Some Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies to wish you a Merry Christmas

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I’m sure you’ve heard these words uttered so many times already, but I cannot believe another year has sped right past! I also can’t believe I only have these Chewy Molasses Cookies to celebrate the Christmas season with. Or well, actually I CAN believe it, since I didn’t bake anything for Christmas lol. In some ways this year is a bit more productive than 2018, and I suppose I have more behind the scene learnings as well, but I am not satisfied with the small quantity of posts I managed to churn out. Instead of growing my blog, I seem to be shrinking it as the years pass. It makes me a little sad, and also, rather motivated to do better.

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I’ve been more prone to giving in to a sense of laziness this year, brought on by a fatigue that I can’t seem to shake off my bones. Anyway, there has been a bit of an upturn in the last few weeks. I have been on a blog planning rampage for 2020. Hopefully I can keep it up when the actual year hits lol. I’ll talk more about all that in my upcoming year-end wrap-up, so let’s get back to the now. Back to these Chewy Molasses Cookies.

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A Spiced Tablea Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Frosting to wish you a Merry Christmas!

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There seems to be a recurring theme among my Christmas recipes this year, although it wasn’t intentional on my part. I didn’t realize I had made two reinterpretations of hot chocolate! I managed to make only two recipe though, which kind of makes me sad in a way. So I’m just glad I made them count, because both recipes involve chili and chocolate. Two of my favorite things in the world! This Spiced Tablea Chocolate Cake is my special post for Christmas so I had to make it extra. We’re talking marshmallow frosting and a full coat of shining, shimmering chocolate ganache.

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For the chocolate base, I used tablea. These are chocolate tablets made from roasted cocoa beans mixed with muscovado sugar and then shaped into tablets. I am really proud of the growing chocolate industry here in the Philippines so I am always so excited to incorporate Filipino ingredients into the recipes I make here. This is my very first time using tablea in any dessert I have made, and I must say I am really happy with the result. I think you will be too!

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Add spice to your Christmas with these Chipotle Hot Chocolate Cookies

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I became a fan of hot chocolate drinks only this year, and that was thanks largely to a certain hot chocolate drink I discovered a few months ago. I’m thinking of making a feature for it some time next year, but all I can tell you is that it involves chili and hot chocolate. And boy has it inspired me to make a bunch of recipes of a similar flavor! Today, I’m happy to write about these Chipotle Hot Chocolate Cookies.

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Some time ago, I had come across a recipe from Love & Olive Oil blog that I thought would make the perfect canvas for a hot chocolate inspired cookie. I decided to tweak the recipe just a little by adding marshmallows on top. I have never done any toasting on my oven broiler before so I was a bit nervous about this, but it’s just marshmallows so what on earth could go wrong?

Turns out I only had much to gain from this experience, because oh boy, I think I just made one of my favorite chocolate cookies ever.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas with this gorgeous Red Wine Chocolate Cake!

Red Wine Choco Cake Cover - Wishing you all a Merry Christmas with this gorgeous Red Wine Chocolate Cake!

It literally feels like only yesterday I was planning for 2017, but then I wake up the next morning and suddenly it’s Christmas! I’m trying to put into perspective how my 2017 went and I must say it wasn’t one of my best years. As I take a moment and look back though, I realize it wasn’t the worst either. And because of that I popped open a bottle of booze and made this Red Wine Chocolate Cake to celebrate.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

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