Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter BlondiesThick 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.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter BlondiesSummer 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.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt CakeA luscious chocolate bundt cake full of peanut butter chips and dark chocolate chips. Smothered in chocolate and peanut butter ganache, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt cake looks so indulgent you’ll be shocked at how easy it is!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt CakeThis May will mark our family’s one year anniversary of living in Dubai.  I’m shocked at how that creeped up on us.  We absolutely love it here and we won’t be moving back to the States anytime soon, mostly because my husband has at least 5 years of work left!  Dubai is growing like crazy and they’ve been on a theme park craze lately.  (Chris is a project manager for an indoor theme park that’s being built) It’s only one of the may under construction right now.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip cookie cheesecake barsIncredibly thick and creamy cheesecake with mounds of chewy chocolate chip cookie dough baked right in!  These Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars are calling your name!

Chocolate Chip cookie cheesecake barsI 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!

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Red Velvet Caramel Slice

Red Velvet Caramel SliceThe 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!

Red Velvet Caramel SliceI 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.

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Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake Thick dark chocolate brownie batter swirled right into a rich cheesecake with the most perfect Oreo cookie crust.  This Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake is the most intense cheesecake you will ever have!

Oreo Brownie Swirl CheesecakeI’m not one of those crazies that claim they aren’t a fan of cheesecake.  Who are they kidding?!  Cheesecake is awesome!  I get it…it can be really intense, and rich, and thick, and freaking amazing.  But hey, if you can’t handle it go eat a salad.  I will eat the heck out of this Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake.  If you are one of those unfortunate few that can’t take the heat that cheesecake has to offer, have no fear.  This big ‘ole hunk of deliciousness is more brownie than cheesecake.  It’s smack you in the face, grab a glass of milk kind of brownie dessert.

Oreo Brownie Swirl CheesecakeIs that a bad thing?

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Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes

Nutella Red Velvet CupcakesClassic red velvet cupcakes smothered in decadent and rich Nutella buttercream frosting with a sprinkle of chopped milk chocolate and drizzle of dark chocolate.  Chocolate and red velvet are the perfect match in these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Nutella Red Velvet CupcakesQuick, what do you always think of when someone says Red Velvet?  Cream cheese frosting, right?  BORING…Let’s break this mundane cycle people.  I’m here to show you that red velvet’s partner in crime doesn’t always have to be cream cheese.  I mean, just look at how insane these are! And just to make sure you get the idea, I used three kinds of chocolate in this cupcake.  Three!

Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes First is the creamy and smooth Nutella buttercream frosting which is absolute perfection.  Then I topped them with a little chopped milk chocolate.  I used Cadbury.  The mother of all milk chocolate. (Thank you Great Britain…) And then to shake things up a bit, I drizzled some melted dark chocolate on top.  Seriously, these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes will make you wonder why you always settled for boring old cream cheese frosting.

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies Chewy chocolate chip pecan cookies that taste just like buttery pecan pie!  These Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies will be the hit at your next cookie swap party!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

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The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin BreadThe most delicious, moist, chocolatey pumpkin bread you will ever eat.  That’s why I’m calling it The Best Chocolatey Chip Pumpkin Bread.  Ever.

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin BreadIs anyone sick of pumpkin yet?  No?  I didn’t think so, but if you are one of the few on the outs with pumpkin this season,  stick around.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Just one bite of this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and you will be back on that happy little pumpkin bandwagon again.

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Biscoff Pumpkin Brookie Bars

Biscoff Pumpkin Brookie BarsDark chocolate brownies swirled with moist pumpkin blondies, then smothered in a Biscoff chocolate ganache. These Biscoff Pumpkin Brookie Bars are the perfect way to indulge this November.

Biscoff Pumpkin Brookie Bars

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee CakeEasy boxed cake mix turned into soft pumpkin cake baked with a perfect crunchy pecan and chocolate chip streusal.  This Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee Cake is so easy you’ll never buy coffee cake again.

One of my best friends Jennifer came to visit me from Florida last week.  We did all the Dubai things I was too afraid to do on my own.  Like brave the chaotic streets of the Old Dubai Souks in Deira.  She is pretty much like me when it comes to shopping.  Our motto to every store employee or shop owner is “Don’t talk to me”.  I’m not sure if that’s an American thing or a I don’t have any idea how to haggle thing.  Our first mistake we made was arrive hours before the shopping rush.  No one was there but the little shop salesmen.  Is that what they’re called?  Imagine Agrabah from Disney’s Alladin on steroids and the only customers are two scared white girls who don’t want to be talked to.  Every salesman was on us like flies on a date.

Dubai SoukPhoto credit to Smeggys

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