Kellie Hemmerly of The Suburban Soapbox is a former cubicle dweller turned stay at home mom, lover of wine and self-taught cook. She created her blog to share her kitchen and dining experiences with friends and family. Kellie lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. She can usually be found swimming in butter, but she’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Hi everyone! I’m Kellie with The Suburban Soapbox and I’m thrilled to be posting here at Everyday Good Thinking. I’m a big fan of sweets, especially those with a little hint of coffee in them. Paired with chocolate … my knees usually start to buckle with just one bite. Like these easy Mocha Mousse Parfaits with Baileys® Whipped Cream, they are seriously swoon-worthy.
I don’t frequently make desserts with coffee because I always make too much and then have a ton leftover, which I then tend to drink because … why waste it? And I definitely don’t need that much caffeine in my life, I should stop at two cups. That’s why I’m in love with the 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker. This is the perfect appliance for my household because we drink coffee all the time. A little, a lot … all day long. In the evening, I set it to make a big pot in the morning. And then in the afternoon, I can make just one cup with the single serve side using either my favorite ground coffee or a single-serve pack. This also allows me to make just enough coffee for my favorite desserts.
These Mocha Mousse Parfaits with Baileys® Whipped Cream only use half a cup of coffee, so you only need to use half a cup of water in the single-serve side with enough grounds for half a cup. No waste, no ridiculous caffeine high from excessive amounts of coffee.
The mocha mousse is rich and dense, unlike most mousse recipes that are light and fluffy. It’s the perfect dessert for sharing because of its deep chocolate flavor. The slightly sweetened Baileys® whipped cream is the perfect contrast to the decadence of the mousse, and the crisp cookie crumbs add a great texture to the parfait.
These are super easy to make and can be made up to 24 hours in advance. A great and impressive addition to a dinner party or perfect for a laid-back sweet treat on a lazy Saturday night.
Mocha Mousse Parfaits with Baileys® Whipped Cream
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into 1/2-ounce pieces
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into 1/2-ounce pieces
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
2 tablespoons unsweetened dutch process cocoa
5 egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
4 tablespoons Baileys® Irish Cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
10 chocolate wafer cookies
Heat 1-inch of water in the bottom half of a double boiler over medium high heat. Place the chocolate, coffee and cocoa in the top of the double boiler and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Heat the chocolate until melted, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and stir until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the egg whites and mix on high speed until soft peaks form, approximately 1 minute. Continue to whisk while slowly adding the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk until firm peaks form and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk 3/4 cup of the heavy cream in a well-chilled bowl until stiff. Fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the melted chocolate mixture and then fold in the whipped cream. Fold in the remaining egg whites. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining cream, Baileys® and confectioners’ sugar until well whipped (between soft and stiff peaks … don’t over beat.) Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the chocolate wafers and process until fine crumbs form. Set aside.
To assemble the parfaits, add a tablespoon of the crushed chocolate wafers to a parfait glass, add 1/3 cup of the mousse on top of each layer. Top the mousse with 1/3 cup whipped cream. Repeat the process once more. Top the last layer with chocolate shavings if desired. Serve immediately.
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and when you think of who and what you love, many things probably come to mind. It might be your kids or your spouse, maybe your dog or new job. Or maybe it’s champagne and raspberries and the creamy, chocolaty decadence of warm Nutella desserts. Just me? I love Valentine’s Day because behind all the cheesy cards and coworkers’ rose bouquets is a chance to spend some time with the one you love. It’s also a great excuse to be a little extravagant and savor rich desserts like this Nutella dessert pizza.
Instead of a little cookie or a cupcake, we opted for a large pizza with a made-from-scratch crust. It’s topped while warm so the hazelnut spread glides over every bump with ease, and then it’s topped with fresh raspberries and gold flecked hearts. You can substitute strawberries, pomegranate seeds or any other berry – or make it kid friendly and let them decorate it with colorful sprinkles. No matter how you top it, this rich Nutella and raspberry dessert pizza is guaranteed to win some hearts on Valentine’s Day.
Nutella Raspberry Valentine Pizza
Nutella® hazelnut spread
decorative sugar or sprinkles
Preheat oven to 475°F. Place Homemade Pizza Dough on floured counter and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
Shape into 16-inch round pizza pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. It may puff up while baking. If desired, line dough with nonstick foil and weigh down with pie weights.
Top pizza crust with desired amount of Nutella® hazelnut spread. Top with fresh berries and decorate as desired.
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Holiday baking is so much fun, and blogs and what’s better than receiving a gift of homemade goods? But sometimes, there’s not a lot of time to bake or join an intimidating cookie swap. That’s why we came up with 5 easy ways to dress up our favorite made-from-scratch chocolate brownies for the holidays. They’ll make everyone believe you’re really an elf or were trained by Mrs. Claus herself.
- Frozen Snowflake Brownies
Channel eternal winters, snowy kingdoms, ice princesses and hilarious snowmen with these frozen snowflake brownies. Make fudgy brownies and top them with DIY snowflake picks and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
- Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies
Crush candy canes in a food processor or food chopper, then sprinkle on fudgy brownies in the last few minutes of baking. When they are finished and still hot, add a few more sprinkles of peppermint to the tops. You don’t need to add a lot; just a little sprinkle goes a long way.
- White Chocolate Cranberry and Pistachio Brownies
Nothing says the holidays like red, white and green. Cranberries, white chocolate and chopped pistachios are a festive addition to fudgy brownies. Just bake the brownies, then top them with melted white chocolate morsels. While the chocolate topping is still melted, sprinkle them with dried cranberries and pistachios. When the brownies cool, the chocolate topping will create a white chocolate bark perfect for the season.
- North Pole Brownies
Make brownies instead of cookies for Santa’s visit this year, and truly bring out your inner elf. First, make the North Pole signposts by topping straight peppermint sticks with a red hot candy (and icing to help it stick). Then, use return address labels to print North Pole signs and attach a tiny sprig of rosemary to resemble festive pine decorations. Dust fudgy brownies with confectioners’ sugar, cut them into squares and add a North Pole sign to each brownie.
- Santa Hat Brownies in a Sleigh
Use a mini muffin tin to cook fudgy brownies, then top them with simple vanilla frosting and strawberries to create these adorable Santa hat brownies everyone will love. (To create a sleigh, place a few in a small, rectangular dish and place in a couple candy canes.) These Pinterest-perfect brownies are great for Santa snacks, bake sales and holiday parties.
- Salted Caramel Brownies
The tried-and-true flavor of salted caramel mixed with chocolate really comes to life with these easy and delicious brownies. Just bake the fudgy brownies as normal, then drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. These are a huge crowd-pleaser.
The weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful. Yes, it’s that time of year where we’re all reaching for a hot beverage to warm our chilly fingers and fight the chill. Here are 5 ways to do just that while enjoying the festive flavors of the holiday season.
1. White Chocolate Peppermint Coffee
2. Gingerbread Coffee
3. Hot Peppermint Mocha Coffee
4. Raspberry Truffle Coffee
5. Salted Caramel Mocha Coffee
Rich caramel flavors complement the sweet chocolate and whipped cream in this luxurious dessert coffee that’s simple enough for everyday. Brew the coffee in a single-serve coffee maker to make it quickly for one, or multiply the recipe and use a standard 12-cup coffee maker to serve a group.
Top it with the perfect whipped cream we learned how to make a few days ago.
Drizzle with caramel syrup and sprinkle with shaved chocolate and sea salt.
It’s like getting a fancy coffeehouse drink, but you can do it yourself in just a few easy steps. Plus, there’s no one to misspell your name on the side of your to-go cup. You’ll love this coffee on a cool night, and it’s a great accompaniment to serve with dessert, too.
Salted Caramel Mocha Coffee
3 Tablespoons ground coffee
12 ounces water
2 Tablespoons half and half
2 Tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
Caramel ice cream topping
Scoop coffee into Scoop filter (do not fill above MAX line).
Fill mug with water and pour into coffee maker.
Select BOLD setting. Brew coffee into mug.
Stir in half and half, caramel ice cream topping and chocolate syrup.
Top with whipped cream. Drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with sea salt.
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