Triple Layer Peanut Butter Brownies

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These brownies were a big hit. They are rich, moist, and delicious – the trouble is it is hard to eat just one. This recipe uses a boxed brownie mix, but I am sure you could substitute your own brownie recipe in place of it.

It takes a little bit of time to put it all together but it is well worth the effort.

Triple Layer Peanut Butter Brownies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 package brownie mix (19 to 21 ounces)
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups cool whip (frozen)
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts (roughly chopped)
Instructions
  1. Prepare and bake brownies in a 13x9 inch pan according to package directions; set aside to cool.
  2. While brownies are cooling using an electric mixer with whisk attachment mix the milk and pudding together for 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter and sugar, and mix until well combined.
  3. After brownies are completely cooled spread the pudding mixture over the top of the brownies.
  4. Place the chocolate and cool whip in a medium size microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is melted and mixture is thoroughly combined. Spread chocolate mixture over the top and sprinkle with nuts.
  5. Refrigerate and cool for at least one hour before serving.

Adapted from Kraft Recipes

 

Simple Baked Cake Donuts Recipe

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This cake donuts recipe is simple and quick to put together and they are delicious.

Donuts are one of my favorite treats. I was getting a little tired of Hostess and decided to get to work and make my own. The next time you are in the mood for donuts give this one a try. (This recipe does require a donut pan).

Simple Baked Cake Donuts Recipe
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the eggs, butter, vanilla and milk; by hand or using an electric mixer beat until well combined.
  3. Fill each donut cup about ¾’s full. Bake for 8-10 minutes until donuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.
  4. Simple glaze recipe
  5. Place confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Mix in the hot water and almond extract until well combined. To make chocolate glaze melt ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and add it to the glaze mixture – dip donuts in glaze.

 

Adapted from allrecipes.com

 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies Recipe

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These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies are moist, rich, and delicious. It takes a little bit of effort to put it all together but it is well worth it.

This is a good size recipe so you will probably have some left to put in the freezer.

This would also be a great recipe for a party, or pot luck.

Give these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies a try. I’ll be you can’t stop with eating just one.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36 depending on size
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped or shaved fine)
  • ⅓ cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted – I used unsalted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter chocolate chips (or ½ cup peanut butter chips and ½ cup milk chocolate chips)
  • ½ cup marshmallow cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the boiling water, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa until chocolate is melted. Mix in the sugar, oil, eggs, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Gently mix in the flour and salt until just moist and then fold in the chocolate and peanut butter chips; pour mixture into baking pan.
  5. Dollop spoonful’s of marshmallow crème over the top and using the tip paring knife swirl it into the batter.
  6. Bake for 30 – to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out with just a few crumbs left on it.
  7. Note: if you don’t care for marshmallow crème just leave it out.

Adapted from Cooks Country 

Sugar Free Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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This Dulce de Leche Cheesecake recipe uses granulated sweetener like Splenda, and low-fat cream cheese.  To me reducing the sugar alone is a big plus. This is a simple recipe but it does have to set a long time before serving.

If you want to cut back on the sugar and fat a little bit give this one a try it’s really good.

Sugar Free Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9 inch cake
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup granular sugar substitute
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs with the butter until thoroughly combined and press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes; remove to cool. Reduce oven heat to 325F.
  3. Place the cream cheese in a large bowl; add the sugar substitute and flour. Using an electric mixer beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix until well blended and then beat in the eggs one egg at a time, and then add in the milk , mixing until well blended. Spoon mixture onto the crust in the spring form pan.
  4. Separate ½ cup of the cheese mixture into a small bowl, add the dulce de leche, and using a spoon mix until well blended. Place tablespoons of the mixture over the batter and gently swirl it in with the edge of a knife or spatula.
  5. Bake at 325 for 45 – 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edge to help keep the cheese cake from cracking.
  6. Cool for 20 minutes, cover, and chill for at least 6 hours before serving.

 

Blueberry Crumbles for Two

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I love the fresh berry season and blueberries are one of my favorites. This Blueberry Crumbles for Two recipe is just right for two people. This recipe requires very little prep time and bakes in less than a half an hour. Serve it warm with ice cream and it is a delicious desert.

Blueberry Crumbles for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old fashion rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces and chilled)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl gently mix together the blueberries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Divide blueberries between 2 - 12 ounce ramekins.
  3. In another medium size bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until dime size clumps form; sprinkle the mixture over the top of the blueberries.
  4. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake until bubbly around the edges and topping is a deep golden brown.
  5. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two

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Some time baking a whole cake for two people just doesn’t make a lot of sense. This Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two recipe bakes in two ramekins making just the right for two people. This is a simple and quick recipe, just add ice cream and you will create a delicious dessert for two.

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate ( 2 ounces chopped and 1 ounce broken into 2 pieces)
  • ¼ cup half and half or whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons egg (lightly beaten at room temperature)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the chopped chocolate together with the milk. Heat the mixture in a microwave for 1 -3 minutes or until chocolate is melted stirring the mixture until smooth, stir in the sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved; let cool slightly. Mix in the oil, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the flour to form the batter until just moist.
  3. Lightly spray two ramekins with cooking spray and divide the batter between the two. Push one piece of the remaining chocolate into the center of the batter of each ramekin.
  4. Baked for 15 minutes or until tops are just firm and center is gooey; let cool for 3 – 5 minutes and serve warm with ice cream on top.

Adapted from Cooking for Two cookbook

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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Hot Fudge Pudding and ice cream. How good can it get this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is rich and delicious and is a simple recipe to put together.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ⅔ cup Dutch processed cocoa (divided)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (divided)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate (shaved or chopped)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Spay an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix the coffee into the water and set aside.
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  4. In a small bowl whisk together ⅓ cup cocoa, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar; set aside.
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  6. Heat a saucepan with water that you can fit a small bowl into just to simmering. Place the bowl on top of the water and melt the butter in the bowl. Mix in the semi sweet chocolate, and ⅓ cup cocoa stirring until chocolate is smooth and melted; set aside.
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  8. In another small bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder.
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  10. In a medium size bowl mix together the ⅔ cup granulated sugar, milk, egg yolk, salt, and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture and mix with a spoon to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix until moistened.
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  12. Pour the batter into the baking dish evenly so it comes all the way out to the sides. Evenly sprinkle the cocoa mixture over the top of the batter and then gently pour the coffee over the top.
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  16. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake starts to pull away from the sides and the mixture is hot and bubbly. (don't over bake)
  17. Let rest 45 minutes and serve with ice cream.

Adapted from Baking Illustrated

 

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie

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Chocolate, cream cheese, whipped topping, and cherries forming a rich and delicious combination of flavors to create this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie.

Wow your Holiday guests – this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie is quick and simple to put together.

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie
 
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Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 package cream cheese, (8 ounces softened)
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips (melted and cooled)
  • 1 carton frozen whipped topping ( 8 ounces thawed)
  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Add the chocolate and continue mixing until well combined and then mix in the whipped topping until just combined.
  2. Using a spoon, spoon the mixture into a 9 inch graham cracker crust.
  3. Top with the cherry pie filling and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted from Taste of Home

S’mores Blossom Cookies Recipe

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What would the Holidays be without cookies? These S’mores Blossom Cookies are delicious and have a perfect combination of flavors for the holiday season.

This is a simple and quick recipe that makes 24 cookies depending on the size you make.

Bake some of these cookies up for Christmas; you and your guests will love them.


S’mores Blossom Cookies Recipe
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 crackers)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows (cut in half crosswise)
  • 24 Hershey's Chocolate Kisses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium high speed mix together butter, sugar, and ½ cup graham cracker crumbs until mixture is light and fluffy. (If you don't have a stand mixer a regular mixer should work fine)
  4. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture mixing until just moist (If not using a stand mixture use a spoon).
  5. Place the rest of the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish, measure the dough out 1 tablespoon at a time and form a ball like you are making meat balls, roll in the cracker crumbs too coat, placing 12 on each cookie sheet.
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  8. Bake one sheet at a time for 10 – 12 minutes until edges start to crack, remove from the oven, and switch oven to broil,
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  10. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes and then place a marshmallow slice on the top of each cookie.
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  12. Broil cookies 10 inches from the broiler element until deep golden brown.
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  14. Remove from the oven and immediately place kisses on top of each cookie; transfer to wire rack to cool.
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  16. Repeat the process with the other sheet of cookies.
  17. Note: on the second tray I used a fork and flattened the balls a little bit to make the tops a little flatter to hold the marshmallow – this seemed to work real well.

 

Adapted from Cooks Country

 

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

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This Sweet Potato pie is rich, smooth, and delicious because the filling is cooked to perfection.

In the past over the holidays I have always prepared pumpkin pie, but because I have never had sweet potato pie I decided to give it a try.

This pie was no disappointment; it’s delicious. If you have never had sweet potato pie, and are looking for a change, give this Sweet Potato Pie Recipe a try for the holidays.

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust (9 inch)
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 ¾ pounds sweet potatoes (try to get potatoes about the same size so they get done at the same time)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Place crust in pie plate and sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar over the bottom; set aside.
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  4. Pick sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until tender flipping half way through the cooking process. (About 15 to 20 minutes – these can be done ahead of time. Just place the flesh in a bowl and refrigerate). Immediacy slice potatoes in half lengthwise, allowing some of the moisture to escape, and the potatoes to cool. Once the potatoes have cooled enough to handle using a spoon scoop out the flesh into the bowl of a food processor and then add the remaining sugar and salt, process until smooth.
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  7. In a small bowl melt the butter along with the cinnamon and nutmeg in a microwave (about 30 seconds).
  8. Add the melted butter, egg and egg yolks, sour cream, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pie crust.
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  10. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges firm up and center jiggles slightly when shaken. (center should be 165F)
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  12. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours before serving.

 

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Adapted from Cooks Country