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Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) & Giveaway


Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) - an easy candy for the holiday season

Chocolate Saltine Toffee – An easy toffee using saltine toffee and chocolate, sometimes referred to as Christmas Crack.  The perfect addition to your Christmas baking.  

Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) - an easy candy for the holiday season

Welcome to Day Two of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Thanks to our sponsors for Christmas Week. Anolon is donating a 5-piece Bakeware Set. Swing by their Facebook Page to show them some love. We also have Ball supplying us with 4 sets of Jars in their gorgeous Green Heritage Color. Swing by their Ball Canning and Recipes Facebook Page to say hello.

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Christmas Peppermint Patties


Christmas Peppermint Patties - Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate. An easy homemade candy for the holidays.

Christmas Peppermint Patties – Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate.  An easy homemade candy for the holidays. 

Christmas Peppermint Patties - Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate.  An easy homemade candy for the holidays.

I am so ready for the weekend, but it is only Thursday.  Something about this week has just got me beat!  I have been working crazy hours, trying to get everything done, so I can take some time off when my son is home for Christmas break.  Most of the times that he has days off from school, I still have to work. Hopefully this break, I can keep work to a minimum and actually enjoy time with my family.  Novel idea!

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Candy Bar Pie


Candy Bar Pie - a fun use of that leftover Halloween candy

Candy Bar Pie – a great way to use up all of that leftover candy.  Mix chopped up candy into your favorite cookie dough and bake into a pie!

Candy Bar Pie - a fun use of that leftover Halloween candy

I hope that everyone had a great Halloween!  My son had lots of fun trick or treating with a couple of his friends.  The weather wasn’t to bad, it was near 60 during the day.  So walking around was pretty comfortable.  Of course today it is almost 70 out!  My son’s basketball season started last week, so at least he ran around for while yesterday to burn off all of the candy that he ate.  I on the other hand, and just doing my best not to raid his bag!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars #biggcerealmovies


No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!  We were busy spending time with friends, going to a Colorado Rockies game, getting in a good hike, going on a bike ride, and getting to watch fireworks.  It was so much fun, but kind of exhausting at the same time!  I kind of need a nap just thinking of all that we accomplished in the last 3 days.  Or at least a good solid week of relaxation!  Or maybe just movie night, where I can doze off a little :)  Make sure you get to the bottom for a great giveaway that involves free movies!

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Fudge #SundaySupper


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Holidays are all about family, friends, and tradition.  Today, Beate from Galactopdx is hosting this #SundaySupper “Home for the Holidays” event. We are all sharing recipes and traditions from our families.

In my family we have a tradition of making fudge every Christmas Eve.  We don’t make it any other day of the year, just the 24th.  It has to be one of my all time favorite holiday treats.  You can often find me sneaking pieces Christmas morning while we are opening presents.  This is the recipe we have been making in my family forever.  I believe it was originally from the back of the marshmallow fluff jar, but I am not completely sure.  You can easily add nuts if that is your thing, but I am a purist and like it without.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy your time with family and friends.  I am taking a couple days off from the blog, but will be back with lots of appetizer ideas for your New Years parties.

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Butterfinger Blondies


Butterfinger Blondies

Butterfingers have to be one of my favorite candy bars, and Blondies are one of my favorite desserts.  It only seemed natural that they come together in one glorious dessert.  This used up the last of my leftover Halloween candy, which is probably a good thing.  It is really hard to walk past, and not just grab one of those Butterfingers.

My poor family didn’t get to try these.  I had one, ok maybe two, to test of course.  Then I gave them straight to a friend.  Even my husband, who doesn’t like chocolate would have loved these.  Peanut butter base, with Butterfingers mixed in, and then topped with a Butterfinger frosting.  Pure heaven!  I debated about putting the frosting on, but in the end I am happy I did.  The first half of the one I tested, didn’t have Butterfinger in it :(  I decided to remedy that, the frosting would be made.

Trust me when I say that you need to try these.  I am thinking about going to buy more candy, just to make these to share with my family.  They were that good.

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Kit Kat Butterscotch Brownies


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I am pretty sure brownies are my all time favorite dessert. And the fudgier the better. I actually pinned this recipe forever ago, but then forgot about it. Then a friend (who pinned it from me) made them for something, and posted them on Facebook. It brought it all back, and I had to come up with a reason to make them. She raved about them, so I knew they were going to be good.

We had girls weekend in Denver a couple weeks ago, and I knew brownies was the perfect thing to make.  I mean girls need to have some killer brownies, while drinking wine and playing games in a hotel room, right?  These have a super fudgy brownie layer, topped with Kit Kat, and then topped with butterscotch.  Kind of over the top, but oh so good!

The girls loved these brownies.  If you don’t have Kit Kat, I think Snickers, Twix, or even Butterfinger would be great here.  I am sure you have tons of candy still around from Halloween, so get creative :)  I can’t wait to make this brownie recipe again, I might have just found a new base brownie recipe, it was so good!

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Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars


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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 :)

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Cookie Dough Truffles


cookie dough truffles

Cookie Dough Truffles

I make truffles for Christmas every year.  They are a sinful treat that I love, and they always impress.  I always make a few packages to giveaway as gifts.  I usually stick with a few classics…mint, armaretto, and plain chocolate.  This year though, I am changing things up a bit!  I will still make the tried and true ones, but I am throwing a couple new ones in there.  I love cookie dough, who doesn’t?  My in laws are coming this week, and my father in law just might like cookie dough more than I do.  So I knew I just had to make these for him.

These definitely do not disappoint!  If you like cookie dough, you HAVE to make these!  They are egg free, so there are no worries about eating raw dough.  It is a good thing I put a giant portion of these in the freezer right away, because they are really hard to stay away from! This recipe is very easy.  You can follow this one, or if you have a favorite dough it is very easy to adapt.  Just omit the eggs, add in some milk for moisture, and you are ready to go!  Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles anyone?  They would be amazing too!

cookie dough truffles

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Caramel Cashew Clusters


Jen over at The Three Little Piglets is hosting 12 Days of Cookies!  How fun does that sound?  She shared her Holly Wreaths here last week, and today I get to share with you my Caramel Cashew Clusters!

I was contacted by Oh! Nuts a couple weeks ago to see if I was interested in trying some of their nuts for my holiday baking.  I made these great cookies with Macadamia Nuts, and then wanted to do something a little different with the Cashews.  This is my version of a childhood favorite we used to get every Christmas.  It is super easy to make too!

Please go check it out, and tell Jen that I said Hi!!  She also has a great giveaway going on, you won’t want to miss!