Desserts

Peepsters Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies get dressed up for Easter on the inside with PEEPS Peepsters stuffing.

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Yesterday I returned a couple unopened bags of candy melts thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal, it’s just sugar. There was nothing wrong, just didn’t end up needing them for a recipe, to which she replied, “Doesn’t matter I have to throw them out anyway.” Now I thought she was joking so I laughed, but after her unchanged facial expression I realized she was not. Apparently returned food items (even unopened, packaged sugar/chocolate) cannot be resold. It makes sense for fresh food or anything requiring refrigeration, but candy?? Upon discovering this I felt bad for returning them and voiced this to her. However, she shot back that I did not in fact feel bad or else I wouldn’t be returning them. She said it so matter-of-fact, again without any humor, that I felt like I should be offended. True I could have snatched them up saying I changed my mind and if I had a job right now I would have. Unfortunately I do not and keeping them is less important than being able to pay for things such as bills. In the end, Walmart can handle the loss a lot easier than I can right now.

Just in case you still think I am a bad person, how about some cookies? I used my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe using both semisweet and milk chocolate chips this time and then stuffed them with PEEPS Peepsters – fun chocolate Easter candies with marshmallow centers. These cookies are basically PEEPS stuffed chocolate chip cookies without the mess of an exploding marshmallow, which commonly happens if you stuff a regular marshmallow into the center of a cookie. 

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Single Serving White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treat

Get your rice krispies treat fix with this single serving recipe. Make it your own with your preferred nut-butter and mix ins. I chose white chocolate peanut butter and peanut butter cups!

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How many of you have already dug into the Easter candy? The holiday-shaped Reese’s are always my weakness, with their superior peanut butter to chocolate ratios. Just when I thought the temptation could not get any stronger, Reese’s coated these beautiful creations with white chocolate. There’s nothing I love more than PB+Choc than PB+WChoc, which lead to the birth of this rice krispies treat with a double dose of PB+WChoc. And it’s all mine!

Whip up this single serving white chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treat with a hidden white chocolate Reese’s cup in the middle and you will be the happiest person around, assuming you also love PB+WChoc – if not change it up to your preferences! It just might cause you to forget all about your imploded March Madness bracket. (Although I did win in both groups I entered upon Florida’s loss, despite Wisconsin’s loss whom I picked to win it all.)

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SINGLE SERVING WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER RICE KRISPIES TREAT

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 Tbsp Peanut Butter & Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter

1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter

2/3 cup miniature marshmallows

3/4 cup Rice Krispies puffed rice cereal

1 white chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup (I used the Egg shape)

Directions:

  1. Lightly grease a small bowl or tupperware, set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the peanut butter and butter. Add the marshmallows and stir until smooth. Mix in the cereal with a rubber spatula until evenly distributed.
  3. Press half the mixture into the prepared bowl. Place the Reese’s cup in the middle, top with remaining cereal mixture and press evenly. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Use a knife or small spatula to remove the treat. Enjoy!

Source: Adapted slightly from Something Swanky.

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Rainbow-Surprise Lemon Cake & Surprise-Inside Cakes Cookbook Giveaway

Traditionally frosting is the star of cake decorating, but what about the inside? Amanda Rettke proves that it’s the inside that counts with her cookbook, “Surprise-Inside Cakes”.

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When it comes to decorating cakes I am not an expert. Upon receiving the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook by Amanda Rettke (I Am Baker) I was a bit intimidated to go beyond the recipes for different layers of color and/or frosting without any cutting and cake-puzzle-assembling. It is truly impressive how many different interiors she was able to design and execute. But after reading through a few of the more complicated recipes I realized that with the right tools and some patience, paired with her excellent step-by-step photos and directions, I might be able to pull it off.

I really loved the smiley face cake and argyle cake but decided to start out small with one of the easier recipes – the rainbow cake. First I had to decide on a cake flavor. Amanda provides recipes for perfectly level cakes and frostings which can be used to create any of the surprise-inside cakes. However, you could also use your own recipe or even a boxed mix, I won’t tell. If using other recipes you may end up with a domed top which will need to be leveled off, unless of course you know that particular recipe does come out flat. Either way, a cake with these interior designs will look made from scratch no matter what recipe you choose.

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To see if a boxed mix would work, I decided to doctor up a white cake mix to create a lemon cake. (Did you know that rainbows taste like lemons? Well, at least this one does.) The cakes did dome but that was easily solved by slicing off the tops with a long serrated knife. After that I followed Amanda’s detailed instructions for assembling and frosting the cakes. I don’t think I’ve ever frosted such a smooth cake before.

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Upon that beautiful white scene I created my own balloon decorations using the cake-top scraps and leftover frosting. It looks like fondant doesn’t it!? Nope it’s something even better, something I have decided to call cake-ball-fondant! Yup, I am a genius. Instead of forming balls to be dipped in chocolate, roll flat with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Consider your mind blown.

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In order to find out exactly how I colored and assembled this cake you’ll have to read about it in the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook! To assist in keeping a copy into your hands asap I am giving away a copy of this awesome cookbook to one lucky reader. After checking out the recipe use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter.

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One year ago: Baked Eggs with Crispy Hash Brown Crust

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies are now available in a chocolate lovers version, with a chocolate base and tons of chocolate chips for double the chocolate!

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One great thing about perfecting my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies is barely needing to look at the recipe now to whip up a batch. It’s burned into my brain. This leads me to experimenting with things such as adding raisins and now doubling up on the chocolate. With already 3 cups of chocolate chips in the cookies, you’d think it would be at maximum capacity, but there was still room for cocoa in the base! You can use regular chocolate chips or try the springtime chocolate chips like I did for a pretty contrast. Throw some pastel sprinkles on there while you’re at it because it’s finally spring!

Is there a recipe that you have memorized? Have you ever changed it up?

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Blueberry Blue Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake gets a spring-time makeover with blueberries, blue food coloring and even a blueberry cream cheese frosting. It’ll disappear faster than you can slice it.

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Warning: this is not a joke. I know it’s April’s Fools Day but I truly did make a blueberry blue velvet cake with blueberry cream cheese frosting topped with more blueberries. Why? Because my nephew Luke LOVES blueberries so I made him the bluest and blueberriest cake I could possibly come up with for his birthday last week. He actually had his own personal blue truck shaped blueberry blue velvet cake, but everyone else had to share this cake. It disappeared as fast as I cut it, making me think I baked a magical disappearing cake!

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Single Serving Bread Pudding

Want a warm breakfast treat or dessert without leftovers? This microwavable single-serving bread pudding is customizable to your cravings and ready in under 5 minutes.

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I may not pay attention to college basketball with the dedication that I do to college football but I do enjoy a good March Madness! Although I find it almost pointless to watch more than the last 10 minutes, it is entertaining to fill out a bracket and then watch it unfold. Unfortunately Ohio State didn’t make it out of the first round, but I have faith in the remaining Big Ten teams. With one already in the Final Four, tonight will determine whether or not two more teams will join the ranks.

What does basketball have to do with this bread pudding? Absolutely nothing. Unless of course you stay up too late watching a game and need a quick, hot breakfast in the morning. Make it your own by mixing in your favorite things. I added chunky peanut butter and strawberry jam for a PB+J version and topped it off with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Bread pudding is not only acceptable for breakfast but also dessert!

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One year ago: Strawberry Stuffed Cupcakes

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Review: Halo Top Ice Cream Giveaway & Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie

If you love Neapolitan ice cream then check out this ice cream pie. Simply layer thawed chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream into a chocolate cookie pie crust and you’ll have an impressive dessert.

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Have you heard of the new Halo Top ice cream yet? It is a low calorie ice cream that is non-gmo, 100% natural, high in protein and fiber, and sweetened with organic stevia to lower the sugar content. One pint of Halo Top vanilla bean contains 280 calories, 28g protein and 16g net carbs (compared to 1,080 calories, 16g of protein and 96g net carbs in a pint of Haagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream)! Additionally, it is made with premium ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar vanilla, and real California lemons and strawberries. If that isn’t heavenly enough for you, the pints are also donned with golden tops to look like halos.

Halo Top comes in four flavors: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Strawberry and Lemon Cake. I was lucky enough to try all four and the lemon cake was my favorite. It reminded me of the lemon chalet girl scout cookies! But overall I was impressed with how delicious the ice cream tasted, especially being someone who tends to dislike sugar alternatives. The only tricky part is that Halo Top ice cream freezes a little harder because of its lower fat content, which tested my patience a bit as I waited for it to thaw a little into a scoopable consistency.

It was worth the wait because once they did temper I was able to make you a fantastic little ice cream pie using three of the flavors – Neapolitan ice cream pie! Who knew an impressive-looking dessert could be made so easily? And better yet, I am giving away a coupon for a free pint of Halo Top ice cream so you may try it out for yourself. Use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter, then check out their website to find out more about their ice cream and where to buy it!

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Pig Cupcakes

These cute pig cupcakes are easier than they look. Turn your favorite cupcake into a farm-animal friend with just a few ingredients.

Pig Cupcakes

Yesterday I shared a couple shots from my nephew’s 2nd birthday party. As you may have assumed I was in charge of the desserts featured in those photos. Although the blueberry blue velvet cake was the tastiest and most appreciated dessert, my favorite to assemble was the pig cupcakes. I immediately fell in love with them when I spotted them on my sister-in-law’s Pinterest board. With a few common ingredients these cupcakes come to life on top of your favorite cupcake to melt hearts of all ages.

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Mini Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecakes & Giveaway

Get ready for the best day ever – it’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! Join our hosts, Carla (Chocolate Moosey) and Miriam Overtime Cook), and a group of 31 bloggers who are sharing their favorite chocolate peanut butter recipes, ranging from cookies and bars to scones and muffins. Follow the hashtag #chocPBday on social media and join us with your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipes. Looking for recipes all in one place? Follow our Pinterest board. We are also teaming up with OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co. to bring you three fabulous prize packs. You don’t want to miss this opportunity! Giveaway details are at the end of this post.

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When it comes to mini desserts, mini cheesecakes are my favorite. Combining these cute cite-sized treats with peanut butter and chocolate seemed like a fantastic way to celebrate Chocolate Peanut Butter Day. Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter was used in these cheesecakes to ensure complete peanut butter and chocolate saturation, but were also stuffed with caramel-peanut butter candy bars and topped with more candy, peanuts, and caramel sauce. You might want to take a moment to admire their beauty, but only a moment because they deserve to be devoured.

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Check out all the chocolate and peanut butter action going on today:

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Chewy Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies are made even chewier by the addition of sweet raisins. If you love raisins, this will be your new favorite cookie.

Chewy Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

FINALLY!!! My first first-author manuscript has been accepted for publication in Eukaryotic Cell! I think I first submitted that silly thing in September and then two revisions later – BOOM. I’ll let you know when it’s on PudMed! Sweet glory let’s celebrate with cookies.

If I thought my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies couldn’t get any chewier, I have been proven wrong. While at dinner with my parents and their friends, I was told that adding raisins to cookies makes them soft and chewy. At first I thought he was referring to oatmeal raisin cookies, which I agreed are very chewy but no, he meant raisins in chocolate chip cookies. Of course I had to try it out.

The only change I made was substituting one cup of the chocolate chips for raisins, and I have to admit they did come out fantastically chewy. As long as you like raisins (and chewy cookies), you should definitely try it the next time you whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

In addition to this fun new trick, I have also modified my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe to reflect another trick I’ve adopted – rolling the dough into balls before refrigeration. This allows the dough to be at it’s coldest when placed into the oven which reduces spreading and renders thicker cookies.

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