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Reese’s Fudge

Reese's Fudge ~ This Reese's Fudge is a delicious, super easy 3-ingredient no-bake fudge recipe.

 

Who made the rule that fudge is a Christmas sweet treat?  Is that when you usually make it?  I hardly ever make fudge but when I have I’ve never made it any other time of year until now. I’ve been wanting to try this Reese’s Fudge recipe ever since I saw it a couple of months ago and decided I didn’t want to wait until December so I broke that unwritten rule and made it in September.

It’s no-bake, only has three ingredients, and is so easy to make.  If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and fudge you’ll love this fudge that combines the two.  You can use any type of chocolate chips you like for this recipe.  Because I like dark chocolate I used dark semi-sweet chocolate and it was really, really good.  But I actually think next time I’ll use milk chocolate to give it a more mellow creamy chocolate taste.

So when you want a quick, delicious sweet treat for yourself or to giveaway, give this recipe a try.  Don’t wait for Christmas!

 

Reese’s Fudge

Reese’s Fudge

This Reese's Fudge is a delicious, super easy 3-ingredient no-bake fudge recipe.

Ingredients

  • 18 snack size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 {14 ounce} can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Line a 9x9 baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Space 14 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, top side down, around on the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Place the chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk in a bowl and microwave 1 minute at a time and until the chips are melted, making sure the chocolate doesn't burn. Stir well to combine.
  4. Spread the chocolate/milk mixture evenly over the peanut butter cups.
  5. Chop the remaining 4 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and sprinkle evenly over the chocolate; press the pieces down gently into the chocolate.
  6. Refrigerate until set and cut into squares.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/reeses-fudge/

Recipe source: Saving Cents with Sense

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Wow.  I’m so glad I found this recipe.

You could say I’m pretty much in love with the dark chocolate~coconut flavor combination and with tasty treats that aren’t loaded with refined sugar and flour.  So for me, this is a perfect dessert.  They’re stored in the freezer to keep them firm so I just pull one out when I want a little something sweet.  And then I smile because I just ate a tasty treat that was fairly nutritious.

These dark chocolate coconut bites are very similar to a Mounds or Almond Joy candy bar but with less chocolate and more coconut.  They’re small ~ about three or four bites, but it seems to be just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

If you love dark chocolate combined with coconut and nuts, you absolutely must make these.

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • *for garnish ~ sliced almonds, thick-cut coconut, whole/or chopped pecans

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the coconut, coconut oil, honey or pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  2. Press into a mini-muffin tin.
  3. Let cool in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Melt the dark chocolate and the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave or a small sauce pan.
  5. Spoon the chocolate onto the tops of molded coconut.
  6. Top the coconut/chocolate with nuts or coconut and freeze again until firm.
  7. Remove from the muffin tin and place into a container or a zip-top freezer bag and keep frozen until ready to eat.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/dark-chocolate-coconut-bites/

Recipe source: Oven Love

 

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Cream Cheese Mints

Cream Cheese Mints

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a baby shower for my daughter-in-law who is expecting a baby girl ~ the first girl born into my husband’s side of the family for 55 years!  Needless to say, everyone is pretty excited. We’re all excited on my side of the family, too, because is there anything better than a baby girl? {besides a baby boy?} Anyway, at that baby shower we made sure there was A LOT of pink.  From invitations and decorations, gifts and blankets, to these mints.

You know those butter mints that melt in your mouth and are so yummy?  Well, these Cream Cheese Mints are similar.  They’re a little softer but are so minty and they melt deliciously.  There are lots of Cream Cheese Mint recipes floating around on the internet.  I found this recipe here.

They were really easy to make and everyone loved them.  In fact, I think everyone had at least, oh about ten!

Cream Cheese Mints

Yield: Makes about 150 mints

Cream Cheese Mints

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-2 drops food coloring {optional}
  • 4-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
  2. Add the salt, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Mix well.
  3. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, mixing well to form a thick dough.
  4. Roll the dough into logs, about 1/2" thick {like making play doh snakes!} and slice every 1/2".
  5. Lay the mints on wax paper and let them dry overnight.
  6. Store the mints in an airtight container.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/cream-cheese-mints/

Try making these mints for your next special occasion.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

First off I have to tell you two things:

1} These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are not at all good for you.
2} They take a good half day to make.

But are they worth it?

Yes and No.

Yes ~ because for a special occasion dessert {like for a party} they are delicious and impressive-looking.
No ~ because they are loaded with sugar. {But if you can limit yourself to eat just one or two I change my answer here to yes, too.}

I was given this recipe to make for a Christmas party, otherwise I probably would not have chosen to make them. I’m not big on making candy. That being said, I’m glad I made them. With the exception of dipping strawberries into chocolate, I have never made anything that needed to be dipped into chocolate. And now I have a great respect for hand-dipped chocolates and their makers. These babies are time consuming ~ and I made 200 of them!

Give these Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls a try if you are wanting a Christmas party finger dessert or a nice little gift for someone special. You will probably hear “Wow, did you make these?” And you can proudly reply, “I sure did!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Yield: Makes about 80 balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces chocolate chips {semi~sweet or milk chocolate}

Directions

  1. Mix the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar together by hand or in a stand mixer.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar. {I only used about 3 cups or a little less ~ the dough became too stiff to mix in more by hand or mixer}
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls {not any larger or the finished product will be too large} and place onto a cookie sheet.
  4. Chill in refrigerator until cold.
  5. Melt the chocolate chips on low until they are melted. {I have a gas stove and kept it on the very lowest setting throughout the dipping process so the chocolate would stay melted.}
  6. Dip the balls individually into the chocolate and place on waxed paper. {I used 1 regular spoon in one hand and a slotted cooking utensil in the other hand and moved the candy ball back and forth so the excess chocolate could drip off}
  7. Let the chocolate harden completely and then place in refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-balls/

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