No one likes January. The holidays are long gone, it’s colder than December, and it feels like it’s dark for two-thirds of your waking hours. You need something to help you get through these less than ideal winter days, and what could help more than chocolate? Here are five recipes that make the most of the deliciousness that is chocolate.
1. Classic Chocolate Cake
Ditch that boxed cake mix and give this from-scratch recipe a shot. Apparently, it was originally on a can of Hershey’s Cocoa in 1943, which definitely solidifies its classic status. This recipe doesn’t include instructions for icing, but you can simply sprinkle it with icing sugar, or make a quick ganache with cream and dark chocolate. Pretty much any icing will finish this cake off perfectly.
Recipe on: tasteofhome.com
2. Simple Hot Cocoa
By far the most comforting and indulgent winter drink, hot chocolate doesn’t have to come from a sachet. You can use any version of milk you want to as well. Whether it’s almond milk, soy milk or cow’s milk, it’ll taste great. Start by adding only a little sugar, taste it, and add more as you need it to avoid making a cup that’s overly sweet.
Recipe on: epicurious.com
3. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Why have chocolate chip cookies when you can have twice as much chocolate in your cookies? This recipe is super decadent and is a huge crowd pleaser. Extra tip: line your cookie sheets with tin foil for an easier cleanup.
Recipe on: allrecipes.com
4. Chocolate Pecan Pie With Bourbon
Tired of chocolate cake? Switch to chocolate pie. And with pecans (coarsely chopped so the pie is super easy to slice), you’ll feel like you’re eating something a little healthier. Right? Expert tip for the pastry: make sure your water is really icy. It’ll help your dough form.
Recipe on: foodandwine.com
5. Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Literally everyone likes Reese’s peanut butter cups, and they’ll be seriously impressed when you bring out ones that you made yourself. If you’re allergic to peanut butter, feel free to sub in almond butter or sunflower seed butter.
Recipe on: thecomfortofcooking.com
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