Saturday, March 17, 2018

6 of My Favorite St. Patrick's Day Desserts

Good morning! St.Patrick's Day is just around the corner and if you are like me than you care more about the sweet treats of the day rather than the corned beef and cabbage. 

Here are a few of my favorites:

Nigella Lawson Chocolate Stout Cake

Guinness Chocolate Brownies

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Caramel Brownie Terrine

Bailey's Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce

Bailey's Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding

Chocolate Guinness Cupcake with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting

I hope that you have a happy and safe St.Patrick's Day. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Real Simple Magazine Hot Cocoa Mix

I love hot chocolate and always enjoy trying a new recipe. Typically I make my hot chocolate with chopped chocolate but that is a little time consuming. So when I saw a recipe for a homemade mix in the February edition of Real Simple I thought I would try it out.

The recipe is simple, easy and delicious.

Hot Cocoa Mix
From Real Simple Magazine February 2018 

21/2 cups instant no-fat dry milk
2 cups confectioners sugar
11/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp.  freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

Sift all of the ingredients together into a large bowl. 

To make a cup of cocoa: Place 1/4 cup of cocoa mix into a cup. Heat 1 cup of milk to a simmer. Pour 1/4 of hot milk over cocoa mix, stir until combined and smooth, then stir in the rest of the milk. 

Cocoa mix keeps in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Linking to:
A Stroll Thru Life

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that you will be spending your day surrounded by love, the love of family, friends, your animals and your significant other. 

There is still time to whip up a sweet treat for your loved one, or even to celebrate yourself! This moist chocolate cake, with fudge filling and white buttercream frosting is easy and delicious. 

As for decorating the tops of your cakes or cupcakes, it doesn't get any easier than some cookie cutters and colored sugar.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy something sweet to celebrate.

If you would like to make this cake the recipe is HERE.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Espresso Hot Chocolate

Cold, winter days call for a vat of hot chocolate simmering on the stove all day long. That way it is ready when you come in from shoveling, sledding or making snowmen. 

I love hot chocolate and drink it with fleur de delnutellaraspberry, Irish cream and more. I love it topped with homemade marshmallows, marshmallow fluff and of course whipped cream. 

Today I decided to make espresso hot chocolate for those that love chocolate and coffee. 

Espresso Hot Chocolate

3 cups whole milk
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of espresso

Bring milk to a simmer, then add the sugar, salt and the chopped chocolate, whisk until smooth and creamy and the chocolate is melted. Add espresso and stir to combine. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. 


Monday, January 1, 2018

No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Tart

Christmas is just 4 days away, can you believe it?  Every time I think I am ready I think of something else that I want to do or make. I have to stop and just enjoy what is left of the season. 

I want to make a quick and easy dessert to give to a few friends and I decided to make the easiest tart ever. It is basically a Peppermint Oreo cookie crust with a ganache filling and then is topped with either crushed candy canes or peppermint bark. 

No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Bark

24 Peppermint Oreo Cookies or Trader Joe's Joe Joes' Peppermint Cookies
6 Tablespoons of butter melted. 

1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup chopped 60% chocolate 
1 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup butter cut into small pieces. 

In a blender or food processor pulse the cookies until you have fine crumbs. Pour into a bowl and add the melted butter. Mix well, then pour into a 9" tart pan and press up the sides and into the middle. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 

Place the chopped chocolate into a medium heat proof bowl. In a saucepan heat the milk and the butter to a low boil. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for a few minutes. Whisk until smooth and creamy, pour over the prepared crust. 

You can leave it like this or add a garnish of chopped candy canes or chopped peppermint bark. Place tart into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. 


I hope that you have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Christmas is just a couple of weeks way and winter seems to have finally arrives. For some this week snow arrived for the first time in years. Personally I love snow and if I lived somewhere that only saw snow once every few years I would be out jumping for joy. 

Snow or not, a cold winter day calls for a nice big mug of hot chocolate. Not just any hot chocolate but a steamy cup of nutty Nutella hot chocolate. Add a spoon or two of whipping cream, a sprinkle of chocolate shavings and you have the perfect drink!

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Recipe from: A Cookie Named Desire


31/2 Tablespoons of Nutella
11/2 ounces of semi-sweet chopped chocolate
13/4 cup whole milk
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan combine the Nutella, chocolate and 1/2 cup of the milk over low-medium heat, mix well. Once mixed slowly add the rest of the milk. Once hot, add the salt and vanilla. Pour into mugs and garnish with whipping cream and chocolate shavings.