This recipe for chocolate mint crackle cookies has been a long time coming to the blog, because I wrote it up in the midst of LAST year’s holiday season, but by the time I had it all figured out my blog schedule was already full of other holiday recipes, with no room to squeeze in these cookies. As a result, the Southern daughter (who is perfectly happy to bake holiday goodies all year round) has asked me about one billion times for the recipe. Which I keep sending her, but now here it is for posterity…for her and anyone else who likes a little peppermint in their chocolate cookie. Ready for some sweet deliciousness? Let’s make them!
I am going to go out on a limb here and say: this recipe for coffee walnut chocolate chip muffins is my all-time favorite muffin recipe. And this is coming from the girl who has a serious crush on middle of the cinnamon roll muffins, not to mention bacon and egg muffins. But these delectable muffins are in a category all their own, which I think has something to do with the chocolate and coffee and walnut flavor combo that they have going on. Whatever it is, you need them on your own muffin list. So let’s make them!
These brown sugar chocolate shortbread cookies are a true Christmas miracle in my book. First of all, they take only four ingredients. Second of all, two of those four ingredients are chocolate and brown sugar, two of the best and most Christmas-y tastes in the world. Third, they are the perfect, perfect last minute Christmas gift if you have found yourself at that point in the holiday whirlwind. A plate of these and you are a Christmas superstar. Let’s make them!
I have been saving up this recipe for red wine hot chocolate for today, because…TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY! And when my birthday falls on one of my regular post-writing days, I always want to make it one of my most favorite recipes of the past year. And this rich, creamy, chocolate and cinnamon and red wine-infused cup of heaven is by far my favorite recipe of the past 365 days. It has almost all my favorite things in it. It’s positively decadent. It’s like a birthday in a mug. And so on my birthday (did I mention it’s my birthday?) I want to share it with YOU! Let’s make it!
One of the things it is essential to have in your possession is a recipe for really good, really fudgy, really easy, really reliable BROWNIES. Because while it seems like the path of least resistance to just grab the box, I promise that it is just as easy to whip them up yourself with ingredients that are probably in your pantry Right This Minute. Butter. Flour. Cocoa powder. Eggs. Sugar. Vanilla. Vegetable Oil. We don’t need any of that mysterious brownie mix stuff (just say no to xanthan gum and soy lecithin!) when stirring up a batch of rich chocolate goodness, do we? We don’t!
And in case you need a little further convincing, I have an adorable giveaway to help talk you into it…read on!
This recipe for Oreo muffins is a dangerous, dangerous thing for me to make, because I will admit right now that I have zero self control when it comes to having Oreos in the house, and I’ll warn you now that the recipe only calls for 15 Oreos. Meaning that there will be more than half a package of Oreos lurking around after this recipe is over. As long as you are able to grapple with that, go ahead and read on…in my case, I literally had to gift my remaining Oreos to my friend Paul in order to save myself from myself. Oreo-wise. But it was all worth it in the end, because I came out the other side with these crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, stuffed with chunks of Oreo, drizzled with vanilla glaze muffins. Let’s make them!