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Candy Cane Bark!

Candy Cane BarkOk, its time to get Christmas Baking!! And in order to do that I needed a little snack to get me through. A super quick and easy treat is the Candy Cane Bark. Its great wrapped up for a hostess gift, or out on a dish for a party  … but even better in a ziploc in the fridge to pick at all day/season long!!

Ingredients:

Package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
Package of white chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
6-10 candy canes smashed up (depending how candy-cane-ish you like it)

Directions:

In a double boiler, or, if you don’t have one like me a small pot on top of a bigger pot with boiling water, just make sure that the smaller pot won’t sink down and the water overflow!!! Melt the semi-sweet chocolates until smooth, pour into a tin foil-lined baking pan and spread using a spatula. Clean pot, add the white chocolate chips and melt until smooth, pour on top of the semi-sweet chocolate chips and spread. You can either leave it so its distinct layers, or swirl around like I did. Cover with smashed up candy canes and chill for 1/2 hour in the fridge. Break into  small pieces and enjoy! Best if kept in refrigerator.

Note: I was out of white chocolate chips so I melted a bunch of  lindor white chocolates. If you have leftover chocolate bars might as well use them up. And don’t worry about portions its really just having chocolate, melting and topping with candy cane for a delicious treat!

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Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Icing

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What is more festive for St Patrick’s day then these? Chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with mint icing with Bailey’s? And they were delicious.

I followed the recipe on epicurious.com (www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Stout-Cake-107105) for Chocolate Stout Cake, but just made cupcakes – since – well – I love cupcakes! So follow this recipe for them. Or I have heard you could use a Betty Crocker cake mix and just add a can of Guinness instead of the oil and water? I am going to try that next year and will report back!

Icing Ingredients:

4 Cups Icing Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter, softened
1/4 Cup Bailey’s Original Liquor
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Mint Extract
Green food colouring

Icing Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer. Add food colouring until you get the colour you were looking for! Pipe onto your cooled cupcakes and lick the bowl clean – watching out you don’t catch a little buzz! Enjoy!