Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Mini Reese’s-Oreo Cheesecakes

Reese’s and Oreo lovers unite! These mini Reese’s-Oreo cheesecakes not only have bits of peanut butter cup Oreo in them, but also as the crust. Top it off with a peanut butter-chocolate ganache.

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As you may have noticed I love trying all the different kinds of Oreos they come out with. I stand by my belief that peanut butter Oreos were the best flavor ever. As such when I spotted the Reese’s peanut butter cup ones they jumped into my shopping basket. Their filling is half chocolate/half peanut butter giving them the flavor of a peanut butter cup sandwiched between chocolate Oreo cookies.

When I decided to chop them up and mix them into cheesecake I thought about making the cheesecake peanut butter flavored, but instead let the Oreos shine through on their own (not that I would’ve argued with more peanut butter). With Oreos as the crust, pieces in the cheesecake, and a peanut butter-chocolate ganache there’s nothing missing.

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One year ago: Beginner Fondant

Two years ago: Sweet Potato Breakfast Biscuits

Three years ago: Chicken Pot Pie Wellington
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

This perfectly chewy peanut butter cookie cake is a crowd pleaser. With chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups and chocolate frosting how could it not be?

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It’s finally here! The first game of the Ohio State Buckeyes football season. I cannot help but be excited even though we are missing our star QB. After all, teams are made of more than one person. However the game I am most interested in today is Wisconsin vs LSU. Go Big 10! But since I don’t find badgers to be an appetizing dessert, I decided to stick with the buckeye peanut butter and chocolate theme. Which means today is the first PB+Choc Saturday of the season!

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Regardless of your allegiances you can still enjoy a peanut butter and chocolate dessert. This cookie cake is a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream. Peanut butter cookie dough with chopped Reese’s cups, and topped with chocolate frosting. And it happens to be perfectly chewy which is how all cookie-things should be, in my opinion.

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In other news, I am off to Gatlinburg this weekend with Bob, Christina, and Dave whom are in town visiting! I scouted out all the free/random things to do this weekend and it may contain things such as hiking, BYOB/lawn chair blues/rock/folk concerts, fireworks, salt and pepper shaker museum, hillbilly golf, and maybe some outlet shopping.

One year ago: S’mores Macarons

Three years ago: Feta Stuffed Pesto Turkey Burgers
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No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Day 5 of Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to share some amazing ice cream recipes with you. I hope you belong to a gym. We’ll all need it by the end of the week!

Ice Cream Week 2014

Our sponsors for the event have provided us with some great prizes. A huge thanks to Cake Boss, Anolon, Microplane, WÜSTHOF, Page Street Publishing and Quarry Spoon. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have tossed in a bonus prize of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker because they think everyone should own one! After checking out the recipe, be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

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Ever stress yourself out so much you teeter on the verge or vomiting or crying? Yea I’m there. Ever since this part-time adjunct teaching opportunity came up I have been freaking out both in excitement and nervousness. The reason it has been such a challenge deciding whether to accept or not is not a matter of wanting the job, it is a matter of feasibility due to being in Memphis while I currently reside in Knoxville.

Pros: Related work experience, extra money (albeit small), keep current part-time job and free rent with parents in Knoxville, stay at a friend’s while in Memphis
Cons: Only one class for 6 hours a week, driving 11 hours a week (hence the income increase being small)

It is also only for 10 weeks which could be either a good thing and a bad thing. Setting the monetary gain aside (since it is basically negligible) it comes down to one question – is it worth driving 11 hours a week to get experience teaching one class? Maybe I should wait until next term to see if they would have more than one class available? Unfortunately this kind of decision cannot be riddled out by making lists or asking others’ opinions, it’s a gamble. Experience is good to snatch up when you can but sanity is also important.

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It’s time like these when I look to food for solace, specifically dessert. Enter in this no-churn s’mores ice cream. I thought for certain that upon freezing the marshmallow creme would cause the ice cream to be rock hard. In fact the exact opposite occurred creating the fluffiest and creamiest ice cream I have ever made. To make things even better, it tastes just like a s’more with plenty of milk chocolate and graham cracker bits. Let your worries drift away for a few scoops-time.

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S’mores Lasagna for One

Don’t worry about sharing with this s’mores lasagna for one. Made with layers of graham cracker, chocolate sweetened Greek yogurt, and graham crackers.

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Happy National S’mores Day! Today is yet another fun food holiday that landed on a Sunday which means this dangerous little guy comes to you in single serving size.

The idea for this came from my chocolate peanut butter cup lasagna which was a huge hit. This s’mores version is a tiny bit healthier being made with Greek yogurt that has been sweetened slightly with cocoa powder and powdered sugar. The rest isn’t quite as healthy with marshmallow creme, graham crackers, mini marshmallows and a chocolate drizzle.

If made for a crowd this would great presented in a tall clear glass, better defining the layers. But since I know you’re just going to eat this while standing over the kitchen counter there’s no need to get all fancy.

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Three years ago: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich with Au Jus
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No-Churn Chocolate Almond Ice Cream & Giveaway

No ice cream maker is needed to make this creamy chocolate ice cream with roasted salted almonds. Less work and all the flavor!

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With ice cream month coming to a close today I thought it was appropriate to not only post an ice cream recipe but also host a giveaway for some delicious pure almond and chocolate extracts. Use the rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post and follow the prompts to enter! But first, this ice cream.

Growing up in Rochester, NY meant that my family loved Abbott’s frozen custard. While locations have started to spread outside of upstate NY, unfortunately they have not made it this far south yet. Since my dad’s favorite flavor is their chocolate almond I decided to try my hand at making my own. I even took it so far as to make a no-churn, no-cook, egg-free version. The basic no-churn recipe starts with 2 cups of heavy cream, whipped, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. From there I added cocoa powder, roasted salted almonds, and almond and chocolate extract. It may not be frozen custard but my dad was very pleased with the results – super creamy and chock-full of almonds, just the way he likes it.

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Bring your favorite chocolate dessert to Roxana’s home baking #chocolateparty and win amazing prizes from Imperial Sugar®, Gold Medal Flour®, Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs and KitchenAid®

Two years ago: Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese, Corn, and Bacon Waffles
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Pistachio & Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

These perfectly chewy milk chocolate chip cookies are full of chopped pistachios and toffee. Sweet, nutty, and chewy all in one.

Pistachio & Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once you’ve found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, what do you next? Make variations of course! Even since I perfected my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies I have been experimenting with different mix-ins. This latest creation was inspired by Trader Joe’s dark chocolate roasted pistachio toffee. I’ve already made two other recipes in the likeness of this treat, mini pistachio cupcakes and dark chocolate pistachio saltine cracker toffee, but now it was time for some cookies and instead of dark chocolate I used milk chocolate.

One year ago: Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza with Rosemary Beer Crust

Two years ago: Baked Turkey Ricotta Meatballs
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Funfetti Stuffed Chocolate M&M Cookie Cake

This double chocolate M&M cookie cake has a surprise in the middle – a Funfetti truffle layer! Top with Funfetti frosting and this cookie cake is perfect for any celebration.

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I graduated with my PhD in microbiology almost 6 months ago and still have yet to solidify a big-person job. Although this fact is quite unsettling, I have to admit that time off from the real world has been incredibly nice especially after all that hard work. I’ve spent a lot of time with my dad and step mom, been able to travel around a bit to see family and friends, and can pretty much bake/cook, workout/hike/kayak/play pickleball or tennis whenever I want. There’s so much to do with all the events and activities in the village and then the Smoky Mountains are just an hour away.

To help pay the bills however (such as student loans and storage for all my stuff still in Memphis) I did pick up a part-time job working at the gym in town. I check people in, sell memberships, answer questions, and tidy up the place. It’s kind of related to microbiology – I’m killing a bunch of germs on all that equipment! Not quite what a PhD is useful for but at least it’s something in the meantime. The best part is that 99% of the patrons are incredibly friendly. People here seem genuinely happy and I can only hope that not only a place this this village will exist when it’s time for me to retire (it’s never too early to plan for retirement right?) but that I will also still be as active and happy as they are here.

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However none of that has anything to do with this cookie cake, other than the fact that it has the potential to smack a smile on your face and celebrate life. This double chocolate M&M cookie cake isn’t just any old cookie cake, it also has a Funfetti truffle layer in the middle and Funfetti frosting. You guys know how much I love stuffing cake batter/cake balls into everything in sight and this cookie cake is no exception. I love how well the bright M&Ms and sprinkles contrast with the rich chocolate color. You don’t need a special occasion to make this cookie cake but it certainly would be a great birthday cookie cake! (It does happen to be my good friend Becky’s birthday today!)

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Bring your favorite chocolate dessert to Roxana’s home baking #chocolateparty and win amazing prizes from Imperial Sugar®, Gold Medal Flour®, Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs and KitchenAid®

One year ago: Everything Bagel Bites with Bacon-Scallion Cream Cheese Dip

Three years ago: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
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Twix Brownies

A brownie and a Twix candy bar fell in love and and gave birth to these aptly names Twix Brownies with a shortbread crust, fudgy brownie, caramel topping and chocolate coating.

Twix Brownies

They may not be the prettiest brownies I have ever made but they make up for it in the taste department. It’s a Twix-brownie love child! Boxed brownie mix plays dress up with a homemade shortbread crust, caramel topping, and chocolate coating. Impress your friends and family this Memorial weekend with these – they will never know you used a boxed brownie mix.

I do highly recommend serving these at room temperature or slightly warm (or outside at your BBQ) as it is easier to bite through the chocolate topping when it’s not cold. As you can see from the pictures, cutting the brownies cold, even with a sharp knife, resulted in cracks.

One year ago: Peanut Butter Banana Bagels

Three years ago: Baked Blueberry Almond Pancakes
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Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies & Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Giveaway

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Celebrate with this variation of my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies – chopped milk chocolate almond bars, sliced almonds, and some delicious Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract. 

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It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! To help celebrate Nielsen-Massey sent me some of their Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla extract to use in cookies I baked to celebrate this occasion. And better yet they are also giving away a bottle to one of my readers. Just use the Rafflecopter widget after checking out these cookies.

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These chocolate chip cookies are another variation on my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. They are actually chocolate chunk cookies but I think they still qualify for the holiday. I chopped up 6 full-sized milk chocolate bars with almonds and also added sliced almonds, almond meal and as usual a whole tablespoon of vanilla extract. The Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract made these nutty cookies especially delicious.

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One year ago: Strawberry Banana Granola

Two years ago: Raw Cookie Dough Bites
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Peanut Butter Birthday Bites

Funfettinutter is the combination of funfetti and peanut butter. If you have not tried it, you are missing out! Chewy peanut butter cookies are topped with funfetti frosting, chocolate ganache, chopped peanut butter cups and sprinkles!

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Happy birthday to me!!! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday TO ME!!!

In case you didn’t notice today is my birthday (it also happens to be Amy’s birthday of Fearless Homemaker). I turn 29 today today which means the next 365 days are the last of my twenties. For my birthday weekend my friend Christina visited and during all of our hiking and adventuring we have relived memories from our college years – our early twenties. It seemed perfect that she would be with me to celebrate the end of my twenties after being a partner-in-crime throughout all the others and I couldn’t be more excited and happy for her to be here this weekend. Later today we are seeing Spamalot!

In honor of my birthday I yet again combined two of my favorite things – peanut butter and funfetti. Chewy peanut butter cookies are topped off with a funfetti cake batter frosting which is then adorned with chocolate ganache and chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. And more sprinkles. If you think peanut butter and funfetti don’t belong together then you obviously have never tried it. Funfettinutter for the win! It may be not a single serving recipe for Sunday, but it’s my birthday and I can have all the servings I want.

P.S. It is also Star Wars Day – may the fourth be with you! Oh yea that’s right be jealous of my birthday.

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One year ago: Birthday Overload Pancakes

Two years ago: Funfettinutter Cupcakes for Two (or One Birthday Girl)

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Ice Cream
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