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    Posted on Dec 7, 2012

    7 DIY Treats You Won't Be Able To Stop Eating

    Just try to make some ancho chili-cinnamon bark and not eat the whole darn pan before it's out of your kitchen.

    1. Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark

    Makes enough for 3 gifts

    1 large ancho chili

    1 whole star anise

    1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

    3 cloves

    2-inch cinnamon stick

    2/3 cups pistachios

    2/3 cups cashews, very lightly crushed

    12 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces

    1/2 cup dried cherries

    Kosher salt, or sea salt

    To make the spice mix, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place first 5 ingredients on a baking sheet and place in oven. Toast until fragrant or about 10 min.

    Remove stems and majority of seeds from the anchos. Place all spices in a spice grinder or coffee grinder and pulverize. You may need to grind spices in batches.

    Toast the nuts by placing them on the baking sheet and put in the oven. Check after 10 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let cool.

    Place ¾ of the chocolate in a bowl and slowly melt the chocolate, either in the microwave checking and stirring it every 25 seconds or over a double broiler on the stovetop. When all of the chocolate is melted, take it off of the heat and add in the remaining chocolate, stir until it is completely melted. Add one to two teaspoons of the spice mix. Add one at a time and taste; add more if you want it to be spicier.

    Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Spread out the nuts and cherries, reserving a few of the nuts to decorate the top. Sprinkle salt over the nuts and cherries.

    Pour the chocolate onto the pan, covering the nuts and cherries in an even layer. Add remaining nuts to the top of chocolate and press them into the chocolate.

    Put in fridge and allow to cool for 45 min. Break into pieces and keep in a sealed container in the fridge.

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    Salted peanuts make these grown-up Rice Krispies especially addictive.

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    3. Bread and Buttermilk Fudge


    A great way to step it up from regular fudge.

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    4. Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Marshmallows


    Put them in hot chocolate!

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    5. Fudgy Bourbon Balls


    Eat these with egg nog, enjoy a good night's sleep.

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    6. Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary


    Your brittle this year has a sexy Italian thing going on.

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    7. Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs


    Spiced and nutty from brown butter, these are some seriously good donut holes.

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