Tag Archives: Chocolate

a real winner. [chewy chocolate & peanut butter cookies]

August 31st, 2021 by | comments

If you know me well, you know I’m oddly not a chocolate fan (which is why I don’t have many chocolate recipes on my blog – sorry!). But for the sake of everyone else who is a chocolate fan, I figure I need to show some love once in a while. That’s where these chewy chocolate and peanut butter cookies come in. This recipe honestly just came from the Reese’s peanut butter chips bag, but it was a real winner. My husband, mom and dad can attest to that!

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toffee break. [homemade english toffee]

December 21st, 2020 by | comments

I’m still in shock Christmas is this week. Where has the time gone?! One thing I absolutely recommend making before the holiday weekend is this homemade English toffee. My mom has been making this recipe for years and it’s everything you’d want in a toffee – it’s sweet, it’s crunchy and it’s decadent. Although a laborious task, making the toffee is a fun group activity and so worth the time and effort in the end. It makes for a great gift, too!

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go bucks! [buckeye brownies]

September 15th, 2014 by | comments

Those of you who have followed my blog for a few years already know I’m a weirdo who doesn’t like chocolate. So, you could probably guess that I didn’t take that bite out of the brownie–thanks, mom! Although I didn’t taste these delectable treats, they received rave reviews from everyone that tried one. Considering these are called buckeye brownies, I had to take the opportunity to use an Ohio State backdrop. Go Bucks!!

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big step. [mini chocolate peppermint cupcakes w. peppermint buttercream frosting]

December 16th, 2013 by | comments


Hey, I made something with chocolate! This is a big step for me because well, I’m that weirdo who doesn’t like chocolate. Anyways, I made these cupcakes for my boss’ Christmas party and they were a huge hit. My co-worker said they tasted like peppermint bark in cupcake form.

These little guys are perfect to bring to any upcoming holiday party. :)

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Christmas crunch. [English toffee]

December 17th, 2010 by | comments

In addition to the chocolate peppermint bark cookies I made (here) for my holiday treat bags, my mom and I made English toffee. My mom received this fabulous recipe from our neighbor’s friend a couple of years ago and we’ve used it ever since.

One thing we’ve both learned about making toffee is that in no way is it a one man job. Since the butter and sugar mixture requires constant attention with the spatula/whisk during the time it takes to thicken, someone’s arm is bound to get tired. My mom and I switched off every five minutes or so stirring the mixture. The process takes about 20 minutes.

Although a tedious and laborious task, indulging in a piece of the crunchy and decadent toffee makes the work well worth it in the end.

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all bark, all bite. [chocolate peppermint bark cookies]

December 13th, 2010 by | comments

Since Christmas is fast approaching, I wanted to get a head start on some holiday baking. I’d been itching to bake something with peppermint, so I scoured the Internet for unique ideas. I found a Bon Appetit recipe for chocolate peppermint bark cookies with a shortbread crust. The cookies looked incredible, so I decided to make these holiday treats.

The recipe called for a candy cane topping, but I chose to use Hershey’s candy cane kisses instead, since I already had a bag at home. Although the crunchy texture of the candy cane pieces would have offered another dimension to the semi-soft cookies, I thought the candy cane kisses worked even better, as they kept the texture consistent.

I am certainly going to make and include these peppermint bark cookies in holiday treat bags for friends and co-workers. My brother, who absolutely loved these cookies, already requested I make them again for him to bring to work.

I recommend refrigerating these cookies even after the chocolate hardens, to prevent melting. Remove the cookies from the fridge 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

More holiday baking and cooking to come!

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