Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles

It is summer here and I am so immensely grateful.

I really can’t believe we survived a year of homeschooling – and not just survived but thrived. This year has been demanding and exhausting, but so, so incredibly worth it. With all the chaos happening in the world, I’m so glad our family could take a pause and have our own consistent routine in our own little bubble.

And, I’m so glad it’s done.

Instead of school, we’ve been spending our days playing legos and swimming and working on the garden and playing board games on the deck and eating as many meals outside as possible. It’s been so good for the soul.

Also good for the soul? Homemade popsicles. And these chocolate covered peanut butter ones are the things dreams are made of.

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Chocolate Matzo Tiramisu #SpringSweetsWeek

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You know what I love for holidays? Make ahead options.

Having a few things done the day before always makes the rest of the meal feel more manageable. This cake is a great make-ahead option to have waiting at the end of your holiday meal and -bonus!- it’s Passover-friendly.

No-bake cake made from chocolate mouse and coffee-soaked matzo sheets topped with ganache.

Rich dark chocolate mousse is sandwiched between coffee-soaked matzo and topped with dark chocolate ganache in this easy, icebox version of tiramisu.

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Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes

Two of my favorite Valentine’s Day desserts are cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries. Combined, they make the perfect treat for your sweetie!

These are a fun take on the classic mini cheesecakes. Oreo cookies make for a great chocolate crust and strawberry preserves mixed into the cheesecake give it it’s strawberry taste and pink color. A simple ganache and strawberries make a perfect, simple topping.

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Small Batch Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peppermint Frosting

Have you thought about your Christmas menu yet? Now’s the time! Christmas Eve is only 2 weeks away!

I was chatting with a friend about it last week and she mentioned how hard it feels to create a menu for just a few people when you’re used to having a crowd for the holidays. I totally understand – we usually celebrate with our big families! – but it’s also the perfect opportunity to let small-batch treats shine.

This cutie is the perfect example! A petite chocolate cake that is perfectly sized for just 2-4 people and topped off with fluffy peppermint frosting – what more do you want for Christmas? It’s a great option for this year’s sized-down celebrations.

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Hot Chocolate Sweet Rolls

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I love my sweet rolls. I also love hot chocolate so it seemed only proper that as part of this year’s Christmas sweets, I give a nod to both. These warm, sticky rolls are an ode to my favorite winter drink.

Chocolate dough is wrapped around swirls of melty chocolate chips and toasty marshmallows – and it’s all topped off with even more marshmallow cream. This is a perfect treat for brunch on Christmas day – or all winter long!

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Kids in the Kitchen: Chocolate Pumpkin Blender Muffins

The kids have been loving being independent in the kitchen lately – they want to do as much as possible without my help. Blender muffins have been one of my favorite projects to give them because they’re pretty much fool proof.

The measurements are forgiving if you go over or under, and thanks to the blender they always mix up perfectly. Whether you’re letting the kiddos fly solo or looking for an easy project for the them to help with, this is a great recipe to tackle!

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New York-Style Black & White Cookies

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

If you’ve never had a black and white cookie, put it on your list for the next time you visit NYC. These oversized, cake-like cookies that are frosted half with vanilla and half with chocolate are some of my favorites – and they’ve been on my baking bucket list forever.

All this extra time home is giving me some time to get around to ideas I’ve had stashed away – and these pillowy cookies just made my heart so, so happy.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Slice-and-Bake Cookies

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Are you prepping for Christmas early this year?

I was chatting about my pull to decorate early this year over on Instagram last week even though I’m usually a wait-until-Thanksgiving person – and just about everyone agreed with me. It seems like we all need a little extra holiday cheer this year!

If you are prepping ahead, add these cookies to your list! This slice-and-bake dough is freezer friendly so you can mix it up now, before all the holiday craziness, and then pull it out to bake late.

Fresh baked cookies on Christmas Eve with minimal effort? That’s definitely something 2020 needs!

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Instant Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Sized-down treats have been all the rage in my kitchen during the pandemic – fewer get togethers mean fewer mouths to feed – and I am so excited to share my current favorite! This cheesecake is the perfect size for a small celebration – and it’s made in the Instant Pot!

A creamy chocolate cheesecake is topped off with fluffy peanut butter frosting and dotted with mini chocolate chips. If you’re a cheesecake lover, you will just love this!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcakes

Actual conversation I had with my four-year-old a few weeks ago:

J: Mom, I like cupcakes, but I don’t like icing.
Me: So you like muffins?
J: Yeah! I like muffins!

She had me rolling with laughter! But it also got me thinking about what else I could top cupcakes with – and these cupcakes were born out of that experiment.

These rich chocolate cupcakes are topped off with a layer of marshmallow and then covered with a crunchy, chocolate-peanut butter topping. You won’t miss the icing with these candy-topped treats!

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