Brownies & Bars
The combination of pumpkin, peanut butter, and chocolate may seem strange at first, but soon you will realize that these rich, salty, and sweet flavors belong together.
Hi and welcome to day 5 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!
Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:
- Pumpkin Pie Granola by Love and Confections
- Meatloaf-Stuffed Mini Pumpkins by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- White Chocolate Reeses Pumpkin Blondies by The Spiffy Cookie
- Pumpkin and Corn Chowder by Curious Cuisiniere
- Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes by Life Tastes Good
- Pumpkin Spice Cookie Blossoms by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Curried Roasted Pumpkin Hummus by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Pumpkin Praline Brownies by My Catholic Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter by Making Miracles
- Pumpkin Biscotti by The Pajama Chef
- White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
If you think the combination of pumpkin and peanut butter is weird, well then I am here to prove you wrong. The phrase “don’t knock it ’til you try it” definitely applies here. I saw the light a year ago when I first tried this combo in pumpkin peanut butter cups. Rich pumpkin, salty-peanut butter, and sweet chocolate. I see no problems here. Even bloggers such as Jenny (Picky Palate), Sommer (A Spicy Perspective), and Jessica (How Sweet It Is) are in on the pumpkin+peanut butter party so why arn’t you?
Sadly it took me another year to dabble with this combination of flavors again but it’s back thanks to the Reese’s orange-white chocolate pumpkin-shaped cups. You could of also use regular white chocolate Reese’s cups but the pumpkin ones are perfect for the season. I chopped them up and mixed them into the pumpkin blondie batter and then also pressed some into the top as well to make use of their cute shape.
One year ago: Sunny Anderson’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
Two years ago: Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce
These banana bread brownies are what you get when you combine moist banana bread with chewy brownies. Perfect for chocolate and banana lovers.
The best part about this being the last year of my 20s is that I am not alone. Many of my friends are also turning 30 this and next year making it feel like a year long celebration. One such friend is Brandi who was my roommate for the first two years of grad school and retained our friendship since. She is a fantastic person, incredibly talents and thoughtful, and I was stoked when I found out that one of her friends organized a “30 celebrations” for her 30th birthday. For 15 days before and 15 days after her birthday, friends signed up for a day or two to wish her happy birthday in whatever way they choose. I of course decided to mail her baked goods. She loved the combination of chocolate and bananas so these banana bread brownies seemed like the appropriate choice. They should be arriving at her doorstep today and I hope she likes them! Happy (almost) 30th birthday Brandi!!!
One year ago: Orange Chicken with Asparagus
Two years ago: Buckeye Monkey Bread Muffins
Get ready for fall with these white chocolate, cinnamon-apple blondies. Topped with a drizzle of melted white chocolate.
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.
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.
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!
And here’s what the team brought to the table…
Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies by The Spiffy Cookie
One year ago: Cinnamon Roll Breadsticks
Two years ago: Chicken, Broccoli and White Cheddar Pita Pizzas
The combination of sweet and salty never gets old. Try these no-bake peanut butter swag bars. Sweet, chewy, and crunchy all in one.
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.
One year ago: Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken
Two years ago: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 Cake, German Chocolate S’mores Gooey Cake Bars, Pecan 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.
One year ago: Flourless Black Bean 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.
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
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!
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.