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Brown Butter Caramel Apple Blondie Cupcakes

Super simple blondies made with brown butter, caramel, and apples. Ready in less than 30 minutes and in one bowl, these brown butter caramel apple blondies are a quick, easy, and delicious fall treat! 

Super simple blondies made with brown butter, caramel, and apples. Ready in less than 30 minutes and in one bowl, these brown butter caramel apple blondies are a quick, easy, and delicious fall treat!

Happy fall, y’all! Yesterday was the first day of fall and I celebrated by making these brown butter caramel apple blondies! However, I had to make them as cupcakes because I seem to have lost my brownie pan. Oops. #movingfourtimesinfouryearsproblems

You guise. GUISE. These blondies are the bombdotcom. (Side note: do the cool kids still say that? IDK. I’m old.)  Lily took one bite and promptly informed me that we will not be sharing these. Apparently I’m not allowed to tell people about these, because then we will have to give more away. (So please keep the fact that I’m sharing these here on the dl.)

Super simple blondies made with brown butter, caramel, and apples. Ready in less than 30 minutes and in one bowl, these brown butter caramel apple blondies are a quick, easy, and delicious fall treat!

Super simple blondies made with brown butter, caramel, and apples. Ready in less than 30 minutes and in one bowl, these brown butter caramel apple blondies are a quick, easy, and delicious fall treat!

So you can come here to Philly and steal some from me (please don’t, I don’t condone breaking and entering), or make your own. I suggest making your own. I mean, what’s not to love: BROWN BUTTER (which is kind of the bombdotcom in it’s own right), apples, a hefty dose of cinnamon, and caramel. I used AverieCooks base blondie recipe that I’ve used in the past, because it is SO SIMPLE and SO EASY to remember, and results in a consistently excellent blondie every single time. There’s really no reason to reinvent the wheel here.

Super simple blondies made with brown butter, caramel, and apples. Ready in less than 30 minutes and in one bowl, these brown butter caramel apple blondies are a quick, easy, and delicious fall treat!

The caramel sauce I used was a homemade sauce I made in my crockpot (recipe coming soon! It just needs a little more perfecting.), but feel free to use any caramel sauce you prefer! A quick pinterest search will result in about 59239430192 caramel recipes, or feel free to use your favorite store bought brand!  Like I said earlier, I baked these in cupcake tins, because I couldn’t find my brownie pan. However, I am including instructions for both in the recipe below!

So lets recap: Brown butter blondie base. Cinnamon -y apples. Ooey, gooey, caramel drizzled on top. YES PUH-LEAZE. Brown butter caramel apple blondies will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving table!

Brown Butter Caramel Apple Blondie Cupcakes
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Super simple blondies made with brown butter, caramel, and apples. Ready in less than 30 minutes and in one bowl, these brown butter caramel apple blondies are a quick, easy, and delicious fall treat!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large apple
  • about 8 teaspoons caramel
Instructions
  1. Preheat oen to 350˚F. Spray brownie or cupcake pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
  2. Brown the butter: in a light colored saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once completely melted, start stirring and don't stop. It will foam and bubble, and brown specks will start to appear. Remove from the heat at this point, and place into a heat proof mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in sugar and egg. It is important for the egg to room temperature so we don't accidentally cook it!
  4. Mix in flour, cinnamon, and salt. The batter will be very thick, this is okay!
  5. Peel and slice apple. Gently fold into blondie batter.
  6. Press batter into prepared baking pan. Drizzle caramel on top of blondies and bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean.
  7. When you pull the blondies out of the oven, run a knife around the edge(s) of the pan so that the caramel does not stick to the pan as it cools. Let cool completely before slicing (if using a brownie pan) or removing (if using a cupcake pan.)
  8. If you are using a brownie pan, I suggest lining it with parchment paper or tinfoil so it is easier to remove and slice the blondies.

 

Honey Roasted Peanuts Chocolate Chip Blondies

Easy-peasy blondies with brown butter and brown sugar for a nutty taste and soft texture. Honey roasted peanuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips balance out the flavors. Ready in just 25 minutes!

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What a June I’ve had! I’ve been traveling almost every weekend in June! First we went to Virginia for my birthday, then to Pittsburgh, then to Missouri. This is the first weekend I’ve been home! I haven’t had a lot of time to bake, but fortunately I was able to set aside some time a few weeks ago to make these blondies.

Easy-peasy blondies with brown butter and brown sugar for a nutty taste and soft texture. Honey roasted peanuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips balance out the flavors. Ready in just 25 minutes!

These are actually adapted from some cookies I made a few weeks ago for the youth group that Brian helps out with. I came home from visiting him and wanted them again- but didn’t want to dedicate the time needed for cookies. I wanted to mix a batter, press it in a pan, and have a dessert in 20 minutes. So I decided on blondies, and got my wish (and cravings) in 20 minutes.

Holla.

Easy-peasy blondies with brown butter and brown sugar for a nutty taste and soft texture. Honey roasted peanuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips balance out the flavors. Ready in just 25 minutes!

I adapted a recipe from Averie Cooks because her base blondie recipe is ridiculously easy to remember and make, and turns out every.single.time. 1 stick butter, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and an egg. I browned the butter and used all brown sugar, resulting in soft, chewy and not-at-all-cakey blondies. AKA, the best kind.

I tossed in some honey roasted peanuts and chocolate chips, which complement each other perfectly. I bet these would be great with white chocolate chips, too!

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Honey Roasted Peanuts Chocolate Chip Blondies
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Easy-peasy blondies with brown butter and brown sugar for a nutty taste and soft texture. Honey roasted peanuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips balance out the flavors. Ready in just 25 minutes!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, browned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup honey roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Spray a 9x9 inch pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Mix together browned butter and brown sugar. Add egg and stir until completely combined.
  4. Mix in flour.
  5. Add in honey roasted peanuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Press into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the pan comes out clean.

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies

Fudgy brownies loaded with mint M&Ms and topped with a simple mint chocolate chip buttercream. They are reminiscent of the classic ice cream from childhood. These brownies are easy to make for summer parties and are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies | Pixie Dust Kitchen

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. While there were many farms, it was large enough downtown to not be a “farm town,” but it was small enough, to have lots of great homemade and home-cooked foods. There was one ice cream shop that we went to all the time when I was a kid, after dance practices and on hot summer nights. This became a favorite place to visit, and while there were plenty of places closer to our home, we would drive the extra 15 minutes for Bill Mack’s Ice Cream.

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies | Pixie Dust Kitchen

I went through a phase where I ate nothing but mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Bill Mack? His was the best. I got mint chocolate chip every time we went. Of course, it had to be green- white mint chocolate ice cream was just weird.  As I near my 21st  birthday, I’ve been craving flavors that remind me of my childhood, and once I got the idea for mint chocolate chip brownies, I couldn’t stop until I had them in my possession.

I used the base recipe I created last February, and changed it up just a bit. I added mint chocolate M&Ms and topped with a mint chocolate buttercream. I originally wanted to use Andes Mint chips, but unfortunately could not find them in my grocery. However, you are more than welcome to use those if you can find them! I found the M&Ms worked just as well, however.

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies | Pixie Dust Kitchen

The buttercream is a simple buttercream, with a stick of butter, a cup of powdered sugar, and some peppermint extract. I also added green food coloring for that classic Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream look. I used two drops of neon green and two drops of normal. I had accidentally used neon at first, then found the classic color. You may use whatever green food coloring you prefer, or leave it out if that’s more your taste.  Both liquid or gel will work.

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies | Pixie Dust Kitchen

These brownies are soft moist, and are sure to be a hit! These are EXTREMELY sweet- cut them small! I ended up cutting these in half after I finished the photos before I brought them into work- where they disappeared quickly!

This recipe is perfect for summer parties and are sure to be a hit!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies
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Fudgy brownies loaded with mint M&Ms and topped with a simple mint chocolate chip buttercream. They are reminiscent of the classic ice cream from childhood. These brownies are easy to make for summer parties and are sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Ingredients
  • BROWNIES:
  • ¾ Cup (1 and ½ sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup mint M&Ms or Andes baking chips
  • FROSTING:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature.
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract, (You may add more if you prefer a stronger peppermint flavor.)
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray an 8x8'' square pan with non stick baking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk in baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Gently mix in M&Ms.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges are slightly cracked and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.
  5. Let cool before before frosting.
  6. MAKE FROSTING:
  7. Beat butter on high speed with a stand or hand mixer.
  8. Mix in powdered sugar. When combined and fluffy, mix in salt and peppermint extract.
  9. Stir in mini chocolate chips and spread over cooled brownies. Cut into 8-12 pieces and serve.

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Fudgey M&M Brownies

Fudgey brownies filled with M&Ms.  Need I say more?

Fudgy M&M Brownies. Easy brownies filled with M&M's by pixiedustkitchen.com

These brownies were a mistake. They were a very good mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. I originally was trying to make cookies, and adapted from my Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars by subbing some of the flour for cocoa powder. Unfortunately, all of my baking science knowledge went out the window and I forgot that the flour:cocoa ratio probably shouldn’t be a 1:1 ratio. (And yet somehow I’m a junior in college. Yikes.)

Anyway, I also probably should have realized when the batter well, looked like brownie batter, that maybe more flour was in order. (Or have used an actual cookie recipe, rather than trying to make up another one.)

Fudgy M&M Brownies. Easy brownies filled with M&M's by pixiedustkitchen.com

But, these brownies are wonderful, mistakes and all. They’re super fudgy, thanks to the lower flour ratio, and have a double dose of chocolate: Cocoa powder, and M&Ms. I used valentines M&Ms to be festive- I also wanted to cut them into heart shapes but did’t have a cookie cutter, but I think that would be so cute for Valentines day- heart shaped brownies with a drizzle of white chocolate.

A few notes before we get started with the recipe: When you taste the batter, (don’t lie and say you don’t!) It will taste a little bitter. That’s okay- they will become sweeter as they bake.

Fudgy M&M Brownies. Easy brownies filled with M&M's by pixiedustkitchen.com

{PS: They’re excellent with a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Cake Batter Ice Cream!}

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Fudgey M&M Brownies
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Easy fudgy brownies from scratch filled with M&Ms.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (1 and ½ sticks) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray an 8x8 inch square pan with nonstick baking spray. (I used a nonstick pan and skipped this step, you may do the same.)
  2. Melt butter in the microwave and mix in brown sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool before mixing in egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Gently mix in baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder.
  4. Mix in M&Ms
  5. Pour dough into prepared pan and sprinkle with a few more M&Ms.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are slightly cracked and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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Red Velvet Fudge

No candy thermometers needed for this recipe! With just 4 ingredients and only 10 minutes of work time, you can have red velvet fudge in no time! 

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

It’s crazy how much things can change in a year. This time last year, I was preparing to move to Florida for an internship as part of the Disney College Program, and had started a blog that was supposed to be part Disney life, part food.  That blog went absolutely nowhere, so a few months later I switched from blogspot to wordpress, and totally centered the blog around food.

Life happens, and I had to leave my internship early- so I threw myself into food blogging, and look where I am now. PDK is still a very tiny piece of the internet, but it’s still crazy to think that a year ago, I had no idea how much I would love blogging. I still love Disney despite messy endings, and miss it dearly. But it all shows that life is unexpected, and you never know where it will take you.

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

Another thing I would have never tackled a year ago? Fudge. Even easy fudge, like this- because when I first heard of sweetened condensed milk, I thought it sounded like the most disgusting thing ever. Thick milk? In a can? That is shelf stable? No thank you. I ranked it right up there with mayonnaise on the list of Foods that I Will Never Touch. Then I faced my fear, and made magic bars, and well… I wouldn’t say fell in love exactly, but I am much more open to it now.

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

That’s a good thing, because the SCM is what makes this fudge so incredibly easy! 1 14oz can will make a creamy, smooth fudge without spending time nursing bowling milk or stirring in marshmallow fluff or messing with candy thermometers, or any of that complicated stuff.  We’ll also use both white chocolate chips and candy melts- the candy melts cannot be replaced! Chocolate chips have stabilizers in them to prevent them from losing shape.  By using candy melts, the chocolate chips will melt much easier and not be lumpy.  If you try to use all chocolate chips, the chocolate will seize up and not work.  Using candy melts will also make the fudge easier to cut once it is chilled.

We melt together the sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate, and then mix in some red velvet cake mix. We’ll place it in a 7×11 pan lined with tinfoil and sprayed with baking spray- this will make it easier to remove from the pan. Simply leave some overhang with the foil and lift out before cutting. The fudge will chill four two hours before being ready!

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

A few more notes before the recipe: Your fudge will be thinner than mine- These photos are of my first trial. I used a combination of white and semi-sweet chocolate, and poured the fudge in a 9×9 pan. I found that the fudge was too thick and tasted like a brownie rather than red velvet.

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Red Velvet Fudge
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Easy red velvet fudge, perfect for valentines day or any other special occasion. Only four ingredients and 10 minutes of work time makes this one of the easiest fudge recipes you'll make!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate candy melts
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 and ½ cup red velvet cake mix
Instructions
  1. line a 7 x 11 pan with tinfoil and spray with non stick baking spray.
  2. Melt together chocolate chips, candy melts, and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium- high heat until smooth.
  3. Mix in cake mix and pour into prepared pan.
  4. Chill four two hours or until firm.

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Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars

Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars | Pixiedustkitchen

As soon as the first bags of candy corn started appearing on shelves this year, I knew I had to put them in cookies. But… I’m lazy, and didn’t feel like waiting for dough to chill, something that is a must when you bake exclusively with melted butter thanks to not owning any sort of mixer at all. When I want a cookie, I want it now, dangit.

Enter cookie bars- an easy way to get the taste and texture of a cookie, while not having to wait for dough to chill in the fridge.

Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars | Pixiedustkitchen

These cookies are soft, chewy, and incredibly easy to make. They are made with all dark brown sugar, which adds a darker toffee flavor. There’s no white sugar at all in these cookies, something you wouldn’t think affects taste all that much but really does.

As far as ease of baking, these take five minutes to mix together in a bowl and 20 minutes to bake- meaning you can have warm, gooey, cookie bars in less than 30 minutes. They’re made with melted butter meaning you have no reason to pull out your stand mixer (although you certainly may if you want to!) and everything can come together in one bowl. Now that’s my favorite kind of cookie!

Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars | Pixiedustkitchen

I also added a drizzle of white chocolate to the top of the cookies, adding lighter notes of chocolate and just makes it look  a bit prettier. You can either just drizzle it on top with a spoon, or pour melted chocolate in a plastic bag, cut off one of the corners, and drizzle on top.

Seriously easy recipe for seriously addicting cookies!

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Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars
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Brown sugar cookie bar with candy corn sprinkled on top.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (1 and ½ sticks) butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (light may be substituted)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 and ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup candy corn
  • ¼ - 13 cup white chocolate melting wafers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave and mix in brown sugar. Let sit for several minutes to cool off, then mix in the egg.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract.
  4. Mix in baking soda, salt, and flour.
  5. Reserve ⅓ cup of dough. Press dough into an 8 x 8 inch square pan The dough will be very sticky . sprinkle candy corn over the top, being careful not to let candy touch the edge of the pan. crumble the reserved part of dough over top.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until edges are cracked and pulling away from the pan. I used a dark nonstick pan, you may need to bake more or less if used a glass pan.
  7. Let cool. While the bars are cooling, melt white chocolate in the microwave. Drizzle on top of cookie bars. Let cool completely before serving. makes 16 bars.

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Kitchen Sink 7 Layer Bars

Seven Layer bars with peanut butter, Oreo cookies, Mini Marshmallows, Chocolate Chips, and Popcorn.

Kitchen Sink Seven Layer Bars... everything but the kitchen sink! A graham cracker crust, with Peanut butter, chocolate chips, Oreo cookies, popcorn, and marshmallow bits, all covered with Sweetened condensed milk. Everything but the kitchen sink... and the perfect way to clean out your cupboards!

So… I know you all just read that and are now thinking “Faith… what were you thinking when you developed that recipe? I’ll tell you what I was thinking. I had a bunch of stuff in my cabinets that I wanted to get rid of. I wanted 7 Layer Bars. They fit together wonderfully.

We start with a graham cracker crust, and top with melted peanut butter. You must spread the peanut butter carefully- it sinks into the crust a little and if you spread too quickly, you’ll pull the crust apart. Learn from my mistakes! On the peanut butter goes a few Oreo’s broken in half, marshmallow bits, chocolate chips, popcorn, and it’s all topped with a can of sweetened condensed milk.

Kitchen Sink Seven Layer Bars... everything but the kitchen sink! A graham cracker crust, with Peanut butter, chocolate chips, Oreo cookies, popcorn, and marshmallow bits, all covered with Sweetened condensed milk. Everything but the kitchen sink... and the perfect way to clean out your cupboards! Kitchen Sink Seven Layer Bars... everything but the kitchen sink! A graham cracker crust, with Peanut butter, chocolate chips, Oreo cookies, popcorn, and marshmallow bits, all covered with Sweetened condensed milk. Everything but the kitchen sink... and the perfect way to clean out your cupboards!

If you’ve never baked with sweetened condensed milk, and you’re anything like me, you probably are a little weirded it out by SCD. Milk… in a can? I know, I know. It’s kind of weird. Just don’t think about what it is, and pour it over your bars and bask in the ooey, gooey, chewiness it adds to the bars. And don’t accidentally eat a whole spoonful of it before the bars bake… not that I did that. (Grossest thing ever!)

These bars are ooey, gooey, chewy, and moist. They’re perfect for when you have a bunch of random things sitting in your cupboards that you need to Magliette Calcio A Poco Prezzo get rid of, and they’re totally customizable! Do you eat a lot of peanut butter, so you don’t want to use the last bit of your jar, but have a jar of butterscotch that no one is using? Just just butterscotch instead of the peanut butter layer!  Feel free to use a different type of cookies if you’re not an Oreo fan, and and potato chips  can work in place of the popcorn.

Kitchen Sink Seven Layer Bars... everything but the kitchen sink! A graham cracker crust, with Peanut butter, chocolate chips, Oreo cookies, popcorn, and marshmallow bits, all covered with Sweetened condensed milk. Everything but the kitchen sink... and the perfect way to clean out your cupboards!

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Ingredients

  • 9 full graham crackers (2 cups crumbs)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 10 Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 C marshmallow bits
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C popped popcorn
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 7×11 pan with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray. 
  2. crush graham crackers in a plastic bag and mix in a small bowl with melted butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Melt the peanut butter and spread on graham crackers. Top with Oreo cookies broken in half, marshmallows, chocolate chips, popcorn, and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes (Until the middle doesn’t “jiggle” when you move the pan); after 15 minutes top with foil to keep from browning. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

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Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

You all love my healthy chocolate cookies- they’re consistantly the most viewed page of my blog. Fortunately, I love looking for ways to make my sweet, buttery, treats healthier without compromising any of the taste.

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Blondies- With no butter, these sneakily healthy blondies cut calories and add vitamins. |Pixiedustkitchen.com

The easiest way to do this is by swapping butter for avocado. Avocados have a creamy texture that is perfect for adding to baked goods and for creaming with sugar- thanks to all of the healthy fats. In fact, Trader Joe’s goes so far as to call them natures butter. Avocados are also often referred to as “superfruit” due to all of the vitamins and antioxidants they contain. From helping with arthritis related problems to aiding with digestion, avocados deserve their reputation as a superfruit. You can read more of their health benefits here.

Unlike with my chocolate cookies, I used all white flour for a lighter texture and didn’t use any honey- so while they’re not as healthy as the cookies, they’re still pack a healthier punch with the avocado as well as a cut on calories. (So you can eat more, right?)

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Blondies- With no butter, these sneakily healthy blondies cut calories and add vitamins. |Pixiedustkitchen.com

Like I said, if my dessert is going to be healthy, I don’t want to be able to tell that it’s healthy. And that’s the case with these blondies- Light and fluffy, thanks to a Moncler outlet heaping teaspoon of cornstarch. The avocado taste is masked with a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract + 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract (sold in the baking aisle of most grocery stores, or at craft and baking supply stores), and 1.5 C of chocolate and peanut butter chips. You can buy combined bags, or just add 3/4 C of each. If you don’t want to buy almond extract, you can always simply use 1.5 tsp of vanilla, but I recommend using the almond- it just adds a little something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on.

Texture wise, these are like a combination of cookies and blondies- my intention was to make cookies; so I adapted a cookie recipe. I decided to put them in a pan because I didn’t want to wait for dough to chill, and I’m glad I did. They turned out softer, lighter, and more bread-like than cookie bars- just like a blondie.

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Blondies- With no butter, these sneakily healthy blondies cut calories and add vitamins. |Pixiedustkitchen.com

Sneakily healthy blondies full of chocolate and peanut butter chips- what can be better?

Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies
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Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies- using avocado instead of butter!
Ingredients
  • 1 medium avocado
  • ¾ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 and ¼ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¾ C chocolate chips
  • ¾ C peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. Spray a 7x11 pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Peel, pit, slice and mash avocado. Cream with sugars and extracts on medium-high speed. Mix in eggs one at a time.
  3. Combine Flour, soda, salt, and cornstarch. Slowly mix into wet ingredients. Fold in chips.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until top is golden brown and sides are pulling away from pan. Let cool before serving.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Squares

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bars by Pixie Dust Kitchen

One of my favorite recipes yet… brownie peanut butter cup bars.

The idea of these came out of having a 3lb jar of peanut butter to get rid of paired with a craving for brownies. I also had some white chocolate chips and sprinkles, so I decided to make a peanut butter cup style brownie bar with three wonderful layers:

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bars by Pixie Dust Kitchen

1. Fudgy Brownie Crust: I adapted Ashton from Something Swanky’s go-to brownie recipe and pressed into a 9×9 pan. They’re extra most from the use of olive oil and full of chocolate flavor by using equal parts cocoa powder and flour.

2. Peanut Butter Cup Filling: By mixing together creamy Peanut Butter and powdered sugar with a splash of vanilla extract, we’re creating a peanut butter filling very similar to what you would find in a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup

3. White Chocolate and Sprinkles top: To top these brownies, you are going to melt 1 and 1/2 C white chocolate chips and and spread over the bottom two layers, and top with sprinkles. Once you let it set in the freezer Moncler outlet for 20 minutes, you can go ahead and dig in!

These bars are stuffed with some of my favorite things- fudgy brownies, peanut butter, and sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bars by Pixie Dust Kitchen

Here’s a tip for cutting the bars with the hardened chocolate top: Use a large, sharp knife. Press down and try to cut all at once. This not only makes it easier to cut through the chocolate, but also keeps it from breaking as much as it would making a bunch of smaller cuts with a smaller knife “dragging” through the brownies.

This is one of the most moist, fudgy, brownie recipes I’ve ever had, and stuffing it with peanut butter, sprinkles, and toping with white chocolate is one of the best combos ever! Run to the kitchen and make these today!

 

Crazy about peanut butter? Try some of these other recipes:

Death By Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

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Homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Squares
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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bars:
Ingredients
  • BROWNIE LAYER:
  • ¼ C Olive Oil
  • ½ C Sugar
  • ½ tsp anilla
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ¼ C flour
  • ¼ C Cocoa powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • PEANUT BUTTER FILLING
  • 1 C Creamy Peanut Butter
  • ¾ C Powdered Sugar
  • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
  • CHOCOLATE TOPPING
  • 1 and ½ C White Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles, to taste.
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE THE BROWNIES:
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9x9 or 8x8 square pan with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. mix oil, sugar, and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Whisk in egg. set aside.
  4. In a small bowl sift together dry ingredients. Slowly mix into to wet ingredients. Press into the bottom of prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes or until brownies are pulling away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or until completely cooled.
  5. TO MAKE THE PB FILLING:
  6. Whisk Peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until combined and slightly crumbly.
  7. spread over prepared brownies. Freeze for 10-20 minutes or until firm. (Does not need to be completely chilled, just firm enough to easily spread chocolate on top.)
  8. WHITE CHOCOLATE TOPPING:
  9. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 30 second increments until competely melted, stirring between.
  10. Spread over peanut butter and top with sprinkles. Chill for 20-30 minutes until completely firm before cutting into 16 squares and serving.
  11. Squares should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 10 days or freezer for up to 1 month.

M&M’s Snack Mix Crispy Treats

M&M's Snack Mix Crispy Treats

As a blogger and recipe developer, I’m always looking for inspiration for new recipes. While traveling with my family, I saw M&M Snack mixes and immediately tried to think of some ways I could use it in a recipe. With summer beginning, I wanted an easy recipe that required minimal baking.

M&M Snack Mix Crispy Treats. 4 Ingredients and no bake!

And so, Snack Mix Crispy Treats were born. These are no bake, contain only four ingredients, (With an optional fifth) and most of the time required is “resting” time- 15 minutes to prepare, and 2 hours to cool in the fridge. These are one of the easiest recipes I’ve developed, and they’re so good. My dad was ray ban baratas apprehensive when I told them what they were, (he’s not a fan of rice crispy treats) but he loved them.  My dad loves to cook and experiment with recipes himself, so when he likes something I make, I know it’s good.

M&M's Snack Mix Crispy Treats.  4 Ingredients and no-bake!

Because this recipe is so easy, it’s perfect to make with your kids when they’re getting antsy over summer break!

disclamer: I was in no way compensated nor given any product. I simply love M&M’s and their snack mixes and wanted to create a recipe featuring them.

Recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of M&M’s Snack Mix (I used the peanut variety)
  • 1 C crispy rice cereal
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 10.5 oz bag + 2 C mini marshmallows
  • White chocolate candy melts (I used half of a store brand bag)
  1. Mix together snack mix and cereal. set aside. Like a 9×12 pan with foil and liberally spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. I let mine brown a little. Add marshamallows and stir until completely melted. (This is where it gets messy…) Quickly add marshmallow mixture to cereal/snack mix and carefully stir. Press into prepared pan. Spray your hands with cooking spray and press mixture so it fills up the entire pan.
  3. Let chill for two hours.
  4. Melt the chocolate. Cut into squares and dip in chocolate. Let chill on a baking sheet for 30 minutes

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