There is a reason why jolly ol’ Nick is rather rotund – all that Christmas candy and cookies he is served on Christmas eve. Those many platters of Christmas treats, piled high and plentiful. All those sweet concoctions made especially for Santa. And there is a reason why all of us add a little extra tonnage on the ol’ thighs somewhere between Thanksgiving and New Years, between office parties and neighborhood gatherings – all those holiday treats our neighbors and friends gift us, all those tasty nibbles that we swear we will only have one.
Ha! One, my ass! You can never have just one – one cookie, one bite, one taste. One doesn’t take into account the three cookies you snuck in your mouth while no one was looking. One doesn’t mean the extra bites and samples you had, “to make sure it was okay”. One doesn’t explain the chocolate smear on your lips as you exit the bathroom. Nope, just one does not justify the evidence. The damming evidence of, dare I say it, tummy tonnage. GASP! It can be found anywhere, under your chin, around on your rear, behind your arms. FAT!
Hell, weight gain is fine….. on someone else. So, enjoy helping your family and friends get fat with these wonderful and rich chocolate chubby gifts. Gifts with good taste! Gifts that keep giving well after they have all disappeared!
PUDGY FUDGEY SAUCE
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. light corn syrup
- 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 tbsp. of your favorite liquor such as Amaretto, Bailey’s, or Kahlua (yes, add some more calories!)
- Small decorative jars with lids
In a medium saucepan, bring the cream and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the stove-top and whisk in the chopped chocolate until melted. Stir in the liquor. Pour into jars and cool completely before covering (otherwise the sauce will become granular). Once cooled, cap with the lid and refrigerate. Makes approximate 2 cups and will keep up to 1 month in the refrigerator.
Now just tag, bag and gift! Add a small serving spoon to your package to encourage sampling right out of the jar!
CHOCOLATE BON BONDS
they will bond smack dab onto your belly!
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
- 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Optional: add 1 tbsp: peppermint oil; coconut oil; Kahlua, Grand Marnier or a flavor of your choice
In the top pan of a double-boiler, bring the heavy cream to a gentle simmer. Remove from the stove-top and stir in the chocolate pieces and butter. In the bottom double-boiler, bring 1/2 ” water to a slow simmer over low heat. Set the top pan on the bottom double-boiler stirring continuously until completely melted. Remove from the heat. Pour the chocolate mixture into a shallow bowl. Cool completely, cover and refrigerate until the firm, at least two hours.
Pour the cocoa in a glass pie pan. Line an airtight container with wax paper. Using a melon scooper, dip into a glass of warm water then quickly dip into the chilled chocolate mixture to form a 1” ball. Drop and roll the chocolate Bon Bon in the cocoa powder until covered and place in the prepared container. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or the freezer up to 3 months.
Makes approximately 30 Bon Bons if you don’t eat any. Ah, screw it, keep these for yourself!
make two batches and hide one for later!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. unsweetened dark cocoa
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 5 tbsp. softened butter – pliable but not easily spreadable
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- cooking spray
Combine flour, cocoa and salt in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place Sugar, butter and oil in a medium bowl and mix with your CLEAN hands until combined. Add the flour mixture, again, mixing with your hands until blended. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place dough on a baking sheet that is coated with cooking spray. press dough into an 8″ x 5″ rectangle about 3/8″ thick. Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork.
Bake for 30 minutes or until just set. Cut shortbread into 24 pieces (one less and we’ll know you ate one!) Cool. Gift box and deliver all those calories with a smile on your face!
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