10 Awesome Chocolate Recipes

10 Awesome Chocolate Recipes

February is Chocolate Month, and I think every last human should take advantage of it. Chocolate plays nicely with so many things. Let’s get them all together and have some delicious fun. Here’s my top 10 awesome chocolate recipes!

10. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Awesome on 20

This pie is a showstopper, and there’s no need for you to tell anyone how simple it is to make. 

9. Classic Fudge

Classic Fudge from Awesome on 20

Chocolate Fudge is worth every bit of attention it takes to get it just right. Pure chocolate delight.

8. Better Than Sex Cupcakes

Better Than Sex Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

I’ll let you decide whether or not the name is appropriate. These cupcakes are pretty extravagant, though. They have everything that turns me on.

7. Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make your life easy and delicious at the same time. Take some help from the store and enjoy a cupcake that will blow your mind.

6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

I obviously love the chocolate peanut butter combo, and this cheesecake is every bit as awesome as it sounds.

5. White Chocolate Chip Brownies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The first time I made these brownies, I couldn’t believe how good they were. They’re so fudgy, I couldn’t stop eating them. Just do it.

4. Mint Brownies

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This layered treat is as cute as it is tasty. There’s nothing too complicated to this recipe, but you do have to have some patience.

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Basically a peanut butter cup in cake form. Get on it.

2. Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Awesome on 20

I love the contrast of flavors and textures you can get from a bread pudding, and chocolate is the best possible accompaniment to squishy bread and custard.

  1. Double Chocolate Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins from Awesome on 20

For breakfast of dessert, these non-stop chocolate muffins will make you happy.

Get out there and indulge, friends. Chocolate is what February was made for.

Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hey, kids! Let’s step off the emotional roller coaster for a hot minute and get ourselves a drink and some pie or some pie that’s a drink. 

It’s been so amazing having this grasshopper pie in my fridge this week. Having that deliciousness to look forward to at the end of a stressful day has made everything better. This is exactly while I’ll never ever have a dancer body again. Pretty sure I don’t care.

It was also totally worth it wandering all over downtown Glasgow trying to find creme de menthe and creme de cacao. These pretty little bottles may have a bit of an investment, but I’m already looking forward to all the possibilities.

Grasshopper Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

A Grasshopper Pie is smooth, light, sweet, and just the right amount of minty to make it fresh. A grasshopper cocktail can get a bit toothpastey, but this pie is nothing like that. The lightness of the whipped cream and the sweetness of the marshmallow fluff balance with the creme de menthe to make it all so perfect.

And the chocolate cookie crust is the perfect contrast. Fluffy plus crunchy equals everything. I could maybe eat this every day forever.

Grasshopper Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Every little thing is gonna be totally awesome. Keep smiling and have some dang pie.

Grasshopper Pie
Serves 10
Grasshopper Pie is light, fluffy, minty, and perfect at the end of a stressful day.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the crust
  1. 28 chocolate sandwich cookies such as Oreos or bourbon biscuits
  2. 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, melted
For the filling
  1. 3 cups mini-marshmallows
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk
  3. 1/4 cup creme de menthe
  4. 1/4 cup creme de cacao blanc
  5. 1-1/2 cups heavy cream or double cream
  6. Green food coloring, optional
For the crust
  1. Smash up your cookies into crumbs in a food processor or in a bag with a rolling pin. Mix crumbs with melted butter. Press your crumb mixer into the bottom and up the sides of a 10-inch tart pan. Put your crust in the fridge while you get on with your filling.
For the filling
  1. In a small sauce pan over low heat, stir together marshmallows and whole milk until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture starts to foam. Remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Whisk in creme de menthe and creme de cacao blanc. If you want to add food coloring, add it to your marshmallow mixture now so you don't overmix your cream later and risk it curdling. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat your cream until it just barely starts to hold a peak. If you overbeat it, it will be tricky to mix later.
  4. Add your marshmallow mixture to your cream and fold and gently stir the two together until smooth. This should be a light fluffy, wet mixture. You'll worry that it won't set, but it will.
  5. Fetch your crust from the fridge. You might want to place it on a plate in case any of your filling leaks out. Pour the filling into the crust. If you have an extra cookie lying around, you can crush it on top for garnish.
  6. Put your pie in the fridge and wait (NOOOOOOOO!!!!!) a day. I really recommend letting this one set overnight as it's quite a light mixture and you'll risk your pie oozing everywhere if you try to serve it too soon.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
How to be awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Bake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

So, I may have had a teeny tiny obnoxious break down last week where I decided everything was stupid, and I didn’t want to do anything ever again. Then I got some bad news that tried to disguise itself as good news, so now I’m pretending like everything is fine and acting like a grown up and getting on with life. Sort of.

A little denial goes a long way sometimes, and often the only way to get through a spell of depression is to just keep doing what you would normally do until you start to feel like a human again. It’s much better than calling in sick to work and crying in your closet. 

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Bake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One of the normal things I do is make dinner, and this time I slapped a bunch of delicious ingredients onto a backing sheet, put it all in the oven, and served it with a smile. Chicken, chorizo sausage, potatoes, red onions, some seasoning and the surprising brightness of orange zest make this dinner as tasty as it is simple to make.

Quick tip, cut your potatoes into small pieces to make sure everything cooks in the same amount of time.

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Bake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life is hard. Dinner is easy. Just keep swimming.

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake
Serves 2
Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake is as simple as it is delicious.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into three chunks each
  2. 6 small chorizo sausages, halved
  3. 8 ounces baby potatoes, chopped small
  4. 1/2 red onion, sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. Zest of half an orange
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F (220 C) and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spread all of your chopped chicken, chorizo, potatoes, and onion evenly onto the baking sheet. Drizzle the oil over everything and sprinkle on your seasonings. Give it all a quick toss with your hands to make sure everything is well coated. Zest your orange over the top of the tray.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken juices run clear. Serve hot.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
How to be awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/
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