Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!

I can’t believe I have been blogging for 3 1/2 years and I have not shared a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with you!  This recipe has a special ingredient in it, and I am going share with you my tricks to get gorgeous, thick, soft cookies!

First things, first. Use quality ingredients! I ALWAYS use Guittard Chocolate Chips. The milk chocolate variety are bigger than the average chocolate chip and are MELT IN YOUR MOUTH DELICIOUS! Semi-sweet are great too!

The reason why I love Guittard is because they don’t put wax fillers in their chocolate. It’s high-quality, legit chocolate, and you can taste the difference! I actually keep a bag of Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips in my pantry to snack on during those chocolate cravings.

Besides chocolate, let’s talk about butter. I had price matched some butter at Walmart a while back and used some of the Great Value brand in the first batch I made for this post. Well, they turned out quite yellow and they spread out more than I had hoped.

I made them again with Land O Lakes Butter and 1/4 cup more flour to help the spreading and I got these gorgeous, light cookies. It definitely pays off to pay a little more for a high quality butter! Check out my instagram post to see the difference! And while we are on the subject of butter…

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2½ to 2¾ cup all-purpose flour (start with less, do 1 test cookie, and add more if needed)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 (11-12oz) bag Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Cream the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well, then scrape the bowl.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch in a bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients all at once into the butter mixture, and mix just until incorporated.
  5. TEST COOKIE DOUGH: Scoop 1 test cookie onto a silicone lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 11 minutes, until just set in the center.
  7. If the cookie spreads, add ¼ cup more flour to the remaining dough and do another test cookie.
  8. Scoop the cookie dough onto cool (not warm) silicone lined baking sheets,
  9. bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 11 minutes, until just set in the centers. (10 minutes was perfect for my oven.)
  10. Allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Store cookies in an airtight container.

You can find complete recipes of this Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies in dessertnowdinnerlater.com

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE

This Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake is completely sinful. With smooth peanut butter buttercream and a moist, rich chocolate cake topped with MORE chocolate AND peanut butter cups, it’s hard to say no to a slice of this!

One of life’s simplest pleasures is a good ol’ chocolate cake. Towering rounds of decadent chocolate fudge layered with smooth sweet cocoa buttercream… I can’t think if anything else I’d rather have as a birthday cake. Oh wait. Yes I can. Add peanut butter to it! And chocolate ganache! And then take it five miles over the top with chocolate and peanut butter candy because that’s how I roll. Culminating in the blissful result that is this Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake.

Clearly I’ve been drooling over too many Katherine Sabbath drip cakes and they’ve taken over my brain. That lady is FOR REAL. I’ve lost hours of my life to watching How to Cake It videos on Youtube (but not wasted! Yolanda Gampp is brilliant!). It was time to put everything I’ve learned into practice with my sister’s birthday cake!

Betty Crocker’s Cocoa Fudge Cake can’t be beat (even though my mother’s handwriting is all over our recipe – that’s what cookbooks are for! Like me she tends to fiddle with recipes until they’re just how she likes them!), dark and rich and perfectly moist, it’s a chocolate cake classic.

If you don’t have buttercream, start with cup on the side to mix milk and vinegar, and let sit for a couple minutes until it gets nice and chunky (EW – or just go buy buttermilk). Mix all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. Cocoa is so darn pretty – that colour is just soooo rich.

Then add the milk and the rest of your wet ingredients. Beat them all together, scraping down the sides of your bowl every once in a while so everything gets mixed together. Then turn that sucker up and beat the mixture on high for about 3 minutes.

Set those to bake in the oven. You’ll want your cake to be completely cold (like sitting in the pan for 45 mins to an hour) before you attempt to level and frost it, to keep the structural integrity!

Now for the frosting! This buttercream recipe from Sweet Savory Life is hands down, THE most delicious frosting of all time. It tends to have air bubbles, but that flavour cannot be beat! It’s rich but not too sweet, very adaptable, and easy to make harder or softer as necessary.

I wanted the inside of the cake to be like a peanut butter cup, so I made some extra cocoa frosting to alternate layers. Mix all those ingredients in a bowl, you really can’t go wrong here. It needs to be easily spreadable, so if you need to add a little more cream, go ahead. One layer at a time, carefully assemble your cake. Again, make sure that cake is COLD, for stability.

Crumb coat! This I didn’t know was a thing until I started taking decorating classes, but just put a thin layer of icing over the cake, enough to trap all the crumbs, and pop in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes to really solidify that barrier before you frost the rest of the cake.

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE
CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE

INGREDIENTS :

Cocoa Fudge Cake  (The recipe below will make two 81/2 inch pans, so I doubled it for a four-tier cake)

  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour or 2 cups cake flour
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • ⅔ cups cocoa
  • ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups buttermilk (OR 2 Tbsp vinegar in 1½ cups milk)
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
    Peanut Butter Buttercream (The recipe below will only be enough to cover a 2-layer cake, so I doubled it for a four-tier cake)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk or heavy cream (I always use cream with this recipe!)
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
    Chocolate Ganache (As long as your cake is 8-10″ round, this should be all you need no matter the height!)
  • ½ cup melted semi-sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup cream
    Optional Toppings: Mini Reeses’ Pieces, Mini Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups, and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, crushed.

INSTRUCTIONS :

For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°, and grease and flour four 8½ inch round pans (or two pans twice!)
  2. Mix all of the cake ingredients together in the order they’re listed on medium first, scraping the sides occasionally.
  3. Then turn it up to high and let it go for 3 minutes, scraping occasionally.
  4. Pour into your pans, and pop in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  5. LET COOL COMPLETELY AND I MEAN COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU TAKE THE CAKE OUT OF THE PANS.
  6. I’m serious here. It should take about 45mins to an hour.

For the Buttercream

  1. Mix all ingredients together, scraping the sides occasionally.
  2. The peanut butter will make the buttercream stickier, so you may have to add a little more powdered sugar.
  3. This needs to be very easy to spread, so make sure the frosting isn’t stiff at all.
  4. Add a little more cream if necessary.

Assemblage:

  1. Level your cakes. There are many tutorials online, but you want to make sure they are FLAT.
  2. Using a spatula, distribute about ½ cup of frosting between each layer of cake.
  3. Make sure it’s level before adding the next level directly on top.
  4. Frost the outside of your cake with a very thin layer of buttercream to lock all those crumbs in!
  5. Pop it in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes to harden the crumb coat and seal those in.
  6. We don’t want any crumbs on our final product!
  7. Bring it out of the fridge or freezer and frost the rest with a nice thick layer of buttercream.
  8. Pop back in the fridge or freezer for another 15-20 minutes.

For the Ganache

  1. In a pot on the stove, SLOWLY heat the chocolate and add the cream, stirring frequently.
  2. You don’t want it to boil at any point, or for the cream to curdle.
  3. If your ganache separates (like mine did),
  4. just add a tablespoon or two of warm milk, works like a dream! You’ll know it’s done when it is smooth and creamy!
  • NOTES
    If you wanted to have cocoa buttercream in place of, or in addition to the peanut butter buttercream (peanut buttercream?), just add ½ cup of cocoa instead of the peanut butter.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE in halifaxbloggers.ca

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars , Calling all fudge lovers and oatmeal cookie fanatics…this bar is for you! I love making bars because they are fast and so very easy.  You don’t have to deal with timers and batches, so they work great when you’re in a hurry!

I was looking on Pinterest for a quick and easy bar to take to a party and this was it!  I found this recipe from Megan and Claudy. It was great because I had all the ingredients in the pantry and I bet you do too! These are delectable and the fudge layer melts in your mouth.

The fudge layer, along with the oatmeal cookie, is the perfect combo. Everyone at the party LOVED them and the entire pan was quickly gone! I wouldn’t change a thing, these bars are perfect!

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars
Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together

  • 1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Mix the butter, eggs and brown sugar.
  2. Add vanilla and milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix well. I prefer using a stand mixer since it’s quite thick.
  4. Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan, pour chocolate mixture,
  5. then spread rest of cookie mixture on tops in spoonfuls (won’t cover completely-but will leave cool designs).
  6. The top can tend to get done before it’s completely cooked, so you can put aluminum foil over it for the last five or so if it looks like it’s browning too much.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  8. Let cool, otherwise it won’t set up and will just run when you cut into it.

You can find complete recipes of this Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars in livingbeyondmeasure.com

CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS

CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS

Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars – easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and caramel! These gooey bars are the perfect dessert recipe! So…question: is football over yet? I’m asking for a friend. No? Okay then, fine.

In all honesty…I think I’m kind of over football season (before it’s even gotten started) because I haven’t been invited to a party yet. A friend of mine mentioned one but it didn’t happen…so now I’m thinking I need to organize something. Because watching football is way more fun when the husbands watch it in the family room and the wives gossip over wine in the kitchen.

And did I mention football food? I feel like I’ve been training all my life for football party eating. Chips, nachos, dip, cookies and bars: I’ve emptied out one of my legs especially for the occasion. Before you get baking for next weekends games (because I know you all tailgate, right?) you need to print this recipe. These ooey gooey Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars are the dessert that your next party will be talking about for days.

This recipe is a brainchild of so many other recipes. I started thinking about all my favorite gooey bars, especially the chocolate chip ones. But then I thought I’ve been there, done that…so I decided to make my favorite sugar cookie recipe and add chocolate chips. But, still, I wanted to fallifize (remember that word I made up?) the recipe…so I decided to use caramel in the center, like I did with my Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.

All in all I ruminated about this recipe for DAYS before I finally made it. Seriously, I went back and forth akin to my husband picking his fantasy team for the week.

The result of all my brainstorming resulted in these Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars. They’re a sugar cookie crust, made with my favorite Challenge Butter, stuffed with gooey chocolate chips and layered with caramel sauce. Once they bake they’re gooey to the MAX. As you can tell, I probably cut these a little too soon.

I wanted the gooey to come across in my photos…and they ended up being plate-and-fork bars. But after a few hours of chilling in the refrigerator they were much more manageable finger food.

CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS
CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted Challenge butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups + 1/4 cup all purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 (11-12 ounce) jar caramel or salted caramel ice cream topping

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer).
  3. Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. Slowly mix in 4 cups flour until the mixture is just combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Press about 2/3 of this mixture in the bottom and about 1/2” up the sides of the prepared pan.
  6. Stir the caramel sauce and remaining 1/4 cup flour in a small bowl.
  7. Pour over the top of the dough.
  8. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining dough evenly over the top of the caramel.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS in crazyforcrust.com

PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES

PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

So I made more brownies.I know, I can’t seem to stop…
I don’t have any legitimate explanations on the redundancy of my recipe repertoire. I have never claimed to be well-rounded.
Anyhow… since I can’t begin to describe how freaking amazing these brownies are I will just tell you how to make them.

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies
So I started with a box of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies… they are some of my favorite boxed brownies.While they were baking I chopped up some peanut butter cups…

In all honesty I used peanut butter cup eggs that I have leftover from Easter. Shhh, don’t tell my kids.
Then I chopped up some peanuts…Mix those together.When your brownie has 5 minutes left to bake pull it out of the oven and sprinkle your pb cups and peanuts all over the top…
The chocolate will get melty.
When they’re done pull them out and using an off-set spatula, spread them all over…

PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES
PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 box brownie mix (not family sized), prepared according to package directions in a 9×9 pan
  • ½ cup chopped salted or honey roasted peanuts
  • 12 peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (or 1¼ cups)
  • 1¾ cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp – 1 tsp kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions in a 9×9 pan lined with foil.
  2. During last 5 minutes of baking, remove from oven and sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups and chopped peanuts on top.
  3. Return to oven for remaining 5 minutes to melt the chocolate.
  4. As soon as you pull them out of the oven, spread the melty peanut butter cups/peanuts with an off-set spatula to smooth over top. Let brownies cool.
  5. Next in a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter.
  6. Heat in microwave for 1 minute, stirring when done.
  7. If needed, continue heating in 20 second increments until chocolate chips are melted.
  8. Stir in cereal, vanilla and salt until evenly combined.
  9. Pour over brownies and smooth. Chill until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.
  10. Cut into squares to serve

You can find complete recipes of this PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES in cookiesandcups.com

CHOCOLATE LASAGNA

CHOCOLATE LASAGNA

Chocolate lovers rejoice! This no-bake Chocolate Lasagna is filled with cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and chocolate chips on top of an Oreo cookie crust!

My aunt had a barbecue over the weekend and I jumped on the chance to test out this chocolate lasagna recipe. Oreos are great for no-bake recipes (see my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreo Bon Bons) and with all the flavors coming out lately, you could really switch up the direction of this no bake dessert. But, gimme all the chocolate.

If you love chocolate then this is the layered dessert for you. It’s full of creamy, dreamy flavors and textures that make your tastebuds happy. Because it’s layered into one pan, it’s the perfect take along for potlucks, parties and holidays. Since there’s no baking involved with this chocolate lasagna, you won’t have to heat up your kitchen making it perfect for warm months as well.

See the fun mini chocolate chips on top? You can even change the feeling of this no bake dream by substituting shaved chocolate for the chocolate chips. Use a vegetable peeler to shave a bar of bittersweet chocolate, creating short or long ribbons to sprinkle on top.

Why bittersweet instead of semi sweet or milk chocolate? You can certainly use whichever chocolate you prefer, but because there’s less sugar in a bittersweet bar, it simply shaves better creating prettier chocolate shavings for this chocolate lasagna. So while chocolate chips are fun for a barbecue or birthday party, you might want to try shaved chocolate for a holiday get together.

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CHOCOLATE LASAGNA
CHOCOLATE LASAGNA

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 package (36 cookies) Oreos
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups milk, plus 2 Tablespoons, divided
  • 1 tub (12 oz) Cool Whip, divided
  • 2 (3.9 oz) packages instant chocolate pudding
  • mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Use a food processor (or a zip top bag and a rolling pin) to crush the Oreos into fine crumbs.
  2. Into a medium bowl, pour in the cookie crumbs and melted butter.
  3. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish and use a spatula (or the bottom of a measuring cup) to evenly press the crumbs across the dish.
  5. In the same medium bowl, add the cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  6. Add in the 2 Tablespoons of milk and sugar and mix well.
  7. Use a spatula to divide the Cool Whip in half and fold half into the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie crust and pop it into the fridge to set for about 10 minutes.
    While it’s setting, to a large bowl,
  9. add the pudding mixes and 3 1/4 cups milk and beat on medium until it starts to thicken.
  10. Spread the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer.
  11. Put back into the fridge to set for another 10 minutes.
  12. Once set, gently spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE LASAGNA in amandascookin.com

THICK AND CHEWY WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES

THICK AND CHEWY WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES

My favorite thick and chewy peanut butter blondie recipe loaded with creamy white chocolate and plenty of peanut butter chips! So good with a cup of coffee.

Today’s super fabulous white chocolate peanut butter blondies are the epitome of easy dessert bars done right. The batter is assembled in one bowl; the bars bake up in just 30 minutes; and  the results taste exactly one-billion times better than anything you’d swipe up from the bakery <<<< This, my friends, is awesome. So. Dang. Awesome.

To make this recipe you’ll need flour, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, flaky sea salt, eggs, baking powder, white chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. The last two ingredients are obviously the rock stars of this show and not to be skipped or skimped!

White chocolate and peanut butter chips make me sugar high and happy 🙂
The blondies will bake uncovered for 15 minutes, then covered for another 15. It’s not life-or-death if you forget to cover them with aluminum foil, but I find it helps prevent the top from getting too brown while baking. It also helps keep the top layer of white chocolate and peanut butter chips niiiiice and gooey.

THICK AND CHEWY WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES
THICK AND CHEWY WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces; one stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 and 3/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (fine sea salt, table salt, or kosher salt will all work)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt (I used Maldon Sea Salt and think it’s the best), for sprinkling, optional

INSTRUTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 9″ x 13″ pan with parchment paper; lightly grease the paper and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-heat.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and brown sugar, whisk well to combine.
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Stir in the salt, flour, and baking powder, mixing just until combined.
  6. Fold in the white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
  7. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan, then sprinkle the top with additional white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, if desired.
  8. Bake the blondies for 15 minutes, then cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for another 15-18 minutes, or until they’re light brown on the edges and top.
  9. Carefully remove them from the oven and cool completely before cutting.

You can find complete recipes of this THICK AND CHEWY WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES in bakerbynature.com

SNICKERS RICE KRISPIE TREATS

SNICKERS RICE KRISPIE TREATS

These snickers rice krispie treats have marshmallow rice krispie treats topped with salty peanuts, gooey caramel and a rich layer of chocolate. They’re perfectly sweet, salty and so delicious!

It’s always hard for me to choose a favorite candy bar, but I will tell you that Snickers bars are one of my favorites. I recently tried a new bar that they came out with called Snickers Crisper which adds crunchy crisp rice cereal to the traditional Snickers bar and afterwards I knew I had to try making a Snickers Rice Krispie Treat. And let me tell you it was a GOOD decision.

These snickers rice krispie treats start like traditional rice krispies treats, which means butter, marshmallows and crisp rice cereal – so that’s a good start right? You’ll spread a bunch of peanuts all over the top. Then top the rice krispie treats with melted caramel.

The caramel creates a nice layer as well as going down into the rice krispie treats and making the whole bar a gooey caramelly treat. Then lastly you’ll spread melted chocolate all over the top of the whole thing. That’s it. It only takes about 15 minutes of work, but you do have to wait a couple hours until the chocolate hardens to enjoy the delicious bars.

But what could be better than crunchy marshmallowey rice krispie treats with caramel peanuts and chocolate. Seriously these bars are a dream come true. They’re the perfect combination of all things good, with a lot of sweet, a little salty from the peanuts. A littly crunchy, and a little soft and gooey. And caramel, chocolate, peanuts and marshmallows are just a combo that is meant to be I tell ya.

SNICKERS RICE KRISPIE TREATS
SNICKERS RICE KRISPIE TREATS

INGREDIENTS :

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 5 cups mini marshmallows
  • 5½ cups rice krispie cereal
  • ½ cup salted peanuts
  • 16 oz (1½ 11oz bags) caramels, unwrapped
  • 3 TBS heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Melt your butter or margarine over medium low heat in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add in marshmallows, and stir together till marshmallows are completely melted.
  3. Pour in your rice krispie cereal and stir together till cereal is completely coated.
  4. Pour cereal into a 9×13 in pan and press down evenly. (Don’t squish too much!)
  5. Sprinkle peanuts evenly over the top of the rice krispie treats.
  6. In a medium sized sauce pan combine caramels and heavy cream over medium heat.
  7. Stir until caramel is melted and smooth.
  8. Pour caramel evenly over the top of rice krispie treats.

You can find complete recipes of this SNICKERS RICE KRISPIE TREATS in lmld.org

CHOCOLATE POKE CAKE

CHOCOLATE POKE CAKE

This Chocolate Poke Cake is out of this world. SO chocolatey! So moist! Amazing. I dare you to try and keep your fork out of it.

Poke cakes have quickly become one of my favorite things to make when I’m looking for an easy but delicious cake. I love a beautiful layered cake, but sometimes easy ones are the way to go. And since poke cakes are defined by the holes that are poked into it and filled with flavor, there are so many possibilities. It occurred to me that I didn’t have a single chocolate poke cake on the blog and that seemed criminal. Chocolate is a necessity in all things, so I went full out – chocolate all the way. In every bite.

I started with a devils food cake. I used a cake mix, but if you have a from scratch recipe you prefer, go for it. Sometimes boxes are a wonderful convenience. You could also use a regular chocolate mix, but the devils food makes this oh-so-chocolatey and I fully recommend it.

Once the cake is baked, poke holes all over it. I actually have a steel knife sharpening rod that I use to poke my holes, but you could also use the end of a wooden spoon, or something similar. Believe it or not, I’ve never actually sharpened a knife with that rod. It’s only been used as a device for poking holes in cake.

Seems appropriate for me, no? Instead of just pouring plain sweetened condensed milk over the cake (because that would be boring, right?) I basically poured chocolate ganache over it. I melted the chocolate with the sweetened condensed milk, instead of the usual heavy whipping cream and used that. It’s amazing. So not boring and so good.

To top the cake off, I made chocolate whipped cream, the covered the cake with mini chocolate chips and chocolate sauce. Just in case there wasn’t enough chocolate already. I mean, can you even have too much chocolate? I don’t think it’s possible. And in the case of this cake, it’s perfection. So much chocolate, but so balanced and delicious. Totally to die for.

CHOCOLATE POKE CAKE
CHOCOLATE POKE CAKE

INGREDIENTS :

Chocolate Cake

  • 15.25 oz box Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed on box
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Whipped Cream Topping

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • mini chocolate chips
  • chocolate sauce

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Bake cake according to box directions in a 9×13 cake pan.
  2. Once cake comes out of the oven, poke holes all over the top of the cake.
  3. Place sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
  4. Microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Whisk chocolate and milk until smooth, microwaving more, if needed to melt the chocolate.
  6. Pour chocolate mixture over the cake and spread to fill in holes.
  7. Set cake aside to cool, about an hour, then refrigerate until completely cooled.
  8. To make whipped topping, whip heavy cream until it begins to thicken.
  9. Add powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE POKE CAKE in lifeloveandsugar.com

SOFT & CHEWY NUTELLA STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

SOFT & CHEWY NUTELLA STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Soft & Chewy Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies – super chewy, bakery style, huge nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies! So unbelievably soft, moist, and CHEWY!

Okay, this officially one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes EVER. It might even be number 1, because I can’t think of another cookie I’ve had in years, that matches how soft, insanely chewy and perfectly sweet this Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookie is.

It was about time for a Nutella recipe to rear its beautiful head here, and these huge & chewy Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies are an awesome start.
The base chocolate chip cookie recipe is slightly adapted from Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum’s “Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie” recipe and it is truly one of the best recipes I’ve ever tried! I like my cookies a teeeeeensy bit sweeter than how hers originally came out, so for the recipe down below, I added a little extra brown sugar. This also helped make the cookies EVEN softer and chewier than it already was!

I’ve made/had a bunch of chocolate chip cookies over the years, but of the ones that claim to be the best, I’ve found a bunch of them to be either too cake-y, too complicated to make, too cloyingly sweet, or they stay soft for one day and turn crisp and hard in 24 hours.
The fact that the chocolate chip cookies aren’t too sweet is perfect because when you add the Nutella, it makes it just sweet enough to satisfy everybody’s dessert or snack cravings.

SOFT & CHEWY NUTELLA STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
SOFT & CHEWY NUTELLA STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS ;

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour + additional flour as needed (I usually add 1-2 tablespoons more!)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 12 heaping teaspoons Nutella

INSTRUCTIONS ;

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spoon about 12 heaping teaspoons (you only need 10, but do 12 in case of mistakes!) of Nutella into balls and place them on the parchment paper.
  3. Place your sheet into the freezer. (I like to freeze mine overnight!)
  4. Microwave butter for about 40 seconds, until it’s just barely melted.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy.
  6. Add the vanilla and egg and beat for about 10-15 seconds, until the egg is just incorporated.
  7. Slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until dough crumbles form.
  8. (Add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough is dry enough to work with!)
  9. Add the chocolate chips and use your hands to incorporate them into the dough.
  10. Take your sheet of frozen Nutella out of the freezer.

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