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Peppermint Patties

peppermint pattie plate
Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows are back!  Why is this important to you? Because if you want to be the hit of the Christmas goodie parade you are going to want to use these super-charged, JUMBO peppermint-infused marshmallows to make some awesome Peppermint Patties!
jumbo peppermint mallows
In December 2011 I stumbled upon these mallows while shopping for groceries that really mattered – like meat, vegetables, milk, and chocolate. :)

I absently threw a bag into my cart thinking they might be good for something during the Christmas baking craze I was about to cause in my kitchen.

peppermint pattie snowman
A few days later I mixed a little almond bark with a few chocolate chips and tossed a couple jumbo peppermint mallows into the warm, dripping, chocolately mixture.  What happened after that only happens say, every two years.  That is because Kraft in their infinite wisdom chose not to produce these awesome Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows in 2012. :(

peppermint pat bite
Fast forward to today, December 15, 2013.  I did the really unthinkable and actually ventured into Wal-Mart after church to pick up a few items.  Even my smarter-than-the-average hillbilly husband said, “you want to go to Wal-Mart on Sunday afternoon?  Are you crazy?”

“Yes I am, now let’s get going.”

Kismet. Serendipity. God smiling on me.  Call it whatever you want because I was casually walking down the middle aisle when my eyes dropped to the bottom shelf of all the baking goodies and there I saw them — Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows.

I am pretty sure I could go on some more about today’s super-find, but I am heading to the kitchen. I’ve got chocolate and almond bark to melt, mallows to dip, friends and family to make happy.  Very, very happy.

Happy Dipping!
Catherine

P.S.  On the back of the package is a recipe for … Peppermint Patties.  That recipe wasn’t there two years ago.  Might they have read my blog post?  ha! ha!

Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patties

You will be the hit of the Christmas parade when you serve these awesome homemade peppermint patties. Every chocolate lover's delight!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. chocolate almond bark
  • 30 +/- Jumbo Peppermint Marshmallows

Directions

  1. Combine chocolate chips and chocolate almond bark and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Cook on high for another 30 seconds. Do not over cook.
  2. Dip each marshmallow in the melted chocolate. Shake gently and place on foil. Leave plain or sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy.
  3. Share with every chocolate lover you know!
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Sweet and Salty Christmas Treats

bowl of sweet and salty pretZel
I do realize refrigerators all over this country are stuffed full of Thanksgiving leftovers.  But truthfully, the turkey is cold, the gravy has jellied and the pumpkin pie is gone.  To me that means one thing — Christmas!  Brunch, luncheons, parties, Christmas eve, Christmas dinner and New Year’s eve … it will all start tumbling upon me as early this next week.  Thanksgiving is so late this year that December started … yesterday.  Yikes!

Milky way snickers
These sweet and salty treats were such a big hit last year that Snickers and Milky Way are now available in little bite size pieces just waiting for a pretzel.

sweet salty pretzel treats
This couldn’t be easier.  Pretzel — chocolate — in a 350 degree F. oven for 4 minutes.  Top with another pretzel and squish lightly.  Cool and eat!

bowl of pretzels sweet salty
A pecan on top turns these sweet treats into turtles when they top a Rolo.  Take a look  Rolo Me Over Turtles from Christmas 2011 where I first found the recipe on http://www.sowonderfulsomarvelous.com.

sweet salty colorfulM & Ms add such a festive touch too!

sweet salty m&m
Have a blessed week.  Don’t work too hard or let the stress start building up.  It happens so quickly even when we know better!

Happy Baking,
Catherine

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2 ESV

 

Tuesdays With Dorie: Boca Negra

chocolatyCakeToday the Tuesdays With Dorie baking group has put together another fabulous Julia Child recipe for Boca Negra.   Boca Negra actually means black mouth. That black mouth allegedly comes from eating this intensely chocolate cake. I say allegedly since I haven’t actually tasted this one yet! The recipe calls for twelve ounces of bittersweet chocolate and that doesn’t even count the 12 ounces of white chocolate that goes in the cream on the side!  This picture comes from the website www.seriouseats.com.  I don’t have pictures of my own because I chose not to make this dessert, at this time.  But I didn’t want you to miss out on such a beautiful cake.  Many Tuesdays with Dorie bakers will be posting their Boca Negra adventures and you can find their links here.  The recipe can be found on the website hosted by Cathy at A Frederick Food Garden.

twd-bocanegra_1Cathy’s beautiful Boca Negra and her blog post is outstanding too, I hope you will check it out.

wlnt fudge pie singEven though I am not making the Boca Negra this time around, it is the perfect time to also share with you one of my all-time favorite chocolate-chocolate-fudgy pies.  This is Walnut Fudge Pie that I served week-in and week-out at our bed and breakfast.  It was a hit then and we still love it! I posted it back in 2011 and the recipe can be found here.

I hope your week is off to a warm and not too wintry start!

Blessings and Happy Cooking!
Catherine

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:11-12 NIV1984

 

 

 

Healthified Triple Chocolate Pie

chocolate pie healthy singleWith Valentine’s Day next week wouldn’t it be lovely to make a chocolate pie to share with those you love?  How about a chocolate pie that is fast and easy?  How about 58% less fat and 33% fewer calories than the original recipe? Now am I talking your love language? The recipe can easily be doubled to serve a crowd, or have one pie for home and one to take to work!

chocolate pie healthified ingregI have made a lot of chocolate pies through the years. A lot. But when I made this chocolate pie my Chief Culinary Consultant said several times “great pie honey!”  Now it is true, I cook for compliments.  The Chief knows this and knows he will get this pie again, anytime he asks! :)

chocolate pudding pieIt is so easy to mix up the fat-free, sugar-free pudding.  If you haven’t ever tried it, you should. It is surprisingly rich and luscious. Quite often I will just make the fat-free, sugar-free pudding, top with a dollop of whipped cream and dessert is ready!

chocolate pie mixedThis pudding is combined with softened cream cheese and vanilla.  Once it is mixed well the whipped topping is beaten in with the electric mixer.  By now there will be a line forming to see who gets to lick the beaters.

chocolate pie x 2The pie needs to chill from 4 to 24 hours before serving.  I actually hurried the process and didn’t have quite 4 hours before serving but the slices still cut pretty well.  Top with raspberries, chocolate shavings and a dollop of whip cream for the crowning touch!

chocolate pie healthy singleThis incredibly delicious pie will never give away the secret that it is actually a healthified recipe, light on fat and light on calories!  Enjoy with someone you love.

~Blessings, Catherine

 

Healthified Triple Chocolate Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Healthified Triple Chocolate Pie

58% less saturated fat and 33% less calories than the original recipe. A luscious dessert for just 160 calories per serving!

Ingredients

  • 1 package fat-free, sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix (1.4 oz.)
  • 1 3/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 container (8 oz) light whipped topping (i.e. Cool Whip)
  • 1 Chocolate-flavored crumb pie shell (6 oz.)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries or strawberries *Optional
  • 1 tablespoon grated semisweet chocolate

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, prepare pudding mix according to package directions using 1 3/4 cup milk. Stir in vanilla; set aside.
  2. Place cream cheese in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave, uncovered , on high for 15 seconds, stir. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add half of the pudding mixture; beat until smooth. Add in remaining pudding mixture; beat until smooth.
  3. Fold in half of the whipped topping. Spread mixture into pie shell. Chill 4 to 24 hours or until set.
  4. Top individual servings with remaining whipped topping, raspberries and grated chocolate.

Notes

Adapted from livebetteramerica.com

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Black Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day I was taking my friend Susan Christmas shopping and she asked me if we were making any chocolate chip cookies for Christmas. I told her I hadn’t thought about it but that we could.  She said “Oh I would just love some homemade chocolate chip cookies!”  Chocolate chip cookies are so classic and yet at the holidays I think we tend to forget what a wonderful gift these cookies make.
There are a zillion chocolate chip cookie recipes available with each one having just a little difference in one ingredient or another.  What I particularly like about this recipe is cookie will have soft, chewy insides and a crispy outside.
I wrote this recipe using black walnuts.  If you are lucky enough to have some to use they are outstanding in this little cookie. Since they fall from our trees, my chief gardener spends hours and hours, days and days harvesting them.   If black walnuts aren’t in your pantry or on your budget (they are quite expensive) then English walnuts will work as well.
This recipe makes 4 to 5 dozen depending on the size you make them.  One batch will fill several plates for neighbors, teachers, and anyone on your gift list this year!
Ah yes, and I have it on good authority that these are Santa’s favorite cookies!

Black Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie

2 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped black walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
1. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
2. In a large bowl beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs and mix well.
3. Gradually stir in flour mixture.  When cookie dough is well mixed stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
4. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
5. Cool slightly; then remove from cookie sheet to completely cool.

Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies.

Black Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie

Black Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped black walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs and mix well.
  4. Gradually stir in flour mixture. When cookie dough is well mixed stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
  6. Cool slightly; then remove from cookie sheet to completely cool.

Notes

Makes 4 to 5 dozen.

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