Recently I have been writing a lot of articles about how to eat healthy and take care of yourself. There are more to come on that subject, however, all work and no play makes for a very boring life.

I am reminded of Sting after he left the rock group The Police in the 80s. He had written a very creepy stalker song called "Every Breathe You Take", which I loved by the way.

If you have ever really listened to the words of that song, you know that the woman in question could have easily gotten a restraining order against him. In fact, there were several other songs during that era that went a bit over the line such as the Human League, "Don't You Want Me Baby" in which he threatens to change her mind back "or they would both be sorry."

Anyway, back to my point about Sting. Years later in an interview, he admitted that even he realized that a lot of that song was somewhat disturbing, so he said he wrote "If You Love Someone, Set Them Free", which I hated. But that was his idea of balance.

All of that is just a round about way of telling you that you should splurge on your diet from time to time because it is too hard to maintain one hundred percent goodness all the time.

If you are looking for the best desserts ever to spruce up a holiday gathering, or are just interested in making a surprise dish for someone, here are three chocolate options that have been made in my family for years. The best part is that all of them can be prepared in about an hour. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar5 Delicious Dessert Recipes
  • 1 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup of peanut butter morsels

Combine the granulated sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring the mixture the entire time.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. Now stir in the cereal and mix everything well. You should now have a pasty mixture.

Press the mixture into a 13x9 inch glass pan sprayed with a non-stick coating.

Melt the chocolate and peanut butter morsels in a small saucepan and spread it over the cereal mixture in the glass pan. Wait for 15 to 30 minutes until firm, then cut it into bars.

Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

  • 6 chocolate wafers, crushed5 Delicious Dessert Recipes
  • 1 ½ cups of light cream cheese
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 /2 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of amaretto
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbps. Of semisweet chocolate mini morsels
  • Chocolate curls

Start by sprinkling the chocolate wafer crumbs in the bottom of a 7 inch springform pan and set it aside. Why this type of pan? Well, it is easier to remove the cake when it is done rather than flopping it over upside down and shaking it out.

Using a food processor, add cream cheese, sugar, low fat cottage, cheese, unsweetened cocoa, all-purpose flour, amaretto, vanilla extract and salt. Blend until the entire mixture is smooth.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Next, add an egg to the mixture and blend for another 60 seconds. During this time, add the chocolate morsels.

After everything it thoroughly blended, pour the mixture over the crumbs in the pan you set aside earlier. Place in the oven and bake for 65-70 minutes. When the cheesecake has set, let it cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Cover the entire pan and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

Remove the sides of the springform pan and transfer the cheesecake to a serving platter. Garnish with chocolate curls and serve.

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Chocolate Iced Shortbread

  • 1 cup of butter5 Delicious Dessert Recipes
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups of M&M Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Baking Bits divided
  • 1 cup of prepared chocolate frosting

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking pan with a non-stick coating.

In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until it is fluffy. It may help to melt the butter slightly in the microwave first beforehand to make the mixing easier.

Stir in 1 cup of the M&M bits. At this point, the mixture will be a dough.  Press that dough into the pan you prepared earlier.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. Spread the chocolate frosting over everything, then sprinkle the rest of the M&M bits over the shortbread.

Cut into bars and serve immediately, or store in an air-tight container.

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Chocolate Chip Pie

  • 16 Chip Ahoy! Chocolate Chip cookiesDelicious Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Lovers
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1.5 cups of milk
  • 1 pack of Jell-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
  • Cool Whip Light Topping

First, crush all of the chocolate chip cookies in a zip lock bag until they are fine crumbs.  Next, melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and mix 1.5 cups of the crumbs with the melted butter.

Press the mixture onto the bottom and up the side of a 9 inch pie plate to form the pie crust. 

Using a medium size bowl, combine 1.5 cups of milk and the pack of jell-o and whisk for 2 minutes. Next, stir in 2 cups of Cool Whip. After the Cool Whip is thoroughly mixed, scoop it into the pie pan on the crust you pressed into place earlier.

Finally, pour the rest of the cookie crumbs on top of the mixture and serve immediately.

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