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My Kind of Valentine’s Day

Cupcakes for Breakfast: My kind of valentine's day

My girlfriends and I are just trying not to think about this week. It’s not so bad actually. I have so much going on at work that it’s possible I won’t even notice all the Valentine’s hoopla. That being said, there are a few things I love about this week. Another chance to tell the people in your life you love them, pink everywhere, an excuse to have themed girly sleepovers with chocolate cake and champagne this weekend. This is my kind of Valentine’s Day…

one // Mademoiselle necklace – sweet, fabulous, timeless
two // Brut Rosé – duh.
three // #heartthis – hard to pick a favorite of these cozy By Luciana tees
four // Oysters – pair with champagne. Shuck all your feelings out.
five // Delicate stackable rings – if only I could afford like five of these Catbird rings
six // Dear Kates – cute and functional. Get 25% off with code “cupcakesforbreakfast” through Valentine’s Day.
seven // Alexa Tote – the perfect (under $100!) bag to wish away this cold winter weather
eight // Parisian Pink lipstick – my perfect new shade
nine // Foods Before Dudes – aka my life

Valentine’s Fudgy Brownies

Cupcakes for Breakfast: fudgy brownies made with love

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. I’m back, with internet, and a brand new look. What do you think? I still have a bunch of tweaks and updates to make – but really, I just felt it was time. What better day than Valentine’s to remember that life is sweet and life is colorful, right?

fudgy pecan brownies

Also because it’s Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t not share something chocolate. I’ve been making a lot of chocolate recipes recently, and like I described in this post, I’m getting so much joy in the process of melting chocolate. It’s weird, I know. But like I said before. Better chocolate than cocaine.

Even this morning, I woke up an hour earlier to make chocolate mousse for a little VDay party I’m having tonight – the smell of the chocolate melting works just as well as a cup of coffee. Seriously, try it.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: fudgy chocolate brownies for valentine's day

Ok, on to these brownies that I’ve been making you stare at. I made a huge batch of them a few weeks ago for a Superbowl party and were a big hit. They’re much thinner than the brownies I usually make, but they’re very dense and fudge-like. I love the crunch of the chopped pecans on top, but you could add any of your favorite toppings to them and they’d be great.

This makes a lot of brownies, so be sure to share. Wrap them up in wax paper and twine and gift them to someone special. They’ll be thinking of you the whole day after. Spread the love.

super fudgy pecan brownies

Valentine’s Fudgy Brownies

Adapted from Magnolia Bakery
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12×18 jelly roll pan/deep cookie sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate with the butter, stirring until smooth. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Transfer chocolate mix to a bowl of an electric mixer, and beat in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle pecans (and whatever other toppings you’d like) evenly over the batter.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in he center of the pan comes out with moist crumbs attached. Let cool before cutting and serving.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: love these fudgy brownies

Be My Valentine {One Bite At A Time}

I hope everyone is having a happy heart day! So, I had to include a little DC food blogger love in this series. After all, it’s where this blog got it’s start. So I’m happy to welcome Alejandra from One Bite at a Time. She’s always inspiring me with her kitchen concoctions, fabulous dining experiences, and social media expertise. She definitely deserves a follow on Twitter!

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A Guide For Two Cooks In The Kitchen

When Nikki originally asked me to do a Valentine’s day guest post I was excited, but at a loss as to what to write about. Then I recalled a conversation I had with a chef friend of mine.

Food is so many things, but most importantly food is all about love. And on special days, it’s quite sexy too! My chef friend asked me if I’d ever cooked with someone before and imagine his surprise when I said no, no I had not. For loving food as much as I do and cooking or baking all the time, I’d never cooked with someone!

Valentine's Kitchen Frjolita One bite at a time

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Whether you cook with friends, a new love, or a time-tested love cooking with someone can be so special! So here’s what I’ve learned so far:

Keep it simple. One pot dishes like basic braised short ribs or a beef stew are easy and double down on taste. Pair that with a creamy polenta and dinner is set!

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We all know reading the recipe is so important before we set off to cook a dish, but especially so when cooking with someone. This is the time to divide up the tasks! This way everyone stays out of each other’s way.

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Chop, stir, and sip your way to dinner! Maybe mix a cocktail, or pour a glass of delicious wine but let’s not forget we’re having a little bit of fun here!

BHLDN glasses rosy-cheeked coupes Valentine's Day

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For heaven’s sake, turn off the tv and turn on the iTunes (or the Pandora, or the Spotify…whatever you are using)! I’ve always loved cooking to music – while I’m more apt to put on Shakira or Madeleine Peyroux depending on my mood, maybe it’s Lil Wayne or Carrie Underwood that suits your evening? Either way, a dance party in the kitchen and some spontaneous singing into your wooden spoon is just what an evening makes!

If your cooking partner is of the more romantic variety, a dish that needs to sit a bit – like a braise or a soup – gives you plenty of time for a cuddle and maybe a kiss or two. That’s where the wine or cocktail might also play a role? Of course, then there’s roast chicken and we know what Ruhlman thinks of that!

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I’m having fun cooking with people lately – you certainly learn there’s a rhythm to how you operate in your kitchen – but mixing it up with a laugh, a dance, or something sweeter only makes a meal that much better! Do you like to share cooking responsibilities? What are your favorite things to make with someone?

Be My Valentine {So Much to Smile About}

Well, we’ve made it – Happy Valentine’s Day!

I think I squealed when I found out that Liz from So Much to Smile About lives in DC too. She’s bringing so much style to our city – it’s super exciting! This lucky girl just got back from New York Fashion Week, but she was sweet enough to put together a hot outfit for going out tonight. I love the pops of pink!

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Hi sweet readers! Liz here from So Much to Smile About. While I swear I do love Valentine’s Day, I’m just not a huge fan of pinks and reds – but the perfect LBD and a pop of color? That’s something I can support! So I thought I’d share with you some of my picks for adding in a bit of festive color this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re hitting the town with your girlfriends or have a romantic evening planned! OR even if you’re staying in, who says you can’t wear fabulous pink pumps around the house?

valentine's day outfit so much to smile about guest post Liz

1. BaubleBar necklace / 2. James Perse dress / 3. ASOS bag / 4. BaubleBar earrings / 5. ASOS shoes / 6. Juicy Couture dress / 7. Essie nail polish / 8. Essie nail polish / 9. BaubleBar necklace / 10. Rebecca Minkoff bag / 11. Kate Spade pumps

Be My Valentine {Brunch at Saks}

Now that we’re all decked out in pink for Mackenzie’s pajama party, I think we need a little  snack. And what a better combination than these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles from Brunch at Saks? (Seriously, I think cookie dough was made for sleepovers!) I’m so happy to have gotten to know Annemarie recently. She is the sweetest, has superb taste, and has been blowing me away with all of her gluten-free baking ideas! Ok, now we’re ready for a fun girly night!

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Hi there! Annemarie here from Brunch at Saks. I’m so excited to be a part of Cupcakes for Breakfast today. I’ve loved Nikki’s blog since the first day I came across it, so I’m thrilled to be here. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles would be just the treat to share.  They’re rather easy to make, look really good dressed up with fun toppings like sprinkles, and best of all they’re egg-free, so the worry of eating them is gone (the guilt, however, remains!). I made these gluten free and dairy free as well, but sub any ingredients that work best for you.  Wishing you lots of love and happiness this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day chocolate chip cookie dough truffles Brunch at Saks

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

  • 1 C. butter or margarine, room temperature (allergy substitute: Earth Balance soy/dairy free butter)
  • 1/2 C. white or raw sugar
  • 3/4 C. brown sugar
  • 1/3 C. milk (allergy sub: coconut, soy, almond, or hemp milk)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 C. flour (I used a blend of white rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 C. semisweet chocolate chips for dough (allergy sub: EnjoyLife chocolate chips)
  • 2 C. any chocolate for melting (chocolate chips, bars, wafers, etc)

Suggested toppings:

  • Sprinkles, shredded coconut, chopped nuts (peanuts, macadamia, pistachio, almonds, pecans- which ever you prefer)

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Directions

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with an electric mixer) cream together butter and sugars on low speed until fluffy. Add in milk and vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate flour, salt, and baking soda until fully combined. Add in chocolate chips. (I used a wooden spoon during this last step).
  2. Cover dough and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.  Once dough is firm, form 1″ balls and place on a wax/parchment paper lined baking sheet. (I used a 1″ ice cream scooper at this step so all the truffles would be close in size. A tablespoon would work fine too). Place in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Now the fun part begins! In a glass or microwave safe bowl, melt any dipping chocolate (or extra chocolate chips) according to package directions. Double broiler or microwave both work just the same for this step, which ever you prefer.
  4. Using a spoon, dip dough balls into chocolate and roll until fully covered. I found they turned out best if they’re nearly frozen prior to being dipped. It might be easiest to do these in batches, leaving some of the freezer until just before you’re going to dip them. Place dipped truffles on a lined baking sheet to cool.
  5. Add on your toppings if you want a little extra pizazz!

Enjoy!

Valentine's Day chocolate chip cookie dough truffles Brunch at Saks

Valentine's Day chocolate chip cookie dough truffles Brunch at Saks

Recipe adapted from Love & Olive Oil via York Ave. All images by Brunch at Saks.