Baby, it’s cold outside! As snow falls over much of the country (unless you’re lucky enough to live in California, Hawaii or Florida), we can only look through the window and dream of the warmer weather to come. In the meantime, we’re warming up and getting some comfort with some rich and indulgent chocolate desserts that you can whip up before it’s time to lighten up.
Cocoa Truffle Chocolate Chip Cookies
How to make a delicious classic even better? Bake a secret chocolate truffle heart into it! The chocolate truffles melt inside the cookie dough, and when served warm melt in your mouth in a divine chocolate explosion. Our super-duper secret recipe makes the best chocolate chip cookies, but we went a step further and added a chocolate truffle to make it extra luscious. We love pairing these with our afternoon coffee, as we daydream about sundresses and picnics.
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Walnut Raisin Rum Fudge
Delicious fudge gets a boozy twist with the addition of rum-soaked raisins. Fudge is not difficult to make, but it does require you pay close attention to temperatures and textures while it cooks. The best thing to do is definitely to invest in a candy thermometer, and to really keep your eye on the preparation. Once you have the basic fudge recipe down, you can really mix it up and add your favorite ingredients to it. We used walnuts for crunch and let some raisins soaking in rum overnight, for a more grown-up take on the classic.
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French Fondant Au Chocolate Cake or Chocolate Lava Cake
Gooey, super-chocolaty, warm and delicious, a French “fondant au chocolat” looks very similar to the American Lava Cake, but it’s actually a bit different. This is one of those decadent, impressive-looking recipes that are always a hit to serve at dinner parties, and the fact that it must be served right out of the oven also serves the double purpose of instantly warming you up, from the inside out. In our recipe, we include how to make the chocolate ganache yourself, but you can easily substitute for a piece of high quality dark chocolate, and skip those steps and get right to the batter.
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