Bars& Brownies

Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Blondies

by Jennifer Wieland
Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Blondies

I was so happy when I got back from my cruise and found Chicago to have finally decided to warm up some. Don’t get me wrong, if I had been able to have my way I would have been moving to Florida but at least it was a much smaller shock to the system going from 85-90° to 50-60° over 30-40°. Now that it has warmed up though and I have gotten a tan I am in full on spring mode. I will only wear sandals or slides now and a hoodie or jean jacket for cover. I flat-out refuse to go back to cold weather gear no matter if the temp drops again or not.Yes, I will be the nut in sandals and snow should that happen here again.

Last night I decided I needed to get back in the saddle and bake something but I wanted it to match my current weather outlook… springy. It needed to be a sweet treat to make me think of warmer weather, sunshine and blue skies with each bite. Since I had some Meyer lemons sitting on the counter I decided to make that my flavor base for this recipe and then I scoped out the refrigerator and cupboards to see what sort of magic I could make. This was how I ended up creating Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Blondies. These are perfect for a warm weather day with their light citrus flavor and blondies are quick and easy to bake since it all gets dumped into one pan and then baked. Let them cool some, ice them, slice them and they are a perfect sweet to pack up for a picnic lunch with your favorite friends or family.

Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Blondies

Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Blondies
Write a review
Print
4664 calories
723 g
683 g
179 g
57 g
105 g
1260 g
2111 g
462 g
4 g
55 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1260g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4664
Calories from Fat 1571
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 179g
275%
Saturated Fat 105g
524%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 46g
Cholesterol 683mg
228%
Sodium 2111mg
88%
Total Carbohydrates 723g
241%
Dietary Fiber 10g
40%
Sugars 462g
Protein 57g
Vitamin A
125%
Vitamin C
25%
Calcium
51%
Iron
34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the blondies
  1. 2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  5. 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  6. 1 2/3 c. sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp. Meyer lemon zest
  8. 1 tbsp. Meyer lemon juice
  9. 1 egg
For the icing
  1. 1 c. powdered sugar
  2. 3 tbsp. milk
  3. 1/2 tbsp. Meyer lemon juice
  4. Additional Meyer lemon zest for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9"x13" pan with baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed. Add the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and mix until combined. Stir in the egg on low until incorporated. Stir in the dry ingredients in two batches and then mix on medium speed for a minute.
  4. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the middle has set. Let the blondies cool for 10-15 minutes. While they are cooling you can make the icing.
  5. To make the icing whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and lemon juice until smooth. Once the blondies are cooled some spread the icing over the top and sprinkle with additional lemon zest if desired.
  6. Cut the blondies into 2" squares and serve.
beta
calories
4664
fat
179g
protein
57g
carbs
723g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

 What things have you been enjoying now that spring is finally showing itself around the country?

 


Pot of Gold Brownie Bites

by Jennifer Wieland
Pot of Gold Brownie Bites

 

 

With Valentine’s Day behind us it is now time to move on to the next big festive holiday. Next month will be St. Patrick’s Day and it’s a huge event here in Chicago. There are pub crawls, numerous parades and the Chicago River is dyed green. With our large Irish population we like to do it right. Celebrations go on for weeks. So in honor of this fun day I decided to make a sweet treat that kids and adults will enjoy.

My kids had once again wanted to cook with me so I came up with these little gems on Monday since they were off school for President’s Day and we had too much snow to go out and do anything. This helped to keep them occupied and they were so excited about how fun looking they were when we finished making them. Luckily, I had everything on hand already so these were really a quick and easy thing to make. If you are planning on throwing or attending any St. Patrick’s Day celebrations then these would be sure to be a hit.

Pot of Gold Brownie Bites

Note to self: Do not feed these to your children when you are stuck at home with them and will have to deal with the sugar overload on your own.

Pot of Gold Brownie Bites
Yields 24
Write a review
Print
117 calories
21 g
0 g
4 g
1 g
1 g
27 g
77 g
1 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
27g
Yields
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 77mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
0%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of frosted brownie mix (Mix prepared according to package instructions.)
  2. M&M's Minis in yellow and brown
  3. 1 pkg. of Airheads Xtremes Rainbow Candy
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a mini cupcake pan with baking spray.
  2. Mix the cupcake mix according to the back of the package. Scoop mix into the mini cupcake pan and bake for 18 - 20 minutes. Let the brownie bites cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  3. Once cooled completely, open the frosting packet and lightly frost the bottom of the brownies. Place four brown mini M&Ms on the bottom as the feet of the pot. Now frost the top of the brownie bites and place yellow mini M&Ms in the center. Cut the Airheads Xtremes in half and take one half and lightly press the ends into the frosting to create an arched rainbow.
beta
calories
117
fat
4g
protein
1g
carbs
21g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

 Daily Boutique Deals

 Skinny Dip 0 Carb Noodles

 


Almond Brownies With Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping

by Jennifer Wieland
Almond Brownies with Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping

I have been slowly losing weight just by making breakfast my big meal of the day and drinking two 8 oz. glasses of water before each meal. All told, doing this has helped me lose 36 pounds so far. I am now at a point where I need to make more changes. I am trying to include exercise. Which for me during winter is a chore. Once it got cold here I did not want to go out for a jog or walk anymore. I have some exercise equipment here and I am trying to decide on some other things to do too because I get bored easily with exercise. The other thing I need to do is start changing my diet up more. I have been trying to incorporate seafood into our dinners and eat yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast but being a baker trying to eliminate sweets completely is not going to happen for me.

I have decided that I need to try to remove some carbs and use different options for sweeteners. I figure if I can cut carbs and add protein instead or cut out useless sugar calories then maybe I can get somewhere. This though is a totally foreign concept for me and I am sure I will have many failures while trying to get some new recipes created like I did with today’s. I am so happy I kept trying though because what I ended up with was so good and I did replace 1/3 of the flour I would have used with almond meal instead. This automatically cut out some of the carbs and boosted the protein. The almonds also gave the brownies a nice texture that I liked.

We had a second round of Christmas yesterday at my parent’s house since my sister had not been able to come to the first one. I made these almond brownies with cherries and an amaretti crunch topping and brought them with and they were a big hit. My mom asked for the recipe because her and my dad both loved them and kept eating them. Everyone else thought they were really good too. This I think is one of my favorite desserts now and it is something that I am going to make often. Hopefully though I don’t eat it all. That will be the hard part here. Also, for those of you that think these aren’t healthy. Well, they probably aren’t but they are healthier than they would be with full flour and for a sweets junkie you have to be patient with me and let me baby step my way into healthier desserts.

Almond Brownie Batter

This is what the melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon will look like.

Almond Brownies

You can stop at this point and you will have just plain almond brownies or you can continue on to take it over the top.

Cherries with Almond Brownies

The cherries need to be evenly spooned onto the almond brownies.

Amaretti Crunch Topping

Amaretti cookies are used to create the oh so good Amaretti Crunch Topping.

Almond Brownies with Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping

 

Almond Brownies with Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping
Write a review
Print
4473 calories
761 g
708 g
157 g
34 g
86 g
1530 g
1379 g
537 g
5 g
60 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1530g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4473
Calories from Fat 1375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 157g
242%
Saturated Fat 86g
430%
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 49g
Cholesterol 708mg
236%
Sodium 1379mg
57%
Total Carbohydrates 761g
254%
Dietary Fiber 11g
44%
Sugars 537g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A
92%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
79%
Iron
54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the almond brownies
  1. 1/2 c. (1 stick) salted butter
  2. 2 c. light brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 2 eggs, beaten
  5. 1 c. flour
  6. 1/2 c. almond meal (ground almonds)
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
For the topping
  1. 1 can of pie filling (I used cherry)
  2. 1/2 c. coarsely crushed amaretti cookies
  3. 2 tbsp. flour
  4. 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 3 tbsp. melted butter
For the almond brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line grease a 9x13 pan with baking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Add the light brown sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine. All of the liquid should be absorbed. Stir until you notice liquid bubbling around the edges. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the two beaten eggs until completely incorporated. Add the flour, almond meal and baking powder and stir to combine. Press the mixture into the 9x13 pan evenly and place in the oven.
  3. If topping: Bake for 25 minutes or until just set. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. While it is cooling make the amaretti crunch topping if using.
  4. If not topping: Bake for 30-35 minutes until fully set.
For the topping
  1. In a bowl, stir together the crushed amaretti cookies, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork. Pour in the melted butter and stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.
  2. Evenly spoon the pie filling onto the brownies. Sprinkle the amaretti crunch topping on the pie filling. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Allow the brownies to completely cool before serving.
beta
calories
4473
fat
157g
protein
34g
carbs
761g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/
 

 

www.FlirtyAprons.com

 


Gingerbread Monster Brownies

by Jennifer Wieland
Fully Assembled

FTC Disclosure

12 daysGingerbread is such a holiday classic flavor. Gingerbread cookies, cakes and houses are always standard fare. That is why it is surprising to me that candy cane flavored candy has been around for ages but gingerbread candy seems to be just catching on. Luckily though, it has caught on with some of the big name candy makers. I had heard that there were  Gingerbread M&Ms available and I went to a ton of store trying to find them. I finally located them at a Super Walmart only to be taken by complete surprise because, what was next to them but Gingerbread Twix! Add on that there were coupons on the bags too and I was one happy camper. So happy in fact that I knew that these needed to be made into some sort of new creation. So, I walked the baking aisle and spotted a box of Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cake & Cookie Mix. My light bulb moment happened and I knew what I was going to make. That’s right, I made Gingerbread Monster Brownies.

Now if you are a fan of gingerbread and chocolate then you will be in heaven because it has both in mass quantity. Since this was made with packaged candy and box mixes it was really quick and easy to get ready and into the oven. I’m also a big fan of one pan baking. No multiple baking sheets or cake pans here. Nope it all goes into a 9×13″ pan and then your whole house smells of chocolatey, gingerbread-y goodness.

Assembling the Brownies

Pour half of the brownie batter into a 9×13″ pan and top with cut up Gingerbread Twix bars.

Does anyone else have a problem with Brownie batter like I do?  You know, you turn into a 5-year-old and want to lick the bowl when it’s empty.

Fully Assembled

Fully assembled and ready to go into the oven.

Seriously! Look at all of that chocolate and candy! Now that is a holiday treat for people of all ages.

Ginger Bread Monster Brownies

Gingerbread Monster Brownies
Write a review
Print
4707 calories
810 g
24 g
160 g
45 g
33 g
1095 g
4791 g
192 g
0 g
118 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1095g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4707
Calories from Fat 1399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 160g
246%
Saturated Fat 33g
163%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 49g
Monounsaturated Fat 69g
Cholesterol 24mg
8%
Sodium 4791mg
200%
Total Carbohydrates 810g
270%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 192g
Protein 45g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
55%
Iron
187%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box family sized brownie mix ( I used Pillsbury Family Size Chocolate Fudge) mixed according to directions on box.
  2. 1 box gingerbread mix (I used Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cake and Cookie Mix) mixed according to package instructions. Use the instructions for soft cookies.
  3. 12 Fun-Size Gingerbread Twix Bars cut into thirds
  4. 1 c. Gingerbread M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray. Line it with parchment paper too if you want to be able to lift the brownies out of the pan. Be sure to spray the parchment paper before adding the mixes.
  2. Pour half of the brownie batter into the pan and spread to even out and cover the bottom of the pan. Slightly press the Twix Bar pieces into the batter. Pour on the remaining brownie batter to cover as much of the candy as possible. Drop spoonfuls of the gingerbread cookie dough onto the brownie batter. Do not cover the brownie batter completely. Sprinkle on the M&Ms.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the brownie batter has set. Let cool in the pan and the cut and serve.
beta
calories
4707
fat
160g
protein
45g
carbs
810g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

 


Coffee-Mate Thin Mint Review & Thin Mint Brownies

by Jennifer Wieland
Thin Mint Brownies

Coffee-mate asked me if I would be interested in doing a review of their new Girl Scout line. I let them know that I am not a coffee drinker at all but that I would be more than happy to try them as a baker and come up with a recipe for them. The Girl Scout line comes in two flavors, Thin Mint and Caramel & Coconut.

Coffee-mate Girl Scouts Line

When you open them up they smell just like the cookies do. So in other words, you will start salivating and trying to hunt down a girl scout and her cookies. Both flavors do taste good but, being a huge Thin Mint fan I decided that I had to come up with a recipe for those first and foremost.

I decided to go with a quick and easy recipe that any level baker could follow along and bake. This means that I decided to adapt a box mix. I went with brownies and added a few other things to really amp up the Thin Mint taste and the end result was all kinds of good. I mean these Thin Mint Brownies are the kind of good where if you do not find someone to share it with, you will eat it all on your own good. If you are a fan of mint I highly recommend this creamer for your coffee and/or baking and if caramel & coconut is your thing then you should try it. If you are a fan of both cookies then buy both flavors and let your creativity run wild.

Thin Mint Brownies

Thin Mint Brownies
Write a review
Print
5646 calories
623 g
386 g
344 g
63 g
81 g
1155 g
2219 g
87 g
1 g
241 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1155g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5646
Calories from Fat 3040
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 344g
529%
Saturated Fat 81g
406%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 71g
Monounsaturated Fat 170g
Cholesterol 386mg
129%
Sodium 2219mg
92%
Total Carbohydrates 623g
208%
Dietary Fiber 37g
147%
Sugars 87g
Protein 63g
Vitamin A
141%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
121%
Iron
450%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of 13x9 Family Size Fudge Brownies Mix
  2. 1/3 c. Coffee-Mate Thin Mint Creamer
  3. 2/3 c. oil
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 c. Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels
  6. 2 c. Jet-Puffed Chocolate Mint Mallow Bites
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray. Line with parchment paper that hangs over the sides if you want to be able to lift out the whole thing before cutting.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the first four ingredients and mix by hand until almost completely lump free. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and follow the baking instructions on the back of the box. It should be about 24-26 minutes. About 5 minutes prior to finish open up the oven and take the pan out and sprinkle the top with the marshmallows and then the chocolate & mint morsels. Place back into the oven and finish baking the last few minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.
Notes
  1. The marshmallows will be gooey and stick to the knife as soon as you try to cut the brownies. In order to avoid this use a sharp knife. Dip the knife into ice water and shake off excess water and then cut. Do this for each cut and you should have no problem.
beta
calories
5646
fat
344g
protein
63g
carbs
623g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

Caramel Chocolate Cereal Treats

by Jennifer Wieland
caramel chocolate krispie treats

Sometimes a sugar craving hits in the blink of an eye and sometimes you realize that you have nothing to satisfy that craving with at the moment. What are you  to do then? Cookies, cupcakes, cakes, brownies all take way to long to make, you may not have all the ingredients and you need sugar like ten minutes ago! That is when quick no-bake desserts with a few ingredients are the perfect choice. Cereal treat bars are great for this reason. They’re quick, no-bake and usually just a few ingredients that often times you already have on hand at home. This is how Caramel Chocolate Cereal Treats were born.

My favorite dessert no matter how many I try is Krispie Treats. I know that’s probably sad to say but I can’t help it. They are a simple yet tasty 3 ingredient treat that I can always whip up in a pinch. I also like being able to make them seasonal with coloring or adding some other flavors. These particular ones came about because I love the combination of chocolate and caramel and I really wanted to see if these would hold or be to gooey and a mess. I’m not going to lie. They are stickier than a regular cereal treat but not much. Besides, that just means you get to lick the caramely, chocolatey goodness off your fingers when you are done.

caramel chocolate krispie treats

Caramel Chocolate Cereal Bars

Caramel Chocolate Cereal Treats
Write a review
Print
1431 calories
276 g
92 g
36 g
10 g
22 g
374 g
209 g
143 g
1 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
374g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1431
Calories from Fat 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g
55%
Saturated Fat 22g
111%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 92mg
31%
Sodium 209mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 276g
92%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 143g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
151%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 34 regular marshmallows (not small or jumbo)
  2. 3 tbsp. butter
  3. 1/4 c. caramel sauce (I used Smucker's Hot Caramel Sauce)
  4. 6 c. sweetened chocolate rice cereal
Instructions
  1. Grease a pan, you can use a 9x9 or a 9x13 depending on how thick you want them to be when finished.
  2. Place the first three ingredients into a large, microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 60-80 seconds. Stir until everything is combined and smooth. Pour in the cereal and mix to thoroughly coat the cereal.
  3. Press into pan and then cool in the refrigerator and then cut and serve.
Notes
  1. To store these, separate any layers with waxed paper and refrigerate in an airtight container.
beta
calories
1431
fat
36g
protein
10g
carbs
276g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

Candy Corn Treats

by Jennifer Wieland

It’s that time of the year. You know, when school is back in session across the country and cooler temperatures should be starting. Where the colors of trees change from green to orange, yellow and red. Stores are now overrun with too much candy and dentists are smiling at money to be made. Well at least that’s how I picture dentists as Halloween approaches.

I know my dentist always asks if my kids eat a lot of sweets. When she asks me that I usually avoid eye contact and try not to answer. The problem is though that she already knows the answer. Our family dentist is my oldest son’s, girlfriend’s mom and we are friends. She knows I bake and I blog and she knows that my family is almost always my guinea pigs for new recipes. I know she kindly asks me that question though instead of saying get them to leave the sweets alone or brush more thoroughly and frequently. She knows my group. She knows that tooth brushing for the younger ones poses sensory problems and that their oral hygiene skills as a result are somewhat lacking. Don’t get me wrong, they are not opposed to brushing it’s only the back of the teeth that they freak out about for some reason. Oh well, we have dental insurance. (*Note: I do help them brush and they eat a ton of cheese and apples which are natural tooth cleaners.)

So now with the stores brimming with sweet treats and candy confections, I ask you… What is a baker supposed to do? I’m supposed to bake of course. Which now puts me in a spot to make such over the top, rot your teeth, sweet treats like this one. If you are a fan of candy corn then this is for you. You can actually get a sugar high just from smelling these treats. I kid you not. These are not for light weight sugar fans. These probably shouldn’t be given to children unless you want them to have boundless energy either.

 Candy Corn Treats

Candy Corn Treats
Write a review
Print
1547 calories
219 g
103 g
70 g
12 g
42 g
342 g
1025 g
115 g
2 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
342g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1547
Calories from Fat 625
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 70g
108%
Saturated Fat 42g
208%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 103mg
34%
Sodium 1025mg
43%
Total Carbohydrates 219g
73%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 115g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
24%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
266%
Iron
19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg. Candy Corn Oreos
  2. 1 bag large marshmallows
  3. 3 tbsp. butter
  4. 1 9.9 oz. bag of Candy Corn M&Ms
Instructions
  1. In a food processor pulse the Oreos until they are crumbs.
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan with some butter.
  3. In a large pot melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows stirring until combined and melted. Stir in the crushed Oreos and the M&Ms. Once thoroughly combined press into the pan and refrigerate to cool. Once cool cut with a sharp knife.
beta
calories
1547
fat
70g
protein
12g
carbs
219g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

Over The Top, Ooey-Gooey Blondies

by Jennifer Wieland

For the holiday weekend we went to my sister-in-law’s house on Sunday for a family party and on Monday we went to my parent’s house for a family party. The kids always look forward to these because they love spending time with their cousins. As usual I brought some dessert. I like blondies and brownies for parties because they are just easy to make. Everything gets mixed up and dumped into one pan and baked off. They are also an easy grab and carry concoction for the kids, when they don’t want to stop playing long enough to have to sit and use a fork and plate. (Yes, I know I let them be savages but hey, you’re only a kid once.)

We had a good time at both houses. I think though my kids enjoyed my mom’s a bit more only because they had a water balloon fight with my brother and my brother from another mother (aka – my brother’s best friend). It was fun! Little kids and grown kids running about screaming and hurling objects at each other.

WB Collage

I brought an over the top, ooey-gooey bunch of blondies to both houses. These blondies are so packed with chocolate that the inside looks more like a brownie. They are good and an adaptation of my chocolate chip cookie recipe. I make both a lot and both are always favorites wherever I bring them. They are best served slightly warm. So eat them fast or pop one in the microwave for a few seconds.These also make a great base for a cookie ice cream sundae with some hot fudge.

Ooey-Gooey Blondies

Ooey-Gooey Blondies
Write a review
Print
8203 calories
1123 g
938 g
400 g
91 g
244 g
1811 g
3533 g
796 g
7 g
128 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1811g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8203
Calories from Fat 3509
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 400g
615%
Saturated Fat 244g
1218%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Monounsaturated Fat 110g
Cholesterol 938mg
313%
Sodium 3533mg
147%
Total Carbohydrates 1123g
374%
Dietary Fiber 41g
164%
Sugars 796g
Protein 91g
Vitamin A
138%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
119%
Iron
149%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. salted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 c. sugar
  3. 1 1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  4. 2 lrg. eggs
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 3 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
  9. 1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  10. 1 12 oz. bag of Hershey's Mini Kisses brand milk chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray or grease and flour.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the flour, pudding mix and baking soda. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add half of the flour mix to the butter mix. Stir on low until combined. Add the remaining flour mix and stir on low again just until combined. Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and half of the Hershey's Mini Kisses.
  4. Evenly press the dough into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining Hershey's Mini Kisses over the top and press them down slightly. Bake 33-37 minutes . The center may still seem soft or not fully set. That is as it should be. Remove it from the oven and let cool until still a little warm. The center will have firmed up at this point.
beta
calories
8203
fat
400g
protein
91g
carbs
1123g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

 


Cookies N Creme Brownies & A Jam Packed Day

by Jennifer Wieland

Yesterday was a crazy, busy day with a little bit of everything. You see we had a day packed full of things we had to do and while some things were fun and happy others were sad and bittersweet.

Yesterday, would have been my mother-in-laws birthday. I adored my mother-in-law! She was an amazing woman who raised five pretty, great kids. She enjoyed living life and enjoyed being with her family. She had reached a stage in life where you just do what you want with no apologies. She was known to stick out her tongue at people and moon people. Their was even an attempted mooning at my wedding reception… lol. God, I miss her! She would knit everyone these amazing afghans and cook for the family all the time. We would spend Friday nights at her house where she would cook up chili and everyone would snack on her chex mix, drinking beer and playing dominoes. It was great and is sorely missed by the family now that both of my in-laws are gone. When my mother-in-law was ill she started giving people in the family things. Things she wanted them to have. She gave me her recipe box. For someone like me who loves baking, being the keeper of the family recipes is an honor and a privilege.

My mother-in-law Patsy and me.

My mother-in-law Patsy and me.

So my group and my sister-in-law went to go visit my in-laws at the cemetery. We had not been since my father-in-law’s service last year. Both of them were cremated and my father-in-law still wanted to keep her with him like he had been. So we made the drive to the cemetery on a grey and gloomy day and located their spot. It was nice having at least two of her children there to wish her a Happy Birthday.

From there we had to head to my dad’s family reunion. You see, yesterday also would have been my grandmother’s birthday. She was a great woman who raised 12 children. No, you didn’t read that wrong, I said 12. She was a tiny thing too. I think I was taller than her by 4th grade. I was always amazed at how happy she could be with her house always overrun by so many people on any given day, and holidays? Forget about it. Yesterday was the first time all 12 of her children were together in years. It was amazing seeing them all in the same place at the same time. They all had most of their children their too and the older ones in the group also had some of their grandchildren there as well.

Siblings

My grandfather with his twelve children in order behind him. My dad is the third kid.

It’s funny, you tell people how big the family is and they are like, oh that doesn’t sound so bad but then they see it and it is a bit overwhelming. (There are 34 grandchildren and over 40 great-grandkids.) Like I said not all of the cousins made it or it would have been truly mind-blowing. So it was bittersweet yesterday. It was great to have so many of us together but it would have been better if my grandma was still here to be a part of it.

Family Reunion Group

The family and this is not even everyone!

My brother did not make the family reunion yesterday. He had other, bigger plans. He called us there though to tell us when he was done. You see, he decided to finally put a ring on it and ask his awesome girlfriend of four years to marry him. My mom, sister and I have been huge nags where this is concerned. Kelly is a great girl and if he didn’t snap her up soon someone else would come along and do it. He got smart though and took the plunge and we were all super happy and excited!

So after the reunion we headed to my parent’s house to meet up with my brother and his fiancé. We ordered some food and all celebrated the big news. It was a good time for everyone. My brother proudly showed us the PowerPoint presentation he used to propose to her. It was a cute display of all of their firsts together.

Kelly's Ring

Kelly’s Ring

We then FINALLY headed home. I was exhausted and beat and happy for the day to end.

So what recipe do I have to share with you? Well, I made Cookies N Creme Brownies for the family reunion. They are definitely a little on the over the top side of things but they were good.

Cookies N Creme Brownies

Cookies N Creme Brownies
Write a review
Print
6567 calories
1006 g
694 g
258 g
91 g
142 g
1539 g
3599 g
566 g
4 g
97 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1539g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6567
Calories from Fat 2286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 258g
397%
Saturated Fat 142g
711%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 17g
Monounsaturated Fat 80g
Cholesterol 694mg
231%
Sodium 3599mg
150%
Total Carbohydrates 1006g
335%
Dietary Fiber 39g
157%
Sugars 566g
Protein 91g
Vitamin A
82%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
86%
Iron
120%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. container Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Snack Delights, softened
  3. 2 c. sugar
  4. 2 lrg. eggs
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 c. good quality dutch process cocoa powder
  8. 1/3 c. Jell-o Oreo Cookies N Creme Instant Pudding Mix
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp. salt, if you used unsalted butter only
  11. 2 tsp. milk
  12. 2 1.55 oz. Hershey's Cookies N Creme Bars, chopped
  13. 1 8 oz. pkg. Hershey's Cookies N Creme Drops
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray or grease and flour it.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until well combined and fluffy on medium-high speed. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until completely incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add the flour, cocoa powder, pudding mix, baking soda and salt and mix on low until combined. Add in the milk and mix on medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir in the chopped up Cookies N Creme bars.
  3. The dough will be thick. Press it into the 9x13 pan and then top with the Hershey's Cookie N Creme Drops, lightly pressing them in. Bake for 30-35 minutes and then cool completely before cutting. Store in airtight container.
beta
calories
6567
fat
258g
protein
91g
carbs
1006g
more
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/

Snickerdoodle Blondies & Round 1 of Back to School

by Jennifer Wieland

Today my oldest, Brandon packed up his car and left home for his junior year in college. I’m not an overly emotional mom. I don’t need to helicopter parent. I am more of a combination pushover and tough love momma. As in yes, I play both good cop and bad cop simultaneously at times. So while I don’t cry when he leaves or feel the need to go with him any longer when he moves out of our home, I still do get a bit choked up saying good-bye and watching him drive away to go back to school.

They just grow up so very fast! One minute your welcoming them into the world and the next you are shelling out a boat load of money and helping him buy stuff for the first house he is renting. I guess I am missing him more than usual though. Maybe it has to do with that he didn’t really have much time for us this summer. He’s older and has his own life. He had an internship this summer, wanted to hang out with friends he only sees when school is out and of course, spend time with his awesome girlfriend of almost 3 years. I get all of that. I really do. He no longer needs me in the ways he did as a child but, since I had him at 18 he has been the one constant thing in my entire adult life and letting him separate from me in that sense has been hard.

He kept trying to leave today and I kept coming up with something that made him stay just a little bit longer. I even went so far as to bake his favorite thing. I then made him wait while it cooled and then cut it up and wrapped it up for him. I made sure he has a nice dinner for tonight too. I wanted him to think of us when he was eating his dinner and dessert.

The little ones were all unhappy about him leaving too. To Ellie, her oldest brother can do no wrong. She loves him to the moon and back. ( I think it has something to do with him not beating her up like Jackson and Luke do.) Jackson followed him out to the car and just stood by the side of his car saying good-bye like 3 times all complete with fist bumps and high-fives. Mind you, he had also said good-bye multiple times in the house. Telling me and Brandon how much he would miss him when he left. Luke told him good-bye and I love you. For Luke, telling someone he loves them is major. The only ones that might ever get that are some of us he lives with and even then it is a special thing indeed.

Brandon leaving 13

So what is Brandon’s favorite baked goodie from me?

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Blondies
makes 18-24 depending on how they are cut

2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 tbsp. vanilla
1/2 tbsp. sugar, topping
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, topping

Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.

Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Give it a stir to combine everything.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture in two batches and mix until just incorporated each time. Scrape down bowl and give one quick final mix.

Spread evenly into pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl for the topping. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the dough. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

Let cool completely and then cut.


Top
Theme by Selim Alvele | Copyright 2017 My Sweet Sanity | Powered by WordPress | 122 queries in 1.598 seconds.
WordPress Backup