This post was sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Is it the delicious smells wafting from a warm oven on a cool night? Maybe it’s about early sunsets and the fading sounds of lawnmowers and children’s laughter out in the yard. While I struggle against the end of summer, sometimes I power through with feel-good activities with my kids. Baking together is the best back to school activity. See I have a history with chocolate. I grew up near a chocolate factory (Mars-Wrigley) and I can still remember the amazing smells. Plus, I know what it’s like to eat chocolate on the day it’s made! So when I buy chocolate, or bake with it, I’m really interested in quality and history, and luckily, my kids are too! So it’s not just baking – it’s learning about unique tastes and what contributes to the chocolate we’re eating or baking with while we’re eating and baking! I think it makes the experience even more fun.
AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate and M&M’S Cookie Cups recipe:
AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate makes back to school season even more sweet! It’s based upon authentic recipes from the 1750s and contains 8 spices including vanilla, orange peel and cinnamon, used by early American chocolate makers to flavor chocolate. That’s why this is a really fun activity to do to connect with your kids. AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate has great recipes that feature beloved chocolate brands, like their really fun Cookie Cups Recipe. And since it’s back to school time, why not learn while you bake, but also have fun learning! That’s what it’s all about, right? So it’s a great time to get back into that back to school rhythm, with delicious recipes and fun chocolate facts too! One thing I love is that Mars Wrigley has a Chocolate Historian. It’s so cool! His name is David Borghesani and he has the coolest chocolate fun facts ever.
Chocolate Fun Facts:
- Chocolate was originally flavored with spices, and some very interesting ones! Like chili pepper, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel!
This is new to me and I love chocolate trivia – but cacao plants only grow 20 degrees north and south of the equator.
And again, I thought I knew a lot about 3 MUSKETEERS® but I didn’t know that it originally had three pieces of candy (one chocolate, one strawberry, and one vanilla) in the same package, which explains its name! I would have loved to try that.
This is fun for my kids, as their Nana has horses. The SNICKERS® Bar was named after a Mars Wrigley family’s horse!
And this is really fun – the original colors of M&M’s® were brown, red, orange, yellow, green and violet!
AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate and M&Ms® Cookie Cups Recipe:
What You Need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cup M&M’s Minis
2 ¼ cups AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Finely Grated Baking Chocolate, melted milk, for serving
Cookie cups mold
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 70 minutes
Number of Servings: 24
What You Do:
1 – First, preheat the oven to 350°F, and then coat the cookie cup molds with cooking spray; set aside.
2 – Then, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3 – Using an electric mixer, beat together brown sugar, butter, and granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
4 – Then, scrape down sides of the bowl, and beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
5 – Then mix in your flour mixture just until it’s incorporated.
6 – Stir in your M&M’s Minis.
7 – Divide dough into 24 portions; press into molds to even thickness using the inserts according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
8 – Bake for 15 minutes (we did 17 based on our mold instructions) or until cookies are just set and begin to brown.
9 – Then, remove inserts and trim tops with a small knife; return to the oven and bake until cookies are golden brown – about 5-7 minutes longer.
10 – Then, invert the cookie cups out of the mold onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
11 – For the fun part, brush melted AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Finely Grated Baking Chocolate inside the cups to coat completely. Let stand until chocolate is set and hardened.
12 – For serving, fill each cup with milk!
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