Monday, December 14, 2020

Hot Chocolate Bombs

I had to give these treats a try that are all the rage this year! I thought they would be a lot harder than they turned out to be!

The first step you need to do is get yourself some chocolate molds and melting chocolate. You also will want some mini marshmallows and candy canes.

Melt the chocolate on 50% power, stirring every 20-30 seconds until fully melted. Place the chocolate in the molds and use a spoon to cover the entire shell. Make sure you get all the way to the top on every side so your shell sides fit together with no gaps. 

Put the shells in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until they are fully hardened. 

Carefully take them out of the molds. Fill half with hot chocolate powder, and mini marshmallows. I also put some crushed candy canes in some of mine for more peppermint flavor.

Put a plate or pan over the heat on the stove on low. Take the empty shell halves and put them on the warmed plate to melt the edges. Put the melted edges right on top of the filled side. Use some of the leftover melted chocolate to bind the two halves together if needed.

Drizzle with additional chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes (or any other toppings you want).

Put your hot chocolate bombs in a mug and pour hot milk or water over the top. Watch while your hot chocolate bomb explodes with chocolatey goodness!



Saturday, December 12, 2020

Festive Christmas Breakfast Treats

 Since we have been home for so long, I've been getting creative with festive breakfast ideas. I made these snowman treats for my nieces when they were in town for Thanksgiving and they LOVED them. They are both super easy to make and only include a few ingredients. The Santa pancake was a little trickier, but so healthy and delicious. I'm sure kids would LOVE it on Christmas morning (my husband also loved it).

Santa Pancake


Pancakes (homemade, pancake mix, or even frozen pancakes could be used)




For one Santa pancake you need about 4-6 strawberries (washed, dried, and cut), 2 blueberries (washed and dried), and 1 large banana (cut). You could also use chocolate chips for the eyes if you want or whipped cream instead of banana!

Snowmen Donuts


Mini powdered donuts

Mini chocolate chips

Candy corn

Cut the white tip off the candy corn and place inside the donut hole for the carrot nose (the yellow shouldn't be showing - all you should see is the orange). Place mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.

Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls


1 package of cinnamon rolls and frosting (or you could make homemade)

Chocolate chips

Mini chocolate chips

Orange tic tacs

Small stick pretzels

Place one cinnamon roll on the pan. Unravel the next one a little and cut off a small piece to make the head a little smaller than the body (you can put the extra pieces together to make another cinnamon roll at the end). Press the ends of the two rolls together on the pan. Repeat for the rest of the cinnamon rolls. Bake as directed. Let cool a little and then frost and add chocolate chips for the buttons and mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth. Add a tic tac for the carrot nose. Last, add two pretzel rods for the arms.

Mini Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Last, but not least these adorable mini donuts. I used this donut maker and found a very similar one here. This is the donut recipe I used:

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour

This is the chocolate glaze recipe I used:

1/2 chocolate (can use melting chocolate or chocolate chips - I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate)
2 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. water
2 tsp. light corn syrup (optional but gives them a beautiful shine) 

Melt on 50% power in microwave stirring every 20-30 seconds until melted. Dip one side of the donuts in the glaze. I use a fork to dip it more easily then put sprinkles on. You can sprinkle them on or dip them in if you want them to completely covered like mine. Here are the festive sprinkles I used.

Happy holiday baking!