Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

The past week the weather has been a little cold.  My son told me that he really wanted some hot chocolate to heat him up. I was too happy to oblige, as I love hot chocolate. I went to all of the stores around me and every single hot chocolate mix that I found, contained sugar and sucralose (an artificial sweetener). I don’t have any issue with people using artificial sweeteners, but my son and I both get an off taste from them. I can’t explain it, but it just does not taste right to us. So after a quick scan of three supermarket aisles, I decided that the commercial brands were out. Therefore, I had to make my own mix. Come to find out, making homemade hot chocolate is quite simple. Mix a few ingredients, add some hot water and boom. Homemade Hot Chocolate!  The homemade hot chocolate mix, is simple and delicious!

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Oreo Cookie Cake

Oreo Cookie Cake

I have had a craving for a light and fluffy cake, but I didn’t know what to make.  Then I asked my son and he said make it taste like Oreos.  Sounds like a plan.  So I decided to create a super simple, super delicious cake. The basis for this cake is a simple box cake mix, but the frosting and Oreos put it over the top.

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Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

With the weather getting a bit cooler outside, I wanted to create a drink that would warm me up and celebrate the season. Nothing says this more than Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate! A mixture of pumpkin pie spices, pureed pumpkin and a rich and creamy hot chocolate. It does not get any better than this!

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake – Thirsty Thursday

Chocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake

I love ice cream, I love chocolate and I love bourbon.  Yep, ice cream and bourbon.  It is getting hot outside and the best way to beat the heat is a spiked milkshake.  Milkshakes with liquor are awesome! I have created a new spiked milkshake that mimics the flavors of a cherry cordial.  It is … Read moreChocolate Covered Cherry Spiked Milkshake – Thirsty Thursday

S’more Cookies

S'more Cookies

I have been under the weather for the past couple of days and Dana wanted to cheer me up.  So she made some of the tastiest cookies around.  S’more cookies.  Yep, that campfire favorite is now a tasty cookie.  The chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow works great as a tasty cookie.  They were so delicious, … Read moreS’more Cookies

Fudge Crinkles

Fudge Crinkle Cookie

For the next couple of posts I am handing the reigns over to my wife Dana!  She was in a Christmas cookie kind of mood and we decided to have a Christmas Cookie Marathon.  Dana is a great baker and here is her first recipe.  Fudge Crinkles.  I have never had these before, but they … Read moreFudge Crinkles

Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Muffins

Pumpkin and Chocolate Swirled Muffins

Pumpkin and Chocolate Swirled Muffins

I hate to say it, but it is fall.  Time to start designing your Halloween Costume and start cooking with pumpkin.  A little bit about me, I enjoy a good pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin carving.  Lately, I have seen a couple pumpkin swirl cookies out there and it got me thinking about pumpkin swirl muffins.  So I decided to make some.

Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Muffins
Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Muffins

Alternating the batter will give you nice swirls.

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Chocolate and Pumpkin Marbled Brownies

Chocolate and Pumpkin Marbled Brownies

The other day Dana and I were having a little back and forth regarding chocolate and pumpkin.  Do they go together or not?  I thought they did and Dana was not sure.  It seemed a tad bit icky to her.  So I decided to combine my two favorite desserts and see.  I combined my favorite … Read moreChocolate and Pumpkin Marbled Brownies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made one batch of these cookies and immediately had to make another.  Dana and I loved them!  They were delicious.  We are dark chocolate fans so they hit the spot.  If you wish, you can use standard cocoa and semi-sweet chips if you are not a fan of the decadent dark chocolate. Double Chocolate … Read moreDouble Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eclair Cake

Eclair Cake

I am sorry that I have not been posting daily. I was on vacation and clearly relaxed a little bit too much. While I was visiting my family, my Mom made me Eclair Cake. It is my favorite cake. It is a mixture of graham crackers and a vanilla pudding mixture. Super delicious!! Eclair Cake … Read moreEclair Cake

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

Last week I wanted something sweet.  After trying to recreate the Pot Belly dream bars, I had a ton of coconut lying around.  The one thing that I always think of when I have coconut is German Chocolate Cake.  It is that chocolate cake that is iced with a creamy coconut frosting.  When I was researching this recipe I found that it is not German at all.  German Chocolate Cake was originally made with a type of Baker’s Chocolate called German’s Sweet Chocolate bar.  German’s Chocolate was a type of chocolate that was made for Baker’s by a man named Sam German.  Yep, the cake is named after a type of chocolate, not a country.  I had no idea.  No matter where it comes from, it is super tasty.

German Chocolate Cake

The three layers of cake with the coconut frosting are amazing!

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Recreating the Dream Bars #2

Yesterday I posted the recipe for my first attempt at dream bars. It was extremely tasty, but not the dream bars that I was looking for.  Today is my second shot.  I wanted to make the crust chewier and more moist.  I wanted the top to be chewy but not cookie like.  So I changed things up a bit today.

Dream Bars II
Dream Bars II

The crust is perfect.  The top is almost there, but not quite.

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