Archives for April 2014

Triple Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft batch Triple Chocolate Cookies stuffed with Creamy Peanut Butter and Reese’s Pieces. Say it with me: “Mmmmmm”.

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Hey, hey. I have been waiting to share these cookies with you for what seems like forever now. I made this batch of yummies a couple of weeks ago in preparation for today’s post. What’s so special about today’s post, you ask? These cookies were created for Nikki’s blog over at Chef in Training. I’ve recently become a monthly contributor to her site and feel so honored to do so.

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Which is precisely why this post will be short and sweet – much like these cookies. They are packed with melted chocolate, dark cocoa powder and big chunks of chocolate. The addition of creamy peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces was out of pure necessity, of course :). And they are pretty short-lived… seriously, I’d be surprised if these lasted more than a couple of hours in your house. If they do, please tell me your secret for self-control, ha!

Thick, soft and chewy. Just how I like my cookies. Guys, I promise you this recipe will be worth checking out. I hope you hop on over for these outrageously scrumptious goodies by clicking here and browse through some of Nikki’s incredible recipes, too. Thank you so much and have the most wonderful Wednesday, friends!!

XOXO

Peach Cobbler Snack Cake

Traditional Peach Cobbler turned into a super moist Snack Cake. Preparing this cake from scratch is super quick and easy, which makes it the perfect thing to whip up when you only have a couple of minutes to spare.

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I cannot wait to tell you all about this yummy snack cake, but first let me start with the weekend. You know the feeling after you attended a concert that keeps you feeling super energized and makes you smile every time you think about the fabulous time you had? And you can’t stop listening to the incredible songs over and over again? That’s me right now.

Now imagine if you got to be part of the actual concert, meaning sharing the stage and performing with one of your favorite singers. Bursting with happy feelings a hundred times over.

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Our church hosts different artists throughout the year, and last Saturday we welcomed Keith and Kristyn Getty. They have written some of the most well-known and loved modern hymns like “In Christ Alone” or “The Power of the Cross”. A couple of weeks before the concert, they invited some people in our community to be part of a choir that would perform live with them. And I got to be part of it.

To say we had a blast would be an understatement. It was quite an experience to get to work with professional musicians and witness their talent first hand. Best time ever.

Even though Saturday was a late night, I had tons of energy the following morning and knew the best way to burn it off was in the kitchen.

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Twix Chex Mix

 Twix Chex Mix inspired and packed with the amazing flavors of one of my favorite candy bars. This stuff is enticing, so consider yourself warned.

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We made it through another week, friends! Happy Friday. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know how much I love to celebrate Fridays by now. The anticipation of the weekend and all the fun things ahead get me every time.

And what says Friday night more than a good snack mix? Whether you’re getting together with friends and need a snack to share or you’re settling in for a movie night, Twix Chex Mix may just be the ticket.

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I happen to adore Chex Mix in any shape or form. I fondly remember a few years back, when we were just married for a couple of months, my husband and I would load up on bag after bag of all the different kinds available during our weekly grocery shopping trip.

Those were the days when I had no idea how to cook in any way, shape or form and Chex Mix tasted like the best thing on earth.

We always wound up fighting over the Cheddar variety, right after there was no more Turtle Chex Mix to be found.

Now imagine my excitement when I finally figured out how easy it is to make your own. [Read more…]

Seven Layer Neapolitan Cookies

Seven Layer Cookies are made up of stacked almond cakes, apricot preserves and enveloped by two layers of chocolate coating. There’s nothing average about these cookies. Get ready to be wowed.

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I had no intention of making two desserts that involve seven layers in a row. None whatsoever. And it didn’t really dawn on me that I had done so until I took a look at my pictures this week.

I hope you don’t mind. If there’s anything that can beat a regular cookie, it must be one that consists of seven layers.

Seven extremely delicious layers to be exact.

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When I found out that these cookies are made up of cakes, I could hardly contain my excitement. Any day that I get to combine two desserts, i.e. cookies and cake into one, is a major win in my books.

I don’t know about you, but I am always so impressed when I see layer cakes and imagine the amount of work that must have gone into creating them. Which is precisely why I had never attempted anything in that arena.

Oh wait, there was that one time when I tried making checkerboard cookies with the help of my brother-in-law and failed miserably. It was around Christmas time, I had just married into the family and all I wanted to do was show off my housewife skills.

Almost six years later, I finally decided to redeem myself.

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Seven Layer Bars

One of my all-time favorite cookie bars. It’s hard not to love a bar with a beautiful graham cracker crust, seven layers and sweetened condensed milk.

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Hi there! Did you have a good weekend? Around these parts, we enjoyed spending time with family, eating good food and celebrating Easter, of course. I always look forward to Sunday Morning. There’s nothing like getting ready for church, eating a special breakfast and attending worship at our church.

Needless to say, Easter is really close to my heart. I had the opportunity to sing in our church choir this past weekend, and watching countless hands being lifted up while singing songs to God never gets old. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it. Since worship was so sweet and fulfilling, I figured dessert needed to follow suit.

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And what better than a pan of bars that consists of 7 layers?? I have been wanting to create this recipe for some time now. It’s practically been burning a hole through my notebook of things to make.

Let’s just say these bars were the appropriate goodies to make for a joy-filled and fun day! [Read more…]