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Strawberry Basil Shortcakes with Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle #FreshTastyValentines

Watch out, traditional yet delicious strawberry shortcake, there’s a new kid in town and it’s got basil, chocolate, and balsamic in it’s arsenal.

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Strawberry M&M® Cheesecake Truffles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSweetness #CollectiveBias

Everything you love about cheesecake all rolled up into a ball and dipped in chocolate and made special with M&M’s® Strawberry. What more could you ask for this Valentine’s Day?

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After the flurry of the fall and winter holidays you might think that it’s all over until next time. But before we brought in the new year, Valentine’s Day was already on the horizon. Not to mention other holidays and events such as football playoffs, Mardi Gras, and a little more down the roas is St. Patrick’s Day. If we are gonna be cooped up inside, we may as well have fun with it, right?

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Even as a kid I loved celebrating every holiday. From decorating holiday themed sugar cookies, handing out little gifts to my friends, and sometimes actually having themed parties (IDK how I convinced my parents to support my holiday-obsession). But who am I kidding, even as an adult I love holidays. In fact I may still hand out those boxed Valentine’s Day cards to my friends and coworkers along with a little treat. As I’ve said before, holidays are my thing.

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Another reason to love the holidays is all the themed food items that are available. This year I hunted down the M&M’s® Strawberry at Walmart and ended up snagging some cute American Greetings® Valentine’s Day cards and a DOVE® Valentine’s Day tin. Collectively, I sensed the making of an awesome Valentine’s Day present.

M&Ms® Strawberry

Of course being a food blogger I couldn’t just bring the bags of M&M’s® Strawberry home and eat them straight out of the bag. Okay maybe I ate a few while I was creating these truffles but ultimately they were chopped up and turned into these wonderful strawberry cheesecake truffles! Originally I had intended to coat them in white chocolate, thinking that the M&M’s® Strawberry were white chocolate based. After sampling a handful few, they are milk chocolate inside with a strawberry flavored candy coating. Instead of chocolate covered strawberries, think strawberry covered chocolate.

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But the best part (as with most things) is what lies within. Cream cheese is blended with chopped strawberries, chopped M&M’s® Strawberry, graham crackers, and a little powdered sugar resulting in a filling that tastes just like fresh cheesecake but without all the hassle of a spring form pan. After rolling into balls and chilling, they were dipped into melted milk chocolate and topped with graham cracker crumbs or a single M&M’s®. Who wants to be my Valentine??

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Want to make these truffles for your Valentine? Save $1.00 on ANY TWO (2) M&M’s® Brand Chocolate Candies, 8oz or larger. Click HERE to get the coupon. If you have any other fun Valentine’s Day ideas for the M&M’s® Strawberry please do tell! I have another bag waiting for a purpose in life.

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One year ago: Black Bean & Chorizo Soup

Two years ago: Three Cheese Chicken and Artichoke Bake

Four years ago: Almond Cherry Chip Blondies

Five years ago: Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

STRAWBERRY M&M® CHEESECAKE TRUFFLES

Makes 3 dozen

Ingredients:

FILLING

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup + 2 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp chopped M&M’s® Strawberry

3 Tbsp finely chopped strawberries

COATING

12 oz. milk chocolate, chips or chopped

Graham cracker crumbs or whole M&M’s® Strawberry, for decoration

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil, parchment, or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the chopped M&M’s® and strawberries until distributed.
  3. Scoop about 2 teaspoons of filling at a time and roll balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Place in fridge or freezer to chill until firm.
  4. To melt the chocolate, place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Coat truffles one at a time using two forks, and tap off excess before returning to baking sheet. Top with more graham cracker crumbs or M&M’s®, if desired. Return to the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats.

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Strawberry Glazed Meyer Lemon Blondies

Change the way you think about blondies with this citrus-fruity spin utilizing Meyer lemons topped off with fresh strawberry glaze. Great for the winter blues or a summer treat!

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Meringue Cookies & Giveaway

These peanut butter meringue cookies may not look like your typical meringue, in fact they look more like jumbo macarons. And I find nothing wrong with that.

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Oreo Cupcakes

These white cake Oreo cupcakes are a happy treat no matter what time of year. Topped with Oreo frosting and an extra Oreo for garnish.

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Lavender White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Transform your favorite, chewy chocolate chip cookie into a white chocolate dream laced with scents of lavender. These cookies will be devoured!

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White Chocolate Cinnamon Cookie Sandwiches (AKA Wookiee Pies)

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What happens when you combine Star Wars™ Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal® with white chocolate chip cookies and cream cheese frosting? You create the best wookiee pies in the galaxy!

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Bloggers’ 40+ Favorite Holiday Cookies

Instead of being selfish and compiling a list of my favorite holiday cookies on my blog, I decided to ask some of my food bloggers friends, “What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe?”. The most common reaction: “How am I supposed to choose just one!?” Which means that the one that they selected is the best of the best and this list will not disappoint! While there were trends, I was still impressed by the variety. This list is like a digital cookie exchange which will now be a useful resource for your next holiday cookie exchange!

P.S. This list was compiled in the order that I received them. Mine is at the bottom because I had to make a last minute decision to narrow down my own favorite!

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Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows & Giveaway

Homemade marshmallows are far superior than store bought ones, especially because you can create any flavor you like! These peppermint marshmallows are perfect for the winter holidays.

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Peanut Butter Sheet Cake with Chocolate Icing

Imagine a Texas sheet cake but with a peanut butter cake base and chocolate peanut icing. It’s just about the only way a Texas sheet cake could get any better.

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