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

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

This is the fall recipe you’ve all been waiting for- Pumpkin Coffee Cake! A big slice of spiced pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling in the center and crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon crumbs on top drizzled with sweet glaze, paired with a cup of coffee is perfect way to start a fall day. And that’s what I love the most about every coffee cake. You can devour a big fat slice of cake in the morning without filling any guilt. I’m totally obsessed with coffee cakes.

Perhaps you’ve noticed, two of the three recipes have cream cheese filling. Well, I know, I know… Coffee cake should be simple, single layered cake with streusel topping and possibly with a simple glaze drizzled on top, but who cares?! A little cream cheese filling won’t hurt anyone!!!

Cream cheese filling makes this moist and flavorful, spiced pumpkin cake really special. You could eat it for a breakfast or a snack, but it look fancy enough to show off at a Halloween party or to be served as a dessert after Thanksgiving dinner.

No matter when or where you eat it, you’re going to love this Pumpkin Coffee Cake. The cake itself is not too sweet, but it’s very moist and flavorful. Crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon streusel topping and powdered sugar glaze sweeten the cake. When you grab a fork and dig in, you’ll have the perfect combo in every single bite.

If you want to make all from scratch and make your own pumpkin puree, instead using stuff from the can, you can find the recipe here. If you love the combination of pumpkin and cream cheese, I recommend you to try my Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo Crust or my Pumpkin Lasagna recipe.

Here are more pumpkin desserts to enjoy in cozy fall days:

  • Mummy Pumpkin Cookies
  • Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Cookies
  • Wthie Chocolate Pumpkin Cups
Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Pumpkin Coffee Cake

INGREDIENTS :

For Crumb Topping:

  • ¾ cup flor
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter- cold and cut into small cubes

For Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese-softened
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg white

For Pumpkin Cake:

  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

For the Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons cream or milk (I used cream)

INSTRUCTIONS :

First make the crumbs:

  1. in a bowl stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Add chilled cubed butter and using a fork or pastry blender press to combine evenly and create large crumbs. Set in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 9 inch springform pan, line the bottom with parchment paper and set aside
  4. ( I baked this cake in 8 inch springform pan and it almost overflow the pan while baking so you better use 9 inch pan, but your cake won’t be as tall as the cake on the photo).
  5. To make cream cheese filling in a medium bowl beat together softened cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
  6. Mix in egg white and vanilla just to combine. Set aside.
  7. To make the cake toss together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, set aside.
  8. In a large bowl mix together egg, egg yolk, sugar and brown sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, Greek yogurt and vanilla to combine evenly.
  9. Add dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  10. Pour half of the pumpkin cake batter in the pan, spoon cream cheese filling on top.
  11. Gently pour remaining pumpkin cake batter, smooth the top, sprinkle with crumb topping and bake 45-55 minutes
  12. (until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, a few moist crumb is OK)
  13. Start checking after 45 minutes because if you bake it too long the cake will be dry.

You can find complete recipes of this Pumpkin Coffee Cake in omgchocolatedesserts.com

Broccoli Crust Pizza {Low-carb, Gluten free}

Broccoli Crust Pizza {Low-carb, Gluten free}

Healthy homemade broccoli crust pizza is gluten-free and low-carb and comes together in under 30 minutes.  It’s all about the broccoli today! If you’ve been following the blog, then you might have noticed how obsessed I am with these healthy pizza crusts. A few years ago I shared the best cauliflower crust pizza and then the popular rainbow cauliflower crust a few weeks ago.

Today I present the broccoli crust pizza. It’s very similar to the cauliflower crust pizza expect this pizza contains no gluten at all. The crust is made with riced broccoli, eggs, parmesan, and mozzarella. The broccoli can be riced in the food processor or with a cheese grater. After that, you simply combine the riced broccoli with eggs, cheese and salt + pepper until a soft dough forms then shape into a pizza crust.

One thing I want to mention is that if you have parchment paper, I highly suggest you use it so the pizza does not stick to the pan. I had parchment paper on hand when I made the pizza, but I guess drizzling oil always gets to me!

Now keep in mind, There are 2 steps to baking the broccoli crust. If will first be baked without cheese or toppings on it until the crust is crispy (about 10-12 minutes) then it will be removed from the oven, the toppings added, and baked again for another 10-12 minutes. This will insure the crust is crispy and hold up.

Broccoli Crust Pizza {Low-carb, Gluten free}
Broccoli Crust Pizza {Low-carb, Gluten free}

INGREDIENTS :

Broccoli Crust

  • 1 small head of broccoli (about 2-3 cups riced)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon italian seasoning (optional)

Toppings

  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup cheese
  • veggies (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (highly recommend) or grease with oil; set aside.
  2. Process the broccoli in a food processor or shred with a cheese grater until the broccoli is the same consistency as rice.
  3. Place broccoli in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and micorwave for 1-2 minute or until it is steamed.
  4. Cool for at least one minute then pour broccoli on a clean washcloth and squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the broccoli until you are left with a dry ball of broccoli.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, eggs, cheeses, and seasoning with a spoon until fully combined.
  6. Pour mixture into the pre-lined baking sheet and shape into a pizza crust, ½ inch thick.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and add the pizza sauce and cheese. At this point feel free to add desired toppings (veggies or meat).
  9. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. Cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting.

You can find complete recipes of this Broccoli Crust Pizza {Low-carb, Gluten free} in gimmedelicious.com

Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate

Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate

Even though it doesn’t get too cold at the Disneyland Parks in the winter, it’s cold enough that you’ll want a jacket…and some of their AMAZING Hot Chocolate from the Napa Rose Restaurant in the Grand Californian hotel.

I’m dreaming of this pricey hot chocolate while 9 months pregnant, but there’s no way I am going to Disneyland anytime soon! I decided to make some of my own from the comfort of my own kitchen. It was definitely worth the trip to the grocery store, even in my state. 😉

This creamy, dreamy hot chocolate is served at the Napa Rose restaurant in the Grand Californian Hotel. Now you can make it in your own kitchen!

Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate
Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate, grated
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream for topping
  • ground cinnamon for topping

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a medium sauce pan, pour milk and heavy cream.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat (be sure to watch it carefully – you don’t want it to boil or scald!).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa, sugar and milk chocolate.
  4. Slowly add this dry mixture to the milk mixture until completely combined. Reduce heat to medium.
  5. Add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, and stir until completely combined.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and serve in individual mugs.
  8. Top with whipped cream, ground cinnamon, and additional chocolate shavings, if desired.

You can find complete recipes of this Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate in sixsistersstuff.com

PALEO PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE

PALEO PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE

This Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake is the perfect fall dessert. Healthy, easy, and so delicious!
Coffee cake is one of my favorite things to make. It’s a cake that is so good it doesn’t need frosting. It’s a little fancier than bread or muffins which means it’s perfect to serve to guests or give as a gift.

This is a healthy version, made completely gluten and dairy free. It is so delicious though!! My dad was visiting last week and he isn’t paleo. He happily ate a large piece and didn’t know it was paleo until I told him- it’s that good!!

This is just like a classic coffeecake. Moist, flavorful cake, with a delicious crumb topping! Isn’t the crumb topping always the best part?? It is simple to make. The cake is mixed in one bowl, by hand, and the topping comes together in just a couple minutes.

It can be in the oven in no time. Once it’s baked and cooled, you will want to keep it in the fridge after the first day. I find paleo baked goods go bad pretty fast if left out. It is also good cold though, so no worries!

PALEO PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE
PALEO PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

CRUMB TOPPING

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 325° and line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Make the crumb topping first: in a small bowl, combine coconut flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
  3. Mix well- it should resemble wet sand. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and pumpkin. Mix well.
  5. Add in the eggs and mix until incorporated.
  6. Add in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and salt.
  7. Mix until no dry pockets remain.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and top with crumb topping.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this PALEO PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE in jaysbakingmecrazy.com

EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS

EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS

Ten days until Barclay and I leave for New Zealand!!! And I can’t WAIT!

I can’t wait to meet all of B’s Kiwi relatives who are coming together for a big reunion at a beautiful National Park campground (complete with a family jam sesh, since apparently everyone’s musical). I can’t wait to take our time (nearly 4 weeks) adventuring all over both islands, visiting the long list of towns and hikes and restaurants and coffee shops that some dear friends have recommended.

I can’t wait to soak up lots of quality downtime with this cute guy, especially after some extra busy schedules we’ve had these past few months. And — I must admit — after a brutal winter week here in Kansas City, I can’t WAIT to cross the equator and have it be summer down there!!!

My swimsuit and flip flops are already packed. 🙂

Still, I’ve been working hard to get ahead and create a bunch of winter-friendly recipes to share here on the blog while I’m gone. And oh my goodness — I had initially scheduled this one to be posted in mid-February, but I couldn’t wait another second to share it with you. Because I’m convinced I have stumbled upon a winner here.

They’re everything we all love about a good slice of pizza. They’re made healthier (and also gluten-free) with lots of protein-packed quinoa. They’re 100% easy to customize with all of your favorite pizza ingredients. They’re quick and easy and actually really fun to make. And oh my goodness — THEY ARE GOOD.

Meet my new favorite Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls! Everyone seems to be obsessed with anything that’s served in a bowl lately, and I’ll admit I’m no exception. There’s something about digging a spoon into a big bowl of deliciousness that is oh-so-comforting. (And as a food stylist, I’ll also add in that bowls are oh-so-pretty!)

So when I was craving pizza the other day, I randomly decided to try tossing all of my favorite pizza ingredients into a new set of ramekins I just bought. (<–That’s an affiliate link, for anyone in the ramekin market.

I totally recommend them!) I’m a big fan of pepperoni (always), green pepers, red onions, mushrooms, mozz, and Parm. In lieu of crust, though, I just cooked up a quick batch of quinoa, stirred it together with my favorite pizza sauce, and then added that to the mix.

EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS
EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup (dry) quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 (14-ounce) jars pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 cups of your favorite pizza toppings (I used pepperonis, diced green peppers, diced button mushrooms,
  • and thinly-sliced red onions, but see other ideas below*)
  • optional toppings: grated Parmesan cheese, crushed red peppers

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    Cook quinoa in the chicken or vegetable stock according to package instructions. (Or you can use this tutorial for how to cook quinoa.)
  2. When the quinoa has finished cooking, fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  3. Then stir about 1/2 cup pizza sauce into the quinoa until evenly combined. Set aside.
  4. Lightly spray 6 large (10-ounce) oven-safe ramekins with cooking spray.
  5. Place the ramekins on a large baking tray.
  6. Spread about 2 Tablespoons of pizza sauce evenly over the bottom of each ramekin.
  7. Layer each with about 1/4 cup of quinoa, and spread with a spoon to flatten.
  8. Layer each evenly with pinch of shredded Mozzarella.
  9. Layer each with a single layer of pizza toppings.
  10. Repeat by layering each with another layer of sauce, quinoa, Mozzarella, pizza toppings, followed by a final layer of Mozzarella.
  11. The ramekins should be full but not overflowing.
  12. Transfer the baking sheet full of ramekins to the oven, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the ingredients are heated through.
  13. At this point, you can either remove the pizza bowls from the oven.
  14. Or if you’d like to get the cheese extra golden on top, you can turn the oven to “broil”.
  15. Then — keeping a close eye on the cheese so that it does not burn — broil the pizza bowls until the cheese is golden on top.
  16. Remove and sprinkle each pizza bowl with a pinch of Parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers, if desired. Serve immediately.

You can find complete recipes of this EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS in gimmesomeoven.com

STRAWBERRY DESSERT SALAD (WITH TOFFEE)

STRAWBERRY DESSERT SALAD (WITH TOFFEE)

I recently moved to the south and after going to several potluck dinners, I have to say, these people can COOK! Anything I can cook would quickly be put to shame by these ladies out here, I will tell you that for sure!! So, last Sunday after church, we had another potluck and this time I decided to just bring a dessert.

It’s a lot easier to make a delicious dessert, right? I remembered an amazing strawberry dessert salad that I had eaten at my sister-in-law’s home over a year ago. It was SOO good, everyone in my family was going back for seconds and begging for the recipe! We asked her what it was called.

Strawberry “Crack” salad. Crack has two meanings. First, this strawberry dessert salad is ADDICTING and second, it has a lovely toffee like crunch that will make your taste buds dance!

My plan was a success and everyone loved it so much I actually have made it twice this week! I decided this was too good to keep a secret. If you want to to make everyone’s mouth happy at your next potluck or family gathering, this salad will not dissappoint!

I started with my favorite ingredient…strawberries. You can slice or dice but I like to dice so it feels like there are more of them in the salad! Then I started whipping up my cream cheese, and added some sugar and vanilla. Easy right? I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet!

The toffee like crunch that makes this salad sing is so easy to make. Simply chop up your pretzels (I put them in a bag and beat them with a rolling pin) and chop your pecans. Then mix with melted butter and brown sugar.

STRAWBERRY DESSERT SALAD (WITH TOFFEE)
STRAWBERRY DESSERT SALAD (WITH TOFFEE)

INGREDIENTS ;

  • 8 oz or 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 oz. whipped topping
  • 1 cup pretzels, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • 2-3 cups strawberries, diced

INSTRUCTIONS ;

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Wash and dice strawberries. Set aside.
  2. Chop pretzels and pecans and combine with melted butter and brown sugar.
  3. Spread on parchment paper on a cookie sheet with edges (otherwise you’ll have melted butter dripping off your pan…no Bueno!)
  4. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t turn dark and burn.
  5. Pull out of oven and allow to cool while you mix up the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Whip cream cheese, vanilla and sugar together until fluffy.
  7. Gently fold in whipped topping.
  8. Right before you are ready to serve, fold in strawberries and pretzel, pecan crunch. (Make sure it has had plenty of time to cool)
  9. Enjoy!

You can find complete recipes of this STRAWBERRY DESSERT SALAD (WITH TOFFEE) in doublethebatch.com

Strawberry Pie Mousse Recipe

Strawberry Pie Mousse Recipe

Strawberry Pie Mousse

To cut calories from a strawberry pie recipe, I lightened up the filling and served it in dessert dishes instead of a pie crust. With its pretty color and fruity flavor, it’s and elegant dessert without much fuss. —Waydella Hart of Parsons, Kansas

Strawberry Pie Mousse Recipe
Strawberry Pie Mousse Recipe

INGREDIENTS :

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a food processor, combine strawberries and sugar;
  2. cover and process until smooth. Strain and discard seeds.
  3. Return strawberry mixture to the food processor.
  4. Add pudding mix; cover and process until smooth.
  5. Transfer to a large bowl; fold in whipped topping. Spoon into dessert dishes.
  6. Refrigerate until serving.
  7. Yield: 8 servings.

You can find complete recipes of this Strawberry Pie Mousse Recipe in tasteofhome.com

EASY BANANA CREAM PIE

EASY BANANA CREAM PIE

This Easy Banana Cream Pie is one of my favorite quick and easy desserts. Since we use a store bought crust and store bought pudding, it can be made in a jiffy.

When spring weather arrives, my hubby and I are all about cream pies. Banana Cream Pie and my Homemade Coconut Cream Pie are his favorite evening desserts. When I have time, I can make my super simple 4 Ingredient Pie Crust. But when I am looking to make a quick and no mess pie, I will use store bought crust.

The weather has been so nice here in Cincinnati this week. All of the Easter goodies are starting to arrive at the stores. I love that it is starting to feel like spring. Cream Pie makes for a perfect spring dessert.
Hubby put in a request for a pie for dessert and I didn’t hesitate.

I whipped up this easy banana cream pie in just a few minutes time, tossed it in the fridge to firm, and we had some delicious easy pie for evening dessert. Since Easter will be here before we know it, this pie would be great for you to whip up for holiday dessert. It’s so easy and requires very little effort.

The pie starts with a layer of bananas in the crust, creamy filling, and topped with whipped topping. Creamy banana filling is one of the best comfort foods. YUM!
This is one of the simplest pies to make. You will need either a Homemade Pie Crust or a store bought, banana pudding, Cool-Whip, and some bananas. So incredibly easy!

EASY BANANA CREAM PIE
EASY BANANA CREAM PIE

INGREDIENTS :

  • Ready Made Pie Crust or Homemade Pie Crust
  • 1 box Banana Cream Pudding (3.4 oz)
  • 1 3/4 cup Milk
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 3 Bananas

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Par bake crust for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. Slice 2 bananas and layer in bottom of crust.
  5. Combine milk and pudding mix and whisk until thickened (about 2 minutes).
  6. Fold in 2/3 of whipped topping.
  7. Transfer to pie crust and chill for at least one hour.
  8. Slice last banana.
  9. Top with remain whipped topping and garnish with banana slices.

You can find complete recipes of this EASY BANANA CREAM PIE in cincyshopper.com

Copycat Cosmic Brownies

Copycat Cosmic Brownies

Copycat Cosmic Brownies:
Thick, fudgy brownies smothered in silky smooth chocolate ganache, and topped with M&M candies.

I always hear adults talking about how busy kids are today. From sports, to music lessons, and even karate it seems like they are always headed somewhere.However, I don’t think this is a recent phenomena. Every Tuesday I had to rush from dance class, to soccer. This inevitably resulted in having to eat dinner in the car.

My typical meal was a toaster pizza (an actual pizza made in the toaster). Oh how I miss those! I also usually grabbed either zebra cakes or cosmic brownies from the vending machine.

No matter how hard I try I can’t ever recreate that toaster pizza. But I can create an even more delicious version of Cosmic Brownies. My version is thick and ultra fudgy. They’re also made with m and ms instead of unidentified candy bits (unless you’re into that).

Copycat Cosmic Brownies
Copycat Cosmic Brownies

INGREDIENTS :

For the Brownies:

  • ¾ Cup Unsalted Butter (1½ Sticks),
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ⅔ Cup Light Brown Sugar, Tightly Packed
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup Un-Sweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

For the Topping:

  • 1½ Cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup M&M Minis

INSTRUCTIONS :

For the Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9 inch pan with foil.
  2. Spray with non stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, melt butter in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in sugars, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  5. Then whisk in cocoa powder until smooth.
  6. Add flour gradually, until combined.
  7. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  9. Heat heavy cream in a medium sauce pan.
  10. Add chocolate chips.
  11. Stir occasionally until smooth.
  12. Pour ganache over brownies.
  13. Smooth with an offset spatula.

You can find complete recipes of this Copycat Cosmic Brownies in bakingbeauty.net