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Hi friends! It’s Heather from Sprinkle Bakes and I’m back with another chocolate recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day! These Grand Marnier Truffles could not be easier to make, so even if you’re short on time you can still have a luscious homemade treat to give to your sweetheart. All you need to do is print this recipe and grab your best bars of dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier Truffles

The original truffle recipe calls for raspberry liqueur, but we’re giving it a citrusy makeover. The orange flavor of Grand Marnier lends a cheerful brightness to dark chocolate. It’s one of my favorite flavor combinations, and it’s a good pick-me-up on grey winter days.

Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier Truffles

A whole 8 ounces of dark chocolate is combined with a little heavy cream in a saucepan and then melted together on the stove top. After the mixture cools, a shot of orange liqueur is stirred in (the fragrance will be heavenly!). The chocolate is then whipped with an electric mixer to give it just a little more volume.

Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier Truffles

I transferred the whipped ganache to a piping bag fitted with a star tip, but if you don’t have piping equipment the ganache can be chilled and rolled into balls. Either way, a generous dusting of pure cocoa powder is in order! It gives the truffles an extra layer of chocolate flavor, and keeps them from melting in your hands when you pick them up for a bite.

Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier Truffles

Candied orange zest makes a tasty topping for these truffles. It’s an optional step, but really makes a pretty presentation. This is one of the easiest truffle recipes I’ve ever made, and I hope you’ll give it a try! Again, you can find the recipe here.

Enjoy!


Hooray! Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Every year, the third Sunday in July is celebrated with rich, creamy frozen desserts. I can’t think of a better way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Kick back and get excited because it’s going to be the BEST DAY EVER.

 

Treat Yo’ Self. Take a scoop (or two, or three!) of Hint of Vanilla‘s sinfully delicious Chocolate Custard Ice Cream.

 

 

Take a cue from the classics. Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Copycat Recipe by Something Swanky is an inexpensive take on a family-favorite recipe.

 

 

Keep it refreshing. Consider using freshly picked summer berries like Scoop Adventures did in its Black Raspberry Chip Ice Cream.

 

 

Sometimes simple is better than complicated. No-Churn Pistachio Ice Cream by The Sweet Escape is just that. It’s Quick. It’s Easy. And you DON’T need an expensive ice cream maker.

 

 

Remember to have fun! Cotton Candy Ice Cream by Home and Plate pleases the kids and looks pretty on the plate.

 

 

 

Impress the guests!  Dessert for Two‘s posh Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe is certain to leave even the pickiest eaters wide-eyed.

 

 

Basic doesn’t have to mean boring. Zoom Yummy‘s perfected Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe shines brightest when paired with a special dessert sauce.

 

 

 

Beat the afternoon slump! Espresso works as a great pick-me-up. That’s why Mocha Fudge Ice Cream by Things We Make is every girl’s go-to afternoon munchy.

 

 

 

Be bold! Drizzle and Dip‘s bright, punchy Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream commands attention.

 

 

 

Life’s better together. Why not mix and match your favorite flavors into one glorious dish? Many thank-you’s to Minimalist Baker for the inspirational Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream recipe!

 

 

Happy National Ice Cream Day…The BEST DAY EVER!

 

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Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Ditch the dough, skip the marinara sauce and bypass those bell peppers because there’s a new pizza in town and it’s taking the savory slice for a spin on the sweet side. Introducing Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.

Just imagine the perfect pairing of buttery shortbread cookies and tangy cheesecake … and then up the indulgence with a layer of creamy Nutella. The result is a quick and easy dessert that looks just as great as it tastes. So how do you make this sliceable sweet happen in your home?

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

It all starts with a basic brown sugar shortbread cookie dough made by working cold butter into your dry ingredients. While a pastry blender or two forks work well, don’t hesitate to forgo the gadgets and use your hands to break up the butter until your mixture is the consistency of wet sand.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Once you’ve mixed up your cookie dough crust, transfer it to a pizza pan, pressing it firmly into an even layer. Using a pan will guarantee your pizza retains its round shape and will help it bake to golden brown perfection from crust to crust.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

And then it’s on to the toppings! Creamy mascarpone and heavy whipping cream go for a spin in the stand mixture and are given a sweet and tangy taste with the addition of powdered sugar and fresh lemon zest. I recommend zesting a bit extra off of the lemon so that you can use any leftover zest as a garnish.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Once your cookie crust has cooled, transfer it to your serving dish. It’s easier to slice and serve the pizza if it’s no longer in the pan, so a large wood cutting board works well for this crowd-friendly sweet finale. 

I’ve added the layer of Nutella to this recipe, as I love the combination of tangy mascarpone and fresh citrus with the rich and creamy chocolate spread. You’ll need about 1/3 of a cup of Nutella, give or take a few tablespoons lost in the transfer process from container to spatula (to mouth) to cookie crust. Next up, pile on the mascarpone mixture, scatter the strawberries on top and then finish it all off with your leftover lemon zest.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

And it’s as easy as that! Ready to serve up a sweet slice? Preheat your oven and check out the recipe for Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Chocolate Pillows recipe

The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on! We may be just 48 hours away from the most romantic day of the year, but that doesn’t mean those who are menu-less (or Valentine-less) need to panic. I’ve got dessert covered with this quick and easy recipe for Chocolate Pillows topped with a sweet and tangy cherry port sauce.

Chocolate Pillows recipe

These crispy wonton pockets are filled with bittersweet chocolate then deep-fried to golden brown perfection. Have a fear of frying? Kick those concerns to the curb with my essential deep-frying do’s and don’ts:

  • DO use a deep-fry thermometer to accurately gauge the temperature of the oil and to know the optimum moment when to add foods to the oil
  • DON’T overcrowd the pan with food items or you’ll risk dropping the temperature of the oil so much that the foods won’t cook fast enough (Result: soggy fried foods)
  • DO choose an oil with a high enough smoke point, such as canola oil or vegetable oil, and avoid extra-virgin olive oil
  • DON’T leave any water near or around the pot of boiling oil or, if the two meet, you’ll end up with a spitting, splattering pot of hot oil
  • DO have a paper towel-lined plate ready to transfer the fried items onto after they’ve been cooked

Chocolate Pillows recipe

Chocolate Pillows recipe

Chocolate Pillows recipe

Chocolate Pillows recipe

Ready to woo your Valentine with these hot, crispy, chocolate-stuffed sweets? Gather your ingredients and bring the oil to a boil for quick-fix Chocolate Pillows.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Hi, I’m Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author, baker, and owner of a small-batch cookie shop in New York City called, Beurre & Sel (French for “butter and salt”). I’m also the creator of the recipes for the delicious chocolate treats featured in the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Photos: Claudia Ficca from beurreandsel.com

Chocolate + Valentine’s Day have been sweethearts for so long that it was a tricky – but very delicious – challenge to come up with new treats for the celebration of love. I’m crazy about all my meant-to-share desserts, but I was so excited about the Smoky Chocolate Crackers that I made them part of Beurre & Sel’s cocktail cookie collection.

I’m like a little kid when it comes to cookies – I can’t be reasonable; I can’t have just one; and I can’t understand why you’re supposed to wait until dessert to eat them. It’s because I want cookies all the time that I wanted to create cocktail cookies, a legitimate reason to eat cookies before dinner. And when I came up with the idea for Smoky Chocolate Crackers, I hit the jackpot: these are great as a nibble with wine before a meal and just as great with cheese and wine après dinner.

Photos: Claudia Ficca from beurreandsel.com

I’ve always liked chocolate with a little heat, but knowing that I was creating these crackers for Valentine’s Day, I wanted something even more surprising.  I wanted something mysterious and when I thought of smoke, I knew I’d found it.  The haunting flavor is from smoked paprika, just enough of it to keep you coming back for more.  I use mild paprika, but if you really want to heat things up, you can go for the hot variety.  And if you want a little more mystery, go for smoked almonds.

The dough for these crackers is easiest to roll as soon as it’s mixed and easiest to cut when it’s frozen, which is a terrific bonus: you can roll the dough out, wrap it well and keep it in the freezer, at the ready, for up to 2 months. Because you cut and bake the crackers straight from the freezer, this means you can have these treats on the spur-of-the-moment. And, since you never know when love might come calling, it’s good to be prepared. Get the recipe here!


With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share with you all a fun, fast and delicious recipe I found on BHG for No-Drip Chocolate Dip. This sweet and chocolatey treat is perfect for parties, special snacks or an intimate dessert for two and can be made well in advance. Plus, easy enough for the novice chef.

I made this dip with my 3 year old for a fun afternoon of Valentine card making.

We had a great day, plus had plenty of chocolate dip leftover for the next few days to share with company.

Here’s how you make it:

Start my chopping 8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate.

Put all that chocolate into a small pot and melt over low heat. Make sure to melt this low and slow. Chocolate says I love you. Burnt chocolate doesn’t really say the same thing!

Once the chocolate is completely smooth and melted, stir in a can of sweetened condensed milk. After you stir this in, the mixture will be a weird very thick texture. This is totally normal! Just keep stirring.

Measure out some light corn syrup,

and vanilla and stir those in. The corn syrup will make the dip shiny and the vanilla will make the chocolate taste even better.

Last thing to add is a little milk. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup, but I added a little more to get it to a thinner consistency. The recipe also calls for cinnamon, but I omitted that.

And just like that, you have some tasty chocolate dip!

I served mine with strawberries, bananas, apples and cubes of rice krispie treats but anything you have on hand would be tasty. Did I mention this is a great way to eat fruit? Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate!

To print this recipe, click here. And for more Valentines Day ideas, check out BHG.com.


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