Hot Cocoa Cookies

It’s that time of year again! I signed up for the  Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again this year and got some great ideas for what to bake for Christmas! In its third year, the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap helps raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease. The swap raised $13,778.40 this year, raised through blogger participants donations and matching donations from OXO, Dixie Crystals, Gold Medal, and Grandma’s Molasses. The goal was $10,000, so to get nearly $4,000 more in donations is amazing! So here’s how the actual swapping part of this works: I was assigned three food bloggers and made one dozen cookies for each of them. In return, I received three different boxes of cookies from other bloggers. Last year, I received a batch of hot cocoa cookies that were SO good I was craving them again this year. So I decided to make some myself! The chocolate cookies are topped with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and a touch of grated chocolate. I based my recipe off of Rachel Ray’s … Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

I had a craving for a pumpkin treat this weekend so I went in search of a recipe I could make with stuff I already had on hand. I came across this recipe from Whole Foods for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles and was all set to make them as stated in the recipe. But I find white chocolate to be such a pain to work with and honestly, I don’t really like the taste. So although the Whole Foods recipe is the inspiration for this post, my recipe is completely different. These pumpkin truffles are made with dark chocolate and are then rolled in toasted pecans to give it some crunch. Ingredients: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 2 Walkers Stem Ginger Shortbread cookies, crumbled 3 Walkers Highlanders, crumbled 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon pinch of fine sea salt 2 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Chewy Crispy Bars with Candy Corn and M&M’s

These crispy bars are a great use of leftover Halloween candy, or would be a really awesome treat to give out on Halloween! They are simple to make and can be cut into any size you please. This recipe is from Cooking Light’s October 2013 issue. I used dark chocolate M&M’s but you can use regular if you’d like. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 10 ounce package marshmallows (I used mini marshmallows, you can use regular) 2/3 cup candy corn, plus more for decoration 1/2 cup dark chocolate M&M’s , plus more for decoration 6 cups rice cereal Cooking spray or parchment paper

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