Frozen Nutella Hot Cocoa

It’s getting hot now since it’s summer, but I was craving for some hot cocoa. I knew if I were to get some it would just make me really sweaty from the heat. So today I will be attempting to make a frozen version, but with a twist of some Nutella. While scouring the net I stumbled upon Serendipity’s Famous Frozen Hot Chocolate and I found many variations of it. Since buying the mix was out of the question I figured I could make my own, but in a budget friendly route. The upside was that I have all of the required ingredients already. This venture will be the collaborations  of 3 different recipes. For the Nutella idea I would have to give thanks to this link. The frozen hot chocolate recipe is from this link, although I will be cutting this in half. Finally the hot cocoa mix is from this link and I will be only using 2-3 servings of it.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp cocoa mix
  • 4-5 Tbsp Nutella
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup whole milk (I used 2% milk)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Cocoa Mix (2-3 1.5 oz. hot chocolate packets of your choice)


  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp dry milk powder
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 1/4 tsp confectioners’ sugar, sifted (I had to use granulated sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp powdered non-dairy creamer (didn’t have any so instead I will be adding liquid creamer, in sweet cream flavor)

Step 1: In a blender add milk, cocoa mix, salt, and Nutella. (I recommend sifting the cocoa mix before adding to the blender)

Step 2: Blend until combined

Step 3: Add in the ice and blend until the ice becomes small chunks.

Step 4: Pour evenly into 2-3 glasses and place on top of a plate.

Step 5: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings.

Turkey Artichoke Panini

While cruising around town I got pretty hungry and I stopped at Panera’s to try their turkey artichoke panini. I thought it was the greatest thing invented. Well that was until I tried another version at a local cafe. It blew my mind. The layers of simple, but flavorful ingredients really caught my attention. Though the downside was that the cafe closed before 3pm so I seemed to miss the time. I have been craving for an turkey artichoke panini for a good month now. So I will be making my version of it, without a panini press, although I did want to use my waffle iron, but it’s to small. Note: I bought all the ingredients at Sam’s Club.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 ciabatta roll
  • 2 Tbsp. spinach artichoke dip
  • 3-4 slices of tomatoes
  • 2 oz. deli sliced turkey

Step 1: Slice the ciabatta roll in half

Step 2: Spread the spinach artichoke dip onto the bottom half of the roll.

Step 3: Layer on the turkey and tomato slices.

Step 4: Close the sandwich.

Step 5: Heat up a pan over medium heat and place the sandwich into it.

Step 6: Take a heavy pan and press it down on the sandwich

Step 7: Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until browned

Step 8: Flip sandwich and repeat until browned and the cheese is melted.

Cracked Sugar Cookies

As a last minute dish to make when meeting a few friends I really couldn’t think of anything to make. At the time I didn’t have my usual ingredients to make certain cakes or cookies. So I improvised by making sugar cookies.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (or salted and in which case you can opt out of the salt in the recipe)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1/2 cup of bread flour and 2 cups of all-purpose)
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2: In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

Step 3: Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla extract.

Step 4: Sift in the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; stir to combine.

Step 5: Scoop out 2 Tbsp. of dough and form into a ball.

Step 6: Place dough balls 2 inches apart on baking sheet. (Do not flatten, will spread out while baking)

Step 7: Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and are just turning color.

Bacon Pancakes

Thinking of making my fluffy pancakes I looked into the refrigerator and saw a packet of bacon. I didn’t feel like just eating that beside the pancakes. So I figured I could combine the two. A fair warning, this is not for the faint of heart and so not healthy in any way, shape, or form. I was able to make 8-9 pancakes.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

Step 1: Fry up the bacon until crispy

Step 2: Place crispy bacon on a paper towel and reserve the bacon drippings.

Step 3: Cut up the bacon strips and add to the pancake batter.

Step 4: Proceed to cook the pancake batter as indicated in the Fluffy Pancake recipe. (Use the reserved bacon drippings to grease the pan for each pancake)

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