Brownies & Bars

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Everyone loves marshmallow crispy treats made with puffed rice cereal, but what about other childhood cereals? Try these Lucky Charms treats just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

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It’s already March which means I’m already behind in my usual splurge of St. Patrick’s Day themed foods. I cannot explain it but St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for which to cook and bake. Is it because I feel like it gets underrepresented compared to the rest of the major cooking holidays? Or maybe because it involves fantastic colors – such as the entire rainbow? All I know is that my brain explodes with ideas every year and I never seem to have enough time to execute them all. But the first thing I made in preparation for this year was the simplest of them all.

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I’m sorry Mr. Leprechaun, but the kids will be after every last bit of your lucky charms because they now have a double dose of marshmallow. These marshmallow crispy treats are everything you love about the traditional version but made with Lucky Charms instead of puffed rice cereal. Nostalgic, fun colored, and easy to make! I actually plucked out some of the marshmallows cereal before mixing them into the melted marshmallow mixture to ensure there would be plenty on top. Aesthetics make things taste better, right?

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One year ago: Amaretto-Maple Glazed Pork Chops

Four years ago: Easy Garlic Knots
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Maple Walnut Blondies

Love Trader Joe’s maple walnut blondies? Now you can make them at home! Chewy blondies packed with walnuts and maple flavor.

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On my most recent trip to Trader Joe’s I snagged a bag of their Maple Walnut Blondies. They’re freaking fantastic by the way and I highly recommend picking some up if you are able. If not then you’re in luck because I did my best to recreate them!

On an unrelated note, since getting my first smart phone in December I have slowly accumulated favorite apps. The obvious ones being Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (yes I finally have instagram – follow me). But the app I abuse most is Target’s Cartwheel app. You can either browse offers to add to your barcode which is scanned at checkout or you can scan products while shopping to check if there are any offers. When there are not any for that particular item, if there are other offers for similar items it will tell you. I’ve already saved over $30 using it and in the process got the deal of the year – combat boots for $6.75!

What are your favorite smart phone apps?

One year ago: Southwestern Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

Two years ago: Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder
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Red Velvet Layer Cheesecake Bars

Red velvet isn’t complete without cream cheese. These cheesecake bars have a layer of red velvet cheesecake topped with a plain layer. Don’t forget the Oreo crust!

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Welcome to Day 2 of #TripleSBites where 20 bloggers including myself are sharing spicy, saucy, and secy recipes for Valentine’s Day and beyond (said like Buzz Lightyear)! When it comes to Valentine’s Day desserts, decadent desserts as king and red velvet is a popular category. It’s time to splurge after 1-1/2 months of abiding by your new years resolutions so let’s make some red velvet cheesecake bars!

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These bars have an Oreo cookie crust, topped by a layer of red velvet cheesecake, followed by another layer of plain cheesecake. The result is a bar that resembles a red velvet sheet cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Top them with fruit, fresh whipped cream, sprinkles, or enjoy them straight up. Whatever tickles your fancy!

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the big #TripleSBites giveaway. Click HERE and use the widget located at the bottom of the post.

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One year ago: Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago: Nutella Recipe Roundup

Four years ago: Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
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Lemon Lush Bars

These fluffy lemon bars are so good you will find yourself rationalizing that such a light dessert just might be healthy. It’s all in perception right?

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Well, well, well, looks like my Buckeyes wanted to make sure my first day on the new job was one to remember! What a game! So excited for Ohio State to be the first College Football Playoff National Champions!!! I would have never anticipated this to happen after hearing that our starting QB was injured right before the start of the season. Neither would I have dreamed of it after losing to Virginia Tech and then again after almost losing to Penn State. Losing our second QB to injury right before the conference championship game. The controversy of selecting Ohio State over TCU or Baylor. Worst of all, the tragic death of Kosta. The list of things this team has had to overcome this year is just craziness and the team stuck together through it all and proved everyone wrong. Add it to the list of reasons I am proud to be a Buckeye.

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Going along with this new job of mine, you probably noticed the decrease in the amount of posts I share each week. I apologize for not feeding the addiction, providing daily fixes but until I can get back into a groove and have my kitchen fully organized (and not in boxes randomly dispersed around the floor), I regrettably will not be able to post as often. Lucky for you before getting the flu, traveling to Rochester for Christmas, and NYC for NYE, and moving to Ohio, I was able to whip up a few things to tide over some of the gaps. Bear with me as most things are sweets, such as these lemon lush bars, and may not abide by your new years resolutions. Just eat some healthy in compensate, that’s how it works right?

Two years ago: Overnight, Slow Cooker Eggnog Cranberry Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Four years ago: Stuffed Green Peppers
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Hard Root Beer Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Add some booze to your brownies with hard root beer, then top them off with peanut butter frosting and a syrupy hard root beer reduction. For the win!

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It’s time to play Duck Hunt! Seriously, click that link and you can play Duck Hunt. But what I am really trying to say is…

GO BUCKEYES!!!

Tonight the Bucks take on the Ducks in the first College Football Playoff championship game, so of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to break in the new kitchen with some peanut butter and chocolate goodness. While out shopping for things for the house I stumbled upon Sprecher hard root beer, so why not throw it in there too? These hard root beer brownies are super thick, dense, and rich. After getting topped off with peanut butter frosting and hard root beer syrup, these brownies are game-time ready!

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One year ago: Meyer Lemon Curd Cupcakes for Two

Three years ago: Broccoli Quiche

Four years ago: Pizza Dough
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Turtle Brownie Bites

Enjoy these bite-sized brownies filled withed chopped pecans and topped with sweet caramel and toasted pecan halves.

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I don’t know about you, but moving stinks. Sure it’s exciting to move into a new place and get situated but the whole moving boxes and heavy furniture for extended periods of time thing I could do without. So while I slowly work on situating the new living situation, you guys can sit back and enjoy these turtle brownie bites. Whether you use a boxed mix or make the brownies homemade, all you have to add is caramel and pecans for turtley goodness.

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One year ago: Spicy Ranch Seasoned Hard Pretzels

Three years ago: Cheddar Baked Potato Soup

Four years ago: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
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Hot Chocolate Brownie Bites

Simple chocolate brownie bites are topped with frosting that tastes just like hot chocolate. Don’t forget the marshmallows on top!

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I may not be the biggest chocolate fan when it stands alone and neither do I enjoy a glass of cold chocolate milk. However, if you place a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows in front of me, nothing can prevent me from draining it (except maybe if it’s made with water instead of milk). So when I discovered that my friend Heather created a hot chocolate frosting I could not wait to try it – it quite literally tastes just like hot chocolate and it therefore spoon-worthy. Seriously, other than cream cheese or peanut butter frosting I rarely have the urge to eat frosting alone off a spoon but this stuff rocks. I have already used Dollop Gourmet Hot Chocolate Frosting on top of Greek yogurt thumbprint cookies and now I’ve been caught in the act of dolloping again. This time on top of brownies.

P.S. It’s also National Hot Chocolate Day, so if you live in the northeast you better run out and buy some of this frosting. I know I plan to snag a bunch (including the other 3 flavors) when I am home in Rochester for the holidays. Heck I’m tempted to mix it into some hot milk to make frosting-hot chocolate!

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One year ago: Pinto Bean Breakfast Patty Melts

Two years ago: Chewy Molasses Cookies

Three years ago: Andes Crème de Menthe Chocolate Cookies
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Brownie Peanut Butter Cups Revisit

Turn your favorite brownies into mini brownie peanut butter cups mixed with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and topped with peanut butter and more chocolate and peanut butter chips.

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For those of you who went of for Black Friday or even Thursday sales, I hope you achieved whatever it was that you set out to do. I avoided all shopping locations like the plague. However, while browsing the Black Friday ads I did see one that caught my eye – Verizon was offering many smart phones for $100 off and some for free. As you may know, I have been resistant to turn in my dumb phone for many years to the point that I have repurchased the same dumb phone off ebay whenever the previous was dying just to avoid the transition. But, I did admit that I would eventually need to cave in and with such a good deal, it seemed like now was the time. Lucky for me the deal was also available online so I didn’t even have to go to the Verizon store. While I wait for it to arrive, I will be spending some quality time with my beloved dumb phone. We’ve had some good times, LG Dare, and I am sorry to tell you that you are being replaced by the Samsung Galaxy S5. For free. And it was only $20 extra to add data. But I will do my very best not turn into one of those people who spends more time on their phone than interacting with the people around them. That was the biggest reason I didn’t want a smart phone in the first place (other than the cost).
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Leftover Halloween Candy Layer Bars

Use up your leftover Halloween candy with these magic layer bars. Any combination of chocolate candy will work. You can even add candy corn if you so desire.

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When was the last time you bought the exact amount of candy needed to meet the demands of all the trick-or-treaters that ring your door bell on Halloween? Chances are you either buy too little or too much, with most people landing on the side with excess. Other than picking out all your favorites to hoard, what are you going to do with it all? I say throw it all together and bake it into one glorious mess. With the help of a graham cracker crust and more sugar in the form of sweetened condensed milk this dream is a reality. I introduce to you the leftover Halloween candy bar layer bars. Use whatever assortment you have. In my case it was Reese’s peanut butter cups, plain M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, Crunch, Twix, Kit Kats, Almond Joys, Milky Ways, Snickers, and Hershey’s cookies ‘n’ creme bars. Since 7-layer bars have chocolate, nuts, and coconut I figured that diverse candy selection covered it all with a little extra.

One year ago: Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

Two years ago: Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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White Chocolate Reese’s Pumpkin Blondies #PumpkinWeek

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.

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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!

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Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:

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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

Three years ago: Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
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