You can most definitely say that key lime pie is the key to my husband’s soul. It’s his ultimate weakness. Every year for his birthday, Christmas, our wedding anniversary, and Father’s Day, his little wish list is simple. Key Lime Pie. I have it pretty easy, and it comes with the added bonus of getting some. If he lets me.
Thick and chewy blondies full of peanut butter and chocolate chips topped with decadent chocolate ganache and creamy peanut butter drizzle. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies are the ultimate peanut butter lovers treat.
Summer has definitely hit full force here in the Middle East. It’s only June and Dubai has already seen temperatures of 110 F. It really hasn’t felt too bad, but that’s because I’m hunkering down indoors like someone experiencing a blizzard out in Wyoming. I’m just on the other side of the spectrum. It’s not depressing like a cold winter in the north which is nice. That’s because the dang sun will not go away. Not a single wisp of cloud in the sky for the entire summer.
I want to start of this post with a formal apology. Not because I haven’t been posting as much as I want to (heck, I’ve got a life. Well, not really. I have kids…so no life.) I’m apologizing because I’m positive that once you bake these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake bars you most likely will become a recluse. You won’t want to share these with anyone which is not very nice, and no one’s going to want to hang out with a meanie. So what’s your option? You will probably lock yourself in your home and eat these for the rest of your life. So even though these are one of the most delicious things your will ever eat, I’m super sorry for turning you into a modern day Gollum.
Moving on…apologies aside, these are so worth it!
The iconic caramel slice redressed for Valentine’s Day with a chewy red velvet base, a dreamy caramel center, and topped with dark chocolate, chopped white chocolate, and cute little red heart sprinkles. This Red Velvet Caramel Slice is way better than a box of chocolates!
I know lots of people don’t particularly look forward to the dreaded V-Day. Let’s look at the perks though. Chocolate. Red Velvet. Cheap cutesy pink and red candies. Champagne. Oh, and chocolate. I know I mentioned chocolate already, but…chocolate. I like Valentine’s because it distracts my brain from realizing my birthday was the day before and now I’m one year older. Ughh. It helps to gorge on copious amounts of champagne and sweets. Which is why I’m excited to dig into this huge slice of Red Velvet Caramel Slice.
Will you look at that. That glistening chocolate ganache pouring down the sides of the best cake mix bars you will ever eat. Yes! These bars are from cake mix! Pecan pie is one my favorite desserts during the holidays. Notice that it’s usually gone before the pumpkin pie? At least when I’m invited to the party. Especially if it’s made with chocolate chips.
Oh, America how I miss thee. I miss your Christmas decorations that come way too early, your change of seasons, and your mountains of canned pumpkin puree. That last part is really pulling on my heart strings. I live in Dubai, and canned pumpkin does not come easily. At home I usually can grab some year round and go pumpkin crazy. In Dubai, not so much.
Amazing thick and chewy peanut butter bars with an apple cinnamon streusal and salted caramel drizzle. If you adore apples smothered in peanut butter, these Apple Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Caramel will be your new best friend.
How can I make a healthy snack of apples and peanut butter into a completely decadent and insanely delicious not so healthy dessert? That may or may not have been my thinking while developing these bars. It’s okay though. I eat these in my gym clothes so that I can run straight to the gym and work off the calories after pigging out. It’s my system and I stand by it. By the way, these Apple Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Caramel are totally worth running those extra miles on the treadmill.
It has been quite an emotional week for me. My little four year old started Kindergarten! I’m excited about all the new things he’s going to learn. The education here in Dubai is so extensive. His school will be teaching him Arabic and French, music lessons, and lots of creative art sessions. I’m a little jealous! I’m also a little bummed. I know that once Kindergarten starts the years will just fly by. Then I will be left with no kids in the house and lots of wrinkles and cellulite. That sounds so depressing!
The only thing that has cheered me up a little is that I can bake these Lemon Raspberry Bars in peace. Usually once Oliver smells even the slightest scent of my baking I start hearing this:
“Are they done yet? Sigh…”
“Can I have another taste? Just a little one again.”
“This needs more chocolate.”