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Sifted: Hot Cocoa Cookies, Chocolate-Guinness Waffles + More

Hot Cocoa Cookies from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

1. Turn your favorite mug of hot chocolate into a batch of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen’s soft, chewy hot cocoa cookies, each fittingly topped with a gooey melted marshmallow.

2. Just a Taste brilliantly reinvents the concept of boozy brunch with these chocolate-covered Guinness waffles.

3. Skip the wait at your local dim sum hall this weekend and recreate fluffy Chinese BBQ pork buns at home with this recipe by China Sichuan Food.

4. Make the most of citrus season with these bright blood orange and cinnamon vanilla tarts from Chasing Delicious.

5. We’re unabashed fans of the comfort food mash-up, so Electic Recipes caught our eye with this marriage of a classic French dish with traditional Italian ingredients — the dough-topping trinity of basil, mozzarella and pepperoni — to form a cheesy pizza quiche.

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How to Make Fondue

Traditionally, fondue was nothing more than melted chocolate kept warm in a pot called a Caquelon, which was set over a sterno or other source of fire. This version is a ganache, which is thick enough to cling to the treats dipped into it, but thin enough to stay liquid without the fire. I’ve poured the chocolate into individual ramekins, so each person has their own “pot” of  warm chocolate to dip into. Set out an assortment of fruits, cake, cookies, meringues and/or dried fruit. It is a fast, simple, fun dessert for a larger party or a romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone special.

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Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee

Chocolate-covered toffee is one of my favorite candies and it’s easy to make. All you need is a candy thermometer and some time. The result is a buttery caramel, with a slightly toasty flavor. I added a bit of coffee to the toffee, giving them a slight bitter edge, which is a perfect complement to the sweet candy. To finish them off, dip some of them in milk chocolate or drizzle in dark chocolate and sprinkle with toasted almonds and sea salt. They make a lovely Valentine’s gift.

Chocolate-Covered Toffee

1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup water
2 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted
toasted nuts, optional
Sea salt, optional

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