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Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Sweeten your valentine’s day with gourmet-style confections made fresh in your kitchen. Quick and easy to prepare, these time-honored treats are the ultimate Valentine’s Day indulgence.

Made with minimal ingredients, they can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. When ready to serve, roll again in confectioners’ sugar, if desired. For the best flavor, allow truffles to come to room temperature before serving.

With rich chocolate goodies like these, Cupid is sure to strike. Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Here are more Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes.)

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

2/3 cup heavy (or whipping) cream
12 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Drop 24 portions by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Shape into balls. Roll 12 of the balls in cocoa powder; place in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Roll the remaining 12 in confectioners’ sugar; place truffles in a container with a tight-fitting lid; refrigerate at least 1 hour. Makes 24 truffles.

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate is a delightful indulgence on its own, but the addition of cinnamon makes it extra tasty.

Similar to Mexican-style hot chocolate, this recipe makes it easy to whip up a flavorful beverage with a spicy twist. And it makes good use of pantry staples so there’s no need for specialty shopping or exotic ingredients.

Top with light, freshly whipped cream and serve with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Whether it’s to enjoy on a snow day or anytime, this soothing sipper will warm you up from the inside out.

CINNAMON HOT CHOCOLATE

3 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped cream (optional)
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine chocolate, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup milk. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add the remaining 3 1/2 cups milk and sugar. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. (Do not boil). Whisk in melted chocolate mixture until well blended. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs; top with whipped cream and serve with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Similar in taste to brownies, these mouthwatering cookies are filled with rich chocolate goodness. Simple to prepare with on-hand ingredients, the microwave makes it easy to melt the chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened condensed milk.

By adding the remaining ingredients to the melted chocolate mixture, a decadent batter is ready for baking. Pair with a glass of milk and savor the ultimate in homespun comfort.

CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup chocolate chips, butter, and condensed milk. Microwave on HIGH until chocolate chips have melted, about 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through; stir until smooth. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Add flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

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Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Running out of time but still would like to bake cookies for Santa? Then head to the store and pick up a box of cake mix and a package of white chips, combine with a few pantry staples, and you’ll be on your way to batches of homemade cookies in no time.

By not having to roll and cut out dough or frost when cooled, it’s easy to get out of the kitchen quick. And Santa will surely be pleased to have a plate of fresh-baked cookies to welcome him. All that’s needed is milk and perhaps some food for the reindeer. Now this is one sugarplum of a shortcut that’s perfect on a long winter’s night.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

EASY CHOCOLATE WHITE CHIP COOKIES

1 (16.5 ounce) package plain devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Stir in white chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Caramel Popcorn Balls

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Caramel Popcorn Balls

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Have a ball this Halloween and scare up a smile from ghosts and goblins of all ages. An old-fashioned favorite, this spellbindingly easy recipe can be ready to serve like magic. Packaged caramel candies shorten time spent in the kitchen and a hint of chocolate lends a unique touch.

Perfect for all the hungry ghouls who will soon be gracing neighborhood doorsteps, these last minute treats will do the trick. From my family to yours, Happy Halloween!

Here are some more Easy Halloween Recipes. Enjoy!

CARAMEL POPCORN BALLS

2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon water
28 caramel candies
2 tablespoons butter
13 regular size marshmallows
12 cups popped popcorn
Nonstick cooking spray
Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine chocolate chips, water, and caramel candies. Cook until caramel candies are almost completely melted, 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in butter and marshmallows. Cook until mixture is melted and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour over popcorn; toss to coat. Coat hands with nonstick cooking spray; shape popcorn mixture into 12 (2 1/2 to 3-inch diameter) balls. Place on prepared baking sheet; insert wooden sticks, if desired. Let stand until set, 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 popcorn balls.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is a versatile veggie that finds its way into many dishes during the summer months. From appetizers to desserts, this prized squash is the star ingredient in countless dishes. And when it comes to baking bread, chocolate and zucchini is a delicious flavor pairing.

Moist and rich in taste, it’s a good idea to bake this bread in four miniature loaf pans so you can savor some now and stash the rest in the freezer to enjoy later. You also can add a cup of chopped walnuts along with the zucchini and chocolate chips, if desired.

However you prepare it, this recipe makes it easy to savor a slice of summer.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD

3 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms of four 5×3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, coffee granules, and baking powder. In a separate, large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, butter, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips. Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes 4 miniature loaves.

*Note: Bread may also be baked in two 8×4-inch loaf pans instead of four 5×3-inch loaf pans; increase bake time to 50 to 55 minutes.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

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Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate Cakes

A miniature chocolate cake for two that oozes with melted goodness is a luscious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie. And while it might seem like these lavish, restaurant-style cakes require a lot of time and effort to prepare, they actually can be made quickly and easily.

They also are an excellent choice to share with family and friends, and the batter can be made a day in advance. Just divide into prepared custard cups, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. When it’s time to bake the cakes, just remove the plastic wrap, place on a baking sheet, and bake as directed increasing the bake time by about 2 minutes.

A sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar and a dollop of whipped cream adds the final flourish. With an over-the-top dessert like this, it’s easy to create a memorable Valentine’s Day beginning in your own kitchen.

Here’s another easy recipe for your Valentine: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKES

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 ounces high-quality unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for garnish (optional)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
Whipped cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Place on a baking sheet. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate, and butter. Microwave on HIGH until butter has melted, about 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Add eggs, egg yolks, and coffee liqueur; whisk until well blended. Divide batter among prepared custard cups. Bake until cakes are firm around the edges but are soft in the centers, 13 to 14 minutes. Let stand 1 minute. Run a thin knife around the edges; invert onto dessert plates. Top each cake with a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar and/or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Makes 12 servings, 1/2 cake each.

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