Archive for: chocolate


Loaded Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are loaded with toasted coconut, pecans, and oats! How do you like your chocolate chip cookies? Most of the time, I prefer my cookies to be simple, with just chocolate chips and an extra teaspoon or two of vanilla for flavor. The other day, though, I was craving a cookie with a bit more to it. For these Loaded Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, I've toasted the coconut, pecans, and oats before adding them to the cookie dough. Toasting the mix-ins brings out their flavor and makes these cookies extra delicious! ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Spice Muffins with Chai {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free}

With chai spices and orange zest, these Healthy Spice Muffins are full of flavor! These easy muffins are 100% whole wheat and refined sugar free. Who out there needs a muffin to get this Monday morning started off right? I certainly do! But let's make it a healthier muffin so we can get a jump start on our healthy eating goals for the week, too! These Healthy Spice Muffins are just the recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your nutrition goals. Sometimes I think I've got an addiction to ... [Continue Reading]

Raspberry Brownie Bites

Easy to make Raspberry Brownie Bites! An ultra chocolatey, fudgy brownie base is topped with a 2-ingredient dark chocolate ganache and a fresh raspberry. They're the ultimate chocolate-raspberry treat! Hello there! Happy Monday, happy second week of February, happy almost Valentine's Day! I hadn't really planned on making any recipes specifically for Valentine's Day this year. These Raspberry Brownie Bites just sort of happened, and as I was photographing them over the weekend I couldn't get over how much they looked like a Valentine's Day treat. I decided I'd better share them with you as soon as possible in case you want to make some for your Valentine's celebrations! I created this ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles

These Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles are a healthier treat for your holiday sweets table! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions expressed here are my own. With Christmas only a few days away and New Year's shortly after, I have one last recipe to share with you! I think you'll want to make at least one batch of these Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles to share with your family and friends. And you'll probably want a batch for yourself, too. ;) If you need a last minute gift for your neighbors or colleagues, a few of these truffles would be a lovely addition to your holiday cookie plates. I have a stash of these in my refrigerator, and I ... [Continue Reading]

3-Ingredient Microwave Hot Cocoa {refined sugar free}

This 3-Ingredient Microwave Hot Cocoa is so easy, you won't even miss the mix! It's healthier and refined sugar free, so you can enjoy a daily cup of cocoa this winter. We still have a few weeks to go until winter is officially here, but tomorrow is December 1st and I am in full holiday mode! I'm ready to bake all the cookies, wrap all the gifts, and listen to all of the holiday music. We put our decorations up this weekend, and next weekend we'll get our tree. How about you? If you celebrate this holiday season, have you started shopping or decorating yet? Besides getting all decorated and ready for Christmas, this time of year I love to sit down and relax with a hot cup of something ... [Continue Reading]

Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti

These Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a delicious treat to enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea. I haven't been doing much baking lately. Instead, I've been focused on testing new holiday side dishes recipes. But December will be here before we know it, and that means we'll be doing all the holiday baking, right? This morning I was in a baking sort of mood, so I got to work on these biscotti. Brad keeps telling me that it's been way too long since I've made biscotti, so I made these for him. :) I used ... [Continue Reading]

Dark Chocolate Raspberry S’more Ice Cream

This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. This Dark Chocolate Raspberry S'more Ice Cream is the best way to get your s'more fix! It's cool, creamy and loaded with dark chocolate, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and raspberries! August?! How can it be August already? As it does every year, this summer is flying by. A month and a half ago I was kind of wondering how I was going to survive the summer being home every day with three kids. But we've figured out our routine, as we always do, and I am not at all ready to leave these slower-paced summer days behind. Summer's not over yet, though! There are ... [Continue Reading]

Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies are my latest addiction!  They're soft and packed with oats and almond butter, making them a healthier cookie bar! I know we're in the middle of the week right now, but let's talk about weekends for a minute. Does anyone have any tricks for making the weekends last longer? I feel like one minute we're celebrating the fact that it's Friday, and the next it's already Sunday night and time to start a new week. And I'm left wondering where the weekend went. I've been thinking about how we spend our weekends and have come up with a few ideas that I'd like to try to help get the most out of them. ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate Birthday Cake

A triple layer chocolate cake that's perfect for celebrating!  This Chocolate Birthday Cake with a light and fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting is just the thing for chocolate lovers! This weekend I made a chocolate birthday cake, just so I could share it with you today.  You're welcome.  ;)  I first made this chocolate cake for William's 3rd birthday, which was about a month ago now. Life's been busy (isn't it always) and I never found time to sit down and get his birthday post written. I've been working on it this week and hope to share it in the next few days, so stay tuned! Before sharing this Chocolate Birthday Cake with you, I wanted to be sure the recipe was juuust right so I ... [Continue Reading]

Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge

So easy Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, made completely in the microwave in just minutes. A perfect combination of coffee-chocolate fudge and caramel fudge, sprinkled with sea salt. It's the season of giving, and homemade gifts from your kitchen are some of the most fun to give and to receive. Today I'm sharing the recipe for this amazing Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, which is just perfect for gifting to neighbors, friends, teachers... pretty much anyone on your holiday list! But that's not all!  Today I've also teamed up with some of my blogging friends to offer you an amazing giveaway! {Giveaway is now closed.} How handy would a $300 Amazon gift card come in for your last-minute ... [Continue Reading]

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

Your regular ol' banana muffin gets a makeover with whole-wheat flour and three kinds of chocolate.  These Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins will turn your so-so morning into a great one! After a long week, I always look forward to a little baking therapy on the weekend. Most of the time I don't want anything too complicated or time-consuming, because the point is to rest up after a busy week, right? I want to save plenty of time for relaxing with a good book, hanging out at the pool with the kids, or going for a long walk. Muffins are the perfect baking project when you crave something sweet and want it in your belly quickly.  Especially these Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins.  They ... [Continue Reading]

Mocha Granola

This Mocha Granola is full of chocolate, coffee, and almonds.  It makes a great late-night snack, breakfast, or afternoon pick-me-up! Hello Friends and Happy Friday! We've come to the final recipe of Granola Week! In case you missed any of this week's recipes, here's a quick recap. We started the week with this Tropical Granola, filled with pineapple and coconut. I also shared 5 great reasons why you should make your own granola. Tuesday's recipe was this super crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola. If you love almonds and dried cherries, you've gotta try this one. Next up was this super simple 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola. Peanut butter lovers, this one's for ... [Continue Reading]

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.  This is the recipe I turn to whenever I want to bake classic chocolate chip cookies. I'm often asked which of the chocolate chip cookie recipes on my site is my favorite. Well, these are it. I posted these a while ago and today I'm updating the recipe and photos because these cookies are my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a quick batch of cookies. Most often, those times are when a sudden craving for a chocolate chip cookie hits and I just can't resist! I've made these cookies dozens of times and they always turn out perfectly. These chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient that gives them their soft, chewy texture. ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels

Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face. You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing. These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Hot Cocoa

A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Peppermint Hot Cocoa. Today I'm sharing a traditional hot cocoa recipe with you, because sometimes you just want a basic cup of cocoa. This homemade hot cocoa is simple to make on the stovetop, or even in the microwave if you're in a hurry. I went light on the sugar because only a little is needed to enhance the rich chocolate flavor. Whipped cream is optional but highly recommended! I prefer to mix up my hot cocoa ingredients each time I make it, but I know that some of you might like to keep a mix on hand. Below I have also included a larger-scale recipe to make hot cocoa mix, which you can store almost indefinitely at room temperature. We still ... [Continue Reading]

S’more Cookies

A real s'more, made with a warm, gooey marshmallow that has just been toasted over a crackling fire, is a real treat. It's not surprising that s'more-inspired treats have been popping up on blogs in all corners of the internet this summer. There is just something special about s'mores, and I can't help but pin so many of these treats. The only s'more dessert that I've actually made this summer, though, are these cookies (plus a few microwave s'mores, which can't compare to the real thing). I actually made two batches of these cookies in a row, one week and then the next, because I liked them so much. Which surprised me because I was not sure how much I liked these when I first tasted ... [Continue Reading]

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bites

So rich and creamy, you will love this Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bites! It had been a while since I made chocolate ice cream, so I decided to go all out and make this Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bites. Oh my is this ice cream good. The milk chocolate ice cream is incredibly rich and creamy, and the brownie bites are rich, fudgy little wonders that add a whole other dimension of chocolate flavor to the ice cream. The brownies are amazing on their own, and since you only need half of the pan for the ice cream, you have plenty to enjoy or share. Or, you can do what I did and freeze the other half to mix into another batch of ice cream later on. (Just be sure to chop ... [Continue Reading]

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day after lunch I had a serious cookie craving. So although I had a to-do list a mile long, I used some of the precious minutes of the kids' afternoon naptime to bake these cookies. Like me, you were probably caught by the words “brown butter” in the title of these cookies. These are pretty much your basic chocolate chip cookie, but with a more complex flavor thanks to the brown butter. If you're careful not to overbake them, the cookies will be soft and chewy with just a little crispness around the edges. I was almost hesitant to post these, because I've already shared a number of favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes with you. But then I thought, can you ever have too many ... [Continue Reading]