Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

If mint chocolate chip ice cream is your favorite flavor, then you’ll love these Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with a big scoop of mint chocolate chip buttercream frosting on top. Tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream but without the mess of melting everywhere!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Mint Buttercream Frosting

Is it true? Is Sunday *really* March 1? What happened? I swore just yesterday the groundhog threatened us with more winter then I spent the next few days bundled up in my apartment as wind chills hit below zero. Then my friend texted me that Shamrock Shakes are back at McDonald’s. Yes! That to me is the kickoff to #mintchocolatechipallthethings. Even though mint chocolate chip is acceptable all year round, I can’t help but associate it with March. Probably because most things are artificially green, making them perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. I have a few mint chocolate chip recipe ideas coming up, starting with these Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes – chocolate mint cupcakes topped with mint chocolate chip buttercream frosting. Nope, that’s not ice cream! Instead of decorating them like normal, I scooped frosting right on top. Clever, aren’t I? These cupcakes would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, birthday parties, I-wish-it-were-summer parties, and I’m-in-the-mood-for-a-cupcake parties.

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Italian Nachos

Transport yourself to Italy with these Italian Nachos topped with hot Italian sausage, mozzarella nacho cheese sauce, fresh tomatoes, and basil. Serve it as an appetizer or as a dinner for two.

Italian Nachos with hot sausage, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, and Pasta Chips

This post is sponsored by Pasta Chips. Thank you, as always, for supporting the brands I work with, keeping Chocolate Moosey up and running.

One benefit about cooking for myself is I can eat what I want, when I want. Friends have told me if they were in my shoes, they’d eat pancakes or even cold cereal for dinner. I have no idea why anyone would want cereal from a box for dinner; I rarely eat it for breakfast (is it me or does it just not fill you up?). Now I’m pretty good at making real food for dinner. I have my menu planned out for the week with pasta, fajitas, soup, chicken, and sometimes the occasional frozen pizza. However, once in awhile I look at what I have planned and think, you know what? I don’t want this today. Unfortunately, that happens about 5 minutes before I start to prep dinner, so I’m stuck with a dilemma – either make what I planned and convince myself that yes I do still want it or completely change gears. Sometimes changing gears means switching around my menu for the week. Other times I go with what I really want that day.

It’s no secret that I love snacks (see Salt and Vinegar Popcorn and Chili Cheese Popcorn). Sometimes I wish they were more acceptable for dinner. There are times where I go out to eat and would much rather order a few appetizers than eat another sandwich. Although I’m not advocating eating snacks every day for dinner, I do think you should have a few fun meals planned. Lately I’ve had nachos on the brain as I just love nacho cheese sauce and haven’t had any in a long time. When I was asked to make a recipe featuring Pasta Chips, the Italian cousin to potato chips, my first reaction was snacks! Then my second reaction was they’d make a great vessel for nachos. Sticking with the Italian theme, I went with Italian Nachos, topping them with hot Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese sauce, fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil. Almost like caprese and Italian sausage had an Italian nacho baby. Too much of an analogy? Probably, but I can tell you one thing – one bite and you’ll instantly feel like you’re Italy, enjoying the sights and sounds of the hills in Tuscany.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Blondies

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Blondies

These triple peanut butter blondies topped with eggless peanut butter cookie dough and melted peanut butter chips are a peanut butter lover's best friend. Grab a glass of milk and dig in! I love peanut butter. I love it so much that I … [Continue reading]

Salt and Vinegar Popcorn

Salt and Vinegar Popcorn using only 3 ingredients

This 3 ingredient salt and vinegar popcorn shares the same flavors as salt and vinegar chips but is much quicker and healthier to make, thanks to one secret ingredient. This post is sponsored by Spice Jungle, supplier of the vinegar powder I … [Continue reading]

Chicken Salad Breadstick Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Breadstick Sandwiches

No more boring white bread sandwich! This traditional chicken salad is served between bread made from breadstick dough. In other words, creamy chicken salad served between one big breadstick cut in half. It's hard to believe it'll be 7 months … [Continue reading]

Apple Butter Baked Doughnut Holes

Apple Butter Baked Doughnut Holes filled with apple butter

Want to learn how to make doughnut holes? These Apple Butter Baked Doughnut Holes filled with apple butter are easy to whip up in minutes, perfect for last-minute brunch recipes and everyday snacks. This post is part of an ongoing partnership … [Continue reading]