Simple Oreo Brownies

Today’s post is a quick and simple way to add something extra to your brownies, for all those Valentine’s Day chocolate lovers. Brownies from a box are pretty awesome especially the Ghirardelli brownie mix. What I am about to share is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to brownies. Ok, I’m exaggerating..It only feels like a secret to me because I never heard or thought to try it before.

All you have to do is make brownies using the instructions on the box or from scratch if you prefer. Pour half the batter in a baking pan and then put a layer of Oreos. Cover the layer with the rest of the batter.

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I crushed up a few Oreos and sprinkled them on top before putting it in the oven.

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You can use Oreos or Reeses or York peppermint patties or any of your favorite cookies!

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Sooo good! And even better with ice cream. You’re welcome for this life hack 😉

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Almond Slice Dessert

Happy Holidays my fellow foodies! I hope you are able to take some time to enjoy family, friends, and of course food!

I got the idea of this simple dessert from a cookbook but I’ve modified it slightly, see below:

Ingredients: 2 c. whole almonds, 2 eggs, 1 tblsp soy milk, 1 c. sugar, 1/2 c. butter

Grind the almonds in a food processor or I’m sure you can buy ground almonds somewhere if you really wanted to.

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In a bowl, mix the ground almonds and sugar together. Melt the butter and pour it over the dry ingredients. Mix it all together really well.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Then, combine it with the almond mixture.

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Preheat oven to 340. Grease a bread pan and pour the mixture inside. Bake for about 45 min. Check with a knife to see if it comes out clean.

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Have you ever had baklava? It tastes almost like that sweet nutty taste minus the pastry part. It’s soo good and you can have it cold or hot. I prefer hot with a scoop of ice cream. I’ve also had it for breakfast with some hot tea (see below).

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Last year my holiday song of 2014 was Santa Tell Me from Ariana Grande. This year my favorite holiday song of 2015 is….Sleigh Ride by the Pentatonix! I have so much respect for a cappella music and they are one of the best out there right now..the way they blend and how each song is arranged is simply amazing.

I know it came out last year but I still love everything about this Christmas album.

Thank you for reading and following my tiny little blog this year! Have a happy holidays and happy new year, 2016 will be the best one yet!

Dessert Nachos

What could be better than nachos? What could be better than dessert? Why DESSERT NACHOS of course! It’s so easy and takes very little time..If you have a Mexican themed dinner and don’t know what to do for dessert, here ya go!

Ingredients: flour tortillas, brown sugar, cinnamon (optional), butter, and chocolate chips for “chocolate sauce”

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Melt the butter and lay out 4 or 6 tortillas on a baking sheet.

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Brush a spoonful of butter on both sides of the tortillas. Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on both sides.

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Cut tortilla into four quarters and spread across sheet. (I might have used too much butter)

For the chocolate sauce, I melted some butter and about a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a sauce pan on the stove.

Bake tortillas in oven at 350 for about 10 min or until they start to turn brown. Please remember to keep your eye on the chips or they will burn very easily (speaking from experience).

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As you can see, some of them got a little too crisp..but I promise you they were still good 🙂

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Pour chocolate over them (It was a bit gooey but I kinda liked it that way) and now you have dessert nachos!

Buen provecho!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

October has been such a busy month for me, but it is also my favorite because it is my birthday month! It is also the beginning of sweater/boot weather here in North Carolina so that brings me joy as well.

One of my favorite snack/lunches since I was a little girl has always been and will always be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I know several people with peanut allergies and it makes my heart sad to know that they can never fully enjoy this beautiful invention. (I know that they have plenty of alternatives so don’t think I’m being rude, I just know how much I love peanut butter). So in celebration of the best month, I made these super easy and super delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies. The recipe is very similar to regular brownies.

One day as I was scrolling through my fellow food bloggers, I came across a series of posts from AnUnrefinedVegan.com that were making vegan versions of this list: 29 Ways to Honor The Glory of Peanut Butter and Jelly

Number 12 caught my attention because it looked simple and it turns out that I had all of the ingredients already. Check out the delicious looking vegan version here: Sugar-free Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies 

I basically followed the directions from here.

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First, I melted the butter and peanut butter in the microwave for a couple seconds.  Then added the brown sugar, vanilla, and egg. Preheat oven 350.

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Next, add the flour and salt and mix everything together until smooth.

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I put aluminum in baking dish and sprayed with cooking spray. Then poured peanut butter mixture and spread it across the pan.

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Scooped dollops of jelly and peanut butter on top and swirled it around using a butter knife. Bake for 20-25 minutes and make sure you don’t over bake. After you take them out, don’t let them cool for too long because they are the best when they are warm! Then comes the best part…

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Mmm I’m in love..

I also decided to try peanut butter and jelly pancakes.

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Equally as satisfying..

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

It’s that time of year again..I’ve said this before, I measure my life in semesters and this week is the start of a new year. Thankfully, this is my last first day of school ever..like in my life. Grad school has been ridiculously hard and what better way to handle the stress than to splurge on some cupcakes.

I had a great summer that included an awesome trip to Miami to celebrate my dear friend’s wedding. The maid of honor and another good friend of mine, Meagan, made these amazing cupcakes for the bridal shower and even though they were mini cupcakes, I had way too many. She was gracious enough to give me her recipe, and I decided to make them as a back-to-school treat..for myself lol.

Meagan’s Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Ingredients: 1 box golden butter cake mix (Duncan Hines recommended), 1 stick unsalted butter (room temp), 2/3 c. milk, 3 eggs, 1/2 can dulce de leche, gold dragees for decorating (optional)

Frosting: 2 c. heavy cream (cold), 1 1/2 cans dulce de leche

I have actually fallen into the whole Greek yogurt phenomenon (partly due to the John Stamos commercials). So I decided to use that instead of heavy cream for the “frosting”.

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Follow the directions on the box; blend cake mix, eggs, milk, and butter. Preheat oven  350, line pan with cupcake liners and I sprayed Pam because of my previous experiences making cupcakes/muffins..
In a small separate bowl, mix 1/4 can of dulce de leche and 1 c. of the cake batter and set aside.
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Fill the muffin tins half way with the cake batter and spoon a level tablespoon of the dulce de leche mixture into each cupcake liner. Use a butter knife to swirl it into the batter.
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Bake until tops are golden brown or 10 to 12 min. For the frosting if you use cream, beat the heavy cream and add the rest of the dulce de leche and beat until soft peaks form.
For me, I added plain Greek yogurt to the rest of the dulce de leche.
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Wait for the cupcakes to cool before frosting. Since I used yogurt instead of frosting, I didn’t top them all at once, just one at a time before I ate them so I kept the rest of the yogurt mixture in the fridge.
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*singing* Soooo goooood…listen…I can’t even…ya know what, you’re just gonna have to try this yourself 🙂