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Coconut Dark Chocolate Crispy Rice Football Treats

Some of you may be preparing for football parties this weekend. If you’re near your favorite stadium, you may be planning a tailgate with friends, and if you’re not, you might be planning a little get together at home or your favorite local sports-broadcasting establishment.  remember those days, the celebratory “we might be good this year” optimism, the good-natured ribbing with traditional rivals, all good fun.

Dry Toasted Coconut

This year isn’t like that for the Godfather and I because we are Miami Hurricanes. Yes my friends, the same “we can’t get more than a handful of people to show up to our games even when we only charge $0.88 per ticket” Miami Hurricanes. The U is better than this, and we will be great again. I trust this is just a challenging period of mediocrity in our football history. It’s an unacceptable bit of mediocrity given the talent we have recruited and resources available, but still only temporary. Personally, I feel this is karma for the destruction of my beloved Orange Bowl. Nobody likes the Marlins that much and Sun Life Stadium is way too far from campus.

Don’t get me wrong, the Godfather and I are both proud alumni and we unanimously bleed orange and green in this house. We still watch games, we still observe all appropriate sporting events in our way, but we will be glad when the ‘Canes return to their rightful place in the rankings (i.e. – more National championships than your team, and counting). Sorry… couldn’t help it. :-p

Cutting Rice Krispie Treats

While we bide our time, we understand that there are still other games, other teams, and even a whole other football league that people follow (the NFL for you non-sports types). So of course there are still parties, tailgating, all assorted celebrations that require delicious treats like these.

Crisp Rice Treat Footballs

My baby brother-in-law (baby sister’s husband) is very into the professional football. I’m conveniently overlooking his college football fan affiliations due to poor taste. Ohio State… really D? Shameful. Anyway, he, his family, and now he and my sister, have a tradition where they all play fantasy football together and they watch NFL Sunday and Monday Night Football. Since this is a weekly occurrence, I don’t think they typically do anything very different, but they were visiting one weekend and I couldn’t resist.

Tailgate Desserts Rice Crispy Treats

One of D’s “must get” items whenever they travel down to a certain mouse-centered theme park in Florida is a coconut rice krispie treat with dark chocolate and a plain rice krispie treat with white chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. Since the latter doesn’t really make the best football color, I decided to recreate the former.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

One quick note about making rice krispie treat cut outs – cut all your shapes as close together as possible. You don’t get a second chance to re-roll and cut again, only the opportunity to destroy the leftover evidence. 😉

Coconut Dark Chocolate Crispy Rice Football Treats
 
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A great make-ahead dessert for your next tailgate party!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 4 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • dark chocolate wafers for dipping (I used Callebaut snaps)
  • white chocolate wafers to pipe stitching
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13" pan with wax paper, set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, dry toast the coconut until lightly golden brown in a large saucepan. Remove from heat in a different container and set aside.
  3. Using the same saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows together, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  4. Add the rice cereal and coconut. Mix well to combine.
  5. Press the mixture evenly into your 9x13" pan and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Flip the treats onto a cutting board and cut out your footballs using a cookie cutter. You cannot neatly re-roll, so be sure to cut the shapes out as close together as possible.
  7. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler following package instructions until smooth.
  8. Dip the treats into the chocolate, carefully smooth excess and allow to set.
  9. Melt the white chocolate using your preferred method. Allow to cool for a minute until you can put it into a disposable piping bag safely.
  10. Snip the tip off the piping bag and draw your football lines. Allow to set before packaging.
  11. You may serve immediately or they will keep up to one week in an airtight container. If you do not use tempered chocolate that does not require refrigeration, store in the refrigerator.

 

Decadent Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Decadent crusting chocolate buttercream frosting recipe made with REAL chocolate.

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Old photo… included with original post

Yellow cake with chocolate frosting. A simple request from my baby sister and brother-in-law for a little joint birthday cake I wanted to make for their visit last weekend. Her birthday was in March, but we were in California at the time, and his is this week (Happy Birthday D!).

Chocolate and Butter Are Magical

At first, I’ll admit I was hoping for something else – maybe strawberry, red velvet, lemon, maple bacon, cardamom – a flavor that sounds more exciting on paper. Then I remembered the months I spent working on creating just the right set of chocolate butter cream frostings. One in the American butter cream style and one Swiss butter cream.

Chocolate Buttercream in Mixer

Surprisingly enough, it was the American butter cream that took the longest. I am not a fan of super sweet desserts, but I do enjoy taking a spoonful of just frosting off any dessert where it is present. So the frosting had to be just right, a balanced, spoon-worthy bite that wasn’t too sweet, too thick, and could compliment any cake flavor effortlessly. I also wanted the chocolate to play the starring role and not be overwhelmed by the sugar.

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I finally realized I had to put down the cocoa powder. It just wasn’t meant to be and I needed to reach for my standby – real, good quality, honest-to-goodness chocolate. The results were nothing less than spoon-worthy.

 

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Chocolate Buttercream frosting birthday cake

The recipe makes enough to frost and fill one 8″ cake or about two dozen cupcakes.

Pretty Cake Layers Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

p.s. – Aren’t the colors inside the cake cute? Two of the layers are for my sister in Little Mermaid inspired colors, and the other two are St. Louis Rams colors for my brother-in-law.

Decadent crusting chocolate buttercream frosting recipe made with REAL chocolate.

Decadent Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
 
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Glorious lick-the-spoon chocolate butter cream frosting. NO cocoa powder!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • ¾ lb unsalted butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt*
Instructions
  1. Bring the butter to room temperature.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler, melt the chocolate and set aside to cool.
  3. Put the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer, and using the paddle attachment, whip on medium high until the butter is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the vanilla and salt. Slowly add the powdered sugar bit by bit until it's all incorporated.
  5. Bring the mixer speed back up to medium (6 on a Kitchenaid), and slowly drizzle in the cooled chocolate.
  6. Use immediately.
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week, bring to room temperature and re-whip before using.
Notes
You may also substitute half the unsalted butter for salted butter. If you do, omit the pinch of salt.

 

Honey Peanut Butter Oat Bars (No-Bake Recipe)

We found a place to live! It’s quaint, near the Godfather’s office, and has a lot of Pinterest “renter decorating” potential. I’m just excited to have a kitchen again so I can work on the blog! I have jalapenos to candy, crock pots to fill, holidays to prep for, and a list of delicious recipes over three pages long that all need to go up right now. Well, not right now right now, but as soon as I can make, photograph, eat, edit, write about, and post them (and we have internet again). 😉

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For now, I’m going to leave you with a very easy recipe you can make in less than 10 minutes. You’ll have to wait a bit for it to set, but that’s what freezers are for, right? It’s the non-commercial version of the blast chiller. Actually, that isn’t exactly true since we’d rather not freeze these bars at all, but that’s not the point. The point is, if you pop this in the freezer to cool quickly, you may decide to pretend you are winning at Iron Chef at that moment. I do, and then I happy dance.

No Bake PB honey bars in pan

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bars Cooling

I took a lot of pictures of these bars… after an earlier (and highly unsuccessful) attempt at homemade granola bars, I was rather proud of myself for how these turned out.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Honey No Bake Bars

And I would recommend dark chocolate over any other kind of chocolate. The peanut butter and honey already add a lot of sweetness to the bars, and you’ll want the bitterness in a quality dark chocolate to balance it out.

Honey Peanut Butter Oat Bars by Goodie Godmother

Peanut Butter Honey Bars by Goodie Godmother

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bars by Goodie Godmother

 

Honey Peanut Butter Oat Bars (No-Bake Recipe)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or wafer melts
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square pan with parchment paper
  2. Melt all liquid ingredients together in a saucepan on the stove top over medium low heat or in the microwave for one minute at 50% power until just combined.
  3. Add liquid ingredients to the oats in a mixing bowl and stir until the oats and cereal are well coated
  4. Put the oat mixture in your pan and press firmly and evenly into the pan, being sure to get the corners.
  5. Wait for the oats to cool completely before slicing. I chilled mine for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator to make slicing easier.
  6. Cut the bars into squares.
  7. Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the bars. Allow the chocolate to set before serving. These will keep up to a week in an airtight container, but they won't last that long! Makes 32 1"x2" bars if you use an 8"x8" pan.

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Lava Cake

This post updated January 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project where I add delicious new photos to already delectable recipes. Enjoy!

Make salted caramel lava cakes at home with this easy recipe! A delicious Valentine's Day dessert idea brought to you by GoodieGodmother.comThe Godfather and I have always stayed in for Valentine’s Day… remember the 17 hour key lime cheesecake I mentioned in this post? That was from our first Valentine’s Day together. At first we alternated years cooking for each other, but it’s devolved into us just making a meal together and enjoying it with a movie or some board games. This year we’ve decided on dim sum if you’re curious. Some we’ll try to make and some we will outsource to the Trader Joe’s frozen food section since it’s our first Valentine’s Day with the little one.  (more…)

Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal

Healthy steel cut oats in the slow cooker... with chocolate!  Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

The photos in this recipe were updated 6/18/2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. Pictures were shot in natural light using a Canon 40D with either a 50mm/1.8 lens or a 100mm macro. Original photo was taken on a phone… scroll down to the bottom of the post see the totally embarrassing original photo. 

I just realized that I have only shared one sweet recipe on this blog! It’s only been in existence a short time, but the oversight seems almost inexcusable given how much I joke that I’m up to my elbows in sugar all the time. No matter though… we can fix this! And we can justify that this is really not even bad for you (because it isn’t) and it makes the house smell heavenly, like waking up in a chocolate shop.

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