Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Eggnog Hot Chocolate Pound Cake

What happens when you mix eggnog and hot chocolate? One amazing cake with two of your favorite winter beverages! Perfect for holiday parties.

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Today is the Friday of the last weekend before Christmas. What are you doing this weekend? If I had to guess many of you will be baking cookies, attending holiday parties, and/or crazy enough to go shopping. I remember the last time I tried going to the mall the weekend before Christmas (and not to buy a present, just retail therapy with a friend and neglected to realize what weekend it was) and it took over an hour to get out of the parking lot. Insanity. Never again. I am however committing to the other two aforementioned tasks this weekend – getting covered in snow-like sugar while baking and then eating party food until my belly resembles Santa’s.

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This pound cake embodies the two best wintry drinks: eggnog and hot chocolate. Both eggnog and hot chocolate mix are used in the making of this pound cake, which results in the perfect pound cake to appear at your next holiday party. It didn’t take long for it to be reduced to crumbs. Spike it with a little bit of rum if you dare.

P.S. Does anyone else see the face in the swirl in the pictures above? It looks like Bugs bunny with his ears slightly chopped off to me.

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One year ago: Meyer Lemon Chess Pie

Three years ago: Pecan Fruit Cake
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Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Instead of buying from the store, try your hand at homemade hot chocolate mix. This version highlights dark chocolate and would make a great gift!

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Christ mas is about a week away! Can you believe it? I certainly cannot as I’ve just started feeling the holiday-baking pull. There are too many festive things I want to make in such little time! The most important thing I made every year is hot chocolate mix. To date, I have made six different kinds of hot chocolate mix: Regular, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, and now Dark Chocolate. Homemade hot chocolate mix makes great gifts if you’re looking for some last minute ideas!

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This dark hot chocolate is not as sweet at the others I have created due to the use of dark and semisweet chocolate – no white chocolate in there this time. But the flavor of the dark chocolate truly shines. I thought it was exceptional, but if you know someone who prefers sweeter hot chocolate (like my dad), throw a healthy handful of marshmallows in there.

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One year ago: Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

Two years ago: Buttermilk Biscuits

Four years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Dip

Take your love of raw cookie dough to a new level with this cookie dough dip. Made with peanut butter and Reese’s cup for all the peanut buter lovers out there.

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Hard to believe that a year ago today I formally graduated with my PhD. Technically I acquired the title of “Dr.” 3 months prior in September when I defended my dissertation but December 13, 2013 is when I wore the fancy robe and got my giant degree (literally it’s huge). And today I am celebrating yet another graduation. No not another of my own (I haven’t been going to school in secret for the past year). My cousin Alex is graduating from Physician Assistant school!

To mark this momentous occasion I’ve decided to lay on some more news. Leading up to today, I have posted clues (1/2/3/4) on Twitter but no one tweeted any guesses. Either the clues were much too vague or no one saw them (I’m betting on the latter). I also dropped another hint on Thanksgiving when I commented about something I was looking forward to and a couple of you figured it out…

…what do you think?
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Hot Chocolate Brownie Bites

Simple chocolate brownie bites are topped with frosting that tastes just like hot chocolate. Don’t forget the marshmallows on top!

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I may not be the biggest chocolate fan when it stands alone and neither do I enjoy a glass of cold chocolate milk. However, if you place a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows in front of me, nothing can prevent me from draining it (except maybe if it’s made with water instead of milk). So when I discovered that my friend Heather created a hot chocolate frosting I could not wait to try it – it quite literally tastes just like hot chocolate and it therefore spoon-worthy. Seriously, other than cream cheese or peanut butter frosting I rarely have the urge to eat frosting alone off a spoon but this stuff rocks. I have already used Dollop Gourmet Hot Chocolate Frosting on top of Greek yogurt thumbprint cookies and now I’ve been caught in the act of dolloping again. This time on top of brownies.

P.S. It’s also National Hot Chocolate Day, so if you live in the northeast you better run out and buy some of this frosting. I know I plan to snag a bunch (including the other 3 flavors) when I am home in Rochester for the holidays. Heck I’m tempted to mix it into some hot milk to make frosting-hot chocolate!

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One year ago: Pinto Bean Breakfast Patty Melts

Two years ago: Chewy Molasses Cookies

Three years ago: Andes Crème de Menthe Chocolate Cookies
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Cone Head Cupcakes with Ice Cream Frosting

Have some fun with your vanilla cupcakes and turn them into adorable cone head cupcakes with frosting that looks and taste like an ice cream sundae.

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National Cupcake Day is exactly one week from today! In an effort to prepare you, 26 food bloggers including myself have banded together to share cupcake recipes today. I took the opportunity to whip up a cupcake creation that I have been meaning to make ever since I thought of it.

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You know the adorable cone head ice cream sundae at Friendly’s? Well I recreated it in cupcake form! A vanilla cupcake is topped with a literal scoop if buttercream frosting made with ice cream and decorated with a chocolate dipped waffle cone, miniature Reese’s pieces, and whipped cream. Even if you’ve never heard of or had a cone head ice cream sundae, you won’t be able to resist these little guys.

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One year ago: White Cheddar Mac & Cheese in a Mug

Three years ago: Toffee Apple Dip

Four years ago: Brownie Peanut Butter Cups
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturday Roundup 2014

For all you peanut butter and chocolate lovers out there, here is a roundup of recent peanut butter and chocolate creations to feast upon.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Roundup

After losing Braxton Miller to injury at the beginning of the season and an early loss to Virginia Tech, I did not think Ohio State had a good chance at snagging the Big Ten Championship this year. But then JT Barrett found his grove and proved to be just as good as Braxton, so much so that he also became a Heisman candidate. That was until last week when he too was injured and now my Buckeyes head into the conference championship game with Cardale Jones as QB. What are the chances we are lucky enough to have not 2 but 3 amazing QBs? I guess I will find out later today!

Being the last game before bowl season, I decided to do a roundup of all the PB+C recipes I have shared this year. Evidently I have been on a brownie, pretzel, oat, and candy-ish things kick. You’ll also notice that I do try to keep my background colors somewhere in the scarlet and gray range, but I epically failed with the smoothie – how did I allow blue and yellow in there?

Two years ago: Gingerbread Dip

Three years ago: Apple Butter Chewy Cinnamon M&M Cookies

Four years ago: Gnocchi with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

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Speculoos & Pumpkin Spice Oreo Lasagna

Serve lasagna for dessert! This dessert lasagna is made with graham crackers, golden pumpkin Oreos, cream cheese, cool whip, and cookie butter. In other words, delicious.

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After how big of a hit the chocolate peanut butter cup lasagna was last year, it seemed like a no brainer to try it again with another beloved spread – Speculoos aka Biscoff. With the help of some pumpkin spice Oreos, this dessert lasagna disappeared just as quickly as the peanut butter version. I brought it to a chili cook off and there wasn’t a single dollop left by the end of the night – people were scraping up every last bit of it. Basically, if you are looking for a killer make-ahead dessert for an upcoming party then look no further. Pumpkin is totally acceptable after Thanksgiving.

P.S. You can now follow me on Instagram! Oh technology!

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One year ago: Homemade Italian Bread & Garlic Bread

Two years ago: White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Three years ago: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Four years ago: Homemade Applesauce

SPECULOOS & PUMPKIN SPICE OREO LASAGNA

Serves 24

Ingredients:

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup heavy cream

FILLING

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature

1-1/2 cups Biscoff or Speculoos cookie spread

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

15 whole graham crackers

1 (12.2 oz.) box Golden Oreos with Pumpkin Spice Creme

1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

TOPPING

8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

1/4 cup toffee bits

Directions:

  1. For the chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare the filling: In a medium mixing bowl, whip together cream cheese, cookie spread, powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Whip for 2-3 minutes until fully combined and smooth. Add the thawed whipped topping 8 ounces at a time. Continue to whip until fluffy and light. Set aside.
  3. In a 9 x 13 inch dish place one layer of graham crackers (7-1/2 sheets). Spread 1/3 of the filling mixture over the crackers, and sprinkle with 1/3 of the chocolate chips. Gently press a layer of Oreos into the filling and top with another 1/3 of the filling. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the chocolate chips and top with another layer of crackers followed by the final 1/3 of the filling.
  4. Frost with whipped topping, and sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips and toffee bits. Drizzle with chocolate. Chill for at least 4-6 hours before cutting into 24 squares.

Source: Adapted from my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Lasagna.

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Brownie Peanut Butter Cups Revisit

Turn your favorite brownies into mini brownie peanut butter cups mixed with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and topped with peanut butter and more chocolate and peanut butter chips.

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For those of you who went of for Black Friday or even Thursday sales, I hope you achieved whatever it was that you set out to do. I avoided all shopping locations like the plague. However, while browsing the Black Friday ads I did see one that caught my eye – Verizon was offering many smart phones for $100 off and some for free. As you may know, I have been resistant to turn in my dumb phone for many years to the point that I have repurchased the same dumb phone off ebay whenever the previous was dying just to avoid the transition. But, I did admit that I would eventually need to cave in and with such a good deal, it seemed like now was the time. Lucky for me the deal was also available online so I didn’t even have to go to the Verizon store. While I wait for it to arrive, I will be spending some quality time with my beloved dumb phone. We’ve had some good times, LG Dare, and I am sorry to tell you that you are being replaced by the Samsung Galaxy S5. For free. And it was only $20 extra to add data. But I will do my very best not turn into one of those people who spends more time on their phone than interacting with the people around them. That was the biggest reason I didn’t want a smart phone in the first place (other than the cost).
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Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Turn the popular buckeye candies into a cookie. Brownie-like cookies are baked with peanut butter balls in the center and then drizzled with chocolate.

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It’s no secret that I love peanut butter and chocolate, especially in the form of buckeye candies which is why #PBChocSat is my favorite day of the week! Today those lovely candies are being transformed into cookies. The peanut butter center is made similarly to buckeye candies – consisting of peanut butter and powdered sugar. The peanut butter balls and places right into the center of the brownie cookie dough to bake right in. Kind of like making thumbprint cookies but you add the filling before you bake instead of after.

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When baked, the cookies look just like squashed, puffy buckeye candies. I actually hesitated to put the chocolate on top because it would hide the eye of the buckeye, and they reminded me of the reverse of the Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies. But I decided that a little extra chocolate would be worth the sacrifice and this way the peanut butter center would be a bit of a surprise to others. Whether people were surprised I could not tell, but they were certainly devoured quickly!

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One year ago: Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce

Two years ago: Individual Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Three years ago: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (2011)

Four years ago: Veggie Lasagna
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Leftover Halloween Candy Layer Bars

Use up your leftover Halloween candy with these magic layer bars. Any combination of chocolate candy will work. You can even add candy corn if you so desire.

Leftover Halloween Candy Layer Bars

When was the last time you bought the exact amount of candy needed to meet the demands of all the trick-or-treaters that ring your door bell on Halloween? Chances are you either buy too little or too much, with most people landing on the side with excess. Other than picking out all your favorites to hoard, what are you going to do with it all? I say throw it all together and bake it into one glorious mess. With the help of a graham cracker crust and more sugar in the form of sweetened condensed milk this dream is a reality. I introduce to you the leftover Halloween candy bar layer bars. Use whatever assortment you have. In my case it was Reese’s peanut butter cups, plain M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, Crunch, Twix, Kit Kats, Almond Joys, Milky Ways, Snickers, and Hershey’s cookies ‘n’ creme bars. Since 7-layer bars have chocolate, nuts, and coconut I figured that diverse candy selection covered it all with a little extra.

One year ago: Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

Two years ago: Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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