Dark Chocolate Bites | A Simple Recipe

These little petite treats come to the rescue for curbing a sweet tooth and help ward off over indulging.  I use a dark chocolate combined with a healthier fat option (coconut oil) which creates a more creamy base.  Then they are topped with organic nuts, berries, seeds and so on. [Click here for recipe & directions]yummy chocolate hearts simple treats

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Simple Valentine’s Day Bark | Only 3 Ingredients!

It doesn’t get much easier than this!  I love bark because it looks like a delicious gourmet treat and yet it’s so simple to make….and now…. it just got a bit easier! 😀 Thanks to Planter Peanuts Mix.  The Turtle Sundae is “the perfect blend”  because it has white and red pieces already. BAM! 💘Instant Valentine’s Day theme achieved and the blend goes so well atop of more chocolate.

If you want to see the steps of how I made it click here 💘

this bark was such a treat

Snowball Treats | Recipe

We are missing the snow! It’s seems to be staying north of DC this year. I thought I’d surprise my brother and sister with these cookies we use to make on snow days living in New England. They are very fast and easy to make.
snowball cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1cup sugar
  • 1 butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1cup chopped dates
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • 2cups rice crispies
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
  • sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, butter, egg, dates and cook for 10 mins on med-high heat.
  2. Remove from heat and add in vanilla and walnuts.
  3. In a large bowl and mix to rice crispies
  4. Taking a spoonful of mixture, drop into coconut, and roll into ball
  5. Place on wax paper and allow to cool
  6. Enjoy : )

snowball tradition cookie recipe

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Truffles | Homemade Candy

 

Mint Chocolate Ice cream trufflesThese candies are a family tradition, we have always referred to them as “Teresa Truffles” There are so many variations once you make fondant base. It makes lots of candies. I like to keep this tradition going, especially, for the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1 pounds of confectioners sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. of butter
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-12oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • 1 c. of crush peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies (I use Oreo)
  • green food coloring

Instructions

  1. Mix melted butter, peppermint extract, sweetened condensed milk, and a few drops of green dye.
  2. Gradually add in sugar.  It will begin to for a dough consistence that can be needed. (add more green dye if needed).mint candy filling
  3. Knead crushed cookie pieces into the dough.Blended cookie pieces
  4. Taking pieces of dough roll into  small balls.making Teresa Truffles
  5. Place on a wax paper lined tray and chill.
  6. Melt chocolate chips.
  7. Roll the balls into the chocolate and place on wax paper lined tray.Waiting to cool
  8. Allow to dry.  Mint Teresa Truffles

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries | Recipe

Chocloate covered cherriesChocolate covered cherries are a fave of mine. They are somewhat seasonal and I searched for a recipe to try and make them when they couldn’t be found! lol Now, this beloved recipe we use every Christmas and they are pretty simple to make. : )

What you’ll need:

  •  2- 10oz jars maraschino cherries (about 50 cherries)
  •  1-12oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1- 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)

Instructions

1.Drain the cherries and set aside.
2.In mixer bowl beat melted butter and milk until well combined.
3.In small intervals stir in powdered sugar.  It will begin to form into a dough texture., knead until smooth.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Dough
4.Take a piece of dough similar to the size of the cherry roll into ball. (this helps to estimate the covering over the cherry : )

Chocloate covered cherries
5. Flatten the ball and then fold over cherry.

Chocloate covered cherries
6. Place wrapped cherries on waxed paper covered tray and place in freezer until firm.
7.Melt chocolate chips as directed to create a smooth covering for cherries.
8.Roll each cherry into the chocolate and place on a waxed paper covered tray.
9. Allow to cool : )
Chocloate covered cherries

Homemade Gummies For the Holiday | Easy Recipe With Jello

My dad absolutely loves gummy candies and I thought this would be a perfect surprise! I found a few recipes on pinterest and tried 2 versions. This was the better of the two because of the texture. Using applesauce and 2 packets of gelatin made a big difference! : )

Christmas DIY Candy Gift

What you’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 package of gelatin (any flavor you like)
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Let’s get started!

  1. In a sauce pan combine 2 cups of sugar, applesauce, jello, gelatin, and lemon juice. Let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Lightly coat coat a 9×13 dish with cooking spray and place in refrigerator.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and stir constantly.
  4. Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into chilled baking dish.
  5. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. gummies
  6. Loosen the sides and invert onto a cutting board.
  7. Use small sharp cookie or knife to cut out the gumdrops. (If your knife/cookie cutter gets to sticky dip into hot water)
  8. Place cutouts on wax paper and let them dry over night.cut outs
  9. Roll the pieces into the 1/2 cup remaining sugar.sugar time
  10. Store in an airtight container & Enjoy! : )Christmas Gumdrops Homemade

If you would like to see the original recipe please check out this link: http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/12/homemade-gumdrops/