Caramelitas

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Caramelitas – An easy bar cookie with a buttery oatmeal cookie base and filled with chocolate and gooey caramel.

Caramelitas - An easy bar cookie with a buttery oatmeal cookie base and filled with chocolate and gooey caramel.

Have you made all of your cookies and treats for Christmas?  We always make fudge on Christmas Eve, so I still have that, and I have been holding off on making our Frosted Sugar Cookies as well.  But I am pretty sure without either of those, we have more than we need for the holidays.  Today I am meeting with a large group of people from our neighborhood, and we are all taking treats to the fire stations around our town to say thank you.  When I shared my White Chocolate Fudge recipe there is a video about how to Bake It Forward and help to end childhood hunger this holiday season.  Well our neighborhood was so inspired, we are delivering all over town today!

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Reese’s Fudge

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Reese’s Fudge – a layer of creamy peanut butter fudge topped with melted chocolate and peanut butter.  And easy no bake recipe that is down right addicting!

Reese's Fudge - a layer of creamy peanut butter fudge topped with melted chocolate and peanut butter. And easy no bake recipe that is down right addicting!

One of my dear friends has a cookie exchange every year.  She has a house full of people that all bring 3 dozen cookies, packaged in groups of 6, and place them around her large dining room table.  We visit, sip champagne and snack on delicious appetizers.  Then to end the night we all get in a long line and take turns walking around the table.  Each time around the table, you get to take 1 package of cookies, until there are none left.  So you go home with 6 packages of cookies that you picked out, all baked by different people.  It is a super fun night, and I always come away with yummy treats.  At this cookie exchange my friend always serves her Reese’s fudge, which is one of my favorite things ever.

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Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

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Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe – a thick and creamy chocolate cheesecake with chocolate ganache and pieces of peppermint candy

Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe - a thick and creamy chocolate cheesecake with chocolate ganache and pieces of peppermint candy

What do you serve for dessert on Christmas?  My husband’s family has Grasshopper Pie.  I look forward to it every year. When I was growing up my family would have pumpkin pie, because our Christmas dinner was pretty much a Thanksgiving repeat.  But since high school Christmas dinner has changed, and we don’t seem to have a go to dessert anymore.  Sometimes it is just Christmas cookies, sometimes it is pumpkin pie, sometimes it is something completely different.  This year I think I need to start the tradition of this peppermint chocolate cheesecake!

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Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

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Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls – Cinnamon rolls that are ready in less than 60 minutes and filled with chocolate-y Nutella. 

Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls - Cinnamon rolls that are ready in less than 60 minutes and filled with chocolate-y Nutella.

When is time going to slow down?  I thought that after last week I would have more time, but it just isn’t the case.  There is always something that comes up.  I had to take my car in yesterday and was stranded all day.  So today is full of running around.  I also just met with a local organization after our Bake It Foward video I shared on Sunday, and we are going to host a local pay it forward event with the kids and families in the area.

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Double Chocolate M&M Cookies

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Double Chocolate M&M Cookies – super soft and chewy cookies filled with semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and M&M’s!

Double Chocolate M&M Cookies - super soft and chewy cookies filled with semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and M&M's!

Are you ready for holiday baking? Today I am teaming up with 4 of my blogging friends with a very fun giveaway to get you ready! One lucky winner will win: 1 case of sugar from Imperial Sugar as well as a silicon baking mat and My First Cookbook. Kerrygold will send you 1 case of butter (winner will pick salted or unsalted). And you will receive a $100 gift card for Ghirardelli Chocolate. Your holiday baking will never taste better!  Almost everything you need to make these Double Chocolate M&M Cookies.

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Make Ahead Chocolate French Toast Bake

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Make Ahead Chocolate French Toast Bake – a make ahead french toast made with chocolate milk!  Because everyday should start with chocolate.

Make Ahead Chocolate French Toast Bake - a make ahead french toast made with chocolate milk! Because everyday should start with chocolate.

 

They did it.  My son had his Lego Robotics regional qualifier this weekend, and they did amazing!  They did better than we have ever seen them do during their interviews.  They were professional, good sports, and amazing kids all day long.  Then, they won 1st in the robot games, and 1st in robot design and will be moving onto State in January.  I am seriously so proud of how they pulled it together and way exceeded all of our expectations during the day.  We even other parents/coaches come up to tell us how good our kids were, and how gracious and good sports they were.  So yeah, they do listen to us, and have learned from all our meetings!

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Skillet Brownie for Two

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Skillet Brownie for Two – a rich and fudgy brownie baked in a skillet, topped with ice cream and perfect for two!

Skillet Brownie for Two - a rich and fudgy brownie baked in a skillet, topped with ice cream and perfect for two!

If you follow very many food blogs, by now you know that Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More passed away last week in her sleep. She went to bed complaining of stomach pain.  She had a massive heart attack during the night.  So all women out there, do your research!!  Women have much different symptoms of a heart attack than men.  We don’t always get the chest pain or the left arm pain.  So do your research and know the signs!  Joan was 49 years old, and a single mom to 3 kids.  She was an amazing person!  So today, on National Chocolate Day it only seems appropriate to serve chocolate in Joan’s honor.

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Dairy Free Brownies

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Dairy Free Brownies – rich and fudgy brownies that are dairy free and perfect for football season!

Dairy Free Brownies - rich and fudgy brownies that are dairy free and perfect for football season!

Are you a sports fan?  I enjoy watching football, if it is the team I care about.  Aside from that I don’t need to watch it. College basketball is fun to watch.  Baseball has to be in person for me to enjoy it.  But for some reason, my husband and son are sports addicts.  They want to watch just about everything, or at the very least read about it, so they know the stats and can talk about all of it.  Sometimes I just have to leave the room and do my own thing, because they could talk for hours! Anyone in your life like that?

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Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies

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Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies – super soft, thick, and chewy peanut butter cookies with lots of pieces of Crunch candy!

Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies - super soft, thick, and chewy peanut butter cookies with lots of pieces of Crunch candy!

The weekend is almost here!  And it is a long weekend!  After 2 solid weeks of school, I think we are ready for the break.  I am not sure what we have planned, if anything yet.  We talked about going up into the mountains, but our friends are out of town. We might just make a day trip and go on a hike, we will see.  I do know that we will be breaking out the smoker and making some ribs at some point.  My husband gave me an awesome thermometer that I am dying to try out!  Yes, I was excited about a thermometer.  Yes, apparently I am old.  When did that happen?

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Nutella No Bake Bars

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Nutella No Bake Bars – turn a classic no bake cookies into a quick and easy bar with lots of creamy Nutella.  

Nutella No Bake Bars - turn a classic no bake cookies into a quick and easy bar with lots of creamy Nutella.

You may recognize these Nutella no bake bars.  They have been on the blog for 4 years now.  I am just giving them a little face lift.  They are relatively popular despite the photos that were with them.  I am hoping now, you will want to make them even more!  They are even easier than regular no bake cookies, and they are perfect to have in your freezer for when a craving strikes!

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