The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins (Quick + Easy)

These muffins are soft, moist and delicious! A perfect, one-bowl chocolate chip muffin recipe that only requires a handful of ingredients and can be made in no time! They are the best vegan chocolate chip muffins!

Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins on a white towel with some chocolate chips on the countertop

There’s nothing like a breakfast with a coffee in one hand and one of these yummy chocolate chip muffins in the other! I mean, think about it: dessert AND breakfast all in one!!

I absolutely love blueberry muffins with coffee for breakfast, but I think that these chocolate chip muffins are now officially outranking them in my family! They are so good!

These muffins are especially hard to resist when they come out of the oven! I love how the chocolate chips are slightly melted as you bite into the muffin!

Inside, they are light and fluffy and outside, they have a nice domed, crispy top! These are the best vegan chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever had!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE 

  • There are no weird ingredients for this recipe. You probably have everything you need in your pantry.
  • This recipe is very simple and pretty quick to make – about half an hour from start to finish.
  • You don’t need any equipment other than a whisk and a bowl, which means less clean-up!
  • They are not dense or overly sweet!
  • These muffins have a pretty little dome on top!
  • Your kitchen will smell like a bakery!

Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins on a white towel with some chocolate chips on the countertop and milk in the background

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THEM:

Flour: I use all-purpose flour.

Leaveners: I use both baking powder and baking soda. Together they give a really nice lift.

Salt: Salt always boosts the overall flavor!

Vanilla: I use vanilla extract for this recipe, but I’ve also tried them with my vanilla sugar, too, instead of the extract. If you want the recipe for that, check it out here. If you use vanilla sugar, you won’t need the vanilla extract.

Nutmeg: This is my secret ingredient! I use just a tiny amount of ground nutmeg – it really gives these muffins that ‘something’ that you’re not sure what it is, but they taste great! 

Oil: I use light vegetable oil, which makes these muffins moist.

Vinegar: It helps give the muffins a little tang.

Sugar: I use regular granulated sugar.

Kahlua: I think a little of this coffee liqueur enhances the chocolate. It’s very subtle and not overpowering, but you could omit it if you don’t want any alcohol.

Chocolate chips: I use dark chocolate chips (dairy-free).

Plant-based milk: I use unsweetened almond milk for this recipe, but you could use water if you don’t have any plant-based milk on hand.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What can I substitute for the oil?

I haven’t made these without oil, but I suppose you could substitute apple sauce, however, I don’t think they will be as moist.

How do you store them?

I keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for about 4 days or in the refrigerator for about a week.

Can I freeze these muffins?

Yes! After they cool completely, wrap each one in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw, put them in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

 

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STEP 1

stir the milk & vinegar together

STEP 2

whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda & salt

STEP 3

whisk together the oil, vanilla, sugar & Kahlua

STEP 4

whisk the oil mixture with the flour mixture

STEP 5

fold in the chocolate chips

STEP 6

scoop into the liners

STEP 7

sprinkle more chocolate chips on top

Then you bake them!

 

Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins in a pan on a kitchen towel

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Measure the flour properly. I suggest using a digital scale, which is such a time-saver in the kitchen. Check out this post for more detailed information about how to measure flour. The batter shouldn’t be that thick, as you can see in the pictures.
  • As with most muffin and cupcake recipes, you don’t want to overmix the batter because this could make the muffins dense rather than fluffy and moist.
  • If you want, you could make these muffins without any muffin liners if you have a non-stick tray. Just grease the tin well with vegan butter, margarine or cooking spray.
  • I use a small cookie scoop to fill the liners instead of a large ice cream scoop. It’s easier and the pan never gets messy that way. If you don’t have a small cookie scoop, you could just spoon the batter into the liners.
  • Make sure you leave some space so that there is room for the muffins to rise. If you fill them all the way to the top they will overflow. As you can see in the pictures, I fill them about 3/4 of the way full.
  • I bake them at a high temperature for about 5 minutes and then lower the temperature and bake them for another 15-20 minutes. I think this helps give them that nice dome on the top. Also, every oven is different, so check on them after about 15 minutes to see if they’re done. Depending on your oven, you may not need a full 20 minutes to bake them.
  • As difficult as it may be to eat them right away, it’s best to let the muffins cool for a few minutes first, otherwise they may fall apart.

VARIATIONS

  • Instead of chocolate chips, you could chop up some dark chocolate and make chocolate chunks (I love couverture chocolate or bittersweet chocolate)! I think the result inside the muffins would be similar to my chocolate chunk cookies!
  • For a nice crunch, you could add your favorite chopped nuts in the batter and then sprinkle the tops with some brown sugar before baking.
  • For a unique flavor contrast, add some vegan white chocolate chips on top instead of the dark chocolate ones!
  • You can drizzle them with a simple glaze or with some of this luscious chocolate syrup!

I hope this becomes your go-to recipe for the best vegan chocolate chip muffins from scratch!

 

~Voula

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The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins (Quick + Easy)

These muffins are soft, moist and delicious! A perfect, one-bowl chocolate chip muffin recipe that only requires a handful of ingredients and can be made in no time! They are the best vegan chocolate chip muffins!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan, chocolate chip, muffin, low sugar
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 ¼ cups (280 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ cup (150 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kahlua (optional)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (170 g / 6 oz) plus 2-3 tablespoons extra for sprinkling on top (dairy-free) (OR add 2-3 tablespoons vegan white chocolate chips for sprinkling on top)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 392°F (200°C) and line the pan with liners. Set aside.
  • Stir the milk and vinegar together. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the oil, vanilla, sugar and kahlua.
  • Add the the oil mixture to the flour mixture and whisk together.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Fill each muffin liner with the batter, about ¾ full (I use a cookie scoop).
  • Sprinkle the tops with more chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Bake for 5 minutes and then lower the temperature to 356°F (180°C) and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out mostly clean.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for about 4 days or in the refrigerator for about a week.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • As with most muffin and cupcake recipes, you don't want to overmix the batter as this could make the muffins dense rather than fluffy and moist.
  • Make sure you leave some space so that there is room for the muffins to rise. If you fill them all the way to the top they will overflow. 
  • Every oven is different, so check them after 15 minutes and test with a toothpick to see if they're done.
  • As difficult as it may be to eat them right away, it's best to let the muffins cool for a few minutes first, otherwise they may fall apart.
FREEZING OPTIONS
Let the muffins cool completely. Then wrap each one in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw, put them in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter.
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Easy Fluffy Vegan Chocolate Mousse (Only 2 Ingredients)

Looking for a healthier chocolate fix that only takes a few minutes to make? Look no further! This is the BEST vegan mousse you will ever make!  It’s a magical, two ingredient dark chocolate mousse that you can whip up in no time! 

two ingredient chocolate mousse in a glass with chocolate shavings on top on a dark surface

This mousse is so good! It looks fancy, like it would be really complicated to make, but it really isn’t – looks can be so deceiving at times!

This mousse is creamy, decadent and rich in chocolate!

WHAT MAKES THIS RECIPE STAND OUT:

You can make it in less than 20 minutes!

It’s vegan, so there are no eggs or cream.

This recipe doesn’t have any unusual ingredients that are often included in vegan desserts! No tofu, no aquafaba (water used in cooking chickpeas!), no avocado, no gelatin – no fuss! Just 2 simple ingredients are all you need! 

It’s low in sugar, making it a lot healthier than your average mousse.

It looks pretty when piped into glass dishes and would be great for dinner parties!

two ingredient chocolate mousse in a glass with mint leaves and chocolate shavings on top on a dark surface with 2 spoons and another glass of mousse in the background

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Couverture chocolate:  This is a high-quality chocolate, perfect for melting and baking. You need one with a high percentage of cocoa butter, at least 70%. The one I use is 72% and I really think this high amount of cocoa butter helps to make the mousse thick. It also has a much richer flavor. 

Coconut milk: Coconut milk is usually my go-to whenever I want  to replace heavy cream for a lighter dessert. For this recipe, you do not taste the coconut at all! It just blends well with the couverture chocolate – a real dream to work with!

WHAT COCONUT MILK TO USE

Make sure the coconut milk you are using is NOT in a carton.

The coconut milk that’s in a carton won’t work for this recipe. It isn’t the same as the one in the can – it’s much too watery. You need canned coconut milk, just make sure it’s unsweetened.

I experimented with 2 different kinds of coconut milk: light and full fat. I didn’t really see much of a difference, despite the fact that the regular coconut milk is thicker than the lighter one.

WHAT CHOCOLATE TO USE

I tested this recipe with 2 different kinds of couverture chocolate: one with 54% cocoa butter and one with 72% cocoa butter. The 54%  made the dessert much creamier and more like a pudding rather than a mousse, but it thickened in the fridge after a few hours.  However, with the 72% , the texture was perfect and it was much thicker! So definitely use chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa butter. 

two ingredient chocolate mousse in a glass with a spoon on top on a dark surface

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you store this mousse?

I cover it with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator. 

How long does it last?

This dessert lasts for about 4 days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO MAKE THIS TWO INGREDIENT  MOUSSE

I think this is the easiest recipe on the blog! Seriously, it only takes 2 simple steps and a few minutes!

STEP 1

Put the can of coconut milk in the freezer for 10 minutes. 

STEP 2

Take it out of the freezer, pour it into a bowl and beat it for 1 minute. 

Add the melted chocolate and beat for exactly 2 minutes.

That’s it! 

two ingredient chocolate mousse in a glass with chocolate shavings on top on a dark surface with 2 spoons and another glass of mousse in the background

Top Tip

You can either melt the chocolate either by putting it in the microwave in 30 second increments, or by putting it in a bowl over just simmering water and stirring it until it melts. I personally like melting it over hot water – that way I know I won’t risk scorching it.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

This fluffy vegan mousse is practically foolproof! 

You really need couverture chocolate with a high cocoa ratio for best results. It’s really smooth and perfect for this recipe and creates the right texture. However, if you can’t get it, use dark chocolate, instead.

VARIATIONS, ADD-INS & TOPPINGS

  • Add a shot of your favorite alcohol! I think mint liquor would be nice!
  • Top with your favorite nuts or fruit. I love topping it with chocolate shavings or ground Oreo cookies!
  • Go totally overboard and drizzle some chocolate syrup over it!

MORE NO-BAKE VEGAN RECIPES

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Easy Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Easy Egg-free Chocolate Salami – Greek Kormos/Mosaiko 

Let me know how this easy fluffy vegan mousse turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

 

two ingredient chocolate mousse in a glass with mint leaves and chocolate shavings on top on a dark surface with 2 spoons and another glass of mousse in the background
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Easy Fluffy Vegan Chocolate Mousse (Only 2 Ingredients)

Looking for a healthier chocolate fix that only takes a few minutes to make? Look no further! This is the BEST vegan mousse you will ever make!  It’s a magical, two ingredient dark chocolate mousse that you can whip up in no time! 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, no-bake, easy, dessert, kormos, mosaiko, coconut milk mousse, dark chocolate, two ingredient, vegan mousse
Servings: 4 REALLY generous servings or 6 average

Ingredients

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (400 ml / 13.5 fl oz)
  • 8.8 oz (250 g) dark chocolate (or couverture chocolate), at least 70%, melted*
  • chocolate shavings (optional)

Instructions

  • Put the can of coconut milk in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Take it out of the freezer, pour it into a bowl and beat it for 1 minute.
  • Add the melted chocolate and beat for EXACTLY 2 minutes.
  • Divide the mousse into serving bowls or glasses or use a piping bag to do so.
  • Serve with chocoalte shavings, if using.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*You can either melt the chocolate either by putting it in the microwave in 30 second increments, or by putting it in a bowl over just simmering water and stirring it until it melts. I personally like melting it over hot water - that way I know I won’t risk scorching it.
Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Decadent Hot Chocolate Soup With Caramel Brioche Croutons

This creamy, luscious hot chocolate soup is delicious! It’s quick, easy, ultra-rich and served with caramel brioche croutons! It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day! 

a bowl of chocolate soup with a hand holding a spoon in it and a red rose and red satin tablecloth in the background

Have you ever had chocolate soup?? If not, let me introduce you to my new chocolate fix and your new best friend!

This soup is a cross between rich hot chocolate, thick warm pudding and chocolate fondue! What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with this mind-blowing dessert!

I have to tell you, though, this is NOT a light and airy dessert, that’s why I serve it in really small bowls! 

It’s quite rich and definitely NOT for the weak, but it is sooooo good! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s in this chocolate soup?

This recipe only has a handful of ingredients: dark chocolate, cream, milk, alcohol, and cinnamon. 

Can I tweak or adapt this recipe?

Sure! I added two different kinds of alcohol and some cinnamon, which give it a really nice delicate flavor. Of course, you can add your favorite alcohol (like mint liquor or ouzo) or omit it altogether! 

How do you serve it?

This soup is best served warm, so I’d make it about half an hour before serving it. Fresh fruit is divine with this! You could put some fruit on a skewer for dipping in the soup! Or you could top it with whipped cream or ice cream! 

 

two bowls of chocolate soup with a skewer of fruit on top

What you need to make it:

Good quality dark chocolate: I use 72% dark couverture chocolate for a richer flavor.

Milk: I use low-fat, but you can use regular milk.

Heavy cream: I added this to thicken the soup so I wouldn’t have to add any flour, cornstarch, or eggs. It really gives it a beautiful, silky creaminess to it, too!

Cinnamon: I use a cinnamon stick, which really boosted the overall flavor. I think cinnamon pairs really well with all the other flavors and it’s very subtle.

Alcohol: I use Kahlúa and whiskey, but you could use your favorite alcohol.

 

For the caramel Brioche Croutons you need:

Brioche: You only need a few slices of brioche bread.

Sugar & water: To make the caramel, you need a small amount of sugar and water.

two bowls of chocolate soup with a spoon in each bowl surrounded by rose petals and a porcelain jug dripping with soup and a red satin tablecloth and a red rose in the background

 

HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL BRIOCHE CROUTONS

caramel brioche croutons steps, step 1 whisk butter, sugar and water over medium heat until sugar dissolves, step 2 boil until sugar turns medium amber color, step 3 add brioche cubes and stir quickly then spread onto a baking sheet and separate them using two forks so they’re not touching

HOW TO MAKE DECADENT HOT CHOCOLATE SOUP

hot chocolate soup step one with milk, cream, alcocohol and cinnamon stick simmering in a saucepan and step two remove cinnamon stick and add chocolate and whisk until smooth

VARIATIONS & ADD-INS

There are so many ways you can play around with this recipe! Here are just a few ideas for variations and add-ins:

  • Nuts and pomegranate seeds would go great with this soup! They would also offer a nice crunch!
  • You could add some orange zest to the soup!
  • I think coffee would be great with this soup, too!
  • I used a combination of Kahlúa and whisky! Another nice blend is Cointreau or Grand Marnier! Or if you like mint, you could add mint liquor, like Crème de menthe!

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • You can easily reheat any leftovers, just add a little milk (1 or 2 tablespoons) and stir over medium heat. Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency.
  • This is a very rich dessert, so I suggest you serve it in very small bowls, but of course, you could

IDEAS FOR LEFTOVER CARAMEL BRIOCHE CROUTONS

Sometimes I don’t always use all the croutons with this soup, so I like to save them for later.

Here are a few ideas for leftover caramel croutons:

  • You could top your favorite ice cream with them.
  • You could put them on top of hot chocolate, instead of marshmallows.
  • You could add them over Greek yogurt.
  • You could nibble them on their own as a sweet snack (yes, I have actually done that!).

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Classic Chocolate Cupcakes (No Mixer)

Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Cookies (+ Secret Ingredient)

Cheater’s Chocolate Mousse (+Easy Chocolate Garnishes)

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Easy Egg-free Chocolate Salami – Greek Kormos/Mosaiko (No-bake + Vegan Option)

Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup (Without Corn Syrup)

Easy Vegan Fudge Brownies

Sugar Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

 

For another AMAZING chocolate recipe, check out Tasy Oven’s Crockpot Hot Chocolate! Simple and delicious!

Let me know how this decadent hot chocolate soup with caramel brioche croutons turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Decadent Hot Chocolate Soup With Caramel Brioche Croutons

This creamy, luscious hot chocolate soup is delicious! It’s quick, easy, ultra-rich and served with caramel brioche croutons! It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: hot chocolate, soup, caramel brioche croutons, easy
Servings: 2 -3

Ingredients

For the Caramel Brioche Croutons

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup (100 g / 3.5 oz) sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml / 2 fl oz) water
  • 2-3 slices brioche bread, cubed

For the Soup

  • ¾ cup (200 ml / 7 fl oz) milk
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon (150 ml / 5 fl oz) heavy cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey
  • 7 oz / 200 g dark chocolate (I use 72% couverture chocolate), finely chopped

Instructions

Make the Caramel Brioche Croutons

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar and water. Whisk until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
  • Allow the sugar mixture to boil until it turns a medium amber color, about 4 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the brioche cubes, a handful at a time and stir to coat evenly.
  • Transfer to the lined baking sheet and quickly spread the croutons. Use 2 forks to separate them so they're not touching. Set aside to cool.

Make the Soup

  • In a medium saucepan, add the milk, cream, alcohol and cinnamon stick and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.
  • Discard the cinnamon stick and quickly stir in the chopped chocolate. Whisk until smooth. If you want a thinner consistency, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • This soup can be stored in the refrigerator for about 4 days.
  • You can easily reheat any leftovers, just add a little milk (1 or 2 tablespoons) and stir over medium heat. Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency.
caramel brioche croutons adapted from: https://www.marthastewart.com/345424/ice-cream-with-caramel-brioche 
 
© Pastry Wishes

 

Classic Homemade Brownies From Scratch

These classic brownies are moist, rich, and fudgy with a beautiful crackly crust! Two ingenious methods make these brownies ultra chocolaty, thick, chewy, and velvety inside! These are by far the best homemade brownies from scratch

brownies cut into 9 squares on parchment paper

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like brownies!

And there has always been a long-standing controversy: those who love cakey brownies and those who love fudgy ones. 

Personally speaking, I have always loved thick brownies that are somewhere in between, but with more of a chewy texture. 

HOMEMADE VS. STORE-BOUGHT

Boxed brownie mixes are convenient but, to be perfectly honest, they’re nothing compared to classic homemade brownies made from scratch! 

Don’t get me wrong. I understand that not everyone has a tried and trusted brownie recipe, or they may just feel intimidated by making them from scratch. 

Well, I’m here to tell you that making homemade brownies from scratch is SO easy, and SO totally worth it that you probably won’t buy store-bought ever again! I’m convinced that this will become your new go-to recipe!

Why I believe these homemade brownies are better than store-bought mixes:

  • They’re incredibly easy to make.
  • They’re not overly sweet, yet they’re decadent.
  • They’re not greasy.
  • They have an exceptional distinctive chocolate flavor that far surpasses any box mix.
  • They taste even better the following day! Time really allows for the flavors to develop, creating a much richer taste.

3 brownies piled together with sliced brownies in the background

HOW THIS RECIPE STANDS OUT FROM TRADITIONAL ONES

For years, I’ve been making brownies using the standard method: whisking together the melted butter and chocolate and then the eggs, followed by adding the dry ingredients. Easy, peasy and delicious. However, I discovered 2 amazing techniques that take these brownies to a whole new level: the “ribbon stage” and “blooming” the cocoa powder!

The Ribbon Stage

I learned about this technique in this amazing article on Epicurious .  After reading it, I knew I had discovered a secret weapon for making the most incredible brownies EVER! 

The article discusses whipping the eggs until you reach “the ribbon stage”. This is a technique that is common among pastry chefs and bakers, especially when making sponge cakes. Generally speaking, the ribbon stage refers to beating the eggs and sugar together until you get a really thick mixture that almost looks like a thick cake batter. When you lift your whisk or beaters, the egg mixture falls off into beautiful thick ribbons that hold their shape for a few seconds. 

Beating the eggs and sugar together until you reach the ribbon stage incorporates a lot of air into the mixture, which is crucial for the texture and thickness!

Blooming the Cocoa For a Rich Chocolate Flavor

For this recipe, I used Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which I think has a deeper flavor and color than natural cocoa powder. I also “bloomed” the cocoa so that the chocolate is even more intense!

(Check out this post if you want to learn about “blooming” as well as the difference between Dutch-processed cocoa powder and natural cocoa powder.) 

The result of using these methods? 

PHENOMENAL!

The top is crackly and shiny.

The inside?

OMG!!  Soooo chewy, creamy, chocolaty, and thick! 

Brownies stacked on top of each other surrounded by brownies and pieces of chocolate scattered around

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Unsweetened Dutch-processed Cocoa Powder (If you don’t have it, you could use natural unsweetened cocoa powder, instead.)
  • Baking powder
  • Coffee powder (Don’t worry, you don’t taste the coffee!)
  • Salt 
  • Eggs
  • Packed Brown sugar (You could use granulated sugar, but I found that packed brown sugar gives a slight hint of caramel.)
  • Bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (I use couverture chocolate, which is perfect for baking.)

HOW TO MAKE CLASSIC HOMEMADE BROWNIES FROM SCRATCH

homemade brownie steps, melt butter, chocolate, coffee and cocoa powder, in a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder, in another bowl mix sugar and sal add egss and beat for 5 minutes

 

add melted chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat well, gently fold in the flour mixture, pour into pans and bake

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you store them?

They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can they be frozen?

Yes! Wrap individual brownie squares in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to about 3 months. To thaw, just put them in the refrigerator overnight.

VARIATIONS

  • Feel free to mix in your favorite add-ins, like chocolate chips or chopped walnuts!
  • Although they are amazing on their own, you could top them with your favorite frosting. For a delicious chocolate buttercream cream frosting, check out my recipe here. It’s vegan, but if you’re not vegan you could replace the vegan butter/margarine with real butter and the almond/coconut milk with real milk or heavy cream.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Get the best quality ingredients you can.
  • Measure all the ingredients properly. A digital scale will result in CONSISTENT results every time.
  • When adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, don’t overmix the batter. You need to GENTLY fold it in until it’s just combined, otherwise you will deflate all the air that you created in the egg mixture (see the picture tutorial above).
  • Use the right brownie pan size. For this recipe, I used a 9 X 9 inch (23.5 X 23.5 cm) pan. If you have an 8 X 8 inch pan, the brownies will be a bit thicker, if you use a larger pan, they’ll be thinner. Keep in mind that pan size will also affect the baking time.
  • When you line your pan with parchment paper, make sure you leave about 2 – 2 ½ inches hanging over so you can just lift the whole pan of brownies out at once without breaking it.
  • Don’t overbake! You should take them out of the oven when you see a few crumbs on the toothpick inserted to test if they’re done (see picture tutorial above). If you prefer cakey brownies, just bake them for an additional 5 minutes or so.
  • Let them cool completely in the pan before removing them so they don’t fall apart.
  • You can easily freeze these brownies. Just wrap individual squares in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to about 3 months. To thaw, just put them in the refrigerator overnight.

3 brownies piled together with sliced brownies in the background

Enjoy!

~Voula

MORE EASY CHOCOLATE DESSERTS!

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes (No Mixer)

Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Cookies (+ Secret Ingredient)

Cheater’s Chocolate Mousse (+Easy Chocolate Garnishes)

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Easy Egg-free Chocolate Salami – Greek Kormos/Mosaiko (No-bake + Vegan Option)

Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup (Without Corn Syrup)

Easy Vegan Fudge Brownies

Sugar Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Let me know how these classic homemade brownies from scratch turn out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

 

Classic Homemade Brownies From Scratch

These classic brownies are moist, rich, and fudgy with a beautiful crackly crust! Two ingenious methods make these brownies ultra chocolaty, thick, chewy, and velvety inside! These are by far the best homemade brownies from scratch
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies from scratch, brownies, homemade,, chocolate, classic brownies, easy,
Servings: 9

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (113 g / 4 oz) unsalted butter
  • 4 oz (125 g) good quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (I use couverture chocolate)
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • ½ cup (60 g / 2 oz) unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted & divided (If you don’t have it, you could use natural unsweetened cocoa powder, instead.)
  • ½ cup (127 g / 4.5 oz) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (200 g / 7 oz) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

  • Grease and line a pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the butter, chocolate, coffee powder and half of the cocoa powder. Melt over medium heat, whisking until everything has melted together. Set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and half of the cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar and salt together. Add the eggs all at once and beat on high with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes. The mixture should be thick like cake batter.
  • Add the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat until well incorporated.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and even out the top.
  • Bake for about 15- 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.
  • Allow it to cool completely to room temperature, then lift out of the pan. 
  • Cut into squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

TO FREEZE
Wrap individual brownie squares in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to about 3 months. To thaw, just put them in the refrigerator overnight.
© Pastry Wishes
 

Easy Tiramisu Without Raw Eggs

This delicious, no-bake Italian dessert includes pillowy ladyfingers lightly soaked in coffee and coffee liqueur, then spread with a heavenly mascarpone cream and topped with cocoa powder. This easy version is as luscious as traditional tiramisu, but without raw eggs! A non-alcoholic option is also included. 

tiramisu without raw eggs

If you’re looking for an easy, no-bake dessert, you will love this tiramisu! I guarantee that everyone will be asking you for the recipe!

I absolutely LOVE tiramisu! It is definitely one of my family’s favorites and one I get asked to make often!

As much as I love it, I do not want to eat any raw eggs!  So, I’ve been making this eggless version for years, instead, and it’s delicious!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • It’s INCREDIBLY easy to make and it’s a recipe that works!
  • There are only 8 ingredients!
  • You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a hand mixer!
  • There are no raw eggs, unlike traditional tiramisu!
  • It’s a no-bake dessert!  You just mix, assemble and refrigerate!It’s a perfect make-ahead dessert!
  • It’s a wonderful after-dinner dessert! It’s very light, creamy and airy, but not heavy or too boozy – just perfect for a dinner party!
  • You can omit the alcohol all together if you want, or  play around with different kinds of coffee. You could even add decaffeinated coffee, instead!

tiramisu without raw eggs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is tiramisu?

Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert. It’s made with ladyfingers dipped in coffee that’s been mixed with coffee liqueur and layered with a creamy mascarpone cheese mixture. It’s then topped with cocoa powder.

What are ladyfingers?

Ladyfingers are crispy long or oval-shaped sponge cookies. My favorite are the Italian Savoiardi cookies.

What is mascarpone cheese?

Mascarpone cheese is a thick, Italian cheese made from cream. It is similar to cream cheese. It’s used in both sweet and savory dishes.

Can I use cream cheese instead of mascarpone?

You could substitute the mascarpone cheese with equal amounts of softened cream cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt.

The mascarpone is more subtle in flavor than the cream cheese. I think cream cheese gives it a nice tang and it’s definitely a flavor I’m more used to compared to the mascarpone. So, there is a slight difference between the two types of cheeses, but overall, I think they can be used interchangeably for this recipe.

Can I substitute the coffee liqueur?

Sure! You could use Amaretto, cognac or brandy. I have tried them all! My favorite, though, is Kahlúa – I absolutely love the combination of rum, sugar and coffee!

Can I make this without any coffee or alcohol?

Yes! For a non-boozy, kid-friendly alternative, just replace the coffee and alcohol with hot chocolate or plain milk! 

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! This is the perfect dessert to make ahead because it needs to be refrigerated for a few hours. Personally, I think this dessert tastes even better overnight because the the flavors have time to develop and the ladyfingers soften up. 

Can this tiramisu be frozen?

Oh, yes! I freeze individual slices. In the summer when it’s frozen, it’s almost like a semifreddo dessert!

What can I serve with this?

COFFEE!!!! It is amazing with tiramisu!  I also think bananas and chocolate covered nuts would be nice!

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

heavy whipping cream

mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese)

sugar

vanilla

ladyfingers (savoiardi)

strong brewed black coffee

Coffee liqueur (I use Kahlúa). If you don’t have any coffee liqueur, you could use cognac/brandy or Amaretto, but it will taste slightly different.

unsweetened cocoa powder (for dusting)

HOW TO MAKE TIRAMISU WITHOUT RAW EGGS

tiramisu without raw eggs steps 1-4

tiramisu without raw eggs steps 5-8

A NOTE ABOUT PAN SIZES

Your pan size will determine how many ladyfingers you’ll need.

As you can see in the pictures above, my pan fit 24 ladyfingers (12 in each layer) and  the pan is about 9 x 6.5 inch (23 x 16.5 cm). If your pan is smaller, you won’t need as many ladyfingers and if it’s larger, you’ll need more.

If you want to make this for a larger pan, like one that’s 9 x 13 inches (23 X 33 cm), you can easily double this recipe.

MORE VARIATIONS

  • You can get fancy and make this recipe in individual dessert glasses or even make it in a big trifle bowl!
  • After spreading the first layer, add some grated chocolate on top for added texture and for more chocolate!
  • Replace the Kahlúa (coffee liqueur) with Creme de menthe (mint liqueur) for a minty twist.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • When you dip the ladyfingers in the coffee mixture, make sure you do it very quickly so that they don’t fall apart or become too soggy. You could place them on a kitchen towel to absorb any excess liquid before placing them in the pan for a lighter flavor.
  • You need to use cream with a high fat content to get a bigger volume of whipped cream. Use a  cream that contains 35% fat or more.
  • The whipping cream needs to be really cold. What I always do is put a metal bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes before I start and then when I add the cream to the cold bowl, it whips faster.
  • Some people dust the top with cocoa powder right before serving, but I always dust it as soon as I assemble the dessert and then refrigerate for a few hours. This creates a nice, dark dense layer of cocoa on top, which I love!
  • I suggest making this dessert a day in advance. It really needs time to set – at least 3 hours, but overnight is even better as this allows all the flavors to develop. Just keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  • It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but I promise you it will not last that long!

tiramisu without raw eggs

MORE EASY NO-BAKE DESSERTS!

Easy Egg-free Chocolate Salami – Greek Kormos/Mosaiko

How to Make Ancient Greek Sesame Bars (Pasteli)

No-bake Banoffee Pie Cups

Cheater’s Chocolate Mousse (+Easy Chocolate Garnishes)

Greek Halva Cake (Step-by-step Tutorial + Variations)

Let me know how this Easy Tiramisu without Raw Eggs turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

~Voula

Easy Tiramisu Without Raw Eggs

This delicious, no-bake Italian dessert includes pillowy ladyfingers lightly soaked in coffee and coffee liqueur, then spread with a heavenly mascarpone cream and topped with cocoa powder. This easy version is as luscious as traditional tiramisu, but without raw eggs! A non-alcoholic option is also included. 
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Italian, tiramisu, no raw eggs, no-bake, coffee, liqueur, mascarpone, easy
Servings: 6 approximately

Equipment

  • a 9 x 6.5 inch (23 x 16.5 cm) or 10 x 7.5 inch (25.4x 19 cm) pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strong brewed black coffee at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur (I use Kahlúa)*
  • 1 cup (250ml / 8.5 fl oz) heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup (150g / 5 ¼ oz) sugar
  • 1 cup (250g / 8.8 oz) mascarpone cheese (see substitute idea below)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 ladyfingers (savoiardi) (7 oz / 200 g) 
  • unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

Instructions

  • Mix the coffee with 2 tablespoons of the coffee liqueur.
  • Quickly dunk the ladyfingers in the coffee mixture and place in the pan.** I fit about 12 cookies in each layer. Don’t soak the ladyfingers too long, though, otherwise they’ll fall apart.
  • Beat the whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of the coffee liqueur until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the mascarpone cheese and mix until combined. Don’t overmix.
  • Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the first layer of ladyfingers.
  • Repeat the process with the second layer of ladyfingers and spread the remaining mascarpone mixture on top.
  • Dust the top with cocoa powder.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight (the flavors really develop when left overnight). It can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*If you don’t have any coffee liqueur, you could use cognac/brandy or Amaretto, but it will taste slightly different.
**For a lighter flavor, place the soaked ladyfingers on a paper towel for a few minutes before placing them in the pan. 
MASCARPONE CHEESE SUBSTITUTE
Replace the mascarpone cheese with equal amounts of softened cream cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt.
FOR A KID-FRIENDLY TIRAMISU
For a non-boozy, kid-friendly alternative, replace the coffee and Kahlúa with hot chocolate or just milk and omit the alcohol from the mascarpone mixture.
TO FREEZE 
Place individual Tiramisu slices in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to 2 months.
© Pastry Wishes
Adapted from: https://hip2save.com/recipes/easy-10-minute-tiramisu-no-bake-dessert/ 

 

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

This dark chocolate pomegranate bark is the perfect indulgent sweet treat! It’s easy to make and only has 3 ingredients! This festive bark would also make a beautiful edible Christmas gift!

chocolate pomegranate bark broken into pieces

I really love making this bark around Christmas. There are so many things you can do with it! It’s a nice little snack, but it also looks great on a holiday platter, too!

It has an amazing combination of flavors: dark chocolate + pomegranate! Dark chocolate goes so well with pomegranate!  If you haven’t tried it before, you really should! It’s amazing!

What does this chocolate Pomegranate bark taste like?

This bark has a crunchy texture, but the best part is when you bite into the pomegranate seeds! The contrast between the crunchy chocolate and the juicy pomegranate seeds is incredible! It just melts in your mouth! The pistachios give a nice salty undertone!

This Pomegranate Bark is

SO simple to make.

made with only 3 ingredients.

a no-bake dessert.

ready in less than an hour.

colorful and festive with ruby red pomegranate seeds and green pistachios.

low in sugar!

vegan friendly!

an ideal homemade gift!

absolutely delicious!

chocolate pomegrante pistachio bark pieces stacked in a pile

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of chocolate can I use?

You can use your favorite kind of chocolate, milk, dark, or white! The only thing I would avoid is using chocolate chips because they’re not really ideal for melting. Use high quality chocolate bars, like bittersweet chocolate. For this recipe, I use couverture chocolate.

What kind of mix-ins and toppings can I use?

The options are endless! You can get really creative! Here are a few ideas:

Dried fruit will not only add sweetness, of course, but it will also add a nice, chewy texture. You could try raisins, chopped mango, or figs.

Nuts and seeds always go great with chocolate. I personally love pistachios, walnuts, almonds and sesame seeds. Caramelized nuts would be great, too! Nuts and seeds also add a nice crunch.

Other add-ins you could try are sea salt, crushed candy canes or pretzels, mini marshmallows, or shredded coconut.

White chocolate can be used to make gorgeous designs. Add some melted white chocolate on top and swirl it around with a knife or a toothpick to create beautiful patterns.

How do I store this pomegranate bark?

I always store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week because of the fresh pomegranate seeds that are in it. Other mix-ins that are dried and don’t contain fresh fruit can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I freeze this pomegranate bark?

YES!!! After I break the bark up into pieces, I always wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Then I put all the pieces in a larger freezer bag or container and freeze.

TOP TIP

This bark can also be frozen for a couple of months. You don’t even need to thaw it! It’s absolutely DELICIOUS frozen! Just pop a piece out of the freezer whenever you get a craving! It’s definitely a healthier way to get your chocolate fix!

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE POMEGRANATE BARK

First you melt the chocolate.

Then you spread it on a sheet of parchment paper. I like my bark thin (about ¼ inch), but you could make it thicker by not filling the entire sheet of parchment paper.

Then just add the pomegranate seeds and the pistachios.

I press them into the warm chocolate so that they don’t fall off when the chocolate sets.

pressing pomegranate seeds and pistachios into melted chocolate

After that you chill it for half an hour and then break it into pieces.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Have all your add-ins and toppings ready before starting because the chocolate hardens fast.
  • Drain the pomegranate seeds on a paper towel and then blot them dry with another paper towel as much as possible. Doing this before adding it to the chocolate will prevent the chocolate from seizing (becoming clumpy, like thick paste).
  • If you’re using any dried or candied fruit, use your fingers to break any clumps before adding it to the chocolate.
  • Press your toppings firmly into the warm, melted chocolate. This will prevent them from falling off.
  • Chilling the bark before cutting it helps to set chocolate. That way it’ll be easier to cut into pieces.
  • I suggest breaking or cutting the bark immediately after it’s been chilled. You can use a knife or just snap it using your hands. It’ll be easier to do so once it comes out of the fridge.

GIFT IDEAS

You can really get creative when gifting this dark chocolate bark! Here are a few ideas:

Bags

I like putting this bark in cellophane bags and then tying them up with a cute ribbon. You could also put them in small gift bags.

Boxes

Boxes are really festive, especially the vintage tin ones! All you need is some parchment paper to line inside the box before adding the bark. Paper boxes are also cute as they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Mugs

You could fill some holiday mugs with the bark, and then wrap it with cellophane! Coffee lovers would appreciate it, too, as this chocolate pomegranate bark is AMAZING with coffee!

Plates

Small wooden or antique plates would be a nice, classy way to give someone this chocolate bark. Just wrap some cellophane around it and add a cute ribbon!

chocolate pomegranate bark in antique plate

MORE POMEGRANATE & HOLIDAY RECIPES!

Let me know how this Chocolate Pomegranate Bark turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

~Voula

chocolate pomegranate bark broken into pieces
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Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

This dark chocolate pomegranate bark is the perfect indulgent sweet treat! It’s easy to make and only has 3 ingredients! This festive bark would also make a beautiful edible Christmas gift!
Prep Time10 mins
30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, pomegranate, bark, edible gift, Christmas, festive, vegan, low sugar, easy, no bake dessert
Servings: 15 pieces (approximately)

Ingredients

  • 8.8 oz / 250 g bittersweet chocolate (I use couverture), chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds, (from 1 large pomegranate) 
  • ¾ cup (2.6 oz / 75 g) pistachio nuts

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate either in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of just simmering water, or in the microwave in 10 second increments.
  • Pour the melted chocolate on the parchment sheet and smooth it out into an even layer, about ¼ inch thick (or thicker, if you like).
  • Add the pomegranate seeds and the pistachio nuts and press them firmly into the warm chocolate.
  • Put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set.
  • Break the bark into pieces with your hands or cut it with a knife.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This Chocolate Pomegranate Bark is absolutely DELICIOUS frozen! You don’t even need to thaw it! Just wrap each piece in plastic wrap and put in a larger freezer bag or container. It can be frozen for a couple of months. 
© Pastry Wishes

Easy Egg-free Chocolate Salami – Greek Kormos/Mosaiko (No-bake + Vegan Option)

Chocolate and salami together? Well, there’s no actual salami in this recipe, it just looks like salami! It’s a delicious combination of chocolate, cookies, and nuts! It’s so easy to whip up and it would also make a nice gift!

chocolate salami covered in powdered sugar and cut with two slices

I often make chocolate salami at different times during the year and it’s a great accompaniment for coffee or on its own. It’s an easy, egg-free no-bake dessert made with crushed cookies, chocolate and nuts.

There are lots of different versions of chocolate salami all around the world. It’s very popular here in Greece, too. It’s called kor-MOS, which means a tree log. It’s also called mo-sa-ee-KO, which means mosaic, because of the design inside.

What I love most about this recipe:

You only need a few ingredients.

It’s super simple to make.

It’s adaptable.

It’s a no-bake dessert.

It’s egg-free.

It lasts for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer.

There’s a vegan option.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of chocolate can I use?

I use couverture chocolate, which is just perfect for baking. I think it produces the best texture and flavor for this recipe. You could use good quality bittersweet chocolate, too.

What kind of cookies can I use?

You can use your favorite plain cookies, like vanilla wafers, graham crackers or tea biscuits. If you don’t use plain cookies, you won’t get the same “salami” look inside.

How do you store chocolate salami?

You can store this chocolate salami in the refrigerator or the freezer. I like to have some in the freezer for unexpected guests.

To freeze, wrap it well in plastic wrap and then put it in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Then slice it and allow it to soften up a bit at room temperature. Or, you can put it in the refrigerator a day before to thaw.

How long does chocolate salami last?

Chocolate salami keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just make sure it’s in an airtight container.

chocolate salami sliced and wrapped in kitchen twine

ADD-INS & ADAPTATIONS

  • There are lots of different things you could add, although I don’t usually go overboard with a lot of add-ins, because I want more of a chocolate flavor. Pistachio nuts adds some color and a savory touch. You could also add caramelized nuts or even crushed pretzels. Dried fruit, like cranberries, raisins would be nice, too. Feel free to add whatever you like – this recipe is very adaptable!
  • Instead of cognac or brandy, you could use whiskey, or rum. The touch of alcohol really brings out the overall flavor, but you could omit it if you don’t drink alcohol.

VEGAN OPTION

For a vegan option, just replace the butter with vegan butter or margarine and the milk with a non-dairy vegan milk alternative.

HOW TO MAKE EASY EGG-FREE CHOCOLATE SALAMI – GREEK KORMOS/MOSAIKOhow to make chocolate salami in six steps

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Most recipes require placing the salami in the refrigerator for hours (or even overnight) to firm up and harden, but I found that freezing it is MUCH faster.
  • When the salami has set, it’s usually flat on the bottom. Some people don’t mind this, but I like making a perfectly round log shape, especially if I’m going to give it as a gift. To do this, I simply re-roll it after it has set and then put it in the fridge for a few minutes before removing the plastic wrap and rubbing it with powdered sugar.
  • Make sure it’s stored in an airtight container so it doesn’t absorb other smells in the fridge or freezer.

MORE NO-BAKE DESSERTS!

Let me know how this Easy Egg-free Chocolate Salami turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Easy Egg-free Chocolate Salami – Greek Kormos/Mosaiko (No-bake + Vegan Option)

Chocolate and salami together? Well, there’s no actual salami in this recipe, it just looks like salami! It’s a delicious combination of chocolate, cookies, and nuts! It’s so easy to whip up and it would also make a nice gift!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: chocolate, no-bake, easy, dessert, kormos, mosaiko, egg-free, vegan option
Servings: 10 -12

Ingredients

  • 8.8 oz / 250 g bittersweet/semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I use couverture chocolate)
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter
  • 7 oz / 200 g plain vanilla cookies, coursely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 oz / 56 g walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cognac/brandy (optional)
  • a pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar (for the coating)

Instructions

  • Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pot of just simmering water. Stir until they've melted.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients except for the powdered sugar. Mix until well combined.
  • Spread the mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a log. Fold the plastic wrap over and shape like candy by rolling it back and forth a few times. Tie the ends.
  • Put it in the freezer for an hour to firm up. When it sets, the bottom is slightly flat. Take it out of the freezer and roll it again to make it all round.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and rub it with the powdered sugar. For an authentic salami look, wrap it with kitchen twine.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

You can store this chocolate salami in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 2 months.
To freeze, wrap it well in plastic wrap and then put it in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Then slice it and allow it to soften up a bit at room temperature. Or, you can put it in the refrigerator a day before to thaw.
© Pastry Wishes

 

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes (No Mixer)

These chocolate cupcakes are soft, velvety, moist, and decadent! They’re so easy to make, they’re practically foolproof and you don’t even need a mixer!

three chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting

Nothing beats a classic chocolate cupcake, especially when there’s a luscious swirl of frosting on top! Who could possibly resist??!!??

This is a recipe that WORKS! You can whip these chocolate cupcakes up in no time, too! All you need is a whisk – NO MIXER!

unwrapped chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles

And, in case you were wondering…

NO…, that’s NOT too much frosting! There is never too much frosting, right?!?!

My Classic Chocolate Cupcakes are …

  • rich in chocolate flavor! (keep reading to find out my secret tip!)
  • INSANELY moist! Forget dry, dense, and crumbly cupcakes!
  • great for newbie bakers! This is a clear, easy-to-follow recipe and no mixer required, not even for the frosting!
  • yummy on their own, but absolutely AMAZING with dark chocolate frosting that has a wonderful consistency for piping gorgeous swirls – perfect for parties or special occasions! 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE MY CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:

Just a few basic pantry ingredients are all you need!

  • Flour:  I use all-purpose flour.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder:  I use dutch-processed, but natural cocoa powder works fine, too. 
  • Coffee:  I use a cup of strong brewed coffee. 
  • Bittersweet chocolate:  I use dark couverture chocolate with 54% cocoa because it’s not overly sweet and it’s perfect for baking. 
  • Sugar:  I use regular white sugar. 
  • Leaveners:  I use baking powder and baking soda to help the cupcakes rise. 
  • Salt:  I use a tiny amount to bring out all the flavors. 
  • Oil:  I use a light vegetable oil. 
  • Egg:  You only need one egg for this recipe. 
  • Buttermilk:  I make my own buttermilk (included in the recipe card below) because I like the tang it gives.

MY SECRET TIP FOR THE BEST CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

I love using a technique called “blooming” because it really intensifies the flavor of the chocolate. Blooming basically refers to mixing unsweetened cocoa powder with a hot liquid and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. This enhances the chocolate and heightens its flavor, but don’t worry, you don’t taste the coffee in the cupcakes at all! I use this technique for my Sugar Free Whole Wheat Cupcakes  and my Easy Vegan Fudge Brownies. I have made these cupcakes without blooming the cocoa, but I found that they weren’t as chocolatey.

HOW TO MAKE CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:

steps 1 to 4 for chocolate cupcakes

 

steps 6 to 8 for chocolate cupcakes

After that, I like to pour the batter into a small pitcher and then pour it into the cupcake liners.

Then you just bake, cool, and frost!

DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING

For this recipe, I’ve included an INCREDIBLE dark chocolate frosting! It’s low-sugar, but extremely rich in chocolate! 

This frosting is not the classic buttercream frosting where you beat the butter with a lot of powdered sugar, and it’s not a classic ganache, either, since ganache is just chocolate and cream.

This dark chocolate frosting is somewhere between ganache, chocolate buttercream, and fudge!  

I use dark couverture chocolate with 54% cocoa. The result is amazing! It’s not as sweet as the traditional buttercream frosting, and I think it’s perfect for these chocolate cupcakes. AND YOU DON’T NEED A MIXER TO MAKE IT!

If you decide to make this frosting, just keep in mind that it needs to firm up in the fridge for about 30-50 minutes, so make it first before making the cupcakes.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Make sure you measure the flour  properly for consistent results. Too much flour can make the cupcakes dry.
  • I also suggest using the best quality cocoa powder you can get. If you’re not sure what kind of cocoa powder to use (dutch-processed or natural), check out this post for a more detailed explanation. Both dutch-process and natural cocoa powder work for this recipe.
  • For light and fluffy cupcakes,  don’t overmix the batter, as this will make them dense.
  • For moist cupcakes, I use vegetable oil instead of butter. I think that together with the buttermilk, they really help the cupcakes stay moist longer.
  • The batter for these cupcakes is different compared to my Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in that it’s thin and more liquidy. To make it easier to fill the cupcake liners, I like to pour the batter into a small pitcher and then pour it into the liners. That way I don’t drip the batter all over the place while I’m filling the liners.
  • Fill the liners halfway, otherwise the cupcakes will overflow. They’ll still taste great, but they won’t be that pretty.
  • This recipe makes 14 cupcakes. Instead of lining another cupcake pan with just 2 liners, I use silicone cupcake liners and put them in the oven next to my cupcake pan. To make the silicone liners sturdier since they’re not placed in a pan, I use 2 liners for each cupcake. That way I avoid using another cupcake pan.
  • The dark chocolate frosting can take up to an hour to thicken in the fridge. It will depend on the chocolate and the cream you use and how much fat they have. Check on it every 15 minutes or so until it’s thick enough to spread or pipe. If you leave it in the fridge for too long, though, it will be too thick to pipe.
  • The frosting is enough for 14 cupcakes, but if you want to pipe large swirls on each cupcake, you’ll probably need to double the frosting recipe.
  • The frosting on the cupcakes will firm up once refrigerated. To soften the frosting up, just let the cupcakes come to room temperature.

FREEZING & STORING OPTIONS

Frosted cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.

These cupcakes freeze really well. If you want to freeze them, just wrap each one individually without any frosting and then put them in a freezer bag in a single flat row before popping them in the freezer. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw, just put them in the fridge overnight. You could also thaw them at room temperature, which takes a couple of hours.

Other Cupcake Topping Ideas

Like I said, these cupcakes are delicious plain, but a cupcake wouldn’t really be a cupcake without a delicious topping!

Sometimes, though, I like to switch things up a bit and try something other than dark chocolate frosting! Here are a few ideas you may want to try:

Vanilla buttercream – The all-time classic which is amazing with these chocolate cupcakes! I use vanilla buttercream for my classic vanilla cupcakes. Check out this post for the recipe. You could also adapt it and make chocolate buttercream frosting, too. Just follow the recipe and add ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder.

Powdered sugar – Dusting them with powdered sugar is great for those who aren’t crazy about frosting. You could use stencils to create designs, too, which would look great on chocolate cupcakes 

Marshmallows – You could add a big marshmallow on top of the cupcakes while they’re in the oven one or two minutes before they’re done. The marshmallows will melt and create a luscious topping.

Peanut butter – Melt some peanut butter  in the microwave and spoon it over cupcakes. Delish!

Chocolate sauce You could drizzle some chocoalte suace on top and then add some chopped nuts.

Jam or marmalade You could melt the jam  or marmalade and spoon it over the cupcakes as a glaze. It adds a nice, fruity flavor.

Whipped cream – A dollop of whipped cream is all you need! You could dust some cocoa powder on top, too!

Nutella – Nutella is SO good with these cupcakes! 

Dulce de leche – Spread some dulce de leche on top of the cupcake. Divine!

I hope you enjoy these classic chocolate cupcakes! 

Happy Baking! 

~Voula

classic chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate frosting in a white wrapper

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Let me know how these classic chocolate cupcakes turn out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes (No Mixer)

These chocolate cupcakes are soft, velvety, moist, and decadent! They’re so easy to make, they’re practically foolproof and you don’t even need a mixer!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic, chocolate, cupcakes, no mixer, easy, moist, soft
Servings: 14

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • ½ cup (50 g / 2 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (250 ml / 8.5 fl oz) strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup + 6 tablespoons (175 g / 6 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (200 g / 7 oz) sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml / 4 fl oz) buttermilk at room temperature (or see the NOTES below on how to make your own)
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 7 tablespoons (100 ml / 3.4 fl oz) light vegetable oil

For the dark chocolate frosting

  • ¼ cup (28 g / 1 oz) powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (28 g / 1 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use dark couverture chocolate with 54% cocoa)
  • ½ stick (57 g / 2 oz) unsalted butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 ml / 3.4 fl oz) heavy cream

Instructions

Make the cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Line a 12-cup pan with cupcake liners and prepare 2 more liners (this recipe makes 14 cupcakes). Set aside.
  • Whisk together the hot coffee and cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Add the sugar and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, add the buttermilk, oil, and egg and whisk everything together until well combined.
  • Add the coffee mixture to the oil mixture and whisk until it's just combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and whisk until combined, but don't overmix.
  • Pour the batter into the cupcake liners halfway full (I like pouring the batter into a pitcher first to avoid making a mess).
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

Make the dark chocolate frosting

  • Sift the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder into a saucepan.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and stir continuously over low heat until everything melts.
  • Pour into a bowl and let it cool for about 10 minutes at room temperature.
  • Put it in the refrigerator for about 30-50 minutes, until it thickens and becomes spreadable. Check on it every 15 minutes or so.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

How to make your own buttermilk for this recipe:
Add 1/2 tablespoon vinegar to half a cup of milk and stir well. Let it sit for 5-8 minutes before using. 
Frosted cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.
The frosting on the cupcakes will firm up once refrigerated. To soften the frosting up, just let the cupcakes come to room temperature.
These cupcakes freeze really well. If you want to freeze them, just wrap each one individually without any frosting and then put them in a freezer bag in a single flat row before popping them in the freezer. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw, just put them in the fridge overnight. You could also thaw them at room temperature, which takes a couple of hours.
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The Difference Between Dutch-processed Cocoa Powder and Natural Cocoa Powder

Ever wonder what the difference is between Dutch-processed cocoa powder and natural cocoa powder? Learn the differences in this post for better baking results.

natural and dutch processed cocoa powder

When I first started baking, I thought all cocoa powders were the same and that they differed mainly in price and country of origin. When I discovered the difference, though, I realized how wrong I was!

Natural cocoa powder vs. Dutch-processed cocoa powder

Natural cocoa powder refers to cacao beans that have been roasted and then finely ground into a powder. It has a light brown color and it’s quite bitter and acidic.

Dutch-processed cocoa powder is treated with an alkali solution to neutralize the acidity. This process creates a darker color and it results in a wonderful, smooth flavor. That’s one of the reasons why I use Dutch-processed cocoa powder when I make my easy vegan chocolate truffles or garnish desserts, because it’s not as bitter as natural cocoa powder.

Why is it called Dutch-processed cocoa powder?

In the 19th century, a Dutch man named Coenraad Van Houten developed a process to remove the bitterness in cocoa solids and make it easier to mix with water. Today, this process is called “Dutching” and it produces a darker cocoa powder with a mild taste (hence the term “Dutch-processed”). By the end of the 19th century, Van Houten was synonymous with high quality cocoa powder. It’s actually my favorite Dutch-processed cocoa powder. 

Can both be used interchangeably?

It depends. Most recipes use natural cocoa powder unless they specify Dutch-processed.  

According to Fine Cooking recipes using natural cocoa powder often include baking soda as well. Both the baking soda and acid react and allow baked goods to rise. Baking soda is also an alkaline, so it also neutralizes the acidity in natural cocoa powder. 

On the other hand, Dutch-processed cocoa powder is usually combined with baking powder as it’s already neutral.

So, depending on what you have, you’ll be using either baking soda or baking powder. If a recipe doesn’t have any baking powder or baking soda, you can either natural cocoa powder or Dutch-processed.

Also, since natural cocoa powder is more acidic, baked goods are somewhat drier.  Dutch-processed cocoa, on the other hand, is less acidic, resulting in a fudgier product. For an excellent scientific explanation, Cooks Illustrated has a great article.  

What if you don’t know which cocoa powder a recipe is referring to?

What I usually do is look at whether the recipe has baking soda or baking powder and then I use the cocoa powder that pairs best with either one.  

So, in a nutshell:

Natural Cocoa Powder + Baking Soda

Dutch-processed Cocoa Powder + Baking Powder

If a recipe doesn’t have any baking powder or baking soda, I use whatever cocoa powder I have on hand.

But…sometimes I use BOTH baking powder and baking soda together! Why?

For my Sugar Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes, I use buttermilk, because I love the tang. However, buttermilk is acidic and if I ONLY used baking soda, it would neutralize all the acidity and I wouldn’t get the tanginess I love. So, I keep the baking soda, which reacts with the acid to help it rise, and I add the baking powder to retain the tanginess from the buttermilk, killing two birds with one stone! 😉

 “Blooming” cocoa powder

I absolutely love this technique! Blooming cocoa powder refers to mixing unsweetened cocoa powder with a hot liquid (like boiling water, hot coffee, or hot oil) and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. The cocoa powder dissolves, intensifying the chocolate flavor. If you’re a chocolate lover, this will definitely enhance your chocolate desserts! 

If you want to learn how I use this technique, check out these recipes: 

Sugar Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes  

Easy Vegan Fudge Brownies 

~Voula

MORE HOW-TOS AND TIPS!

How to Measure Flour: A Step-by-step Guide

How To Freeze Cookie Dough

How to Make Flavored Sugar 

Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce (Vegan + Without Corn Syrup)

This incredibly easy homemade chocolate sauce is the perfect topping for all your favorite desserts! Make it without any corn syrup in less than 15 minutes! You won’t go back to buying store-bought ever again!

homemade chocolate syrup

Don’t you just want to lick that spoon?!?!?

This homemade chocolate sauce is AMAZING! 

It’s NOT to be confused with hot fudge, which is usually made with butter and cream. This chocolate sauce is like the popular syrup you would buy in a bottle, only MUCH BETTER!

It’s thick, but pourable!

It’s velvety!

It’s chocolaty!

It’s silky smooth!

It’s vegan!

It’s sooo delicious and rich in flavor!

AND… 

There is absolutely NO corn syrup in it!

homemade chocolate syrup

I’m not totally against using corn syrup in baking (because there is a difference between corn syrup and high fructose syrup), but I always prefer simple, easier methods, which include few ingredients and produce excellent results.

This recipe is one of them! Perfect, chocolate sauce with basic pantry ingredients!

Why you’ll love this homemade chocolate sauce recipe

  • You know EXACTLY what’s in it! There are only 4 ingredients and NONE of them are artificial!
  • It’s super inexpensive and remarkably easy to make!
  • It tastes so much better than store-bought chocolate sauce or syrup!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Cocoa Powder:

I use good quality, unsweetened cocoa powder. I prefer Dutch processed cocoa powder, but you could use natural cocoa powder, instead.

  • Sugar:

I use granulated white sugar. You could adjust the sugar by using more or less, depending on your preferences.

  • Salt:

I use a pinch of salt to enhance the chocolate flavor.

  • Cornstarch:

I use it because I like my chocolate syrup on the thick side, but if you don’t want it too thick, you can omit it altogether. 

  • Water:

I use water instead of cream or milk so that the syrup lasts longer.

HOW TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE SAUCE IN 3 EASY STEPS

STEP 1

Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, water, and salt over medium high heat. Stir constantly until it begins to simmer.

STEP 2

In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.

STEP 3

Add the slurry to the saucepan and stir until it thickens. If it gets too thick, just add a few teaspoons of water and whisk together.

VARIATIONS

  • Add a shot of your favorite liquor.
  • Use light or dark brown sugar for a more caramel flavor.
  • Add ½ – 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  • Make it spicy! Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a Mexican twist or a dash of black pepper for an ancient Greek twist.   Yes, you read that right! (Check out my post where I explain it!)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it take to make?

It takes about 10 – 12 minutes to make this chocolate syrup. Then you need to wait about an hour for it to cool down before storing it.

What can you use it for?

There are SO many ways you can use this homemade chocolate sauce. Here are a few of my all-time favorites:

  • Stir it into hot or cold milk.
  • Stir it into coffee.
  • Dip cookies in it.
  • Drizzle it over buttered toast topped with cinnamon. OMG! It’s one of my faves for breakfast!
  • Drizzle it over your favorite desserts, like ice cream, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, or warm brownies.
  • Drizzle it over pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
  • Pour it over your favorite fruit salad.
  • Impress your guests by drizzling some on a plate before serving your favorite dessert for a fancy, gourmet food styling presentation!

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Try and get the best quality unsweetened cocoa powder you can! I use Dutch-processed cocoa powder for a more intense flavor. Check out my post here to learn about the difference between Dutch-processed cocoa powder and natural cocoa powder.
  • Make sure you stir it constantly to prevent it from burning.

HERE ARE A FEW MORE AMAZING CHOCOLATE RECIPES YOU MAY WANT TO TRY: 

Ouzo-spiked Chocolate Orange Cake 

Cheater’s chocolate Mousse (+ Easy Chocolate Garnishes)

Sugar Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes 

~Voula

Let me know how this Homemade Chocolate Sauce turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce (Vegan + Without Corn Syrup)

This incredibly easy homemade chocolate sauce is the perfect topping for all your favorite desserts! Make it without any corn syrup in less than 15 minutes! You won’t go back to buying store-bought ever again!
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, easy,, homemade, syrup
Servings: 1 1/2 cups (approximately)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (110 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • a pinch of salt

For the slurry

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and the cup of water over medium heat.
  • Stir constantly until it begins to simmer.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
  • Add the slurry to the saucepan and stir until the syrup thickens. If it gets too thick, just add a few teaspoons of water and whisk together.
  • Serve warm or allow it to cool completely (for about an hour) and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

The chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools.
This homemade chocolate syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container (like a glass jar) for about 3 weeks.
If you want, you can reheat it over the stove or in 5 minute increments in the microwave, stirring regularly.
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