Reese’s Pretzel Bites [A Valentine's Day Treat]

Hey friends!

I’ve been whipping up some yummy treats to share.

It all started after Christmas when Matt asked me to make some yummy treat that a co-worker had brought in to work. He was going on and on about the salty sweet deliciousness. Well, I like salty sweet deliciousness so he didn’t have to ask me twice.

The originals were made with rolos but I spotted the cutest heart shaped Reese’s chocolates so I decided to change it up a bit.

And that proved to be the best idea E.V.E.R.

Reese’s Pretzel Bites

Reeses Pretzel Bites So the deal with these little babies is really nothing fancy.

Line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Layout your mini pretzels. Unwrap all your Reese’s chocolate hearts and place them on top of the pretzels. Toss them in the oven on a low heat, like 300 degrees or so for about 1-3 minutes. Keep a close eye on them because you want them the chocolate to melt just enough that they stick nicely onto the pretzels but not too much that they lose their shape. Take them out just when the chocolate starts to glisten/look shiny and melty. Once they are out top the chocolate with an m&m. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for the Reese’s Pretzel Bites to set.

Reeses Pretzel Bites

We loveeeee these treats cool and right out of the freezer but they are fab at room temperature too! They would be really fun to package a couple in a treat bag for homemade Valentine’s Day gifts too! Enjoy!!

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Holiday Desserts: Coconut Marshmallow Brownies

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Brownies are probably my absolute favorite dessert. I make them way too often. It’s bad. But they are sooooo good. Now that I’ve pretty much perfected my favorite recipe they are great to whip up for different events. This year I created a special holiday dessert to take along to a holiday party. Coconut Marshmallow Brownies. I love the coconut and chocolate combination! And since coconut flakes kind of look like snow, it gives the dessert a festive feel. Wouldn’t you agree?

Coconut Marshmallow Brownies with secret ingredient #coffee

The best part about this take along dessert is that I bet you have the majority of the ingredient in you pantry! Anything you’re missing you’ll easily be able to find on a quick trip to Walmart!

#kraftessentials #maxwellhouse coffee marshmallow brownies #shopThe major players here are Baker’s chocolate, cocoa powder,  Maxwell House coffee (the only brand I drink!), Kraft Mashmallows, Baker’s Coconut Flakes, and vanilla beans. See the recipe below to view the full list of ingredients!

#shop #kraftessentials coconut browniesOnce the ingredients are all whipped up it yields the most delicious batter. The brownie batter is so rich with a secret ingredient *cough* coffee *cough*! The coffee really gives a rich flavor and brings out the chocolate!

coconut marshmallow brownies

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Coconut Marshmallow Brownies
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Use every day ingredients to make the perfect holiday take along dessert.
Ingredients
  • Brownies:
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • ½ C. brewed hot coffee
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
  • ½ C. plus 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 large yolks
  • Seeds of 2 vanilla beans
  • 2½ C. sugar
  • 1¾ C. flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ bag (10 to 10½ ounces) Kraft mini-marshmallows
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ bag Baker's Coconut Flakes
Instructions
  1. Brownies:
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and brewed coffee. Stir in the chopped chocolate until melted.
  4. Mix in the oil, butter, eggs, yolks, sugar, and vanilla. Stir together until the batter is smooth.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  6. Combine the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients carefully. Stir together until the mixture is completely incorporated.
  7. Spread brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool completely before frosting
  10. Frosting:
  11. Combine the cream, marshmallows, confectioners' sugar, and salt in a large saucepan.
  12. Heat over medium-low heat, continuously stirring until marshmallows are melted.
  13. Pour the mixture into the bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled.
  14. Remove the frosting from the refrigerator and beat it on high speed, using your stand mixer or an electric hand mixer scraping the sides of the bowl. Beat frosting for about one minute or until the frosting is smooth. The frosting will be thin.
  15. Set aside at room temperature for about 30 minutes and it will stiffen up enough to spread.
  16. Spread frosting over top the brownies. Top liberally with coconut flakes

And of course, you’ll want to make an extra batch to keep at home because they are simply irresistible.#shop #kraftessentials brownies

You can see more about my shopping trip to Walmart here.

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Halloween Cupcakes: Spooky Graveyard Cupcakes

One of my favorite parts about this time of year is the fun Halloween decorating. I’m not big on scary but I love cute with a touch of spooky. How about you? Well you are in for a spooky treat, because I’m sharing these cute little Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes. They are the cutest little sweet treats for a Halloween party or for your kiddos classroom.

Spooky Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

To make them, bake your favorite cupcake recipe (ehmm, or buy a box mix – that’s what I did) and whip up a batch of your favorite frosting. Typically,  for cupcakes I make a box mix for the cupcakes then whip up my vanilla bean buttercream frosting. It’s my little trick to making quick cupcakes but having them still taste homemade. For these Halloween cupcakes, I just went for the box mix and the can frosting because I wanted to focus my time on decorating them. Graveyard Halloween CupcakesDecorating these cupcakes is so easy and it just takes a little bit of imagination. I used white icing but you could used chocolate too! I crumbled some oreos for the dirt and then used mini Milano cookies for the headstones. They are the perfect size! I even used icing to write “RIP” on a few of the headstones. I also added some candy corn pumpkins (because they are my favorite). And what spooky graveyard is complete without some bloody bones? The bloody bones candy came from Target. They are so fun to decorate. I did each one a little bit different.

You can get creative and add in anything you’d like. How fun would it be to let the little ones help out with the decorating part of the Halloween cupcakes?
Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

I hope you enjoy making these fun spooky graveyard Halloween cupcakes for your upcoming Halloween festivities!

For more Halloween inspiration you might want to check out:

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Painted Jack O Lantern Treat BowlJack O Lantern Treat Bowl

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Zucchini Brownies with Milk Chocolate Frosting

We love dessert. It’s true. That’s why you’ll find our favorite desserts on this blog. That’s why my husband is usually concerned with what’s for dessert more than what’s for dinner. And that’s why I going to have to start Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred (Again)!

Before I start the 30 day shred again – I have to share with you these Thick & Decadent Zucchini Brownies with Milk Chocolate Frosting.

Zucchini Brownies with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Here’s the thing about these zucchini brownies; they are pretty much a healthy dessert if you skip the frosting. Not much sugar, and zero oil. They are absolutely tasty without the frosting, or with a little tiny spoonful of cool whip on top. But if you want a rich, decadent, amazing dessert – add the frosting. And then just start counting calories again tomorrow :)

Zucchini Brownies with Milk Chocolate Frosting
 
Delicious and Decadent brownies lightened up by using zucchini and applesauce instead of oil.
Ingredients
  • For brownies:
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½-2 cups shredded zucchini
  • For frosting:
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x9 inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl mix together applesauce, egg, vanilla extract, then fold in zucchini. Mix in the flour mixture slowly until all blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30-45 minutes in the preheated oven, until toothpick comes out clean when pricked into the center. Allow brownies to completely cool before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, blend together soften butter and cocoa powder. Slowly blend in confectioners sugar and milk, alternating. Then blend in vanilla.
  5. Cut brownies into squares and smother them in frosting. Enjoy!

Zucchini Brownies with Milk Chocolate Frosting

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Easy Plum Tarte

My Gramma has a plum tree in her backyard. Ever since I was little I loved picking them. Isn’t there something special about food that you pick yourself? A few summers ago I took my husband to my Gramma’s for a visit. He also loved being able to pick the plums right off the tree. Since she remembered how much he loved them that summer, this year she mailed us a box full of delicious plums right from her tree. A box full of plums was such a treat! We enjoyed them so much. And since there we an abundance, I decided to make an easy plum tarte with some of them.

Easy Plum Tarte Recipe

When I say easy plum tarte, I mean easy! I used a store bought pie crust for this one, folks. The only “work” this really required was cutting a pitting the plums. Since my plums were on the smaller side, I just cut them in half. If you use larger plums be sure to slice them into wedges.

Ready for the recipe for this easy plum tarte?

Easy Plum Tarte
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Cuisine: Dessert
 
Easy plum tarte from freshly picked plums. The perfect summer dessert.
Ingredients
  • Store bought pie crust
  • 10-12 small plums
  • ½ cup sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice and pit plums. If they are larger cut them into wedges
  3. Toss plums into a large bowl with sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, almond flavoring, and flour.
  4. Unroll your pre-made pie crust onto parchment paper
  5. Pile the plum mixture onto the middle of the pie crust leaving 2 inches all the way around.
  6. Begin to fold pie crust over the plums all the way around.
  7. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Easy Plum Tarte Recipe

Guys! This plum tarte is easily one of my favorite desserts! It’s so yummy with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The tartness of the plums with the sweetness of the ice cream, pure heaven. You’ll love it!

Want more easy desserts? Check out my Cookies and Cream Frosting or this Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

You can also follow my Sweet Treats Pinterest Board where I save all my favorite desserts!

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Chocolate Cake With Vanilla Bean Frosting

This week was a very eventful one for me. I celebrated my anniversary AND birthday! Seriously, I got married two days before my birthday. It makes for a fun filled week for me each year. Not so much for the hubby who tries every year to combine gifts. Silly guy ;)

The best part of the week though, is that there is a guaranteed delicious dessert. Yum. I love a good classic chocolate cake. A few weeks ago a friend of mine shared with me, the best chocolate cake recipe ever. EVER. Since I’ve had vanilla bean on my mind since this Vanilla Bean Recipe round up, I decided to go with a vanilla bean frosting.
Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

You can find the perfect chocolate cake recipe here.

And here is the vanilla bean recipe:

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Vanilla Bean Frosting
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c. salted butter softened
  • ¼ c. unsalted butter softened
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 c. of powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. milk
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, beat butters and vanilla bean seeds until whipped creamy, about 7 minutes. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk, and mix on low until incorporated, about 1 minute. Then, beat for on medium for an additional 5 minute or until the frosting is light and fluffy.

We really loved this cake and it’s delicious vanilla bean frosting. I may or may not have even had it for breakfast on my birthday, which is totally allowed for the birthday girl, right?

Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Bean Frosting

I love the little specks of vanilla bean seeds in the frosting. Just perfect! Now, what yummy vanilla bean recipe should I try next?

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Cookies and Cream Frosting

Hi friends! You are in for a treat today! I’m sharing my favorite frosting recipe today, Cookies and Cream Frosting.

Have you ever tasted cookies and cream frosting recipe? It’s mouthwatering.

Sweet and Delicious Cookies and Cream Frosting

Yesterday, I shared my daughter’s sweet Milk & Cookies first birthday party. To go along with the theme of the party we served yummy chocolate cupcakes with a delicious cookies and cream frosting! YUM!

One of my favorite ways to cut corners for parties is to use a box cake mix for the cake or cupcakes and then make the frosting for scratch. That’s exactly what I did for these cupcakes. I grabbed an easy devil’s food box cake mix for the cupcakes then whipped up a really yummy cookies and cream frosting for them!

Sweet and Delicious Cookies and Cream Frosting

I garnished them with half of a cookie. Just perfect for our milk and cookies party. I hope you enjoy them as well!

Here’s the recipe, you are sure to love it!

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Cookies and Cream Frosting {and the Minted. Giveaway Winner}
Recipe type: Dessert
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24 cupcakes
 
Cookies and Cream Frosting for the perfect Cookies and Cream cupcake
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 c. confectioner sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ½ c. whipping cream
  • 8-10 chocolate sandwich cookies smashed up
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, with a mixer, whip up butter for about a minute.
  2. Gradually add in confectioner sugar in batches, mixing after every batch until all 3 cups are mixed in smoothly.
  3. Add vanilla and whipping cream and whip for about 2 minutes or until the frosting forms stiff peaks.
  4. Add in the sandwich cookie crumbles and mix just until combined.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

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Valentine’s Day Candy Bark

Hi friends!

Are you guys ready for this? My very first recipe post. I’m excited :) Are you? I have an insane sweet tooth. (I’m slightly addicted to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Have you tried the limited batch, Cannoli yet? It’s amazing.) It’s okay though because my husband does too. Normally when I bake something it’s gone before I eat too much of it anyway, ha. I appreciate that about him. The last few days I have been baking up a storm fixing all of my husband’s favorite treats. Since he’s is deployed my poor kitchen has been really deprived. Not much cooking or baking going on. It’s true, it’s not much fun cooking for one :) But lately I’ve been in the kitchen baking up a storm. I’m getting together a fun Valentine’s Day care package for him. It’s full of his favorite snacks, candies, homemade goodies, and no care package is complete without pictures of our sweet P. One of the treats I just know he will love. It combines my love for candy bark and his love for m&m’s. During the holidays I adore peppermint bark! This past Christmas, I didn’t make any (shame on me) so I thought why not skip the peppermint and make some cutesy Valentine’s Day Candy Bark instead!

Valentines Day Candy Bark

 

This is seriously the easiest recipe you’ll ever make. You can add any candy you’d like. Even pretzels or oreos would work well in this delicious bark. I kept it simple with just m&m’s and sprinkles. Okay, recipe time.

Valentine’s Day Candy Bark:

Ingredients:

White chocolate chips (24 oz)

m&m’s or your favorite candy in Valentine colors (1 bag)

Sprinkles

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.

Using a double boiler, melt your chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly until it’s smooth.

Carefully pour chocolate onto the lined cookie sheet and spread to even out.

Sprinkle m&ms and sprinkles over top. 

Lightly press toppings into the chocolate.

Refrigerate for about one hour or until hard and break apart.

*Since I’ll be popping these in the mail. I wrapped it in plastic wrap and put in a tin.*

 

valentine's day candy bark making home base

I have to admit I had a few nibbles before I packaged them all up. Don’t tell my hubby!

Making Home Base Valentines Day candy bark

Enjoy!

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