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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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Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos (12 Days of Giveaways)

Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos

Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos

Today is the last day of the 12 Days of Giveaways :(  I hope that you all enjoyed the fun prizes.  There are still a couple days to enter some of them.  Go check out my Cashew Chicken (Calphalon $300 Cookware Set),  Gingerbread Men Cookies (Cake Boss $260 Baking Set), Peanut Butter Cup Fudge ($250 Freund Containers and cookbook), Triple Chocolate Muffins (2 year Cooking Light Subscription) and my Homemade Caramels (Swissmar Roasting pan).  Those are some seriously great prizes up for grabs, I really hope one of you wins!  Today OXO has a whole bunch of goodies for you to win.  My kitchen is stocked with OXO gadgets, so I am really excited about this one!

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Krispie Treats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Treat

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Treat

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!

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Krispie Treats

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Krispy Treats

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Krispy Treats

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.

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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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No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies 2_labeled

No Bake Cookies
Yesterday was school supply shopping day here.  We have a little tradition of my son and I going out to lunch (his choice) and then heading out to get supplies.  It always amazes me how much he needs, but I must say this year I am happy he only needed 1 box each of crayons and markers.  I think last year I had to buy 4 or each.  It really made me wonder how much he would actually learn and not just color all day.  This year he had notebooks, erasers, red pens, and an actual ruler on the list!  I think 2nd grade is looking good so far.


One thing I know that my 2nd grader will always request is No Bake Cookies.  This is one of those cookies that I usually always have on hand.   I keep them in the freezer, and they go in school lunches.  I take one out in the morning, and by lunch time it is nice and thawed for him.   It has been a few months since we have had these in the freezer though, and apparently my 7 year old was going through withdrawal.  He is usually good with whatever cookie or dessert I want to make.  But this week he put his foot down, and would not stop asking for these!


You really can’t get much easier than these cookies.  Just a few ingredients, heat to a boil, cook for 1 minute, spoon onto cookie sheets.  I remember making these when I was in grade school with a friend.  I think it was probably 4th grade.  They store perfectly well in the freezer.  They don’t require an oven on super hot days.  What more do I need to say to convince you to make these?  Oh yeah, they have peanut butter and chocolate in them?  There.  Go make them!

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Peanut Butter Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Dessesrts}

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!

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Nutella No Bake Bars

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!

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