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 No Bake Avalanche Cookies

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Easy No Bake Avalanche Cookies – just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this cookie version of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s Avalanche Bark!

Easy No Bake Avalanche Cookies - just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this cookie version of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's Avalanche Bark!

Exactly 2 weeks until Christmas.  Are you ready?  I am not even close!  Still have gifts to buy, haven’t wrapped a thing, and have a few more things that I want to bake.  My in-laws arrive next weekend, so I need to get my butt in gear!  We did figure out what we are going to make for Christmas dinner though.  So one thing has been decided and is actually ordered.  If you are in the same boat, these no bake avalanche cookies are right up your alley.  They only take 5 minutes!!  Check out the video at the bottom for a quick how-to!

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Cookie Dough Fudge & Favorite Things Giveaway

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Cookie Dough Fudge – Rich chocolate fudge filled with chucks of cookie dough.  It is the perfect chocolate lover’s treat.

Cookie Dough Fudge - Rich chocolate fudge filled with chucks of cookie dough. It is the perfect chocolate lover's treat.

Thanksgiving is over, and the holiday season is officially here!  Today I have an awesome giveaway for you.  I have teamed up with 9 of my blogging friends to offer 10 different giveaways, with prizes valued at well over $3000.  You can enter 1 or you can enter all 10, that is up to you.  Each blogger is giving away some of their favorite things!  Also follow along on Instagram for even more prizes!

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Candy Bar Cookie Pizza

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Candy Bar Cookie Pizza – a chocolate chip cookie pizza topped with melted chocolate and lots of your favorite candy!

Candy Bar Cookie Pizza - a chocolate chip cookie pizza topped with melted chocolate and lots of your favorite candy!

Halloween is over!  Did you have a good time? My son of course got way more candy than he needs.  Before we went out trick or treating, I had to dump out the candy from last year that didn’t get eaten.  So it is safe to say that we have too much candy again this year.  We hung out with friends, carved pumpkins, and had a great time.  The weather even cooperated and wasn’t too cold.  Always a good thing!  So now what to do with all of that candy….

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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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M&M Peanut Butter Bars & Kitchen Aid Giveaway

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M&M Peanut Butter Bars – thick and chewy peanut butter bars loaded with peanut butter M&M’s for even more peanut buttery goodness!

M&M Peanut Butter Bars - thick and chewy peanut butter bars loaded with peanut butter M&M's for even more peanut buttery goodness!

So we are back from vacation, and it is time for me to leave again.  That was 3 whole days at home, and I am headed to a conference that I have been planning for the last 5 months.  Seriously, did you know how much work goes into planning a conference?  If you ever have to go to one for work, just think about who had to put every part of that together.  This is a small conference for just 10 people too!  So many details.  I am so excited to get to spend the weekend with these ladies, to learn, eat, grow and improve my blog.  But I am so super excited that I can stop stressing!  So follow along on Instagram so you can see the food and the views (we are in the mountains of Breckenridge).

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie – an easy no bake pie that is like a giant homemade peanut butter cup!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie - an easy no bake pie that is like a giant homemade peanut butter cup!

Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America live in households without consistent access to adequate food.  That fact is astonishing to me.  We live in one of the richest countries in the world, and yet 20% of the kids in this country don’t get enough food to eat.   It seems like it should be something that we could fix, and fix quickly.  Today I am partnering with Albertsons/Safeway grocery stores to help raise awareness and you how you can help through Hunger Is!

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Hasselback Apples

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Hasselback Apples – a fun twist on apple crumble, that will be sure to impress.  Definitely a fun way to enjoy apples this year!

Hasselback Apples - a fun twist on apple crumble, that will be sure to impress. Definitely a fun way to enjoy apples this year!

I can’t believe that apple season is here.  It is still so hot out, I am having a hard time thinking that fall is right around the corner.  Although it is getting much cooler at night here, the days are still in the 80’s.  But it is only a matter of time!  What is your favorite way to enjoy apples.  I love caramel apple pie bars, apple crisp, apple bars, and pretty much any other way I can have them.  My family isn’t a huge fan though, so I don’t often get them.

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