This post is sponsored by Nabisco and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own.
School is back in session which means that I have a little bit more time at home while my oldest son is in school all day. I miss him a lot and so does his little brother, so I am always trying to look for ways to stay busy! One thing that I love to do to pass the time is creating new recipes and modifying recipes that I find online. Usually I focus on meals that we can have for dinner, but every once in a while I like to try out recipes that we can have for dessert or a snack at anytime!
In Mexico there is a special “extra” meal between lunch and dinner called a “merienda.” It is usually consists of a relatively small snack such as bread, cake, hot chocolate, and other great food. It’s a fun time to get together with family to enjoy being together and talking about our day. I remember that my mom would often have flan or some other sweet snack ready when I got home from school, and I always looked forward to it.
I am trying to continue this tradition with my family so that they can know all about my Mexican heritage and can embrace it as well! My son doesn’t get out of school until 4:00, so by the time he gets home he is tired and hungry. I always try to have something ready for him to eat so that he can regain some energy and be happy. The other day I decided to make this recipe for Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Flan Cake. When I saw it, it looked delicious and I knew I had to try it. Being Hispanic Heritage Month, Nabisco is going to be sharing a variety of fun and delicious recipes inspired by latino flavors like this cake. It is very similar to a cake that my mom used to make when I was growing up, but it has includes a base of Chips Ahoy! cookies to change it up a little bit.
I always like to give recipes that I find my own special twist, and this was no exception. Although I used most of the original recipe in its entirety, I replaced the 2% milk for evaporated milk (a classic in Mexican recipes), and Mexican vanilla. I love adding vanilla to most baked goods that I make, because I feel like it gives them such a great taste!
This recipe is surprisingly easy to make and it turned out delicious! I love that it includes these Chips Ahoy! cookies and I never would have thought to add them on my own.
For the batter you can just use a normal devils food packaged cake mix, which you will then pour in your fluted pan over the cookies.
Finally, you will combine the milks, vanilla, and remaining eggs and pour over the top before baking. The result is this delicious chocolate flan cake! We topped it with a little bit of Mexican caramel spread to give it a little more of that Mexican flavor.
My son (and everyone else) loved this sweet treat and it made for great merienda! I hope that you love it as much as we did. Let me know about some of your traditions in the comments below. For more great recipes using Chips Ahoy! check out this Pinterest board.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nabisco. The opinions and text are all mine.