Posts Tagged ‘dark chocolate’

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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Bourbon Fudge Brownies

Bourbon fudge brownies are not for the faint of heart. These thick, rich, fudgy brownies are baked with bourbon inside and out. Bourbon in the batter and the glaze!

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For those of you wondering, I did not accept the part-time job offer for which I painstakingly debated in my post on Friday. While the experience would have been beneficial I could not see myself retaining sanity, driving to the other side of the state every week for 10 weeks for 6 hours of work. On the bright side, I was told to keep in touch for any future job posting in which I may be interested. Sounds like a good deal to me!

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Decision making is hard, but instead of winding down the stress levels with a stout beverage just go ahead and spike some brownies. These bourbon fudge brownies live up to their name because they are so fudgy you may actually think you are eating fudge. Rich, dense, liquored up fudge brownies and topped with a bourbon glaze. And then ice cream and fudge sauce. And a shot of bourbon on the side.

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One year ago: Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins
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Gluten-Free Avocado Brownies

These gluten-free brownies are so fudgy they will blow your mind. The surprise is that they are made with avocados topped with a fun, green avocado frosting!

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Two gluten-free brownie recipes in one week!? Craziness I know but Sunday’s was a single serving while today’s was made with avocados, and let me tell you they were crazy fudgy. Nearly had to scrape them out of the pan and eat them with a spoon fudgy. “It’s so fudgy I’m going to die!” – paraphrased quote from Agnes of Despicable Me.

Who knew avocados could render such a consistency in baked goods? Then to literally top it off, they are frosted with a green avocado frosting. Surprisingly you do not have to worry about the frosting turning brown. Evidently sugar is the secret weapon against avocado-oxidation.

Whip these up and see if anyone suspects they are anything other than regular fudgy brownies with some frosting you decided to “dye green”. I know most people I offered them to not only had no idea they were gluten-free but could not detect the avocado. The suspiciously green frosting was the only clue.

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Two years ago: Baked Banana Almond Pancakes
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Peeps Cupcakes for Two

Remember during November when I shared a Thanksgiving dinner for two on Single Serving Sunday? Well I had originally intended to do a Valentine’s dinner for two today, but slacked off and only made dessert. It’s still a dessert for two, making it a perfect dessert for you and a special someone to enjoy together.

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These cupcakes were inspired by my strawberry stuffed cupcakes I made awhile back which were a huge hit – white cupcakes with a whole strawberry stuffed inside and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. But this time around the cupcakes are chocolate, making them chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes! In case that isn’t good enough, they are also topped with chocolate dipped strawberry flavored Peeps.

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Two years ago: Cinnamon-Blueberry Bread Pudding

Three years ago: Asiago Bagels (with Chipotle Pepper or Garlic & Chive Cream Cheese)
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Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well Memphis, it’s been fun. Over the weekend I had one last hurrah downtown and it was a blast. I haven’t danced that much in awhile and my legs and abs were actually tired the next day. But today I leave Memphis to journey all the way to the other side of the state where I will reside until I solidify a job. It will be nice to spend more time with my parents but for the sake of my monetary health I hope it doesn’t take long.

These cookies were whipped up for everyone that helped with the big move into the POD last weekend (along with an assortment of other goodies and beverages). The flavor was inspired by one of my favorite cookies from Keep It Sweet Desserts, mixing smoked sea salt, caramel bits and dark chocolate into my beloved chocolate chip cookie base. This is my first recipe using smoked sea salt and it’s a pretty awesome addition to a cookie. However, I cannot claim that they are as good as hers which is why she owns the awesome cookie/brownie/blondie business!

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Three years ago: Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
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Dark Chocolate Pistachio Saltine Cracker Toffee

After finding the dark chocolate roasted pistachio toffee at Trader Joe’s over the holidays I have been a bit obsessed with the combination. First I annihilated that toffee, then I baked mini pistachio cupcakes with a dark chocolate ganache, and now made my own version of that toffee using the saltine cracker toffee recipe as the base.

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Crispy crackers are topped with crunchy toffee, a layer of dark chocolate, and sprinkled with chopped pistachios. If you thought the original saltine cracker toffee was hard to resist, just wait until you get your hands on these. And as a side note, feel free to be amazed at the fact that I was able to make these without a trip to the grocery store. I wasn’t kidding when I said my pantry was stockpiled, needing to be used up before moving.

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One year ago: Meyer Lemon Curd

Two years ago: Peanut Butter Cinnamon Raisin Apple Bars

Three years ago: Strawberry Fig Newtons
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Mini Pistachio Cupcakes

On Sunday I told you about how I had the pleasure of meeting and baking with Heather Saffer of Dollop the day before. She was incredibly nice and very easy to get along with. It was cool to talk about her experiences in the food world – being on Cupcake Wars, owning a cupcake shop, and having a cookbook. It’s interesting how different it is from just having a food blog, living in my own little world.

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Funny thing was when she said that despite all of her experience, she thinks that I am more of a baker than she is! I don’t know about that but I do tend to be a bit of a control freak when it comes to baking and cooking, so I may have taken over when we were baking together without meaning to. Oops! Thankfully I don’t think it phased her as she gave me one of her Dollop “fr<3sting” shirts when she departed – yay!!! So thoughtful! I wish I had thought of it and I would’ve given her a Spiffy Cookie necklace. Just dropping the ball left and right haha.

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Today I am sharing one of the recipes we made together – mini pistachio cupcakes with a dark chocolate ganache. After much deliberation on what we should make, the pistachio dark chocolate toffee I found at Trader Joe’s inspired me and made the decision easy. We also made flourless brownies with pistachios, because why not?

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One year ago: Chocolate Cake Ball Stuffed Oreo Pudding Cookies
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Dark Chocolate Chunk Eggnog Cookies

It’s the 3rd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen! This event brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things cookie. This year, once again, this swap was partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and a donation was collected from every participant. Additionally, the three generous brand partners, OXO, Gold Medal Flour, and Dixie Crystals, EACH matched our donations and as a result ended up raising $13,778.40 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

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I sent my matches Meagan (A Zesty Bite), Christina (Stracciatella), and Susan (A Less Processed Life) a dozen each of these dark chocolate chunk eggnog cookies. After I made the eggnog cheesecake bars, I started putting eggnog in everything including the pancakes I shared on Monday. It adds such a great flavor to winter treats and was no exception in these cookies – soft and chewy eggnog cookies with chunks of dark chocolate.

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From my matches I received pecan sandies (Nora of Cats and Commas), lemon glazed cookies (Sheryl of Mama’s Gotta Bake), and compost cookies (Shari of My Judy the Foodie). I stashed away most of them for myself but did bring some into lab to share with my coworkers. Thank you for all the wonderful cookies!

One year ago: Creamy Ricotta Spinach & Shells

Three years ago: Iced & Spiced Applesauce Cookies
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DOVE® Christmas Chocolate Drops

When it comes to holiday baking you typically need two things: butter and chocolate. So when Dove® Promises invited me to bake with Dove® Dark Chocolate I could not resist. Unlike other dark chocolates out there, DOVE® Dark chocolate is not bitter. Instead, it’s creamy and deliciously rich, making it difficult to bake with instead of devouring straight out of the wrapper (which by the way I love the little sayings inside each wrapper). I suggest buying an extra bag just in case you cannot control yourself.

In case a DOVE® Dark chocolate cookie with DOVE® Dark chocolate chunks isn’t enough to get you excited, how about some nuts? In my world, you can never go wrong with nuts especially when it involves chocolate so I was particularly excited about these cookies.

These cookies reminded me of brownie cookies, with their flaky tops and chewy interior stuffed with nuts – just the way I like my brownies!

For more inspiring holiday ideas, be sure to check out the Mars® recipe page http://www.brightideas.com. I am tempted to make the Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich Cake!

Share the Joy with Dove®. Go to BrightIdeas.com for recipes using DOVE® PROMISES® Dark Chocolate and DOVE® Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar. Click. Create. Celebrate.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mars®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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