Cookie Dough Muddy Buddies

Puppy chow

What do you call this? Puppy chow or Muddie buddies? I grew up calling it puppy chow but for lack of confusion; let’s just go with muddy buddies. What I remember from my teenage years is that muddy buddies were THEE sleepover snack. I mean what teenager doesn’t want melted chocolate covered in powdered sugar? What I love about the modern day muddy buddies is all the new variations of it.

Lately I have seen so many creative muddy buddy recipes that I decided I needed to revisit my childhood snack and put a modern day spin on it. So, I took my second favorite sleepover snack, cookie dough, and combined it with Chex mix cereal, melted chocolate, cookie butter and powdered sugar to make Cookie Dough Muddy Buddies. I proceeded to eat half of the bag, by myself and curl up with a chick flick, I wasn’t looking to share.

Puppy Chow

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Hot Fudge Poke Cake

Poke Cake

So yesterday my birthday, my golden birthday, 27. I cross over from my mid-twenties to my late twenties. Yes, it doesn’t make me a little sad, but when I reflect on where I am at in my life, I am so incredibly happy. You know what else makes me happy? Chocolate cake. I am so much more of a chocolate person than a vanilla person.

I recently posted a French Toast Poke Cake, which you all seemed to really enjoy, so I decided that I needed a poke cake inspired by the new phase in my life. You know what really made me happy on my birthday? A hot fudge sundae and a slice of cake. So today, for you, I combined the two to make a Hot Fudge Poke Cake.

Poke Cake

First of all, let’s revisit the whole concept of a poke cake. You bake a cake, you poke the holes, drizzle the goodness, then top it off with pudding and whipped cream. You proceed to indulge in the best pudding cake ever. This Hot Fudge Poke Cake is a chocolate cake, layered in hot fudge sauce, banana and vanilla pudding, whipped cream, strawberries and toppings of your choice. Continue reading

Vanilla Mint Chip Cupcakes

Mint chip cupcakes

You know when life just sort of sucks you into a tornado of stuff to do? There is so much going on around you and you feel like you can’t get it under control. I am in one of those tornados! Work is so very busy right now, exciting things are happening with my blog, and the demand to keep up is awesome, but difficult at times. I have been without my partner in crime for almost two weeks while he is traveling in Asia, and he will be gone for another week. I miss him dearly. However, with all that’s going on, I am so happy to be spending the weekend in Colorado with my family while my little brother graduates from college; and bonus, he called me yesterday to tell me he got a full time job in the medical field. I am so proud of him!

Okay, enough ranting. Thanks for listening, but lets move onto cupcakes. That’s why you are all here right? Today I am sharing Vanilla Mint Chip Cupcakes. Oh my word, these cupcakes… these cupcakes are in my top three favorites. You see, mint chip is my favorite flavor weather it is in ice cream, brownies or chocolate; you name it. I have seen lots of cupcakes with mint chip frosting, but a couple weeks ago, I found myself searching for an actual mint chip cupcake. I wanted the cupcake to be mint flavored, with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting.

Mint Chip cupcake

I am so in love with these. Even my boyfriend, (who, gasp, isn’t a fan of mint chip) enjoyed these cupcakes. They are the perfect balance of mint flavor cake and subtle chocolate chips. I topped them off with my absolute favorite dark chocolate frosting. I have to tell you that once you make this chocolate frosting, you might never make another chocolate frosting. I found a similar recipe a couple years back, scribbled it on a sticky note and now, I have not be able to locate it since. It continues to be my favorite frosting recipe.

Mint Chip Cupcakes

Vanilla Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 Box Vanilla cake mix

1/4 C Dry instant vanilla pudding mix

3 Large Eggs

½ C Vegetable oil

1 C Buttermilk

3/4 C Sour cream

1 tsp Pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp Mint extract

1/2 C Mini chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except chocolate chips, and mix thoroughly. I like to fold my chocolate chips in last once the batter is mixed.
  • Fill lined cupcake pan 2/3 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Check your cupcake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If your tooth pick comes out clean, your cupcake is done. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Mint Chip Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Frosting

1 1/3 C Dark chocolate cocoa powder, sifted

1 C Butter at room temperature

1 Package cream cheese (8 oz) at room temperature

3 tsp Pure vanilla extract

4 C Confectionary sugar

2 tbsp Milk

  • Allow butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature.
  • Using a fine sieve to sift the cocoa powder, eliminating any clumps.
  • Once softened, combine butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until well combined.
  • Slowly add cocoa powder and continue to beat on medium speed until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add vanilla extract. I like to add the vanilla extract after the cocoa powder too help keep the mixture from getting dry and clumpy to quickly.
  • Continue by adding 2 cups of powdered sugar, followed by 1 tablespoon of milk. I alternate the powdered sugar and milk because the frosting will get clumpy. Add the last two cups of powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Here is where you need some patience, and you might need to increase the speed of your mixer up one notch. The frosting takes a little time to cream together in order to get a silky smooth finish. If you feel your frosting is still too thick, add 1 teaspoon of milk until desired thickness.

I used an open circular tip to frost my cupcakes and topped them with chocolate sprinkles. I still have dreams about these cupcakes! Good thing my birthday is coming up, because someone will be making themselves some vanilla mint chocolate chip cupcakes.

Mint Chip Cupcake

Dessert Nachos for Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Dessert

Do you like easy to make desserts that will impress your friends? I thought so! I made these dessert nachos last weekend and then proceeded to each half of them by myself.

I first saw dessert nachos when I was in high school. I was visiting one of my friends in Hawaii and we went to dinner before I had to board my long flight back to Vermont. Her mom asked if anyone wanted dessert, and everyone, except my friend passed on the idea. She ordered a massive plate of dessert nachos. When they showed up at the table, she literally would not share, declaring that anyone could order their own plate if they wanted some. She turned to me and said, “You have known me since kindergarten; you know I don’t share my food. I love you, but buzz off”. Despite this betrayal, she is still one my best friends, but guess what, I am NOT sharing these dessert nachos with her! XO.

Cinco de Mayo Desserts

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Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Streusel

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

One of my favorite homemade breads is zucchini bread, especially when it involves chocolate! I prefer to keep my bread in the fridge because it’s so moist and dense. I spread a little butter on top and proceed to eat the entire loaf.

When the snow melts and mud season comes to an end (Editor’s note: Mud season is a Vermont thing. You’re not crazy, no one knows what it is), my dad is outside preparing his garden for summer vegetables. He plants a variety of vegetables (they usually get eaten by rabbits and deer), but the one thing that usually seems to produce the largest crop is his zucchini. They are some of the largest zucchinis I have ever seen. When the crops are good, my dad bakes dozens and dozens of Zucchini breads. He likes to experiment with different flours, cocoa powders and other additives. Then he freezes the loaves to enjoy them throughout the year, or better yet, he ships them off to my siblings and me!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I decided to take my dad’s Zucchini bread recipe and add even more chocolate to it. So I made a chocolate streusel to put on top! I made some muffins and a loaf of bread to put in the freezer for later. We ate 3 or 4 of the muffins immediately out of the oven. Continue reading