So now that we are after Labor Day, I think all the kids are officially back to school. We have been in school for 2 weeks now, and I can finally say I think we are getting back into a routine. I love summer, and am not ready for cold temperatures or that white stuff, but I am happy to have our routine back. My 9 year old is happy to be back in school too. He may miss his free time, and getting to play all the time. But he loves to go to school, and see his friends, and have structure. So this time of year is great for everyone!
Going on vacation is always so much fun, but getting back is so much work! All the laundry, the work, the cleaning, and everything else. Plus, I am actually heading out on another trip this weekend. My 9 year old and I are headed back to the Mid-West to see family for a week. So much for a lazing and relaxing summer! A little worried about how much I should get done ahead of time for my husband. I hate to see what he is going to do for a full week of meals on his own! But just because people are busy, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for desserts! Especially no bake desserts, that come together in under 20 minutes.
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!
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!
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.
As I have mentioned last week this month is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. Since the month is almost over I feel the need to give you one last peanut butter recipe. Well, the last for this month at least. In case you haven’t noticed I have a slight obsession with peanut butter. I seem to be passing this along to my 6 year old, for better or worse :) I made these as an alternative dessert for Thanksgiving. My husband does not like Pumpkin Pie, but he does like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But, let’s be honest…I made these for me just as much as I did him.
I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com, and it received rave reviews. A few reviewers said they made these bars successfully with less butter. I was feeling a little guilty about all the food that was around, so I went for it and cut out 1/2 a stick of butter. They were amazing, but next time I will go all out and use the full 2 sticks. They were just slightly crumbly, and I am sure the additional butter would make them creamier. I also used a smaller than suggested 13×9 pan because I wanted the peanut butter layer to be thick! Just make sure to store in the fridge.
These would be a great addition to your holiday baking. They come together very quickly as well, because there is no baking involved!
It is no secret that I like Nutella. I made my own, turned it into cupcakes, made ice cream…I love the stuff! I have been thinking about making no bake cookies with Nutella for awhile. But then I ran out of the homemade stuff. Now that school is starting though, I need to have cookies in the freezer for my son to take in his lunch. Well, I don’t have to, but I like to put a little treat in his lunch for him. No bake cookies are one of his favorite, the freeze well, and come together in about 10 minutes. So they are a win all around in my book.
I just took my recipe for No Bake Cookies, and substituted some Nutella. I was lazy, and in a hurry, so I just poured the batter into a pan to make bars. You could make them like normal cookies as well. The bars were just so easy! I took them on a picnic we had with friends the other day and they were a huge hit. From age 2 up to the adults they were loved!