Sophisticated S’mores (revisited)

Revisiting an old recipe and adding a few new twists because the Oscars are airing on Sunday and they’ve got me feeling inspired. Today’s sweet indulgence, would be perfect for your sunday viewing party. A decadent pairing of gooey marshmallows, homemade graham crackers, and dark chocolate that together create an uber delish s’more that’s richness will capture the elegance of the Academy Awards. But of course it doesn’t end there. This time around I’ve spiked the marshmallows with my favorite elderflower liqueur that just happens to be “gold” in color, like the iconic award itself. And since I’m certain we’ll be seeing plenty tuxedos on the red carpet tomorrow evening, a dark chocolate bow for a touch of whimsy and an oscar worthy finishing touch. If ever there were an award show for desserts, these elevated s’mores would certainly be nominated.

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Sophisticated S’Mores (revisited) DF

The St. Germaine elderflower liqueur adds subtle floral notes to the marshmallow and pairs deliciously against the intense flavor of the dark chocolate and the bite of the graham cracker cookies. An unexpected yet harmonious balance of sweet and chic, that’s also dairy free.

St. Germaine Spiked Marshmallows

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Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup St. Germaine Liqueur

3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin

2/3 cups light corn syrup

1 3/4 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.

Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.

While gelatin is soaking add 1/4 St. Germaine, corn syrup and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute.

Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin and beat on high, using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in lemon juice and mix until just combined.

Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.

Allow to rest for 4 hours, or overnight.

Mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased scissors, or a knife, cut the marshmallows, dredging lightly in the cornstarch mixture and they’re ready to enjoy.

Store in airtight container.

Homemade Vegan Graham Crackers

Ingredients/Supplies~

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup graham flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup Earth Balance coconut spread at room temperature (or 2 sticks of butter for non vegan)

3/4 cups light brown sugar

1/4 cup almond milk

parchment paper

Instructions

Add first 5 ingredients into a bowl, mix together and set aside.

Combine coconut spread, brown and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed for a few minutes until fluffy.

Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Once combined, slowly pour in almond milk and mix until fully incorporated.

The place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to 1/8″ thick.

Move rolled dough to refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove dough from fridge and cut into shapes using a cutter of your choice.

Bake for 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

Dark Chocolate Bows

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Ingredients/Supplies

1 bar of dairy free dark chocolate (I find mine at Trader Joes)

Silicone Bow mold (I used wilton)

ziplock bag.

Instructions

Heat chocolate at 30 second intervals in the microwave until completely melted.

Pipe melted chocolate into the molds and lightly tap on a solid surface to evenly distribute.

Place in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Once chocolate bows have completely chilled, remove from molds and begin assembling your S’mores. You will need 2 graham crackers, 1 marshmallow and 1 chocolate bow for each sweet sandwich.

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Repeat these steps and they’re ready to enjoy!

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I’m planning to have a few of these tomorrow as I watch the red carpet event. Can’t wait to see all the looks! What are you most looking forward to?

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

xo

This specific recipe for Sophisticated S’mores (revisited) was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

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Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend! I’m finally feeling better and now that I am, I’m realizing that I’m a little far behind. Seriously! I cannot believe that January is almost over. Of course that means Valentine’s Day is near, so I’m wasting no time jumping in to the themed posts and breaking out the dark chocolate. Yes today’s post is all about dark chocolate and some other delightful fruit pairings to go along with it. Dark chocolate candy cups, with pink fruit filling to be exact. I really don’t think it gets more hearts day appropriate or fitting than that…but for a few extra Valentine’s day points, all the ingredients in today’s post are all natural and free of gluten and dairy, making these chocolate delights a perfect any time treat, even great for sweet gifting as the holiday approaches.

Tuesday is looking better already!

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Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Homemade candy cups made completely free of dairy and gluten, with a crisp dark chocolate outer shell and a tart and creamy coconut cherry filling for Valentine’s Day or any day. 

Ingredients/Supplies

4 oz premium dark chocolate

1/3 cup organic cherry preserves

1 cup shredded flaked coconut

1 tbsp almond milk

20 mini paper cups

1 piping or ziplock bag

blender or food processor

Treat bags and washi tape

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Arrange your 20 mini paper candy cups on a tray.

Blend together cherry preserves, coconut and almond milk until a thick paste forms.

Place your dark chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Heat in 30 second intervals or over the stove until completely melted.

Pour chocolate into the ziplock/piping bag.

Fill the bottom of each candy cup with melted chocolate.

With your hand, pick up each chocolate filled paper cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to distribute the chocolate evenly. Repeat this step for each candy cup.

Take 1 tsp of cherry coconut filling and form into a small ball using your fingers.

Place each cherry coconut formed round into the center of the chocolate bottomed candy cup leaving space around each side. Repeat this step for each piece of candy.

Pipe chocolate over the top of each candy cup until filling is completely covered.

Again pick up each cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to evenly distribute chocolate.

Repeat this step for each piece of candy making sure no filling is showing.

Place in the fridge and chill for 1 hour.

Once chilled, these are ready to enjoy!

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Since I’m loving gold and metallics so much these days, I quickly decorated white treat bags with a tiny gold, silver and bronze hearts. Placed two candy cups in each little bag, and then finished them off with a piece of pink chevron washi tape. Such a cute and simple way to dress up ordinary bags for hearts day gifting.

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Have a lovely Tuesday!

I’ll have a Super Bowl XLIX related post to share here later this week!

Thanks for reading.

xo

This specific recipe for Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

Graduation & DIY Chocolate Chalkboards

There’s nothing I love more than giving edible gifts, and last week when my oldest daughter and I came across the DIY chocolate chalkboards found on the Dollhouse Bakeshoppe Blog we knew they would make an adorable thank you’s for her preschool teachers, in preparation for her graduation last Saturday.

Reality most certainly set in during the ceremony. I still remember 2 years ago around this time when we enrolled her into preschool, and I remember the tears I wept when we dropped her off for the first time. The way that she told us she would be fine, and ran off to play before we even walked out the door. Now to see how she’s blossomed and transformed into such a beautiful little being, makes me tear up over and over again.

We surely do have the teachers to thank. They have become a big part of our lives, playing a role in her growth and development over the last few years, with guidance and instruction helping shape her into the girl she is today. Both caring and compassionate, a lover of arts and crafts, a thinker, and great role model to her fellow classmates, and so much more. They most certainly deserve to be honored for all that they do. So in addition to the chocolate strawberries we made for the graduation, we also made these dark chocolate chalkboards for 5 of her teachers, using instruction from the Dollhouse Bakeshoppe Blog’s tutorial.

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These little dark chocolate bars really do look like mini chalkboards. Wouldn’t you agree?! The addition of the jimmy sprinkles used as decorative chalk is such a brilliant idea. I die…seriously! And they make such perfect heartfelt gifts, that teachers will truly appreciate. I know my daughter’s teachers did!

Although I used Lindsay’s instruction as a guide, I chose to melt my chocolate into molds for a decorate frame and finish. I did not use the caramels to frame the chocolate however if you do not have mold on hand and would like to use the caramel frame, visit her blog for instruction by following the highlighted link above.

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DIY Chocolate Chalkboards

Ingredients/Supplies

Chocolate mold (optional or you can just use the back side of the bar itself to create your message this is probably a faster option) You can find the mold I used in the Posh Etsy Shop.

Four 4 oz bars of quality dark chocolate

1/2 cup powdered sugar

white jimmy sprinkles

toothpick

brand new paint brush washed and dried

parchment paper

ziplock bag

cellophane bags

bakers twine

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Instructions

Heat the chocolate in a double boiler or in 30 second intervals in the microwave until fully melted.

Pour melted chocolate into ziplock back and snip the corner.

Pipe melted chocolate into molds and once finished gently tap the mold against a hard surface to evenly distribute.

Place in the fridge until cooled, about 1 hour.

Remove from fridge and flip mold upside down onto a sheet of parchment paper to remove the chocolates.

With a toothpick, begin engraving your message into the molded chocolate. Remove excess chocolate shavings with brush.

Fill the engraved chocolate with powdered sugar using the paint brush or similar to pack it down, so it’s evenly distributed throughout the entire message.

Brush off the remaining powdered sugar which will also give the chocolate the “chalkboard” look.

Towards the bottom of each bar engrave two spaces large enough to hold the “chalk” or white jimmy sprinkles. Gently push them into place.

Repeat these steps for each chocolate bar.

Once all bars are engraved and completed, place them each in their own cellophane bag for packaging, and finish with bakers twine and handmade labels.

I would caution against placing the finished chocolate back in the fridge as the moisture can affect the look and texture of the powdered sugar. Leave them at room temperature, in a cool dry place.

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DIY Chocolate Chalkboards | Posh Little DesignsChalkboards are so trendy these days, you could really use them for all sorts of different gifts and favors. Bridal showers, weddings, birthday parties and more!

 And here’s my little beauty, on graduation day! So much joy and many tears as well. When we asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she said a Dr, so she can help people. She also said she will miss all of her friends from school. This girl melts my heart and words cannot express how proud we are of her. This is only the beginning!

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Thanks for reading and I hope you give this fun DIY a try! It’s a fun edible craft to try with the little ones and a great way to show appreciation to teachers, as they do so much for our children.

DIY Chocolate Chalkboards | Posh Little Designs

More to share soon.

xo

DIY Adapted from the Dollhouse Bakeshoppe Blog

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Chocolate Easter Bunnies – DIY

Happy almost Friday!! Do you have big plans for the upcoming holiday weekend? Mine will be filled with celebrations, starting with a baby shower in Vancouver BC on Saturday and a quiet Easter gathering with my family on Sunday. The weather is shaping up to be warm too so if we’re lucky we’ll be able to move the Easter egg hunt we have planned for our girls outdoors.

Speaking of Easter, what is your favorite memory from the holiday? (If you celebrate it.) Mine has to be the hollow chocolate bunny that I remember receiving in my basket each year as a child. As much as I loved them growing up, it would be nearly impossible to locate a soy and dairy free chocolate bunny in the grocery store these days…story of my life, but since I have a goal of carrying the tradition forward for my children, I’ve made a version my own. My motto these days: Can’t find it?! Make it! So here I present to you a modern rendition of the classic chocolate bunny, using a trio of chocolates; white, milk and dark (vegan optional) for my entire family to enjoy, and yours too!

DIY chocolate bunnies

This darling trio of sweet bunnies is made with very simple steps (perfect for last-minute gifting) and since they’re bite size, they’re a little (or a lot) less guilty. Ah!! My kind of Easter treat!

Chocolate Easter Bunnies – DIY

If you are looking to make these vegan, you can just use the dark chocolate, but be sure to read the ingredients as many dark chocolates out there still include dairy. The dairy free dark that I use comes from Trader Joes.

bunny supplies

Ingredients/Supplies

1 pan sized sheet of parchment paper

6 to 8 oz of quality milk, white and dark chocolate

miniature bunny cookie cutter

small cellophane bags

edible Easter grass (Target) snipped into bite-size pieces

decorative sugar pearls (for posh)

ribbon or bakers twine

Instructions

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place chocolates into 3 separate heat-proof bowls and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

Pour each kind of chocolate separately onto parchment paper.

Smooth out any lines or bubbles in the chocolate using a rubber spatula.

Place in the fridge to chill for 3-5 minutes. You want the chocolate to be partially chilled but soft enough to cut and hold the shape of the cookie cutter, but not fully chilled, otherwise you won’t be able to cut it.

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Cut multiple bunny shapes into each of the 3 chocolates.

Place back into fridge to fully chill. I give it an hour.

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Keep chilled until ready to serve/gift.

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Treat Bag Assembly

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Fill bottom of cellophane bag with snipped edible grass.

Free pour about a teaspoon of sugar beads.

Add chocolate bunny.

Finish them with a pretty bow and you have a posh little treat/gift to give for the holiday.

Place them in your child’s Easter basket, or put them out to enjoy on Sunday.

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Wishing you all a fabulous holiday weekend!

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Please check back in soon for your next dose of posh.

xoxo

This DIY concept was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Strawberry Nutella Dessert Panini

World Nutella Day was on Tuesday the 5th and although I wasn’t able to get this post up in time to celebrate (chasing two kids around is a full-time job,) the holiday was enough to inspire a little treat…even if it took a few extra days to make. Now before I go any further, let me announce that Nutella does include both dairy and soy ingredients so this is not a treat for me to enjoy but my husband and 3-year-old daughter certainly loved tasting these little ‘sweethearts” today. And with Valentine’s day just one week away, making something with a chocolate hazelnut spread and strawberries seemed appropriate because we all know how well chocolate and strawberries go together. Well this treat is certainly no exception. A modern twist on the classic chocolate strawberry that your “sweetheart” will truly adore.

Also featured is an incredibly simple DIY. See below for the easiest instructions ever!

Strawberry Nutella Panini

Strawberry Nutella Dessert Panini

Supplies/Ingredients

Panini Press

4 slices of whole grain bread

Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread

4 Fresh strawberries rinsed and sliced into rounds

2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar (optional)

Heart shaped cookie cutters (optional)

1 paper towel.

Instructions

Slice strawberries into rounds and place on a paper towel to soak up excess juice.

Spread an even layer of nutella onto all slices of bread.

Cover two slices of the nutella bread with strawberry rounds, placing remaining two slices of nutella bread atop the strawberries, creating two sandwiches.

Place both nutella and strawberry sandwiches in Panini press and cook for 2-4 minutes until bread has grill marks and is perfectly golden brown.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes.

If you are Celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, you can cut your Panini into festive shapes using a heart cookie cutter (warning…this can get a little messy.) Check out my etsy shop to purchase one today. You still have time to receive it before Valentine’s Day!

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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When I started photographing these sweetheart sandwiches they began to remind me of breakfast and french toast which got me thinking…how lovely would these be on a romantic brunch menu for two!?

Decadent. Divine. Delish.

DIY Heart Sticker Toppers

This DIY is almost simple enough to not need instructions. The toppers literally take seconds to make and add a dash of posh to any treat in mind.

DIY heart sticker toppers

Supplies

Decorative toothpicks

Glittery heart dimensional stickers

Tape

Instructions

DIY heart sticker toppers

Simply apply the stickers to the top of each toothpick.

Place a small piece of tape on the back to make sure they stay secure.

They are ready for use.

DIY heart sticker toppers

Dress up your cupcakes, cookies and any other dessert you can think of this Valentine’s Day!

More posh is on the way! Check back again soon.

xo

Pink Peppermint Bark

When I think of colors to associate with posh…pink comes to mind. And when I think of Christmas and my favorite holiday treats, peppermint & chocolate top the list. Put them together and what do you get? A sweet holiday goodie that’s delish, pretty, and for your convenience very simple to make. Honestly, all you need is a microwave or pot of boiling water to melt the chocolate, and then a pan to cool it on. No special baking skills necessary. In fact, if you have little ones you could request their help too. My 3 year old daughter truly enjoyed assisting me today. She unwrapped all the kisses by herself and added the finishing sprinkles…or posh dust as we like to call it.

And after the bark was chilled and ready to eat…(currently vegan so only a tiny nibble) I discovered that they have quite a similar taste quality to those Pepperidge Farms Meltaway Mints that I’ve loved since I was a child. And later when I photographed them, they started to remind me of those Mother’s pink and white circus cookies I use to eat when I was young. Random, but interesting nonetheless. The holiday season has a way of doing that…bringing back memories from my childhood, which have somehow transformed into new traditions that I share with my husband and children today.

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Pink Peppermint Bark

Ingredients/Supplies

6 oz quality white chocolate (I use Bakers brand) (1st layer)

1 bag of Candy Cane holiday hershey kisses (2nd layer)

Festive sprinkles

parchment paper

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Directions

Place parchment paper in an 8×8 square pan and set aside.

Unwrap white chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl. Place bowl over a pot of boiling water, (or you can microwave in 30 second intervals stirring each time until melted.)

Meanwhile, unwrap entire bag of candy cane hershey kisses and place in a separate heatproof bowl.

Once white chocolate has melted, pour into 8×8 inch pan and immediately place in the fridge (layer 1). Allow to cool for 15 minutes or until almost set.

While white chocolate is cooling, place the bowl of hershey kisses over the double boiler and stir until melted. (This is when you’ll see the hershey’s transform from red and white to a gorgeous and posh pink.)

Remove chilled white chocolate from fridge and pour pink chocolate evenly over white chocolate layer.

Dust with festive sprinkles (I used holiday non-pariels)

Immediately place back in the fridge until fully set (about 1 hour.)

Once chilled place bark on a cutting board and cut into pieces.

Keep cool until ready to serve.

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Now you can be selfish and keep these all to yourself, or you can spread the holiday posh and give them away like I am. They make a great last minute holiday gift.

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Either way, enjoy and remember to check back soon for another dose of holiday posh.

I also made some grasshopper bark from the Brown Eyed Baker which I’m packaging up and gifting to family and friends. It is incredible! Click here to make it now.

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Chocolate and pretzels equal a heavenly combination of sweet and salty. I am a sucker for both so I combined the two not only for a bit of pregnancy craving relief, but also with St. Patty’s Day day in mind. These chocolate dipped pretzels are in the ‘mini’ version if you will. I made them in minis because I adore anything pint sized, perhaps because they give the illusion of less guilt? Regardless of the reason, they are a perfect treat or favor for your next St. Patrick’s Day Fete, or any occasion for that matter.

To make them all posh and festive, I used a few drops of green liquid food coloring and then decorated them with my sprinkle mix. So simple to make, and adorable too. If you have little ones they will just love to help you make and eat them as well.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Ingredients~

1 Bag Rold Gold Pretzel Rods.

1  box Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares.

Green Food Coloring.

Parchment Paper.

Sprinkles.

Directions~

Line Cookie Sheet in parchment paper and set aside.

Heat white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Divide melted chocolate into two bowls, adding the food coloring to one of them until the desired color is achieved (I used two drops in mine.)

Dip pretzels in both green and white chocolate, then decorate.

Place decorated pretzels onto parchment paper and allow to harden in the fridge for at least an hour.

Enjoy!