite the treat - in making, baking and eating! With a delicious peanut butter ball surprise in the middle, scrumptious peanut butter icing and cute coffee cup decor, this one is sure to impress!

Cookies and Cream Fudge Slice
  • Time: 1 hour (plus chilling time)
  • Complexity: medium

Cookies and Cream Fudge Slice

I Love... Cookies and Cream, with a capital 'L', particularly ice cream, and considering I love to bake I thought I would try to channel this favourite of mine into a new baking masterpiece... well my loyal subjects, I give you Cookies and Cream Fudge Slice. 

To be honest, this isn't really like a fudge but a gooey and delectable slice of cookies and cream heaven. You will not believe just how much this tastes like cookies and cream, it is fabbbbulous - even if I do say so myself. 

It's quite challenging to cut due to its stickiness, so if you're having problems pop it in the freezer to harden it up a bit. Store this in the fridge and if you have kids even though I haven't tried and tested on children, I'm confident this will go down a treat!

Cookie Dough Brownie Slice
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Cookie Dough Brownie Slice

What can I say... I'm one of those people who wouldn't dare (and even if I wanted to I wouldn't have the will power) put a bowl straight into a sink of soapy water when the remnants of cookie dough still remain. In fact, you say cookie dough and I say nom, nom, nom!

So it was only a matter of time before I embarked on a recipe where I could indulge in cookie dough in all its natural glory! Be warned, this recipe is decadent and for those fellow cookie dough lovers - enjoy!

Formula One Race Car Cupcakes
  • Time: 30 mins + 45 mins (decorating time)
  • Complexity: easy

Formula One Race Car Cupcakes

Formula One is a big event here in Melbourne and my boy is a big fan, so I felt it necessary to bake some cupcakes for the boys! 

These cute as a button cupcakes could be used for a wee kiddies birthday or for anyone who loves cars, but I'm using them in tribute to Formula One (go Ferrari!). 

Basic Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Basic Chocolate Cupcakes

This is a recipe I've used for a few cupcakes and can be modified slightly to do something a bit more interesting like a little surprise filling in the middle!

Afghan Cookies
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: very easy

Afghan Cookies

These hail from my home country, New Zealand, and are a bit of a kiwi classic so I haven't done my usual of changing up the recipe!

I made these quite small, almost 'mini' size, but I think the texture is much better if you do them bigger, in fact, I would say the bigger the better!