31 Days of Chocolate: Oct.16- Dirt for Dessert

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October 16th: Eat “Dirt”

No, we’re not talking about actual dirt. We’re talking about Dirt Cups. And if you’re a parent, you’re probably more than familiar with them. Kids love the staple ingredients to this dessert- crushed Oreos and gummy worms.

Classic Dirt Cup

Recipe by Kraft

Wanna dig a little deeper?

Try this Halloween version.

Boo Cups

Recipe by Snackworks

31 Days of Chocolate:Oct.14th- National Dessert Day

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October 14th: Enjoy a Fall dessert in honor of National Dessert Day

My jeans are yelling, “You’ve been eating Fall desserts every single day.”

But, the voices in my head are yelling something different.

Perhaps, just one little cookie….

Ms. Fields Yummy Mummy Cookie Cake

Or, just a small bite…

Vampire Teeth Cupcake

by ShopBakersnook

Or, one tiny slice of cake.

Halloween Chocolate Cake

By William Sonoma

And, if one little slice, leads to the whole cake, that’s okay. It’s a special time of year.

31 Days of Chocolate: Oct.12th- New Improved S’mores

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October 12th: Add new flavors to the traditional S’mores

There’s nothing wrong with the classic s’mores.

Nothing.

Today, we’re just expanding the options. Try these new flavor combinations:

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cookie Dough Marshmallows, Reese’s Cups

Triple Chocolate: Chocolate Crackers, Chocolate Marshmallows, Dark Chocolate

Bourbon Caramel: Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Caramels, Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Spicy Cinnamon: Cinnamon Crackers, Cinnamon Churro Marshmallows, Dark Chili Chocolate

31 Days of Chocolate: Oct. 10th- Mmmummies

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October 10th: Chocolate Mmmummies

These little guys are warm, toasty, and oozing with chocolate.

Ingredients:

Miniature Hershey Bars

Refrigerator Croissant Rolls

Mini M&M’s

Directions:

1. Stretch a croissant around a candy bar. Be sure to cover the bar well so the chocolate doesn’t escape. Just leave a small opening for the eyes.

2. Add the M&M eyes.

3. Bake according to package directions.

Now that’s a Yummy Mummy!

You put WHAT in my chocolate cake?

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You want the best cake. The moistest cake. The healthiest cake.
I get that. I really do.

Bring out the chocolate flavor with a dash of espresso powder? Sure. I can handle that.

How about adding a dollop of sour cream? Maybe.

Make it moister with mayonnaise?

That’s where things cross the line for me. Some things just don’t belong in chocolate cake. My rule of thumb, if it goes on a sandwich, leave it out of my dessert.

Now, I’m not totally closed-minded. Let’s say you’d like dessert, but you don’t want all the calories that come with it. That’s understandable. In fact, I find some of the early hacks acceptable, substituting fats with fruits, such as, apple sauce, bananas, or pumpkin.

But, the latest trends have me holding my stomach.
Avocado, zucchini, kale, and the one that pains me to type in the same sentence as chocolate…black beans. Black beans, you guys.

If you are one that eats like this, I’m not putting you down. In fact, I applaud you and your super powers.

Call me stubborn, or call me a purist (I prefer the latter), but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

It’s not the fact that I don’t like vegetables. I’d just prefer to keep them out of my dessert. (Back to my sandwich rule).

Am I alone on this one? I’d love to hear your opinions!

13 Baking Essentials for your Fall Kitchen

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It’s hot outside. The trees are lush and green. But, the calendar says September, and that’s enough to get me excited about Fall.

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Fall is my favorite. The colors, the weather, the food.

It’s the dip-it-in-chocolate,

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smother-it-in-caramel,

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and put-it-on-a-stick time of year.

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And, I love it.

This year, I’ve put together a list of some of my most wanted fall kitchen items.

(While I’m not a brand ambassador, should you like and purchase any of the items too, this site will receive a small commission.)

 

Fall Baking Wishlist

Mini Pie and Quiche Baker

Why I need it: Because there’s nothing better than a warm gooey pie, than my OWN warm, gooey pie.

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Fall Apron

Why I need it: For times baking motivation is low, this little number will provide some Autumn inspiration.

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Raccoon/Fox Cookie Cutters

Why I need it: Quite simply, these little fellas are adorable.

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Fall Kitchen Towel Set

Why I need it: Because my kitchen is happy it’s almost Autumn, too.

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Harvest Loaf Set

Why I need it: Fact- Food tastes better in cute dishes.

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Mini Iron Skillets

Why I need it: Skillet cookies, brownies, and cobblers. Need I say more?

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Acorn Silicone Mold

Why I need it: These little acorns will add a cute little bit of whimsy to dessert. Put one on a cupcake, or a pile of them on a cake. Or, just rest one on a spoon, for an after dinner treat.

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Whipped Cream Dispenser

Why I need it: Time to take the hot chocolate game to a new level.

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Fall Sprinkle Collection

Why I need it: I like to get a fresh set of versatile sprinkles at the start of Fall that I can use all season long.

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Wilton Candy Melter

Why I need it: This goes into that dip-it-in-chocolate, smother-it-in-caramel category. Perfect for dipping apple slices, pretzels, marshmallows, or anything you want dripping with chocolate.

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Fall Leaves Cookie Stencil

Why I need it: Stencils are a fast and easy way to add artistic flair to desserts. Use them on cakes, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or paint them on cookies with royal icing.

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Tree Bark Footed Server

Why I need it: I love bringing nature indoors. This platter is the perfect pedestal for a cake or any assortment of fall goodies.

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3D Pumkin Cake Pan

Why I need it: It’s a cake that makes a statement. It can be dressed up, or served simple with a drizzle of warm fudge or caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on your fall baking supply wishlist?

Community Share- Bake & Take: Pies

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 Hello Bakers!

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In honor of Pi Day, we’re hosting our first official Bake & Take


What is a Bake & Take?

Step #1

Bake something scrumptious. This month: Pies



Step #2

Take a photo of your masterpiece and link in the comment section.

 



Step #3

Sit back, while the foodie community salivates over your culinary creation.


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Happy Baking!

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Up Next: Spring Desserts