When my friend Kim Green, producer of My Carolina Today, asked me to share with viewers my favorite no-bake desserts I immediately thought of three recipes – macerated berries with freshly whipped cream, crunchy cinnamon snack mix and my new favorite, slow cooker mocha fudge brownies.
Yes, they are as good as they sound — I promise.
I sometimes question my own sanity when I turn on my oven to bake pies, cakes and cookies during the hot summer months. When the temperatures reach record-breaking highs, as we happen to be experiencing here in North Carolina, even I come to my senses. That certainly doesn’t mean that I give up on cooking from scratch, especially when it comes to sweets — life is too short to skip dessert.
During this mornings two TV segments sponsored by BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, my favorite one-stop destination, I shared my recipe for:
Here the citric acid from the lemon, the vanilla extract and the granulated sugar help break down the berries and extract the juices. This takes only about 30 minutes.
Another no bake favorite of ours is this crunchy cinnamon snack mix.
I warn you. It is addicting!
Lastly, but certainly not least, are my slow cooker mocha fudge brownies. The look on host Valonda’s face was priceless. I felt the love, Ms. V. The addition of espresso powder took these already-wonderfully fudgy brownies to another level.
Slow cookers aren’t just for dinner recipes.
So, the next time you are tempted to use your oven on a hot summer day, think again and use your handy dandy slow cooker. (I purchased mine at BJ’s, too — one-stop shopping!)
TIP: Bring in those manufacturer’s coupons. BJ’s Wholesale Clubs allow their valued customers to use both manufacturers coupons along with their store coupons.
How’s that for savings?
Slow Cooker Mocha Fudge Brownies
|Makes 8 large or 16 small brownies
2 sticks salted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Note: the center will appear somewhat uncooked but it will continue cooking as it cools.