Three glorious layers come together for the ultimate cannoli experience. These super easy Chocolate Cannoli Bars are still decadent and plus they look super fancy. This is where you can go crazy with the pistachios. Pistachios = Fancy.
So I think I finally got the kiddos on a schedule. Oliver goes to summer camp every morning from 8 to about 1:30. Super amen to that! Then it’s just Jovi and me for what we call “mommy camp”, which is just Jovi watching people play with Play Doh on Youtube. Is that a thing? There are like hundreds of videos of people making cupcakes with Play Doh, and her little two year old brain is hooked. Then around 11 am I smell something funky, change that diaper and she’s down for a nap. Probably dreaming about Play Doh, I’m sure. So for about an hour and a half it really turns into mommy camp. I catch up on the blog, bake, and just soak in the sounds of nothing. I love it.
Deep dark chocolate brownies topped with rich fudge frosting and topped with crushed Daim chocolate candies. These Daim Crunch Fudge Brownies are the perfect combination of salty sweet toffee and bittersweet chocolate.
Have you ever had that moment when you can’t decide between a brownie with a crunchy edge or a soft chewy center? Well, now Ladies and Gents, you can have both. These brownies are so insanely fudgey it’s completely ridiculous, and the combination of those crunchy little Daim pieces take them over the edge. I have to warn you, Daim candy is a little difficult to find in the U.S. I’m in the United Arab Emirates so I can find it on every corner. If you aren’t in the UAE or Europe, you can find it in IKEA or most likely World Market. Otherwise, you can used some chocolate covered toffee that’s been crushed. You want the variation of big and small pieces to really make these brownies cruch.
Luscious layers of super fudgey dark chocolate brownie, deep red velvet brownie, oreos, and ganache. These Red Velvet Oreo Brownies are sure to get your heart racing!
I hate to start this post out with a rant, but I’m kind of grumpy. Everything I’ve put in my oven apparently is suicidal, it’s raining like freaking Vancouver, and I stepped on a Lego about five minutes ago. Seriously, the Lego peeps need to round down the edges of their treacherous little building blocks. I’m going to write a strongly worded letter after I furiously compose this post about these Red Velvet Oreo Brownies. I know everyone envisions their favorite red velvet desserts drenched in cream cheese frosting. Well, forget about that junk. I’m taking red velvet to the dark side.
Everyone’s favorite New York “Crack Pie” baked with Eggnog to give it a special Holiday twist. Chewy oatmeal cookie pie crust with a lusciously sweet and chewy filling will put these Eggnog Crack Pie Bars at the top of your wish list!
So I’ve never heard of this crazy thing called “Crack Pie” until I started diving deep into the food blogging world. Momofuku…what? Well, I don’t care where it came from or how much it is ($44.00 a pie!) because once I read the ingredients, I was already in a deeply committed relationship with this pie. Without tasting it, I knew this would be a heart breaker. But like in a strikingly handsome Marlon Brando kind of way. Let’s rewind. I meant to say young Marlon Brando…YOUNG Marlon Brando. Have you seen him in the Godfather? Yikes.
Well, since I wouldn’t be going to New York or Toronto anytime soon, I snagged the recipe off of Brown Eyed Baker and made a few changes. I added eggnog to the filling instead of boring old cream. It makes it extra naughty. And instead of baking it as a traditional pie, I just made them into bars for easier cutting and just to shake things up a bit. Like Marlon. He’s unpredictable you know?
Crispy and nutty Apple Cinnamon Baklava with luscious golden layers of crispy phyllo dough, walnuts, and apples. A honey syrup made with spiced apple cider deliciously drench each layer.
While drudging my way through college in my freshman year, I managed to work two jobs. One was a particularly arrogant clothing store which will remain nameless. I will give you a little hint. It rhymes with Flabbercrombie & Itch. Worst job ever. My other job was a hostess for Acropolis Grill, a little mom and pop Greek restaurant where “Opa!” was shouted every 7.5 minutes. Or just whenever someone had ordered the “Flaming Cheese”, also known as Saganaki. Which was every 7.5 minutes. Very popular dish at the little Acropolis Grill.
Baking baklava has always intimidated me. For the longest time I had this misconception that Baklava was a frighteningly difficult dessert to bake. With all its layers and layers of dough and hearing that “There’s nothing worse than a dry Baklava.”, I figured it wasn’t worth the fuss. Well, thank you Pioneer Woman! She has a fantastic tutorial for Baklava. Let me just say, thank the Gods for frozen phyllo dough. I cannot imagine the time it would take to make some from scratch. My inspiration for Apple Cinnamon Baklava came from Amy Bites. She has a great tutorial as well.
Salted caramel and spiced apple cider mingle together in a golden and chewy brown sugar and walnut blondie. Tart apple slices drenched in salted caramel make the perfect topping for this September treat.
I’ts official. I’m a soccer mom. I knew this day was coming, but man I didn’t expect it to come so soon. Oliver has practice every Thursday night and a game every Saturday. My little CRV is doomed for piles of dirt and grass. Oh, how I loathe thee. It always looks like I was transporting livestock back there. Yeesh. If I haven’t cleaned after practices and games (especially after the rain) I sometimes just avoid turning and looking at the back seat. Thank God for rear view cameras. I haven’t fully transitioned into super mini van mom yet, but I’m super jealous of the new models with built in mini vacuums. That right there is genius.
So since Autumn has started I must confess that I have totally neglected apples. I dove right off the cliff into pumpkins. Glorious pumpkins. Like with these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes. I’ts apple season and I completely overlooked it. So before we head into October I wanted to bake something with delicious, beautiful, sweet apples. A nutty and spiced blondie bar topped with tart baked apples was the perfect choice. Oh, and don’t forget the salted apple cider caramel drizzle. I call this baby, Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies.
Chewy White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie bars topped with crunchy coconut, sliced almonds, and drizzled with melted white chocolate.
I’m still on a pineapple high. From these amazing cupcakes I posted about a couple of days ago. I’m still longing for them as I type. When I sought out to make the Pineapple Dole Whip Cupcakes, I bought A LOT of crushed pineapple. I pretty much cleaned the super market out. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough in case I botched the first round. Oh, but I didn’t. They turned out perfectly delicious. So here I am with leftover cans of crushed pineapple itching to be put into another yummy dessert. I was thinking blondies, (which I still might make with pineapple for another post) but I wanted something chewy and dense. I was also thinking coconut. Coconut needs to be with pineapple. They complete each other. The almonds just weaseled their way in.
The combination was a winner.
They were so delicious I ended up eating some for breakfast. I don’t know if it was the crunchy almonds or coconut, but it tasted perfect with my morning coffee and thus my guilt was gone. The sweet and tart pineapple is baked right into the cookie bar base so you get these bursts of pineapple flavor with each bite. I sprinkled the almonds and coconut on top right before baking. The finished result was a crunchy, golden, buttery top layer.
Oh Biscoff Cookie Butter. What have you done to me? I’ts only mid January and you’ve caused me to sway from my weight loss resolution. Sigh… You’re like eating Christmas.
If you haven’t tasted this stuff, it rocks. The moment I tasted it for the first time, I knew it was the beginning of a long friendship. These Biscoff Blondie Brownies are my first experiment recipe with Biscoff butter. The first layer is a really dark chocolate brownie, and the second layer is a chewy chocolate chip and walnut blondie (with Biscoff mixed right into the batter of course) and the top is drizzled with melted dark chocolate and Biscoff. Pretty sinful, huh? This recipe can be tweaked a little for the health conscious, but let’s be honest. You committed to the dark side when you decided to make these evil little goodies.
Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray or butter.
For the brownie batter cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix in cocoa powder and salt. Mix in eggs and vanilla until incorporated. Mix in flour until fully incorporated. The batter will be very thick. Spread on bottom of pan.
For the blondie batter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat melt the coconut butter, biscoff and brown sugar until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a small mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour biscoff mixture in another bowl and mix in egg and vanilla extract until just blended. Add dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Batter will be very thick. Spread on top of brownie batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Once baked and cooled drizzle melted chocolate then melted biscoff on top.
Straight out of the oven these are out of this world. They are so dense and rich you better grab some milk. They last quite a while since they’re so intense, unless you decide to share. Then they will most likely disappear.
So do yourself a favor and make these now.
I promise they will knock your socks off and all your co-workers socks off. And your dog’s socks.
Christmas is almost here! My family lives in Orlando, Florida and the temperature in December barely dips below 75 degrees. We hardly get to wear our scarves or bundle up in warm coats. Once in a while Florida will hit a mild cold front and so we indulge in hot cocoa. It’s the only way for it to “feel” like Christmas. Since beautifully cold winter weather is a rarity in my case, a hot beverage usually is not very comforting. Today’s forecast was a high of 84! Really?! Sigh…
So instead of sweating while I insist on drinking my favorite hot cocoa, I made it into a cookie sandwich. A brownie cookie sandwich to be exact. These peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches are amazing and if you’re planning on indulging in one or a few, a tall glass of milk is a must. The dark chocolate brownie cookies are perfectly rich and chewy. Imagine the fudgy part of the brownie with a light crisp layer on top. They are stuffed with a light marshmallow fluff frosting then rolled in crushed peppermint candies. Who needs winter? This recipe makes 12 peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches.