Researching for debate can get tiring, especially when you’re looking and not finding easily what you want to find. So recently while in the middle of researching for debate I decided to take a break and make something sweet. I was craving chocolate, which I seem to do all the time, so I went to look at my Pinterest dessert board and pick something out to make. The one thing that caught my attention this time was a recipe from Averie Cooks, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. Peanut butter and chocolate have to be one of my favorite combinations so it didn’t take long for me to decide to go ahead and make them. Five minutes later I was in the kitchen getting ingredients out and preheating the oven. This recipe was super easy and it took me about 20 minutes from start to getting it in the oven. With seven people currently at my house something like an 8×8 pan of dessert won’t last very long so I decided to double the recipe and put it in a 13×9 pan (not that we actually need more). Even though the recipe suggested using a peanut butter like Jif or Skippy, I used Costco’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter since that’s what we always buy. The recipe suggested against natural peanut butter since they tend to be really oily but that’s what we had so I decided to risk it (it didn’t seem to effect them at all). They took longer than 20-25 minutes (time called for in the recipe) and they started to smell really good before they were even ready. After 20 minutes I checked them every 5 minutes since we use a convection oven and it tends to work faster. Finally at the 35 minute mark they were done, but then I had to wait 30 minutes for them to cool, ugh!
So, was it worth it? Yes! Nice and gooey, not too sweet, and I ended up eating more of them than I probably should have. My family all really liked them too so I think it’s keeper!
If you’d like to make your own head over to Averie Cooks for the recipe.
Pinterest is a very dangerous place. You can find so many recipes and fill your boards up with 100s of desserts. Thankfully I think my dessert board is only almost reaching 100 pins so I’m not too bad. However, Pinterest makes it super easy to find a recipe, way too easy.
Yesterday, I really wanted to make something sweet so I went and browsed my Pinterest dessert board. After looking at a couple I chose to make Oreo Cream Filled Brownies. I’d never tried them before but they looked good and we had everything on hand to make them.
These brownies were super easy to make. The brownies smelled really good when they came out of the oven but we had to wait a while for them to cool. Once they were cool I whipped up the filling. The filling tasted really sugary when I had a spoon of it plain, but it wasn’t too sweet in the brownies (it’d also make great whoopie filling too). And as you can see it looks real pretty once it got filled.
Unfortunately, when we cut the brownies they started cracking really bad and didn’t look to pretty anymore. They still tasted amazing though.
When I first read the recipe and realized what size pan it used I didn’t think it would make 20 brownies. However, the brownies are real rich with all that filling and cutting them into 20 made them the perfect size, though I will admit I had more than one.
This recipe was super easy to make and I loved it. I can’t wait to make it again. Make them yourself by grabbing the recipe from Cookies and Cups.
There are some days when you just need Chocolate. Yesterday was one of those days. I was in the middle of studying for a science test and I really needed (ok, wanted) a break and some chocolate. So I made one of my favorite cookies: Dakota Cookies.
These cookies are so great when you want a break from traditional chocolate chip cookies. They have rice crispies and oatmeal which gives them a nice texture. They’re also super quick and make a great size batch.
So the next time you need some chocolate whip up a batch of these. You can download the PDF recipe by clicking here: Dakota Cookies. Enjoy!
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup rice crispies
2 cups chocolate chips
Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Add oats, crispies, and chocolate chips. Drop by spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 7-10 minutes. Cool and enjoy!
Makes 8 Dozen
Rice Krispies are a classic treat. Yet sometimes I have a craving for chocolate which Rice Krispies unfortunately do not satisfy. Luckily though, there is a solution: Chocolate Scotcheroos.
My sister first found this recipe online several years ago and we have made it a couples times. I wanted to make it again to use up the extra Crispy Rice we had (okay maybe I had a different motive, but that one sounds better). So I found the recipe in my cookbook and got going.
The thing that seemed to take the longest time was melting the chocolate and butterscotch chips. We use a double boiler when melting chocolate on the stove. It works well but takes forever. However after they were finally done and I had poured the chocolate on top I had to let them chill in the fridge to let the chocolate set.
I was patient and after about an hour I cut them (not very straight, but who cares) and ate one. Ooh they are so good I really could have eaten several, but I didn’t. I replaced them back in the fridge (this is where we usually store ours) and waited ’til the next day to indulge myself.
Try them yourself by clicking here. Enjoy!
Recently we had a covered dish supper with some families from our church. It was a small group and we wanted to make sure everything got covered: desserts, sides dishes, casseroles, etc. So my mom, older sister and I got in the kitchen and got busy. I volunteered to make dessert (the cook gets to taste test right?).
Being that I am not always in the mood for cookies and that we wanted something that would make a lot, I chose to make one of our favorite recipes: Butterscotch Chewies. I made two pans and since we served them on a plate, I got to taste test before hand.
The dessert was a hit, I think we only brought home 4 or 5 and with two pans we took almost 48. Sounds like it was a success.
To make your own follow the recipe below or click here to download the PDF: Butterscotch Chewies
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup nuts (optional)
semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt butter in saucepan. Add brown sugar and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add vanilla, flour, and baking powder. Stir in nuts. Grease 13 x 9 pan, and add batter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Cut when cool. Makes 24 bars.