Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that Christmas season is almost here!  Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and the Halloween-New Year’s stretch is a steady stream of fun and excitement for me.  At Halloween, I get to dress up in a costume, eat candy and generally embrace my inner kid.  Then Thanksgiving comes which means good, relaxing time spent with family and friends.  And, of course, Christmas is right behind with it’s bright lights, cheerful music, and gift-giving spirit. (Sometimes I get confused and still want to dress up in a costume for Christmas.  I may or may not own a life-size Santa outfit.  Just sayin’.)  Aside from the fun and festivity, one of my favorite parts about this time of the year is baking.  Yup, baking.  With all of the parties and family gatherings, I have ample opportunities to get into the kitchen and bake…which is one of my favorite activities ever!  Some baking recipes can be rather difficult and involved which is fine by me…if I have the time.  But time often seems to be hard to find during the holidays, so I am excited to share the recipe for these super-easy Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies today.

These Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies are perfect for bakers of all skill levels, and there are even plenty of places where the kids can be involved if they want to help out!  The cookies themselves include melted Dove Promises Dark Chocolate which creates a rich, wonderful taste.  But it doesn’t stop there! Another Dove Promise is lightly pushed into each cookie before it goes into the oven.  These cookies are a chocolate-lover’s dream!  As a kid, I was never a huge fan of dark chocolate.  I always thought it tasted bitter, and it didn’t have that same creaminess as milk chocolate.  As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate dark chocolate much more, but I still love the creamy deliciousness of a piece of milk chocolate.  As part of this project with Dove, I may have snuck a few pieces of chocolate while I was making the cookies…and the Dove Promises Dark Chocolate is really tasty all by itself.  It’s creamy like milk chocolate, but has a delicious non-bitter flavor of dark chocolate. 

If you’re looking for an easy cookie recipe that is perfect to take for office or neighborhood parties, these Dove Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies are the winner.  These would make great neighbor gifts for the holidays, too.  Just package up a batch of these cookies in a clear cellophane bag, add a handful of wrapped Dove Promises, and finish it off with a festive holiday ribbon.  For other fun holiday baking ideas, click here to check out Bright Ideas, a collection of recipes using Dove, Snickers, M&M’s, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Way.  Woah…talk about a brain overload of deliciousness!

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Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Dove Promises Dark Chocolate
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 6-ounce glass
  • 2 non-stick cookie sheets

Instructions

  1. Unwrap 12 Dove Promises Dark Chocolate and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Gradually add the flour and then stir in the melted chocolate until well combined.
  3. Divide dough into 24 walnut-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place 2.5" apart on a cookie sheet. Slightly flatten each piece using the bottom of a lightly floured glass. Press an unwrapped Dove Promises Dark Chocolate into the center of each cookie.
  4. Bake at 350°F until set, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
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Apple Cider Cupcakes + Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

If you had to describe Autumn with one picture, what would you choose?  Would it be the bright reds and oranges of the leaves as they change colors?  Or perhaps a bright orange pumpkin alongside a straw scarecrow?  For me, a mug of hot apple cider is right up there near the top of the list!  I’m excited to announce that I am working with Kahlúa to create several holiday recipes over the next few weeks.  As soon as I found out, I knew that apple cider had to be involved in some way.Continue Reading »

9 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

9 Favorite Thanksgiving RecipesThanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away now, and it’s time to start putting some serious thought into what recipes will earn a coveted spot on the table this year.  Here are some of my favorites!

1. Black Friday Turkey Sandwich Buns: Leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, and the only thing better than leftover turkey is homemade sandwich rolls.

2. Garlic Mashed Potatoes: The Thanksgiving table just isn’t the same without some delicious mashed potatoes.  This version includes several cloves of fresh garlic!

3. Classic Green Bean Casserole: Green bean casserole might be my sister’s favorite dish of all time, so of course this classic recipe needs to be included on this year’s table.

4. Green Apple and Sausage Stuffing: This stuffing recipe comes from yours truly…and it’s quickly risen to one of my favorite stuffing recipes ever!

5. Salted Caramel Apple Pie: I think my family would revolt if an apple pie wasn’t on the menu for Thanksgiving.  I hope they like this salted caramel version!

6. Homemade Gravy (without meat drippings): Gravy is a staple on any Thanksgiving table, and this version can be made ahead since it doesn’t use meat drippings.  The secret flavor booster?  Onions!

7. Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting: Normally I wait until after the meal to break into the bourbon.  Not this year!

8. Butternut Squash Salad: You can’t only eat turkey and dessert!  This salad helps make sure you start your meal on a healthy note.

9. Grandma’s Honey Potato Rolls: I love freshly baked bread, and the hint of honey in these potato rolls is a nice touch!

 

Asian Shrimp Tacos

Asian Shrimp Tacos: an easy weeknight meal!Does anyone else feel like life is a little crazy right now?  I seriously have no idea where the hours have gone lately!  I know I wake up early and head to the gym, but then the next thing I know it’s time to stop and make dinner.  As a food blogger, I’m pretty lucky in that we almost always have some sort of food around for dinner.  But with the holidays approaching, I have been doing a lot of baking…and as fun as it sounds, I don’t think Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Brownies would make a good dinner.  So when Campbell’s asked me to create a simple, weeknight meal using their new Skillet Sauces, I couldn’t wait to get started.  After a little bit of brainstorming, I landed on these Asian Shrimp Tacos…and wow, am I glad I did.  These tasty tacos are easy enough to be a weeknight meal, but they’re still packed with loads of flavor!

Asian Shrimp Tacos: an easy weeknight meal!Tacos are one of my favorite week-night meals.  I almost always have a variety of fillings and toppings around, so it’s usually not too hard to pull off a quick taco night.  But, sometimes I’m in the mood to be a bit more creative.  My mind starts racing with all of the delicious flavors of tacos I could create…but those ideas always require time.  Time which somehow escapes me every single day.  That’s why I was glad I had the chance to use Campbell’s Skillet Sauces for this meal.  I went with the Toasted Sesame with Garlic and Ginger because I’ve been craving Asian food lately.  (Campbell’s has a whole line of other skillet and slow-cooker sauces, including Marsala, Scampi, and more.  Check out the other flavors here.)

Asian Shrimp Tacos: an easy weeknight meal!I used shrimp for these tacos, but you could just as easily use chicken.  You could even go vegetarian by using broccoli, mushrooms, peppers and onions.  For these Asian Shrimp Tacos, I made a quick topping using fresh cilantro, dry-roasted peanuts, red onion, and chow mein noodles.  (The chow mein noodles add a great crunch.)  Finish the tacos off with a squeeze of fresh lime, and you’ve got a gourmet-tasting meal that only takes about 15 minutes to make!

Asian Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients

  • 3/8 cup dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3/8 cup chow mein noodles
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 package Campbell's Toasted Sesame Skillet Sauce
  • 1 can whole baby sweet corn, drained and chopped into 1/2" pieces
  • 8 8" flour tortillas
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the peanuts, cilantro, chow mein noodles, and red onion. Stir until well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and shrimp; saute until shrimp are fully cooked (about 3-4 minutes).
  3. Add the Toasted Sesame Skillet Sauce and baby corn to the skillet; continue cooking until mixture begins to simmer (about 3 minutes).
  4. Assemble tacos by using a slotted spoon to place the shrimp and baby corn mixture on top of each tortilla. Top with cilantro topping and finish with a squeeze of lime. Serve hot.

Notes

Chow mein noodles and whole sweet baby corn can be found in the Asian section at your local supermarket.

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