Brownies & Bars, Candy, Cookies

Chex Scotcheroos

I am loving these chewy stacks of sweetness! Give them a try!

Chex Scotcheroos

Chex Scotcheroo Stacks:
12 cups Chex cereal (I used corn and rice)
2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups creamy peanut butter

Line large trays or cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper or silpats. Measure Chex cereal into a large heatproof bowl. In saucepan, combine corn syrup and sugar over medium heat. Bring to boil then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Pour over cereal and gently fold together until cereal is completely covered. Scoop out onto prepared trays, I used a large ice cream scoop to make 30 stacks. When cool and set, make the topping.

Topping:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

In microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Microwave on 50% power for 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted together and smooth. Spoon 1 Tbl of mixture over each stack. Let set up at room temperature or put in fridge to speed up the process. Makes 30 large stacks. Mixture can be pressed into a sprayed sheet pan and then drizzle topping over and cut into bars.

The original recipe is found at prettyplainjanes.com.

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Breads, Quick Breads

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

My little twist on banana bread because I love peanut butter!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 overripe bananas, mashed
2¼ cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 5 small or 2 regular size loaf pans with nonstick spray.

In large bowl mixing by hand, cream butter, peanut butter, and sugar. Add eggs and banana; mix thoroughly. In smaller bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add vanilla to buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately to creamed mixture; mix just until combined. Fold in peanut butter chips. Scoop batter evenly into prepared pans, sprinkle tops with a little sugar if desired. Bake 35 minutes (small loaves), 50 minutes (large loaves) or until golden brown and pick in center comes out clean. Cool in pans at least 15 minutes before removing. Cool completely before slicing for clean slices (usually I can wait, messy slices taste just as good).

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Brownies & Bars, Snacks

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

When our daughter came for a visit she made these delicious healthy bars. The recipe is found at sallysbakingaddiction.com. I am thinking maybe the name Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars would be better. They probably are healthier than many other dessert bars, but there are still a fair amount of calories in each bar. So, it’s all about portion control, or, do as my husband and I did and just have these bars for dinner! We are so happy…and healthy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (almond milk works)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Optional add-ins – chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. With electric mixer, cream brown sugar and peanut butter. Mix in vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts (or whatever add-ins you choose). Press dough into prepared baking pan. Bake 17-20 minutes, until bars are lightly golden and set in center. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.
Makes 16 squares, approx 240 calories each.

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Cookies

Peanuty Peanut Butter Cookies

Taking the peanut butter cookie to a higher level of peanuty flavor!

Peanuty Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag peanut butter chips
1½ cups honey roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix until just combined. Stir in peanut butter chips and honey roasted peanuts. Drop rounded scoops (about 2 Tbl) of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake 11-12 minutes, remove just before cookies start to brown. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Make about 44 cookies. Of course adding chocolate chips would be absolutely wonderful!

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Breads, Breakfast, Quick Breads

Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

If you’re a bread person like me, make this Peanut Butter & Honey Braid, grab a glass of milk and be happy!

Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

Peanut Butter & Honey Braid 1  Peanut Butter & Honey Braid 2  Peanut Butter & Honey Braid 3

2 ¹/3 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
1/2 cup butter, cold
2/3 cup milk, cold
3-4 Tbl peanut butter
2-3 Tbl honey

Preheat oven to 425°.  Cut butter into baking mix until mixture is crumbly. Stir in milk until dough comes together. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly 10 to 12 times. Roll dough into 15″x9″ rectangle.  Spread jam lengthwise down center 1/3 of dough (center 3″ pictured below). Make 3” cuts at 1″ intervals on long sides. Fold strips over filling.  Pick up with two spatulas and move onto Silpat lined baking sheet or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Glaze with following glaze when slightly cooled.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla
milk (enough to make drizzle consistency, add a little at a time)

Whisk together until smooth and drizzle over braid.

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Brownies & Bars

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tagalong Bars

Purchasing Girl Scout Cookies is a good way to support a great organization. But I have had six boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sitting in my kitchen for two weeks now. My husband and I don’t have any desire to eat them. I thought maybe the best use for a box of Tagalongs would be as an ingredient in homemade bars. Excellent! If you don’t have a box of Tagalongs, you still need to make these bars, I promise. Use 2 cups each of the peanut butter and milk chocolate chips, you will be so happy, peanut butter chocolate heaven!

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tagalong Bars

2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 box Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, peanut butter, and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. mix in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until combined. Stir in peanut butter chips, milk chocolate chips, and chopped Tagalongs. Spread batter in a well sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. I lay a sheet of foil over bars in oven after 20 minutes of baking to keep their light color.

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Brownies & Bars

Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies

Another peanut butter and chocolate experience, delicious!

Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies

Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies 1

Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup peanut butter, soft
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 (15.5 oz) pkg Peanut Butter Oreos

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, peanut butter (put in microwave to soften if necessary), sugar, and vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix thoroughly. Spread half the batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan. Place Peanut Butter Oreos in one layer over batter. Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over the top of the layer of Oreos and gently spread to cover all the Oreos (I use my fingers sprayed with non-stick spray). Bake 30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Fudge Frosting:
6 Tbl butter
6 Tbl milk
1½ cup sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

In saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, milk, and sugar. Bring to boil. Boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until chocolate chips are melted and frosting is smooth. Spread evenly over blondies, a thick layer. Frosting will set up nicely in a wonderful fudge layer! Your might also like Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies, Biscoff Brownies, Birthday Cake Oreo Sprinkle Blondies, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownies.

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Brownies & Bars, Pies

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Go ahead, make a chocolate & peanut butter lover smile! Inspired by and a variation of Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie on averiecooks.com.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie 2

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa
3/4 cup *Reese’s Mini Pieces, divided
22-24 **Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″ pie plate.

In large microwave safe bowl, cook butter for 1½-2 minutes on 50% power just until melted. Stir in brown sugar and let sit for a couple minutes to cool a bit. Stir in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in flour and cocoa. Mix in 1/2 cup of the Reese’s Mini Pieces. Spread batter in prepared pan. Evenly distribute and gently press the remaining Mini Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups Minis into the batter. Bake 28-30 minutes. Cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

*Find Reese’s Mini Pieces in the baking isle with chocolate chips.
**Find Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis in the candy isle.

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Breakfast, Brownies & Bars, Snacks

Chewy Granola Bars

These granola bars are so easy to make, a perfectly delicious treat! Recipe from moneysavingmom.com.

Chewy Granola Bars

2½ cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1¾ cups oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup each of other mix-ins (raisins, coconut, craisins, nuts, sunflower seed, etc.)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine Rice Krispies, oats, wheat germ, and mix-ins in large bowl. In saucepan, mix honey, brown sugar, and salt. Over medium-low heat, stir until the mixture comes to a complete boil for 30-60 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Pour over dry mixture and stir until well coated. Let cool for 5-10 minutes then gently stir in mini chocolate chips. Press into sprayed 9″x13″ pan. Let cool and set up then cut into bars.

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Breakfast, Cookies, Snacks

Breakfast Cookies

Grab ‘n’ Go!

Breakfast Cookies

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup crushed Total Whole Grain Cereal
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, applesauce, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. In medium bowl, stir together flour, wheat flour, oats, Total cereal, baking soda, and salt. Mix dry ingredients into creamed mixture just until combined. Mix in walnut, coconut, and mini chocolate chips. Drop 2″ scoops of batter onto silpat or parchment lined baking sheets. Press down with bottom of glass dipped in sugar to flatten to 3″ in diameter. Bake 7-8 minutes. Makes 32 cookies. 140 calories and 20 carbohydrates per cookie.

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