Gimme Energy…Gimme Sweets!

Ready or NOT, here we go into another school year!  This means early morning alarms, chauffeuring kids to and fro, and (the dreaded) homework! Thinking of this has us longing for the easy, breezy days of summer. We’re gonna need plenty of energy to make it through these first few weeks! The best way to battle this head on is with a fully leaded espresso. And even better when it’s smothered with chocolate and caramel! Salted Caramel Espresso Brownies will sure help us weather the storm we’re about to endure! 


Ingredients

  • 1 box of dark chocolate brownies, plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • 1 large sea salt caramel chocolate bar
  • 1 Starbucks Via

Directions 

Make the brownie batter according to the directions on the back of the box. Stir Vis into the batter. Pour half if the batter into a prepared pan. Break the candy into pieces and lay in top of the batter. Pour the remaining brownie batter on top of the caramel pieces. Bake for 25 min. (We recommend undertaking!) Eat when cool and get stuff done! 

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Going Apples (Bananas) For Sweets

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but we started Fall a little early and took our troops apple picking.  Our rascals swung from tree to tree looking for the sweetest, juiciest ingredient for this Saturday’s Caramel Apple Monkey Bread. We had more fun than a barrel of monkeys and ended up with a treat worthy of going Apple! Happy Labor Day weekend! 


Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 (16.3-oz.) cans refrigerated biscuits

1 1/2 cups small diced apples

1 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup pecan pieces

1 cup Heath Butter Brickle

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Separate the dough into 16 biscuits then cut each biscuit into quarters. Add each piece of dough to the bowl with the cinnamon and sugar, tossing it to coat it on all sides. Layer the coated dough pieces with the diced apples in the prepared bundt pan.

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, mix together the brown sugar, melted butter, Heath, and pecans. Pour the mixture evenly on top of the dough. Bake the monkey bread for 28 to 32 minutes until it is no longer doughy in the center. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before placing a serving plate on top of the pan and flipping it upside down. Serve the bread immediately.
*recipe inspired by Just A Taste

Sweets Make The Party

It’s Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means- Party Time! Cue the music, grab the bathing suits, and don’t forget the picnic basket. If your cookout looks like ours’ it’s quite treat heavy! Who needs burgers, potato salad, and chips? Not us! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Bring on the desserts! We’ll be filling our plates with lots of goodies like Supreme Cookie Butter Cookies, Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies, and Twix Brownies. What’s on your holiday menu this year?

Supreme Cookie Butter Cookies Recipe


Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies Recipe

Twix Brownies

Trick or Sweet

It’s our favorite day of the week and that’s no lie! When Saturday comes around we aren’t into playing tricks with sweet treat cravings. What we are into this week are TWIX. Twix Brownies to be exact! These caramel, shortbread cookie filled brownies are just the prank we need to pull a satisfying fast one on our chocolate-desiring tummies!

Twix Brownies

  
Ingredients

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

1 c. butter flavored Crisco

6 Tbsp cocoa

2 tsp. vanilla

2 c. flour

10-12individual Twix bars 

1/3 c. caramel ice cream topping, plus extra for serving

Instructions

Cut the Twix bars into small chunks and set aside.

Cream the Crisco and the sugar together with a mixer; add the eggs, cocoa and vanilla. Slowly add the flour so it doesn’t go everywhere.

Add the Twix chunks to the brownie batter and stir in with a spoon or spatula.

Pour the batter in a greased 9×13 pan. Drizzle the caramel topping evenly over the batter. After the caramel drizzle, take a toothpick and swirl the caramel around.

Bake for 35 minutes at 350°. Drizzle with more caramel to serve.

* recipe from Cupcake Diaries

Sweet Treating Together

Ever had the feeling that something is missing  in your routine? Well, that’s us these last couple of weeks. Traveling and busy schedules have kept us from doing our favorite Saturday baking ritual together. Not this week! We are staying put and feel the need to whip up something extra special. Rolo Oatmeal Cookie Bars are just what our sweet tooths ordered! 

Rolo Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Rolo Bites candy 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. 
  2. Mix together the butter, brown sugar, and eggs. Mix in the milk, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, and oats.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips, and Rolos. 
  4. Spread the dough in the prepared baking dish. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. The edges should be set and golden brown. 
  5. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting. (Unless you can’t wait, like us!)

*recipe adapted from Something Swanky

  

Sweet Lucky Charm

In our opinion, the best part of celebrating any holiday is making the festive treats. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception! This week we made Shamrock Pretzel Bites. Aren’t they sweet? Wanna make your little leprechauns green with envy?  Whip up a batch and you are sure to be their lucky charm! We hope you had a fun St. Patrick’s Day! 

Shamrock Pretzel Bites

You Will Need:
1 bag Mini Pretzels
1 bag Plain M&Ms (sorted, get only the green ones)
1 bag Rolo candy
Parchment Paper

Step 1: Assemble all your supplies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Arrange 3 mini pretzels into the shape of a shamrock, with the bottoms grouped together. Repeat this step until your cookie sheet is full of pretzel shamrocks.

Step 3: Place an unwrapped Rolo candy into the center of each pretzel shamrock so that the Rolo is touching all three pretzels.

Step 4: Carefully place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 3-5 minutes at 350 degrees until the caramel gets soft. Remove from oven.

Step 5: Immediately after you remove from oven place an M&M on the top of the Rolo. Press gently down on the Rolo candy, adjusting the pretzels so that they are still grouped close.

Step 6: Let cool completely. You can stick them in the freezer for a few minutes to speed this process up.

Step 7: Share and enjoy!

*recipe adapted from Jessica Weible Blogs




Holiday Sweet Treat

It’s that magical time of year again! This Saturday we are whipping up a batch of the cutest holiday treats so simple to make! These Reindeers Treat are the perfect goody to help you through your day of tree trimming, holiday light hanging, gift wrapping, and maybe, just maybe a few reindeer games!

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Reindeer Treats

 

INGREDIENTS:

– Square Pretzels

– Regular Pretzels

– Rolos

– Red M&MS

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 230. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Put down square Pretzels and then un-wrapped Rolos.

2. Break the regular pretzels so they look like the letter E.

3. Place cookie sheet in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Take it out and insert pretzel antlers at the same time. Then add a Red M&M for the nose.

* recipe adapted from Lil Luna