Brownies & Bars

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.

Twix Brownies

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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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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Two years ago: Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Blondies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Three years ago: Spicy Mac and Cheese

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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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I’ve discovered one downfall to living in a home where the temperature is kept at over 68 degrees in the winter – dehydration. I have been dried up like a fall leaf ever since I got to my parents and I consider myself someone who drinks a decent amount of water. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining about not needing to wear layers all the time (sometimes supplemented with a blanket), but didn’t anticipate the extra water that a couple extra degrees would suck up. Guess I need to pump up the water intake… and water is in Jell-O right? (Woo look at that transition!)

This “salad” isn’t really a salad at all, making be wonder how it acquired that name because it’s a dessert. During my pre-blogging years this recipe was one of my favorite finds but I have neglected to revisit it since. So when my parents had a couple friends over the other night to play euchre I decided it was finally time. If you are unfamiliar with this treat, it consists of a pretzel crust, cream cheese filling and a strawberry Jell-O topping. I actually used a new grocery store find for the filling – Greek cream cheese which is a blend of Greek yogurt and cream cheese. Talk about a brilliant idea.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

One year ago: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream

Three years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo
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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Peeps S’mores Pie

Before I begin I must get something off my chest. I missed World Nutella Day yesterday. I haven’t missed a single one since I started this little blog o’ mine. It’s disturbing because I’ve noticed many other food holidays pass my by, such as National Peanut Butter Day – now that’s shameful! This whole move-thing really threw me off my game. But I digress…

This recipe has been a long time coming. I first made during my cousin’s bachelorette party weekend it back in May of 2013. She loves Reese’s so I mixed some into the brownie batter before it baked in a graham cracker crust, followed by a broiling of marshmallows. It turned out super gooey and was quite a challenge to eat but we still managed to kill it off, and of course I neglected to snap a photograph before the destruction.

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This time around I decided to mix it up a bit and replace the regular marshmallows (yawn), with Valentine’s Day themed marshmallow Peeps! Because evidently Peeps are for more than just Easter. Specifically I used the Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts and one red marshmallow heart, because I thought it would look cute. Turns out I would’ve been better off using just the vanilla crème because the red one did not puff up at the same rate, but it was still fun!

Check out all the PEEPS® Valentine’s offerings:

  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks (3 ct)
  • Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears (6 ct)
  • Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate (3 ct)
  • Marshmallow Hearts (2 and 6 ct)
  • Chocolate (milk or dark) Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts (individually wrapped)
  • Strawberry Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Sugar-Free Marshmallow Hearts (3ct)

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One year ago: Tortellini Spinach Bake in Creamy Meyer Lemon Sauce

Two years ago: Lighter Pizza Dip
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Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies

It is post PhD graduation week, and a short week at that with only 3 days left before I no longer have a “work” to go to. I’ll be whisked away for the holidays and return for just one last month in Memphis before packing up and moving in with family. Hopefully with the new year will come responses to all the jobs I have applied to but have yet to hear from. I am really excited/anxious to see where I end up next!

But on to these bars. After I became addicted to the snickerdoodle blondies that Alex sent me last month, I decided to make my own with eggnog in order to continue my eggnog streak. These bars turned out to be just as magical as the traditional version with some added holiday spirit, making them a great treat to make for your upcoming holiday parties (or a way to use up any leftover eggnog).

Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies

Three years ago: Brownie Covered Oreo Pops
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