A couple of weeks ago Zach and I spent a Sunday afternoon visiting my grandma! And as usual, she insisted on making us dinner. Definitely not necessary, but something I will never turn down! Love my grandma’s cooking! Always a good ‘ol hearty comfort food meal!
And she never, ever forgets dessert! We both have the same bad habit of needing to end a meal with a little sugary goodness!
That Sunday afternoon she had a pan of these delicious apple bars for dessert. Unfortunately I had had a second helping of hotdish and was absolutely stuffed! Almost to the point of misery. And it killed me to have to say “no thank you” when she offered these bars. Three words that very rarely come out of my mouth at her house!
Thankfully she offered to send a few home with us! And of course I ate all four of them! One bar each day and suddenly the plate was empty. Weird how that always seems to happen!
Thick shortbread crust. Layer of soft apples. Topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar! How could not love them!
After finishing the fourth bar I dialed up my grandma and requested the recipe!
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 1/2 tablespoons margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Using a pastry cutter, cut the margarine into the flour mixture. Mix in the slightly beaten egg. Mixture will still be very crumbly. Press into a greased 9×13 cake pan.
Cut up five peeled apples into quarter-inch slices. Line the crust with a single layer of apples.
4 tablespoons margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all three ingredients together until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of the apples.
Bake at 350 degrees for forty minutes. Halfway through press the apples with the back of a tablespoon. Return to the oven for the remaining time.
Let me start by just saying, Usually I’m a follow-all-the-rules-goodie-goodie. But today I cheated! And I’m not even ashamed.
Because who can get mad when it is something that includes chocolate! Oh good, I’m glad you’ve already forgiven me!
Over the past year I have tried numerous chocolate cupcake recipes. Several of them claiming to be “the best.” But they all lied. And I always ended up disappointed. Every batch was either too dry or not quit chocolatey enough. Maybe I had too high of standards, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t going to settle.
I had tried everything. Adding coffee, increasing the amount of cocoa, melted chocolate. Nothing worked.
I only had one choice. To cheat and doctor up a boxed cake mix. And of course they ended up moist and full of chocolate flavor! And I promise no one will ever guess that they were made from a box!
People always ask for the recipe and I just smile and say “it’s top secret.” So yes, now I’m a cheater and a liar!
Cheater Chocolate Cupcakes
1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
1 box chocolate fudge instant pudding
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients. Beat for about two minutes. Place slightly less than a 1/4 of a cup of batter into each cupcake liner. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Source: Kevin and Amanda