It’s decadent, rich and pleasing to most any palate. Here are a few of our favorite recipes that are elegant yet simple to create.
Feb 1, 2017
Jeffrey Crane

Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate

16 ounces milk
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
½ tsp cayenne
½ tsp cinnamon

Heat all ingredients in a saucepan, whisking constantly. Bring just to a simmer then remove from heat. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serves 2.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

3 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup oil
¼ cup butter, softened
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ cup flour
Sifted powdered sugar

Mix together all ingredients except flour and powdered sugar. Add flour and beat until incorporated. Chill dough for one hour. Once dough is easy to handle, shape into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake at 375 for 8 minutes. 

Chocolate Martini

2 ounces vodka (plain or chocolate flavored)
2 ounces chocolate liqueur 
1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream

Shake ingredients with ice and pour into a cocoa-rimmed martini glass. Use a microplane grater  to shave chocolate on top. Optional: garnish inside of glass with chocolate syrup beforehand. 

Chocolate Fudge

16 ounces dark chocolate
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup butter

Melt all ingredients on low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Pour into a foil-lined 8x8 baking dish and sprinkle with coarse salt. Chill until set, then cut into small pieces.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Melt chocolate in microwave 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth. Coat strawberries with chocolate, using spoon to help cover the fruit up to the green tops. Place on wax paper covered plate and refrigerate until solid.

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