Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa

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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

It is definitely cold and chilly in the Pacific Northwest where I live. I don’t usually get chilled just from cold temperatures. Its the rain plus the cold that shiver me to my core. When its cold and stormy outside, sometimes the one thing that sounds the best is a hot drink. Add a splash of booze and not only do you have a hot delicious drink, you have a hot delicious drink with just the right amount of wow to really make you smile.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

When I was a kid, the only hot chocolate I knew was the powdered pouch where you just add water. Heck – I used to eat that stuff dry! Now, the taste of instant hot chocolate is pretty awful. Now I definitely feel its worth it to invest a few extra minutes and some higher quality ingredients to have a rich homemade cup of hot chocolate. I’m happy to say it tastes nothing like the instant kind and probably packs a lot more calories and fat – so worth it, my friends.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Homemade rich hot cocoa will put a smile on anyone’s face, but adding that splash (or in my case hefty pour) of coconut rum, and all things become right in the world. Ever eat a Mounds or Almond Joy candy bar?  It tastes like that, only better. When I drank this hot chocolate, I didn’t taste any booze. I only tasted chocolate coconut heaven. If you haven’t tried making your own homemade hot cocoa or adding coconut rum to your drink, you now have something new to try tonight!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

If you love all things chocolate and naughty, you’ll definitely love one of my most popular recipes – Five Minute Fudge:

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And if you love hot chocolate, you should give my Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Hot Chocolate a try:

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Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa
 
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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1-2 ounces coconut rum
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, heat milk and half-and-half until milk is almost to the boiling point. When milk starts to coat the bottom of the pan, you'll know its done.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate and rum. Stir until fully melted.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes

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These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you’ll ever enjoy!

These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!

Your quest can finally be over. You have found it. The be all, end all, of cupcakes. Never again will you need to search for a chocolate cupcake recipe, only to be sorely disappointed by the results. The days of resorting to a boxed mix are in the past forevermore.

These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!

When I say these are the best damn cupcakes you will ever enjoy, I’m not kidding. My husband, who doesn’t like sweets all that much, can’t get enough. My kids, who ask for anything but cake on their birthdays (so strange, I know), think these are the best things that have ever come out of my oven.

These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!

Think about all the wonderful things you’d want in a chocolate cupcake. Moist? Most certainly. Taste? There’s cocoa, coffee, and sugar in these bad boys. What else could you ask for?  Rise and volume? Yes, and I believe this has to do not only with the mixing directions but also the baking process. There is no other way to describe them than heavenly.

These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!

As much as I’d like to showcase this cupcake, I’ll tease you for a mere moment with my perfect buttercream frosting. I could stare for hours at those luscious swirls!

These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!

Just look at all of those lovely little air bubble pockets. Those are what give this cupcake that soft, pillowy, fluffy texture, while at the same time the top leads to the slightest bit of sweet crunch on top. You’re totally starting to salivate, aren’t you?  I just know it!

These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!

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Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee (or 1/2 cup boiling water + 1 pack starbucks via instant coffee)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425º F.
  2. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Combine hot coffee and cocoa powder. Mix well to dissolve and set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with paddle attachment.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine milk, oil, egg, and vanilla. Mix well to combine.
  6. Add about half of the milk mixture to the flour and mix on medium high speed for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  7. Combine the chocolate mixture with the remaining milk mixture and add to the batter. Mix with batter on medium speed for about 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl before turning mixer on.
  8. Distribute batter evenly to the 12 muffin cups. Batter will be very wet.
  9. Bake in preheated 425 degree F oven for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 F without opening the oven door. Continue cooking at lower temperature for an additional 13-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and transfer cupcakes to a cooking rack as soon as they're cool enough to be touched.
  11. Prepare buttercream frosting according to instructions or your other favorite frosting... or just devour it plain!

These Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes, made with cocoa and strong hot coffee, are the most decadent and moist cupcake you'll ever enjoy!
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Copycat See’s Bordeaux

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I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See’s Bordeaux!

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

The day has come. This is my 12th day of holiday treats, thus completing my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series. Woohoo!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Have you ever had a See’s Bordeaux? I grew up on that stuff. Every Christmas and Easter there would be no shortage of See’s candy around us, and I would always go for the Bordeaux first. I’ll take this creamy, rich, sugary bon bon over anything with nuts or caramel. I’m one of those uniquely talented folks who can identify every See’s candy from the outside before even taking a bite. I had to avoid biting into that nasty one that tastes like fruitcake, afterall. When I figured out I could actually replicate my favorite bon bon from the comfort of my own kitchen, I was a little thrilled, to put it mildly.

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

The inside consists of brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, and coffee. No wonder it tastes good, right? Those four ingredients alone could satisfy every sweet tooth craving I’ll ever have!

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

I’m not the best chocolate dipper in the world. In fact, I think I kind of suck at it. Because my first dip wasn’t very pretty, I ended up throwing them back in for a double dip and that did the trick! I didn’t have chocolate cake sprinkles like you see on the real Bordeaux’s but knew I had to pretty them up a bit, so I just put my extra chocolate in a plastic bag, snipped off the corner, and drizzled it on top. Perfection.

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

Before I took my final photos, I threw my dried bon bons in the freezer with all of my other holiday treats. I can’t remember if i simply ran out of time or ran out of daylight, but the final photos didn’t happen on the day I made them. Pity, because once you stick them in the freezer and then pull them out, the chocolate loses its shine, but we’ll just pretend I didn’t do that, mmmm kay?

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

The inside is a wonderful, sweet, rich, creamy, naughty center. Again, had I not been in a rush and actually allowed these beauties to come to room temperature instead of cutting a frozen one in half, they would have looked even more awesome, but I’m not too proud to admit my mistakes! It didn’t stop me from eating them either!

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

Be sure to scroll down past the recipe to see all of my past year’s holiday treats too!!!

Copycat See's Bordeaux
 
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I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 30 bon bons
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (I used a 0.11oz Starbucks Via pack)
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Using a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar together over medium high heat and bring to boil. Allow to boil for about two minutes.
  2. Stir in cream, instant coffee, and salt and allow to come to a boil again for about 30 seconds while stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add sifted powdered sugar to mixture and stir in well until a consistent dough is formed. Chill until mixture holds shape similar to play dough, about 2 hours.
  3. Roll sugar dough into 2-inch balls and set on a wax paper lined sheet. Freeze for about 10 minutes for easier dipping.
  4. Melt chocolate and butter at 50% power in 1 minute increments in microwave, stirring after each minute, until melted.
  5. Dip candy balls into melted chocolate and allow to set on the wax paper. Either sprinkle with chocolate cake sprinkles or pipe a very thin stream of chocolate on top, if desired.
  6. Store in airtight container.

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows

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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s’mores will never be the same!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Welcome to day 10 of 12!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I couldn’t NOT make marshmallows, right?  I mean, I made peppermint marshmallows last Christmas and strawberry marshmallows over the summer, so I’ve started my own personal trend and anticipate making at least a couple different kinds of marshmallows each year going forward. It’s kinda my thing now.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

I never quite know if my marshmallows are going to turn out when I deviate from my original recipe. For example, I pretty much took my original recipe and added melted dark chocolate to the mix for this version. I really wasn’t sure if that would completely ruin these marshmallows by changing the consistency, but I’m beginning to realize that marshmallows are incredibly forgiving. These were absolutely wonderful!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Can you imagine how good these would be melted on a graham cracker or floating in a piping hot cup of homemade hot chocolate? I don’t have to imagine it, I’m able to remember it, because I did both!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

And since I was dipping all sorts of things in chocolate this year, I figured I might as well dip some of these marshmallows in chocolate. Yeah, that was a good decision.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

If you’re looking for a new treat to make and have never tried making marshmallows, they’re not only fun to make but they’re really fun to eat!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Chocolate Marshmallows
 
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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 100 marshmallows
Ingredients
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (I used ultra fine baking sugar)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • Nonstick spray
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gelatin with the ice cold water and give it a swirl to ensure the gelatin doesn't clump. Let sit.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Heat on medium high with the lid on for a few minutes to bring it to a boil. Then, remove the lid and heat on high heat until a candy thermometer reads exactly 240 degrees F. As soon as it reaches temperature, remove it from the heat.
  3. With the whisk attached to the stand mixer, start mixing the gelatin and water on low speed. Slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl. Once all of the hot sugar mixture has been added, turn the speed to high and continue to mix until you get a beautiful white marshmallow mixture that is just warm to the touch, about 8-12 minutes. While this is mixing, melt chocolate in microwave at half power in one minute increments, stirring after each minute. With the mixer still running, add melted chocolate and mix for one more minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine corn starch, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray as well as a rubber spatula. Add about 1/3 of the corn starch blend, then shake the pan to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Use spatula to transfer the marshmallow mixture from the bowl to the baking dish and spread into an even layer. Top with half of the remaining corn starch mixture, and spread it across the top to cover. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered 4-10 hours.
  5. Lift the marshmallows out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into desired shapes and then roll each individual marshmallow in remaining corn starch mixture to coat all sticky sides.
  6. Store in air tight container. They can also be frozen, if needed.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Striped Chocolate Cookies

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Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Welcome to Day 9 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!!!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I can’t believe I actually finished all of my recipes!  I still have three more to post, but they are all done and photographed. Whew. I don’t know how I did it, but I am so ready for a vacation.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

These cookies almost didn’t happen, folks. When I plan out a dozen holiday recipes, the rolled cookies are usually the ones I end up loathing. After I make super simple treats like buckeye balls or peppermint patties, I find myself asking “WHY?” when I start the process of mixing, rolling, refrigerating, etc. Because of that, this recipe alternated on and off my list several times. In the end, I finally committed and I’m so glad I did!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

First of all, I have to admit that these are one of the best tasting cookies I’ve ever made. The chocolate layer is rich and dark and the white layer has a hint of peppermint. Its the perfect flavor combination. Plus, the texture is downright perfect.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Second, I have to admit I’m a huge fan of how cute they turned out. My first objective was to actually turn them into little spiral pinwheels, but as I started to roll the dough layers, it was clear that was not going to happen… successfully. It was at that point that I stacked them and I’m so glad I did!  I almost named them jailhouse cookies because it looks like they’re behind bars, but I opted for a more obvious name.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

If you make one cookie this year, this should be it. I’m giving my vote to the striped cookies and I’m electing to stash away some for myself. Enjoy!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

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Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 6 dozen
Ingredients
Peppermint Dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Chocolate Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks) room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
For the peppermint dough:
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, confectioners sugar, and salt; set aside. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue mixing for another couple of minutes. Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the egg and peppermint extract. Beat just until mixed.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing slowly until blended.
  4. Place the dough between two pieces of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a 10 by 12 by 1/4 inch rectangle. Slide the covered sheets of dough onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
For the chocolate dough:
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue mixing for another couple of minutes. Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat just until mixed.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing slowly until blended.
  4. Place the dough between two pieces of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a 10 by 12 by 1/4 inch rectangle. Slide the covered sheets of dough onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
To make the striped cookie:
  1. Roll each of the doughs to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick and do your best to make them the same size. Using a cup of water, wet your finger tips and barely moisten the top of one dough and the bottom of the other so that when you stack them, they stick together under gentle pressure. Using a straight edge (I used a long frosting spreader as a guide), use a pizza cutter to cut the stacked dough into 1 inch wide strips. Its important that these strips are straight and uniform length.
  2. Stack these bi-colored strips, moistening each layer so that they stick when stacked. Continue stacking until you have the desired height (I did a total of 8 layers). Use a sharp knife to cut 1/4 inch thick cookies. Trim any uneven edges with a sharp knife.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set the cookies at least 1/2 inch apart from one another and bake in preheated oven until the white dough is just beginning to brown, about 16 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  4. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to cook to reduce spreading during baking.
  5. Store in airtight container in freezer for longer storage.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

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With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

Day 8 of my 12 Days of Holidays Treats series already? Wow!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

The funniest thing I have to say about this recipe is this: When I asked my husband if he wanted to try one, he made an ugly face and said “I don’t like peppermint patties”.  Then, later on he must have forgotten what I had made because he ate one and said “Those are really good”. So typical.

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

The funny story I have to go along with this recipe has to do with my video. We recently got into making food videos because all the cool kids are doing it. We’ve been trying really hard to knock out two videos a week – one for an old recipe and one for a new recipe. Well, this week our new recipe was these peppermint patties. Having never made them, I just assumed they’d be really easy so they’d be a perfect choice for making a video. Well, these are quite easy to make, but the chocolate part took a wee bit of finesse. You see, the first time I tried dipping one of the peppermint slices, it was at room temperature. If you put a room temperature mixture of powdered sugar, butter, and cream into a bowl of warm chocolate, what do you think happens? Well, if you guessed that it melted, you’re smarter than I am. I lost about three casualties to the warm chocolate bath before I figured I had to try a different method. I ended up going with the piping method, which ended up being quite the catastrophe off camera as well because we lost the tip somewhere in the bag and melted chocolate flowed freely everywhere. Sort of funny, mostly not funny, now that I look back. Long story short, we figured out how to successfully coat them in the chocolate and I also managed to make a couple other recommendations in the recipe if you need alternative methods. Either way, these little bite sized chocolate peppermint bombs are pretty much to die for and the homemade version blows anything pre-packaged out of the water!

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

Homemade Peppermint Patties
 
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With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • optional: crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Combine the powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and heavy cream. Mix them with a stand mixer and paddle attachment or a hand mixer until the mixture comes together. You may need to use your hands to form the final sugar dough.
  2. Over a long sheet of plastic wrap, form the peppermint dough into a long log, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. When ready to make the candy, combine the chocolate with the butter in a bowl and microwave at half power for one minute at a time, stirring in between each minute, until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Slice the peppermint dough into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Lay out a piece of wax paper to put your finished patty on.
  5. I found three ways to successfully coat them in chocolate without having them melt in the bowl of chocolate. First, you can pipe the chocolate onto the wax paper, add the peppermint slice, pipe more chocolate on top, and then use a toothpick to spread if needed. Second, you can freeze the individual slices and then dip in the chocolate. Third, you can allow the slices to sit out until they dry a bit and then dip them.
  6. While chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  7. Store in airtight container or storage bag. Freezes well.

Recipe adapted from Oh Nuts

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Salted Mocha Caramels

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Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!

Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!

Whoa – we’re on day 4 of 12 of my treat marathon and its not even Thanksgiving yet! I’m not normally this prepared. Don’t let me fool you – I will be scrambling to make the rest of my holiday recipes over Thanksgiving weekend.

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Oh salted mocha caramels. Where have you been all my life? Seriously, where? You have everything my tastebuds desire – coffee, chocolate, sugar, fat, and a touch of salt. I mean, what more could a girl ask for?

Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!

Yesterday I talked about how I’ve overcome my fear of boiling sugar. That being said, you might find a trend in this year’s holiday treats. Yup – more candy than cookie recipes. Don’t get me wrong, its hard to be the perfect trifecta of sugar + flour + butter, but I’m slowly learning that there are many gluten free delights that are just as good, if not better. Don’t worry, there will still be some cookie recipes. I’ve already posted one and a I have a couple more on the way. But this year’s Christmas box will be about 2/3 candy and 1/3 cookies. I wonder if my hypercritical younger sister will give me praise or condemnation for this dramatic change in holiday tradition. I’ll be sure to report back.

Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!

I have found that making your own homemade caramels are one of the best things a person can do. First, eating caramel that is super fresh will change your life. Second, creating perfect caramel without inflicting a major burn to you or the persons around you, as well as making caramel that is not under or overdone, should be considered a personal milestone in one’s life. Third, caramels of this quality are pretty freaking expensive. Don’t believe me? Just go to a place like Whole Foods this time of year and find some artisan caramels. You’ll have to decide whether you want to buy the caramel or feed your family dinner that night. And lastly, people are pretty darn impressed when they open up that little wax paper bundle, pop this treat into their mouth, and marvel at the fact that you actually made it. All by yourself. In your own kitchen. Impressive.

Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!

These are definitely different than regular caramels. They are darker. They are richer. They are more intense. I was about to throw in one of those “I like my caramels like I like my men” jokes but I’m guessing you were already anticipating that. Bottom line, if you make one naughty treat this year, it should be these. However, I will likely say that about everything I make this year because my blog contributes to my cooking narcissism.

Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!

Be sure to scroll past the recipe to feast your eyes on all the holiday treats I’ve made over the last couple of years!

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

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Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 100 caramels
Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso or espresso powder (I used two Starbucks Via packets)
  • 4 ounces chopped bittersweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1-1/8 cups sugar
  • 5/8 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaked salt (like Maldon's)
Instructions
  1. Line an 8" square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine the cream, vanilla extract, and espresso powder in a medium-sized saucepan and heat while swirling until scalding. As soon as the mixture starts to bubble and appears to coat the bottom of the pan, you'll know its done. Remove from the heat, add the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for a minute to allow it to melt. Then, stir until it turns into a completely smooth mixture. Stir in the butter.
  3. Using a medium to large (at least 4 quart) pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in this large saucepan and stir to combine. Heat mixture over medium heat until the sugar melts and then increase heat to high to bring the mixture to a full boil. You may occasionally swirl the mixture but do not stir. You may also use a brush to run water down the sides of the pot to wash down any crystals - this will eventually evaporate.
  4. You want to cook the sugar just until it starts to change color and take on more of a caramel color and smell. You'll notice a reduction in the bubbles at this point too. Remove from heat.
  5. To make the caramel, pour the chocolate cream mixture into the sugar, stir to mix, and add your thermometer to the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat and whisk constantly until it reaches 245°F. The moment it reaches temperature, pour it into your prepared pan. Do not scrape out anything that has stuck to the pan as it may have been overcooked.
  6. Allow the caramel to sit for about 10 minutes before sprinkling with salt. If its too hot, the salt will sink in. Start with a small amount and if it sinks, wait a bit longer to add the rest.
  7. Allow to caramel to cool completely at room temperature. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into small pieces. Wrap them individually in wax paper. If you cut the pieces and don't wrap fast enough, they will stick together, so you may want to cut just a few rows at a time.
  8. Store wrapped caramels in an airtight container at room temperature (or you may freeze) until you're ready to share.

recipe adapted from Wanna Come With

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles | Cherry Almond Thumbprints | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies | Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels | Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers | Mini Pecan Pie Bites | Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats | Devil’s Food Crinkles | Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

 

Soft and chewy old fashioned Salted Mocha Caramels made with rich chocolate and coffee powder are a tasty candy treat perfect for the holidays!
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Buckeye Balls

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Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

The time has come!!!  This is the time of year where I share 12 Days of Holiday Treats, and this is Day 1 of 12!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I started doing this 12 Days series two years ago when I started my blog. It wasn’t too difficult back then because every year, I made at least 6 different kinds of holiday treats to package up and send to family. So, all I had to do was come up with a few more recipes and, BAM!, there’s my series. Every year I made the same exact recipes to send out. It was my thing. But, when you have a recipe food blog, you can’t really do that, so last year I came up with 12 new recipes to make. Some became new favorites, and all received a thorough critical review from my opinionated little sister. This year has been especially challenging mostly because of, well… life. I became the newly appointed PTO president this year, have had a steady flow of family portrait sessions even though my goal was to back away from people photography almost entirely, etc. You get the picture. But I started this thing a couple years ago and I will continue doing my marathon holiday treat making if it darn near kills me!  All of the recipes this year won’t be able to come out without a few savory recipes popping in, so I’ll be interupting your sugar overload train of thought occasionally until completion. Okay, onto the recipe!

Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

Did you know… The National Peanut Board estimates it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. That’s approximately 45 peanuts per ounce of peanut butter. If your family buys peanut butter in those large 40-ounce mega-jars, each one of those jars takes a whopping 1,800 peanuts to make! That’s your fun fact for the day! As you well know, I make a lot of food. Like, a lot. So much that my family rarely even goes out to eat. That’s why I found it especially funny when the first time I had heard of Buckeye Balls was when my sister-in-law told me that she made them. I guess they’re wildly popular and I’m not really sharing anything original today – just my version. Funny, because we used to eat something like this when we were kids. We called it “peanut butter in a cup” and it was basically peanut butter mixed with an obscene amount of sugar. We used to put sugar on everything (cereal, grapefruit – you name it). That probably explains my serious addiction I’ve been trying to kick for the last three and a half decades. Anyway, these peanut-y treats took me back to my youth and who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate?

Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

This is definitely one of those recipes you can have your kids help with, even if you’re an overbearing kitchen control freak like myself. Let them have fun and then you can fix their odd shaped creations once they go wash their hands!  Be sure to check out the video of me and my son making these Buckeye Balls. Also, you’ll want to scroll all the way down past the recipe to see a visual guide to all of my holiday treats from the past two years.

Watch me and my son make these Buckeye Balls here:

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 40 balls
Ingredients
filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounce jar) peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
chocolate shell:
  • 9 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until completely smooth.
  2. One cup at a time, add powdered sugar. Start by mixing with a spoon and then mix with hands to form a thick dough. For the last cup of powdered sugar, be sure to add it slowly one heaping spoonful at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Shape tablespoon sized balls and roll them smooth in between your hands. Set on parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for two hours for freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, combine chocolate and remaining butter and microwave at half power in one minute increments, stirring each time, until everything has melted and is completely smooth.
  5. Dip each peanut butter ball in the chocolate. You make use one or two toothpicks to help and then just smooth over any holes the toothpick leaves in the ball. Return the dipped peanut butter balls back to the parchment lined sheet and allow to set.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze until you devour them.
Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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25 of the Best Holiday Cookies and a $400 Cash Giveaway!

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Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we’re giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we're giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

It’s the most WONDERFUL time… of the year!  Tell me you just sang that in your head just like I did while I was writing it. You did, didn’t you? I look forward to the holidays every single year. The enjoyment I get from my kids excitement. The smell of wonderful baked treats filling the house. The endless decorations and lights. The calming tradition of putting that fresh Oregon Noble Fir up in the living room and decorating it with the sentimental ornaments we’ve collected over the years. I love all of it. This will be my third year doing my 12 Days of Christmas series on my blog where I share twelve, YES 12 if you can believe it – holiday treats. If you’re curious about all the wonderful recipes I’ve made in the past, I’ll list some of them out here with links to the recipes, but I don’t want to post pictures because there are too many amazing recipes below. PLUS THE CASH!!! Read on for more details.  Okay, here are just some of my favorite holiday recipes, and have fun looking through all of my friends recipes below! Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

This holiday season I’m excited to be joining the Real Housemoms creative team in giving away $400 Black Friday Cash! We’re helping make one lucky reader’s holiday extra special with a little spending money. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

This holiday season I’m excited to be joining the Real Housemoms creative team in giving away $400 Black Friday Cash! We’re helping make one lucky reader’s holiday extra special with a little spending money. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

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Caramel Macchiato Cookies from Home.Made.Interest.

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Chocolate Crinkle Peppermint Blossoms from Real Housemoms

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Chocolate Frosted Christmas Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Around My Family Table

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Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Christmas Crinkle Cool Whip Cookies from Bread Booze Bacon

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Christmas Mint Cookies from Cooking on the Front Burner

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Christmas Sugar Cookies from Liz on Call

EGGNOG BISCOTTI are a crunchy, sweet cookies with a hint of nutmeg drizzled with a simple eggnog glaze!

Eggnog Biscotti from Real Housemoms

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Loaded Christmas Cowboy Cookies from Flavor Mosaic

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Melt in Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies from The Endless Meal

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Shortbread from Bread Booze Bacon

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Molasses Sugar Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Monster Cookie Bars from Dinner at the Zoo

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Treats from Pink Cake Plate

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Oreo Cake Ball Christmas Tree from The Cards We Drew

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Penguin Cookies from Delightful E Made

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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies from Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Peppermint Oreo Truffles from It Is a Keeper

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Peppermint Twist Macarons from Savory Experiments

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Red Velvet Ooey Gooey Bars from A Night Owl

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Salted Caramel & Pecan Thumbprint Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Turtle Snickerdoodles from Garnish & Glaze

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Vanilla Chai Shortbread Cookies from Sugar & Soul

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White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies from Frugal Foodie Mama

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Layered Pumpkin Cake

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The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

So… I may have gone a little overboard with the pictures on this recipe. I don’t make cakes that often, so when I do I guess I go a little snap happy with my camera. This recipe, in its entirety, was provided by my incredibly talented friend, Mindy, of Decadent Creations. She sells this cake during the fall at the Farmers Markets and its oh-so-amazing.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

The cake is the most moist and forgiving pumpkin cake. She tells us to use bread flour in the recipe. I asked her why and she said it holds up best to the moisture from the pumpkin. This cake recipe would be perfect for muffins too. When it really comes down to it, there isn’t much difference between a really good muffin and a cupcake, don’tcha think?

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

The final cooked cake was so easy to work with. I used a large serrated edge knife to cut each layer in half creating four thin layers. I love thin multi-layered cakes because they’re not only pretty, but you’re guaranteed to get cake, ganache, and frosting in each bite when its prepared like this. I’m the kind of eater that has to have a bit of everything on my fork with every bite, so this makes me extremely happy.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

The ganache spreads beautifully when its just the right temperature. You want it to be smooth enough to spread but not so hot that it sinks into or off of the cake. The buttercream is incredibly light and fluffy and smooths out perfectly over each ganache and cake layer.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

I decided to put a thin layer of frosting on the outside to give it a nice crumb coat. The beauty of buttercream is that there is so much darn butter in it, that when you refrigerate it, everything gets rock hard. Then, when I was ready to spread the final layer of buttercream on the cake, I just allowed the extra frosting to sit out at room temperature until it was spreadable before removing the cake from the oven.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

Aren’t those little marzipan pumpkins the cutest! They only took me a few minutes to make and made the final cake so darn purdy!

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

If you ask me, a good cream cheese frosting can’t be beat. This buttercream, especially with the hazelnut butter added for texture and taste, are an incredible addition to this cake.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

Another shot of the little pumpkins below simply because I love them.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

I brought this monster cake into work. One of the ways my co-workers described it was “I thought it was going to be really sweet but all the layers really balanced all the flavors and sweetness out.”  I couldn’t agree more, Scott!  See, when you add booze to chocolate, it reduces the sweetness just the right amount.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

Don’t let all the steps to the recipe fool you. This cake really is super easy to make.  The buttercream may seem intimidating, but as long as you have a thermometer to get the melted sugar to the right temperature, its actually tons of fun to watch it to come together. Chocolate ganache only takes a few minutes to make. The smiles you will get from the people who enjoy this cake will make it all worth it.

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

Sheesh, how many pictures did I take?

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

There we go. Last picture!  Now, what are you waiting for?  Go make the cake!!!

The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!

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The best delicious fall dessert is this moist homemade Layered Pumpkin Cake with hazelnut buttercream, drunken chocolate ganache, and marzipan pumpkins!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 16 servings
Ingredients
cake:
  • 4 eggs
  • one 15 oz. Can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
hazelnut buttercream:
drunken ganache:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz. Dark chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 3 Tablespoons good rum (we prefer Myer's Dark)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
marzipan pumpkins:
  • 5 ounces marzipan
  • 2-4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2-4 drops red food coloring
  • 7 whole cloves
Instructions
To make the cake batter:
  1. Combine all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda & powder, salt, and spices) in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on speed 1.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until combines, scraping the bowl to ensure a homogeneous mixture.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between two 9 inch pans lined with pan spray and parchment. Bake 28-35 minutes at 350F. The cakes are done when a toothpick comes out cleanly when poked in the center of the cake. Allow time to fully cool on a cooling rack.
To make the frosting:
  1. Follow directions for my Perfect Buttercream frosting. Once done, fold in hazelnut butter.
To make the ganache:
  1. Cald the cream in a small saucepan or microwave. Pour over combined chocolate and corn syrup, stir with a whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Stir in rum and cinnamon, allow the mixture to set in a shallow pan or plate at room temperature before using (at least 30 minutes). If the mixture sets to a point where it's no longer spreadable, simply microwave it and stir it for very small intervals (5 seconds at time in the microwave).
Assemble the cake:
  1. Cut each round into two thin layers, if desired. Divide the rum ganache in three portions and spread evenly to the tops of three of the four layers of cake. Plop about 3/4 cup of the hazelnut frosting on top of each spread ganache layer, and spread evenly as well. Stack all four layers of the cake, the one that has no ganache or hazelnut frosting will be the top layer. Spread the remaining hazelnut frosting over the top and sides of the cake. If desired, you can do a very thin layer of frosting, then refrigerate, then add remaining frosting to avoid crumbs in your top layer. !To make the marzipan pumpkins:
  2. Add the food coloring to the marzipan and mix well with hands like it was play dough until all of the color is even. Divide the dough into 9 equal sized portions. Use hands to roll each portion into a ball and then use butter knife to indent grooves down the side to make it look like a pumpkin. Insert a whole clove into the top for the stem. Top cake with marzipan pumpkins.

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