Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

chocolate peanut butter cupcakesChocolate and peanut butter is a favorite flavor combination in our house. Peanut butter cups are our not-so-secret guilty pleasure, and we usually have a stash somewhere in the house. After seeing chocolate peanut butter cupcakes in the display cases at a local bakery, we knew we had to try creating our own.

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Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

Irish Cream Chocolate MousseLast winter, I met up with my best friend and her husband for a double date. After dinner (and about six servings of onion rings), she ordered dessert in the form of a drink called “Chocolate Dream”. The waitress brought an enormous mug of hot chocolate with Bailey’s Irish Cream, coffee liquor, amaretto, and lots of whipped cream. It was delicious, and I don’t think the boys got any of it. It was simply amazing.

When we visited them in Fargo that summer, I tried to recreate the drink in mousse form. I’ve made mousse so many times I don’t even need to look at the recipe any more, and I made a few modifications to incorporate the liquor. The result was a very soupy mess than refused to set and become mousse. We laughed, and drank it as-is, pretending it was a very thick milkshake. Whoops.

After lots of experimenting, I finally fixed the recipe just in time for her 25th birthday. We served this Irish cream chocolate mousse for dessert after a lovely evening of birthday festivities, and it was a huge hit! If you like Bailey’s Irish Cream, you will love this mousse. The Irish Cream isn’t overwhelming, and is balanced perfectly by the rich flavor of chocolate. This mousse is so creamy and smooth, it’s impossible to resist!Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

If you’re looking for a decadent, adults-only dessert, look no further. Fluffy and airy while decadently smooth and creamy, this Irish cream chocolate mousse is everything dessert is supposed to be. An added bonus- mousse is also gluten-free!

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

peppermint hot chocolateLast year, Luke and I did not decorate for Christmas. It wasn’t because we weren’t excited, or hate celebrating holidays. It was because we didn’t own a single decoration.

To be fair, we were newlyweds eating every meal at the breakfast bar because we didn’t have a kitchen table. We had bigger things to worry about than decorating for our first Christmas. My mom lent us a few small decorations, but our home was decidedly not festive. I was shopping at Target a few days before Christmas, and saw advent calendars on sale. I didn’t even care that it wasn’t a good deal. I bought it, brought it home, and filled it with peppermint bark bells. And Luke and I proceeded to “backdate” our calendar by eating all the candy up to the current date (practically Christmas). Whoops.

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Mousse

Quick and Easy Chocolate MousseA French classic meets American impatience in a chocolatey match made in heaven. Or a blender.

I love chocolate. I love French things. I could eat chocolate mousse by the pint. And I was not in the mood to make mousse the proper old fashioned way.  I winged it, and tried making mousse in the blender. The results were delicious. I still prefer my traditional recipe, but this one is great to whip up when you a need a dessert to impress, but have no time.

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