70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month, so I’m bringing you 70 totally awesome chocolate treats. You know you can’t get enough. Drive away dementors, create some love, and indulge in this food of the gods every day. Let’s get to it.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breads, Scones, Pastries, & Pancakes

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche

Chocolate Orange Scones

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants

Nutella Fairy Toast

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Muffins

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Brownies, Blondies & Bars

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

Millionaire Shortbread

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

S’mores Brownies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Mexican Brownies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

Classic Fudge

Kahlua Brownies

Mint Brownies

Monster Cookie Bars

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cakes

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Buche de Noel

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Mascarpone Meringue Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (Gluten-Free Dairy-Free)

Winter-Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

Practically Perfect Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting

Cookies and Cream Fridge Cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms

Nutella No-Bake Cookies

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Wafer Cookies

Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

Pie, Cheesecake, & Pudding

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Giant Peanut Butter Cups

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Chocolate Lime Pie

Grasshopper Pie

Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits

Chocolate Amaretto Tart

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Homemade Chocolate Pudding for Two

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Better Than Sex Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bread Pudding

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Drinks

White Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One

Be sure to follow Awesome on 20 on Pinterest for more awesome chocolate recipe ideas.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

These Orange Cheesecake Brownies are incredible. The brownie layer is dense and fudgy while the cream cheesecake layer is creamy and citrusy. You won’t be able to keep your hands off them.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do you guys play video games? My husband loves them. He can play the same game for eight hours in one day if it’s got a good story. I’ve seen him build massive sumarines, fight tigers, and make friends with a post-nuclear apocalypse monster. Some of the stories are fairly compelling. I watch him playing and I think, I would read that novel. I don’t think that’s actually a thing.

Apart from a few Nintendo games as a child, I’ve never had the coordination or interest to play most video games. The only thing I ever liked was The Sims mostly because it involved ticking things off your task list and involved no hand-eye coordination. I’m extremely nerdy. I don’t know, I guess I’d rather be reading. Or baking. Especially brownies.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, these Orange Cheesecake Brownies are gonna blow your mind. My co-workers couldn’t stop talking about them. The brownie layer is crazy fudgy. It’s basically pure goo barely held together by a bit of flour. The orange cheesecake layer is creamy with a distinct citrus hit. The orange flavor really comes through and compliments the chocolat so beautifully.

Layered baked goods can sometimes seem complicated, and yes, we’re mixing up two different concoctions, but you’re just putting one on top of the other and baking. The only thing a little bit tricky about this is deciding when it’s baked. You want to take it out of the oven when the center still has a bit of a wobble. And you do need to let this chill before slicing into it. It’s totally worth it, though. The texture will be heavenly.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whatever you like to do to unwind, make sure there are Orange Cheesecake Brownies involved. They make everything better.

Recipe adapted from Olive Magazine.

If you want more brownie action, try these S’mores Brownies.

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

The time has come for dining al fresco. For picnics, potlucks, backyard barbecues, cookouts at the beach, and all other kitchen free eating. Today I’ve got a round up for you of recipes that you can cook or prep ahead. These are all things that are easily transportable and either don’t need to be refrigerated or could fit in a small cooler. The next time you’re invited to a party, you won’t be at a loss for what to bring. It’s gonna be awesome.

Starters, Snacks & Sides

Everybody wants something to snack on while their waiting for the main meal to come off the grill. And of course, a hot dog on a plate all by itself is just sad. Here are some things to get you started, fill out that epic cheese plate, or accompany your burgers and dogs.

Dill Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus – serve with veggies or chips to keep people from lurking around the grill

Fancy Pants Sauage Rolls – These are great hot or cold, so pack them in your picnic for sure

Southwest Pasta Salad – Mayo-free and full of flavor

Blue Cheese Crackers – That’s right, you made your own crackers

Picnic Cheese Plate – Be a hero and bring a simple, affordable, and totally delicious cheese plate for the gang

Dill Potato Salad – This is potato salad with a dash of elegance

Loaded Baked Potato Salad – This is that trashed up potato salad that you’ve been dreaming of

Homemade Oat Cakes – Another option to serve with some really great cheese

On the Grill

Because we’ve all decided that frozen burgers are the worst, I want to make it easy for you to always have the best burgers. Make your patties ahead of time, pack them on ice, and throw them on the grill when you’re ready.

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Jalapeno Cream Cheese-Stuffed Burgers – A burger with a spicy surprise

Cuban Burger – Add pickles if you’re into that because they really should be there

Spicy Southwest Burgers – You won’t be able to keep your hands off them

Basic Burgers – My tips for making awesome burgers with whatever’s in your kitchen

Sweet Treats

So this section is the longest because, let’s face it, I’m gonna ask to bring dessert. But you have to plan properly if you want people to eat something delicious instead of sad and melty. All these recipes are very easy to transport and serve outside and don’t need to be refrigerated.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kahlua Brownies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lofthouse Cookie Bars

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mexican Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

S’mores Brownies

Go eat outside while you can, kids!

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

As I write this, it’s 7:55 pm, and I’m strongly wishing I could go to bed right now. I don’t even have work in the morning. I cannot possibly express how happy I am to have turned my alarm off and not have to get up at any specific time tomorrow morning. I’m definitely an old lady. 

I also can’t believe Easter has snuck up so quickly. It’s still absolutely frigid here, so that may be part of the reason it hadn’t occurred to me that the Easter bunny might be visiting soon. Or it could be that I’m so completely consumed by my work schedule that I’m lucky to know what day it is most of the time, let alone the season. I have a blessed four day weekend coming my way, and two weeks in which I will hopefully be able to work relatively uninterrupted by teen angst. I’m worried it won’t be enough. 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Allow me to sneak in a recipe that ticks that Easter box and also helps us smother our stress in the most ridiculous chocolate situation you can imagine. These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies are just unreal. Not only does every piece have half a Cadbury Creme Egg submerged in its fudgy depths, but the brownies themselves are so gooey and dense they almost shouldn’t be allowed. Geoff and I ate this whole pan between us. It was hard work, but I don’t regret a single bite.

These brownies are really easy to make. You might want to bake yours a little bit longer than I did. I had to refrigerate mine in order to keep them from falling apart. I thought initially they were too gooey, but when I was actually eating them, it was amazing. So if you’re worried about salmonella or something stupid like that, take your brownies more into the properly baked zone. Chopping your Cadbury Creme Eggs can be a little bit tricky, so I recommend buying an extra one just in case one of yours gets crushed in the chopping process. The good news is, you get to eat leftover Creme Eggs while your brownies are baking then cooling. As these are by far the best Easter candy, this can only be a good thing. 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your Easter is filled with joy and chocolate and that you don’t think about work once the entire weekend. 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies
Serves 9
Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies are about to make your Easter chocolate next level awesome.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 185 grams unsalted butter
  2. 185 grams chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 275 grams sugar
  5. 85 grams all purpose flour
  6. 40 grams cocoa powder
  7. a pinch of salt
  8. 5 Cadbury Creme Eggs, cut in half top to bottom
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and butter a 9x9 inch pan.
  2. Put butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat for thirty seconds at a time, stirring after each interval. Continue until everything is smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Crack your eggs into a bowl and add sugar. Beat them together until they're pale and fluffy and double in size. You can use an electric mixer or get your arm workout for the day by using a whisk.
  4. Pour your melted butter and chocolate into the egg mixture and fold to combine. Keep working until the streaks are gone.
  5. Sift your flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the batter. Gently fold this in.
  6. Pour your brownie batter into your prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the brownies from the oven and gently drp your Cadbury Creme Eggs, cut side up, into the the partly cooked brownies. They should sink in on their own.
  8. Return the brownies to the oven for 15 minutes or so, depending on your desired gooeyness level. They may take a bit longer if you want them completely cooked through.
  9. Torture yourself by allowing these to cool completely before cutting. Good luck.
Notes
  1. If you do manage do cut all your creme eggs properly, you can make each serving a bit smaller by dropping in three rows of four creme egg halves.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
How to be Awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

S’mores Brownies

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Usually I try to start a blog post by writing something fun or weird about life. We don’t have time for that nonsense today, my friends.

Guys, these S’mores Brownies are seriously one of the most outrageously delicious things I’ve ever eaten in my life. There aren’t really enough superlatives to describe just how amazing they are. The lighting in these photos cannot convey the perfect combination of buttery crust, fudgy brownie, and sweet, sticky roasted marshmallows. I absolutely insist you make these. Can you sense my excitement?

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

True, it’s a bit of a longer process to make these than your average brownie, but it’s 100% worth it. The graham cracker crust comes together just like any pie or cheesecake. So maybe you have to melt some chocolate, but make your life easy and do it in the microwave. It’s the double chocolate action that makes these brownies extra awesome. And whatever you do, don’t walk away while the marshmallows are under the broiler. It’s a cliche, but honestly, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool.

Oh, one more tricky bit. The sticky marshmallows make these a pain in the ass to cut. Wait until the brownies cool completely, then use a slightly damp sharp knife to cut them. Just hold the knife under the tap and then give it a few shakes to remove any excess water. You still have to be careful, but it definitely helps.

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Just stop what you’re doing and make these S’mores Brownies. Your awesomeness might just depend on it.

S'mores Brownies
Serves 15
S'mores Brownies are among the best foods you'll ever eat in your life. For real.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the crust
  1. 9 graham crackers (1 sleeve)
  2. 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) butter, melted
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the brownies
  1. 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)
  2. 1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, softened
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. Approximately 1/2 large bag of mini marshmallows (you'll need enough to make an even single layer across the top of a 13x9 inch pan.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line a 13x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. If you leave a little bit of paper hanging out on each side, you'll be able to lift the whole thing out of the pan easily to cut it later.
For the crust
  1. Add your graham crackers to a food processor and blitz them to bits. We're looking for fine crumbs here.
  2. Add the sugar and salt to the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Add the melted butter to the processor and pulse until you have a mixture like wet sand.
  4. Transfer your crumb mixture to the pan and press it evenly into the bottom. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with the brownie batter.
For the brownies
  1. Melt your chopped chocolate in a microwavable dish by heating it for 30 seconds and then giving it a quick stir with a rubber spatula. Repeat this until everything is melted. Set aside to cool down a bit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat the eggs in one at a time until well combined.
  4. Turn your mixer down to low and slowly add in the melted chocolate. Make sure you scrape out every last luscious drop.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  6. With your mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients until just combined.
  7. Retrieve your pan with its waiting crust from the fridge. Use your rubber spatula to scoop out dollops of the batter all around the pan until you have all that goodness scraped out. Use an offset spatula (or a butter knife. That's almost as good.) to ever so gently spread the batter evenly over the crust. Try not to disturb your lovely crumbs.
  8. Bake the brownies for about 25 minutes. Better underbaked than overbaked, in my opinion.
  9. Once you have your brownies out of the oven, switch your broiler on.
  10. Dump your mini-marshmallows onto your brownies. You want to create one even, single layer of marshmallows.
  11. Pop your pan back in the oven under the broiler. DO NOT walk away. Keep a close eye on your marshmallows as they brown. Once you have achieved peak roastiness, remove your brownies from the oven to cool. Don't worry if there's a bit of smoke. If you've kept your eye on things the whole time, you'll be fine.
  12. Let those brownies sit there until they're completely cool. Use a damp, sharp knife to cut them into 15 squares. Do your very best not to wolf them all down in five minutes.
Adapted from Heather Christo
Adapted from Heather Christo
How to be Awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/



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