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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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Peppermint & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate and peppermint. Why not combine these tasty duos into one trio? Dark chocolate peanut butter cookies with crushed peppermint candy cane on top.

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Are you familiar with the Christmas car costumes that appear this time of year? The reindeer antlers and nose or the elf ears and hat? Do you think they are ridiculous? If so, then I think you are zero fun. My friend Suzanne and I have been on the hunt for the reindeer get-up for years, ever since we first laid eyes on it. Unfortunately it proved to be nearly impossible to find as it was sold out in every store we checked year after year. We did find it online but that felt like cheating. Well guess what? While at Walgreens on a totally different mad hunt (searching for chalk – who knew chalk would be such a hard thing to find), I walked right past a display full of the reindeer costumes. Done and done. My car is adorable and I don’t care what anyone says.And then like an idiot, I rolled down my window while driving (had to get rid of a bug) and one of the antlers flew off. Thankfully I was able to turn around and retrieve it.

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Along with silly car costumes, another thing that appears around Christmas-time is a plethora of candy canes. Like it or not you will somehow end up with at least one in your possession. To help you find purpose for all those minty holiday treats (or fruity if you’re lucky enough to get a fancy one), PB&Co has challenged a group of bloggers to come up with #CandyCaneHacks aka solutions to excessive candy canes. So I did the first logical thing that came to mind – smash to bits and sprinkle on top of cookies. Using a trusty 4-ingredient flourless peanut butter cookie recipe, I made dark chocolate peanut butter thumbprint cookies filled with more dark chocolate dreams peanut butter and topped with crushed peppermint candy cane. Want more peppermint flavor? Add peppermint extract instead of vanilla to the cookie dough.

Want to get your hands on some of Peanut Butter & Co’s peanut butter? Use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of this post and enter to win 2 jars of your choosing. Can’t wait? Use the code ” YUMSQUADLOVE” and receive 25% off their online store for the month of December. And follow #CandyCaneHacks for ideas on how to pair candy canes with your favorite peanut butter.

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One year ago: Chicken and Pesto Stuffed Shells

Two years ago: Sugar Cookie Spoons for Hot Cocoa

Four years ago: Blueberry-Almond Turtles
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Pumpkin & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

While Lauren is away enjoying her new little man, I am guest posting on her blog Keep it Sweet. Hop on over for the recipe for this pumpkin and crystallized ginger ice cream treat! CLICK HERE!

PUMPKIN & GINGER ICE CREAM SANDWICH COOKIE CAKE

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Source: Ice cream adapted from my No-Churn Chocolate Almond Ice Cream. Cookie Cake adapted from my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake.
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Mix up this delicious smoothie with dark chocolate, peanut butter, banana, Greek yogurt, milk, and oats. Tastes like dessert without the guilt.

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Between my adventures in Seattle and now LA I have not been eating all that healthy, not that I am complaining because it’s been delicious. To add to the food fest, last night my nephew Luke went trick or treating for the first time and I managed to sneak a couple pieces for myself (while adoring the cutest tool box on the face of the earth). And now today is college football-food day. I decided to mix up a slightly healthier peanut butter and chocolate recipe to balance out all the rest and feel slightly less guilty. I am also making up for the break in my gym work out schedule by lifting babies. Maybe some crunches with my newest nephew Griffin on my stomach or kicking my feet while big brother Luke sits on my feet. Quality time and a work out!

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One year ago: Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Two years ago: Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

Three years ago: Homemade Pumpkin Puree
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Bark

You favorite combination of peanut butter and chocolate gets a third party – bacon! Salty and sweet is never a bad thing.

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Today in college football, Ohio State plays Penn State and although it is not a rivalry it’s close enough to make it a big game regardless of each teams ranking. And it just so happens to also be National Greasy Foods Day, which is perfect for football. But since I like to celebrate my Saturdays with peanut butter and chocolate in the spirit of my buckeyes, I made a peanut butter and chocolate treat that incorporated the best greasy food item ever – bacon! After falling in love with the peanut butter bacon burger this was bound to happen. It’s not like I haven’t made cupcakes and cookies with bacon before. It is sweet and salty goodness.

Last but not least, the icing on the cake for today is my arrival in Seattle! I am visiting my friend Chip who recently moved there and then the next couple days I am going hog wild with Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) and Kita (Pass the Sushi/Girl Carnivore)! It shall be full of deliciousness and merriment. And for a fun story for how this trip came to be, check out Peabody’s post.

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One year ago: Winter Wheat Berry Power Salad

Two years ago: Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Three years ago: Red Beans and Rice
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S’mores Pumpkin Pie #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin pie meets s’mores in this adventurous rendition of a classic recipe. Graham cracker crust, a layer of chocolate, classic pumpkin filling, and toasted homemade marshmallow topping.

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Hi and welcome to day 3 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:

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When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes such as pumpkin pie, there’s a reason why the classic recipes are classics – because they are just good. However I cannot resist the chance to try new things, especially when I can use the same recipe as the base. Last year I took a baby step by adding a brown sugar walnut topping to one pumpkin pie and the made a second without. Despite everyone’s protests, the pie with the crumble topping disappeared first.

Taking that experience into mind I jumped off the deep end with this new pumpkin pie rendition. Pumpkin pie meets s’mores. A graham cracker crust with a layer of chocolate sits beneath a classic pumpkin pie filling, which is blanketed by a thick layer of homemade marshmallow topping. Don’t have a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallow? Throw it under the broiler but keep a close eye on it. Or do what I did and use a real, full-sized blow torch O:-).

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One year ago: Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Dark chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with dark chocolate peanut butter frosting. As dangerous as they sound especially in the deceptively innocent mini size. 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Last year during football season I made white chocolate peanut butter mini cupcakes and they were super addictive. Since today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day I decided to revisit that recipe using dark chocolate peanut butter. It’s the dark-side equivalent of the more innocent looking white chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, but equally as sinful. That’s why I made them minis so you can eat 4 or 5 of them without feeling guilty. Oh the deception!

One year ago: Horror Show Pistachio Zombie Cupcakes

Two years ago: Review: Baking for Friends

Three years ago: Homemade Potato Knishes by Overtime Cook
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Buckeye Granola Bites

These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.

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Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.

While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.

One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo

Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste

Three years ago: Pumpkin Danish
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Swag Bars

The combination of sweet and salty never gets old. Try these no-bake peanut butter swag bars. Sweet, chewy, and crunchy all in one.

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For those of us still battling the summer heat, I have a no-bake peanut butter and chocolate recipe for you this fine Saturday. This recipe reminds me of a sweeter version of no-bake granola bars made with crushed bran cereal instead of oats. I substituted some of the corn syrup with honey but I bet it would’ve worked with all honey if you would like to avoid corn syrup altogether. The result is a sweet, chewy, and crunchy peanut butter treat.

Are you watching any college football today? I’ll be cheering on Michigan State against Oregon (normally I like Oregon but not when they play the Big 10), and of course Ohio State against Virginia Tech.

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One year ago: Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Two years ago: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Three years ago: Beermosa
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Flourless Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Soft, chewy, and packed with flavor. What more could you ask for from a flourless chocolate chunk cookie?

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With all the Labor Day weekend excitement I forgot to mention two other fun things that happened. First, my friend Amber gave birth to her son on Labor Day! Talk about laboring in Labor Day. Second, my second 1st author manuscript was accepted for publication earlier last week! It is not advance e-published yet but once it does, here’s to hoping it perks up my job search.

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These cookies were another gluten-free treat I whipped up for adventuring in the Smoky Mountains this past weekend. I loved that honey was used as the sweetener and also thoroughly enjoyed the dark chocolate and almond butter together. But the best part was how soft and chewy they turned out. And of course you can never go wrong with a dash of coarse sea salt on top.

One year ago: Cake Batter Chocolate Bark
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