Sometimes I make the mistake of doing, ahem, research for my blog when I’m hungry. And it never ends well. After looking at numerous varieties of desserts for this post, it was all I could do to not go into my kitchen, get a huge bowl of peanut butter, sprinkle it with dark chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers and call it dinner. But I didn’t! Instead, I had a sensible meal of garden lasagna (delicious!) and refrained from eating every bit of sugar in my house. Just a word of caution!
Any of these desserts would be GREAT for a Superbowl party. I tried to choose things that were fairly simply and not too labor intensive. After all, you’ve barely recovered from Christmas baking! I really don’t think you can go wrong with whatever recipe you choose–they’re all delicious. And next week I’ll have football themed desserts if you’re feeling a little more crafty with your baking…football shaped sweets are just too darn cute!
The Baked Brownie
King Arthur Flour Brownie
Caramel Coconut Pecan Brownies
Peanut Butter Blondies
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue, Salted Caramel Pecan Fondue and Apple Cinnamon Fondue
Chocolate Orange Fondue
White Chocolate Fondue
Apple Pie Pizza
Sugar Cookie & Fruit Pizza
Banana Split Brownie Pizza
Rocky Road Cookie Pizza
NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies
Peanut Butter Potato Chip Cookies
Sweet and Salty Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Mix
Gluten-Free Popcorn, Cereal & White Chocolate Mix
Sweet & Spicy Mix
Maple Cinnamon Cereal Mix
Pumpkin Spiced Mix
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
Yes, cupcakes. Again. People love them, there’s absolutely no denying that. When I first started researching for this post, I wanted to do cupcakes that were themed and decorated for New Year’s Eve but man, the selection and variety was abysmal! So instead of coming up with (and making) something cute and clever myself, I opted for Plan B: Boozy Cupcakes.
Are cupcakes and liquor a match made in heaven? Most certainly. I love any chance I get to throw alcohol into my desserts and these cupcakes are an absolutely legitimate excuse to do just that. So, for the guests at your New Year’s Eve party that love cupcakes and would rather eat their alcohol than drink it (or do both), whip up one or two of the cupcakes below…maybe create a cupcake “bar”?? I think that’s one bar-tending job I could handle!
White Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes
Cherry Amaretto Cupcakes
Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes
Jack and Coke Cupcakes
Red Wine Cupcakes
This past weekend I made homemade candy, which is probably my favorite thing to make in the kitchen. I tried a couple of old recipes and a couple of new ones. One of the new ones was out of a candy book that I have and unfortunately it was a total disaster. It was supposed to be similar to a 3 Musketeers but was more like chocolate taffy. The taste was great because I used my super delicious Mexican cocoa powder but the texture was way off. I was soooo disappointed in the recipe but I’m not going to give up! I think that is what I like about candy making, it can be a challenge and it’s fun to figure out why recipes went wrong and what to do right or change the next time.
Here is a small collection of candy recipes that I’d love to try this Christmas, from simple to a little bit more complicated. The homemade Snickers bar and Coffee Toffee are totally calling my name…actually they ALL look good! Which one would you like to try??
Chubby Hubby Truffles
Honey Vanilla Bean Marshmallows
Pumpkin Spice Truffles
Eggnog Fudge with White Chocolate and Walnuts
Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles
Chocolate Dipped Caramels
Peanut Butter Cups
Candy Cane Marshmallows
Salt Water Taffy
Chocolate Covered Coffee Crackle Crunch
Happy Friday! In case you’ve been thinking about what you’re going to give to that hard-to-buy for friend or family member for Christmas, why not give them food?? Everyone loves food. Seriously, everyone. What I like about these food gifts is that they are not your typical fudge or baked good that will probably get a little stale before you can recover from all the holiday eating. These can be stored away for a cold winter night (or day) and made or used whenever the urge strikes.
Minty Hot Cocoa Mix
Personalized Coffee Blend
Vanilla Sea Salt
White Chocolate Cinnamon Pretzels
Peppermint Marshmallow Sauce
Vanilla Coffee Syrup
Cookie Bar Mix
Hot Fudge Sauce
Flavored Popcorn Kit
Holiday Drink Mixers