December 25, 2011

Puppy Chow Mix or Muddy Buddies






I first tasted puppy chow mix or muddy buddies when I was living at the sorority. It was the most amazing snack ever. Now that I have made it for myself I can see why this snack was made so often for such a large number of people. I love the combination of milk chocolate, peanut butter and crunchy rice cereal.

To be honest when I made this recipe (I found it on the back of the Chex cereal box!) I forgot to add the vanilla extract. Thankfully it wasn't a necessary ingredient. I loved this puppy chow mix much more than I liked the peppermint bark. I will never pass up chocolate and peanut butter. I can't wait to make this recipe again in the future. I will just have to practice more self-control or learn to share! :)

Peppermint Bark





The quality of these pictures is not that great because I took them while setting up for a party, but the overall effect is there.

This peppermint bark was made with three layers of chocolate: dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. I crushed peppermint candies and sprinkled it over the top, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate drizzle.

This bark was especially yummy because it was homemade. It was my first time making candy and it wasn't too much of a disaster. The first round of peppermint bark didn't set completely so when I broke off chunks there were still some soft pieces of chocolate. Overall the bark was sweet, crunchy and delicious. I plan on trying to make different types of chocolate candies in the upcoming year.

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies






It's not a secret that I love banana bread, especially chocolate chip banana bread. When I saw that we had two bananas that were going unused, I decided to make this recipe for banana walnut chocolate chip cookies. These cookies turned out better than I had predicted. They were a bit too moist because I used more banana than the recipe called for. It was a good combination of flavors though. I can't pass up a chocolate chip cookie, no matter how crunchy or soft.


November 23, 2011

Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches






The original vanilla bean cookie recipe called for a raspberry & white chocolate cream to make the sandwich. I didn't have any fresh fruit or nuts to make an altered version of the cream, so I decided to make a chocolate ganache. The vanilla bean cookie is not too sweet and the semi-sweet chocolate ganache balances out the sweetness of the sandwich. I thought that they were very tasty. They definitely satisfied my sugar craving (and hopefully my sister's too. She begged me all day to bake!)

Next time I make these I will roll the dough into balls and let it spread while in the oven instead of creating flat circles beforehand. The cookies that were allowed to settle on their own were much smaller and prettier.

November 20, 2011

Chocolate Chip Muffins






I am addicted to chocolate. I cannot stop making cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and muffins with chocolate. I even go so far as to add extra chocolate chips in recipes that don't actually ask for chocolate. It's a sickness.

As usual, I was craving chocolate tonight and wanted to step away from my go-to Tollhouse cookie recipe and try something new. These chocolate chip muffins are amazing. I like that they are moist and sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. I think they are great for breakfast since I am usually running out the door at the last second. I hope that bringing treats to work makes my co-workers forget that I always show up 10 minutes late. It seems to be working so far. :)