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A few weeks ago, I had a hankerin’ to make a chocolate cake. Nevermind that my boyfriend is deployed and I don’t have a roommate. It was my birthday and I had just moved to a brand new city where I didn’t know anyone. Making an entire chocolate cake for one person is TOTALLY FINE. No judging here at The PinterTest Kitchen.
For the record, I didn’t eat it all. But I certainly ate enough of it over the course of the week that I made a vow to start running again. I don’t run to lose weight. I run to eat cake. Someone put that on a bumper sticker.
Anyway, I found this recipe for chocolate icing and I decided to raspberry-ify it! The result was rich and creamy with just a hunt of berry goodness.
I didn’t have milk in the fridge. Or, well, not enough milk for the recipe I wanted to make. I was forced to improvise and the result was amazing. This pie recipe was too good to keep for myself.
Sometimes, accidents are pretty happy!
So, let’s talk about how to make chocolate coffee pie and how I came up with this recipe!
It’s National Peanut Butter Day! So of course, even though we’ve been posting lots of chocolate and peanut butter recipes recently (like these cookies or how about these), today’s recipe features caramel instead.
I work in mysterious ways.
Except I’m lazy and used a boxed brownie mix.
Hey, they still turned out great! And my boyfriend liked them too.
I had really high hopes for these apple cider caramels. I attempted making them a few days before my Christmas party last year, to serve to my guests. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I made so many other treats (like Krispy Buckeyes and Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread) that my guests didn’t notice they were missing.
I’m still really bummed that this recipe ended up in the Pinter-Mess category. I was really meticulous about following the directions and even bought a candy thermometer to make these!
Maybe someone out there can tell me what I did wrong…
Being from Central Pennsylvania, we’re lifelong Penn State fans in the Boyer household. So, I’m not really a fan of anything called a “buckeye” (for those of you not into college sports, Ohio State’s mascot is the buckeye, and they’re a team in the same conference as Penn State).
Fat kid confessional: My dislike for Ohio State is trumped by my love for chocolate and peanut butter. Don’t tell my die-hard Penn Stater friends!
I’ve always wanted to try making buckeyes, but I can across a recipe for a buckeye-type of candy with a twist, which I thought would be a nice twist on the classic nut-inspired confectionery.
No, not the kind made with meat and cheese! These are the candy club sandwiches, like the ones you can get at Costco. I believe the Boy Scouts also used to sell them as a fundraiser.
In any case, we’ve been making these for years. They are always a big hit. And they’re so easy that even if you are HORRIBLE in the kitchen, you can make these and totally impress your friends. No use of the oven or stove top required!