Peppermint Hot Chocolate Dump Cake
I found out why Santa hands out candy canes.
Yes, I know it’s only October, but surely I’m not the only one thinking about the holidays? School starts, then Halloween pops up and by the next week Thanksgiving is over and we’re counting the days until Christmas.
At least, that’s how my calendar looks.
So, I’m thinking about holiday guests and menus and presents and decorations. Mostly I’m thinking about menus.
This will be the first Christmas in our new home and I know we’re going to have lots of company during the holidays. New friends, old friends, and family means several celebrations and lots of menu plans.
I have several oldie-but-goodie dishes but I like to “wow” my guests with fresh ideas, too.
One of my favorite go-to sites for inspiration is Tablespoon. You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate the food ideas they post, but foodies will definitely swoon over Tablespoon’s creative ways to personalize dishes.
For example, my family loves deviled eggs but they don’t look very holiday-ish to me. But star shaped deviled eggs that are easy to make? Un-huh. Tablespoon: Cookie-Cutter Spicy Deviled Eggs.
And have you ever noticed how it seems you almost need two separate menus when you have a group over: one for adults, one for kids? Forget that. I think baked Cordon Bleu Chicken Nuggets or Vegetable Lasagna Cupcakes are special enough for adults and kid-friendly, too.
Here are some other ideas that caught my attention on my last Tablespoon visit:
- 8 Appetizers You Should Be Wrapping in Bacon (Isn’t everything better with bacon?)
- 6 Make-Ahead Soups: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (Holidays + soup = warm fuzzies.)
- 8 Make-Ahead Meals for Filling Your Freezer (I know I’ll want to do this. Because. Tired from shopping. Unexpected company.)
- Christmas Breakfast & Brunch (What a way to start the day.)
- Christmas Dinner (Oh boy—let it snow!)
- Desserts (I could park here all night.)
- 13×9 Desserts That Get All the Compliments (Yes, they do.)
That’s where I found this recipe for Hot Chocolate Dump Cake. It’s a simple dessert that tastes wonderfully decadent.
Using a boxed cake mix makes it easy while marshmallows and chocolate chips give it a satisfying homemade kick. Top it with Santa’s crushed peppermint candies and it looks like it’s dressed for the holidays.
Whether you’d like to learn cooking basics, want to discover unique food hacks or need to put together a menu—holiday or not—you can find it at Tablespoon.
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Oh…I hear Hot Chocolate Dump Cake with peppermint is what Santa wants this year instead of cookies. Try it. Maybe you’ll get more presents.
At least you’ll get another piece of cake.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tablespoon. The opinions and text are all mine.
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