Peppermint Bark Brownies

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Just say yes to chocolate and peppermint, Peppermint Bark Brownies are brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

December holidays bring memories of baking Christmas cookies and spending time with family and loved ones.  Each year I plan to make a treat that we maybe haven’t included in our Christmas recipes before, I enjoy making a wide variety of goodies to package up and share with family and friends.  This year’s new treat – Peppermint Bark Brownies.  So fudgy and minty, these brownies would make a fabulous addition to any Christmas treat tray…. 

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Pumpkin Pie Brownies

I love pie!  Definitely in my top 5 favorites is PUMPKIN PIE.  It is a staple at every Thanksgiving… or so I thought.  For the first 23 years of my life, I did not know a Thanksgiving meal without Pumpkin Pie.  Then along came my in-laws.  I showed up to their house for Thanksgiving and discovered that they were serving Cherry, Coconut Cream, and French Silk Pies.  Uhhhh WHAT???  There was no pumpkin pie and I was shocked.  They all acted like it was no big deal and reassured me that they rarely, if ever, served Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving.  Fast forward one year and I decided that I would contribute to their Thanksgiving spread by making a Pumpkin Pie.  It was my first time actually making it and it turned out perfect!  I was so proud of it and was once again shocked when the evening was winding down and I discovered that I was the only one that ate any of it!   Needless to say I decided not to try to change their traditions again, but instead, if I know I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with them I just find anyone I can that is is willing to save me a piece of pumpkin pie from their family’s meal.

All of that to say, I love pumpkin pie.  And I also love brownies.  So when I saw them together, baked in my current obsession {the cast iron skillet}, I knew I had to try them.  What I love most about them is that they aren’t just pumpkin spice flavored.  It is actually the taste and texture of pumpkin pie, on top of a chocolatey brownie.  Then topped with whipped cream, seriously, how could you go wrong!  These are a must try for any pumpkin pie lover!

Does your family serve Pumpkin Pie?  If not, what pie is traditionally at your table??

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Pumpkin Pie Brownies
  • 4 ounces CREAM CHEESE
  • ¼ cup SUGAR
  • 1 EGG
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1 teaspoon PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
  • 1 box BROWNIE MIX, batter prepared according to box
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and continue to beat. Add pumpkin puree, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until very smooth. Set aside.
  2. Prepare brownies according to box. Pour batter into a cast iron skillet. Top with the pumpkin pie layer. Using a knife, swirl the top layer. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly. Serve topped with whipped cream! ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from: The Cookie Rookie




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Pumpkin Chocolate Whoopie Pies

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Favorite Brownies From Scratch

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My Favorite Brownies from Scratch – the batter is ready in the time it takes to preheat the oven!

One evening, my husband was searching through the pantry.  He doesn’t cook so it was weird.

Me: What are you looking for?

Him: A box of brownie mix or something.

Me: Seriously?!  It’s like you don’t even know me!!

It’s not that I have anything against boxed brownie mix, I usually don’t buy it because I prefer this recipe.  I mean what’s better than a warm, fudgy brownie?

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Biscoff Oatmeal Blondies

This easy dessert is a great lunch box treat -

Biscoff Oatmeal Blondies are full of cinnamon chips and chocolate!

Biscoff Oatmeal Blondies | Crumbs and Chaos #dessert #blondies #biscoff I, for one, love a nice fudge-y brownie.  I also adore brownie’s cousin, the blondie, which is a bar with the texture of a brownie that doesn’t have any chocolate in it’s basic batter.

One weekend I was looking for a lunch box treat and decided to make these blondies.  I switched up the add-ins based on what I had in my overflowing pantry and they were incredible.  I mean, really, you can’t go wrong with Biscoff spread, cinnamon chips and chocolate.  My 8 year old loved these and kept asking for one everyday until they were gone.  These are a winner and this recipe is on the must-make-again-soon list.  So good!

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Biscoff Oatmeal Blondies

A quick bar dessert that has a texture like a brownie and is full of Biscoff, oatmeal, cinnamon chips and chocolate!


  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, softened
  • 1 cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup BISCOFF SPREAD
  • 2 EGGS
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA
  • 2 teaspoons BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 1 1/2 cups FLOUR
  • 1/2 cup OATMEAL
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S BAKING MELTS (or chocolate chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and lightly grease.
  2. Beat together butter and brown sugar. Add in biscoff spread, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Slowly add the baking powder, salt, flour and oatmeal, mix until just combined. Stir in chips.
  3. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 20-22 minutes. Be careful not to over bake these and let them cool completely before cutting into bars.

Recipe Source: Based on this recipe from Inside BruCrew Life



Biscoff Goodness from friends…

Cookie Butter Pretzel Dip from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Biscoff Filled Brownie Bites from Lemons for Lulu

Biscoff Muddy Buddies from Chef In Training


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Toffee Crunch Brownies

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Most certainly brownies are incredible on their own.  Topped with rice krispies, chocolate and toffee?!  Absolutely dynamite!!

Brownies are well loved by most people I know – I don’t care if you have a favorite boxed mix that you like to use or a made from scratch version that’s totally amazing.  My favorite thing about this recipe – all it takes is one bowl, one whisk/spoon and a few minutes.  They can be mixed up in the time it takes you to preheat the oven.  I love the texture of the crunchy top layer, it pairs well with the fudgy brownie layer below.  So, next week surprise the brownie lover in your life with a little something different!

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Toffee Crunch Brownies


  • 1 cup BUTTER
  • 6 (1 oz.) squares of UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE
  • 4 EGGS
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1 1/2 cups FLOUR
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sized microwavable bowl, place butter and chocolate squares. Heat in microwave for 1 minute, stir. Heat 30 seconds at a time until chocolate is melted.
  3. Whisk in sugar, add in eggs and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Add in flour and salt, stir until just combined.
  4. Spread into pan and sprinkle with cereal and then toffee bits. Press slightly into batter.
  5. Bake 25-28 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.

Recipe Source: Wilton Gifts from the Kitchen Cookbook




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Mocha Toffee Trifle

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Every Christmas it seems like there are endless amounts of parties with endless amounts of gift exchanges.  You know the kind where there is a spending limit and you just buy a general gift that anyone would be glad to get.  This past Christmas we went to quite a few of those, and as we arrived at our final party, I was a little “general gift exchange-d” out.  BUT… to my surprise I LOVED my gift.  It was one of the more creative gifts I’ve gotten.  I received a trifle dish, all the dry ingredients to make a trifle and a wonderful recipe.  I only had to buy 1 ingredient and assemble it and there it was.  PLUS, I get to keep the trifle dish, which is awesome because I’ve never owned one!

So, fast forward a few weeks and here I am needing a dish to take to a baby shower.  This trifle was the obvious choice!  It was so easy to put together and everyone loved it!  I will definitely be making this again and I’m sure I will find a few other recipes  so that the trifle dish gets some use!

Mocha Toffee Trifle


  • 1 BROWNIE MIX, prepared according to pkg directions, cooled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 3/4 cups COLD MILK
  • 2 (3.3 ounce) packages INSTANT WHITE CHOCOLATE PUDDING MIX
  • 2 Tablespoons WARM WATER
  • 2 cups COOL WHIP, thawed
  • 1 bag chocolate covered toffee bits


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and pudding mix until mixture begins to thicken. Dissolve coffee granules in water and then stir into pudding mixture. Fold in whipped topping. In a trifle dish, layer one-third of brownie cubes, one-third of pudding mixture and one-third of toffee bits. Repeat layering until all ingredients are used. Chill 30 minutes in refrigerator before serving. ENJOY!


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Layered things we love:


Taco Dip

Individual Chocolate PB Trifles

Berry Cheesecake Parfait

Caramel Apple Dip


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S’mores Brownies and a Kraft Backyard BBQ giveaway

It’s summer…the days are wonderfully warm and long…the grill is begging to be fired up.  Weekends are about enjoying time and good eats with your favorite people.  The best way to do this…host a backyard BBQ with a little help from Kraft Foods.
Kraft Foods recently invited me to try out a few of their new products (and some other fun stuff!).  Here’s what I thought…
Country Time Half & Half Mix- A refreshing mix-up-anytime-you-want summer drink, you can’t go wrong with this lemonade/tea mix
Kool Aid – Peach Mango and Strawberry Kiwi flavors – Yum!  This was fun to drink and also fun to serve over crushed ice (almost like a sno cone)
Kraft Sizzling Salads Southwest Dinner Kit – One word…convenient, you have the sauce to cook the chicken and the dressing for the salad in one neat little package.  Add the ingredients for a salad and dinner is served!
Velveeta Queso Blanco Cheese – tastes just like the white cheese dip from your favorite Mexican restaurant.  This was a great addition to our favorite Guacamole Burgers.  I also used it in a stuffed chicken breast with fresh salsa.
Honey Maid Lil’ Squares Graham Crackers – our family’s new favorite cracker!  These are great for snacking on, they don’t make as many crumbs as a regular size graham cracker.  I also used them to make dessert.
Don’t get me started on the Chilled Salad Bowl, Rubbermaid Carafe and lovely Serving Tray – absolute essential for any summer backyard party.  I plan on putting these to work all summer long.
No summer party is complete without a little S’mores action going on.  This time a brownie version – fudgy brownies sandwiched between a graham cracker layer and gooey marshmallows and milk chocolate.  (Don’t want to make the brownies from scratch?  Use your favorite box mix.)  Total summer bliss!
S’mores Brownies


  • 1/2 cup BUTTER
  • 3/4 cup WHITE SUGAR
  • 3/4 cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 4 EGGS
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1 cup FLOUR
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and grease with cooking spray.
  2. Line bottom of the pan with 1 layer of graham cracker squares. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, over low heat, melt together semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter. Stir well, remove from heat. Add in sugars and allow to cool slightly. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, and then add vanilla. Gently stir in flour and salt. Spread in pan over graham cracker layer.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes, remove from oven. Sprinkle with milk chocolate chips and marshmallows. Return to oven for 10 more minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.
Recipe Source:  Adapted from Food Network’s March 2012 booklet of 50 Brownies
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Triple Chocolate Brownies

As you can probably tell, around here we LOVE brownies.  We love the Basic One Bowl Brownies, Oreo Brownies, and the Chocolate Mint Brownies.  Recently I made some dulce de leche (because I had left over sweetened condensed milk) and after the first lick I knew it needed a brownie beneath it! 

And believe it or not, I found a WONDERFUL FUDGY brownie recipe in the January/February 2012 Issue of Everyday Food Magazine, which happens to be their Light Issue!  And here’s the secret… the reason they made it in the light issue is because they have 3 grams less fat per brownie than a regular brownie.  BECAUSE… you cut the amount of butter by also adding……… BLACK BEANS!  Who would’ve thought??? Not me!  And to be honest I was skeptical.  But they were wonderful! 

Of course this is information that I kept to myself until after my kids and husband had devoured theirs.  Because topped with a little dulce de leche, a few chocolate chips, and some coarse salt(which is very reminiscent of the Brownies with Salted Caramel Icing that we love!) you would never know that there is less fat and a little added fiber!

Triple Chocolate Brownies

by Megan {Crumbs and Chaos}

  • ¼ cup BLACK BEANS, rinsed, drained, and pureed until smooth
  • 2 ounces UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cup SUGAR
  • 2 large EGGS, plus 1 large EGG WHITE
  • 1 ½ teaspoons VANILLA
  • 1 cup FLOUR
  • ½ teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • ½ teaspoon FINE SALT
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
In a large microwaveable bowl, combine butter, bean puree, and chocolates and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth. Whisk in sugar, eggs, egg white, and vanilla until smooth.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir into chocolate mixture until just combined.
Pour batter into pan. Bake until top is cracked and toothpick comes out with some moist crumbs, about 25 minutes (center may seem undercooked but will set further as it cools). Let cool completely and grabbing foil, lift out of pan and cut into squares. serve topped with dulce de leche, a sprinkling of coarse salt and chocolate chips. ENJOY!!
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Milk Chocolate Toffee Brownies

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One thing that my husband and I can always agree on is brownies.  He’s not a cake lover, but he’ll always go for a warm, fudgy brownie.  So, imagine my excitement when Food Network magazine’s March issue came out – the entire issue dedicated to chocolate.  There was an insert booklet with 50 variations on the fabulous brownie.  I’ve only read through said booklet about 4 times.  It inspired me to create this version – milk chocolate toffee.

They aren’t your usual deep, dark brownie.  The chocolate flavor is milder and giving the chopped up Heath bars room the shine.  They are delicious warm, at room temperature or topped with ice cream, toffee bits and chocolate syrup!
One thing I loved about this recipe is that all the mixing happens in one saucepan.  If you line your baking pan with foil, that’s an added bonus with one less pan to wash.  Less dishes to do = one happy mama.  
Milk Chocolate Toffee Brownies

by Becca {Crumbs and Chaos}

  • 1 stick BUTTER
  • 1/2 cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup WHITE SUGAR
  • 4 EGGS
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1 cup FLOUR
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil, grease lightly.
In a saucepan, butter and chocolate chips over low heat. Stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, stir in both sugars. Let cool for a few minutes.
Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
Stir in flour, salt and 1/2 cup of chopped heath bars.
Spread in pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of heath bars.
Bake for 45 minutes, remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Remove from pan as one big brownie and cut into pieces.
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Peanut Butter Brownies

Let’s just say…I LOVE Brownies.  I, of course, like the simple box of brownies that are quick and easy to make, but, I found this recipe on pinterest and it sounded delicious!  They might just be the best brownies I have ever had (and I have had some really yummy ones ;-)  

Peanut Butter Brownies
by Kate {Crumbs and Chaos}
  • 1 box of your FAVORITE BROWNIE MIX (for a 9×13 pan) + eggs/oil needed for brownies
  • 1/2 cup PEANUT BUTTER
Make the brownie mix according to the package directions. Stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips. Spread batter in pan.
Put peanut butter in microwave for about 30 seconds. Use a spoon to swirl it onto of the brownies. Sprinkle with the rest of the chocolate/peanut butter chips.
Bake brownies as directed. Let cool completely before cutting.
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(I didn’t quite use the full 2 cups of chocolate and peanut butter chips and it was still very rich.  The only other thing I substituted was applesauce instead of oil and they were the BEST brownies ever!)

Source: Tailor Made Momma

Can’t get enough brownies?  Us either!