Making Dipped Christmas Cookies

Christmas is approaching swiftly!

We had a holiday party at the taekwondo school last weekend and I was supposed to make cupcakes. I was so physically exhausted that I could not stay up long enough to make them 😦 What I did do, was opt for a quicker, and easier, sweet option…

Dipped cookies!

While this seemed to be an easy task to me, some of my friends had either never heard of the techinique or thought it to be really complicated. I promise, it’s super easy! So if you have a holiday party coming up or need a last minute idea for dessert to take to a family dinner, check this out:

1. I went to the store and bought 2 bags of Chips Ahoy cookies. You can pretty much use any cookie you like, these were just ones I picked up because they were on sale 🙂

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2. Melt your chocolate or candy melts. I use a double broiler for the chocolate. If you’re using the candy melts, you can use a double broiler, but you can also use a bowl or other microwave safe container to melt them; follow packaging instuctions.

3. Dip your cookie in the chocolate (or candy melts.) There’s no real rhyme or reason to this step, just dip them in as much or as little chocolate as you like 🙂

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4. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. The wax paper will make it easier to remove the cookies when they’re ready to come out of the freezer. Decorate with sprinkles, jimmies, nuts, whatever. Do it at this stage so that they will be set in the chocolate. I mixed my red and green sprinkles in a bowl together so I wouldn’t have to do double duty trying to sprinkle them on individually.

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5. Freeze the cookies for 5 min. This will allow the chocolate to set. Remove from the sheets.

6. Package and deliver! If you’re going to store them in the refrigerator, make sure that you use cellophane or plastic packaging. If you don’t, the chocolate will sweat and then everything will be sticky and gross. Chocolate and water don’t like each other so much :/

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These are quick, fun, and easy for a holiday party…or any other event! You can make them in any color to fit any theme 🙂

I hope that you have a happy a safe holiday season!

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Chocolate Wasted: The S’mores Chronicles

So summer is officially in full swing and that means it’s s’mores time!

To be honest, I’ve never liked s’mores because I’ve never really been a fan of marshmallows. I tried when I was younger in Girl Scouts and it was a no-go. I used to roast my friends’ marshmallows for them, mostly because I like to set things on fire and burn my food to a crisp. Drove my mom nuts, but that’s a different story…

So anyway, I told my hubby that I didn’t like s’mores, to which he replies, “You should make one with Snickers!” Yeah…pretty much when he says “You should…” it’s the equivalent of a triple dog dare. Consider it done!

I finally went to the store and got all of my supplies.

home alone...chocolate wasted in 5, 4, 3, 2...

home alone…chocolate wasted in 5, 4, 3, 2…

I ended up picking up the jumbo marshmallows because they were on sale, but for someone who doesn’t like marshmallows, I probably should have thought that through a little more *shrugs* but I suppose I can learn how to make marshmallow fondant 🙂 But because they were so large, I had to cut them in half.

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I made four separate s’mores and commenced the taste testing. So much marshmallow to burn. I think that torching marshmallows may be against the rules of conduct, but I really do like the taste of burnt food. I know I have a problem.

burn, baby burn...don't judge me...

burn, baby burn…don’t judge me…

This is just ridiculous. There is warm, chocolate dripping everywhere. It. Is. The. Best.

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The verdict? I think I’d have to say the Mr. Goodbar was my favorite, followed very closely by the Simply Caramel Milky Way. Whatever you decide, one can never go wrong with chocolate!

I hope you enjoy my little twist on the classic s’more 🙂 Try one (or all) of them, and let me know which is your fave!

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The Triple Threat

A few weeks ago, the hubby and I went to lunch with our minister and his wife between services. We like them. They’re as cool as the other side of the pillow on a summer night.

We ended up going to Fresh Slices. It’s been one of my favorite restaurants since I was introduced to it several years ago. There are a lot of options on the menu and I’ve ingested most of them. They’re a local, minority-owned restaurant and it’s wonderful to be able to eat local. Just to be honest, I go there for the dessert. Because, it’s totally like, DESSERT! They have so much cake. Strawberry, carrot, chocolate, lemon, caramel. And they’re one of the few places that is still willing to heat up your cake to make it a little warm on the way down. OMGoodness, I totally go there for the dessert. I just eat a meal so I don’t feel bad about my true intentions.

On this particular lunch date, I had the chocolate and peanut butter cake. I tried to get Mrs. Minister to eat the cake but she declined. Eat the cake Anna Mae! She wouldn’t eat it. I did.

*takes a bite*

*slump down in the seat*

*eyelids close and eyes roll back*

*mmmmmmm*

So freaking good… Once I recovered, I declared, “I am so going to make this, but I’m going to make it BETTER!”

My serendipitous declaration led me to make a peanut butter, caramel and chocolate cupcake. The Triple Threat. Yes, I did just make that name up as I’m writing this. I shared some of the cupcakes with coworkers and took the TT to our mid-week Bible study for my friends to try. There wasn’t even a lick of caramel left on the cupcake carrier. I made them again for a football party and again not a crumb in site.

Good thing I’ve gotten back into working out, because these things are so far from good for you. Guess I’ll have to take my peeps along for some laps around the track…

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Dudes Don’t Like Sprinkles?

Sorry, but that meme cracks me up…every. single. time.

I posted an edited version of the original, but it’s still funny. I thought about it when I was asked to make a birthday cake for a male friend. He asked for a simple yellow cake with chocolate icing. Just because he wanted to patronize the business and I appreciate him so much. I asked the hubby if I should put sprinkles on it to make it pretty. He said no. Men don’t like sprinkles. I texted my friend and asked him if he wanted sprinkles. He replied.

No.

There are very rare occasions when a married man is right. Wives, don’t stick around for that conversation. You’ve been forewarned.

So I made him a plain yellow cake with chocolate icing. And I put a sign on it.

He texted me back the next day.

Girl!!! That cake was off the chain 🙂

That is text verbatim FYI. Maybe next time he’ll let me put some sprinkles on it. Sprinkles make everything better.

Happy Birthday my dear friend…who is a guy…and won’t let me make it sprinkle!

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