Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups Celebrating National Cookie Month

National Cookie Month, Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups, Desserts

Image Credit: The Gunny Sack

Ahhh….cookies. What’s your favorite? The classic chocolate chip? Oatmeal raisin? Shortbread? Spiced chocolate molasses buttons? S’mores sandwich cookies? Peanut butter cookies? Classic sugar cookies?

We think about the GirlScouts selling them, about Cookie Monster on Sesame Street obsessed with them, and we think about those decadent smells coming from the oven baking during the holidays. I came across a cute, artistic and decadent Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups recipe from The Gunny Sack. This dessert is made with sugar cookie dough filled with hot chocolate ganache, has a pretzel handle and mini marshmallows on top!

Below are the instructions, but you can click here for more in-depth tips and recommendations on preparing this adorable cookie.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
34 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients
1 package Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
12 mini pretzels
1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits
*optional – granulated sugar

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Put 1 tablespoon of the sugar cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins.
*Update – an optional step would be to roll the sugar cookie dough balls in granulated sugar before putting them into the mini muffin tins to help prevent sticking.
*Bake for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.
*Make the chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil.
*Stir in the hot cocoa mix.
*Pour the hot cream over the semi-sweet chocolate chips and let it sit for 3 minutes. Then, stir until the chocolate chips are melted and the ganache is smooth.
*Break off the loops on some mini pretzels to use as handles.
*Melt the white chocolate and use it to attach the pretzel handles to the cookie cups.
*Spoon the chocolate ganache into the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows.
For best results, store the hot chocolate cookie cups in the refrigerator.

Happy National Cookie Month on #FoodPornFriday

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La La La Raspberry Bombe

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We celebrated some pretty cool desserts during the hazy days of summer like ice cream, frozen custard, and Semifreddo. Today on Food Porn Friday, we are celebrating raspberry bombe, since it is National Raspberry Bombe Day. Bombe, a frozen dome-shaped dessert, typically contains sherbet, heavy cream, sugar, chopped nuts, candied fruit and a dash of rum. It is layered in a spherical mold and frozen overnight. The center is made of custard, mousse, or ice cream in a different flavor.

Here is an impressive and easy Raspberry Bombe dessert recipe from the folks at The Culinary Cellar.

3 pints raspberry ice or sherbet, slightly softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
4 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon sugar
1-1/4 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup orange-flavored brandy
3 cups fresh red raspberries
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

1. Spread sherbet evenly over bottom and sides of lightly oiled 2-quart mold. Freeze, covered, until sherbet is hard, about 2 hours.
2. Heat 3/4 cup sugar and the water in small saucepan to boiling; boil until candy thermometer registers 238 degrees (soft-ball stage), about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks in small mixer bowl until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in hot sugar syrup in a slow steady stream until mixture cools to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, about 30 minutes.
3. Combine orange peel and 1 teaspoon sugar in small bowl; mash together with back of a spoon. Whip 1-1/4 cups cream in chilled small bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in brandy and orange-sugar mixture.
4. Fold cream mixture into egg yolk mixture. Spoon into sherbet-lined mold. Freeze covered overnight. Unmold onto serving plate. Garnish with fresh raspberries, the 1/2 cup whipped cream, and mint leaves. Serve immediately. (Don’t forget to stick a sparkler on top and light it right before serving! It looks really cute and festive). Serves 10-12.

Happy #RaspberryBombeDay

It’s National Milk Chocolate Day on Food Porn Friday

Chocolate Cake

Oh yeah baby, listen up. I am going to get every single bit of my sweet tooth on, just because today is National Milk Chocolate Day. Oh, now there is no shame in my game because this is one of those decadent, luxurious moments of pleasure that I savor ever so slowly with that melt in your mouth sweet ooziness. Please excuse me, as I take a few moments to allow my mouth to water over these delicious, lip-smacking chocolaty…oh so wrong…but oh so right seductive confections!

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Now, was that as good for you as it was for me? Ummmmm….good! Happy #NationalMilkChocolateDay on #FoodPornFriday!

Food Porn Friday: 33 Flavors Day of Baskin-Robbins

33 Flavors Day, Baskin-Robbins, Ice Creme

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1945 was the year that two brothers-in-law, Burton “Burt” Baskin and Irvine “Irv” Robbins shared their dream of creating an innovative ice creme store that would become the neighborhood family gathering spot. They started out in separate ventures at the advice of Irv’s father. In 1953 however, they dropped their separate identities of Snowbird and Burton’s and became Baskin-Robbins.

BaskinRobbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium ice cream, specialty frozen desserts, and beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at nearly 7,300 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. family of companies.

The company is known for its “31 flavors” slogan, but their ice cream flavors have grown incredibly and product availability may vary by location. The first flavor I tried and still love is Pralines ‘n Cream.

So today, March 3, we celebrate the cool sensation of Baskin-Robbins “33 Flavors Day.” You don’t need a scorching hot day in order to enjoy this cool delight!

Happy Food Porn Friday!

Cherry Smackin’ Good Pie on Food Porn Friday

Great American Pie Month, Pillsbury, National Cherry Month, Food Porn Friday

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Since February is National Cherry Month and Great American Pie Month, we are going to celebrate Food Porn Friday with this Easy Cherry Pie recipe from the folks at Pillsbury. It takes 25 minutes to prepare, 1 hour and 10 minutes to bake and serves 8. There are only 4 ingredients that you need: Pillsbury pie crusts (if you don’t want to roll out your own), cherry pie filling, milk, and sugar.

Make it a cherry-licious day! Happy #FoodPornFriday!

Well That’s Just Peachy!

OMG, there is nothing like biting into a sweet, juicy peach on a warm sunny day. When you bite into it, you just have to let that peach juice ooze and drip down the sides of your mouth like a kid.

Did you know that August is National Peach Month and observed annually on August 24 is National Peach Pie Day? Of course, you did.  What is your favorite peach dessert? Peach pie? Peach cobbler? Peach cheesecake? Peach Crisp? Peaches and creme french toast? Peach ice cream?

 Today is Food Porn Friday. Go ahead and get your peach on today!