Better-Then-Crack Brownies (for real)

Ok, so have you ever made something that is sooo good that you want to eat the whole pan?
I mean, I make things I like all the time, but LOVE and want to eat every last crumb of? That doesn’t happen very often, or at least I don’t let it happen very often or else I would be 300lbs. by tomorrow.
I have to admit though…3/4 of this pan is gone and I have eaten every last crumb. 🙂
I made these once before but for somebody else so I only had 1 piece. (thank goodness)
This time I made a 9×9 pan rather then the 9×13 pan that this recipe calls for.
I found this recipe on How Sweet It Is. Which is my new favourite blog by the way. So many delicious treats that look amazing! I have made quite a few and they are always always always delicious!

So you know what this is??

Brownie ( well I actually used chocolate cake but…same difference)
Peanuts
Peanut Butter Cups
Rice Krispies coated in peanut butter, chocolate and butter

yum

yum

and yum

I never know if I should post the recipe here or direct you over to How Sweet blog.. but today I think I am going to post it here…

Better-Than-Crack Brownies

1 – 9×13 size batch, Brownies
1/2 cup Salted Peanuts
1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Cups ( I used 6 cups for a 9×9 and that was plenty)
1 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate chips ( you could totally use semisweet…I used half semi and half milk)
1 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 tablespoon Butter
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

1. Bake Brownies till set and basically done.
2. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped Peanut Butter Cups and Peanuts. Put back in oven and bake for a few more minutes. Basically till brownie is 100% done and the PB Cups are melting.
3. When they are done, melt Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips and Butter in a medium sized pot. Stir over medium/low heat until completely melted and combined.
4. Remove from heat and stir in the Rice Krispie Cereal. ( both times I have made this I added about 1/2 cup more cereal. I am sure it doesn’t matter but I just like the krispyness 🙂 )
5. Spread over the Brownie base evenly.
6. Chill till the chocolate is set and not goopy or runny. (about 2 hours)
7. YUM eat and share ( so you don’t gain 100lbs like me 🙂 )

Breaking the Rules

I am breaking my own rules. But thats ok, because I’m the boss around here.

This is not a healthy recipe. At all.

I hope you wont be offended if I wreck your healthy eating plan on January the 10th. I’m sorry.

A while back I found a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip on this awesome blog called How Sweet It Is.

Currently it is in my top 5 favourite blogs. (along with Joy The BakerThe Pioneer Woman (obviously), Sugar Plum, and Sugarcafter)

Anyways, a while after the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip was posted, a wonderful list of variations showed up. Variations like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Snickerdoodle, and Double Chocolate Chip. Naturally, I had to try them all.

Who doesn’t love cookie dough? and in dip form? delish!

I made 1 regular batch and divided it into 3 and made the peanut butter vaiation and the double chocolate variation along with the regular chocolate chip. We ate them with Teddy Grahams, Animal Crackers and pretzels, but a spoon would also work perfectly fine. They were all amazing, but the peanut butter one was my favourite.

By the way, my spell check says the favourite is spelled without a “u” but I am Canadian so it is spelled with a “u”. I am sorry if its annoying.

I whipped this together on Saturday night and I didn’t take a picture. It was really tragic.
The bowls are empty. I am sorry. 😦
There are lots of pictures on the How Sweet It Is blog. Please check them out!

Here is the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip ( and variations)

1/2 cup Butter
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
8 ounces Cream Cheese (1 block)
1/2 cup Icing Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla

1. Melt butter in a small pot and stir in brown sugar. Stir till brown sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to bubble, Remove from heat to cool and add vanilla.
2. Cream icing sugar and cream cheese together until blended.
3. Add butter/brownsugar mixture to cream cheese and blend on low speed until combined.
4. If you would like regular chocolate chip cookie dough dip, stir in 3/4 chocolate chips and serve with animal crackers or pretzels or fruit or a spoon 🙂

Variations:
If you would like to make 3 different flavors from 1 batch, divide batter into 3 equal portions before adding chocolate chips.

To make 1/3 recipe of 3 flavours:
 Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: add 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Snickerdoodle Dough Dip: add 1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
Double Chocolate Dough Dip: add1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1/4 cup chocolate chips

To make a full batch of any of the flavours:
Regular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: add 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: add 1/2 cups Peanut Butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Snickerdoodle Dip: add 2 tablespoons Cinnamon

Give it a try! and Check out How Sweet It Is Blog! .

I will make this again soon ( and take pictures)
Double Chocolate Dough Dip: add 1/2 cup Cocoa, and 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips.

Happy New Year!! ( and peanut butter cupcakes)

Husband and I have been in Vancouver for New Years eve and New Years Day! It has been tons of fun! We have been eating lots of yummy food and buying fun dresses ( me not Gary :P) and doing a lot of fun stuff!

On New Years eve, we went shopping and I bought 2 cute dresses ( because I totally could not decide) then we went over to my uncles’ house for supper and then to a comedy thing which was really not that funny and we left half way through and went back to our hotel and watched tv haha. ( oh dear…it was not quite worth how much we paid! Our lights didn’t even turn on!)

New Years day, we went for breakfast at a very cool restaurant on Dunbar street called Jethro’s Fine Grub. SO YUMMY! My sisters and cousins took me there for brunch on my bachlorette and it was so good that we just had to go again! After we went roller-blading through Stanley Park, which was gorgeous!

All-in-all we had a fantastic get-away! (Probably my favorite holiday as a married woman so far!)

So I know I promised healthy recipes this month, but I have just one last unhealthy recipe that I really wanted to post on new years eve but I ran out of time! So I promise after this…health recipes till the end of January! yay!

These beautiful babies are Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache. YUM!
I have a thing with peanut butter cupcakes. Or really just cupcakes in general. I think it may have something to do with the fact that they look like muffins. And muffins are healthy.

 These are so dense and peanut buttery and moist. Just talking about them makes me want more right now. So you should make them. Right now. Please.

Here is the recipe. I bet you have everything in your house…to make these right now.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache

1 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
6 tbsp Butter (softened)
3/4 cup Peanut Butter ( I use smooth, but chunky would probably add something yummy too)
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix ( or sift if you’re into that sorta thing) flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
3. Beat butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until light and smooth. (1 min ish)
4. Add egg and vanilla. Beat till smooth.
5. Add flour mixture alternating with milk. Starting and finishing with flour mixture.
6. Fill muffin liners ( and do use liners, I think they are pretty necessary in this recipe)
7. Bake about 20-25 minutes. Until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Usually there will be cracks in the top.
9. Cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove to finish cooling on a wire rack.
* Personally I think these cupcakes are the best cool*

Chocolate Ganache

1/4 cup Whipping Cream
1 tbsp Butter
1 cup Chocolate chips (I like dark, but you could really use semi-sweet or milk)
1/2 tsp Vanilla ( if you want… I dont)

1. Warm whipping cream and butter in a pot on the stove until hot and butter is melted, but not scalding or boiling. Remove from heat.
2. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the warm butter/whipped cream mixture. Let sit for a few minutes. Stir together till smooth.
3. Dip cupcakes tops into the chocolate to cover the tops. Let sit until chocolate is set. Eat one with a big glass or milk. Yum.
Then force your husband to eat one even though he says its not good for him.