Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Pepperoni

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Around this time of year, it seems like every event you attend there’s food in every corner. Traditionally, I host a holiday party for my nearest and dearest, and I know I too make sure every surface of my kitchen is covered in delectable food, snacks or drinks.

 I LOVE IT.

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And though this is the case, to be honest my absolute favourite kinds of get-togethers are wine & cheese parties. Where the focus is on good company, great bubbly and cheese that oozes with class. Of course, even when hosting a wine and cheese … I need to have a least a couple of sweet options. Jams help to add little notes of sweetness … but chocolate, seriously how can you go wrong with chocolate.

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And like the classic pairing of wine & cheese, it’s only natural that I added a little peppermint to this chocolate concoction – hello, holiday season!!

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Pepperoni  

¾ cups white chocolate crushed pretzels

1 can of condensed milk

2 cups of cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of evaporated milk

1 cup of unsalted butter, melted

1 cup of crushed candy canes

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 Directions: 

In a large bowl, mix condensed milk, 2 cups of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of milk and the melted butter.

Add the crushed pretzels and candy canes.

Spread the mixture in a parchment paper and roll it to make a salami shape.

Enclose edged of parchment paper by twisting. Allow to chill 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator and sprinkle with icing sugar.

Place back onto a large sheet of plastic, twisting the edges like you did before.

Allow to chill, until you’re  ready to serve.

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Throw on your pumps – a cute dress and add a  little sparkle to your conversations – you’re about to have a pish-posh holiday soiree!!

… or you know, track pants, comfy slippers and crackers pair perfectly well with this pepperoni too!!

White chocolate chunk Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Cookies

Happy first day of national Cookie month … err not really, but  something like that.

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December 1st – it might as well be known as the first day of national cookie month. Welcome to a world where twitter, Instagram, pinterest, facebook, restaurants, grocery stores and every bakery will be bursting at its seams with cookies … and obviously, it’s only right that I do my part.

There are only nine million reasons I love this time of year, and way up there on that list is the excessive amount of cookies that can be found. Today, I have the fudgiest most adult cookies I’ve probably ever made. Smoked Sea Salt will do that to a cookie … make it grow up lickity-spilt.

And it’s gooooooooooooooooooooooood. And superfudgy. And HELLOO … white chocolate Chunks – we’re not talking chips, we’re talking CHUNKS!! … And it’s sophisticated. Something I would serve on fine china, with flutes of milk as I prance around wearing paper crowns from firecrackers … Class with a capital “C”

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White chocolate chunk Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil

3/4 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp smoked sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp instant coffee powder

1 tbsp hot water

1 tsp vanilla

1 cups white chocolate chunks

Smoked sea salt to sprinkle

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Instructions

In a bowl, add the olive oil and sugars and mix until well combined.

Add the eggs.

Add the cocoa powder, flour, smoked salt and beat until a dough forms

In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda, and coffee into the hot water. Add dissolved baking soda and vanilla and beat until well combined.

Stir in the chocolate chunks.

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Preheat oven to 350

Use a cookie scoop to scoop out heaping tablespoons onto your prepared baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 10 minutes for a chewy cookie, or 13 for a slightly crunchier one.

 Let cool completely on the baking sheets then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Let the cookie craze begin!! … I want to know, what’s your favourite holiday cookies to make?