Heavenly Chocolate Treats
(Family Features) Got loved ones with a passion for chocolate? Show you care by making heavenly chocolate treats-which also gives you an excuse to lick the spoon! These irresistible treats are made in minutes, and can disappear just as quickly.
Get carried away with delightfully decadent chocolate ideas for indulging everyone’s sweet tooth at www.VeryBestBaking.com.
Sea-Salted Smoky Almond Chocolate Bark
Makes 7 servings (about 1/2 pound)
8 ounces NestlÈ Toll House Dark Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into small pieces
1/2 cup smoked-flavored almonds, coarsely chopped, divided
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (preferably large crystal)
LINE 8-inch baking pan with wax paper.
MICROWAVE small chocolate pieces in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; STIR. If pieces retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10– to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Stir in 1/4 cup almonds.
POUR into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Tap pan several times to spread chocolate and settle nuts. Sprinkle with sea salt. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Information per serving: 250 calories; 180 calories from fat; 20g total fat; 8g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 180 mg sodium; 20g carbohydrate; 5g fiber; 17g sugars; 6 g protein
Chocolate Chip Chocolate Clouds
Makes 12 servings
12 pieces NestlÈ Toll House Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
2 cups (12-ounce package) NestlÈ Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
1/4 cup milk
1 container (8 ounces) non-dairy whipped topping, thawed, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
PREHEAT oven to 350∞ F. Place 12 2 1/2-inch foil bake cups on baking sheet with sides. Place 1 piece of cookie dough in each cup.
BAKE for 12 to 14 minutes or until just baked and light golden brown. Remove cups to wire rack to cool completely.
PLACE 1 1/2 cups morsels and milk in large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10– to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
RESERVE 1/2 cup whipped topping; refrigerate. Combine remaining whipped topping and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Gently fold half of the whipped topping mixture into chocolate mixture. Add remaining whipped topping mixture; mix lightly. Spoon over cookie bases in muffin cups. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
FOR GARNISH AND TO SERVE:
LINE baking sheet with wax paper.
PLACE remaining morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 30 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10– to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag. Drizzle 12 squiggly designs about 2– to 3-inches square onto prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 5 to 10 minutes.
TOP each mousse cup with a small dollop of reserved whipped topping. With tip of knife, gently remove drizzles from wax paper and insert, standing up into dollops. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information per serving: 280 calories; 140 calories from fat; 15 g total fat; 10 g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 80 mg sodium; 35 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 26 g sugars; 3 g protein
Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the NestlÈ Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.