Chocolate Covered Tangerines

IMG_0280I am obsessed with these little cuties!

Since, my sweet tooth has been flaring up a bit, I decided to make a batch of these semi-sweet & semi-healthy treats! They are incredibly addictive – I took them to work and they all vanished within 30 minutes!

They are super easy/quick to make, and can also be used as a great snack, dessert, or appetizer for your next gathering! All you have to do is take a handful of tangerines, your favorite chocolate (preferably semi-sweet), and sea salt (or any type you prefer) — WALA!! Your tastebuds will thank you!

What is your sweet, yet somewhat healthy snack?

What you’ll need:
♥ Tangerines/Clementines
♥ Semi-sweet carob/chocolate chips
♥ Sea salt
♥ Wax Paper

How To:
1. Peel the tangerines
2. Melt the chocolate chips for about 1-2 minutes, but stop every 30 seconds to mix and check consistency.
3. Dip the tangerines in the chocolate
4. Place it on wax paper and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top
5. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then ready to eat!

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LC’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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◊ How perfect is Lauren Conrad? Even her cookies (above) are flawless ◊


LC is a goddess. If she’s allowed to eat chocolate chip cookies then HELL, so are we. We based these perfect cookies off of the original Lauren Conrad Recipe, but made a few tweaks customized to our taste!

Here’s what you’ll need:

♥2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
♥1 teaspoon baking soda
♥½ teaspoon of sea salt (plus more for sprinkling on top)
♥1 stick butter
♥½ cup Greek yogurt
♥1 ¼ cup packed coconut sugar
♥¼ cup granulated sugar
♥1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
♥2 teaspoons vanilla extract
♥½ cup carob chips
♥½ cup chocolate chips

The how to:

  1. Mix together dry ingredients.
  2. Combine melted butter and Greek yogurt. Add sugars to the mix until well blended, then add egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients slowly, mixing until combined. Add carob / chocolate chips to taste.
  4. Place dough on a cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Sprinkle sea salt on top right after they come out of the oven!
  5. Lauren Lowstan’s Tip: If you want to get the perfect chocolate chip cookies that are crispy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside, then refrigerate your dough balls for 24-48 hours before baking. Make sure to bring to room temperature before putting in the oven. This will give your cookies the perfect crispy-to-chewy ratio.

And you’re ready to enjoy! We love ours with a Yogi Chai Green Tea latte (seep green tea packet in warm almond milk).

Brownie Bites

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After years of snooping, sneaking, and trying desperately to unveal my sister’s secret brownie recipe, I’m finally victorious! She’s agreed to share her magical recipe — which is unbelievably simple! — with our lovely Halfsies readers!

INGREDIENTS:

♥1 cup butter, room temperature, diced into 1-inch pieces
♥1 cup granulated sugar
♥1 cup packed light brown sugar
♥2 tsp vanilla extract
♥4 eggs at room temperature
♥½ tsp salt
♥10 oz dark chocolate, chopped
♥½ cup cocoa powder
♥1 cup all purpose flour
♥1/4 tsp baking soda

 DIRECTIONS:

♥Combine flour, salt, cocoa powder in a dry bowl
♥Combine chocolate chunks and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until completely melted
♥Combine chocolate butter mixture, eggs, and sugars
♥When well blended, add vanilla extract and baking soda
♥Combine wet mixture with flour mixture, folding contents together until completely blended
♥Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry

 

Pour a large cup of milk, and enjoy!!