Easy Dessert Recipe: No Bake Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

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If you’re anything like me, the second you get invited to yet another holiday get-together, you start pondering what food you’re going to have to bring. The thought of having to actually cook/bake/make something that someone other than my husband will eat sends me into a minor panic. I’m the girl that forgot to add cheese to Buffalo Cheese Dip. The girl that didn’t realize you should drain the grease from hamburger meat before adding it to chili. When I say I can’t cook, I’m not just being modest. Even an easy dessert recipe can intimidate me.

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However, I’m also constantly pinning recipes to my Pinterest boards with the belief that I’ll, one day, change my undomesticated ways. When a potluck for work popped up this week, I decided that attempting a no bake dessert should be simple enough even I could handle it. If it turned out horribly, I could always run to the grocery store and fool my coworkers with something from the bakery.

The easy recipe I found is for a No Bake Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Dip. This simple dessert only calls for 6 ingredients and doesn’t require a lot of time.

hot chocolate cheesecake dip

Ingredients:

  • One 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup powdered hot chocolate mix
  • ¾ cup Cool Whip
  • 2-3 candy canes (crushed)

You’ll also need these:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Serving bowl and plate

Here’s all you do:

  1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the Greek yogurt, marshmallow fluff, and hot chocolate mix. Beat again until fully mixed and fluffy.
  2. Fold in ½ cup of Cool Whip until fully mixed.
  3. Here, I transferred the dip from my mixing bowl to a nicer bowl for serving.
  4. Top with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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Voilà! This easy dessert recipe makes about 2 cups and can be served with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, mini cookies, pretzels, or practically any other sweet treat.

Easy Dessert Recipe: No Bake Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Party Snack Mix Recipe

St. Patrick's Day Party Snack

St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite times of the year, so what better way to celebrate than to whip up a tasty concoction to snack on? Whether you plan on making this Party Snack Mix with your little ones or need a snack to munch on with your Irish Brew, this St. Patrick’s Day snack will be a crowd pleaser! More importantly, this recipe is super easy and only requires a microwave and simple utensils to make!

You Will Need:

  • Microwave
  • Counter or Table Space
  • Large Bowl for Mixing
  • Microwave Safe Glass Bowl for Almond Bark
  • Large Spoon
  • Wax Paper
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Green Sprinkles

Ingredients For Party Snack Mix:

  • 5 c. Chex Cereal
  • 2 c. Mini Marshmallows
  • 6 c. Popped Popcorn
  • Small Bag of Pretzels
  • 24 oz. Block of Almond Bark
  • 2 c. Peanuts
  • 2 c. Mini Reese’s Cups Cut in Halves
  • 8 oz. Bag Mint M&M’s

st patricks day snack mix

This is your special mix, so feel free to adjust the quantity to suit your personal tastes. You can even spice it up and add other ingredients such as chocolate chips, raisins, or yogurt bites! Have FUN with it! Adapt this recipe to use on other holidays as well. Add pastel egg M&M’s for Easter, candy corn for Halloween, or peppermint for Christmas. The possibilities are endless!

Directions for Party Snack Mix:

1.  Start out by popping the popcorn and measuring it out over a sheet of wax paper in a single layer.

white chocolate for pretzels

2.  Melt 1/3 of the Almond Bark in a glass bowl in the microwave. We recommend heating the bark in 30-second increments to avoid over heating.

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3.  When the Almond Bark is melted and smooth, drizzle the entire contents over the layer of popcorn evenly with a large spoon.

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4.  Immediately after you are done drizzling the Almond Bark over the popcorn, apply a layer of green sprinkles to the popcorn so it sticks. Set aside the popcorn to cool and harden.

5.  Next, measure the Chex cereal and marshmallows into a large bowl and set aside.

6.  Repeat step 2 and melt another 1/3 of the Almond Bark in the microwave.

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7.  Once the Almond Bark is melted and smooth, add 15-20 drops of green food coloring and stir until blended. This will start to stiffen the Almond Bark, so complete the next steps quickly.

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8.  Pour the green mixture over the top of the Chex cereal and marshmallows and stir with a spoon until it is evenly blended.

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9.  Pour the newly mixed Chex and marshmallow combination over a sheet of wax paper and spread out. Set aside the cereal mixture to cool and harden.

10.  Repeat step 2 again and melt the last 1/3 of the Almond bark until it is melted and smooth.

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11.  Dip the pretzels into the Almond Bark and lay them on a new sheet of wax paper. Don’t worry about covering the entire pretzel before laying it down.

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12.  Coat the pretzels with your green sprinkles while the Almond Bark is still melted. Repeat until Almond Bark is gone.

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13.  Once the Almond Bark is cool and hardened, break up the popcorn and cereal mixtures and evenly layer them into your storage container. We started with the popcorn, cereal, and pretzels. We then added the peanuts, M&M’s, and Reese’s to the top since they are small and fall to the bottom easily.

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14.  Enjoy!!

Congratulations! You have successfully put together a yummy St. Patrick’s Day holiday treat for everyone! We are super impressed with your skills!

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St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Party Snack Mix Recipe

Nutella Cookies: Perfect Afternoon Snack

Healthy Nutella Cookies

 

Who doesn’t love Nutella? Chocolate hazelnut spread that tastes like fudge…yes, please! I will put Nutella on bread, bagels, in my ice cream, eat with strawberries, or dare I say just eat a spoonful of it when I get a chocolate craving. I had a big fat jar of Nutella sitting in my pantry and decided to try my hand at making some Nutella cookies to put that container of fudgy-goodness to use. The ingredients are really not that bad – there’s no butter or eggs in this recipe. I used raw cane sugar and mashed bananas instead of butter, and then added some white chocolate chips to change up the recipe. So bananas, raw cane sugar, Nutella…sounds like a nice healthy treat to me (okay, I may be lying to myself a little but these things are too good to pass up)!

The recipe I used is slightly adapted from Warm Vanilla Sugar.

Here is the recipe I followed:

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 Cup Mashed Ripe Bananas (about 2 bananas)

1/2 Raw Cane Sugar

1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1/3 Cup Nutella

1/3 Cup Milk (I used vanilla soy milk)

Optional: 1 Cup of White Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. Whisk together your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and set aside.

2. Mix together the mashed bananas and sugars in a stand mixer (or hand mixer). Beat for about 2 minutes, or until smooth.

3. Add the vanilla extract; beat until combined

4. Add the Nutella; beat until batter is smooth and well combined

5. Add the flour mixture and milk in alternating batches. (Add part of the flour mixture, add half the milk, add the last of the flour mixture, add the last of the milk). Beat until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips if desired

6. Chill dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

7. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F

8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and roll dough into balls (or use an ice cream/cookie scoop) and place on baking sheet leaving about 1 1/2 inches between the cookies.

9. Bake for 10-12 minutes. They will be soft but beginning to set. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes.

10. EAT

Nutella Cookies: Mix Dry Ingredients

 

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder

Raw Cane Sugar

 

Mix together the mashed bananas (which replaces butter) and your sugars. The raw cane sugar adds a fun texture to the end result.

Mashed Rip Bananas

I hate throwing out bananas! This is a go-to recipe when you have over-ripe bananas sitting on your countertop. You can replace butter with mashed bananas in almost any recipe. The slight flavor of banana in the chocolate cookie is fabulous!

Nutella

 

Add in the Nutella!

Nutella Cookies: Beat in Mixer

 

Add in the flour mixture and milk in alternating batches until combine. Yum, yum, gooey chocolate goodness!

Stir in White Chocolate Chips

 

Stir in the white chocolate chips (if you desire), they taste oh so good with the chocolate hazelnut flavor!

Nutella Cookies in the Oven

 

After the dough has chilled for about 30 minutes, place on cookie sheet and stick in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Nutella Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

 

All done! These cookies are so rich and delicious, you will want to keep some around the house to stick into your bag for a quick snack on the go.

Chocolate Nutella Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

 

How can you resist a gooey Nutella cookie dripping with white chocolate?! Sneak some of these into your backpack for a delicious midday snack during class. Our Dakine backpacks even have insulated pouches just for your snacks, how convenient and perfect is that! From now until September 1st you can get $10 off a backpack when you use the following coupon code: BKP899!

 

Nutella Cookies: Perfect Afternoon Snack

Sun Tea Summer Fun!

ImageWhat a fantastic way to start off the week! Kaity and I, the social media team, decided to try our hand at homemade sun tea. It was a huge success! I’m going to be making this all weekend long and share it with everyone. I mean seriously….it was delicious, and so easy. Here is what you need:

A mason jar (for single serving) or a pitcher

Your choice of tea (we tried green tea and sun tea)

Lemons

Mint leaves

Water

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All you have to do is fill up your mason jar or pitcher with water, add the tea bags. We used two tea bags per mason jar, but you could alter the amount depending on how strong you like it. Next, we sliced up a lemon and dropped the slices right in, added some mint leaves, and done! We let these jars sit out in the sun for about 2 hours.

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Meanwhile, Kaity and I made some berry infused ice cubes to put into the finished tea. Quite simple, but genius. Just put some frozen berries in an ice cube tray and fill with water, and freeze!

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After about two hours, we went back outside to check on our jars and this is what we found:Image

Success! My mouth was watering just looking at those beautiful colors. We added the berry infused ice cubes to our jars (okay, and a packet of sugar), and enjoyed our creation. It was magnificent.

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What I’m wearing: Tie Dye Maxi Skirt, Naked Zebra Tank

 

I believe everyone should enjoy something as sweet and simple as some homemade sun tea every Monday! Try it out yourself!

 

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Sun Tea Summer Fun!