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26 Boozy Chocolate Recipes for Christmas and Beyond

Decorated Christmas Tree to celebrate 26 Boozy Chocolate Recipes

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Getting into the Christmas spirit, so to speak, was something many of you seemed more than willing to do. 26 boozy chocolate recipes made their way into this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge where the special ingredient was alcohol. All entries are perfect for the festive season and although I was completely stuffed on Christmas Day, I can’t help being a little bit sad that these treats didn’t grace my table too: truffles, trifles and much much more …

We Should Cocoa – The Alcohol Challenge

Just in case you’ve forgotten where these 26 boozy chocolate recipes have come from, here’s a reminder of the challenge I set at the beginning of the month.

“So finally, tis the season to be jolly – or did I mean merry? In time honoured tradition, I’m going to give you something that’s not only festive for December, but also easy. This is not the time to put my bad cop hat on – goodwill and all that. I’m giving you a good excuse to indulge in your favourite tipple, yes that’s right … alcohol. And I’m not going to be specific here, I’ll leave that for a future date.

You can choose whatever alcoholic beverage you like: a drop of rum or brandy, some scented mulled wine or cider or how about a slug of that sloe gin I know you’re all so fond of. So it’s over to you, festive or otherwise – as long as it contains chocolate and the alcohol is a main flavouring ingredient. I’m not sure I’d be willing to accept a teaspoon of vanilla extract though.”

Thanks to everyone for their fabulous contributions to both this and previous challenges throughout the year. I hope to see you again in 2014 and wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We Should Cocoa LogoLinzi from Lancashire Food is hosting next month’s We Should Cocoa challenge, so do check out her blog tomorrow.

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26 Boozy Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate Log filled with a whipped boozy chocolate ganache - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes.

Unusually for me, I managed to get an early entry in with this, my first successfully rolled Chocolate Log filled with a whipped boozy chocolate ganache made with Thorntons chocolate liqueur.

Phil from As Strong as Soup has gone all 70s retro and come up with this rather splendid revival of the forgotten Malakoff Trifle. Phil’s take on it is a slightly healthier version of what was a very full on cream and rum concoction.

I’ve always hankered after buns for breakfast, freshly baked and warm from the oven. One day I might manage it and when I do, these chocolate and mincemeat sticky buns from Dom of Belleau Kitchen are likely to be a strong contender. Packed with brandy mincemeat and lots of dark chocolate these are just perfect for Christmas.

Chocolate Mint Mousse - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

With stunning photos of assorted vintage teacups filled with Chocolate Mint Mousse, Karen of Lavender and Lovage gives us a visual feast. Made with cream, crème de menthe and After Eights, these sound perfect for rounding off a festive meal.

Now for a special birthday cake – a Tiramisu Cake from Life Can Be Simple to celebrate her sister’s birthday. Kahlua is the booze used in this coffee lover’s delight and plenty of mascarpone to go with it too.

Mulled Wine Cupcakes - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

Now I do like a glass or two of mulled wine at Christmas. Whatever the quantity I make, there always seems to be some left over. What better way to use it than in these Mulled Wine Cupcakes from Janine of Cake of the Week?

Truffled Prunes - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

I was hoping we’d get some chocolates for Christmas and I wasn’t disappointed. These   wondrous Truffled Prunes from Alexandra of The Lass in the Apron would have been the highlight of my stocking if I’d found any in there. Chocolate ganache made with Grand Marnier is stuffed inside a succulent prune which is then covered in chocolate – definitely something to dream about.

Sour cherries, cranberries and raisins soaked in brandy is a good start to anything I reckon. Rebecca of BakeNQuilt must have thought so too; she confesses that not all of the mini chocolate fudge fruitcakes she baked for gifts made it out of the front door.

Chocolate Mince Pies - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

Now, I have made chocolate mincemeat and I have made chocolate pastry, but I haven’t yet combined both to make chocolate mince pies. Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe has inspired me. Her chocolate mince tarts look pretty and sound delicious, especially as the mincemeat is made with whiskey – something else I haven’t tried.

Bailey's Chocolate Dessert - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

Festive Christmas trees top this Baileys chocolate dessert made by Angela of My Golden Pear. They are small but highly photogenic and delicious to boot. She says the last drop of Baileys Irish Cream was used, but strangely made no mention of any new bottle hiding in the cabinet …

Bake a chocolate cake, douse it in whisky; cover it in a chocolate fudge whisky icing, then eat it with a satisfied smile on your face. So did Laura from I’d Much Rather Bake Than … with this “I must make it very soon myself” chocolate whisky bundt cake.

Can Christmas be complete without some creamy homemade fudge? Elizabeth from her Kitchen Diary has come to the rescue and given us this decadent no cook vodka chilli truffle fudge. Vodka was Elizabeth’s alcohol of choice and the chillies are an inspiration that has me longing to try some.

I’ve been on a bit of a biscuit mission this past month – mostly shortbread I’ll grant you, but I’m very keen to try a few more recipes before the festivities are over, especially if the contain Amaretto. Craig of The Usual Saucepans has come up with a flavour combination that has particularly tickled my fancy and his double chocolate, cinnamon and Amaretto cookies sound quite scrumptious.

This chocolate coconut rum cake made with Malibu from the Nutty Tart sounds really rich and delicious. Simple to make, but with lots of dark chocolate and coconut rum, this is another recipe I absolutely must try.

The next tipple to be used is ale in another dark and luscious looking cake. Described as a chocolate log for grown ups, Claire from Under the Blue Gum Tree gives us Chocolate and Ale Cake taken from Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food.

Chocolate mousse made with cherry brandy, topped with a layer of sour cherries and then covered in vanilla cream and chocolate sounds sublime. Chris from Cooking Around the World created this Blackforest gateaux pudding in an attempt to create a simpler dessert version of the classic Black Forest Gateau. A resounding success I reckon.

More boozy truffles come our way via Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker. Great to have around at Christmas, these Irish Cream chocolate truffles make a fabulous gift too. Ros has, of course, made these with Irish Cream.

Hannah of Corner Cottage Bakery reckons her chocolate port sauce was made for pouring warm over Christmas desserts. Having seen this rich chocolate, port and cream confection in a jar, I reckon it’s good to go all by itself. As for the Icelandic chocolate she used in making it – well, go look for yourselves.


Tiffin is one of my favourite chocolatey treats ever, so I was really pleased to see this Christmas Tiffin from Siobhan of Tasty Recipes and Other Stuff. The addition of honey sounds particularly appealing as does that of brandy and it’s a gift I would very much have appreciated.

Baileys Chocolat Luxe is used to very good effect in this Baileys Chocolate Luxe Cheesecake over at Caroline Makes. Light and creamy with lashings of mascarpone cheese, this is yet another dessert I’d have been happy to see on my Christmas table.

You can’t have 26 boozy chocolate recipes without a trifle. Jean from Baking in Franglais made a Black Forest Trifle using kirsch in a trifle dish I am quite envious of. I know just how good it was as we had one on our Christmas table this year and it proved to be very popular.

Christmas profiteroles - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

These Christmas profiteroles from Natalie of HungryHinny got her through to the finals of the Plymouth Chamber Christmas Bake Off, which she very cleverly won – hooray. Filled with a chocolate orange and brandy cream, no wonder the judges were intoxicated by her artistry.

Suelle of Mainly Baking starts her post off in fine style by declaring that there is always a chocolate dessert on her Christmas table. She finishes it off well by presenting us with this scrummilicious Amaretto truffle cake using, you guessed it Amaretto along with amaretti biscuits.

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Trifle - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

With a dislike for cold custard, cream (I didn’t know this was possible) and jelly, constructing a trifle can be somewhat challenging for Rachel Cotterill. However, necessity is the mother of invention and this rather gorgeous sounding Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Trifle with cherries soaked in kirsch was the result.

At the last minute comes a beautifully coloured festive Kumquat Cheesecake from Galina of Chez Maxima. Using port and white chocolate as well as cranberries and a whole host of other delectable ingredients, I’m rather wishing I could tuck into this dish along with all the others.

Rum n Raisin Ice Cream - one of 26 boozy chocolate recipes for #WeShouldCocoa

Ice-cream for Christmas may not sound the obvious choice over here in the Northern Hemisphere, but in New Zealand it’s perfect. It’s what CT and I had on Christmas Day the year we were in New Zealand. Ours wasn’t half as delicious as Lucy’s sounds. Check out this rich rum and raisin ice-cream over at The KitchenMaid but take care, you might get hooked. Rum is of course the booze of choice for this dessert.



  1. Christian Halfmann

    31st December 2013 at 8:25 am

    All the luvly chocolate creations speak for themselves. Delicious round-up. Thank you! I hope to see some more in 2014, too.

  2. Alicia Foodycat

    31st December 2013 at 10:27 am

    Wonderful round up! The moulded chocolates I was planning to enter didn’t work at all, so I melted them down, crossed my fingers and turned them into truffles, which are apparently very nice but definitely not worthy of blogging!

  3. Kath

    31st December 2013 at 10:58 am

    Yes please to all of the above. Another spectacular WSC.

  4. Janice Pattie

    31st December 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Some delicious dishes there, I hope I’ll be able to join in a bit more, I seemed to lose my way with the blog challenges as the year progressed!

  5. Susan Lindquist

    31st December 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Wow! So many really beautifully made desserts! Attests to the talents that come together for We Should Cocoa!

  6. Hannah Hearsey

    31st December 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Lovely round up! Well done everyone!

  7. prwilson

    1st January 2014 at 1:19 am

    Chocolate and alcohol certainly goes together well.

  8. Elizabeth

    1st January 2014 at 10:44 am

    I must be good, I must be good! I will not rush to the kitchen now and start baking with chocolate! Oooooh tempting recipes! Happy New year and all the best for 2014 xx

  9. Karen S Booth

    1st January 2014 at 3:51 pm

    LOVELY theme, hic, and a suitably boozy round up! Happy New Year! Karen xxxx

  10. The Kitchenmaid

    3rd January 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Oh no, I forgot to send you my one!
    It’s very boozy and I think you’ll like it…

  11. Phil in the Kitchen

    6th January 2014 at 10:38 pm

    A fine round up indeed. Plenty of suitable treats to get me through the dark days of winter. Do I detect the hint of a trifle revival? Maybe it’s just the time of year.

  12. Hungry Hinny

    13th April 2019 at 9:13 am

    Haha you know I love a boozy bake, this is fab! LOTS of ideas swimming around in my head already!

  13. Johanna GGG

    13th April 2019 at 9:16 am

    Oh I have just put in an entry and then seen that alcohol has to be the main flavouring – my fruit mince has what I consider quite a bit of whiskey so hope that is ok – we don’t really do much boozy stuff here, especially as I often like to share with my 4 year old sylvia, so this is as boozy as it gets.

  14. Alicia Foodycat

    13th April 2019 at 9:19 am

    Thank heavens I have until the 28th. I don’t want to post about what I have made until the people I have given it to on Christmas Day have eaten it!

  15. Suelle

    13th April 2019 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for extending the deadline – my offering won’t be appearing until Christmas Day either!


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