Tag Archives: Dessert

Peanut Butter M&M’s Cookie Bars

6 Jul

Friends, I’m sorry I teased so many of you this morning by posting a picture of a yummy treat and not the recipe! Secretly, it was my way of getting you back here to Three Months! 😉

As I mentioned earlier today, I made Peanut Butter M&M’s Cookie Bars for a church BBQ and for a friend’s 4th of July party this past weekend.

My initial plan was to find red, white & blue M&M’s for a festive look. Unfortunately, I could not find them! Seriously, M&M’s celebrates every other holiday. I was rather upset, but these obviously still turned out to be delicious!

Into the oven they go!


I found a recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars, and with a few adjustments, I present to you the recipe! 🙂

The finished product!

Peanut Butter M&M’s Cookie Bars

Adapted from: Apple A Day – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
12 TBSP unsalted butter (slightly softened)
1 c. smooth peanut butter
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. M&M’s (+ more to sprinkle on top)

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.  Alternately, line the pan with parchment or foil and spray with cooking spray.  (Recipe can also be halved and baked in an 8×8.)

2.  Whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon & baking powder. Set aside.

3.  Cream the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Beat in the sugars until combined.

4.  Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

5.  Mix in the flour mixture. Once mostly combined, add the M&M’s and stir until combined.

6. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle desired amount of M&M’s on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes (for an 8×8 pan, bake for 30-32 minutes). Cool completely before cutting.

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One Indulgent Weekend.

6 Jul

It’s Tuesday already…aren’t three-day weekends just fabulous?!

I had the most glorious [and indulgent] holiday weekend filled with friends, cupcakes, beer, sangria, jelly beans, fireworks, pool time and even a little Body Pump. 😉

Let’s go through day-by-day, shall we?

FRIDAY:

Friday was absolutely relaxing. Once the husband got home from work, we took some clothes to the dry cleaners…and there just happened to be a local bakery nearby. We stopped in, and it was the cutest thing….definitely owned by older women. We got two cupcakes, and they were only $.85 each! I love locally owned stores!

Chocolate for him, vanilla for her.

We hit the pool for a bit and then headed home to make dinner. We whipped up some pizza [artichoke/black olive…mmm!] and drank beer. ‘Twas a perfect Friday night!

Amstel Light [oh yes, I did!]

Saturday:

The husband and I both woke up early to get a workout in. I headed to the gym for Body Pump and some cardio, and he went on a bike ride. Motivation=win!

After I got home from the gym, I made some Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Bars for a church BBQ and a friend’s party that were going to take place on Sunday.

EDIT: Recipe is now available!

Heaven on Earth.

We headed to downtown D.C. on Saturday for a get-together on the rooftop of a great apartment building. It had a stunning view of the The Monument, as well as The Capitol. So many people were from Nebraska [our home!], and we enjoyed catching up with them! It was here that I enjoyed some strong sangria, white chocolate bark and caramel/chocolate pretzels. I loved every minute.

Sunday:

We got groceries Sunday morning, as always. We made it back home just in time to watch the Wimbledon finals. Unfortunately, we missed [ok, skipped!] church because we wanted to see Nadal win! We did make it to the church BBQ though, so no worries!

Later that night, we headed back downtown to meet friends. We actually went to the same apartment building and enjoyed dinner with two other couples. Both of the girls were in my sorority during college – it was so nice to spend the 4th with them! This is where I ate my weight in jelly beans. 😉

We were able to watch the fireworks on the rooftop. Absolutely spectacular. It was so fun to be in our nation’s capital on America’s birthday! I think everyone should experience it at some point!

Monday:

We slept in [until 9!] yesterday, and it felt great! We had to run some errands, so it wasn’t anything too exciting but still very relaxing. I ended up having an upset stomach yesterday, so I did spend the majority of my night resting on the couch. Not a fun way to end the weekend, but I’m glad it was then and not during the fun parties!

How was your weekend? What did you do?! I always love hearing about the fun things people do on holidays!

Oat Bars

24 Jun

I absolutely love to be in the kitchen. Baking is most definitely a favorite hobby of mine. This past winter, I declared Sundays as “Bakedays” and would whip up a decadent dessert for the week. It didn’t matter if it was cookies, brownies or cupcakes – I had to make something.

I don’t believe diets. I believe in moderation. But because I bake so often, I’ve learned to rotate in some semi-healthy (or I should say, not completely unhealthy), treats. This Oat Bar is not necessarily good for you (although it has some great ingredients like flax and oats), but it’s definitely better for you than some desserts out there! I don’t have any whole wheat flour (on the list for Sunday’s grocery trip!), but I imagine it would work quite well.


I was inspired by this recipe at All Recipes – with a few minor tweaks, I present to you: Oat Bars!


Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground flax
3 tablespoons water
1-1/4 cups uncooked rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons applesauce
1/4 cup chopped walnuts


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8″ square baking pan with foil – coat with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. In a small dish, combine the ground flax and water. Whisk with a fork – set aside to thicken. While the flax mixture is thickening, add the oats, flour, cinnamon and vanilla to the butter and sugar. Begin to mix together and pour in the flax mixture. When combined, stir in the applesauce and walnuts.

Pour mixture into baking pan. Flatten with the back of a spoon and shape into a circle. It should resemble a breakfast cookie at this point!

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool in pan. Cut into 8 wedges.