Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

It’s a snowy Sunday afternoon here, which is the perfect time for me to whip up and share my delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins! I always seem to have a stash of over ripe bananas in my freezer just begging to be made into something for everyone to enjoy, and I am almost certain you do too (hands up!!). And just look at what those mushy little things can turn into…

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I love these muffins for a number of reasons, like the fact that they have fruit in them so I consider them to be healthier than just a chocolate chip muffin (I can fool myself right??)…also, the texture of them is out of this world, which is why I call them a Banana Bread Muffin! They are super moist and perfectly soft, they have a slightly crunchy top and pops of chocolate throughout…yum!  And they really are easy to make guys, you know me, I don’t like things that take a gazillion steps or ingredients, simple and delicious that is my motto.

**Recipe note: should say 1.5 tsp Baking Powder!**

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Yield: 12 large muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 Ripened Bananas (you want em mushy!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 c Milk (we use 1%, use what you have)
  • 1/2 c Butter, unsalted, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1.5 c Flour
  • 1/3 c Sugar
  • 1/3 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • 1/3 c Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 c Chocolate Chips (milk or semi-sweet)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line muffin tin with muffin cups (makes 12)
  2. Mix together bananas, milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined (should be smooth)
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt, add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, do not over mix your batter or you will have dense muffins.
  5. Fill 12 muffin cups (you want to fill with batter almost right to the top so you get a nice round muffin top with a slight crunch!)
  6. Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and enjoy
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins - these delicious muffins are easy to make and perfectly moist with just the right amount of chocolate throughout. Great for a mid-morning snack or a late night craving. #BananaMuffins #EasyMuffinRecipes

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins – these delicious muffins are easy to make and perfectly moist with just the right amount of chocolate throughout. Great for a mid-morning snack or a late night craving. #BananaMuffins #EasyMuffinRecipes

Okay friends, get digging in that freezer for your bananas and get ready to be blown away by these delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, and be sure to let me know what you thought of them! You can #OliveYum on Instagram or leave a comment below, I LOVE to see your creations!


14 of The Greatest Game Day Dips

It’s almost time for the biggest game of the year for football fans and with that comes plenty of delicious game day dips and foods for you to indulge in! You can always find me around the food table at these gatherings rather than in front of the TV (unless it is basketball!) and I am not ashamed to admit it…you’ll see for yourself after checking out the dip recipes below what I am talking about friends!

Game Day Dips - 14 of the BEST dips for you to make to celebrate the big game! They are easy and delicious. #GameDayDips #EasyDips #Tailgating

Game Day Dips – 14 of the BEST dips for you to make to celebrate the big game! They are easy and delicious. #GameDayDips #EasyDips #Tailgating

I asked some of my fellow bloggers for their Greatest Game Day Dips and Finger Foods and am blown away by their contributions, they gave me so many yummy foods to share with you guys that I am dividing into a couple of posts (so be sure to come back and check out the next one).

creamy dill pickle dip – fun money mom

Pickles and Cream Cheese are two of the main ingredients in this yummy dip! I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to dunk a chip in this tasty dip (but maybe that’s just because I am a dill pickle lover)!

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hot artichoke dip – diary of a debutante

When game day comes around you don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen trying to whip up tasty treats for everyone to enjoy, thankfully this simple Artichoke Dip comes together with just a few ingredients and very little time!

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buffalo onion ranch dip w chicken – savvy saving couple

A deliciously creamy dip, an update on the classic buffalo chicken dip that everyone will love! Be warned though, you may just miss a touchdown while shoving your face full of this!

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Avocado cilantro cream dip – living sweet moments

A perfectly creamy avocado dip that can be enjoyed with chips, veggies, taquitos and more!

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cheesy hot corn dip – the kitchen is my playground

The title says it all, corn and cheese combine together to make a delicious dip (With a slight spice from chopped jalapenos) that will impress all your game day guests.

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smoked salsa – the olive blogger

The only salsa recipe you will ever need!!! Your guests won’t be able to stop themselves from dipping their chips in the smokey flavors of this delicious salsa.

Fresh salsa with tomatoes, onion and cilantro in a bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

mediterranean dip – delicious on a dime

A healthier dip option that is loaded with all the flavours of the Mediterranean (olives, feta, hummus and more!)…it comes together in under 10 minutes and can be served with veggies or chips!

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super cheesy chili dip – big bear’s wife

Everything you LOVE about chili turned into a dip and then topped with mozzarella stuffed biscuits (uhh what?!) This is going to the top of my game day eats for sure!

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SAUSAGE PIZZA DIP – JOY FILLED EATS

A delicious hot dip that comes together with a few of your fave pizza toppings (sausage, cheese, tomato sauce!) I would eat this as a dinner dish too!

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EASY QUESO DIP – MOM FOODIE

A classic dip that EVERYONE needs to know how to make! Who doesn’t love an ooey queso dip while watching the big game?! You can even whip this up to accompany a nacho bar to really up your entertaining game.

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spinach dip – this ole mom 

Here is another CLASSIC dip that everyone loves, even if they don’t like spinach! It is creamy, tangy and delicious and best served with chunks of bread or veggies! Bonus points for the Football shaped bread bowl too!

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easy guacamole (Everyone’s favorite dip) – the olive blogger

Who doesn’t love a good guac?! This one comes together in just a few minutes with bright and fresh ingredients and it can be adapted for your tastes (love spice? Add more jalapeno!). Want in on a little secret?? We also spread this delicious guacamole on our burgers!!!

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7 layer black bean dip – the rising spoon 

I loooveee a good layered dip and this one has all my faves – olives, refried beans, sour cream, cheese, avocados and MORE!) I am drooling just thinking about this one!

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bacon jalapeno popper dip – sugar spun run 

She had me at bacon and kept me with cheese, jalapenos and panko bread topping…yum yum!

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There you have it friends, 14 amazing Game Day Dips that are sure to impress even the all-star quarterback at your party!! Be sure to come back next week for my round-up of the Best Ever Game Day Finger Foods…you aren’t gonna miss out on all this yummy fun.

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

I thought it was time to share another super easy Fudge Recipe with you guys for our Christmas Baking Frenzy. This simple fudge is loaded with walnut pieces and topped with Christmas sprinkles which makes it a festive addition to your holiday trays. Like the Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge we shared the other week, this one comes together in minutes and takes just a couple of ingredients. It is so easy to make that you can do a double batch in under 15 minutes (yes!).

Chocolate-Walnut-Fudge-Slab

 

I seriously just love a good fudge! It is not only great on your cookie trays, but awesome to package as a gift on its own as well (teachers gifts done!)…I mean who wouldn’t love to get a box of this Chocolate Walnut Fudge?

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (or another nut you prefer!)
  • pinch of salt (1/8 tsp)

Instructions

  1. Line a 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Over low heat in a medium pan heat condensed milk and chocolate chips, stirring constantly until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add in vanilla and salt, stir well to combine.
  4. Fold in the chopped walnuts and transfer immediately to your prepared pan.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best) before cutting into desired size squares. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to serve or gift!
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Do you have any traditions for the Holidays? Any special cookies or baked goods that you HAVE to make every year?! Share it with me below, or tag @theoliveblogger on Instagram so we can see your goodies.

This Chocolate Walnut Fudge is so easy to make. Full of creamy chocolate and chunks of walnuts it is a perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #ChocolateWalnutFudge

This Chocolate Walnut Fudge is so easy to make. Full of creamy chocolate and chunks of walnuts it is a perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #ChocolateWalnutFudge


Cookie Swap – Cookies with Fillings

Today we are sharing cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday baking. As part of our Christmas Baking Frenzy this year I asked for some of my fellow bloggers to share their favorite recipes and I was blown away by the response. I hope you enjoy these just as much as I did, now get your shopping list ready as I know there is at least one you will want to make.

easy raspberry filled sugar cookie cups: busy creating memories

This is a nice and easy recipe, using pre-made cookie mix and a delicious raspberry filling!

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chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies: 3 boys and a dog

Chocolate and peanut butter…do I need to say any more!? How about, no-bake (yes!) these are a winner for sure.

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einkorn mint milano cookies: a modern homestead

We all know and love the classic Milano cookie, these are a simple homemade version with a delicious dark chocolate peppermint filling…yum!

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chocolate fudge cookies with sprinkles: dinner at the zoo

A deliciously soft sugar cookie that is rolled in sprinkles and then filled with a creamy chocolate fudge.

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linzer lemon raspberry cookies: norine’s nest 

How festive are these Linzer cookies? They are a delicious shortbread type cookie that has lemon zest in the batter and then filled with a raspberry jam…uh yes please!

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rolo stuffed chocolate cookies: crayons & cravings

These cookies are a chocolate lovers DREAM, it’s chocolate upon chocolate to create this delicious treat.

Rolo-Filled-Chocolate-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

chocolate peppermint chip sandwich cookies: snappy gourmet

Delicious little chocolate chip cookies that are made into little “sandwich cookies” with the addition of a peppermint frosting! A classic Christmas flavor combination if you ask me!

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Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Well there you have it friends, cookies upon cookies that are (in some way) filled with everything from jams and frosting, to candy and peanut butter! What are some of your favorite cookies to make for the Holidays? Share them below and join in on the cookie swap fun on my Instagram @theoliveblogger .

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Here it is, day 5 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy!! These Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are sure to become a new favorite, they are perfectly soft on the inside and crunchy and sweet on the outside! I find them perfect for dipping in a cuppa tea and just love how festive they are with their Christmas sprinkles. The best part though? How incredibly easy they are to make!

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Do you see what I mean?! Look at how adorable they are, just covered in yummy sprinkles (you could really do these any time of year and just switch out the color sprinkles you use).

These cookies will forever hold a special place in my heart too…you see, while making these with my mom we got a call that my Gramma was not well (she had been in the hospital after falling and breaking her hip) and my mom dropped everything to rush to be with her. I will never forget the sadness I saw on my moms face that day. Not even 2 days later my Gramma passed. But you see, I don’t share this story to make you sad, but instead to remind you to cherish the time that you have with your family and loved ones this holiday season! I will think of my Gramma every year I make these now, and will take the time to stop and remember just how special she was to me.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 2.5 c Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract (or peppermint if you prefer!)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c Butter (softened)
  • 1/4 Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 c Christmas Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar and extracts (vanilla and almond) until smooth (about 5 minutes)
  2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mix and combine.
  3. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F and line tray with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  5. Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl, roll dough into teaspoon sized balls and roll in sprinkles to coat the outside (I gently pushed the sprinkles as I went to ensure they stuck!)
  6. Bake for 7-9 minutes on middle rack, they will still look pale, only very slightly golden, but trust me they are done!
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**NOTE: Cream cheese measurement should be 1/4 cup! So sorry friends!!**

I couldn’t even wait for these sprinkle cookies to cool when they came out of the oven, they looked so scrumptious! I devoured 3 of them with a nice glass of milk and didn’t feel the least bit guilty! So what are you waiting for? Get your shopping list read and get baking friends. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our next treat.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes


Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge Recipe

Our first fudge recipe for this years Christmas Baking Frenzy is here, Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge!! The thing I love about a good fudge recipe is that it is so easy to make and even better to eat, and this one is no exception. The decadent chocolate is wrapped around chunks of pecans and oozing caramel…I mean what more could you want in a fudge?

Turtule-Fudge-Slab

If you are looking for a delicious chocolaty fudge to add to your cookie trays this is definitely the one, it  only takes 5 minutes to prepare and uses just a few simple ingredients (you don’t even need to make the caramel sauce for this one…yes!!!). So go ahead friends, I give you permission to make a double batch and keep one for yourself, after all it is the season for giving (and that includes to ourselves).

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/4 c Butter (cubed)
  • 2 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 1 c Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 c Caramel Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Empty condensed milk into a medium microwave safe bowl. Add chocolate chips and cubed butter and microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  3. Remove and stir, and heat for another 15-30 seconds (stop at 15 and stir, if chunks of chocolate are still there put back in).
  4. As soon as it is melted, stir in vanilla and chopped pecans and immediately pour into your baking pan.
  5. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top and using a knife gently swirl into chocolate.
  6. Put in fridge and allow to cool completely before cutting (at least 2 hours).
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This Chocolate Turtle Fudge is so easy to make and is full of creamy caramel and chunks of pecans. A perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #TurtleFudge

This Chocolate Turtle Fudge is so easy to make and is full of creamy caramel and chunks of pecans. A perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #TurtleFudge

Looking for other tasty fudge and goodie recipes to try out? Check out some of my favorites from our previous years:

  1. Nutella Fudge with Pistachios

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2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark 

Peanut Butter Swirled Bark

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. White Chocolate Cranberry Drop Cookies

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Festive Treats and Cookies for the Holidays

Is it day 3 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy already?! I have a really special treat for you guys today…a whole lot of festive treats from some of my favorite bloggers, these are goodies that really make me think of the holidays and I hope they will inspire you as well! Do you have any favorite holidays goodies or traditions in your home?

 

CHRISTMAS WREATH COOKIES: DINNER AT THE ZOO

A super easy, no-bake treat that the kiddos can help with! How cute are these?!

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santa hat cake pops: a bountiful love

I love how easy cake pops are, and these ones are so festive I couldn’t resist sharing with you guys!

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chocolate covered oreos: happy deal happy day

Another really easy festive treat you can make for your trays, these would actually make fantastic teachers gifts (or mailman, delivery person etc!).

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MELTED SNOWMAN COOKIES: “CENTS”ABLE MOMMA

What an adorable cookie, I mean really how cute is the “melted snowman”, I bet this is one kids would love to help out with! And I love that it uses boxed cake mix too (yay for easy!).

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cinnamon roll cookies: joy filled eats

These are like a sugar cookie mixed with a cinnamon roll, and they are drizzled with a delicious cream cheese frosting…what’s not to love?!

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reindeer grahams: ann’s entitled life

Can you tell I love the idea of a no-bake treat for our festive treats? These adorable Reindeer Grahams use only a few ingredients and require no baking.

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CHRISTMAS COOKIE JARS: KEEP CALM GET ORGANISED

This has to be one of my favorite ideas for gifting, a jar of cookie mix ready to go! You can really customize to the taste of your receiver, and can give to everyone on your Christmas list!

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Well that’s it for today’s Christmas Baking Frenzy! What did ya’ll think!? I bet you have a shopping list going with everything you need to get making, am I right? Be sure to check back in tomorrow for the next reveal (hint: if you like fudge you are gonna want to set a reminder for this one!).

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats


Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Day 2 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy is here, and these Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies are sure to please everyone! If you liked our classic Whipped Shortbread from our previous years then you are most definitely going to love this updated version with the new flavors. The shortbread melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, not just in the yummy chocolate that tops it! Just talking about them makes me want to go open one of the tins that patiently waits in the freezer to be distributed to gorgeous cookie trays for my friends and neighbours!

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Just look at how golden brown those edges are…yum! Now besides the obvious, another reason I love to make these Chocolate Orange Shortbread cookies is because of the amount you get from it. There is nothing better than a yummy tasting and gorgeous cookie that makes enough to fill a few trays (that means less time in the kitchen for you!). I will note with any cookie that uses chocolate on top like this one and my Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies, you want to make sure you don’t touch them when they come out…please please please let them rest and if you need them sooner pop em in the fridge or freezer to harden up, otherwise you will have a smudged plop of chocolate rather than a pretty piece.

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Ingredients

  • 2 c Butter (softened)
  • 1 c Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 c Corn Starch
  • 3 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Orange Liquor (or extract)
  • 1 pkg Chocolate Orange Lindt Bar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Break apart your chocolate into squares and then using a sharp knife cut in half diagonally (so you end up with triangles)
  3. In mixer cream your butter (just to make sure it is room temperature and no chunks) about 1 minute medium speed, mix in vanilla and orange liquor.
  4. In medium bowl sift together your icing sugar, corn starch and flour, slowly add to your wet mixture and combine.
  5. Drop by teaspoons onto un-greased cookie sheet and gently press a piece of chocolate into the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes (until edges are slightly golden)
  7. Remove and allow to cool completely (if you try to move them when they are warm you will smudge the chocolate...you can put in the fridge if you need them sooner)
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This shortbread cookie melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, perfect for any cookie swap this Holiday! #ChristmasCookies #ShortbreadCookies #CookieSwap #Shortbread

This shortbread cookie melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, perfect for any cookie swap this Holiday! #ChristmasCookies #ShortbreadCookies #CookieSwap #Shortbread

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

It’s that time of year friends, our Christmas Baking Frenzy is back for it’s 3rd year and I am so excited to get started! I am also participating in an online cookie swap with Houseful of Cookies and really wanted to think of a special cookie I knew everyone would enjoy and that would really make you think of Christmas…so here it is,  my Gingerbread Biscotti. It tastes just like a gingerbread cookie with the crunchiness of a good biscotti and of course is drizzled with a little white chocolate to add a hint of sweetness for dipping in your favorite cup of coffee or tea!

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of the holidays I always think of the smell of gingerbread and the times I spent assembling the pre-made house kits as a kid…or should I say the time I spent eating half of the bagged candies that came with the kit and slopping together the house with whatever I had left (hey we’ve all been there right!). If you have never made a biscotti before, do not worry, I got you!  The most important thing about making your Gingerbread Biscotti is to really watch the time, in fact you should always use a timerALWAYS! Now, dust off your Christmas apron and get ready friends, we are just getting started!

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 c Flour
  • 1 1/4 c Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c White Chocolate (optional, for dipping/drizzle)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  2. In your mixer cream together butter with sugar.
  3. In a small bowl whisk your eggs and molasses then add to butter mixture with vanilla and combine.
  4. In a medium bowl sift together your dry ingredients and then add slowly to your wet mixture (it will become a thick batter).
  5. Form into logs (10"x 2" approx) and bake for 20-23 minutes (until slightly firm to the touch but NOT hard, should have a "spring" to it)
  6. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before cutting into 1" stripes (see photos)
  7. Place face down on baking sheet and bake for additional 6, flip and repeat for 6 minutes (they should be slightly golden)
  8. Allow to cool completely before adding a chocolate drizzle/dip if you prefer!

Notes

If you like your biscotti REALLY crunchy you can add 1-2 minutes per side when they are cooking face down, if you prefer it a little softer you can do it for less time. Our biscotti is cooked to be a perfect addition to a cup of coffee or tea!

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If you have followed our Christmas Baking in previous years than you already know I have a “cheat” biscotti recipe up as well! It is a great one if you don’t like the traditional crunchy biscotti, and it is loaded with chocolate. Go check out my Chocolate Brownie Biscotti now and stay tuned for our next cookie.

Gingerbread Biscotti - a fun take on a traditional Christmas cookie that everyone will love. The slight spice of the cookie goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. #Biscotti #Gingerbread #GingerbreadBiscotti #ChristmasCookies

Gingerbread Biscotti – a fun take on a traditional Christmas cookie that everyone will love. The slight spice of the cookie goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. #Biscotti #Gingerbread #GingerbreadBiscotti #ChristmasCookies

In the meantime be sure to check out all the other delicious cookies in the Houseful of Cookies Online Cookie Swap below:

Houseful of Cookies 2017  Blog List

Houseful Of Nicholes – Slow As Molasses Cookies

A Crafty Spoonful – Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

A Real Urban Mom – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Divas With A Purpose – Houseful Of Cookies 2017

Everyday Party Magazine – Simple Caramel Cream Sugar Cookies Swirls

Fab Haute Mama – Belgian Waffle Cookies

Good Girl Gone Redneck – Perfect Holiday Saltine Toffee Treat

Happily Homegrown – Old Fashioned Hermit Bar Cookies

Honest & Truly! – Triple Chocolate Dipped Cookie

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Chocolate Orange Cream Crepe Cake Recipe

Now that you know how to make a crepe (from last weeks post) I thought I would share with you how to turn that talent of yours into a delicious dessert that you can enjoy for any special occasion! This Orange Cream Crepe Cake combines creamy ricotta with fresh orange juice and zest and is drizzled with chocolate, which makes it perfect for anytime of year, and a great last minute dessert idea if you are still trying to figure out what to bring to Thanksgiving. Look at how gorgeous it is, especially with the easy to make candied oranges on top.

Crepe-Cake-Recipe

The nice thing with this crepe cake is that you can make it as rich as you would like. You can simply add more layers (we did about 15 crepes) or try adding more chocolate drizzle between the layers. Play with it and have fun! Now follow along with the steps to make your perfect crepe cake below (photo step-by-step below recipe).

Chocolate Orange Cream Crepe Cake Recipe

Chocolate Orange Cream Crepe Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 15 Crepes (see post here for how to make them)
  • 2 tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1/3 c Orange Juice
  • 1 c Whipping Cream
  • 1 1/3 c Ricotta
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions

    Orange Cream:
  1. Prepare whipping cream by mixing 1c on high speed in your mixer until peaks form, scoop out and place in a covered bowl in the fridge.
  2. Combine ricotta with orange juice, zest and sugar on medium speed in your stand mixer. Once combined, gently fold in your whipped cream you prepared earlier.
  3. Crepe Assembly:
  4. Begin by placing a crepe on a cake stand, add a dollop of your orange cream and gently spread out, leaving 1/2" gap around crepe. If desired you can drizzle chocolate on each layer (or only the top).
  5. Repeat the crepe and cream process until you reach your desired height (we did about 15 crepes)
  6. For your final crepe spread cream mixture right to the edges. Drizzle with chocolate and top with candied oranges.
  7. Place in fridge to chill (at least 2 hours, overnight is best) and serve cold.

Notes

For the orange juice and zest I used one large naval orange. If you are going to use candied oranges on top you will need a second orange (see link at bottom of page for candied oranges) You can assemble the cake, including the top layer, a day in advance. Keep in fridge and take out when ready to serve.

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Step by step for assembling your crepe cake
  1. Your crepes and candied oranges should already be done at this point, this is for your day of assembly of the cake.
  2. Prepare your Orange Cream (consistency should look like the photo, you do not want it too thick or runny)

Orange-Ricotta-Cream

 

 

 

 

 

3. Save yourself some fussing and put your cake plate on a lazy-susan to make it easy for your cream. Start by putting a crepe on your cake stand and a dollop of cream (approx. 1/8c). Using an offset spatula gently spread the cream on the crepe, stopping 1/2″ from the edge (the cream will spread to the edges as the weight of the layers are added on). If you want it more decadent, drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate between each layer.

Assembling-Crepe-Cake

 

 

 

 

 

4. Place your next crepe on top and gently press down, repeat step 3 until you have the height you desire (we used approximately 15). When you get to your final crepe you can cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge (at least 2 hours to chill) overnight is better as it allows the cream to settle.

Layered-Crepe-Cake

 

 

 

 

 

5. Finishing touches! Fully cover your final layer with your orange cream and take it right to the edges. Drizzle with melted semi-sweet chocolate and then top with your candied oranges. Enjoy!

Finished-Crepe-Cake

 

 

 

 

 

How easy was that?! Seriously, if you show up with this to your next family dinner everyone is going to think you are a dessert goddess!! They don’t need to know how simple it was to make, all they are going to care about is the luscious orange cream mixed with the richness of that chocolate!

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