Homemade Holidays: Coconut Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Covered Pretzel Presents.
Just a warning, I am mildly (err um…heavily) excited about this post. Prepare yourself.
You guys, you guys, you guys!
I made us maybe the best thing ever this holiday season and I am so giddy with joy over them that my brain actually cannot think of words to say. I mean, I have so many to say, but I am a teensy, tiny bit fearful of annoying you all with so much cheesy Christmas talk that I will try to hold back… a little.
Here’s the thing, there are a lot of months throughout the year that I struggle with developing recipes. Sometimes I have a ton of savory dishes that I cannot wait to make, but then I have zero ideas for sweets and then visa versa. Sometimes, I just have nothing new or nothing I am all that excited about sharing with you guys. I figure it out, but sometimes it’s a bit of work and a lot of brainstorming. But suddenly December rolls around and I have ideas like no other time of the year. Actually, I have had ideas for December since July because that is when my crazy, annoying head starts to dream about Christmas again.
I know. Seriously, I know. You do not have to say it.
This December it seems I have a list as longs as Santa’s when it comes to desserts and sweet things. Oh my gosh, I love it.
And hey, December is really all about the sweet stuff anyway. That’s why it’s the best time of the year!
So I just need to tell you all about these gingerbread beignets…and then the hot chocolate, but beignets first. No matter what, whether you like gingerbread or not, you will like these. You just will.
They are fried, they taste like Christmas AND they may or may not have a little surprise inside. Ah ha. I totally stuffed some Nutella into half of the beignets I made and we all agreed the chocolate beignets are the way to go. Chocolate is always the way to go. <–Learning life lessons here people.
These are just as simple as any other beignet recipe only we are adding molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Also known as the smells of Christmas and yes, the dough smells incredible!
They honestly could not be more perfect. Just a light dusting of powdered sugar and a dip through some hot cocoa and you’re in for a warm winter treat. No really.
Which brings me to the hot chocolate. You simply just cannot eat the beignets without a piping mug of hot cocoa, you just can’t.
I actually have a few hot chocolate recipes I want to share this month, but this is the perfect one for today. It’s creamy, silky and perfectly chocolatey. The mocha, while very subtle, just makes the chocolate shine and the pinch of cinnamon ties it together with the beignets. I am telling you – sinfully good.
If you plan on making these (which of course you really should), may I suggest you make them on the snowiest day possible? I know not all of you live in snowy locations, but if you do, wait for the snow. Snow makes desserts like this just magical. You can eat a beignet (or two or three) and slowly enjoy a giant mug of hot chocolate all while sitting by the fire with the tree lit up and music playing.
Doesn’t that sound so peaceful? Oh my gosh, if that could ever happen in real life I’d be so pleased. Can’t you telling I am just itching for some peace and quiet? Too many people in this house still. Barns almost done though. Can’t believe it. Nervous and excited all at the same time!
For everyone in warm places. Umm, use your imagination and decorate galore. That’s always fun too! then just kick back in the glow of your colored lights and relax with warm beignets and cocoa!
Finally, thank God it is Friday. I am going to sleep. Seriously.
Remember that cold I was telling you about yesterday? It kind of sort of turned into a not so nice cold and I really just want to sleep all day and night. Probably will not be able to do that because I do not have the gene that my brothers seem have that allows them to sleep all day and night. But I can try. I’ll probably just end up realizing it’s pointless though. Then I’ll go make gingerbread beignets and spiced hot cocoa because that’s just what I do.
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Santa would be so proud, don’t cha think?
I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and have been meaning to comment. This hot coco is amazing! I made it tonight after we decorated the tree. It was perfect. I make a lot of your recipes and they are always a hit. Can’t wait for your cookbook!
Hi Elizabeth!! Thanks for commenting!! So happy you like the hot coco, and everything else!! Thanks so much!
i like it very much
I am seriously drooling over this!! Trying it for New Year’s 😀 Yum yum yum!
Not only do these looks completely fabulous and I want to stuff them in my face RIGHT NOW (yes, in January), I just love how emphatic your writing is– like, you are 100% convinced about every single thing you said *and I believe it*. Now I have an urgent need to leave work on my second day back and make these, so thanks for that. 😉
Haha! Thank you so much! 🙂