Cannonball!

The cry of, “Cannonball!” echoes across the nation to announce the dawning of summer.  After trying this delicious treat, you will be screaming, “Cannonball!” with every ten-year-old on the block!  This yummy summer dessert is a fun twist on the typical ice cream sundae.  Mix together three different kinds of ice cream, some brownie bits, twist it up and you are ready to enjoy your summer.

The best thing about this dessert is that there is no need to heat up the oven.  You will be cool as ice cream while preparing this treat.  Although this dessert is easy even for the novice bakers and cooks, you do need to plan ahead.  It take about 2 hours of adding one layer at a time and a final 4 hours to freeze completely.  You can’t decide to serve this 10 minutes before the guests arrive.

You will need three different kinds of ice cream to make this fun treat.  We used Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla, Coffee, and Dutch Chocolate.  You also need some freshly baked brownies.  We used a brownie mix for ours, but store bought would work, as well.  If you like, add some peanuts or pecans to the mix. The last ingredient you need is a batch of our delicious Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce.

Take the vanilla ice cream from the freezer and soften for about 5 minutes.  Choose a medium size glass bowl.  Pour about 1/4 cup of Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce in the bottom of the bowl.  Sprinkle in about 1/4 cup of nuts. Spoon vanilla ice cream into the bowl covering the chocolate sauce and nuts.  With the back of a spoon spread the softened ice cream over the sauce and up the sides of the bowl.  Place the bowl in the freezer for about 45 minutes.

Next take the coffee ice cream from the freezer and soften for about five minutes.  At this point you will want to check on your first layer of vanilla.  Ours started to slide down the sides some.  The ice cream was still soft enough that we could use the back of the spoon to hollow out the middle some more and bank it up the sides of the bowl.  Now add a layer of brownie bits.  Be generous on this part.  Rhonda was a little stingy with the brownies, and our cannonball could have used more.  This is also a step where you could substitute something other than brownies.  Like cookie dough? Chocolate chips? Nuts? Sprinkles?  We would advise you to avoid anything that would get too hard when frozen.  Brownies are perfect, because they serve as a soft texture surprise in the cannonball.

After adding the layer of brownies, spoon a layer of coffee ice cream over the top.  Smooth out the coffee ice cream with the back of a spoon trying to leave a slight dip in the middle of the bowl.  Place in the freezer for another 45 minutes.

Take out the chocolate ice cream from the freezer to soften for 5 minutes.  Pour a layer of Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce over the hardened coffee ice cream.  Add the chocolate ice cream to the small dip in the middle of the bowl.  Place in the freezer for 4 hours.

When ready to serve, take the bowl from the freezer and place in a bath of lukewarm water in the sink for about 5 minutes.

Invert the bowl on a serving plate.  Top with more Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce and nuts if preferred.  If you are not ready to serve your cannonball quite yet, you can return it to the freezer until ready.  Once you have cut slices, serve immediately.  WARNING:  this dessert did not last long around our house.  Be fully prepared for it to disappear quickly.

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You can see the interesting layered marble look of the ice cream, chocolate sauce and brownies.  This treat is so delicious and incredibly easy to make.  There are so many different variations that can be made from this recipe.  Don’t be surprised if you see a rum caramel cannonball or a Branca Menta mint variation in the near future! Try it for your next swim party and let us know what you think! Happy Summer!

 

Snowed In?

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Let us just start by saying that we planned this post a few weeks ago.  At that time we had noooo idea that the Midwest would be under a winter storm warning.  Currently there is close to a foot of snow on the ground for many of our Midwest followers.  When we created this recipe and came up with the name, we did not realize that the universe was listening so closely.  We apologize.  However, we are sharing a delicious, chocolaty drink with you that we aptly named  Snowed In.  We felt that reflected the weather in much of the country for this time of year. (Yes, parts of Texas did receive some snow two weeks ago.) It has a little chocolaty goodness, a little bit of coffee and a lot of yum!

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There are three main ingredients in Snowed In: Crystal Head Vodka, Cafe Borghetti, and Kerrygold Irish Cream.  Put them together and shake with a little ice, and presto you have a fabulous cocktail to drink next to the warm fire.

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We used chocolate syrup, semi-sweet chocolate shavings and a few espresso beans for garnish.  We showed you our trick for garnishing with chocolate syrup last year when we made Who Needs Half Price Shakes Before 8?

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We’ve made this tasty little drink a couple of times now, and we think we like it more and more every time we make it.  It would be perfect to serve to guests as a dessert drink.  We would love to hear what you think!

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The next time you are snowed in or not, shake up this cocktail to keep you warm on the inside as you cuddle up next to the fire with your honey.

  

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

 

Saucy Gift Ideas for the Holidays

We are so glad to see many of you sharing and commenting our latest posts: Golden Mint Crinkles and Yum Rum Balls.  ‘Tis the season to share and give, so keep on sharing.  This week we have another great idea for giving and sharing this season.  

If you are looking for an easy treat to share in a goody bag, with your child’s teacher, the mail man, or just a little something special to add to a gift, Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce is a great place to start.  

Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce is a great addition to a holiday gift basket.

This sauce is a great topping for a variety of treats and desserts.  Drizzle some over a sponge cake for a little extra pizzazz.  Serve over a bowl of fresh berries.  Use it for a yummy ice cream sundae.  Warm it up and place in a fondue pot with lots of fun fruit, brownies, marshmallows, or angel food cake dippers.  Drizzle some over a pile of pancakes or french toast on Christmas morning.  Get creative, and let us know how you used the sauce.

Getting organized took longer than actually making the sauce.  First decide how you want to package the sauce.  Rhonda went to Hobby Lobby and found a variety of cute little jars and bottles.  We have also seen bottles similar to this at World Market, or you can purchase small canning jars at the grocery store.  Make sure that the bottles are safe for food, and not just made for decoration.  Bring the bottles home and wash them thoroughly.  We put ours through the dishwasher on high heat to make sure they were well sanitized.  We (Rhonda) found some fun tags, bows and ribbons at Hobby Lobby to dress up the bottles and jars for a festive flair.

You can find a variety of jars and bottles at Hobby Lobby.  Make sure they have been thoroughly washed.

Next start the process of making the sauce.  You will need a package of unsweetened chocolate baking squares, butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and Kerrygold Irish Cream. We have a variety of variations to this recipe that we will share with you below.

Place the chocolate and butter (We used Kerrygold butter, of course.) in a small saucepan over low heat stirring constantly.  Add the sugar and cook for an additional 30 seconds.  Add the milk stirring constantly and cook for an addition 3-5 minutes until the chocolate sauce is smooth and creamy.  You want to keep the heat on low and do not let the sauce boil.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, salt and Kerrygold Irish Cream.  Yes, it’s that quick and easy!

Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients:
1 -8 oz package of unsweetened chocolate baking squares
1/2 cup of Kerrygold butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt

Melt unsweetened chocolate baking squares and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Add 2 cups of sugar and continue to stir for about 30 seconds. Add milk to saucepan and continue to stir until sauce is smooth and creamy. Make sure sugar is dissolved, but do not allow the sauce to boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla, salt and Kerrygold. Cool before placing in container.

Can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. Reheat sauce in microwave prior to serving.

Makes approximately 3 cups.

The sauce is good for up to two weeks when stored in the refrigerator.  It is  best served warm, so you will want to include that information on your instruction tags to your friends.  We made sure to remind our friends to place the sauce in a different container before placing in the microwave.  

We love choices and variety, and there are several variations you may choose from for your sauce depending on your taste.  For a coffee flavor with your chocolate sauce, substitute the Kerrygold Irish Cream with Cafe Bourghetti Espresso Liqueur.  Want a little mint and chocolate?  Add Branca Menta in place of the Kerrygold.  Caution:  Branca Menta is strong, so we would only include half as much Branca Menta as Kerrygold.  Feeling a little frisky and want some whiskey?  Replace the Kerrygold with Templeton Rye Whiskey.  Zaya Rum and chocolate complement each other nicely, as well. So now you have choices to satisfy the range of the taste buds in your rainbow of friends and family.  

Try it out this week and let us know if you will be in the spirit of giving some Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce this season!  It’s time for our December Bonus post this week, so be on the lookout for our Merry Margarita!

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies

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Have you ever had one of those weeks when things should be very easy, but nothing seems to come together?  This week has been a comedy of errors trying to get this post out to you.  For one thing, Rhonda’s computer wifi card went bust, or that is what we think happened.  If you ever think you don’t need the internet, try going without it for awhile.  But we problem solved and prevailed.  Our family motto is, “There is a workaround for everything!” We are happy to share a very twisted recipe with you:  Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies.

When Rhonda was young, her mother, (aka-Grandma Ruth) always made the most delicious Mississippi Mud Brownies to take to picnics and special occasions at church.  Who doesn’t love all of that chocolately goodness topped off with marshmallows and more chocolate, right?  We found this recipe in Southern Living Magazine’s October 2012 issue originally, but we Blind Pigged it up a little.  We think this week’s treat, just might have perfected the Mississippi Brownie.

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This recipe comes in three basic parts.  You have the brownie base, then a layer of peanut butter yum.  Topped with another layer of brownie and perfected with a layer of marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanuts, and chocolate frosting.  Oh yea!

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What do you need?  Besides an enormous sweet tooth and an appetite for chocolate and peanut butter, you need several ingredients that may already be in your kitchen, like unsweetened chocolate baking squares, butter, granulated sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour, vanilla, peanut butter, light brown sugar, baking powder, mini marshmallows, Kerrygold Irish Cream, mini chocolate chips, lightly salted peanuts, and powdered sugar.  Remember, if you are viewing this post in your email, you can visit www.theblindpig.blog to get a downloadable and printable complete recipe.

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Your first step will be to melt the baking chocolate.  We melted it slowly in a microwaveable bowl in the microwave using short bursts of cooking time.  Once the chocolate is melted, add in 2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream and stir together well. Set aside.

Next beat together softened butter and 2 cups of granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer.  Add eggs one at a time.  Then add in melted chocolate mixture beating until just blended.  Add in one cup of flour and stir in vanilla.  Spread half of the batter in a 13 x 9 inch pan that was sprayed with baking spray.

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Next you will make the peanut butter mixture.  Beat the peanut butter, brown sugar and 1/3 cup of softened butter with 1/2 cup granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add 2 eggs one at a time.  Stir together baking powder and remaining flour.  Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture on low speed until blended.

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Spoon the peanut butter mixture over the bottom layer of brownie mixture.  Top with the remaining brownie mixture and swirl together with a knife.

Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.

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While brownies are baking make the frosting.  Place 1/4 cup of butter, 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa and 3 tablespoons of Kerrygold Irish Cream into a small sauce pan.  Turn heat to medium and continue to stir constantly until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract.  You may need to reheat the frosting some when you are ready to drizzle it over the brownies.

Insert wooden pick in the center to check for only a few moist crumbs.  Remove from the oven.

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Sprinkle with marshmallows, peanuts, mini-chocolate chips, and drizzle with frosting.  Let cool completely before cutting.  Then enjoy!

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So what do you think?  Are you ready for a Mississippi-sized sugar rush?

  

Spirited Chocolate Orange Bars

This week was the summer solstice which officially ushered in Summer.  There are many reasons that we love Summer.  One reason is that it is filled with countless cookouts, family reunions, and casual get-togethers with friends.  We never want to show up empty-handed for these casual occasions.  Of course, Craig is always popular because he can supply a beverage or two, but we like to show our appreciation to the host and hostess with other treats, too.

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Rhonda snipped this recipe from the Dallas Morning News about a year ago during their annual bake off competition.  We adapted the recipe submitted by Rex Poland of Dallas, and just recently had time to try it.  When you show up at the family reunion with this sweet treat, you will be the favorite cousin for sure!

The ingredients are mostly basic things that you have in your pantry or fridge – unsalted butter, semi-sweet baking chocolate bars (we used Ghirardelli chocolate) , eggs, sugar, cream cheese, freshly grated orange zest, and heavy cream.  You will need some Kerrygold Irish Cream and Cointreau for the spirit in the Spirited Chocolate Orange Bars.  There is one ingredient that was a bit tricky for us to find – plain chocolate cookies, such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers.  We did not find these on the cookie aisle.  With some help from our handy dandy Kroger manager, we discovered that they are kept near the ice cream sundae supplies on the baking aisle.

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The recipe is easy to follow but has several steps.  First you crush the cookies and melted butter in a food processor. Then you press the crust in a 8 X 12 inch baking pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Next  melt the chocolate in a microwave and set aside.

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Beat eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl beat cream cheese. Then beat the egg mixture into the cream cheese.  Divide the cream cheese mixture in two bowls.

Stir in melted chocolate into the one bowl of cream cheese mixture.  In the other bowl of cream cheese add orange zest and Cointreau.

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Gently pour each mixture over the cookie base and swirl gently with a spatula.  Bake about 25 minutes.  Turn off the oven and cool with the door ajar to room temperature.

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While the bars are cooling, prepare the ganache.  Melt semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave.  Heat heavy cream to a hot temperature.  Combine the cream and melted chocolate, and 1 ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream stirring until smooth.

Spread ganache over the top of the cooled bars and refrigerate for 3 hours.  When ready to serve cut the bars into squares and serve.

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If you are viewing this post in an email, visit our site for a printable version of the recipe.

This recipe has a few extra steps, but the final outcome is definitely worth it.  The chocolate and orange flavors compliment each other nicely for a tasty treat. Will you bring Spirited Chocolate Orange Bars to your next casual gathering?

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Bonus Post: Templeton Whiskey Cake

 

Templeton Whiskey CakeIt is bonus post time!  Since we missed posting an extra post in March, we are making up for it with a doubly delectable post in April — Templeton Whiskey Cake.

Rhonda originally found this recipe in the March 2017 Southern Living Magazine.  After a few minor changes, it has become Templeton Whiskey Cake.  This cake combines some interesting flavors of coffee, Templeton Rye Whiskey and bittersweet chocolate chips.  Templeton Whiskey Cake takes a little more effort than our usual easy, tasty, fresh recipes, but it is well worth the extra time!  If you are planning a celebration for someone special, we recommend you try out this recipe.  Besides, it is chocolate, and you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

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You begin this cake by making the ganache first.  It is important to note that the ganache needs 8 hours or overnight to sit at room temperature.  Unfortunately, when we made this cake, we didn’t have the luxury of time.  Our ganache could have used it.

Begin by preparing a chocolate-caramel ganache.  Stir together chocolate chips, corn syrup, and Templeton Rye. Set aside.

Next stir together sugar, cold water, and cream of tartar in a large, heavy saucepan.  Cook over medium, swirling pan until sugar dissolves and starts to change color.  Increase heat to high and cook until mixture is a rich, golden caramel color, 4 to 5 minutes. At first we were a little skeptical, but after heat and stirring, the sugar mixture did turn in to caramel.

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After heating the caramel, you will blend the chocolate and caramel together. Then let the ganache sit.

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Next you will begin to prepare the cake.  The addition of a cup and half of dark coffee gives this cake an amazing flavor and aroma.  Yummy!

After mixing the remaining ingredients, you bake the cake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool the cake completely.

Once cooled, place one layer of the cake on a serving plate and spread with a cup of ganache. Add the second layer of the cake and spread another cup of ganache on top, and cover sides.  Top off the cake with fresh berries.  Let stand at room temperature until ready to serve or place in the refrigerator overnight.

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This cake was a moist and delicious treat.  The berries are an added bonus that compliments the rich chocolate ganache.  We had some ganache leftover, so we saved it and drizzled it over fresh berries a week later. Yummo!

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What do you think about our Templeton Whiskey Cake?  Give it a try, and let us know about it.

 

Espresso Your Love

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Make this delicious treat with Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.

Hello, Lovebugs! This week we are sharing an easy and delicious treat you can make for any of the honeys in your life.  This recipe combines two delicious chocolates and the taste of espresso coffee with the only espresso liqueur made from real espresso coffee beans.  We first shared our love of Caffe Borghetti with you when we made Caffe Borghetti PBIF Pie. The hint of espresso coffee intertwined with two kinds of chocolate will have you looking for love in all kinds of places.

We found this recipe on Pinterest from http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com.  Of course, we put our own Blind Pig twist on it.  We promise, if your sweet ones like fudge they are in for a treat!

Place a layer of wax paper or aluminum foil in a 9×9 inch pan.

Next, place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for bursts of 15-30 seconds.  Remove from the microwave and stir.  Return to microwave again for a short burst. Remove and stir. Continue until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth.

Place a container of chocolate frosting in the microwave for 1 minute.  Pour into chocolate chips and stir until smooth and creamy.  Add 2 ounces of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur to the chocolate mixture.  Pour mixture into 9×9 inch pan.

We let our chocolate bottom layer cool and rest for about 15 minutes before starting the next layer.

Melt white chocolate chips with the same process as you melted the chocolate chips.  Heat and add white frosting to the white chips. Stir until smooth.  Pour over the top of the chocolate layer.  Let fudge set until firm.  We placed ours in the refrigerator to solidify overnight.

Prior to serving, cut into squares or thin slices.  Store in a sealed container.

Yes, it really is that easy!!

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Double Menta

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Have the girl scouts been out and about in your neighborhood?  They are in full force around the Dallas area selling their boxes of irresistible confections.  Thin mints are one of our favs, but this year we are making our own grown up thin mints. We shared one of our favorite mint liqueurs with you in other posts like,  3 Hot Chocolates With a Twist and Who Needs Half-Price Shakes After 8?Who Needs Half-Price Shakes After 8? Branca Menta is the perfect amount of mint to give these chocolate cookies a little zip. Not a cookie person?  No worries!  We have a thin mint in a glass for you, as well.

branca mentaWe found the cookie recipe last March on Liquor.com with a few minor adjustments we made it our own.  Start by whisking together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

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Then beat the sugar and butter until creamy with a mixer.  Slowly add the eggs and the extracts.  Next add the flour mixture slowly to the mixer until combined. The dough is super sticky.  (We will talk about that more in a moment.)

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Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.  Do not skip this step or it will become very difficult to work with later.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  You will need to roll the dough into little 1 1/2″ balls.  To make this easier, wash your hands carefully.  Then spray your hands with cooking spray.  (You will be glad you did!) Scoop a spoonful of dough out of the bowl and into your hands. Roll the dough until a nice ball forms.  Since you chilled the dough and sprayed your hands with cooking spray, the balls form nicely and do not stick to your hands!

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After rolling the dough, flatten the balls with the bottom of a glass.  Remember how you sprayed your hands with cooking spray?  Spray the bottom of the glass before flattening the cookies.  It keeps the cookies from sticking to the bottom of the glass.  The recipe calls for making the discs about 1/4″ thick.  We couldn’t get ours quite that thin.

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Bake the cookies, and flip them to the other side to bake after about 4 minutes.  Bake for a total of 8 minutes.  Let the cookies cool slightly on the tray and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Meanwhile, you can melt the chocolate chips.  Instead of using a double boiler, we usually melt our chips in the microwave.  We set the cook time for no more than 30 seconds each interval.  After 30 seconds is up, we remove the bowl, stir, and return to the microwave for 15-30 more seconds until the chips are melted and smooth.

Dip the cooled cookies into the chocolate one at a time to coat.  Shake off excess chocolate and place on parchment paper to set.

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Now you are ready for some delicious homemade Thin Mentas!  While these cookies do not taste exactly like the cookies the Girl Scouts sell,  they are still a delicious treat.

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Thin Mentas

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk brought to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons of Branca Menta
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 12-18 ounces of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a larger bowl on a mixer stand beat together the sugar and butter on medium speed until creamy.  Reduce the speed and add first the egg and then the egg yolk, beating well after each addition. Beat in the extracts.  Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just combined.  The dough will be super sticky.

Shape the dough into a ball and chill for 30 minutes.  After chilling the dough, shape the dough into 1 1/2″ balls and place on cookie sheets.  Flatten with the bottom of a glass till about 1/4 inch thick.  Bake the cookies for about 4 minutes, remove flip and bake for another 4 minutes until dry and crisp and firm around the edges.  Let the cookies cool slightly on the cookie sheet and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave at 15 second intervals stirring until smooth.  Dip cookies into the melted chocolate and turn to coat .  Shake off any excess chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.

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 The Thin Mint

Add one part Branca Menta and one part Seagram’s Cookies and Cream Vodka in a rocks glass.  Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.  Then sit back and drink your girl scout cookies.

Which will you try first?  The drink or the cookies?  We would love to hear about what you think.

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It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas

Hello friends,  did you enjoy some Kerrygold French Toast for breakfast this weekend?  Our family had a busy weekend.  One half of the family went South for an out-of-town hockey tournament and the other half went North to move our daughter’s stuff out of her sorority house.  Although we were busy doing other things we still managed to put some finishing touches on our Christmas mantel and make some yummy treats!

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Along with holiday decorations, our family loves to bake and entertain during the holiday season.  Rhonda likes to try out new baking recipes and Craig likes to be the official taste-tester.  This week’s treat is an old recipe that Rhonda got from her friend, Kim, years ago when baking holiday treats — Menta Truffles.  These truffles are so easy and taste sooo good, that they have stayed a family holiday staple for years — with a few tweaks here and there, of course.  Rhonda always makes these and places a few into our holiday goody bags that she shares with friends and family.

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When you see how easy these are, you will shout, “Get out!”  There are only 4 easy ingredients that you need.

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First melt the chocolate chips.  We usually melt them in the microwave in 45-30 second bursts. Don’t overcook or you will have to start from the beginning.

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When the chocolate chips have melted to a nice consistency, add a tub of chocolate frosting.  With both the chocolate chips and the frosting, choose whichever you like best.  Our family prefers milk chocolate, so that is what we usually use.  However, we have made it with semi-sweet before and it also tastes nice.

After mixing the frosting into the melted chips, add 1/4 cup of liqueur to the mix and incorporate fully. We used Branca Menta so our truffles will have a nice minty taste.  You can also use Kerrygold Irish Cream for a double chocolate taste or try Caffe Borghetti which gives the truffles a coffee flavor. Yummy!

Now, chill the dough for 1-2 hours. This is a very important step.  If you don’t chill the dough, it is nearly impossible to do the next step.

After chilling for 1-2 hours, scoop out about 1 spoonful of dough and roll into balls. (No snickering!)

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Melt the almond bark using the same method that you used for the chips.  We melt half of the almond bark at a time.  It is easier to work with when it’s freshly melted.  Place about 2 balls into the melted bark and coat evenly.  Scoop out with a fork and let excess bark drip into the bowl.  Place on parchment or wax paper and let harden.  You can add extra sprinkles or crushed peppermints to the top for garnish.  An alternative to dipping in almond bark, is to roll the truffles in cocoa, crushed nuts, or coconut.

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Menta Truffles

  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1 package chocolate chips
  • 1/4 Branca Menta Liqueur
  • 1 package of almond bark

Melt chips.  Add frosting and liqueur.  Chill for 1-2 hours.  Roll into balls. Roll in cocoa, nuts, or coconut or cover in melted almond bark.

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Can you believe how easy this recipe is?  It is a huge hit in holiday baskets or served on holiday dessert trays. Let us know if you try it out!