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Mini S’mores Trifles

Mini S’mores Trifles are layered with rich chocolate pudding, crushed graham crackers, and marshmallow-laced whipped cream for a simple, yummy, no-bake dessert! National S’mores Day is later this week on August 10th, so I’m excited to be sharing a recipe for a new s’mores treat today! After all, it’s only fair to provide advance notice for gathering ingredients in case you’re the type to actually celebrate food holidays. I’m typically not, but for some reason, I never seem to miss {Read More}

Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread is a soft, moist, easy-to-make quick bread bursting with ripe banana, creamy chocolate chips, and chewy coconut! I apologize for missing my usual post this past Monday, y’all. We were traveling back from our (wonderful, relaxing, FUN!) summer vacation in Colorado, and I just didn’t have it in me to work on the road while entertaining three restless kiddos. The good news is that before we left, I got several weeks worth of posts and social {Read More}

Bird’s Nest Mini Oreo Cheesecakes ~ Easy Easter Dessert!

Simple cheesecake filling is studded with Oreos, baked in muffin pans, and topped with chocolate shavings and candy eggs for Bird’s Nest Mini Oreo Cheesecakes, a fun spring dessert recipe that’s perfect for Easter! Easter is on the horizon! However, since stores are rather overzealous about setting up for the next holiday before the current holiday is even over, I’ve had a bag of white Cadbury Mini Eggs in my pantry for over a month now. Well, last week, I {Read More}

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Tender, buttery shortbread is loaded with toasted coconut in these delicious, addictive, easy-to-make Coconut Shortbread Cookies! Sometimes the simplest recipes are the tastiest, and that’s certainly the case with shortbread, where just a handful of basic ingredients magically transform into a melt-in-your-mouth treat. I’ve already got recipes on the blog for basic Scottish Shortbread and jazzed-up Pistachio Shortbread Cookies, so today I’m adding Coconut Shortbread Cookies to the line-up! It’s hard to pick a favorite when it comes to shortbread, {Read More}

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with decadent chocolate chips and crushed pretzels for a delicious, chewy, sweet-and-salty treat! Something inexplicable has happened to my tastebuds in the last six months or so. The girl who has always had a GIANT sweet tooth has started craving salty snacks instead. Traditionally, I’ve always reached for chocolate or ice cream as soon as the kids are safely in bed…but lately, I’d much rather have barbecue potato chips. And half a bag, at {Read More}

Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue

Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue is a decadent, glossy, chocolate dip kissed with peanut butter, perfect for your favorite fruit and confections on Valentine’s Day or any day! I’ve got four magical words for y’all today: chocolate peanut butter fondue. Actually, I’m going to add two more of my favorite words to the above: slow cooker. That’s right, friends…this delectable dessert can be yours with just a handful of simple ingredients and a short stint in the crock pot! {Read More}

Healthy Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

This silky, decadent Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, loaded with bananas, almond butter, Greek yogurt, oats, and chia seeds for a boost of protein, vitamins, calcium, and fiber! Well, folks….exciting* news today (*if the current level of excitement in your life is equivalent to watching paint dry). After being without a blender for over six months now, today I can happily report that Santa brought me a new one for Christmas! Food blogging professional {Read More}

Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips and topped with raspberry preserves in these rich, decadent Raspberry Swirl Brownies, perfect for Valentine’s Day or as an anytime sweet treat! I always feel like coming up with January blog recipes leaves me in somewhat of a quandary. There’s the whole healthy/New-Year’s-Resolution vibe to keep in mind, of course…but on the other hand, Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day are both right around the corner. So I do my best to alternate light, {Read More}

Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts

A decadent holiday breakfast or dessert, Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts are soft and tender, with a rich chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes sprinkled on top! December is here and the countdown is on, my friends! What say we celebrate all-things-holiday with some cheery Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts?! I’ve been immensely enjoying my donut pans since I bought them this past summer, but I’d venture to say that my family loves them even more. Why wouldn’t they? Because even though {Read More}

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel

This decadent Banana Coffee Cake is layered with Chocolate Pecan Streusel for a dense, moist interior, a crunchy exterior, and a sweet surprise ribboned throughout! Sometimes you need a really impressive dessert-masquerading-as-breakfast to impress a crowd, and today’s Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel is just that sort of recipe. Whether you’re hosting a playgroup, entertaining family or friends at brunch, or you simply want to treat your co-workers to a mouthwatering morning surprise, this coffee cake has got {Read More}

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins are soft, moist, and double the fun, split between lightly-spiced pumpkin and a generous dose of chocolate! Well friends, it’s officially September…and that means I’ve officially given myself permission to crack open the first can o’ pumpkin of the season! I wasted no time this year, seeing as how I baked these Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins on September 1st. Too soon? Perhaps. But when my kids came home from school that afternoon and smelled {Read More}

Chocolate Almond Energy Bites

Ground almonds and oats are combined with almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, and chia seeds in these wholesome, protein-packed Chocolate Almond Energy Bites, perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on-the-go! My kids are eating me out of house and home this summer, y’all. My boys are only 6 and 8, but geez does this feel like foreshadowing to their teen years. I try to feed them homemade breakfasts as often as possible, but I can barely keep the fridge {Read More}

Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores Pizza

Melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows top a thick, chewy, homemade peanut butter crust in this fun and decadent Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores Pizza, the perfect dessert for summer parties or year-round special occasions! June is zooming by and it’s high time I share a s’mores-inspired recipe, because summer was made for melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows, am I right? The last s’mores recipe I posted was actually my crazy-popular Skillet S’mores Dip two years ago, and I’m not sure that {Read More}

Hot Chocolate Floaters

Little cups of chocolate make cute receptacles for marshmallows, whipped cream, or your favorite hot cocoa toppings in these fun and tasty Hot Chocolate Floaters! How in the world is Christmas already upon us? The halls are decked, the presents are (not quite) wrapped, and the kids are out of school and eagerly counting down to the big day. And while it’s been a busy December around here without much time for holiday baking and treat making, we’re doing our {Read More}

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Classic Homemade Chocolate Pudding is not only thick and silky, but it’s deceptively easy to make! Sometimes a girl gets a craving for chocolate pudding, and I’m not talking about the boxed stuff. Nooo, I’m talking about the homemade kind: rich, thick, smooth and silky, with no weird ingredients or powdery aftertaste…homemade chocolate pudding that’s simple, classic, and positively addictive! So since I recently had such a craving and whipped up such a batch, I reckon I ought to share {Read More}

Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These easy, all-natural, Homemade Peanut Butter Cups whip up with just three ingredients…betcha’ can’t eat just one! Do you have a favorite Valentine’s treat? I’m not going to lie…I love heart-shaped boxes of Valentine chocolates, whether we’re talking about the good stuff (Godiva) or the not-so-good stuff (from the dollar bin at Walgreens). In my humble opinion, there’s nothing quite like the surprise of biting into a piece of chocolate and finding fruity fluff or creamy coconut or gooey caramel {Read More}

S’mores Dip

S’mores Dip — loaded with melted chocolate and toasty marshmallows — is sure to be the hit of your next party! After just a few minutes in the oven, serve it with graham crackers and watch it disappear. Happy National S’mores Day, everyone! If there was ever a food recognition day that I can wholeheartedly embrace, it would be this one. Because, let’s face it…who doesn’t love s’mores?! I mean, it doesn’t get any better than silky, melted chocolate and {Read More}

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yummy no-bake cookies — featuring chewy oatmeal, creamy peanut butter, and chunks and swirls of chocolate — come together in mere minutes with no need to turn on the oven! Well, summer is officially in full swing, and across much of the country, temps are nice and boiling. I don’t know about you, but about the last thing I want to do on a hot summer day is turn on my oven and burden my already-taxed air conditioner. So instead, {Read More}

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark

This Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark — with its two layers of chocolate, Oreo chunks, mint chips, and mint M&Ms — is so festive and enticing that it can even double as Leprechaun Bait! People. It is almost MARCH. How the heck did that happen? And when did I become that person who bemoans how quickly time is passing each time a new holiday is upon us? Because I do find it quite shocking how much more rapidly each subsequent year {Read More}

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars

A buttery shortbread crust is topped with raspberry jam, chocolate chips, and more shortbread crumbs for decadent cookie bars that are sure to become a holiday tradition, as well as a year-round family favorite! So…I realize that my last post was a cookie recipe. And today I’m posting another one. But it’s December, and that means that I have Christmas cookies on the brain in the same way that I was pumpkin-obsessed from the months of September through November. So {Read More}

Pretzel Turtles

Y’all have probably seen, tasted or made these heavenly little morsels before, but just in case you haven’t, I would be remiss not to share them here. Prepare to be amazed by this combination of three humble ingredients… I came across this recipe years ago and I thought it would be the perfect thing to take to a family gathering, seeing as how my father-in-law loves chocolate caramel pecan turtles. So I made them then, I’ve made them about 6,437 {Read More}