Monthly Archives: December 2016

Cookies & Cream Dip

cookies-and-cream-dip-5My post-Christmas box of candy is overflowing. So why am I making a dip out of cookies?

Who knows. I’m just that sugar addicted, I guess.

The truth is, I like sweet dips, like this cake batter dip, and this cookie dough dip, and laaaawwd have mercy this brown butter dip. Mmmmm.  I don’t even need an excuse to make them. I’ll make them on a Wednesday afternoon for no reason whatsoever.

Which is what I did this week.

Of course, the tricky part about making a cookies and cream dip is keeping the cookies secret from the cookie-pilfering family members. I find if I keep them inside a grocery bag in an unusual spot in the kitchen, they are less likely to disappear before I can make dip out of them.

 

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All moms use these tricks, right?

I’m a big fan of bribery too. I bribed The Lizard with this dip to convince him to help me put my photography set up away.

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Worked like a charm.

Just like this dip worked to calm my Wednesday afternoon sugar cravings.

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Cookies & Cream Dip

A simple sweet dip made with Oreo cookies.

Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 small package instant vanilla or cookies & cream pudding mix (3.5 ounce)
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Oreo cookie crumbs

Instructions

  1. Combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Use a hand mixer to whip until smooth.

  2. Add pudding mix, cream, and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth.

  3. Fold in cookie crumbs. Serve either chilled or at room temperature, with apples, crackers, or cookies.

Eggnog Desserts

eggnog dessertsThe Hippie Chick loves eggnog. Luuuuuuuuuvvvvvves it. She always looks forward to December, when she can just drink eggnog to her heart’s delight.

I put this collection together for the eggnog lovers out there. I want you to get your fill of eggnog during the season it’s available by making all the cake, cheesecake, ice cream, pudding, bread, dip, candy, and of course cookies, that you can!

I just know you’ll find something you love here!

 Eggnog-Cookies-3 Eggnog Cookies  eggnogicecream2_bakedbyrachel Eggnog Ice Cream
gingerbread-oatmeal-eggnog-pies-03 Gingerbread Eggnog Cream Pies eggnog dip Eggnog Dip
 eggnognycrumbcake1 Eggnog Crumb Cake  chocolate-espresso-eggnog-bars-mm-min Chocolate Espresso Eggnog Bars
 eggnog bars Eggnog Cheesecake Bars  eggnog-pudding-4 Eggnog Pudding
 eggnog-rice-pudding-7 Eggnog Rice Pudding  pumpkin-eggnog-1b Pumpkin Eggnog Cookies
 black cherry eggnog Black Cherry Eggnog  eggnog-fudge-8 Eggnog Fudge
 eggnog-mousse-roll-cake Eggnog Mousse Roll Cake  eggnog-cheesecake-cookie-cups-2 Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups
 eggnog-no-bake-pie Eggnog No-Bake Pie  eggnog-truffles Eggnog Truffles

 

Perfect Hot Chocolate

perfect hot chocolateThere comes a time in every girl’s life when she needs to know how to craft an impressive cup of hot chocolate. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t need crazy ingredients, it just needs to be dang good.

I’ve struggled for years to find the hot chocolate I want. I think primarily because I’ve used dry cocoa powder, which was never quite what I was looking for.

Cocoa powder is made from the leavings after they squeeze all the fat out of the cocoa beans. I think that’s why I prefer using actual chocolate bars.

The cocoa butter. Yummmmmmm.

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I also prefer a cup of hot chocolate that is creamy. 2% milk is great, but it’s not quite creamy enough. And cream is way too creamy.

I bridge the difference by adding evaporated milk.

The mixture of evaporated and 2% milk is perfect. I like to put a can of evaporated milk in a 4-cup measure, and make up the difference with the 2%.

It’s important that you use a good bar of chocolate. I use this one, but there are plenty of good ones out there. You can make your hot chocolate interesting by trying flavored chocolate bars.

This makes a nice, creamy, rich and impressive cup of fantastic hot chocolate. If you must dress it up, I suggest a candy cane, a couple large marshmallows, or a dollop of whipped cream.

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Perfect Hot Chocolate

A simple creamy hot chocolate.

Servings 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 4-6 ounces bittersweet chocolate to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour milks into a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Do not allow it to come to a boil.

  2. Break up chocolate into small pieces. Add chocolate pieces to warm milk. Stir until chocolate is melted. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

You can vary the amount of chocolate to your taste. I like to use about 5 ounces, personally, but if you find it too rich, you can reduce it to 4 ounces.