Category Archives: chocolate

Peppermint Bar Cookies

Candy Cane Bar Cookies

Candy Cane Bar Cookies combine the peppermint essence of the Holiday season with chocolate in a delicious cookie. Candy Cane Bar Cookies are buttery cookies filled with chocolate chips and crushed candy canes topped with melted chocolate and crushed candy canes. Major Holiday yum!!!Peppermint Bar Cookies


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread & Book Review

Books, good books that you want to keep reading call for an easy to munch on snack. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread Cookies are perfect! The perfect combination of chocolate shortbread and peanut butter chips make a perfect snacking while reading treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Spritz Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Spritz Sandwich Cookies

It’s Throwback Thursday and again I’m going to throw it way back to 2011 and Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Spritz cookies.  I originally made these cookies when I was looking for a new flavor profile for spritz cookies because I was having a love affair with my cookie press. Still like my cookie press but it’s one of those things that when it’s good its good and when it’s not you never want to use it again! Oh, an important tip, put your cookie sheets in the freezer before you use the cookie press, it will go much better!Peanut Butter Chocolate Spritz Sandwich Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Finally Back!!!

I’m back!!!!  It’s been forever (o.k. about a year and a half) since I blogged here but I am back and ready to start sharing my cooking adventures again.  The quick version of where I’ve been – I got a full-time job, put on 15 pounds, and couldn’t figure out how to make it all fit in.  I have left the job, relocated to a new state with my family and am ready to start sharing my sweet mornings and cooking adventures.

Since it has been soooooooo long since I posted something I decided that my first post had to be something wonderful!!  Something amazing!!!  Something chocolate (but of course)!!  It had to reflect why I started this blog to begin with, making yummy food that made the mornings sweet.  After much searching & tasting & experimenting I came up with this recipe, it is chocolate, it is peanut butter, it is more chocolate and it is yummy as a sweet breakfast treat or an afternoon indulgence!  In other words it is exactly what I have been searching for to restart Sweet Mornings.  I hope you enjoy it and it makes your morning sweet.


Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread
Makes 2 loaves


3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
chocolate chips (I used a full 12 oz bag, use half the bag if you don’t want chocolate overload)


Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 2 loaf pans with nonstick spray.

In a mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Combine dry ingredients.  Add to the wet ingredients.


Stir in chocolate chips.


Pour into loaf pans.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffin

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Muffin, muffin who’s got the muffin!!  Oh wait that’s button, button but I like muffin’s so much better.  My life is going through a bit of a transition (more about that another time) and my blogging has been suffering but I am attempting to get back on track.

So here is a new muffin recipe.  I love mini muffins, they are bite size so when you have a few you feel satisfied but not like you are over eating.  If you prefer you can make them as 12 large muffins (adjust the baking time to about 18-20 minutes).

The muffins are chocolate with a hint of peanut butter and lots of chocolate chips.  The peanut butter just adds a subtle flavor to the chocolate and boosts the yum.  They are delicious for an afternoon snack or as the start of a sweet morning.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
1 ¼ cup flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup cocoa
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
⅓ cup butter, melted
⅔ cup peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 400. Grease or line mini muffin tins.
Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa, and baking powder.
Stir in chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl mix butter, peanut butter, egg, milk and vanilla.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture.
Stir until combined.
Spoon batter into mini muffin tins.
Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 36 mini muffins

TWD:BWJ Chocolate Truffle Tartlets

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was Chocolate Truffle Tartlets.  The hosts this week are Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon, Spike of Spike Bakes, Jaime of Good Eats and Sweet Treats, Jessica of Cookbookhabit .  Check out their blogs for the recipe or buy the book Baking With Julia (recipe on pg. 382).

I made these for Valentine’s Day in a mini heart tartlet pan which worked fine.  The crust was a disaster!!  After chilling it was too stiff and hard to work with and I almost gave up.  My daughter insisted I make them so I ended up just pulling and pressing the dough into the pan.  The tart itself mixed up nice but there were A LOT of egg yolks in it.  I ended up using the chocolate I had on hand (semi-sweet and milk chocolate) which suited my family.  The tarts were chocolatey and good.  If I make them again I think I will serve them with sliced strawberries and a little whipped cream.

Stovetop Cookies


Do you have a go to cookie recipe?  That recipe that is quick, easy and yields the delicious treat you are craving?  You know the one, the recipe that you make so often that you have the recipe memorized?  Well these are that cookie for me. 
I have made these cookies almost as long as I can remember and it seems that everyone has a version of this cookie.  It is the cookie that no matter how busy I am I am willing to make when I am craving something chocolate.  It is the cookie that my daughter now makes when she is craving a cookie (this is what happened yesterday, she wanted cookies and neither of us felt like making them so we made these).  We call them Stovetop Cookies, but they go by many different names.  They combine all that is good: chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal into a candy-like cookie that is made on the stovetop.  Enjoy and may you have a Sweet Morning!



Stovetop Cookies


2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa
½ cup milk
1 stick butter
3 cups quick oats
½ cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cover 2 baking sheets with wax paper.

In a bowl combine quick oats, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.

In a saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Cook over low heat stirring frequently. Bring to a rolling boil and allow to boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

Pour the boiling mixture into the bowl and stir well.

Use a tablespoon and scoop onto wax paper covered cookie sheets. Allow cookies to set. (If it is hot you might need to refrigerate cookies) 

Chocolate M&M giant cookie

Chocolate MandM Valentine Cookie

Chocolate and M&Ms together in a giant cookie.  Yum!!   I was looking for an easy, quick dessert for Valentine’s Day and thought of a giant heart shaped cookie (I have the pan 🙂 but I wanted something other than a chocolate chip cookie.  I had made an Autumn Cookie Torte in the Fall that I found on Baking Bites that substituted M&Ms for chocolate chips and it was good but I wanted chocolate.  So I added cocoa to the recipe to make it chocolate.  I also had a bag of Mint M&Ms that I had bought on clearance after Christmas so I substituted those for regular M&Ms (I also picked out all of the green ones since they didn’t correspond to the theme). 

I baked it in the heart shaped pan and it was an excellent, quick and easy dessert. 

To make it look more dessert like I edged it with whipped cream and you can serve it with ice cream. If you don’t have a heart shaped pan you can bake it in a springform pan or even a pizza pan and use any type of M&Ms you choose. Cookies for dessert always lead to sweet mornings.

Giant Chocolate M&M Cookie
slightly adapted from Baking Bites

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1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup cocoa
1 cup M&Ms (I used Mint but pick your favorite flavor)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a pizza pan or giant cookie pan.

Mix butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl mix remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Add together and mix.
Stir in M&Ms.
Spread in prepared pan.

Bake 26-30 minutes.

Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts

Donuts.  Chocolate donuts.  With mini chocolate chips melting and oozing more chocolate inside.  Need I say more?

It is donut day and today’s donut is a basic chocolate donut with some mini chocolate chips added in just to take it up a chocolate notch.  Sweet enough to satisfy your afternoon chocolate craving these donuts don’t need anything more than a cup of coffee, tea, or milk.  Enjoy and may your mornings be sweet.


Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts
inspired by Wilton

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1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cocoa
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¾ cup low fat vanilla yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk

Preheat oven to 375.
Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, wheat flour, salt, baking powder, granulated sugar, cocoa, and mini chocolate chips.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and milk.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Makes 12 doughnuts