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Two Fully Loaded Desserts

April 4, 2011

by Emily

For my birthday soirée, I abandoned the traditional cake or cupcakes in favor of two very different desserts for everyone to sample.  Sticking with the light bite theme, both of these treats are nibble-sized, but packed with plenty of decadence… literally.  Each dessert surprised guests with slightly unexpected flavor pairings – the first combined zippy mascarpone cheese with sweet dates.  The second truly embodied the sweet/salty equilibrium in a fleur de sel chocolate covered almond ball.  While it is rewarding to pull off more complicated recipes, the best part about these two wonders is that they are perfectly simple to create and have the flexibility to be made in advance. Clearly I was pleased with the options and feel confident that all sweet tooth expectations were satisfied. 

A sincere thank you for celebrating my birthday with me!


Mascarpone-Stuffed Dates
Food & Wine

16 Medjool dates

1/2 cup mascarpone

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Unsweetened cocoa, for dusting

Make a lengthwise slit in each date and remove the pits (without halving the dates). In a bowl, whisk the mascarpone with the sugar. Spoon the mascarpone into the dates, close them loosely and arrange on a plate, split side up. Sift the cocoa over the dates and serve.


Almond Chocolate Balls with Fleur de Sel
Women’s Health Magazine (totally healthy, right?)

1 cup almond butter

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Fleur de sel

In a bowl, mix almond butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Roll into 20 equal-size balls.  Place on baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. 

Microwave chocolate on medium for 1 minute, stir, then continue microwaving, stirring every 20 seconds, until completely melted. 

Toll the almond balls in melted chocolate garnishing with fleur de sel as you go.  refrigerate until chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. CatFox permalink
    April 4, 2011 4:26 pm

    BEST.DESSERTS.EVER. I feel lucky to have a few of these morsels in my fridge & it’s not even my birthday. JOY!

  2. April 4, 2011 5:27 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

  3. Kelly permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:16 am

    Almond Chocolate Balls sounds like a version of Tri Delta house Peanut Butter balls! I am SO trying this recipe. Hope you had an absolutely fabulous birthday! ❤ xoxo

  4. April 5, 2011 9:20 am

    They most certainly are very similar to the peanut butter balls! You will looooove them! Thank you for the birthday wishes!


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