For the Love of Chocolate

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We are ten days into the new year and I’m feeling a little all over the place.  On a regular basis I flip back and forth between being extremely excited about things that are happening and completely overwhelmed by all that I have to do.  There are some very big plans that are in the works, but I have a lot to do to make everything happen.  And while I am depending on some other people to do their parts, most of the effort is my responsibility.  The last thing I want to happen is to be so close to something I really want but not quite there because I’ve become a gating item.  That just isn’t an option.  It’s just slightly emotionally draining.

So in the midst of my mini breakdowns I started bookmarking a few over-the-top chocolate recipes.  And since my new recipes are a little slow for the blog at the moment, I figured I should share the chocolate love with all of you.  Here are some of the amazing chocolate recipes that I found and others shared with me.

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Peppermint Brownies from Eats Well With Others

Better-Than-Crack Brownies from Pass the Sushi

Chewy Oatmeal-Spelt Chocolate Chip Bars from The Lunch Box

black bean Brownies_2 from espresso and cream

Black Bean Brownies from Espresso and Cream

Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies from The Spiffy Cookie

Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s Irish Cream from My Baking Addiction

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Chocolate Cheesecake Cake from Recipe Girl

Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake from Mel’s Kitchen Café

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting …and a good amount of ganache! from Bakerella

Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting from Grace's Sweet Life

Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting from Grace’s Sweet Life

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Birthday Cake from Yums and Loves

Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake from Magnolia Days

thin mint truffles from young married chic

Thin Mint Truffles from Young Married Chic

Volcano Cookies from Cookies and Cups

Giant Hershey Kiss Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Picky Palate

Triple Chocolate Oreo Oatmeal Cookies from Heather’s Dish

And a few chocolate treats from Keep It Sweet:

Chewy Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bars

Cookie Dough Topped Brownies

Chocolate Truffles (milk, dark or white)

Dark Chocolate Kissed Almond Butter

Individual S’mores Brownies

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44 Responses to “For the Love of Chocolate”

  1. Renee January 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Thank you so much for including my Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake in this post! I will be checking out all the other delicious chocolate recipes too!

  2. Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes January 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Oh my! For the love of chocolate indeed! All those desserts look incredible. And the photography is beautiful! Shows off the treats soo well. :)

  3. Lindsey@Lindselicious January 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Oh great round up, I totally want the peppermint brownies!!

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      I know, there is a chocolate bar in the middle!!

  4. Emily @ Life on Food January 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Oh man too many options to pick from. Nothing makes you feel better than a little bit of chocolate.

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Well, maybe a lot of chocolate?

  5. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel January 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    I remember so many of those. Now I wish I had a big slice of chocolate cake!

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Me too!

  6. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods January 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    How did you know I was craving chocolate? This is so perfect for me right now. YUM!

  7. Kiri W. January 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    I might be hyperventilating with desire. Ahem.
    I hope things work out! You can do it!

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks, Kiri!

  8. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie January 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    I hope all of your plans come together! And I always love these parties of yours. Always a great list of delicious items!

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks, Erin! I think they will but I just need to get there:-)

  9. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen January 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Mmmmm…so many delicious chocolate dessert recipes!! I don’t know where to start! ;)

  10. Kelly January 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    You’re right! I DO love this post, everything looks sinfully delicious! :)

  11. Kathryn January 11, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    You can never have too many chocolate recipes – all of these look so good!

    And I hope life calms down for you a bit soon, I know that feeling all too well and it’s not nice at all.

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks, Kathryn. That means a lot!

  12. joanne January 11, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    (a) NO BREAKDOWNS. You are going to do this and you are going to do this awesomely. It will just take time. And yes, it will be draining. BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT.
    (b) If you DO have a breakdown and want to vent…I’m a phone call and/or a ferry ride away! And I’m pretty much all ears all the time when it comes to all things you.
    (c) CHOCOLATE heals all wounds. Thanks so much for including my brownies! I want to eat this post. the whole thing.

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      You are amazing. Seriously.

  13. Lori @ RecipeGirl January 11, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Can’t wait to hear your big news :)

    Wonderful chocolate round up!

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Thanks, Lori. I was pretty inspired by your cheesecake cake!

  14. Val January 11, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    It’s not even 7am here and I’m feeling the need to get in my car and get my chocolate fix….. =)

  15. juliana January 11, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    OMG! im craving for some chocolate now! and im on a diet, not so good for a chocoholic ;)

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      Sorry, sort of:-)

  16. alex January 11, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    thanks for linking to my chocolate cake. I would love a slice for breakfast! can’t wait to hear your news…maybe some chocolate to help celebrate?!

  17. Madison @ Espresso and Cream January 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Thinking about you, Lauren, and hoping things continue to fall into place as the weeks go by. Can’t wait to hear what the big news is!

    Also, thanks for including the brownies in your post. :)

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      Thanks, Madison! I can’t wait to share:-)

  18. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations January 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Big News?!
    I know what you mean about feeling all over the place. We leave next month to the East Coast and I have a little anxiety about it. & how do you relieve anxiety? Chocolate!

  19. Sandra's Easy Cooking January 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Awesome round up..everything look sooo delicious, and I remember so many of them!!!
    I Love your post!!!!

  20. Anna @ hiddenponies January 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Wow, what a round up! Hope your new year gets on a great track soon :)

  21. Shannon from Healthiful Balance January 12, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I LOVE chocolate and all these recipes look so great!! :)

  22. Steph@stephsbitebybite January 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    So excited for your big plans!! Even though I don’t know what they are I always love hearing that poeple have good things coming!! And thanks for totally making go even more chocolate crazy!! I want to make every single thing on this list.

  23. Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) January 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Ooooh… I’m drooling. These all look so decadent and delish!

  24. Emily (Edible Psychology) January 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Haha, chocolate helps everything! And I got your reply to my last message – I am excited to hear about the big plans that you have in the works. I’ll be cheering for you!

    ~Emily~

  25. Punctuation Mark January 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    now i need to be done with dinner so i can move on to dessert!

  26. Baking Serendipity January 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Chocolate overload…and I totally love it :) I hope all goes well with your projects!

  27. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Wow. This is an AMAZING roundup of chocolate. I know where to visit on PMS week :)

  28. Simply Life January 15, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    oh this post is dangerous! Now I want some chocolate!!!

  29. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking January 15, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Oh my goodness where to start!! They all look so delicious. I am new to your blog. Glad I found it!

  30. vianney January 16, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    what a round up, heaven!! big news..how exciting!!

  31. Joy of Gastronomy January 16, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    this list is over the top! Love your blog, btw. I could get a lot of ideas to share with my friends, I’m a die-hard fan of everything that has chocolates, I love baking muffins and cupcakes as well. Thanks, have a great one. Oh, if you don’t mind dropping by my site and give me a boost, here ‘s a link
    http://www.gastronomybyjoy.com/2012/01/ffiday-crave-for-quesadillas.html

  32. Monica @ The Yummy Life January 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Oh my. Where to begin? This post is pure chocolate heaven. Great round up! And, BTW, I’ve been slow to get posts out this year, too. Way too much going on recently. Part of the joy of blogging is that it can be as flexible as you need it to be, whenever you need it to be. Sounds like your plate has been overflowing. No worries. Your Keep It Sweet fans are loyal. :-) Take a breath…

  33. Valerie January 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    What an indulgent line-up of chocolate happiness!
    I’ll have one of each, please. :D

  34. Restaurants in Brighton January 19, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Wow ! Your love for chocolate is evident from your chocolaty desserts. Lovely !