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Go Crazy & Jelly Bars (Cookie Butter Peanut Butter & Jelly Crack Bars)

Taking PB&J to a whole new level! Crunchy chocolate pretzel crust, raspberry awesomeness, creamy ‘butter’ filling, and decadent chocolate ganache make these bars over the top CRAZY!

So this recipe is one of those “I need something sweet and I don’t care if I have to eat peanut butter out of the jar” type of recipes. Actually full disclosure, that’s how this recipe came to be. I was starving and wanted something sweet but also something fast. Peanut butter!  Peanut butter is my go-to dessert/sweet/protein/just-get-it-in-my-mouth-as-fast-as-possible food. I was in my kitchen, working on some recipes but didn’t have time to make myself something real to eat so out came the spoon and jar of peanut butter.

Yes, I’m one of THOSE people who eat peanut butter out of the jar. It’s my jar so I can do whatever I want. So I’m sitting there, happy as a little piggy with a newly found mud puddle when I “accidentally” grabbed the spoon from the jar of cookie butter. It wasn’t intentional though I can’t say if it wasn’t subliminal. Anyway I was like “OH! Well that’s a nice surprise!” You see I was working on my Ultimate Cookie Butter Cream pie and had it out along with a big bowl of ganache at the time.

Go Crazy & Jelly Bars - Cookie Butter Peanut Butter & Jelly Crack bars

So there I am, in the kitchen a spoon in each hand and a fretted look on my face as I really needed a third hand to scoop the ganache. That’s when I decided to whip up a few buckeyes. Well about halfway through making the filling I decided to incorporate the cookie butter and then I realized I needed a textural element thus the pretzels. See while I like traditional buckeyes, I prefer a crunch to them so often I’ll add pretzels to it or rice cereal.

Whether you go straight cookie butter, peanut butter or both, you’re going to love these bars!

Ultimate Cookie Butter Cream Pie

An Oreo® Cookie Butter cookie crust with a layer of chocolate ganache and the most decadent, dreamy, creamy cookie butter cream filling you could ever imagine! It’s truly bliss in every single bite!

Now before we delve into this I know what you’re thinking “can I use peanut butter instead?” and the answer is “Yes!” It’s pretty much an even swap plus a bit more sugar but trust me when I say this, don’t!  Don’t go the ‘instead’ route or crinkle up your nose because you’ve never had let alone heard of cookie butter. I love peanut butter but cookie butter, oh how I LOVE YOU! It’s seriously the next best thing since peanut butter, bacon (well okay.. NOTHING is better than bacon), chocolate, Vin Diesel, sprinkles, teacup piggies and air! It’s basically ground Speculass (Speculoos) cookies mixed with spices and some coconut oil that is seriously AWESOME in a jar!  It has the same creamy texture as peanut butter but no nuts whatsoever.

So step away from the creamy peanut butter and trust me on this one. This pie is the ULTIMATE!

Ultimate Cookie Butter Cream Pie

Okay so let me fill you in on the back story of how this came to be as it wasn’t even a thought in my head to make. I had gone to Walmart for my weekly shopping excursion and half way through the store I got hungry. Like we’re not talking a little hungry but A LOT hungry!  Like to the point I was scrounging through my purse to find something, anything to tide me over. FYI – cough drops do NOT help when you’re starving but my throat never felt better. LOL Anyway, as I was pushing my buggy (yes I’m from Pittsburgh and we call our shopping carts ‘buggies’) when on the end cap of the aisle was this glorious display of Oreo cookies. And there it was, as if the heavens were shining down on that single package. “Oreo Cookie Butter Cookies”. Wait, what??? What is this?
This pie is going to be your go-to let me impress someone pie!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins

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Fall is here which means it’s the perfect weather for a great cup of coffee, these super moist Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins (with secret ingredient!) and Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamers!

Oh people have I got one amazing recipe for you today!  I’ve teamed up with the amazing folks from Dunkin’ Donuts® to showcase not only the delicious their coffee creamers but also the versatility of them! Now we all know Dunkin’ Donuts® for their amazing donuts but did you know they also make coffee creamers?!  They have some amazing flavors including, Dunkin’ Donuts® Extra Extra Creamer, Dunkin’ Donuts® Caramel Creamer and Dunkin’ Donuts® Vanilla Creamer for starters. What I love about these is they marry beautifully in baked goods.

Yes, in baked goods!  These creamers are the true star of my muffins!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins

With Fall here, it’s time to break out the “warm” spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pretty much pumpkin everything. A cup of coffee without a muffin just seems…wrong. Luckily with this recipe, you’ll never be wrong again. Now, normally when you make muffins you put either milk or buttermilk in the batter to add moistness, however, today we’re not using either of those. Nope, today we’re going with something unexpected!

Reach for your Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamers when you’re baking!

Sweet Honey Butter Buttermilk Cornbread

Find out my secret to getting super tender, mildly sweet and buttery cornbread!  You’re going to fall in love with this family recipe! Get your pans ready and let’s start baking!

Cornbread is a staple in my house in the winter. It’s the perfect accompaniment to hearty chili, pulled pork and fried chicken. It makes for an amazing stuffing and fried up pieces of deliciousness in the morning. Just dip each nugget in an egg bath like you would for French toast and when done, drizzle with maple syrup! Mmm mmm mmm!  Delish! Now before I go any further, this apparently is a northern version of cornbread. I’m told that “no self-respecting southerner sweetens their cornbread”. Okay.. more for me!  I’ve made it without the sweetness and it just tastes bland to me.

Sure some southern versions will add cheese and or jalapenos for a savory version. But I have to ask if you a savory version is okay, why isn’t a sweetened version? *blink blink blink* Shrugs. Anyway, when my grandma (and Mom) made cornbread they sweetened it so that’s what I did. I’ve taken their recipes and changed it slightly as even theirs was coarse, not really soft and tender. It was delicious but kind of mealy from the cornmeal. That’s a texture I don’t care for. It kind of reminds me of sand. Blech.

Sweet Honey Butter Buttermilk Cornbread

I want cornbread that is soft, tender and has that buttery goodness that just melts in your mouth. And that’s exactly what you get with this recipe. As long as I can remember cornbread in my house was made from scratch. Mom and Grandma never bought the 49cent boxed stuff (though truth be told, is pretty tasty in a pinch when you doctor it up!). This, like many of my family’s recipes, weren’t written down which means it took me many, MANY, test batches (and failures) to finally perfect it.

Are you a sweet or savory cornbread fan?

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Toffee

These cookies started out as just a simple chocolate chip cookie but ended up being one of the best loaded chewy chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had!

So this cookie literally just happened. It didn’t start off this way but dear lord I’m so happy that it ended the way it did! Since I’m not really able to cook or bake yet we hadn’t really had too many desserts that took actual baking or prep work. A lot of the stuff we’ve been having were either no bake or super, super simple. While Mr. Fantabulous is my main chef right now, he’s also still not a huge fan of cooking. Oh he loves the end game where he gets to dig in but the whole “what do you mean I have to cook this too???” is still too ‘new’ to him. Perhaps he thought food just magically appeared and that there wasn’t any prep time to it.

But damn it… I wanted cookies. So while he was out cutting the grass I got the ingredients out…one by one. Thankfully he had the mixer out on the counter for me. Now I was going to make just regular chocolate chip cookies as those are his favorite but I was just craving a more chewy cookie, like an oatmeal raisin. Now the rest… yeah it kinda just happened.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Toffee

So here’s the thing, I decided I wanted oats in my cookie but I didn’t want to have to chill my dough overnight to soften. That’s when I recalled the ‘milk oats’ trick my Grandma used in her meatloaf. See she used oats in her meatloaf instead of bread. This allowed for a more moister meatloaf. But in order to get it moist, you had to soak the oats in milk. So I figured why not try and incorporate that method into a cookie?

You’re going to want a eat these all yourself but please, please share!

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