Rocky Road Chocolate Bark – A Sweet Gift To Give For #ChristmasWeek

Welcome to Day Four of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Rocky Road Chocolate Bark | Cooking In Stilettos

Recently, I was in one of my favorite stores and saw the prices for that chocolate bark that they have in the fancy tin.  Well – after what I learned with my Hawaiian Crunch White Chocolate Bark, I decided that I’d make my own chocolate bark to give this year (and a little bit extra for under the tree, of course).  One of my favorite childhood ice cream flavors as a child was Rocky Road and after picking up some marshmallows at my local WholePaychex, I decided there was no time like the present…. 

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Day 2 of #ChristmasWeek Calls For Bourbon Brownies

Welcome to Day Two of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Bourbon Brownies | Cooking In Stilettos

Y’all know I love my bourbon.  I have to say, I used to be a rum gal but these past few years, I’ve found myself baking and cooking more with bourbon.  I love that smoky flavor it imparts and when I was thinking of recipes that I wanted to make for #ChristmasWeek, well, I had to do something a bit boozy, right?  These Bourbon Brownies pack a bourbon punch – in the batter, in the “glaze” fresh out of the oven and in the frosting.  If this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Clearly – these are not brownies for the little ones.  These Bourbon Brownies are strictly for the grown folks – those that enjoy a good glass of that amber nectar after a long day at work.  Just grab one of these brownies and a hot toddy of sorts and curl up by the Christmas Tree.  If you leave these for Santa – you better leave a note he might need a designated driver – or have Rudolph at the wheel.  He might be a bit jolly after a few of these…. 

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Kicking Off #ChristmasWeek With Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies

Welcome to Day One of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Millionaire's Shortbread Cookies | Cooking In Stilettos

It’s the first day of #ChristmasWeek and we’ve got some delicious sweet treats that will have you forgetting about calories until January hits.  Added bonus, we’re celebrating Susan of Little Red Kitchen‘s birthday so I brought a sweetly salted treat to the party – these rich and buttery Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies.  What’s a Millionaire’s Shortbread you ask – a rich buttery shortbread layered with a bit of caramel and chocolate – decadent, divine and utterly delicious!

I decided to play with a basic recipe and add my own spin to the mix with adding a touch of Peanut Butter to the mix.  Why Peanut Butter you ask – because peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven and add some caramel and finish with a bit of fleur de sel and this is a cookie that is a must make this holiday season…. 

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Sweet Treats For The Holidays – Hawaiian Crunch White Chocolate Bark

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Hawaiian Crunch White Chocolate Bar | Cooking In Stilettos

Have you seen all of the commercials advertising that the holidays are JUST around the corner? Have you started your holiday shopping yet?

Growing up, a majority of my shopping was done on Christmas Eve.  My dad and I had a tradition of doing family shopping on Christmas Eve, followed by a major present wrap session, wrapping everything in oodles of paper, tape and bows. As I got older, I still would shop closer to Christmas but, with the crowds and chaos at the stores, I started to do a majority of my shopping online (much to my UPS and FedEx driver’s chagrin). This year, I did some thinking about holiday gifts and decided that I’d do something different.  Some of my gifts are going to be straight from my Stiletto Kitchen – made with lots of love and laughter and given to family and friends.

With homemade treats on the mind and knowing how I test a recipe a few times before I pronounce it “perfect”, I needed to get to research mode and start planning! After all, the holidays are only weeks away and some of these gifts need to be sent with a bit of planning and packing care.  After perusing one of my favorite sites, Yahoo! Food, I came across an idea that essentially gave this gal a light-bulb moment – How To Make Chocolate Bark Without a Recipe…. 

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Wrapping Up #CookieWeek With Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Welcome to the last day of Cookie Week, hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen! We’ve teamed together with 10 other talented bloggers to bring you 5 fantastic days of cookie recipes to get you in to the holiday spirits.  We hope you’ve enjoyed this week as much as we did! Don’t forget to check out and enter our fantastic giveaway and our #CookieWeek Pinterest board full of all the cookie recipes you’ve see here this week!

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies | Cooking In Stilettos

It seems like we were JUST starting Cookie Week and here we are, wrapping up the final day of what has been a week of cookie inspiration.  This group of bloggers that I have been thrilled to share cookie recipes with are amazing and I really have to commend them for some seriously awesome cookie luv they have shown this week and the ideas that they brought to the table (or cookie jar) have been nothing short of awesome.  I have so many ideas for the holidays thanks to them.  And major major kudos to Kim and Susan for an amazing job that they did keeping us all on track.

OK – enough chatter from me, let’s get to the cookies I brought to the party – these Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies.  Whenever I make chocolate treats, I always have a little jar of instant espresso nearby.  There’s something about melding the flavors of coffee and chocolate that just makes the treats taste so rich and chocolatey.  I can’t explain it but, in my opinion, it’s a must have ingredient.  When I went to gather the ingredients, I realized that I was out of my favorite chocolate bars that I love to use in treats and would have to punt.  I grabbed some bittersweet chocolate chips and decided to see what magic I could rustle up.  I played with a recipe from Martha Stewart and this cookie is perfect for your next coffee break, a mid-day pick me up or on the go.  Would I recommend having one late at night, ummmmm.. nope.  I’m all about the espresso but I do think this made me a bit more “aware” and if I had these late night, I fear that insomnia would strike.  Make these for the holidays and gift them to the chocolate and coffee lover in your life.  But make a double batch and hide some away for yourself for those days you need a bit of a boost…. 

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A Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake So Good It Will Stop The ’24’ Clock & Why I Adore @BeamlyUS #Beamly

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My friends know two things – when I’m watching “24” or “The Kitchen”, the phone is silent. I do not answer calls, texts etc. However – one thing I must confess – I’m following along with the live action online on my iPad or my phone with my fave app, Beamly.

We’ve talked about Beamly before – when I did this Scandalously Inspired Cocktail – and if you haven’t joined – you might want to ASAP – especially before the fall shows come back. Where else can you chat about Suits (if I ever need a lawyer to have my back, I need Harvey on speed-dial), Real Housewives of NJ (soon to return with even more of the crazy), Masterchef (where a local gal is in Chef Ramsey’s kitchen and I hope she wins) and Orange is the New Black (who doesn’t love that show!).

One thing I love about the peeps on Beamly is the fabulous conversations you have – I mean – ever watch a show and miss something? I do that all the time – there are times I would watch Revenge and thanks to the excellent convos in the Revenge TV Room, I was able to catch the hidden drama while I was too obsessed with figuring out what shoes Victoria was wearing. I’ve met some amazing people on there, including some of Cooking in Stilettos’ readers and I’d love to see you there too!

So – when thinking about what I could share with you, I thought I’d share a recipe that I saw on this past weekend’s episode of “The Kitchen” on Food Network. Marcela made this to.die.for Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake and it looked divine – (as you can see from Sunny’s face on Marcela’s Instagram). It was one of those “I see it – I must make it” recipes and, curled up on my couch with the JuniorSousPug, I totally fell hard for this cake while watching ’24’ – so much so I focused ON the cake and not on the show – and I got lost. Thankfully the Beamly peeps in the 24 TV Room got me up to speed.

So – morale is the story is if you get lost and miss something on your fave show, Beamly has you covered! Now – I just need to see if there are any leftovers so I can curl up and watch SUITS with another slice of this chocolate stout bundt cake.

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Tried and True: Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake

 

Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake | Cooking In Stilettos

When I was in Barnes & Noble not too long ago, there was a book on a shelf that caught my eye – Exotic Table: Flavors, inspiration, and recipes from around the world–to your kitchen.  I had heard good things about the book but wasn’t sure if I was ready to buy it just yet – I had some other ones I was looking at and playing with in the kitchen.  Then, as I wandered around, I thought “I can just LOOK at the book and see what the recipes are, right?”  Flipping through the pages of Exotic Table, I made note of some recipes I wanted to try and then it opened to this glorious Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake.  Now – you know I adore Mexican chocolate – from my favorite Mexican Hot Chocolate to my tried and true Mexican Chocolate Cookies and Mexican Chocolate Pudding and don’t forget that Spiked Mexican Chocolate Mousse I made for a chocolate themed gal’s night menu.  So – when I saw that cake, I knew that I was a goner – that cookbook was in my hot little hand, I marched my stilettos to the register and to my kitchen it went.  … 

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