Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Happy Halloween!! Soon we’re heading out to trick or treat in the neighborhood with my cousins and their three year old pirate.  William is going to be snug in the stroller in his koala bear costume.  In addition to it being my first Halloween as a mom, this is also the first year I’ve lived somewhere that kids trick or treat!  I’m stocked with candy and ready for the … Continue reading Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Decadent Banana Bread with Mini Chocolate Chips

This recipe is a decadent spin on the classic banana bread – improved, in my opinion, with the addition of mini chocolate chips.  Every bite is delicious and dense, packed with chocolate and banana.  It’s a great way to use your overripe bananas and if for some reason it doesn’t disappear within a a day of baking, it freezes well tightly wrapped in foil.  I like to … Continue reading Decadent Banana Bread with Mini Chocolate Chips

Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

What to buy (makes about 20 biscotti): 1 2/3 cups blanched sliced almonds 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate or milk chocolate for drizzling or dipping What to do: preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover a baking tray with parchment paper, spray with … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

Super Easy Red, White and Blue Cookies

If you’re looking for a sugary, low-brow dessert that is slathered in frosting and appropriately the red, white and blue for this Fourth of July, I’ve got just the thing for you: Red, White and Blue White Chocolate Chip Cookies!  I made these the morning before a staff meeting at work and they took less than an hour from the mixing to the baking to the frosting.  These … Continue reading Super Easy Red, White and Blue Cookies

Smores Brownie Pie

Smores Brownie Pie, recipe number twenty-three in my countdown of thirty cookout recipes, screams summer and the Fourth of July.  It’s made up of a graham cracker crust, a brownie layer topped with Hershey’s chocolate bars and finally a marshmallow layer. What to buy: for the crust: 12 graham crackers or approximately 1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup sugar … Continue reading Smores Brownie Pie

Irresistible Baked Smores Bars

I love smores and I think they’re a quintessential summer dessert.  They’re perfectly American, making them third on my list of thirty recipes to make this Fourth of July. They’re the best with marshmallows roasted on an open fire in the backyard but if you want to skip the campfire and still get that one of a kind smores flavor, I’ve got the recipe for you today! The stars of … Continue reading Irresistible Baked Smores Bars

Carolina Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

If you love chocolate, I’ve got a classic southern recipe for you that’s perfect to serve a crowd.   This rectangular, frosted chocolate cake is often called a Texas Sheet Cake because it’s as big as Texas but since this is my blog, today I’m christening my version the Carolina Chocolate Sheet Cake.  State pride aside, you can call it what you will, in terms of taste, this cake is hard to beat. … Continue reading Carolina Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Here’s your excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast in the form of my Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. This dense cake pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or you can serve as dessert.  You can make this in a loaf pan like I did or a more traditionally shaped coffee cake pan.  If you like nuts, chop up some pecans or walnuts and mix … Continue reading Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

I like a good knockoff recipe every now and then like Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits or this version of the iconic Wendy’s Frosty.  I was inspired by a few different pins on Pinterest and had to try it.  The verdict: this is a great frozen treat that tastes almost exactly like the real thing! For easier pouring into the ice cream maker,  I mixed the ingredients in a … Continue reading Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

Chocolate “Dirt” Pudding

It’s a cold dreary Monday in NC and I for one, am ready for daffodils, sunshine and flip-flops.  At least there is lots of basketball this week and chocolate, always chocolate! This is a dessert that will be popular with both the big and little kids in your life.  I think the first time I experienced dirt pudding, complete with gummy worms, was in science class … Continue reading Chocolate “Dirt” Pudding