The marriage of mint and chocolate nearly rivals that of peanut butter and chocolate, in my opinion. Peppermint patties, Junior Mints and Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies are some of the best dang little dessert treats on the planet. Once I start eating any one of the above, I lose all self-control.Read More
My boys are THE pickiest eaters, which is the most ironic thing in the world considering how anti-picky I am. I have to shove veggies into the most unlikely places in order to get them into those little (growing) bodies.Read More
I've been making these brownies for years and they were due for an update. These babies are magical, I'm telling you. They are dreamy, chocolatey and peanut-buttery, with a touch of cheesecake hidden inside. Every time I bring these brownies to a party..Read More
The week after Christmas break is always a little rough in my world, this year not excluded. I'm eager for the weekend and for a fresh week to begin. Did I mention warmth and sunshine are in my near future (eeek!)?Read More
Such a snowy, cold week it has been here in Minnesota! Our boys are so cutely excited about Christmas. We have about four different Christmas countdowns in our house that are being closely watched. Each morning before school the boys sit..Read More
Are any of you cursing the leftover Halloween candy sitting in your house like I am? Candy is impossible for me to ignore. And we have a ton left over. I am talking bags and bags who have spawned smaller baby bags. I've been thinking up ways to get rid of said candy and I plan to..Read More
Even though I am officially DONE with February, I'm not yet ready to part with winter. I'm watching snow fall lightly outside right now. The tiny flakes are in no apparent hurry to reach the ground. Just patiently falling lightly and quietly from the grey sky. There is a peace and beauty about winter that cannot be found in any other season.Read More
I have talked about the food blogging abyss and now we will touch on resurrections (posts that were created an eternity ago and that contain wince-inducing photos). In order to give these TO-DIE-FOR Chocolate Caramel Brownies a chance to shine, new photos have been taken and..Read More
The older our boys get, the more candy we accumulate this time of year. There are more opportunities to get candy and their tummies are more eager. Last week I peeked inside our "candy bowl" and millions of calories were staring back at me. Curses. I have such a hard time resisting candy.Read More
We recently met a super awesome family who lives right down the road from us. Right away we discovered that we had some unusual things in common, one of them being that we both have food blogs!Read More
So I'm a bit off today. One of my boys was very sick and up a lot during the night. He had a minor surgery yesterday, which went great, but his stomach did not agree with the anesthesia. There is nothing tougher on a mama than having a sick/sad/hurting kid! He is resting now. I should be resting, too, but I have posts to write and treats to make!Read More
Technically, I am breaking a family rule to bring you Day #4 of Twelve Days of Christmas Treats. Dan and I recently came up with No Technology Tuesdays, when phones, tv and computers are not allowed all day (the exception being work situations). Technically, I am breaking a family rule to bring you Day #4 of Twelve Days of Christmas Treats. Dan and I recently came up with No Technology Tuesdays, when phones, tv and computers are not allowed all day (the exception being work situations). Technically, I am breaking a family rule to bring you Day #4 of Twelve Days of Christmas Treats. Dan and I recently came up with No Technology Tuesdays, when phones, tv and computers are not allowed all day (the exception being work situations).Read More
I cannot speak of our family gathering without mentioning how much all of us love food. My gracious aunt prepares a ton of delicious food for the masses for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. I did my best to help out this year by providing a few edible treats.Read More
The weekend was as awesome and filled with tummy-butterflies as I anticipated. I felt so fulfilled (and quite tired) when we were all safe at home on Sunday evening. I let my boys go away for an entire weekend with their auntie, my generous and wonderful sister. This was huge for me.Read More
I have been in a major funk this week. Sometimes I still feel the aftershocks of 2011, the year that shook me up. I think that's what I'm feeling this week. We put Elijah's 8th heart cath on the calendar, and that always puts me into a bit of a tailspin, too. Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow!Read More
If you are looking for an easy, delicious dessert to bring to a Halloween party, look no further! The look of Halloween with the crazy good sweet and salty flavors of the peanuts and candy corn.
Baby Ruth brownies
If you are looking for an easy, delicious dessert to bring to a Halloween party, look no further! Nothing could be easier than these brownies, except for maybe the cookie version which are just as delicious! In fact, they are so easy to make that I almost feel like a cheater posting about them.
Have you ever noticed that eating peanuts and candy corn together tastes exactly like the ooey gooey inside of a Baby Ruth candy bar? Add some chocolate fudge brownies to the equation and you basically have a Baby Ruth candy bar with a Halloween twist.
All you will need to do is prepare a 19.5-oz. package of chocolate fudge brownie mix according to the package directions, using an 8x8 square pan (the thicker the brownie, the better).
Within a few minutes of removing the brownies from the oven, pour a handful of candy corn and lightly salted peanuts over the top. Gently push the candies and peanuts into the soft, warm, gooey brownies.
Allow them to cool and cut into squares!
A few weeks ago we celebrated a friend's life, which sadly ended far too soon. Our celebration of his time on earth was bittersweet. It was great fun, but we missed our friend. The celebration involved food and martinis. Food because, well, everyone needs food, and martinis because our friend loved martinis.Read More
This recipe will have you licking the bowl, the pan, the spoon and your fingers! Delicious frosting with chopped up cookies . I promise, no crumb left behind!
Cookies 'n cream is my favorite ice cream flavor in all the world. Oh, wait. Make that, my favorite ice cream flavor right alongside Ben & Jerry's Half Baked and Cherry Garcia and also the Butterfinger "tornadoes" my dad used to make for me growing up. Ok, so cookies 'n cream is one of my favorite ice cream flavors. Nonetheless, I adore it. So when I ran across this recipe (thanks, lovefromtheoven!), it took me less than a second to realize I was going to make it. ASAP.
Start by making a batch of brownies in a 9x13 pan, prepared according to the package directions.
Once the brownies have cooled, use the rim of a glass to "cut" out twelve brownie rounds. Don't toss the brownie remnants! I have an idea that I'll tell you about in a bit.
Place the brownie rounds on a serving platter or cookie sheet, and prepare a batch of vanilla buttercream frosting.
Spoon the frosting into a large ziploc bag and snip 1/4 inch from one of the corners of the bag. Squish the frosting down and through the snipped hole and cover each brownie with a layer of the frosting.
Place 12-15 Oreo cookies in a large ziploc bag and smash them. I prefer fairly big smashed cookie chunks, but if you prefer a finer cookie texture, process them in a food processor or just do a lot of smashing.
Place the crumbles on top of the frosting and enjoy!
Then grab your brownie scraps and whip together a batch of Cookies 'n Cream Brownie Chunk ice cream! And after that, eat nothing but lettuce and water for 5 days.
Have you ever tried crack? Yeah, me either. After eating these brownies, though, I feel like I would probably be less addicted to crack. I mean, how can that not be the case with brownies, peanuts, marshmallows, Reese's peanut butter cups, chocolate, peanut butter and Rice Krispies all present in a single bite?!Read More
These brownies are packed with layers of flavor. You’ve got a delicious oatmeal base, a perfect chocolate middle with crunchy walnuts and gooey chocolaty-fudge top. Be prepared to devour more than just one, these brownies I have officially deemed "dangerous'!
There are certain foods I will only make on Sunday afternoons. Why Sunday afternoons?
1. My boys are usually napping, which gives me at least an hour to do my thing.
2. There is still daylight for taking quality photos of food.
3. There are only a handful of waking hours remaining for me to stuff whatever I make into my mouth.
4. I work the following day, so I can bring what is left over to the office.
Why add layers to a good brownie recipe?
Good question! I love to make up new combinations of flavors. It’s fun and doesn’t get boring. You can come up with so many ways to enjoy these. This is a way to “upgrade” your brownies for a fun treat to share.
Will the brownies cook evenly with all these layers?
Yes! You will pre-bake the base layer of these brownies to help them get started cooking and then add them back into the oven.
Brownies are definitely one of my Sunday foods. I love that the possibilities seem endless; with options like Caramel Cookie Crunch or my beloved Crack Brownies. I LOVE BROWNIES!!! With these I waited until the last possible second to start baking (and oops, ended up running out of daylight) because I knew they would be dangerous to have around for too long. I was right. They were very very dangerous. Somehow, perhaps due to childcare distractions, I was able to stay mostly away and only eat one single brownie. Elijah and Dan shared another and I brought the rest to work the next morning so they could be devoured by coworkers.
I like having a plan in place! Setting myself up for the least amount of temptation is good because otherwise I would start slowly expanding like Violet did inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
First of all, have a plan. Or not. Go crazy, if you'd like. Then preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. There are three main layers to these brownies. For the bottom layer, stir together in a small bowl:
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Stir in 1/2 cup melted butter.
Press evenly into bottom of an ungreased 11x7x1.5-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
While the bottom layer is baking, you can start preparing the middle layer.
In a medium bowl, stir together until smooth:
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
Spread evenly over the bottom layer. Bake for about 25 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
For the top layer, in a medium saucepan, combine:
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons butter
Cook and stir over low heat until melted.
Remove from heat and stir in:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
This is what mine looked liked after stirring. Still very dry.
Stir in between 1 and 4 tablespoons of hot water (1 tablespoon at a time) to make a mixture of spreading consistency. It took me 4 tablespoons to get a mixture that looked spreadable.
Spread chocolate mixture over middle layer.
Chop 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate.
Sprinkle chopped chocolate over top of the brownies and allow to cool completely. I didn't follow the cooling rules, but from what I heard the next day at work, they are delicious both warm and cool. Enjoy!