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Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

In honor of my one hundredth blog post, I decided to do a little celebration by baking something luscious, and I also chose to cook something because I need to practice baking lol, for Thanksgiving and Christmas. So tonight I did just that by baking these amazing and not to mention huge brownies. My brother and sister helped me some, but I did most of the work lol. The result of my brownies turned out to be fantastic.

Have fun baking these delicious bad boys. 😀

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

One box brownie mix (not family sized) prepared according to package directions in a 9×9 pan
½ C chopped salted or honey roasted peanuts
12 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp butter
1¼ C. creamy peanut butter
1¾ C. Rice Krispy cereal
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp Salt

Directions

Bake brownies according to package directions in a 9×9 pan lined with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Then during the last five minutes of baking, remove from oven and spread the chopped peanut butter cups and chopped peanuts on top. Return to oven for remaining five minutes to melt the chocolate. Then as soon as you pull them out of the oven, spread the melty peanut butter cups/peanuts with an off-set spatula to smooth over the top.

Let brownies cool. Next in a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Heat in microwave for one minute, stirring when done. If needed, continue heating in twenty-second increments until the chocolate chips has melted. Stir in cereal, vanilla and salt until evenly combined.Pour over brownies and smooth. Place brownies in the fridge and let them chill until chocolate is hardened, about two hours. Cut into squares to serve.

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Source Cookies and Cups

Coming up next week

One pan Ranch Pork Chops with potatoes & green beans

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

It’s an experiment ( Lol so I don’t know)
Side Dish Sweet Garlic Balsamic Green Beans

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I had an excellent Birthday celebration. 🙂 My Grandma came to help us celebrate. We didn’t do anything except for eating lol. For breakfast, we had Krispy Kreme donuts. Then for lunch, we went to Panera bread. I had one of my favorites Chicken Ceaser Salad. I like it as it’s not only tasty, but it’s also not extremely heavy lol. Haha, thank goodness too because later that evening we went to Chilli’s for dinner. 

Then we finally came home to eat this luscious cake that I want to share with you and intended on baking, but I have to confess that cooking certain desserts can seldom be pretty intimidating lol. However, I am not too worried as Thanksgiving and Christmas are practically right around the corner. Lol, I’m confident that I will get some practice before they roll around. I’m determined to conquer the skill of baking lol. 😀

Moreover, to make this story short lol my mom cooked this incredible cake for me. My grandma and I helped by cutting up the Reese’s and My sister, and I contributed to decorating it. The cake was excellent!!!

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake

INGREDIENTS:

2 C. sugar.
1-3/4 C. all-purpose flour.
3/4 C. HERSHEY’S Cocoa.
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder.
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda.
1 tsp. salt.
2 eggs
1 C. milk.
1/2 C. vegetable oil.
2 tsp. vanilla extract.
1 C. boiling water.
2 cans vanilla ready -to spread frosting or your favorite homemade vanilla frosting divided.
Red and yellow food color.
1-1/3 C. (8-oz. pkg.) REESE’S Minis Peanut Butter Cups divided.
5 to 6 tsp. HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa or HERSHEY’S Cocoa.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

1. Mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer two minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

2. Bake for thirty to thirty-five minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool, ten minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool, completely. Set out 1/2 cup frosting. Tint remaining frosting to desired shade of orange with red and yellow food coloring.

3. Coarsely chop 1 cup mini peanut butter cups; set aside. Put first cake layer on serving plate; frost top of the layer with about 3/4 cup frosting. Top with chopped peanut butter cups. Add second cake layer; complete frosting cake.

4. Combine cocoa to reserved frosting; place in heavy duty (freezer) resealable food storage bag. Cut off a tip of the bag about 1/4 inch from one corner. Draw leafless tree and branches onto the top of the cake by piping chocolate frosting in desired design. Place the remaining mini peanut butter cups as few remaining leaves on the tree and as leaves that have already fallen to the ground. 10 to 12 servings.

Source The Internet Chef 

 

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Do you love baking? Lol, I know I do. Even though I am not all that great at it. However, I still enjoy doing it and seldom will bake something whenever I’m bored lol. And so the other night I thought I would practice my baking skills by making these very delicious Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies while watching the Olympics.


Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter, melted 

1 1/4 cup sugar1 egg1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 C. flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Instructions


Preheat oven to 350

1. In your electric mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.

2. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. The batter should not be sticky and should not be crumbly. If it is sticky, mix in flour one tablespoon at a time until it becomes not sticky. If the batter is crumbly, stir in water one teaspoon at a time until the dough holds together.

3. Combine cinnamon and sugar together and on a plate. Measure dough with a 1/4 cup measure and roll into balls. Roll each ball to coat well in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for twelve – fifteen minutes or until the center is set. Let cool 2 minutes then cool on a wire rack.

Source The pinning mama

Coming up this week

Lasagna Soup

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken

Apples, onions and pork chops Side dish Garlic Green Beans


Rocky Road Milkshake

Do you love milkshakes? Lol, I know I do! They are one of the easiest and delectable desserts on the planet. You never need more than a few of ingredients, and they only take a few minutes to make. My preferred flavors are cookies and cream and chocolate.

However, I wanted to try the flavor Rocky Road. And since I recently learned from Google that National Rocky Road day is on June 2nd and understand that I’m somewhat late. I still wanted to honor this national food holiday by making a Rocky Road milkshake. And I am happy that I did because Rocky Road is my new favorite.

Here’s how to make your own.

 

Rocky Road milkshake

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Nestle Carnation Malted Milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C. cup milk
2 C. rocky road ice cream

Optional:
toasted marshmallow sprinkles
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and or a milkshake maker and mix until the desired consistency is reached (only took about thirty seconds in my blender, but each mixer is a little different).

Not a huge rocky road enthusiast? No worries, the ice cream flavor can easily be changed out for any type you love…cookies and cream, strawberry, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, you name it. I have a strange feeling I’ll be experimenting with more than a few of these flavors over the summer. What about you?

And if you are milkshake fanatic, what’s your favorite flavor?

Source Paper and Stitch 

 

No bake energy bites

I want to share with you a recipe that I don’t usually prepare. But, I do plan on making this real soon 🙂 My sister will occasionally make these very yummy, filling and incredibly addicting energy bites. These guys will make the perfect snack before and after workouts, games, road trips and just pretty much any time of day munchie. The recipe is super easy to make, made with wholesome ingredients, and they taste like no bake cookies!

No bake energy bites

INGREDIENTS

1 C. (dry) oatmeal
2/3 C. toasted coconut flakes
1/2 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. ground flax seed
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
1/3 C. honey or agave nectar
1 Tbsp. Chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium mixing dish until blended well. (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands. My sister does!) Next, cover and place in the fridge, let it chill in there for half an hour.* Remove the bowl from the refrigerator.

2. Then form the mixture into balls of any size you would like. Enjoy! Eat as many as you want. I will eat about three lol. Store any remaining leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about twenty to twenty-five.

Note: If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to replace them with any other varieties of nut butter, like almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter.

Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Crockpot Vanilla Latte

Lol, I will confess to you I’m a huge coffee fanatic. And it’s not a joke either. Here is how serious I am; I’m a member of the Starbucks rewards program, and I have my personal coffeemaker in my room with a stash of coffees and galore. That’s just proof to you that I am addicted to coffee. Haha! 😀

I of course seldom enjoy drinking the specialty coffee drinks from Starbucks. Since they are expensive, usually very high in calories and sugars. However, I thankfully found this ridiculously easy Crock Pot Vanilla Latte on Pinterest and it saved the day lol. I use a Vanilla Coffee Syrup, milk, and coffee. And perhaps a little bit of whipped cream, if I feel like being unusually self-indulgent. And … that’s it. Haha!!!! 😀

Crock Pot coffee drinks are perfect for the lazy and rainy afternoons, busy holiday mornings or weekend brunches. So…let’s go through this checklist together; do you have your Crock Pot? Check. Hot coffee? Check. Easy? Delightful? Cheaper? Check check. Check. What on earth are you waiting for? Hop out of that couch and get busy. Have fun!!!!

Are you a coffee enthusiast?

Crockpot Vanilla Latte

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups milk (I used 2%, but whole is, of course, also delicious)
2 cups very strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup Vanilla Coffee Syrup
Whipped cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the milk, coffee, and vanilla coffee syrup into a four-quart Crock Pot. Stir. Cook on high for two hours or until it heated through.
Make sure it doesn’t boil! You may also keep your crockpot on low, but it will take a little longer to heat up. Turn Crock Pot to warm setting to keep latte warm for 2 – 3 hours. You can use low to keep it warm if your slow cooker doesn’t have a warm setting, but keep an eye on it. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn’t scald. Scoop by the ladleful into individual mugs. Top with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!

Kitchen Treaty

Coming up next week

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Salmon Cake Sandwiches Side Dish ?????

Crockpot Frito Pie

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

Satisfying your sweet-tooth

How many times have you had a sugar craving, only to find out that there’s nary a cookie nor a cupcake nor a candy bar in the house? Now that’s not always a bad thing, mind you…sometimes the only thing that prevents me from ingesting too much sugar is the fact that I made a point not to buy or make sweets in the first place. But other times, INeedSomethingSweetAndIneedItRightNOW! Hahaha! 😀 If you’re the same as me and feel like you need to cheat a little, then don’t I have a perfect solution for you 🙂

What is that you might ask??? I made a Snickerdoodle Mug Cake. It was very light and delicious. This Cake bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Snickerdoodle Cake Mug

Ingredients

1/4 C + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 C. milk, at room temperature
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For layering/topping:
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions

1. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl then add milk and vanilla and stir well. Set aside. In another small bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon until thoroughly, completely combined, with no streaks of any ingredients remaining.

2. Gradually mix flour mixture with milk butter, and vanilla until batter is smooth. Into a 14-ounce (or larger) microwave-safe mug with straight sides, scoop a big spoonful of batter, then sprinkle with a spoonful of cinnamon sugar. Alternate layers, ending with cinnamon sugar.
Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until cake is ready to your liking. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

 

Recipe adapted from Five Heart Home

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Peanut Butter lovers rejoice

I recently just discovered these fantastic single serve desserts. And a few weeks ago, I made my first one death by chocolate which turned out to be awesome. It inspired to make another one and I, of course, will make more in the future lol. Like the one, I’m about to show you.

Consuming cookies are very addicting! Here are a few of my favorites: sugar, chocolate chip, and snickerdoodles. As some of you might notice in my other post for peanut butter & chocolate lovers, I also am a big fan of peanut butter, and that certainly means I like peanut butter cookies. My enthusiasm for them wanted me to teach you how to make a cookie in a mug.

So…here’s some yummy goodness! 🙂

 

5 Minute Peanut Butter Cookie

Ingredients

1 Tbsp peanut butter

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp white sugar

1 Tbsp brown sugar

pinch vanilla

pinch salt

One egg yolk

3 tbsp flour

1 Tbsp salted peanuts, chopped
Directions

In a microwave safe bowl or mug, place peanut butter and butter together and microwave for about 30 seconds, until melted – or almost melted – and then stir to combine. Stir in sugars. Then stir in the pinch of vanilla and salt. Mix in egg yolk until well combined. Stir in 3 Tbsp flour. Sprinkle with peanut. Microwave for 35-50 seconds, until done. Start checking at 35 seconds to see if it’s done. (Mine took 50 seconds, but it will depend on the power of your microwave) Let cool for a minute or two and then enjoy!

Can you imagine how good this would be with a scoop of ice cream? Ooooh! Reece’s peanut butter cup ice cream!! I would be in peanut butter heaven.

Recipe adapted from Jo and Sue

For Peanut butter & Chocolate lovers

I absolutely love smoothies. They are a great treat to have for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon for when you have a sugar craving and before or after workouts. I too am a HUGE fan of chocolate and peanut butter and love adding both of these sweet companions to my smoothie.

This smoothie consists of six healthy essential ingredients you likely always keep on hand and it can be ready in no time. Chocolate for breakfast or as a snack, include me in! How could this not be great, though? It has three of the excellent flavors, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate all together in one decadent anytime of the day treat.

This is one creamy, protein-rich smoothie you are going to admire!

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Shake

Two large overripe bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen*
1 cup original almond milk or regular milk (or more to thin as desired)
3/4 cup ice
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey (optional)

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender a process until well pureed. Serve immediately.

Notes: that the sweetness of this smoothie comes from the ripeness of the bananas so be sure to use some that are well ripened. If you still would like it a little bit sweeter you could add in a little honey or cut back a touch on the cocoa powder.

Recipe source: adapted from Cooking Classy

Coming up next week:

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels

It’s a surprise!!!

Then coming up in two weeks:

5-minute Peanut butter cookie in a mug

How are you doing with your confidence in cooking?

Thank you so much for reading and have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

Death by Chocolate

I’ve decided every other weekend; I would pick certain recipes to make and then I’ll write about them. These recipes will be simple, fun, very healthy, somewhat healthy and some that are not so much. Haha!!! 😀 Moreover, for the first few weeks of me beginning this new section, I will not be posting any that’ll include the oven, and you won’t have to bother about wrestling with it. And yes, believe it or not, there are no-baking-required desserts 🙂 I will be using other small appliances like a blender and a microwave though.

I want to share with you a single serve dessert recipe I tried a few months ago, and I loved it. I hope you’ll enjoy it too just as much as I did!!

Gooey Brownie/Cake In Mug

You’ll Need:

1/4 cup plain all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp mild vegetable oil or melted butter
2 Tbsp milk or water
1/4 tsp vanilla (Optional)

Optional:

Chocolate Chips

Directions

1. In your heatproof mug, mix all the dry ingredients together, so there are as little lumps as possible. Make sure you get right to the bottom. Then add your wet ingredients, mix, so you get a yummy chocolaty paste.

2. Double check to make sure no dry ingredients have been left out at the bottom of your mug. At this point, you can add some chocolate chips, whatever takes your fancy. Microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time. Each microwave varies. I find that after a minute mine is done to how I like it. It’s cakey on top with a gooey brownie mixture underneath. If you want, pure cake carry on for another 30 seconds until it’s how you like it. Just make sure it doesn’t get that burnt smell!

3. Enjoy! 🙂

I want to encourage you to feel more confident baking/cooking with an oven, but I also want to make sure that I make my blog fun and a great learning experience on food without making it incredibly overwhelming for you as much as possible.

Coming up in two weeks I’ll teach you how to make peanut butter chocolate smoothies. Yummy! 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂 Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

 

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Recipe adapted from Musings of a Gem

 

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