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Chocolate Sunflower Butter Energy Bites

Packing school lunches is a whole new challenge at our house. After six weeks, these protein-packed treats have become a lunchbox favorite. Any nut butter will do, though sunflower butter makes them allergy-friendly. They’re so easy to make that they’re a great hands-on activity to do with a new kindergartener, and they never come home at the end of the day (unlike those poor rejected baby carrots).

Yield: 16 to 18 energy bites Total time: 45 minutes
Nibbles

Mom’s Rum Balls

When I was little, I remember mom making these rum balls for holiday parties. Made from crushed Nilla wafers, chopped nuts, cocoa, and light rum, they’re not for kids (but that didn’t stop us from sneaking one when the adults weren’t looking).

Nibbles

Double Chocolate Quick Bread

This quick bread is moistened with apple sauce and either sour cream or Greek yogurt, and has both cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cakes

Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Yield: 12 to 16 servings Total time: 2 hours
Cold Desserts

Chocolate Ice Cream

This recipe is well-known on the Internet as the most perfect chocolate ice cream you can make at home. It’s dense, chewy, and very chocolatey.

Yield: 1 quart Total time: 4 hours
Cakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Ginger & Orange

These look like simple chocolate cupcakes, but they have their secrets. Mixing the batter, which contains baking soda and vinegar, brings back joyful memories of elementary school science project volcanoes. Your first bite reveals the flavors of orange and ginger, which complement the chocolate and add a bit of exotic personality. And they’re dairy- and egg-free, which makes them the perfect treat to share with vegan friends.

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Cakes

Jan’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

This chocolate sheet cake is the perfect dish to bring to a family potluck.

Yield: 24 servings Total time: 1 hour
Cold Desserts

Easy Chocolate Pudding

Making homemade pudding is a lot easier than you might think, even with the addition of fresh whipped cream.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cakes

Chocolate Lava Muffins

Serve warm, gooey chocolate muffins with a sauce of melted ice cream.

Yield: 12 muffins Total time: 30 minutes
Beverages

Hot Cocoa

Make hot cocoa from scratch with these basic instructions.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 15 minutes