Brownies & Bars

White Chocolate Apple Blondies

Get ready for fall with these white chocolate, cinnamon-apple blondies. Topped with a drizzle of melted white chocolate.

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A yea ago today, I was standing in front of a crowd presenting and defending nearly 7 years of research. A part of my soul on display. And it earned me a PhD. Yes a year ago today I defended my 189 page dissertation in a 45-ish minute presentation followed by an hour of questioning in order to stamp Dr before my name. Unfortunately I have not been able to take advantage of using the title as much as I would have hoped in the past year but I’ve definitely enjoyed this unconventional time off, post-grad school.

Today is also national white chocolate day and I love white chocolate. In honor of my doctorate anniversary I decided to combine it with apples because an apple a day keeps the doctor away – unless you happen to be one and then there is no escape! That was a terrible joke, my apologies. But I will not apologize for how good these blondies are. White chocolate, chopped fresh apple and cinnamon come together to make one chewy blondie with flavors fit for the first day of fall.

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One year ago: White Chocolate-Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Sandwiches & Name Change

Three years ago: Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies #10DaysofTailgate

Play dress up with your favorite brownie mix. Add peanut butter morsels, peanut butter frosting, and chocolate covered pretzels on top! But shh don’t tell anyone it’s from a box – no one has to know.

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In case you didn’t guess by the logo above, today marks the kickoff of #10DaysofTailgate which means lots of tailgating worthy recipes coming to a computer near you for the next 10 days. With over 20 bloggers involved and a HUGE giveaway thanks to our gracious sponsors this event is one you don’t want to miss. After you’ve checked out today’s recipes be sure to CLICK HERE giveaway to be directed to the giveaway post!

Since today is Saturday, it also means it is PB+Choc Saturday in honor of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the delicious peanut butter and chocolate Buckeye candies, so my kick-off recipe follows as such with peanut butter and chocolately goodness in the form of a brownie so good looking you won’t believe how easy it is to make. All you need is a box of brownie mix (and the ingredients indicated on the box), peanut butter morsels, peanut butter, and chocolate covered pretzels.

Yep those 4 things make these gorgeous brownies and they definitely will be a hit at any tailgate regardless of team allegiances (which is why I refrained from calling them Buckeye Brownies, although it helped that I already had a recipe for Buckeye Brownies). The peanut butter morsels are mixed into the brownie batter for some added fun, then once baked and cooled, peanut butter straight out of the jar is spread on top and garnished with chopped chocolate covered pretzels. That’s how you dress up boxed brownie mix!

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And here’s what the team brought to the table…


Starters
Loaded Baked Nacho Supreme by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Baked Blueberry Pork Egg Rolls by The Pajama Chef
Gazpacho Shooters with Spicy Shrimp by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Dips
Soft Pretzels and Buffalo Cheese Dip by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cheesy Bean Dip by Making Miracles
Garden Fresh Salsa by Eliot’s Eats
Pineapple Salsa by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Devilish 7-Layer Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
  
Sips
War Eagle Sangria by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Iowa Sunrise by From Gate to Plate
Sides
Deviled Egg Potato Salad by Cooking In Stilettos
Mains
El Diablo’d Lamb Lollipops by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Ginger Chicken Kabobs by Summer Scraps
Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Baked Mac and Cheese  with Bacon Pretzel Topping by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Asian Duck Sliders  by Curious Cuisiniere
Pineapple Chile Lime Wings by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love and Confections
Sweets

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies by The Spiffy Cookie

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One year ago: Cinnamon Roll Breadsticks

Two years ago: Chicken, Broccoli and White Cheddar Pita Pizzas

Three years ago: Falafel Pizza
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Swag Bars

The combination of sweet and salty never gets old. Try these no-bake peanut butter swag bars. Sweet, chewy, and crunchy all in one.

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For those of us still battling the summer heat, I have a no-bake peanut butter and chocolate recipe for you this fine Saturday. This recipe reminds me of a sweeter version of no-bake granola bars made with crushed bran cereal instead of oats. I substituted some of the corn syrup with honey but I bet it would’ve worked with all honey if you would like to avoid corn syrup altogether. The result is a sweet, chewy, and crunchy peanut butter treat.

Are you watching any college football today? I’ll be cheering on Michigan State against Oregon (normally I like Oregon but not when they play the Big 10), and of course Ohio State against Virginia Tech.

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One year ago: Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Two years ago: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Three years ago: Beermosa
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Bourbon Fudge Brownies

Bourbon fudge brownies are not for the faint of heart. These thick, rich, fudgy brownies are baked with bourbon inside and out. Bourbon in the batter and the glaze!

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For those of you wondering, I did not accept the part-time job offer for which I painstakingly debated in my post on Friday. While the experience would have been beneficial I could not see myself retaining sanity, driving to the other side of the state every week for 10 weeks for 6 hours of work. On the bright side, I was told to keep in touch for any future job posting in which I may be interested. Sounds like a good deal to me!

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Decision making is hard, but instead of winding down the stress levels with a stout beverage just go ahead and spike some brownies. These bourbon fudge brownies live up to their name because they are so fudgy you may actually think you are eating fudge. Rich, dense, liquored up fudge brownies and topped with a bourbon glaze. And then ice cream and fudge sauce. And a shot of bourbon on the side.

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One year ago: Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins
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Cheetos Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Put a savory twist on your everyday crispy treats with Cheetos. Crushed up Cheetos in place of puffed rice cereal will shock  and intrigue but don’t let it scare you. Try it yourself!

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Today is National Cheese Day which is a food item worthy of rejoicing. But I did something a bit different to celebrate – I made cheesy crispy treats using Cheetos. Yes you read that correctly. Instead of puffed rice cereal, slightly crushed crunchy Cheetos are mixed with the melted butter-marshmallow mixture and then pressed into a greased pan to set. Cut and serve just like any other rice crispy bar and then watch the confused reactions around you. I brought these to a small pot luck and most of the initial reactions were “I don’t know how to feel about this” but slowly admitted that they actually enjoyed them which was proven by the disappearance of the bars. They may not be for everyone but sweet and salty is a thing for a reason!

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One year ago: Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese
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Funfetti Gooey Butter Cake

This gooey butter cake is super easy to make and dangerously delicious. Made with cake mix, it is perfect for a birthday treat or to brighten up any day!

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Originally I had planned to share a recipe for a blackberry swirl cheese cake today. I had the recipe and post all written up and was ready to dive into the photos when I noticed they were no where to be found on my camera’s memory card. This means one of two things, I either accidentally deleted them off the card or I failed to make sure the card was in there while taking the photos in the first place. Both are equally likely and either way there’s no way to retrieve them. Such a sad, sad day. To make up for this loss let’s throw around some sprinkles because sprinkles solve life’s problems.

Gooey butter cakes are pretty freaking fantastic. I have made a few varieties thus far (Gluten-Free Ooey Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter CakeGerman Chocolate S’mores Gooey Cake BarsPecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake) and upon finding this Funfetti version I knew which would be the next on the list. These bars are made with cream cheese, powdered sugar, cake mix, butter, and eggs. Yet somehow such rich, heavy ingredients somehow end up creating this wonderful dessert that tastes much less sinful than it actually is, so beware! You may find yourself on your third serving without blinking and eye.

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One year ago: Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Three years ago: Pomegranate Stuffed Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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Twix Brownies

A brownie and a Twix candy bar fell in love and and gave birth to these aptly names Twix Brownies with a shortbread crust, fudgy brownie, caramel topping and chocolate coating.

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They may not be the prettiest brownies I have ever made but they make up for it in the taste department. It’s a Twix-brownie love child! Boxed brownie mix plays dress up with a homemade shortbread crust, caramel topping, and chocolate coating. Impress your friends and family this Memorial weekend with these – they will never know you used a boxed brownie mix.

I do highly recommend serving these at room temperature or slightly warm (or outside at your BBQ) as it is easier to bite through the chocolate topping when it’s not cold. As you can see from the pictures, cutting the brownies cold, even with a sharp knife, resulted in cracks.

One year ago: Peanut Butter Banana Bagels

Three years ago: Baked Blueberry Almond Pancakes
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Gluten-Free Avocado Brownies

These gluten-free brownies are so fudgy they will blow your mind. The surprise is that they are made with avocados topped with a fun, green avocado frosting!

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Two gluten-free brownie recipes in one week!? Craziness I know but Sunday’s was a single serving while today’s was made with avocados, and let me tell you they were crazy fudgy. Nearly had to scrape them out of the pan and eat them with a spoon fudgy. “It’s so fudgy I’m going to die!” – paraphrased quote from Agnes of Despicable Me.

Who knew avocados could render such a consistency in baked goods? Then to literally top it off, they are frosted with a green avocado frosting. Surprisingly you do not have to worry about the frosting turning brown. Evidently sugar is the secret weapon against avocado-oxidation.

Whip these up and see if anyone suspects they are anything other than regular fudgy brownies with some frosting you decided to “dye green”. I know most people I offered them to not only had no idea they were gluten-free but could not detect the avocado. The suspiciously green frosting was the only clue.

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Two years ago: Baked Banana Almond Pancakes
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Gluten-Free Brownie for One

Gluten-free brownies don’t have to taste gluten-free. This recipe makes two rich and fudgy brownies that taste so sinful you’ll be thankful there were only two.

Gluten-Free Brownie for One

I kind of dropped the ball on Single Serving Sunday the past two weeks. In order to make it up to you I made you brownies – brownies which can be enjoyed by both gluten-haters and -lovers. Many gluten-free baked goods are made with gluten-free flour mixes and tend to have a slightly different texture. These babies, however, are made with cornstarch and result in the fudgiest brownies you ever did see. I made these same brownies in the past as a full-sized batch and with a peanut butter layer in the middle. They were so dangerous that I decided they would be a great candidate for a smaller batch setting (for those of us with weak self control) and they turned out just as famously! This time I threw in some walnuts, but that’s totally up to you.

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Two years ago: Strawberry Fruit Dip

Three years ago: Homemade Whole Wheat Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Tomato-Pancetta Butter
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Rice Krispies Easter Bunny Cake

Looking for an Easter dessert? This cute Easter bunny cake is easily constructed with two round cakes. The best part is that it’s a no-bake cake made out of rice krispies treats.

Rice Krispies Easter Bunny Cake

Baking for the holidays is always a lot of fun. Beyond an excuse to use festive sprinkles, there are so many creative  ideas. Take this cake for example – two round cakes magically transform into this cute little guy. Unfortunately my photo-shoot for this Easter creation was not conducive to great pictures, but the execution is what’s important here. It’s an Easter bunny cake!

First things first, this is a no-bake cake. I made a cake out of rice krispies treats which were formed in cake pans. Using a simple template I cut up one of the cakes into the ears and bowtie to create the bunny. From there all that remained was to frost and decorate! You can use any assortment of candy, sprinkles, and frosting that you prefer. I made the eyes out of leftover cakeball fondant and white and black frosting, the cheeks are pink sprinkles, the nose is more cakeball fondant, the mouth is black frosting, and finally the bowtie consists of a chocolate chip cookie, cakeball fondant and sprinkles. Coconut would also be a great way to make a “fluffy” bunny but I made this cake for a non-coconut lover.

One year ago: Apple Pie
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