Samoa Brownies

Samoa Brownies – Homemade Brownies slathered in Chocolate, Caramel and Toasted Coconut Flakes. Yum!

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Nothing better to start out the week than with a pan of decked out brownies. Or you can already start planning your treat for the upcoming weekend – there’s nothing wrong with dreaming about a weekend indulgence on a Monday. It’s probably the key to a happy week ahead :). Yup, it definitely is.

You most likely guessed by now that these brownies are inspired by my very favorite Girl Scout Cookies – Samoas. Also known as Caramel deLites. Am I the only one that had no idea Samoas were renamed to Caramel deLites? I was educated by my Facebook feed the other day (one of my friend’s shared a picture of her box) and I could hardly believe it.

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Turns out their name was changed back in 2011. So needless to say, I was torn as to what to call these brownies. But after much pondering, I came to the conclusion that they shall forever be known as Samoas to me (I just can’t get myself to make the switch). Samoa Brownies it is. You can, of course, call ’em whatever you fancy.

No matter the name, the taste will still be out of this world. [Read more…]

THE Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

Fudge Brownies meet Peanut Butter Bars. One of the best dessert mash-ups to date.

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Hi Everyone! Fair warning: If you’re on a diet you might want to avert your eyes right this second. Especially if you’re having a weakness for chocolate, brownies, or peanut butter. Everyone else, come a little closer. See those layers of brownies, the inside of a peanut butter cup and some swirled chocolate? Good. Because they’re eyeing you as well. Begging to be made ASAP :). I’m speaking from experience, guys. These bars have me wrapped around their tiny cuter-than-life pb cups. Very tightly.

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It all happened on a very exciting Sunday afternoon. Let’s just say a certain professional football team happened to beat the Cowboys and we celebrated like real fans should. Victory tastes so much better when one has something fabulous to snack dive into.

Needless to say, I am ready for another Sunday to roll around. But while I wait, let me fill you in on the recipe deets. Because no matter who you’re rooting for (even if no one strikes your fancy), we can all unite when it comes to dessert. Oh – the power of food. [Read more…]

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Amazing Cheesecake Brownies topped with Cherry Filling. These festive-looking bars have Christmas written all over them.

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It was just a matter of time. Baking a pan of bars that are perfect to serve during the days leading up to Christmas (and beyond) was on the very top of my list. Every time I looked at it, I kept thinking that today was the day. But inspiration hadn’t struck, so I waited patiently until I had just the right idea.

And then it happened. While strolling the isles of the grocery store and spotting Cherry Pie Filling, I instantly knew that I wanted to use it for my future bars.

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Having been a bit obsessed with all things red and white this year, these bars turned out just the way I was hoping for. A generous layer of cheesecake baked on top of brownies and topped with those beautiful cherries.

Did I mention how much I love Christmas? [Read more…]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bars topped with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Two of my favorite desserts in one!

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Another week has flown by. I think it’s because I’m getting so excited for the holidays and have started to make lists, plans and am already bursting with joy. Yesterday I found out that Minneapolis has a holiday market. I hear it’s similar to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket. It looks like so much fun and I cannot wait for it to open. Their website describes it as a magical setting showcasing delicious food, handmade goods and lots of fun. It’s completely outdoors and the vendors are all in decorated wooden huts. I know what we’ll be doing on Thanksgiving weekend :).

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Want to know about another thing that I am beyond excited about? Cheesecake Bars that come with a Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Topping. I am basically squealing over here. There’s sooo much texture. Anything from creamy to crunchy to melt-in-your-mouth wonderfulness. I said it before and I say it again. These bars have it all. For reals. [Read more…]

Caramel Pretzel Bites with a Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

 Pretzels in bite-size form. Not only is caramel melted into the dough but these bites are also bursting with lots of ooey gooey caramel pieces. And don’t forget about the cream cheese dipping sauce – Mmmm!

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Apparently there’s caramel on my mind this week. And yummy carbs, but that’s not really news to anyone, is it? When I set out to make today’s recipe, the wind chill outside was somewhere below zero. Don’t even ask me for exact temperatures. Once we go below zero, I stop keeping track. All I know is that it’s pretty darn cold outside and the best thing for me to do is to stay warm, sip on a cup of tea and do what I do best.

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Baking treats that will make you forget about any and everything around you. Even frigid temps. I am speaking from experience, guys.

I am having some serious feelings about these tiny bites. Aside from their cuteness, which I can hardly get over, they’re also winning in taste, flavor and every other category a single food item could possibly win.

You NEED them in your life. [Read more…]