Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

chocolate peanut butter brownies

You can tell from my posts that I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.  LOVE!  So when Danielle at Hugs&CookiesXOXO posted this recipe, I just had to share it.  The peanut butter layer is like a cheesecake filling thanks to the addition of cream cheese.  Rich, decadent and perfect!

A timesaver for this recipe is to use your favorite brownie mix for the bottom layer.

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Homemade Salted Caramel – So Good!

how to make salted caramel

My friend Danielle over at Hugs&KissXOXO blog is an *amazing* dessert maker/creator.  And she has shared her never-fail method of how to make salted caramel.  As most of you probably know, salted caramel is very in now.  VERY.  And now you can get in on the trend; this liquid gold is delicious over ice cream, brownies, apple pie, spice cake – you name it!

Best Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies!

chocolate mint cookie recipe from scratch

Introducing what I think are the best chocolate mint chip cookies. It’s another great recipe out of my favorite cookie cookbook, Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk  Cookie Bakery.  Every recipe I’ve tried  from this book has been absolutely *delicious*!

But now let’s talk about these mint chip cookies surrounded by a rich chocolate base.  Everything up to the chocolate chips is part of a ‘dark chocolate base dough’ to which your choice of ingredients can be added.  In this case, I added a 12 oz. bag of mint chips and a bit of peppermint extract.  My next go at it will be with peanut butter chips!

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Sugar Cookie DIY

Did you know today is National Sugar Cookie Day?  I know sugar cookies seem more appropriate for fall and winter holidays, BUT..honestly.. isn’t any time a good time for sugar cookies?? I have some great recipes and ideas for using sugar cookies in your next summer party!

Martha Stewart has a simple yummy sugar cookie recipe HERE:

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My favorite sugar cookie designer and DIY’er is Sweet Sugar Belle.  Check out one of her recent posts on decorating sugar cookies.  You’ll want to check out her site – great cookies and tutorials!

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From Kawaii Sweet World, a fun DIY youtube tutorial on making Watermelon Sugar cookies:

 

And from Intimate Weddings, a great post on making sugar cookies as wedding favors!

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Fudge Brownie Cookies – FABULOUS!

 

how to make brownie cookies

I didn’t have high hopes when I first tried saw this chocolate brownie cookies recipe from Food & Wine magazine.  Mainly because when I think of brownies I think rich, fudgy and moist.  And I was concerned that a brown cookie just couldn’t pull that off.  Was I ever happy I was wrong.  These cookies are sensational!  I’m confident they will fast become a family favorite of yours!

Key to making these fab cookies is to form them when the dough is cold and pretty stiff.  If it isn’t – you’ll end up with cookies that spread and are super thin.