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Oct 20

Best Brownie Bites

You know those brownie bites you get in bulk at the warehouse store? These are better. Plus, when you make your own, you can add Rolos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

That’s just better, dontcha think??

These are the Best Brownie Bites! Top them with Rolos or peanut butter cups or ganache frosting and sprinkles!

I spent this past weekend in Seattle and it was amazing. I absolutely love Seattle, and all of the Pacific Northwest. Every time I visit Oregon or Washington I feel at home (until it rains).

We were in Seattle for a wedding, but we spent all day Friday being tourists and having a little no-kid time. I gained 10 pounds at Serious Pie & Biscuit for breakfast (you must try it, OMG!) and we toured Pike’s Place and Pioneer Square and enjoyed walking around Lake Union, where our hotel was. It was absolutely gorgeous!

And, of course, no trip to Seattle can be complete without a stop at the Brown and Haley factory store. I stocked up on Mountain Bars and Almond Roca. Expect LOTS of copycats!

These are the Best Brownie Bites! Top them with candy or ganache and sprinkles for any party!

On Friday night I redeemed the birthday gift that Mel gave me last month: we went and saw Kinky Boots at the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. Have you heard of that show? It’s also on Broadway and it won a Tony for best musical. It was probably the best show I’ve ever seen. It’s only in Seattle for another week or so, but it’s traveling around the country over the next several months. The music is fantastic (it’s all by Cyndi Lauper) and the actors are incredible. The entire audience gave a standing ovation – and for good reason.

While we were at the theatre, I had a brownie. {Of course I did.} I was expecting your run-of-the-mill dry crumbly not-worth-it theatre treat, but I was wrong. It was amazing – almost as good as the play. Eating that brownie reminded me of these brownie bites I made last week, and it made me want to share them with you NOW.

These are the BEST Brownie Bites! Make a bunch and freeze them for the holidays!

I’m sure you’ve all tasted those brownie bites from the big-box warehouse stores, right? Those are one of the only store-bought desserts at a potluck I’ll actually eat (because they’re totally worth the calories). But do you know what’s even better than the Costco or Sam’s Club brownie bites?

Homemade Brownie Bites are better. A lot better. And almost just as easy. And? You can frost them or top them with candy like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and everyone will love you lots.

I promise.

Oct 19

Candy Bar Pie

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My pantry is full of half-open bags of candy. Once things start falling on my head while I’m grabbing the cereal, I know it’s time to take action. Enter: Candy Bar Pie. A blondie in a pie crust that’s filled with leftover candy. I say this a lot, but you’re welcome. Like a lot...

Oct 18

How to Freeze Desserts

How to freeze desserts so you can make them in advance for the holidays

Want to know a secret? I freeze pretty much every single dessert I make for the blog. Want to know how you can freeze things too? Well, you’re in the right place today. The holidays are coming – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve. If you’re anything like me, these are the baking holidays....

Oct 16

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!

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Today is a super special day! My friend, Sandra from A Dash of Sanity, is celebrating her first blogiversary today! One year of blogging is an amazing accomplishment. I’m so excited to be joining with her in her celebration with this fantastic KitchenAid giveaway! Sandra is the sweetest person and her recipes are amazing! She...

Oct 16

Red Velvet Brownie Cups

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I know, I know. This recipe doesn’t have pumpkin or apple. But did you know red velvet was originally, traditionally, a Christmas dessert? So really, these Red Velvet Brownie Cups are just ahead of the game. I’m getting you prepared for November and December. You’re welcome. Holy blogger cookbook-palooza people. So. Many. Bloggers have...

Oct 15

Butterscotch Blondie Gooey Bars

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Gooey cookie dough and butterscotch lovers: these butterscotch blondie gooey bars are for you! Mel and I hardly ever go to movies anymore and when we do go, it’s during the day. But last weekend we redeemed one of our only child perks: Jordan had a slumber party so we got a date...

Oct 13

Halloween Toffee Bark

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Toffee, graham crackers, and Halloween sprinkles make this Halloween Toffee Bark the most festive candy ever! There are only a handful of desserts that my husband will consider eating: peanut butter cookies, ice cream, carrot cake, and toffee. In fact, if you read this blog at all, you’ll know he rarely eats anything I...