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Christmas and these chocolate recipes are a match made in holiday heaven

Christmas and chocolate go together just like "Will & Grace."

And when it comes to ganache goodness, there's no such thing as a sugary overload. Just ask Gesine Bullock-Prado, the celebrated pastry chef who runs the Sugar Glider Kitchen baking school in Vermont and is the author of numerous cookbooks, like "Let Them Eat Cake: Classic, Decadent Desserts with Vegan, Gluten-Free & Healthy Variations."

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Delicious chocolate holiday treats: Pudding, ganache and more

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She's also responsible for this editor’s sublime wedding cake, which came from Austin’s Walton's Fancy & Staple, owned by her sister Sandra Bullock. That carrot cake creation was so delightfully delicious that guests still talk about it seven years later.

Bullock-Prado has a semi-relaxed philosophy about sweets when it comes to kids. “If you restrict it too much you will create a monster and I am the living monster. Pick your battles. In Germany, they have coffee and cake time every day. It’s a time to visit with each other. It’s structured and it’s a meaningful part of your day and not a blind noshing of sugar,” she tells Megyn Kelly TODAY.

She’s super-close to Laila and Louis Bardo, her sister’s two children. And yes, she spoils them. Showing restraint, Bullock-Prado jokes, “is not my job. I’m the baker-pastry chef and the aunt. I’m not about moderation at all with them. And then I can leave and they’re hopped up on sugar. My husband is their favorite. He’s like a toy to them. I love them so much. I’m still going to gorge them with treats.”

Speaking of treats, Bullock-Prado has a great idea of something special you can make with your whole family this holiday.

Ganache, you saw how many ways I used it. It’s chopped chocolate and hot cream. You can have kids sitting there making truffles and putting whatever they want inside of them. It’s a craft activity. And they can wrap it in really pretty wrappers,” she says.

With the following recipes, she helps us inject even more chocolate decadence into the holidays!

Chocolate S'Mores Pudding
Gesine Bullock-Prado's Chocolate S'mores Pudding
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Give chocolate pudding a boost with yummy marshmallows.

Chocolate Peppermint Dessert Pizza
Gesine Bullock-Prado's Peppermint Dessert Pizza
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Who needs pepperoni when chocolate makes the perfect pizza topping?

Gifting Chocolate
Gesine Bullock-Prado's Gifting Chocolate
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This homemade gift will dazzle everyone.

Hot Cocoa
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Cheers to the holidays with this divine hot cocoa!

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