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!

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

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!

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

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.

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

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.

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Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts (DF)

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During the holiday season, there’s nothing I love more than hosting and entertaining, and when I’m entertaining, having a few tiny treats on the menu is an absolute must. A must, because miniature and one-bite items are easy for guests to enjoy, and much less guilty because of their small size. Not to mention adorable! So yes! When it comes to entertaining, mini is the new black in my opinion and these Lemon Cardamom donuts that I made with my mini pan, are a new favorite. And since Christmas fast approaching, whipping up a batch of these less guilty treats, dressed up with posh embellies, seemed oh so necessary.

Darling and delightful and promised to hit the spot!

Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts (DF)

A sweet, spicy and aromatic cake donut, topped with a tart glaze and decorated with colors of the season. Not fried, free of dairy and easily converted to gluten-free.

(baked & dairy free – makes about 36)

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

1/4 cup vegan butter

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

zest from 1 lemon

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 2/3 cups flour

1 cup coconut milk

decorative sprinkles of your choice; I used silver and white sugar pearls, gold and silver sugar crystals, silver and gold edible glitter and coconut flakes.

Mini donut pan lightly greased

1 ziplock bag

1 piece of parchment paper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In the bowl of a stand mixer blend together oil, butter and sugars.

Add in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients.

Pour a portion of the flour mixture into the egg and sugar mixture alternating into thirds with 1 cup of coconut milk until completely combined.

Pour the mixed batter into the corner of a 1 gallon ziplock bag, cutting the corner with scissors.

Pipe the batter into the greased mini donut cavities filling only about half-way full.

Bake in the oven for 4-6 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from pan and transfer to a cooling rack.

(Makes about 36 mini donuts)

While donuts are cooling, whip up your lemon glaze. It’s a tasty compliment to the spiced flavor and it will only takes 1-2 minutes to make!

baked donut recipe adapted from King Arthur

Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon coconut milk

2-3 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

In a glass bowl, stir ingredients together until thoroughly combined. If it’s too dry or thick add a few more drops of lemon juice until the glaze is a dipping consistency. Careful not to make it too thin.

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Dip the tops of the cooled mini donuts into the lemon glaze.

Place on a sheet of parchment paper, and sprinkle with your favorite toppings.

I went with coconut flakes and silver and gold sparkle for a glamorous touch, but any color will do!

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

I can envision these mini donuts atop a Christmas or New Years Eve dessert table already.

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Stack the donuts on a mini cake plates and serve to guests with tea, coffee or hot cocoa and enjoy!

Wishing you all a great week! I’ve been under the weather for the last several days so having these mini donuts to enjoy was a much needed treat.

More to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles (V)

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Winter is almost here, which for most of us means that we’re a long ways from summer. We actually couldn’t be further in the Pacific NW with the 20 degree temps we’ve been experiencing lately, but that’s not stopping me from having frozen treats on my mind. Maybe it’s all the chilly weather getting to me…it must be, because I’m dreaming of sunshine and 80 degrees.

That brings me to today’s recipe featuring a few of favorite things, like peppermint and chocolate, which I’ve combined together to create frosty and festive popsicle fitting for the Christmas season. And for a little extra holiday cheer, there’s a touch of pink incorporated into each pop, courtesy of the peppermint candies.

Very merry and posh!

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles (V)

Creamy coconut milk paired with cool peppermint and sweet dark chocolate makes this recipe an instant seasonal favorite. Not only are these pops dairy free, they’re also completely vegan and free of gluten soy as well, so everyone can enjoy!

Ingredients/Supplies

1 full can of light or full fat Coconut Milk (I used light and prefer Trader Joes coconut milk)

1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar

1/4 teaspoon of pure peppermint oil

1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy discs + 4  solid peppermint discs uncrushed.

1/3 cup of dairy free dark chocolate (chopped into small chunks, about 1/2 inch in size) I found mine at Trader Joes

4 popsicle sticks

4 6-8 ounce containers (i found mini plastic parfait glasses and used those)

parchment paper

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Combine Coconut milk and agave nectar in a glass bowl. Blend together for desired sweetness. Add in peppermint oil and stir.

Pour in 1/4 cup of the 1/3 crushed peppermint candy discs (the red color of the candy will tint the coconut milk pink), setting the remaining crushed peppermints aside.

Pour in 1/4 cup of the 1/3 chopped dairy free dark chocolate to the coconut milk mixture and set the remaining chocolate aside.

Mix all of the above ingredients together.

Drop each of the remaining 4 peppermint discs into the bottom of the mini parfait glasses.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Pour about 1/2 a cup of coconut peppermint and chocolate mixture into each parfait glass over top the peppermint candy disc.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Repeat this step for all for parfait glasses.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Place on a tray in the freezer for about 1 hour and then insert your popsicle sticks.

Allow another 2 hours to fully freeze.

Line a dish with a sheet of parchment paper and set aside.

Pour remaining crushed peppermint and dark chocolate into a dish and mix together.

Once popsicles are completely frozen, fill up a medium-sized bowl with warm water. Place each popsicle into bowl of warm water to remove from the parfait glasses.

The popsicles will have a layer of melt on them which you can top with the remaining peppermint and chocolate mixture. Repeat these steps for each of the remaining popsicles and place on the parchment paper.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Return to the freezer for another hour.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Serve immediately!

These popsicles are fabulous for holiday parties and entertaining, especially if you live in a warmer climate. You could also enjoy these with friends and loved ones bundled up in your coziest blankets near the fire. That’s exactly how I had mine and I’ve already

Happy Holidays!!

Much more on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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German Chocolate French Macarons


German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

After traveling to NY last month and visiting Ladurée, I’ve become a little more obsessed with french macarons. Not gonna lie, I’ve been thinking about them quite often and regretting not bringing home more from the city. More than anything I think visiting Ladurée has inspired me to become better at making macarons. My mom’s birthday last weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making them again, this time flavored like german chocolate cake, since that’s her favorite dessert.

I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand in my pantry to make the german chocolate cake macarons, but none left to spare. Of course that meant if I experienced a mess up, it would basically be tragic and more than anything a waste of time, but luckily there were no tragedies in my kitchen last weekend. Instead I was thrilled when I placed the shells in the oven and watched them rise, feet and all. If you’ve ever made french macarons before, the term “feet” is one worth celebrating, and that I did, over a glass of sauvignon blanc.

 These German chocolate cake macarons were only my 3rd attempt at making them, and although far from perfect, they were much improved from my last batch. I credit the awesome recipe for the macarons I found via Wives with Knives which I followed exactly, only substituting the butter and evaporated milk in the german chocolate filling to make the macarons dairy free and do note that the shells and filling is also gluten free.

German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

Seriously if you love french macarons and german chocolate cake, I highly, highly recommend this recipe! They are a little intimidating to make at first, but I assure you with practice they become easier and easier. Next time around I’ll just have to grind down my almond meal to a finer consistency and add a few more folds to the batter for a smoother shinier shell, but the flavor was there nonetheless.

Most importantly, my mom was absolutely delighted by her sweet birthday gift, which was a reward in itself.

And for an extra reward, I enjoyed tea and a few leftover macarons on the morning of the first day of Fall as the rain began to fall. The perfect way to bring in the new season.

Thanks as always for reading and Happy Fall! Much more to share soon.

xo

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Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites (V)

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Lately I’ve had Fall and seasonal recipes on the brain, so while feeling a little festive over the weekend I whipped up a simple caramel using only the ingredients that I had  in my pantry. To my surprise, a can of coconut milk and a cup of sugar, if boiled long enough can transform into a delightful dipping sauce that pairs beautifully with apples and just about anything else you could think of. And did I mention that this heavenly sauce just happens to be gluten and lactose free?! Hmmm..thinking it’s safe to say that Fall just got a whole lot sweeter.

Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites

Ingredients/Supplies

1-2 large apples cut into 2 inch cubes

lemon wedge

toothpicks

parchment paper

3/4 cups full fat coconut milk

1 cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon pink himalaya sea salt

seeds from 1 vanilla bean scraped

1 teaspoon coconut oil.

Finely chopped pecans.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Line baking sheet or tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Cube apples and squeeze with lemon juice to prevent browning and then top with toothpicks. Set aside.

For caramel, combine raw sugar and coconut milk in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat.

Stir until sugar is dissolved and then allow to boil for 15 minutes until a the caramel is an amber brown.

Quickly remove from heat and gently stir in salt, vanilla bean seeds and coconut oil.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Begin dipping each apple into caramel sauce right away. You can do this by transferring the sauce into a separate dish, or directly from the sauce pan, just be careful not to burn yourself.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Sprinkle each dipped apple with chopped pecans and place on parchment paper to cool.

Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Note: Since this is not your typical caramel it has a tendency to harden as soon as it begins to cool. You can attempt to reheat in the microwave, but you’ll yield your best results by using the caramel sauce immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

These Fall delights are vegan and party perfect. Their small size and toothpick toppers make them ideal for entertaining and and a favorite for the season upon us!

Enjoy!

Do you have any Fall recipes you’re excited to make? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading. I’ll have much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry season is upon us and my little indoor basil plant is FINALLY starting to grow enough leaves for use. Yes,  finally…after 3 months in poor window lighting I have a small abundance of basil leaves available at my fingertips. This is a nice little convenience to have and totally became the inspiration for today’s summer treat. Of course I couldn’t just use basil alone. I’ve combined the fresh local blackberries my hubs brought home the other morning with the tiny home-grown basil leaves to create an delightful summer sorbet.

I gotta admit, I’m a bit surprised with my sorbet making skills. I’m not always this lucky, but I guess sometimes winging it is the best thing you can do. No ice-cream machine necessary, just a few simple ingredients is all that you need to make this frozen favorite.

 Top with a splash of bubbly for a little extra pizazz.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

The fruit and herb pairing is trendy and fresh and the blended color is vibrant. The baby basil leaves are not too overpowering, and offer just enough bite to balance the tartness of the fresh blackberries. The champagne floater adds a whimsical and fun finishing touch.

(makes about 4 servings – recipe can be doubled)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

2  heaping cups local blackberries rinsed.

1-2 small lemons juiced – depending on how tart your blackberries are. Use less if they’re a bit on the sour side.

6-8 baby leaves from a basil plant – if using store-bought basil, limit to 3-4 regular sized leaves.

1 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar.

1 1/4 cups water.

stainless steel pan.

strainer

blender or food processor.

Sofia blanc de blancs champagne.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Create simple syrup by heating together the water and turbinado sugar. Allow mixture to come to a rolling boil and then continue to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool.

While the simple syrup is cooling squeeze your lemons into a separate dish and set aside.

Once simple syrup is fully cooled, pour it into a blender or food processor with blackberries, lemon juice and basil leaves.

Blend or food process on high until completely pureed.

Pour blackberry basil and sugar mixture into a stainless steel pan or dish, ssing a strainer to catch all the seeds. Discard excess seeds.

Place mixture in the freezer, and allow to freeze for about 2 hours.

It should already have the consistency of a sorbet, but to make it even creamier, remove all sorbet from the steel dish and place it back in the blender/processer. Blend/mix on high for about 1 more minute, and then cover and place back in the freezer in the same steel dish for at least 2 more hours. You can also freeze overnight. But make sure to allow a few minutes to thaw before serving.

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After the 2 additional hours in the freezer, your sorbet is ready to enjoy.

Scoop into chic dishes and top with your favorite bubbly. I chose Sofia blanc de blancs because the packaging is pink, adorbs and an entertaining essential.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

This sorbet will make a great dessert or palate cleanser for any occasion!

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

 I can already envision myself enjoying one of these on the back deck with my favorite ladies.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

To make the sorbet kid friendly or alcohol free, simply omit the champagne. They were a hit with my two girls.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Thanks for reading! I hope you give this recipe a try! We’re officially just over 1 week until my daughter’s 5th birthday, so I’ll be devoting most of my attention to projects for that event– which I hope to have time to share with you soon. Until then, you can find me on instagram: @poshlittledesigns for daily updates.

xo

This specific recipe for Blackberry Basil Sorbet was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles (V)

The other day I picked up a fresh coconut from our local grocery store. Seriously I’m not quite sure what pushed me to grab it because I have no experience working with coconuts, but with the thought that I would figure out how to use it later, I decided to buy it anyways.

After a “Coconut Opening” tutorial on youtube, which took a screwdriver and a hammer, I had success at cracking my very first one! If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you saw my recent post about my coconut opening success. But…once I opened it I really had no idea how to use it. Perhaps I was a bit reluctant because I quickly discovered that the meat inside of the nut is incredibly difficult to get out of the shell. No joke..I seriously hammered on the coconut over and over again hoping to break it into smaller pieces, but to no avail. After trying numerous tools, I basically just winged it..wrapping a towel around the outside of the shell and scraping out the meat with a knife for what was close to 1 hour. Let’s just say I’m sure there’s a better way to remove coconut meat from the shell, and I don’t necessarily recommend my technique, but after all is said and done I’m glad that I spent an hour digging out slivers of coconut from the stubborn shell. These posh mini pops topped with chocolate and almonds taste good enough to say it was completely worth it!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles (V)

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

I’ve paired fresh coconut, coconut cream, vegan dark chocolate and chopped toasted almonds to create this delicious mini frozen pop. Frosty, and creamy with real bits of coconut, and a crunchy dark chocolate shell. I can’t think of a combination that goes better together, a play on Almond Joy..but made using much healthier vegan ingredients and super adorable made in miniature size.

Ingredients/Supplies 

(makes 4 servings)

Meat from 1 half of a fresh coconut (about 1 cup) coarsely chopped or pulsed

1 can of full fat organic coconut milk

4-6 oz bar of vegan dark chocolate (try trader joes)

1/4 cup organic corn syrup or agave nectar

1/4 cup raw almonds (chopped and toasted)

3-4 shot glasses

3-4 popsicle sticks

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

In a medium size bowl, mix the can of full fat coconut milk, chopped coconut and sweetener together until blended. You can add a little extra coconut milk if the mixture seems to thick. I pulsed the mix in my magic bullet to make sure it was incorporated well.

NOTE: The mixture should be thick enough to hold 1 popsicle stick through the center.

Pour coconut sugar mixture into 4 shot glasses.

Insert popsicle sticks into the center of each shot glass.

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until completely frozen.

Meanwhile, coarsely chop almonds and place in a 250 degree oven to toast for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Once popsicles are completely frozen, begin melting your dark chocolate. This can be done in a double boiler, or on 30 second intervals in the microwave.

As soon as the chocolate has completely melted, begin removing your coconut popsicles from the each shot glass. I recommend placing the popsicles on a chilled surface, or only working with one at a time.

Run the outside of the shot glass under warm water for 10-20 seconds. Twist the popsicle stick and your coconut pop should come right out.

Working quickly, spoon some of the dark chocolate over the top of each coconut pop to create a dripping affect. Immediately top with chopped almonds. You’ll need to move fast otherwise the chocolate will harden and the almonds won’t stick.

Place back in the freezer in an upright position.

Repeat for all remaining pops, then keep frozen until ready to serve!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

These Mini Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles can be served on a platter of ice for your friends and family to enjoy! They are surely great for cooling off during the warm summer months and worth all the extra effort it takes working with a fresh coconut.

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Did I mention they taste like Almond Joy, and they’re made using organic ingredients?

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Healthy and sweet rewards!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Plus I don’t think I’m alone when I say just love anything mini and on a stick. Well these popsicles are certainly no exception. Small treats on sticks are not only cute but are also great options for parties as they’re super easy to work with and of course when they taste like this, your guests are sure to love them!

Happy weekend all! I appreciate you all reading as always!

I’ll have much more to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.