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Double Reese’s Cereal Bars

15 Nov

Hi again!

I made cereal bars!!

Double Reese’s Cereal Bars!!!

My daughter has been asking for Reese’s Puffs Cereal, and I finally caved.  Of course, she isn’t going be breakfasting on it; because I made cereal treats with the whole box!  Yup……the WHOLE, entire 13 ounce box.  🙂

To be honest……I love love love Reese’s Puffs Cereal.  It is a super tasty snack!   So, my girl gets her craving for it honestly.  In my opinion, chocolate and peanut butter should be a major food group……just sayin!

These treats are pretty festive……yellow, orange, and white!  Totally Thanksgiving-y!!  You make them just like a traditional Rice Krispie Treat, which is super simple……SCORE!  And, then you add extra Reese’s goodness……DOUBLE SCORE!!

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Double Reese’s Cereal Bars

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • (1) 10 oz. package of miniature marshmallows
  • (1) 13 oz. box of Reese’s Puffs Cereal (It’s about 7 cups)
  • 1 cup Reese’s mini Pieces

–  In a large saucepan,  melt the butter over medium heat.

–  Pour in the marshmallows, and stir constantly until they are completely melted.

–  Remove from heat and add the cereal.  Stir until it is covered in the melted marshmallows. (It is VERY sticky.)

–  Using a rubber spatula, press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan.  (I sprayed the bottom of my pan and also the back of the spatula with non-stick spray.)

–  Immediately pour the cup of mini Pieces evenly over the top and lightly press them down.

–  Cool, and cut into squares.

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They are like an ocean of Yummy!  All I can say is……WILL POWER!!  I wanted to eat the entire pan!

I love to make cereal bars and treats.  These were a hit!  My kids hovered over them……another SCORE!

They are total winners!

I’m actually looking forward to making them again!

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

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Candy Bar Brownies

8 Nov

Hi again!

I made brownies!!

Candy Bar Brownies!!!

I don’t know about you, but we are drowning in left-over Halloween candy at our house.

I decided today was a good time to consolidate it all.  It’s easier to keep track of what you have, if it’s all in one place…..don’t you think?

So, while the kids were at school;  I separated the candy stuff from the chocolate stuff.  Now there are 2 LARGE bowls of treats, instead of secret stashes hidden in every room, nook, and cranny.  (Although, I’m pretty sure they each have a few favorites tucked away somewhere.)

Anyway, as I was putting the overflowing chocolate-filled bowl into the fridge; inspiration hit me.

Enter….candy bar brownies!!

I took 2 handfuls of mini and funsize Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers and Twix bars, and chopped them up.

I baked a brownie layer for a few minutes, and then spread the candy bars all over the top.

Baked them for another few minutes, and then added mini-marshmallows.

Back in the oven for one last time, to let the marshmallows get golden and puffy.

Gave them a chocolate drizzle……..and WOW!

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Candy Bar Brownies

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of chocolate candy bars, chopped thin
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • chocolate syrup, for drizzle (optional)

–  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

–  In a medium bowl, mix cake mix, butter and egg until combined.  It will be thick.

–  Press into the bottom of prepared pan.

–  Bake 12 minutes, until the brownies are soft set.

–  Evenly spread chopped candy bars onto the semi-baked brownies.  Bake 6 minutes.

–  Remove from oven, and sprinkle marshmallows over the top of the candy bar layer.

–  Bake an additional 6 minutes (until the marshmallows are puffy and turning golden), remove from oven.

–  Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

–  Cool completely before cutting.

*cake mix brownie recipe from The Domestic Rebel

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I have to say, I love the Snickers bars in these……the peanuts totally stand out.

You can play around with all kinds of chocolate bars to create different flavored brownies.  They are a great way to use up your candy stash, so let me know how yours turn out! 🙂

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

Heads or Tails Oreo Bars

31 Oct

Hi again!

I made blondies today!!

I made brownies today, too!!

I put Oreos in the middle, baked them together, and made Heads or Tails Oreo Bars!! 

I know, I know….I love you too!!

Lately, I am totally obsessed with the Oreo section of the cookie aisle.  There are Mint Oreos, Peanut Butter Oreos, Berry Oreos, Neapolitan Oreos, Gingerbread Oreos, Candy Cane Oreos (which I can’t find!!), Triple Double Oreos, (SERIOUSLY!?!) and the list goes on and on. 

When I found the Heads or Tails Oreos, I was totally psyched!!  Golden and Traditional Oreos all in one…and Double-Stuffed to boot!!  Woo-Hoooo!

I’ve been wanting to make a brownie topped blondie for a while, and these gave me the perfect excuse!!

They are really easy.  I made the first batch and baked it all together at the same time…..they took forever to bake, and they didn’t look so pretty.  So, I started over, and this is what I came up with…..

I made the blondies, and baked them first!  Not completely…. just a few minutes to give them a little head start!

Top the blondies with Oreos!

Pretty brilliant, huh??  Ok…..now for the brownies!!

Bake!

They look pretty awesome when you cut them, and they taste even better!

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Heads or Tails Oreo Bars

     For the blondies

  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

–  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 11 x 7 in. pan with cooking spray, set aside.

–  In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg until well mixed.

–  Sift  flour, baking powder and salt into creamed mixture.  Mix until completely combined. 

–  Spread into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Bake for 12 minutes. 

–  Remove pan from oven and immediately press 15 Oreos into the blondies.  (They should only be half-baked at this point.)

     For the brownies (prepare while blondies are baking) *adapted from Allrecipes.com “Best Brownies”

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder

–  In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg.

–  Sift cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder into creamed mixture.  Mix until completely combined.

–  Spread evenly over the Oreo-topped-blondies. 

–  Bake for 25 minutes, or until the middle of the brownies are set.  Do not over bake, they will firm up a little bit as they cool. 

–  Allow to cool before cutting.

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Keep in mind….the blondies and brownies can be made on their own!  Just throw some white chocolate chips in the blondie batter and you are good to go.  Same with the brownies, and they are excellent iced, as well!! 

But, these really take the cake……(or the bar?)!

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

Triple Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Treat Bars

25 Oct

Hi again!

I made Peanut Butter Bars today!

Not just any peanut butter bars…..Triple Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Treat Bars!! (Whew, that’s a mouthful!)

Yep….you read correctly…..THREE  layers!! 

I made the first layer with Cocoa Krispies Cereal…..

Next, I spread on a  Reeses-like peanut butter layer…….

And for the 3rd layer……Chocolate!

I know…..I’m kinda genius!!  Aren’t you glad we are friends??

They are a mix of traditional crispy cereal treats and peanut butter bars….both stand well on their own, but together…..W O W!!

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Triple Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Treat Bars

     For the Crispy Treat Layer ( adapted from The Original Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treat Recipe)

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 cups Mini-marshmallows
  • 6 cups Cocoa Krispies Cereal

– Melt butter in a saucepan.  Add marshmallows until completely melted.

– Remove from heat and stir in cereal.  Mix until all of the cereal is coated with marshmallow mixture.

– Press into a sprayed 13 x 9 inch pan. (I used wax paper to flatten.  Just tear of a sheet that fits inside of your pan and press evenly….I used the back of a spatula.)  Set aside.

     For the Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 cups finely chopped graham cracker crumbs (I used a food processor, try a blender if you don’t have one)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar

– In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar.  Set aside.

– In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter. 

– Mix peanut butter into the melted butter, stir until totally incorporated.

– Pour peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.

– Spread onto the Crispy Treat Layer.  (I dumped the entire bowl on, and spread as best as I could with a spoon.  Then, I pressed evenly with wax paper until it was smooth.)

     For the Chocolate Layer

  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • sprinkles, optional

– In a microwave safe bowl, melt chips and oil for 30 second intervals.  Stir between each until completely melted. 

– Pour over peanut butter layer.  Set aside until chocolate hardens.  (You can chill to speed up the process.)

– Top with your favorite sprinkles.

–  Cut and serve.

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These are the bars I had planned on making for you on Tuesday, but after I had my action-packed adventure in the Wal-mart parking lot; I decided I needed something a little more simple that day.

I hope you can forgive me for holding out on you for two days!

But honestly….. had I made them that day,  I probably would have turned into an emotional eater and downed the entire pan before my children got home.  When they asked me where their snack was….I would’ve had to tell them I ate it all and they would have to eat an apple or something.  And well……that would seem greedy and not very motherly….i’d probably feel super bad and start to cry.   

So I waited….for my children’s benefit…..you understand!

Now that you have them….I hope you enjoy!

Love, Lara

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Brownies

17 Oct

Hi again!

I made brownies!

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Brownies!!

I’ve been seeing tons of cookie and bar recipes made with pretzels, and I am officially jumping on the bandwagon!  I’ve said before that I have a thing for salty and sweet snacks…… I think this pretty much fits right in that category!

Yum!

These are soft and chewy with gooey middles.  And totally easy to make! 

I started with a box of Family Size Brownie Mix (I used Pillsbury Mocha Fudge….and I have to say, mocha and caramel together rocks!).  If you would rather make homemade brownies, it would totally work; so go for it.  I made my brownie mix according to the directions, poured it into a well-greased pan, and pressed in chocolate chips, caramel bits and broken pretzel pieces. 

Bake!  

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Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Brownies

  • 1 box of Family size brownie mix, and the ingredients to prepare
  • 1 and 1/2 cup  Caramel Bits
  • 1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup broken pretzel pieces
  • caramel sundae sauce for drizzle

– Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 pan, set aside.

– Prepare brownie mix according to directions on the box.

– Press the Caramel Bits, chocolate chips and pretzel pieces into the top.

– Bake per directions. Make sure the middle is set.

– Drizzle with caramel.

– Cool and cut into squares.

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They turned out really fudgey…..which is exactly how I like them! 

Turns a plain ole’ box of brownies into pure awesomeness!

Enjoy!

Love, Lara

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

12 Oct

Hi again!

I made cookies!

Actually, I made cookie bars…..Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!!

 I thought I needed to balance out my children’s sweet intake with a hearty and healthier snack (I can’t imagine why!! I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that all of the fudge I made yesterday is gone!)……and oatmeal is hearty and healthy right?    🙂 Brilliant, I know!  AND, if you take “cookie” out of their name they are even healthier!  Work with me here, ok?

I used ingredients that are pretty standard in a pantry, so you should be able to make these in a snap.

Cake mix, quick oats, brown sugar, butter, chocolate chips and caramel sauce (which is totally optional).

It’s a one bowl recipe, which any dishwashing mama knows is awesome!  And if your kids are the dishwashers, they will think you are pretty fabulous for thinking of them when you made these….definetly can’t be accused of breaking child labor laws for this one!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 and 1/2 cups quick-oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, divided (I used semi-sweet mini chips)
  • Caramel ice cream topping (optional)

–  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10 x 10 or 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

– Mix cake mix, oats and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.

– With a large spatula stir in melted butter and eggs until completely combined. (Dough will be thick)

– Fold in half of the chocolate chips.

– Press into prepared pan.

– Bake  20 –  25 minutes or until golden brown. (or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean)

– Sprinkle additional chocolate chips over the top and drizzle with caramel.  Cool and cut into bars.

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Easy right?  This one bowl thing is pretty fabulous, huh? 

And the best part…..your kids will love them.  Even if they are healthy 🙂  Maybe they will even eat 2 servings of veggies at dinner! (those really are healthy, but just not as tasty!)

Enjoy!

Love, Lara

Apple Dumpling Cobbler

9 Oct

Hi again!

It’s apple festival season, so I thought I’d share a really easy and delicious apple recipe. With a busy schedule, easy is good….but easy AND delicious is great!

 I love apple dumplings, and this is a cobbler-like alternative.  It’s chock-full of sliced apples, and topped with a sweet, crispy crust.

And since it’s made with fruit,  it has to be healthy……..right? 

RIGHT!

So here goes!  I started with about 9 medium apples.  You can use any kind that you like…..you may need to add a bit more sugar if you use a really tart apple.

I peeled, cored and sliced them. Then, I tossed them with cinnamon and sugar.   Yum!

I mixed the dry ingredients and then added melted butter and eggs and spread it over the top of the apples.  I sprinkled the top with cinnamon.

 I baked it  until it was golden brown.  Easy.

Easy!

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Apple Dumpling Cobbler

  • 9 medium apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted.
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

– Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.

– In a large bowl toss prepared apples with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tbsp. granulated sugar.  Pour into 9 x 13 pan.

– In another bowl,  mix flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Stir/whisk in beaten eggs and melted butter.

– Spread mixture over apples. (I sprayed the back of a spoon with cooking spray and smoothed it out.)  Sprinkle with additional cinnamon. (optional)

– Bake 45-55 minutes….until the dough puffs up and turns golden brown.

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Comfort food! 

My kitchen smelled wonderful!  There is something about the smell of warm cinnamon that makes me feel cozy.

Enjoy!

Love, Lara

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