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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Announcing: Countdown to 2015

I have been participating in a fun shindig called "Countdown to..." each year to round up my best/favorite recipes from the year from Fantastical. I joined other food bloggers in this really fun activity sharing round ups from Dec 26 until Jan 1 to ring in the new year. I've been waiting for my email with all the details this year, but I don't think that the host is doing it this year. I can't NOT do the countdown now that it's been since 2011 that I've participated, so I decided to host it this year and invite anyone who would like to join in, to join in!

Here is the schedule and image/badge to grab (just right-click save to your computer and upload to your blog):
Join us as we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in the new year by rounding up our favorite recipes of 2014 in the Countdown to 2015! Begins December 26th! #recipes #countdown

All you have to do is round up the best recipes you posted in 2014 on your blog for each category. I typically make a collage for easy pinning. Each post you can stop by and link up to the corresponding day, here on Fantastical or on the Secret Recipe Club website. On the 1st, the "Pick Your Poison" category is simply a you-choose category. You can share your favorite recipes from 2014, recipes from someone else's blog that you can't wait to try in 2015, beverages, etc. Any kind of miscellaneous round up that you would like to share...is game on the first day of 2015!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me at fantasticalsharing1 at gmail dot com. I'll see you back on Friday for the first Countdown to 2015 post all about the best breakfast recipes of 2014!

Added note: You do not have to participate every day or all the days. If you want to do just dessert and reader faves, you are welcome to just those. Or just one day, that's perfectly fine! It is up to you how many or few you want to do.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nestle Toll House Holiday Recipes: Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies #sp

Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by Nestle Toll House, but my love for their DelightFulls filled morsels is all my own!

These Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies featuring Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled baking morsels are out of this world delicious combining salted caramel and chocolate together.

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I have been on a cookie kick lately. From my roundup of cookie recipes last Friday to sharing two cookie recipes on Monday...cookies have been on my mind! They are the perfect holiday treat for family and friends - they package well, they can be made a million different ways, and who doesn't love a cookie? I have been brainstorming cookie recipes over the last few weeks and trying to think of the best possible combination for testing out the new Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled morsels. They come in four different combinations: mint + dark chocolate, cherry + dark chocolate, peanut butter + milk chocolate, and caramel + milk chocolate. I picked up two of the four to make my own Nestle Toll House Holiday recipe :)
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At some point, I will share the second recipe using the DelightFulls filled morsels and also another cookie recipe using Nestle Toll House morsels. Unfortunately, they are just a limited edition regular-sized unfilled mint and dark chocolate morsels, but they were so delicious! And I couldn't stop there, after seeing many posts featuring the peanut butter filled morsels, I picked some up at the store yesterday. But I cannot figure out what recipe I want to make with them. Nestle has a whole slew on their website (here), but they are so many I cannot choose - HELP ME! What would you make?

But alas, today is all about the lovely the caramel filled baking morsels. I will share my cherry filled baking morsels cookie recipe very soon - promise! It is such a great recipe - it's hard to pick which one is my favorite :)

These Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies featuring Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled baking morsels are out of this world delicious combining salted caramel and chocolate together #TollHouseTime #DelightFulls #sp

So today is all about the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies...again, I made these with the caramel-filled morsels. These morsels are a little larger than the regular morsels and will hold their shape while baking. I chose to keep mine whole, but you can also chop them up. Initially, my brainstorming led me to using the caramel-filled morsels in a hot cocoa cookie recipe because last year I hoarded a bunch of different flavors of hot cocoa, like salted caramel, marshmallow, double chocolate, and mint. I grabbed them specifically for making cookies and forgot to make some.


The recipe is easy and comes together just like most any other cookie recipe - mix together dry ingredients, cream together wet ingredients, add dry to wet, and stir in your "candies" - so there is nothing complicated about it. The DelightFulls add a whole new scrumptiousness to these cookies that they definitely would have missed without them. I also really appreciate not having ugly cookies with caramel bits that burnt to the bottom of the pan when they leaked out. I think we've all had that happen a time or two :) The DelightFulls keep in line and in the cookie!

These Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies featuring Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled baking morsels are out of this world delicious combining salted caramel and chocolate together #TollHouseTime #DelightFulls #sp

One thing I am hoping to do next time I make these is to add a sprinkle of sea salt on top - the salted caramel hot cocoa mix gives a slight saltiness to the cookies that makes you want to just keep on eating them, but I love a cookie with a little sea salt on top! I'm really excited to share these since I got SO many out of just one batch. The kids are bringing some to their teachers, for sure, and I'm hoping to take some over to our new neighbors since they were so kind as to have brought us cookies when we first moved in :)


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Salted Mudslide Cookies

Salted Mudslide Cookies | Sweet chocolate chunks, a little coffee liqueur, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top make up this magical cookie! #recipe #kahlua #cookies

Another recipe for cookies, guys...prepare yourselves!

I have really latched onto this whole sea salt with desserts craze. There is something so lovely about salty and sweet together. What makes this little treat so good is that it also has a little Kahlua kick and coffee in it. All of the different elements work together so well..you have the sweet liqueur and a little bitterness from the coffee plus the salty of the sea salt. YUM! It has everything a cookie needs! I absolutely adore that it has chocolate chunks because you get the ooey gooey sweetness in each bite. It's really just perfection. Y'all have to make them ASAP!

Salted Mudslide Cookies | Sweet chocolate chunks, a little coffee liqueur, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top make up this magical cookie! #recipe #kahlua #cookies


Monday, December 15, 2014

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies #fbcookieswap

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So I am participating for the second year in a row in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap - it's the fourth annual year and I love it. It's one of my most favorite things to do! Not only do I get to make cookies and send them off to three people secretly, but I also get to receive three secret packages of cookies.

My cookies were sent to Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch, Sue of It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake, and Liz of Floating Kitchen. Because I had received one of my batches in an adorable Christmas tin before sending mine out, I decided to find some cute tins of my own to send off to my matches. I honestly wish I would've picked up two of each because I fell in love with them. So cute :) I used the recipe cards Lindsay and Julie provided and some very cute holiday Ziploc baggies to keep my cookies fresh.

So the cookies I chose to make were a very festive kind: Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies. I've had them pinned for forever (surprise, surprise...) and really wanted to make them. I had trouble finding the peppermint M&Ms until I made the trip out to get some cute tins. I doubled the batch (although I'm sharing a single batch) and ended up with a ton of cookies. I sent a dozen to each of my matches, 20 to our dear friends in New York, and I packed a dozen to take to my mom-in-law's. I still had quite a few leftover. Which is totally fine by me!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies | Decadent dark chocolate paired with white chocolate peppermint M&Ms make for a cookie you won't want to share! #recipe #fbcookieswap

These cookies were so decadent and the M&Ms...I am so glad that I have a second bag hidden away because they are going to take so much willpower to save to utilize for a super fantastical recipe in the near future. They are just calling to me to come eat them.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies | Decadent dark chocolate paired with white chocolate peppermint M&Ms make for a cookie you won't want to share! #recipe #fbcookieswap

As always, I had a ton of fun making, packaging, and shipping out my cookies. It was even more fun this year with the help of Instagram. I got tagged in a few receiving cookies from me and I tried to tag those who sent me cookies - plus the cookie making process had to be documented :)

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies | Decadent dark chocolate paired with white chocolate peppermint M&Ms make for a cookie you won't want to share! #recipe #fbcookieswap


Secret Recipe Club Cookie Carnival: Turtle Cookies

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Hello, hello....Group C & D had their last reveal day of 2014 in November and we just couldn't go out like that...we had to have something going on in December to get our fix :) So I asked my amazing members of Secret Recipe Club if they would like to do a whole club-wide shindig featuring cookies and they responded in an overwhelming positive way. Today, there are no group separations - we were assigned to someone randomly - could be from our regular group or from another, if we were lucky enough. It's still been a secret and it's been very exciting to stop by a new blog. Plus, I got to make cookies!!! :)

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I was randomly assigned to Veronica of Veronica's Cornucopia, a group C member, for our Cookie Carnival. Veronica is a married data conversion operator for the USPS. She started out sharing recipes on Myspace before switching over to blogging them. She blogs a lot of sweets (my kind of gal!) and also blogs about her cute little one year old Joshua. Be sure to stop by her blog and check it all out!

I had some trouble figuring out which of her many cookie recipes I wanted to make...there were White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies (which I would've adapted with cranberries), Turtle Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies, and Black Gold Cookies. Ultimately, I went with the Turtle Cookies because yum, yum, yum! Plus I had already planned a peppermint cookie for the cookie swap - which I will be posting later today.

Turtle Cookies | Chocolate + Caramel + Pecans = Cookie Perfection. You all have to try these!! #SecretRecipeClub #recipe #cookies

These were fantastic little cookies! I couldn't find caramel bits, so I used caramel candies chopped up in smaller pieces...and pecan chips, so there weren't any large chunks of anything. They had the perfect mixture of all three: chocolate, caramel, and pecans. They were chewy initially and then after a week or so they got a little harder, but I'm not sure if that's because I didn't actually store them properly because we ate on them so much LOL.

Turtle Cookies | Chocolate + Caramel + Pecans = Cookie Perfection. You all have to try these!! #SecretRecipeClub #recipe #cookies


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