Eight Chocolate Recipes to Get You in the Mood to Bake

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Who’s ready for holiday baking season?  Raise your hand if you love chocolate.  

8 Must Make Chocolate Holiday Treats

You guys.  It’s almost the middle of October already.  Can you believe it??

I know — you are probably like, “great, Michaela is one of those people who’s sharing Christmas stuff before Halloween.”

But wait.  Hang tight and let me tell you WHY I am posting these must make chocolate yummies!!

Because I want one of YOU to win this seriously AWESOME giveaway I have.  Keep reading, you are going to LOVE it!!


Today is one of my favorite days of the year… because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016!

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers.

Imperial Sugar and our silver sponsors have banded together to offer a huge #Choctoberfest prize pack, which you can enter to win below! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:

  • From our Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar: 1 case of granulated sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds bags), and an Imperial Sugar red ruffle apron
  • From our Silver Sponsor Nature Nate’s: 32 oz. Raw & Unfiltered Honey bottle, Honey Syrup, Honey Packets, a Nature Nate’s T-shirt, various kitchen supplies, and $50 Amazon gift card
  • From our Silver Sponsor Barlean’s:16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint
  • From our Silver Sponsor Caveman Coffee: 1 Bag of Coffee (you choice of blacklisted or sabertooth), 1 coconut MCT oil, and 1 Cacao Butter
  • From #Choctoberfest blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen: 1 specialty chocolate gift pack (your choice of dark or milk chocolate), 1 tin (14 ounces) drinking chocolate, and Divine’s Fair Trade Gift Set

Enter now to win our #Choctoberfest 2016 prize pack! We’ll be picking a winner at random winner on Saturday, Oct. 22, so enter by next Friday to make sure your name is in the drawing:

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Here’s a list of all of the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2016. Visit any of their blogs to get delicious chocolate recipes throughout the week:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin’ MamasA Kitchen Hoor’s Adventuresaddicted 2 recipesAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair From The HeartBalancing MotherhoodBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenBy the PoundsCanning and Cooking at HomeCoconut & LimeCook with 5 KidsCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCooking with CarleeCopyKat RecipesCricket’s ConfectionsCrumbs in my MustachioElisabeth JeanFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFantastical Sharing of RecipesFeed Your Soul TooFeeding BigFrankly EntertainingFull Belly SistersGet the Good StuffGrumpy’s HoneybunchHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHostess At HeartInk and SugarJane’s Adventures in DinnerJoin Us, Pull Up a ChairKaren’s Kitchen AdventuresKate’s Recipe BoxKudos Kitchen by ReneeKylee CooksLetz EatLife CurrentsLife on Food Making MiraclesMonica’s TableMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMy Catholic KitchenMy Gluten Free MiamiOur Good LifePalatable PastimeRestless ChipotleSeduction in The KitchenSew You Think You Can CookSimple Food 365Southern With A TwistSumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasTampa Cake GirlTeaspoon of GoodnessThat RecipeThe Crumby CupcakeThe FlavouristaThe Food Hunter’s Guide To CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Pajama ChefThe Redhead BakerThe Spiffy CookieTramplingroseWildflour’s Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the yummy recipes posted on these blogs. Check them out throughout the week and don’t forget to follow our sponsors and bloggers using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget above for your chance to win our sweet prize pack.

Are you a fellow food blogger who wants to get involved with events like #Choctoberfest? Sign up here to get notifications when they happen from The PinterTest Kitchen.

Think of ALL you can bake this holiday season with all of THAT!!

But — you need to start here.  These recipes have been hand selected.  They are some of the most popular on my holiday platters.

8 MUST MAKE - Chocolate Holiday Treats by An Affair from the Heart

Simply click the photo to be taken to the recipe.

Kahlua Crinkles
Kahlua Crinkles — Chocolate-Coffee flavored cookies rolled in Kahlua sugar, and baked to a chewy perfection. This just may be your new favorite cookie!
Mint Fudge
Mint Fudge — Silky mint chocolate fudge, so easy to make you’ll wonder why you haven’t yet!


Graham Cracker Toffee
Graham Cracker Toffee – Buttery toffee, semi-sweet chocolate and pecans over graham crackers – make this super easy recipe, perfect for the holidays or anytime!
chocolate pudding cookies
Chocolate Pudding Cookies – Seriously easy cookies that are so soft and full of mini M&M’s


malted chocolate chip cookies
Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies – When Chocolate Malt is added to this classic cookie the outcome is fabulous!
chocolate mint candy cookies
Chocolate Mint Candy Cookies – Chewy chocolate cookies frosted with mint chocolate candy while they are still warm.


Peanut Clusters
Peanut Clusters – Only three simple ingredients and these peanut clusters will be adorning YOUR holiday trays this year!


white and dark chocolate peppermint bark
White and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark – Four ingredients and less than 30 minutes and you will have this pretty candy on your holiday trays this year!


Good luck!! I hope that one of you wins!!

Happy Baking — and Bring on the Chocolate!

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