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peanut butter and chocolate bars

Peanut Butter Bars

peanut butter and chocolate bars

Sweeten up your day with these delicious peanut butter bars.⠀

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup peanut butter

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup flour

1 cup oats

Instructions:

Cream butter and sugars together. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Mix all dry ingredients together. Spread on greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes (very lightly browned). Let cool for a few minutes, then spread with a thin layer of peanut butter (let the peanut butter melt before spreading). Frost with chocolate icing when cool.⠀

Chocolate Frosting:

1/4 cup margarine (softened)

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups powdered sugar

2-3 tbsp cocoa

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Classic Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Baked

Homemade Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Elbow Noodle Mac and Cheese in a Dish

Classic Mac is where it’s at! Think outside the box with this homemade Mac n’ Cheese recipe your friends and family can’t help but devour.

Ingredients:

½ lb. dried elbow pasta

¼ cup unsalted butter

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole milk

1 ¼ cups half and half

4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

¼ tbsp salt

¼ tbsp black pepper

Dash of paprika

Instructions:

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking dish (or your choice of an oven safe dish) and set aside.

Heat a large pot of salted water until you reach a boil. Once boiling, add pasta. Cook 1-2 minutes less than the package directs to keep it al dente. Once cooked, drain and drizzle with oil to prevent noodles from sticking together.

While your pasta is cooking, start your cheese sauce mixture. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add flour and whisk until combined. Cook for about 1 minute, continually whisking.

Slowly add in about half of your milk and heavy cream mixture. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the remainder of milk and half and half, whisking until smooth.

Continue cooking over medium heat. Keep whisking frequently and watch as mixture begins to thicken. Once it has reached a very thick consistency, it’s ready for the cheese.

Add in salt, pepper, and paprika with about 1 ½ cups your grated cheese. Stir until combined, then add in another 1 ½ cups of cheese. Stir until completely melted and smooth.

Take your mixture and cooked pasta noodles and combine in a large mixing bowl. Add half of your pasta mixture into your prepared oven dish and layer with more grated cheese.

Pour over the rest of your pasta mixture, and finish it off with the remainder of your grated cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and starts to turn a light golden brown. Carefully remove once cooked and set aside for fresh baked homemade Mac and Cheese delight.

cookie mix in a jar with Christmas decorations around

Cookie Mix in a Jar

cookie mix in a jar with Christmas decorations around

There are few things better than a fresh, warm cookie. A fresh, warm cookie with minimal prep is one of those things. These simple cookie mixes in a jar are all ready to give you fresh cookies, just add a few simple ingredients and bake for about 12 minutes and you’ll be enjoying that cookie in no time. Download our fun printable and attach to the jar or get creative and make your own! Add some burlap or festive fabric and a ribbon these jars are a simple and fun teacher or neighbor gift. Cookie mix jars are also a fun way to involve kids in baking without having to worry about measuring because it will all be premeasured!

Ingredients for jar

¾ cup of sugar

¾ cup of packed brown sugar

1 cup oats

1 ½ cups flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (you can substitute for raisins)

Ingredients

¾ cup softened butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Layer each ingredient for the jar in a 1-quart jar. Pack down after each ingredient.

Baking directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together butter, eggs and vanilla. Add contents of jar and mix until combined. Drop cookie dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.

Baking directions for cookies

Homemade Granola Bars

These granola bars come with a crunch! Enjoy these healthy and delicious snacks.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup of mixed nuts

1 cup pitted and chopped dates

2 tbs sunflower seeds

2 tbs pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup of honey

1/4 cup of almond butter

 

Directions:

Toast oats and nuts at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Transfer mixture to a greased 8×8 pan and freeze for 18-20 minutes.

Remove from freezer and cut into bars.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Cool down the summer with rich chocolate ice cream. No ice cream maker needed!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Blend all ingredients together in blender on high until smooth. If desired, stir in any additions. (Ex: peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips) Place mixture in  freezer safe container. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

Homemade BBQ Sauce

The perfect sweet and zesty BBQ sauce that is delicious on any of your favorite meats.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

Mix together all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Slowly bring combined ingredients to boil over medium high heat. Once boiling reduce heat to medium low. Stir constantly and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Semi-Homemade Salted Chocolate Caramels

Impress your friends, family and neighbors with these bite sized chocolate caramel treats.

What you’ll need:

  • (2) Kraft Caramels 11 oz. Bag
  • (6) Hershey’s chocolate bars
  • Sea Salt

Unwrap caramels from plastic wrap. Set aside. Put parchment paper in a large cooking sheet. Place broken up chocolate bars into microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds. Once chocolate is smooth and melted remove from microwave. Use a toothpick to dip the caramels into the chocolate. Place chocolate coated caramels on parchment paper to set for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle sea salt on the top of each. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallow squares.

Treat yourself to this light and fluffy dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions:

Prepare an 8×12-inch nonmetal baking dish with a layer of butter and a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add gelatin and ½ cup of cold water. Allow this to sit until the gelatin dissolves.

In a saucepan, add the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and ½ cup of water. Cook over medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture to a boil until it reaches 240 degrees.

Slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the stand mixer set on low. Once all of the sugar mixture is added, turn up the speed to high for 15 minutes. Once fluffy and thick, add the vanilla and mix in thoroughly.

Pour the marshmallow mixture into the 8×12-inch baking dish, smooth, and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Let sit uncovered for 12-24 hours.

Once set, turn the marshmallows onto a cutting board and cut them into any shape you prefer. Dust again with confectioners’ sugar and enjoy!

Doing more with S’mores

S’mores may seem like a camping-only food; however, you can enjoy the delicious treat all year long.

3 simple ingredients:

  • 1 full graham cracker broken in half
  • 4 squares of Hershey’s chocolate
  • 1 large marshmallow

Tin Foil S’more

Cut a large square of tin foil and lay it on a flat surface. Build your traditional s’more on top and wrap it tightly with the tin foil. From here, you have 2 options. If you are near a fire, place the s’more tin foil package near the fire on the hot coals and let it roast for 5-7 minutes. If you are at home, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the tin foil package on the top rack for 5-7 minutes. Unwrap the package and enjoy!

Microwave S’more

Build a traditional s’more and place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave your s’more for 30 seconds on high for an ooey-gooey marshmallow and chocolate delight.

Stove top S’more

Place the marshmallow on a long metal skewer. Turn your stove top flame to high. Roast your marshmallow over the flame while rotating for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Be sure to not touch the flame, it will burn and potentially catch your marshmallow on fire. Place your golden-brown marshmallow on your graham cracker, top with chocolate and remaining graham cracker. Voila! You have a toasty s’more.

Semi-Homemade Holiday Baking

The holiday season is in full swing. The family and friend gatherings have begun and the to-do lists are getting bigger every day. This time of year has a way of putting a smile on your face but also piling on the stress. One of those stressful to-do’s will find you in the kitchen: holiday baking.

Some of the best memories during the holidays are made mixing a bowl of cookie dough, frosting a sugar cookie or rolling cinnamon rolls perfect for any holiday morning. This year you can still make those great memories but without the stress. Celebrate your holidays with semi-homemade baking. Bake the season full of love with tasty semi-homemade treats.

These are just a few of our favorites and we think your stomach and to-do list will agree!

  • Orange Pull Aparts – These buttery sweet rolls topped with a fresh citrus glaze are perfect for any holiday morning.
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies – No holiday is complete without pumpkin pie! The kids will love making their own individual pie. Fun for kids and simple for you.
  • Cake Mix Cookie Bars – Simplify your holiday sugar cookies with cookie bars made from a yellow cake mix. Have fun decorating them with your favorite candy and colored frosting.
  • Chocolate Brownie & Mousse Trifle from Fab Fatale – Chocolate is a must have at any holiday gathering! Don’t let the word trifle scare you…it is as simple as it is delicious.
  • Chocolate Dipped Shortbread from Crazy for Crust – Shortbread cookies are a holiday classic. Try sprucing them up by dipping in chocolate and sprinkles. In a few minutes you’ll have a store bought favorite transformed into a holiday delectable dessert.
  • WE Make, YOU Decorate Cookies & Cupcakes – Stop in today and grab some of our bakery fresh sugar cookies and cupcakes, assorted color frosting and sprinkles. One stop and you are ready for a holiday cookie frosting party!