Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

Hello Lovely,

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE STAR WARS!!!! Like watching it on opening day in my Star Wars sweathshirt at the earliest showing LOOOOOOOVE Star Wars! I  also LOOOOOOOVE hot chocolate. I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate but I must admit, a hot cup of cocoa in the winter is ideal! I was craving some hot chocolate on Monday and just had to make a cup to help me get through my Monday night planning session and photo editing. I borrowed the recipe from Centsable Momma but tweaked it just a little. I'm completely intolerant to half and half so I substituted that and the sugar for sweetened condensed milk (that thick gooey stuff is sooooooooooo good; also my lactose intolerance is really picky). And although I'm a fan of hot cocoa I still can't have it too chocolately so I skipped the chocolate chip morsels inside and just put it on top with the whipped cream. but left in the recipe for you guys. I was also attracted to the recipe because it reminded me of the song, "Death By Chocolate" by Sia. The first verse goes,

Death by chocolate is myth
This I know because I lived
I've been around for broken hearts and how
Lay your head in my hands little girl
This is only right now

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What happened next was mind blowing! Of course I added my own mini marshmallows and topped it with whipped cream and more cocoa powder because it just wouldn't be hot chocolate without it. So pull out your hot cocoa mix or your unsweetened cocoa and let's warm up with a big mug together!

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Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

Serves: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chip morsels
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3½ cups milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the cocoa and boiling water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.
  3. Add in chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  4. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in 3½ cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  7. Divide between 4 mugs.
  8. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

CHEESECAKE BROWNIES

Hello Lovely,

Do you love brownies? Do you love cheesecake? Well, today I have combined the two to create these delicious Cheesecake Brownies! A thick and fudgy brownie layer topped with a creamy, swirled layer of cheesecake... Absolutely divine! I never get good photos of my brownies. I don't know why. But I also don't make brownies very often.

I made these brownies on Saturday before finding out that my step-dad Mike had died. I was hoping to surprise him with them because he always loved when I baked, and even though he hadn't been eating much, he still ate whatever I gave him. The last thing he ate from me was a bowl of chocolate and peanut butter oats. I'll share that recipe the next time I make it. So I'd like to dedicate this recipe to him.

I know you're super busy this holiday season. So this recipe is another quick and easy one to throw together. Simply make the brownie batter in one bowl,using your favourite store brownie mix, and the cheesecake batter in another, bake the brownies until almost done, top with the cheesecake, swirl some brownie batter into it, and bake again. Cool to room temperature, and then serve. Done!

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CHEESECAKE BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS

  • Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows 

FOR THE CHEESECAKE

  • 1 cup full fat cream cheese 500g, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar 100g
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE BROWNIES

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Set aside.

  2. Whisk together the ingredients for the brownie mix. I make mine healthier by using applesauce instead of oil. I also substituted coffee for the 2 tablespoons of water recommended for a caffeine boost. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the marshmallows into the brownie mix.

FOR THE CHEESECAKE

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar until combined. Beat in the egg, then fold in the vanilla extract.

  2. Pour the mixture over the brownie layer and spread out evenly. Using a toothpick or knife, create swirls.

  3. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature. Cut into bars, and serve.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate

If you love hot cocoa but want to change things up and make a frozen version, then you’ll love this recipe. Only 3 ingredients are required and then it’s optional to top it off with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Either way, you’ll love this chocolate-y beverage and it’s sure to become a new favourite. 

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