Holiday fun this way

treats

During our first year of marriage I was ecstatic to learn how to bake. I grabbed this recipe and spent an entire Saturday making my first totally from scratch cake. It took forever! Although, I’ve never made the entire cake or marzipan pumpkins again, I did fall for the idea of making chocolate leaves and have enjoyed a batch of them every year since.

This year I used dark chocolate to make the leaves and sprinkled sea salt on top. They are hands down my favorite fall snack, and a really fun treat to bring to parties. Everyone is always surprised at how real the leaves look, but since they are molded on actual maple leaves, they have all the indentions and imperfections of a real leaf.

To make the leaves – first, collect a stash of pretty maple leaves, wash thoroughly and let dry. Melt dark chocolate melts according to package directions. Use a plastic brush to brush on a layer of chocolate on one side of the leaf, and sprinkle on sea salt if you prefer (it’s really great, I promise!). Set on wax paper and let dry for a few hours. Once the chocolate is completely dry, begin carefully peeling back the leaf. It will break off in pieces. Once removed, it will leave you with an awesome chocolate leaf chip to enjoy.

Last year I collected leaves from this same tree and painted them pretty colors – for the record, they did not taste as good!

Photography done in collaboration with Erin Holland.

dark chocolate maple leaves with sea salt

During our first year of marriage I was ecstatic to learn how to bake. I grabbed this recipe and spent an entire Saturday making my first totally from scratch cake. It took forever! Although, I’ve never made the entire cake or marzipan pumpkins again, I did fall for the idea of making chocolate leaves and have enjoyed a batch […]

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colorful chocolate cups

If chocolate is your favorite accompaniment to summer ice-cream, these colorful chocolate bowls will make the treat even sweeter! They are bright, festive and ready to gussy up a hot afternoon standby. No matter the reason, make a batch of the festive bowls and you’ll be the favorite host, mom, or neighbor on the block. […]

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gourmet yogurt pops

We have finally had our first truly warm week here! To celebrate I made yogurt pops. I’ve been inspired by many stores selling gourmet Popsicles this season and decided to add in a bit of baking glitter, sprinkles and colorful stars for the kids. The turned out really pretty and tasted great when devoured on […]

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Oreo mousse cups

While we generally like to do things from scratch, let’s face it: sometimes you just don’t have the time before your guests arrive.  We “cheat” on these Oreo mousse cups by using a packaged mousse mix…but we’ve never had any complaints. In fact, they’re often the first thing to disappear! To make your own “cheater” […]

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The Best Sugar Cranberries Recipe

My favorite Sugar Cranberries recipe is the perfect way to start the season celebrations together. In fact, this recipe is a treasured find from my first year of marriage, and a treat I have made for celebrations every year since. Not only are these sugar coated cranberries sweet and delicious, but they also add a […]

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