Cherry Jello Salad

This Cherry Jello Salad is a sweet side dish to add to your dinner menu.  It can put together quickly in the morning and then is ready for dinner later.

Cherry Jello Salad - this easy and light Jello salad tastes delicious and is the perfect shade of pink

 Why is it that the kids are extra loud and sing songy on the morning after you stay up really late the night before?

I have been trying to be better about getting to bed earlier.  I am quite the night owl and would much rather stay up late at night working on projects.  Getting up early is for the birds in my opinion.

Of course the other night, I stayed up way too late doing who knows what.  The next day the kids were louder than normal and were singing about everything under the sun.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am thankful they were happy and cheerful…but my head and ears just want quietness until I fully wake up.  Thank goodness there was no snow delay that morning ;-)    [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Chocolate chunks and cherries make these easy chocolate cookies so rich and decadent.  It is hard to only eat just one.

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies - decadent chocolate cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in you www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 So my sister says I have a problem.  A big baking problem.

You don’t believe her, do you?  I mean just because I bake 4-5 times a week and share those crazy recipes here.  I don’t see the problem at all :-)   [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

Low Fat Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

 So I have decided that it is time to start posting some Valentine’s recipes here.  You’re down with that right???  I promise not to go completely overboard, but this is a low fat chocolate cherry muffin top.   Who wouldn’t want this kind of recipe early?

You could wait until February to make these muffins, but I seriously don’t recommend it.  They were delicious!!!  The yogurt in these muffins give them a soft, tender inside.  I really like using yogurt instead of sour cream for muffins.  It helps cut down on the fat content, which is something that I have started to watch a little more.  My kids aren’t big cereal eaters, but they will eat muffins if I keep them on hand.  By making them with yogurt I feel better about them eating chocolate for breakfast.  Of course, we ate them at all times of the day.  They are a perfect afternoon snack when you are craving just a little bit of chocolate.  (that makes me laugh because when I crave chocolate, I don’t want to eat a little)  These chocolate cherry muffins are also a great before bed snack…or a midnight snack!  Whenever you decide to eat them, they will satisfy your chocolate crave!!!

Low Fat Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

 The great thing about this muffin is that it is easy to make it in a muffin top pan or a whoopie pie pan, or if you don’t have either, just bake it in a regular muffin tin.  I have included both baking times in the recipe for you.    Let’s talk about the cherries for a minute.  If you like fresh cherries, by all means, use the fresh cherries in your batter.  I just happen to love maraschino cherries.  There is usually a jar in my fridge at all times for sundaes or drinks.  And I keep a backup jar in my baking cupboard…does that surprise you that I have more than one jar?  Something about the taste of these jarred cherries makes me happy.  They also keep their bright red color when you bake with them.  I love pretty food!!! Pretty food just looks so much more appetizing!

Low Fat Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

 See how puffy those chocolate cherry muffin tops turned out?  I know you want a bite :-)

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Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 24 muffin tops

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

Chocolate muffins made with yogurt and filled with chocolate chips and cherries

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cherry juice
1 egg
2/3 cup plain yogurt (I use Chobani)
2/3 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the cherry juice, egg, and yogurt to the butter and beat again. Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and flour and add alternately with the coconut milk to the butter mixture and beat gently. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries by hand.
  2. Spoon a large tablespoon of batter into a greased muffin top pan (I used a whoopie pie pan) Bake at 400* for 12 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes in the pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool. Store in a sealed container for up to 4 days. Makes 24 muffin tops.

Notes

You can use a regular muffin tin if you don't have a muffin top pan. Bake the muffins for 18 minutes. Makes about 15 muffins.

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Looking for more chocolate muffins?  Try one of these…

Mocha Muffins 1
MOCHA MUFFINS

Chocolate Avocado Muffins 2

 

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MUFFINS

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Cherry Jubilee Chocolate Cheesecakes

Cherry Jubilee Chocolate Cheesecake

Hey, there cheesecake fans.  Yeah, I’m talking to you:-)  These chocolate cherry cheesecakes are going to blow your cheesecake lovin minds.    You totally need to try these cherry filled cheesecake minis sometime this holiday season.  I love how plain and chocolatey they look, but then one bite and you realize it is so much more!!!   [Read more...]

Cherry Chocolate French Toast Bake

Cherry Chocolate French Toast Bake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - chocolate and cherries give this french toast bake a fun twist
Things that are making me smile this week:

1. My kids getting A’s and B’s on their tests.
2. Warm beds on cold mornings
3. Starbucks new Love cups
4. Magazines all about chocolate
5. Clean sheet day
6. Fun new recipes to try out from a friend
7. Planning a blog hop with some of my fav girls
8. Sparkly shirts found on clearance
9. Playing ping pong with the family
Chocolate Cherry French Toast Bake - chocolate and cherries in a baked french toast cup
10. Warm french toast bake for a late night snack.
What?
You thought this was a breakfast food?
Sorry…we don’t eat much for breakfast in this house:-)
so it ends up being a bed time snack!

But if you get up early enough to make this…
more power to you.
(I recommend reheating in a microwave, if you aren’t a morning person like me:-)
Cherry Chocolate French Toast Bake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - chocolate and cherries give this french toast bake a fun twist
Cherry Chocolate French Toast Bake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 mini french toast cups

Cherry Chocolate French Toast Bake

Toasted bagels, dried cherries, and chocolate add a fun twist to this french toast bake.

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup cubed bagels (2 whole)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 Tablespoons cherry juice
1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut bagels into cubes and toast on a pan at 350* for 7-8 minutes. Drizzle with the melted butter while on the baking sheet.
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl. Add the bread cubes, chocolate chips, coconut and cherries. Let set in the bowl for 20 minutes. Divide into mini foil pans or use muffin liners. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes.
  3. While baking, stir cherry juice into powdered sugar. Drizzle french toast with cherry glaze if desired. Serve while warm.
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