Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Pie

I’m excited to share my final recipe of #Choctoberfest 2020! I’ve been picking up grab and go lunches for my kids and that means we have way more milk than we can drink. I decided to look for a recipe for pudding and stumbled on this recipe. It’s basically a big peanut butter cup – creamy chocolate peanut butter pudding with a graham cracker crust and chopped peanuts on top.

Unfortunately, I’m not able to eat it since dairy and I are not friends … but I have three taste-testers in my house. My family gave it 2.5 thumbs up. My son was the only one who was iffy on it – he’s not a big sweet eater. I’m not putting much weight into his vote. I will say it smells amazing!

If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, be sure to check out this post!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Pie
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Frozen Hot Chocolate

When I started planning for this year’s #Choctoberfest, my kids were very interested in what I was going to make. I mentioned frozen hot chocolate and they’ve been begging me to make it for over a week.

My kids loved these drinks and are now begging me to make them every night. They gave me a rave review of them as I can’t drink regular milk. It was also a great way to use up some of the pints of milk I’ve been getting from our school district’s grab and go lunch program. I will need to make myself one the next time with non-dairy milk.

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Rocky Road Bars

I’m excited to kick off #Choctoberfest 2020 with this recipe for Rocky Road Bars. This is my 5th year participating in this fun blogger event. I love chocolate and this is the perfect event for me.

These bars were so good. They are packed with marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate. They’re also no-bake bars … simple and easy! My family devoured them in now time at all. I’ll definitely be making them again.

Don’t forget to check out the kick-off #Choctoberfest post for a giveaway!

Rocky Road Bars packed full of marshmallows, peanut butter, rice cereal and chocolate.
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Chocolate Pecan Biscotti

Many years ago I made biscotti all the time and it’s been awhile since I made a batch. I figured now is the time to get back to some of my favorite things to bake and new recipes to try. Biscotti is a twice baked cookie that is meant to be dipped in coffee, tea, cocoa or wine. Traditional biscotti is very hard and crunchy. This recipe yields a crunchy biscotti, but not one that requires dipping it into a liquid to enjoy.

I love the combination of the chocolate cookie, sprinkled with mini chocolate chip and then dipped in chocolate and pecan bits. My entire family enjoyed them as well.

Chocolate biscotti dipped in chocolate and pecan bits
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Loaf Cake

One of my husband’s favorite candy is peanut butter cups and with his birthday being today, I wanted to make him a cake that reminded him of them. My cake is a little more peanut butter heavy than I had hoped, but it’s just as a delicious and by adding the chocolate drizzle, it helped amp of the chocolately (is that a word?) goodness.

The cake is moist, full of peanut butter and chocolate and perfect with a cup of coffee to start your morning … or a pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon.

Imperial Sugar is helping me with all my #Choctoberfest baking with their generous donation of granulated sugar they sent me. It’s been giving me a lot of reasons to spend time in my kitchen.

*Disclosure: I received the product to sample from Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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S’mores Cookie Bars

As I begin to reflect on the last 10 years of blogging, it’s crazy how many recipes I’ve made and shared with you all. I decide as part of my celebration, I would go back to some of my original recipes and make them again. I forgot how amazing these s’mores cookie bars are! They are going to definitely become part of my regular rotation of dessert bars to make for parties and events.

These bars are delicious! Chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two graham cracker cookies. They will surely delight anyone!

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Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

Did you know today is “National Cupcake Lovers Day”? Me either, until a blogging friend invited me to participate in a fun challenge to share cupcake recipes. My entire family is a big fan of cupcakes, though I rarely make them for us. I think the problem is that most recipes make two dozen cupcakes and I really don’t need that many cupcakes sitting on my kitchen counter for days on end.

I started looking around for recipes that make only a few cupcakes and found one for chocolate cupcakes. Perfect! Then I set out to find one for frosting and the first one I found was for cookie dough. How fun, right?

I whipped these cupcakes up the other night so I would be ready to celebrate today with these cupcakes. The cupcakes are moist and full of chocolate flavor. I’ll probably add chocolate chips the next time I make them. My taste-tester of a husband exclaimed that the frosting was amazing. He requested I make it again but with vanilla cupcakes.

Be sure to check out all the recipes in today’s Cupcakes for Cupcake Lovers Day challenge below! I got a sneak peek at some of the cupcakes and there’s so many I want to try!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

It’s time for the monthly Fantastical Food Fight and I’m so excited for this month’s theme – Mint Chocolate. I knew immediately I wanted to make ice cream – it’s one of my kids favorite flavors.

This ice cream is creamy and rich, plus packed full of mint flavor. My kids thought it was a little strong with their first bite, but after a few more bites, they were loving it! So much so, they ate it all and already asked me to make another batch. Ice cream is simple to make and I love that I can control what ingredients I’m using.

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Stove-top Hot Chocolate

It’s cold … freezing cold here in PA. Below zero wind chills. I want to crawl back into bed, wrap myself in blankets, snuggle with my dog and watch Lifetime movies all day. But alas, as a Mom, my job is never done and there’s no time for relaxing when my kids are off school.

Speaking of my kids, they’re constantly asking for hot chocolate. So, I decided to whip them up a special treat – homemade hot chocolate! I can’t drink it with my sensitivity to dairy, but they both loved it … so did my husband. It’s so easy to make, I’m not sure why I have never done it before! I don’t think I’ll be able to pass hot chocolate made from powder past them anymore.

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