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classic chocolate chip and peanut butter chip cookies

Yesterday, three of my boys left.  My husband took our oldest and second oldest (Colton and Parker, respectively) to Canada fishing.  This is an annual trip for him, but the first ever for Parker.  Colton is already a veteran with one year under his belt!

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie!

 

As I mom I am torn when these events come up.  As a wife I get it, a hunter and fisherman is who I married.  I know Chad’s passion lies in the great outdoors and that for him, fishing and hunting is soul refreshing.  He is a true hunter/gatherer!  Him leaving for days and weeks at a time to pursue angling dreams is ok with me. (mostly, with five kids it come sometimes get tough alone)  Heck, I love that his passions are so rudimentary in their core.

But as a mom there is something entirely different going on.

Those are my babies, not being babies.

Those are my sweet angels, learning how to forage and survive in remote back country.

My babies, becoming men.

And I just don’t know if my heart can take it.

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie!

 

My tradition for the annual trip is that I make my Monster Cookies.  This is one of Chad’s favorite cookies, and the rest of the guys on the trip always seem to enjoy them too.  But this year I left the baking down to the very last minute (bad mom), as in I literally had 3 hours to get the cookies prepared, baking, cooled, and packaged for the trip.

So I asked them what flavors they wanted.  Chocolate Chip!  Peanut butter!

Ok.  I can do that.

Granted, I will be baking through a blurry haze with all my mommy-hood blubbering, but whatever.

classic chocolate chip and peanut butter chip cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees (I set my convection oven to 325) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Gradually add in flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Remove bowl from mixture and fold in chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  6. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden.
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Recipe slightly adapted from bag of Guittard Chocolate Chips.

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie!

 

The kids loved the cookies and I hope every time they eat one they are reminded how much mom loves them.  I have plenty to keep me busy while they are gone, with a 1 year old, a 3 year old and a very precocious 5 year old princess-in-training.

But I sure will miss my babies.

So if someone can send me a large shipment of cheap wine and romantic comedies that would be great.  This is going to be a long week!

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cherry limeade cake

After having recently made these Cherry Limeade Cupcakes, I haven’t stopped thinking about them.  Maybe ‘thinking’ isnt the best world.  More like obsessing.  It is by far one of the best cupcakes I have ever tasted, and now… it’s a cake.

Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

A simple cake adorned with cherries.  It really is simple too; easy to assemble, easy to bake, easy to decorate and so easy to eat.  As a matter of fact, this is the second Cherry-Limeade Cake I have made in 3 days.

It’s that good.

Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

As if the cake itself being awesome wasn’t enough, that frosting.

At a very weak moment in my life I may or may not have piped it directly into my mouth.  Like, 13 times.  Give or take.

Cherry Buttercream Frosting!

 

The combination of the tart lime cake and the sweet cherry buttercream is enough to make you weak in the knees.

So just sit down while you eat it ok?

limeade cake with cherry buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • Frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.
  4. Add in vanilla, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Remove from mixer then fold in lime zest with spatula.
  6. Divide batter evenly between two cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.
  7. Transfer cakes tin to a wire rack.
  8. Use pastry brush to brush remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice over the top of the each cake.
  9. Let cakes cool completely and dry before topping with cherry frosting.
  10. Frosting
  11. In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
  12. Add almond flavoring and cherry juice continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more juice if needed for spreading consistency.
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Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

The main difference between the cake and the cupcakes was texture;  I found the cake to be a bit more dense.  I also added an additional tablespoon of lime juice to the cake.

A couple tips for success:

It is important that your ingredients are at room temperature before assembling and baking.

Don’t over mix cake batter!  (Not speaking from experience or anything, ahem.)

Make sure the lime juice is fresh squeezed.

Brush the lime juice onto the cakes while they are still warm.

Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

I absolutely insist that you make this cake immediately.  Well, not immediately immediately, but sometime in the near-soon future.  Of just call your bestie and tell them to make it for you.  Besties are good like that. :)

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Blueberry Lemon Skillet Rolls

I have a brilliant idea.  Drop everything and go make these.  Seriously.  They are simple to do but produce a surprisingly delicious result!

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

 

I am hard pressed to get the kids a delightful hot breakfast in the summer, but I think that should change.

The nice thing about this uncomplicated recipe is that I can change it up!  Use plain biscuits, use a differnet fruit, make my own glazes… and none of those changes add any more prep time!

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

 

But for me, this was the winning combination.   Cinnamon roll (hello perfect breakfast food) covered in lemon infused blueberries that playfully burst in a flavor explosion with each bite.  Not to mention the sweet glaze dripping off of every fork full.

The end.

Kidding.

But really.

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

Blueberry Lemon Skillet Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 can cinnamon rolls with icing (should have 8 rolls)
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with butter.
  2. Open cinnamon rolls and separate dough into 8 rolls; set icing aside. Flatten each roll slightly with your hand and arrange rolls in single layer to fill skillet. (My rolls did not fill the entire space of the skillet so the had them mostly in the center.)
  3. In small bowl, mix blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch and then pour on top of rolls.
  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove lid from the icing container and microwave for about 10 seconds, until it is pourable.
  6. Right out of the oven, drizzle icing over rolls.
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Recipe just barely adapted from Just a Pinch.

If you want to make additional glaze here is an easy recipe:

1 tablespoon butter melted

1 cup powdered sugar

3-4 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Stir together butter, 3 teaspoons lemon juice and powdered sugar in small bowl. Stir in more lemon juice if needed, you want the glaze to be smooth and can be drizzled easily.

 

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

 

Next on my list of things to do?  Buy another skillet so I can make more of these at once!  With a family of seven, these were gone in 3 minutes flat!

Nest next on my list?  Try these with cinnamon rolls made from scratch!

Next, next next on my list?  Finding that darn list.

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heath brownie dessert pizza

Have you noticed I have been on a dessert pizza kick?  It’s really quite a fun way to enjoy a treat after dinner.  Or before dinner.  Or all day long.

Brownie Pizza with buttercream, ganache and heath candy bars!  Amazing!

 

This dessert pizza was inspired by my Heath Cake.  That cake is da bomb.  (As is using hip terminology from the 90′s.  It just makes me cooler.  Right?)

How to Make a Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

And it really was pretty easy!  I made the brownie, cooled it, then covered it in a little more than a cup of buttercream.  Then whipped up some chocolate ganache (recipe below), and then covered in heath bits.

But just the bits weren’t enough, so I loaded up my five kids and went to the store to buy a huge bag of mini Heath bars.  I have been to the grocery store four times in four days.  With my five kids.  There were a couple moments there when I wanted to “accidentally” walk into the liquor store instead of the grocery store.

But I didn’t.  It’s much more fun to be sober for all this fabulousness.

Just kidding, I am dominating a bottle of wine later tonight.  It’s Friday!

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

Back to the pizza.

It’s good.

It’s sweet.  Brownies with frosting and frosting and then candy bars?  Yes, I think sweet is an appropriate description.  Also, ridiculous, insane and cavity inducing.

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

I used my Homemade Brownie Mix recipe for the brownies.  It makes a smaller batch, so is perfect for this recipe as it just perfectly covers a 12-inch round pizza pan.  Bake the brownies for about 18-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

I recommend a 1/2 batch (or even a 1/4 batch!) of this  Basic Buttercream.  I used about 1 1/2 cups on the pizza, and you can use more or less depending on your preference.  I had quite a bit of crumbs in my frosting due to the amazing flaky layer of deliciousness on the brownie.  If you want no crumbs in your buttercream, you can chill the brownie prior to frosting.

The ganache recipe was a little different from my normal, so I will be focusing on that recipe in the post.  I pour the ganache on then spread it evenly over the buttercream with a small offset spatula.

pourable chocolate ganache

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5-6 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Pour chips into a microwave safe bowl and add 2 tablespoons heavy cream.
  2. Heat for 30 seconds then remove and stir. Chips should be half melted.
  3. Add in 1 tablespoon heavy cream.
  4. Return to microwave for up to 30 seconds.
  5. Remove and stir until chips are all melted.
  6. This is where you will want to gauge how runny you want the chocolate to be; I added in 2 more tablespoons of heavy cream, one at a time, and stirred after each. I would consider this a "spreadable" consistency, as in it was easily spread over the dessert pizza.
  7. To make it much more pourable, add in 1-2 more tablespoons of heavy cream and stir until incorporated.
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The Heath chips were purchased as were the candy bars.  I did chop the mini Heath bars in half and then sprinkled on top of the pizza.

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

So there you have it, a super indulgent and sugary way to enjoy dessert!  Which is basically what my blog is.

I see a new tag line in my future!

Check out my other Dessert Pizza’s!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!peanut butter marshmallow dessert pizza

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

rustic blueberry dessert pizza

Personal size rainbow fruit pizza!

mini rainbow fruit pizza’s

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peanut butter cookies

This classic cookie is always a treat for kids and adults alike!

Perfect peanut butter cookies!

 

I discovered this recipe on allrecipes.com, where it is called “best ever peanut butter cookies ever” and has over 700 reviews.

I think it is named appropriately!

One thing I found interesting is the fact that these cookies do not contain any flour.  I am slightly addicted to gluten and never thought I could get a thick cookie with a great crumb without it… but I was wrong!

The only changes I made were to halve the recipe (that is like the first time I have ever said that, so weird) added brown sugar and increased the vanilla.  I love vanilla!  So basically I am sticking to the original recipe and am thankful to the creator.

And the Creator. Can I get an Amen?

Perfect peanut butter cookies!

 

As much as I want to personalize things and make them my own, this is one cookie that I am not willing to mess with. I absolutely adore the iconic criss cross pattern and wouldn’t change it for a million billion dollars.

Ok, ok, so I would probably change it for like $20 but whatever.

best ever peanut butter cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I use chunky)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, all all ingredients and stir together until smooth.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Perfect peanut butter cookies!

 

Be sure to head on over to my Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Dessert Pizza where I also used this recipe!

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peanut butter marshmallow butterscotch pizza

This dessert pizza is amazing.

If you only ever make one thing from my blog ever… please let it be this.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!

My first bite of this sweet (oh so sweet) pizza was bliss.  Pure bliss.

I had visions of world peace.  Kids getting along.  Hour long pedicures.  Laundry done.  Basically everything was right in the world for just a moment.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!

 

That right there is a dessert pizza.

And it is amazing.  The flavor combination is based off of this Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cake I made.  (That cake is amazing as well!!)

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!

 

It is a layer of peanut butter cookie, marshmallows, then my super special unique peanut butter and butterscotch sauce.

The sauce.

It’s magical.

Maybe even has healing powers.

Or the ability to turn crappy days into fantastic days.  I don’t know for certain, but I am willing to test it out as much as possible.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!

 

I think the real testimony was my husband.  I asked him what he thought and he said,

“That is probably one of the best desserts I have ever had in my life.”

(unlike me, he is not prone to exaggeration, so this was a big statement.)

He then went on to say, “I don’t even like marshmallow.  Or peanut butter desserts.  But there is something about this that once all together, is very good.”

I am sure he meant to say AMAZING, AWESOME, FANTASTIC, PHENOMENAL.  Also, did you know he doesn’t use exclamation marks with wild abandon like I do?!?!

Men.

peanut butter marshmallow butterscotch pizza

Ingredients

    Peanut Butter Cookie Crust
  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunch is fine)
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 2-3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter Sauce
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use chunky)
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place a piece of parchment paper on a 12-inch round pizza pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir peanut butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in the egg then stir in the baking soda, vanilla and salt.
  3. Place mixture on parchment paper. Get out another piece of parchment and lay on top. With a rolling pin, flatten out peanut butter dough to fit the 12-inch pizza pan. Remove top piece of parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the center does not look wet. (Slightly underdone is ok, as you will be placing it back into the oven.)
  5. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter over medium low heat. Once they are fully melted and combined, add in butterscotch chips. Remove from heat and stir continually until mostly melted. There will be chunks in the bottom of the pan, this is ok. Set aside.
  6. Remove peanut butter crust from oven and immediately place mini marshmallows evenly over the crust.
  7. Turn oven to broil then put the crust with marshmallows back into oven. Watch closely and remove after about 1 minute, or right when the marshmallows start to turn golden.
  8. Pour sauce over marshmallows.
  9. Pizza can be served immediately. (Best served warm or at room temperature)
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I spent quite a bit of time finding the perfect peanut butter cookie crust.  I ultimately went with a recipe that does not utilize flour, and find that the texture and consistency perfectly compliment the pizza.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!

 

This entire dessert pizza took less than 30 minutes to prepare, bake and eat.  Er… ah… um, to prepare and bake.  It’s actually more like 15 minutes.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!

I don’t even need to tell you to “Enjoy!”.  I already know you will.

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Blueberry Dessert Pizza

In the spirit of experimentation, I have been trying out various dessert recipes.  Trying new things is something I am making a conscious effort to do more of here at i am baker.  (So if you have requests, do let me know!)

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

 

You may have noticed the change, maybe not.  In the last three weeks I have posted considerably more.  This is completely unlike me, as I used to post once a week or less.  But I love the challenge and the new personal goals that have been established.

There are some really positive changes happening around here and I am truly excited where it’s leading me.  I hope you will consider coming along for the ride!  It is definitely more fun with you!

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It is by far the best way to know when I am updating and to be the first to get access to some pretty fun desserts!

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

Back to dessert pizza.  One of the best things about this is the shortbread cookie crumble on top of the pizza.  I asked my sweet Parker if he would help out and he was happy to lend a hand.

Ha!  I seriously need to stop laughing at my own jokes.  That or just keep on laughing.

I think I will choose laughing. It’s helps you lose weight right?  And after this pizza that is a good thing.

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

 

So this is a layer of cinnamon and sugar pizza, a cream cheese layer, a blueberry pie filling layer, then shortbread crumbles.

Not too shabby eh?

Blueberry Dessert Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 12" thin pizza crust, pre-made
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 can (21 oz.) blueberry pie filling
  • 1 cup crushed shortbread cookies

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons of melted butter with cinnamon and brush over the entire pizza crust.
  3. Bake crust for about 5 minutes or until crust is golden brown, then allow crust to cool.
  4. In a stand mixer, blend together cream cheese, softened butter and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  5. Add powdered sugar and brown sugar and mix well.
  6. Carefully spread cream cheese mixture evenly over pizza crust.
  7. Add an even layer of blueberry filling.
  8. Generously sprinkle top of pizza with crushed shortbread cookies. (I use Walkers and used 6 round cookies)
  9. Serve cool.
  10. (Contrary to my pictures, no forks needed!)
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Recipe just barely adapted from Boboli.com.

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

These four pieces look about right.  The kids can split the small ones. ;)

 

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

 

I know I have a fork in the picture, but in my defense, I took the picture before actually trying the pizza.  Once I actually had a bite, it was immediately apparent that this was a job for the ole hands.  No utensils needed!

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Neapolitan Fudge

When I had the brilliant idea to create a Neapolitan Fudge I was SO excited to get started!  Then I googled it and realized that everyone has made a Neapolitan Fudge and alas, “my” idea was not so brilliant after all.

My next mission was finding the best possible recipe.

Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

 

It’s actually rather odd how I decided upon this particular fudge.  I found the recipe on Taste of Home and it actually didn’t get a great review.  People were complaining that:

“Tastes like frosting in a cube. I wish I had read the reviews before I spent the money on the ingredients!”

Not fudge!!! More like cream cheese frosting!! Very disappointing!”

“Tastes good but should not be called Fudge…maybe “Looks Like Fudge”, but definitely is not Fudge.”

Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

I mean… a fudge that tastes like FROSTING?  Cream Cheese frosting?  

Frosting in a Cube?

THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT.

It’s like those complainers were speaking my love language.

Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

 

At the end of the day I was super happy with this “fudge”.  I put fudge in quotations because I am not sure why someone thought it wasn’t fudge, because that is exactly what I thought it was after my first bite.  What makes something not-fudge-like?

Neapolitan Fudge

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Layer
  • 1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, melted and cooled
  • Raspberry Layer
  • 1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Raspberry Extract
  • 2-3 drops red gel food coloring (optional)
  • Vanilla Layer
  • 1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. Line a 9-in. x 9-in. baking pan with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat 4 ounces cream cheese until fluffy.
  3. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and then add in the melted milk chocolate.
  4. Spread into prepared pan. (I pressed the layer down as flat as I could.) Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  5. Raspberry Layer
  6. In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
  7. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar.
  8. Beat in melted white chocolate and raspberry extract. Tint with food coloring if desired. Spread over top.
  9. Vanilla layer
  10. In stand mixer, beat 4 ounces cream cheese until fluffy.
  11. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Beat in melted white chocolate.
  12. Carefully spread over chocolate layer, trying to get layer as flat and even as possible. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  13. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  14. Using parchment paper, lift fudge out of pan. Cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  15. Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/neapolitan-fudge#ixzz37863Q6D0
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Normally for Neapolitan I use all things strawberry, and you certainly still can in this instance, (as the flavoring is from raspberry extract, it can easily be switched out for strawberry) but I have to tell you, I really liked the raspberry!

Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

 This fudge is a fabulous way to get a delicious treat on a hot summers day.  Plus it’s just plain pretty.

Check out some of my other Neapolitan Desserts!

Check out some of my other Neapolitan Desserts:

Neapolitan Rose Cake

Neapolitan Rose Cake!

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars!

Neapolitan Rose Spritz Cookies

Neapolitan Rose Spritz Cookies!

Neapolitan Cupcakes

Neapolitan Cupcakes!

Neapolitan Cheesecake

Neapolitan Cheesecake! Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate no-bake cheesecake!

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snickers special-k bars

I win the internet.

Snickers Special-K Bars!

 

I was going to tell you that, post a few pictures and a recipe and be done with it.  Cause I mean, hello.  I won.  Game over.

But then I thought you might want to know why I won.

But that would mean telling you all about these, and they wouldn’t be my little secret anymore.  And people might judge me that I made a dessert with 47 snickers bars in it.  And then added butter.  And sugar.  Cause apparently that’s bad or something.

Snickers Special-K Bars!

 

These are Special K bars covered in Snickers Frosting.

Frosting.

Made of Snickers bars.

Melted down Snickers bars.

Yes, I totally went there.

Snickers Special-K Bars!

But that wasn’t it!

I then chopped up an entire bag of the snack size bars and sprinkled them on top as if they were the magical happy tears from rainbow colored unicorns and each precious chunk was saving a Dalmatian puppy from being turned into a coat.

Then I brought one to my husband and made him eat it.  We just looked at each other.  No words were necessary.

Then my daughter came in and said, “Those look weird.”  And I laughed and laughed and crazy eyed laughed and said,

“You have no idea what you are saying child!  Just back away.  Don’t look into them too long or they will bewitch you with rainbows and love.  Slowly, just turn around and then run as fast as you can!  Run I tell you!”

She gave me a weird look and went back to playing My Little Ponies on her ipad.   Even though I forbid her playing that game.  Dang those ponies are sassy!

Snickers Special-K Bars!

snickers special-k bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 7 cups Special K cereal
  • Frosting
  • 3 full size Snickers bars
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 2-2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 bag fun size Snickers, each bar chopped into at least five pieces

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch pan. (I spray my pan then line it with parchment paper)
  2. In a large sauce pan, combine sugar and light corn syrup and cook over medium heat until boiling. Stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal. Pat the cereal mixture into the prepared pan.
  4. Frosting
  5. Melt three full size Snickers bars with 1 stick butter in a saucepan over very low heat. (about five minutes) Once melted, remove from heat and add confectioners sugar then the milk.
  6. Pour warm frosting over bars and sprinkle chopped Snickers bars over frosting, allow to set for at least 3 hours.
  7. (You can refrigerate to set quicker, but let bars come to room temperature before serving.)
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The Special K Bars recipe was adapted from allrecipes.com and the frosting was adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

Snickers Special-K Bars!

 

Immediately after making these and sampling just a bit I packaged everything up to be given away.  They MUST BE GIVEN AWAY.  Or you will eat them ALL.

And you will curse me and thank me and proclaim yourself THE WINNER OF THE INTERNET.

Just trust me.

I Am Baker

patriotic hi-hat cupcakes

I think it’s safe to say that I love all things surprise-inside.  These hi-hat cupcakes are a perfect way to celebrate with the classic red, white and blue theme, but to pleasantly surprise family and friends!

Patriotic Hi-Hat Cupcakes!  (with a fun surprise-inside!)

 

I really enjoy making hi-hat cupcakes and since I make them so often, I really experimented with these.  My vision was to have them be all white from top to bottom.  White cupcake then the white candy coating shell.

However, that does not bode well with bright red and deep dark blue frosting.  It took me no less than four coats of candy coating to cover the colors of the frosting, and then the shell was so thick it was hard to imagine eating it!

Patriotic Hi-Hat Cupcakes!  (with a fun surprise-inside!)

 

And even then the red, white and blue was still visible.  Sprinkles were the next logical step because, hello, sprinkles are always the answer.  But even that didn’t cover up the massive globs of white chocolate candy coating.

So back to semi-sweet chocolate shell.

Patriotic Hi-Hat Cupcakes!  (with a fun surprise-inside!)

 

Which worked great!  Still tastes amazing, still conceals the wonderful surprise, still perfect for any July 4th Party!

Here is my recipe for chocolate candy coating. (or magic shell)

And here is my new FAVORITE recipe for white cake cupcakes.  I am not kidding, it is truly delicious!  Perfect every time.  It is adapted from the Cherry Limeade Cupcakes that were adapted from Sprinkles.

the perfect white cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffins tins. (This recipe yielded 15 muffins for me.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.
  4. Add in vanilla and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack.
  7. Let cupcakes cool completely and dry before topping with frosting.
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Patriotic Hi-Hat Cupcakes!  (with a fun surprise-inside!)

 

To make the red, white and blue colors inside the cupcake, prepare one batch of frosting.  I recommend this Basic Buttercream, but use an imitation clear vanilla extract to help frosting stay white.

Evenly divide buttercream into three bowls then tint one bowl red and and blue.  I use Americolor gel food coloring and a LOT of it to achieve these vibrant tones.

Place frosting into pastry bag with a 9PT tip from Bakery Crafts.

How to Make the Perfect Hi-Hat Cupcake with Surprise-Inside Colors!

 

Holding bag directly above cupcake start to apply pressure.  Do not move bag up, keep at steady and apply more pressure, letting the frosting fill out around the cupcake.  When you have reached the desired size of dollop, release pressure and lift up.

How to Make the Perfect Hi-Hat Cupcake with Surprise-Inside Colors!

 

I tried this method in a pastry bag without the 9PT tip and while you can still achieve a somewhat similar result, it’s not as perfect as when the tip is used.  There is a little line from the pastry bag and the shape is not perfectly round.  But it could work in a pinch!

How to Make the Perfect Hi-Hat Cupcake with Surprise-Inside Colors!

 

Repeat with the red frosting.  You can really see here what a difference the 9PT tip makes!

Then I switched things up and did the colors in opposite order, and this happened.

How to Make the Perfect Hi-Hat Cupcake with Surprise-Inside Colors!

 

Just look at the perfect swirl.  Man I love that tip!  (For the record, I have no affiliate links, or pay-per-click links, in this post nor does Bakery Crafts know I exist, I just truly love their products and the beautiful results they give!)

How to Make the Perfect Hi-Hat Cupcake with Surprise-Inside Colors!

 

I have one more amazing-never-been-seen-before patriotic dessert to share this week and I am SO EXCITED for you to see it!

In the mean-time, here are some other fun patriotic desserts!

July 4th Surprise-Inside Cake!July 4th Surprise-Inside Cake

Red Velvet Graham Crackers!

Red Velvet Graham Crackers

Patriotic Rose Cake (the Original!)

Original Patriotic Rose Cake (video tutorial)

Patriotic Cupcakes!

Patriotic Cupcakes! (100% edible, even the wrapper!)

Patriotic Pancakes!

Patriotic Pancakes