Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

By dark chocolate, I mean really dark—and not just because of the chips. Adapted from a recipe on the back of the Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels bag, this concoction has added coffee and less sugar, giving the cookies a deep chocolate flavor suitable for cacao aficionados. Indeed, I thought these [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s just a hint of coffee in these cookies, and the toffee comes from a delectable combination of the first two ingredients: butter and brown sugar. The result is an irresistibly chewy cookie packed with a scrumptious combination of chocolate, coffee and almond meal.

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Aunt Lois’s Über Chocolate Mocha Biscotti

My dad’s “baby” sister turned 70 this month, and my cousin threw an amazing surprise party for her. After asking about Aunt Lois’s preferences—coffee and chocolate over a citrus, cherry or nut combination—I created these to bring along for the big day.

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Dark Chocolate Muffin Cakes

Muffin cakes? Yup. Muffin cakes. When you load a “muffin” with chocolate chips and frosting, you can’t really call it a muffin anymore. And since these have more sugar than any of my other muffin recipes—plus the frosting option—they definitely qualify as cake. That being said, they still have about half as much sugar [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

12:02 Mocha Muffins

Here’s another rendition of muffins featuring chocolate, coffee, whole grains and “disguised” fruit. This time I skipped the veggies and stuck with fruit that you’re more likely to have on hand. Since bananas and applesauce are sweet already, this recipe doesn’t require as much sugar as 12:01 Mocha Muffins, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins or [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

12:01 Mocha Muffins

This recipe required some serious experimentation, but the end results were worth it. Similar to my Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Tea Bread, these muffins rely on winter squash and coffee to heighten the intensity of the cocoa and chocolate flavors. I understand why some would hesitate to use squash in something so close to a cupcake, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Tea Bread

Though this looks like bread at first, it transforms into a decadent dessert once served. Its unusual ingredients boost moisture while providing a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that you’d never expect from such an exotic-tasting treat. Give it a whirl, and you’ll soon have friends and family asking for more.

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Mint Mocha Brownie Bites

This recipe is loosely based upon one I found on a package of Nestlé Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. It has taken several attempts to perfect the cooking times and substitutions, but I think you’ll find the end result to be an irresistible blend of coffee, chocolate and mint. Like biscotti, these make great gifts—if [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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