16 Ways to My Sweetie’s Heart

Happy sweet 16th Anniversary to my hubby and me! He’s one lucky guy! Ha!Ha! Seriously time goes by so fast, especially when you’re busy having fun (and raising kids)! We’re not much for extravagant gift giving around here, but we gotta celebrate! So what better way than 16 differently topped brownies! Love never tasted so yummy! 

16 Differently Topped Brownies

  1. Caramel Sea Salt
  2. Hazelnut Grenache
  3. Toasted Marshmallow
  4. Rice Krispie Treat
  5. Hugs & Kisses
  6. Candy Bar
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Almond Joy
  9. Dark Chocolate Toffee
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  11. Trail Mix
  12. M&M
  13. Potato Chip
  14. Salted Pretzel
  15. Coffee Bean
  16. Sugar Dusted

Owl We Need Are Sweets On Saturday 

Hoot Hoot Horray, it’s Saturday! “Owl”-o-ween is almost here. “Hoos” ready for a festive treat? You know, “owl” never say no to brownies. And these “owl”ragous yummies are perfect for bringing home to the creatures in your nest. 
Owl Brownies

  

Ingredients

  • 1 box of brownies (plus ingredients on back of the box)
  • 1 package of Oreos
  • Fall M&Ms
  • Candy Corn

Directions

  1. Bake the brownies according to the directions on the back of the box and allow to cool before cutting into squares. 
  2. Take two Oreos apart and place on the brownies as eyes. 
  3. Place an M&M in the middle of the Oreo.
  4. Break an Oreo wafer in half and place on the brownie as eyebrows. 
  5. Place a candy corn on the brownie underneath eyes as a beak. 

                         Hoot Hoot Hooray!

Independently Sweet

We’re in full party mode around here this special Fourth of July Saturday. We will be celebrating our country’s independence with a bang. Snap, crackle, and pop to exact! Indulging in our Patriotic Popcorn Bar is sure to ignite our taste buds. What makes this even more festive and fun is the FREEDOM of choice in creating your own popcorn mix. It’s sure to be a melting pot of flavor in your mouth! Happy Birthday America!

Patriotic Popcorn Bar

  
Ingredients

  • 12 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 bag of Patriotic M&Ms
  • 1 bag of Patriotic Peanut M&Ms
  • 1 bag of Patriotic Star Marshmallows
  • 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 bag pretzels
  • 1 bag mini Starburts
  • 1 box Reese’s cereal
  • Assorted popcorn seasonings

Directions

Pop popcorn. Fill a bag with popcorn. Spoon in favorite mix-ins. Sprinkle with desired seasonings. Let the fireworks begin! 

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

 

 

A New Favorite Sweet

Is your recipe box, or more realistically, your Pinterest account cluttered with recipes you view as either will take too much time to make or may not turn out as well as you hope? We drool over lots of recipes that fall into both of these categories. But, this rainy and gloomy Saturday was the perfect opportunity to tackle Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Pretzels. We carved out a good chunk of the afternoon and went for it. And you know what, they turned out wonderfully. A new fave for sure!

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Cookie Dough Stuffed Pretzels

 

 

Ingredients

1 package of Fleishmann’s Simply Homemade Pretzel Baking Mix

1 batch of Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 3/4 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Stick
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  cup semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup Heath bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together Crisco, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla using an electric mixer. Beat in egg until well combined.

Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together into a separate mixing bowl. With mixer on low speed, carefully add flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough forms. Add chocolate chips, Heath, and M&Ms to dough, stirring by hand.

Directions

  1. Make the pretzel dough according to the directions on the back of the package.
  2. Make the cookie dough.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. Divide the pretzel dough into 8 equal balls and roll each out into a rectangle (about 11×3 inches). Spread a little cookie dough along the length of each piece. Starting with the opposite side, roll the dough up into a log, enclosing the toppings inside. Pinch the seams together and then very gently roll the dough with your hands to form an even cylinder and fully enclose the filling. It is ok if some of the chocolate chips peak through, but try to avoid any large tears in the dough.
  5. Take the two ends of each rope and form into a circle that is overlapped by a couple of inches of dough on either side, twist the ends and lay over the opposite side to form a pretzel shape. Press the ends under the pretzel to seal.
  6. Grab a bowl and fill it with warm water and 2 teaspoons baking soda. Dunk each pretzel in water and then place on a parchment (no more than four pretzels per sheet). Brush the tops with the beaten egg wash and season liberally with sea salt. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until pretzels are very lightly golden and the cookies that have oozed out are golden. You do not want to over cook the pretzels. Eat warm!

*recipe modified from Half Baked Harvest

Borrowed Sweets

Ever heard the phrase, “Too much of a good thing is not a good thing at all,”? Well take applies to our sweet cheat this Saturday….sort of. After trick or treating last night we have mounds and mounds of candy. If your kids are like ours’ they prefer the super sweet fruity types of candy. We, on the other hand, LOVE the chocolate. Good thing they won’t notice us “borrowing” their chocolatey goodies to make Candy Bar Brownies. Brownies mix+ candy bars + Saturday + sisters = the best post Halloween treat ever!

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Candy Bar Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1  box of brownie mix plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • Halloween candy

Directions

Make brownies according to directions on the back of the box. Once cooled put your “borrowed” Halloween candy on top of the brownies and enjoy with your little ghosts and goblins!