Desserts two days in a row. Sorry about that. OK…..maybe not. Hopefully you will forgive me. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake I shared with you yesterday was just a necessary thing in life. I think most of us can agree chocolate and peanut butter is one of lifes most perfect pairings. So I just had to show you what I did with it!
Today we are leaving for Japan! I can’t wait to share pictures and tell you about the trip. In my absence, I have some wonderful friends who are going to take over for me. The first guest post is Roxana from Roxana’s Home Baking. Roxana does amazing things with desserts and breads, I am always in awe of her talent. Just look at these Homemade Rolo Bars, Steakhouse Bread, and Brownie Bottom Cheesecake
Hello Dinners, Dishes and Desserts readers. I’m Roxana, the wanna be baker and photographer behind Roxana’s Home Baking. My blog is focus on baking everything from scratch. I’m a self-taught baker, learning more with every cup of flour I use. Most of the recipes found on my blog rely on simple techniques everyone can master with a little bit of patience. I also have a big sweet tooth, easily noticeable through the hundreds on desserts recipes I’ve shared. I have a slight addiction to chocolate; I could put some in soup if it’s up to me.
Homemade chocolate goodies is the best medicine.
Before we get to the treats, I wanted to show you a new feature here on Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. I have partnered with Ziplist to bring you the ability to save your favorite recipes to a Recipe Box. Not only can you save your favorites from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts, but tons more including Martha Stewart, Simply Recipes, Recipe Girl and more. Plus, you now have the ability to create a shopping list based on the recipes you saved. I am very excited for this, and hope it makes things a little easier for you! Just click the “Save” button in the recipe to add it to your recipe box. You will notice at the top of the page “Recipe Box” is now a menu item. This will take you to all of your saved recipes.
Apparently I have 2 things on the brain lately; pumpkin and biscoff. Good thing for you they are both wonderful things, and when you put them together magic happens. They really are just meant for each other. I am trying to stop myself from making a Pumpkin Biscoff Bread. Not sure I can hold out though, I mean it just sounds so good!
Another thing you might know about me is my love for blondies. It has actually been awhile since I made them, so it was time to do a fall version. Last year I made some with Candy Corn M&M’s, and that kind of kick started the whole blondie thing. Well this version just might be a new favorite. Plus another great thing about blondies, no mixer required!
The pumpkin leaves them more of a cakey texture, but here that is ok. You really have to let them cool all the way before you eat them. I tried one when it was still warm and they just didn’t taste right. I almost called the whole thing a flop. But then, I tried it again the next day, and it was a totally different experience. I brought these to my son’s school, and I was told the teachers all flipped for them. My son is already asking if I can make them again!
The winner of the Catching Fireflies gift certificate was Beth R – check your email!!
I think it has been shown that I have a major sweet tooth, and I am a huge fan of chocolate. My husband on the other hand is the complete opposite. He will definitely take dessert, but only every once in awhile, and NEVER chocolate. He would rather have chips and dip any day. This always poses a problem for me. What do I bake, and who can I give it to, because you know I don’t need to eat a whole pan of brownies.
I did find one dessert he really likes though….Blondies! I saw this recipe over at What’s Gabby Cooking, and knew I had to make them. My husband would like every part of them! Now, Gabby calls them something different. I had to change the name, because I have a 7 year old who wanted to know what he was eating. But if you want to call them what they really are they are Slutty Blondie Brownies. They are the Blondie version of Slutty Brownies. Completely genius, I mean why should chocolate get all the fun?
This was the last thing I baked when we lived in our apartment. I made them the day before we moved to thank
bribe our helpers. They have a layer of sugar cookie, a layer of Golden Oreo’s, and then topped with a layer of blondies. They are sweet, gooey, and over the top yummy! I had problems baking them. They looked done, I took them out to cool. A couple hours later I went to cut and take pictures, and they were completely raw! Like oozing out the side, liquidy raw. I decided to put them back in the oven to see if they would bake up. I did not think it would work, but it was this or throw them out. But it worked, they finished cooking, and you could never tell! Which was good, I had to feed our helpers, and everything was already packed.
What a great day with my husband yesterday. We went to Denver, walked around a few different shopping areas. Two of them were outside, and it was really hot. We walked by Sur Le Table, but it was closed! A Wednesday afternoon at 3:00, and they had their doors locked. Not a happy girl! We had dinner at a wonderful steak place, and then went to see a show. My husband is not a fan of musicals, or plays, but I enjoy them. Jersey Boys was in town, so that is what we saw. It was wonderful. The 4 Seasons were way before my time, but I know a lot of their songs from my dad playing them when I was growing up. The story was very interesting, and they did a fantastic job with the music. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it. Even my husband walked away relatively pleased with the performance (and that says a lot)!
I made these bars a few weeks ago. My husband was going to help a friend move, so I sent along some fuel. I figured a bunch of guys lifting heavy boxes and couches needed something to keep them going. Boy was I right! My husband brought the container home empty, so I am pretty sure everyone appreciated them.
Everyone knows that peanut butter and chocolate is a winning combination. And anything with S’mores is good too. So, why not put peanut butter in with the S’mores? Seems like the next natural progression. Lucky for you they don’t involve a campfire or an even an oven. Perfect treat to make on one of those hot days when you don’t want to heat up the house. Which pretty much means any day of the week around here!
These are very similar to the Peanut Butter Bars I made awhile ago. Kind of like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup combined with a S’more. Trust me, they are addicting. They are best kept in the fridge. If I have enough willpower I like to let it sit for about 5 minutes at room temperature before I eat it. But, that doesn’t always happen
Thanks for all the birthday wishes to my 7 year old yesterday! I let him read my post from yesterday, and he got a huge smile on his face. He is shy, but loved being the center of attention for a day.
As promised today I bring you what he chose for his birthday treat. He isn’t much of a cake kid, so I knew that wouldn’t be his choice. I showed him probably 100 desserts from my Pinterest boards, and let him pick. He knew he wanted peanut butter and chocolate (takes after his mom), so at least we narrowed the choices a little. In the end, I think it was the Reese’s Pieces that won him over.
Unfortunately I waited until the last minute to make these, and the store I went to did not have mini Reese’s Pieces candies. So I had to go with the full sized version. I am sure they taste the same, you just don’t get the full “polka dot” effect. He had a tiny one after dinner last night, and said he made a good choice. Really, how can you go wrong with peanut butter, oats and chocolate? He picked his birthday dinner to be at Red Robin, and wanted them to sing to him this year, so he filled up on ice cream before we got home. Looks like the teachers or my husbands co-workers are going to benefit tomorrow