Friday Faves 10

Happy Friday!! Or should I say Friyay!! Are you guys living it up this summer? What have been your plans? I have been relaxing, catching up with friends and family, and dreaming up new recipes of course. Here’s what I thought was beyond awesome this week?

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1. Once you start combining cupcakes with other desserts, I don’t think you can really ever go wrong. I seriously want to try every one of them. Every. Single. One. Here’s the list of 23 Glorious Cupcakes Inspired By Other Desserts.

2. Chocolate chip cookies + Oreos = The Best Cookie EVER. Cannot wait to try these Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies.

3. I have always loved muffins of all types. Blueberry, pumpkin, corn…these Chocolate Chip Muffins would make an excellent addition to any breakfast.

4. How cool are these Root Beer Float Marshmallows. I have always loved root beer and think these marshmallows are such a creative idea. I’m into anything soda flavored.

5. Unicorn Popcorn Rocky Road. You sold me on anything unicorn!

What are your favorite links this week?

Chocolate Coconut Donuts

Chocolate Coconut Donuts are light, chocolatey and have just a hint of coconut. Homemade donuts taste so much better than store-bought, and they’re baked not fried!

Chocolate Coconut Donuts are light, chocolatey and have just a hint of coconut. Better than from the donut shop, and they're baked too!

There I was standing on line at Dunkin Donuts admiring all those donuts behind the counter. Should I? Or shouldn’t I buy one? Here’s the thing. They look soooo enticing and then you bite into it and it just wasn’t as good as you remember. Then if you’re a nutter like me, you’re wishing you didn’t eat it and could have spent those precious calories eating some other delicious chocolatey dessert. Has this ever happened to you? Is calorie regret a thing?

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Friday Faves 9

Happy Friday and Happy Fourth of July weekend!! What are you up to this weekend? Some fun plans? I hope you get some well deserved relaxation time.

This week was especially fun for me because it was my first official week of summer vacation! I spent it relaxing, baking donuts (you’ll see them on Monday!), and just having some quality ME time. 

As you can tell from the pic below I hit Trader Joe’s and man it is one of my favorite stores. Hoping to use the goodies below to bring you guys some awesome treats!

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Here are my favorite links from the week:

Do you ever have a zillion zucchinis in your garden and have no idea what to do with them? I’m going to make this Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread. What an interesting twist!

Was anyone excited to see a Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie in their lunch box? I was!! I must try this Oatmeal Creme Pie Cookie Bar. Homemade totally takes the cake (sorry Little Debbie).

These Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Espresso S’mores might just be the ultimate s’more. The best part is all the components are homemade and easy too!

Every have a sweet and salty craving?? These Munchies Brownies will totally fix that!!

This must be the absolute perfect dessert for the Fourth of July. Loving this Miss American Pie.

Have a great holiday weekend!!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Gooey Bars

Ooey, gooey, and chewy you won’t be able to stop eating these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Gooey Bars!

Ooey, gooey, and chewy you won't be able to stop eating these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Gooey Bars!

Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve got my sticky fingers all over this keyboard snacking on these  gooey bars. They are irresistible. You will not be able to stop eating them because they are that good!

Ooey, gooey, and chewy you won't be able to stop eating these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Gooey Bars!

This recipe was inspired by an old PTA cookbook I found in my kitchen. Did your  elementary school put together a cookbook? Our school collected recipes from all of the families and compiled them into one book and sold them as a fundraiser. Pretty cool. Definitely one of the better fundraisers. Beats selling those big boxes of candy and sneaking money in there because you were the one eating all the candy and not selling it! Wait…was that only me?

Ooey, gooey, and chewy you won't be able to stop eating these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Gooey Bars!

Anyway this gooey recipe was inspired by one I was fortunate enough to taste firsthand. One of my childhood friend’s mom would bring these over for our playdates and they were delish! Chewy and rich, you could not stop at eating just one! I had a hankering for them so I decided to put my own twist on these gooey bars. You won’t be disappointed!

If you are a lover of that sweet and salty combination then you’ll be all over these! The recipe starts with a honey graham cracker crust and is layered with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Who isn’t a lover of peanut butter and chocolate together. These bars are chewy, gooey, and have a slight crunch all the same time!

What are you favorite type of gooey bars?

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Seven Layer Bars (makes 9 large or 12 small bars)

1 stick of butter, melted

1 and 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

8 oz. sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl mix together the melted butter and graham crackers. Mix with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened evenly. Press into the bottom of 9×9 inch square baking pan.

2. On top of the graham crackers sprinkle half of the chocolate chips and all of the peanut butter chips. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over all the layers. Top with the remaining chocolate chips and the dry roasted peanuts.

3. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool the bars to room temperature and then cut them into squares in the pan. Transfer to the refrigerator to continue to cool.

Friday Faves 6

It’s Friday everyone!! Two weeks left of school, woo hoo!! I don’t know who is more excited the kids or the teachers. I’m definitely looking forward to a few field trips and fun times with my students.

Ice cream

Here are my faves from the week:

  • S’mores has been on my mind since the warmer weather has been here. I just want it in every dessert possible! These S’mores Cupcakes are simply perfect!
  • Chocolate chip cookies are by far my FAVE to bake and eat. These Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies require no chilling or softened butter. That means you can have cookies now!!!

What are your favorite links from this week? Trying any new recipes this weekend?

Friday Faves 5

First Friday of June!! Can you believe it? What are your plans for the weekend? I hope to edit some pics and bake up something delicious!

whole foods cupcake

Is this not the most amazing looking cupcake ever?? I am in LOVE with everything in the bakery section at my local Whole Foods Market. The cutest and tastiest little treats ever.

Here are my favorites links from the week:

  • Coconut Cream Cheese Brownies definelty have a Mounds thing going here. One of my all time favorite candy bars for sure!
  • All I can say about these Nutella Meringues is WOW. Definitely have to try these soon!!
  • I’ve got to put monkey bread on the top of my baking list after looking at this! One gooey, sticky recipe after recipe, I want to try them all and then run miles and miles to burn them off!!
  • These Olive Oil Sea Salt Brownies, OMG I need these now!! They look like the most fudgy brownies ever!
  • This cornbread just looks absolutely moist, fluffy, and delicious! Hoping to try this recipe real soon.

BTW can you tell I’ve been on a brownie kick lately? Nothing wrong with that! Have a great weekend!

Chocolate Black and White Cookies

Chocolate Black and White Cookies are a twist on the classic with a rich, moist chocolate cookie base. Perfect for any chocolate lover!

Chocolate Black and White Cookies are a twist on the classic with a rich, moist chocolate cookie base. Perfect for any chocolate lover!

How do you eat Black and White Cookies? Do you start eating from the chocolate side or vanilla side? I always take a bite of the vanilla first because its my fave, and then alternate between the two of them. I know, weird. Getting a giant Black and White Cookie was always such a treat! By the way, I totally thought of that Seinfeld episode when Jerry and Elaine go to to the bakery and get this cookie! Is it just me??

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