Today I am sharing my top five favorite Chocolate Monday recipes from this year. Some cakes, cookies, and whoopie pies showcase the versatility of chocolate. These are all wonderful desserts that will garner you applause when you serve them to your family and friends.
I love carrot cake and when I converted it to cupcakes, I got a real winner. Moist and tender, in a handheld treat that everyone loves. The white chocolate buttercream was literally the icing on the cake – light and fluffy, adding just the right amount of sweetness. I served these for Easter Sunday, but they are good all year long.
There is something about the combination of caramel and chocolate that really gets my taste buds on overdrive. I would drive miles out of my way for an excellent caramel candy, but I would cross state lines it is covered with chocolate! This frosting is a caramel with chocolate melted into it – pretty darn remarkable!
I have loved whoopie pies since I was a child, there is something special about the whipped vanilla filling that I still crave. For this recipe I decided to make a peanut butter filling to go with the chocolate cakes, combining two of the greatest flavors in every bite.
Shortbread cookies may be my first choice of all the cookies I make, but when they are combined with a luscious chocolate ganache, it is pure heaven. These cookies disappeared before I knew it!
This cake was created before the Depression and made by my grandmother Mimi for my dad every year for his birthday. When I got old enough, I took over the baking and this was one of the first “scratch” cakes I learned to make. My dad would stake a claim to half and the rest of us got to share the other half, LOL. This recipe is still very special to me … it always reminds me of my dad and how much he loved this cake.
I hope you enjoy this collection of my favorite Chocolate Monday recipes for this year. There are still more delicious delights to come – have a wonderful week!
Jane’s Tips and Hints:
I keep a binder of my favorite go-to recipes in the kitchen. Each recipe is in a plastic sleeve to protect it from splatters. They stay in there until I have memorized the recipe and can make it on the fly. It helps me hang onto the real winners when I find them!
Follow the gluten-free options given in each recipe. When baking, using a kitchen scale will guarantee much more consistent results and getting a finished product as close as possible to what I’ve made and photographed.
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