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Crispy Kit Kat Blondies

This recipe for blondies will knock your socks off, with Kit Kats and crisp rice cereal!  Blondies cookies bars with chocolate chips.

blondies-cookiesRecently, two nieces had birthdays.  I love letting my nieces and nephews come up with a custom cookie for their birthdays.  Not only does it let me makes something super fun that’s just for them, but it pushes my own creativity.

Usually I ask them to choose some flavors they like, and I find a way to combine them into a cookie.  One niece chose raspberry and chocolate, and the other, Blue Skies chose “Kit Kat.”

Her mom confessed that she wasn’t at all sure what I could do with a flavor request like that, but I think I won her over with this recipe.

I’ll tell you that the day I made these, I was baking up a storm. With at least 4 different baked good sitting on my counter, these blondies were the thing everyone wanted to pick at.

Myself included.

(See the flavors Blue Skies chose last year!)

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I started with my fantastic basic blondie recipe, the one I used for these super popular bars.

I think my brilliant plan of adding crisp rice cereal to these blondies worked perfectly.  It gave the bars that crispy, wafery, Kit-Kat feel to them, and sets them apart.  In a good way.

Blue Skies agreed.

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If you’ve got some candy bar-loving people in your life, or you want to surprise someone with a bar that stands just a little taller than it’s peers, this bar is your winner.

Does anyone want to make these for me on my birthday?

 

Want more?  Try these fabulous bars!

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Crispy Kit Kat Blondies
 
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A crispy blondie bar with pieces of Kit Kat candy.
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Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • i teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 regular Kit-Kat bars
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add baking powder and flour and mix until combined. Add cereal and chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  3. Break Kit Kat bars into pieces. (I broke each of the 4 sticks into about 6 pieces, for 24 pieces total for each Kit Kat.) Add pieces to the dough, and stir just until combined.
  4. Place dough in a 9x13 pan, and spread evenly. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes. Bars should be quite brown on top when done. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. (They may look a bit gooey when they come out of the oven, but should solidify as they cool.)
  5. Cut into 15 large or 20 small bars.

 

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies

Crispy chocolate peanut butter marshmallow brownies!  These brownies have a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping that will knock your socks off!

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!One of my favorite things about food blogging is the food blogging community.  I have made some awesome blogging friends, who like to talk about food photography and blog plugins just as much as I do.

One of my very best bloggy buddies is Carla at Chocolate Moosey.  And when I mentioned to her that I needed a killer brownie recipe for the upcoming family reunion brownie bake-off for eternal fame and glory, she suggested I try her Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies.

It was a brilliant suggestion.  They are amazing.

Which is why I’m sharing them with you today.  I made a couple small changes, to make them my own and all, but overall, this brilliant recipe is all Carla.

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

The family brownie bake-off was a good time, by the way.  I still didn’t kick Maren’s butt, but I have high hopes for the next contest, which is all about cookies.

The big winner was actually Grandma.  No surprise there, the woman is a fantastic cook and baker, despite her inability to smell the amazing things she makes.  Her winning bar was very similar to this one, which is so addictive I literally had to quit making it.

I also attempted a second brownie, this one with a mint cheesecake swirl, but I never could get the thing to bake all the way through for some reason, and it was really too gooey to be enjoyed.  #foodbloggerproblems  We all have those days, right?

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

What I love about this brownie is everything.  Honestly.  That crispy chocolate-peanut-butter topping is to die for.

One suggestion:  I have tried them warm and cold, and I recommend eating them cold.  The marshmallow is easier to eat, the topping has a nicer texture, and they cut cleanly into pretty little squares.  It’s a win-win.

Even if it didn’t win the family reunion bake-off.

 

Want more?  Check out these brownie recipes!

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 adapted from Chocolate Moosey

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Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies
 
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A fudgy chocolate brownie, topped with marshmallows and a crispy peanut butter topping.
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Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 25 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
Instructions
  1. Chop chocolate, and place in a bowl with butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  2. Let cool slightly, then add eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a 9x9 pan, and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, place marshmallows evenly on top (I did a 5x5 grid) and return to oven. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes, until marshmallows are puffy and slightly browned.
  5. Let brownies cool completely.
  6. In a small bowl, place chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add crisp rice cereal, and stir well. Pour over cooled brownies. Place in fridge and chill until topping is hardened.
  7. Cut into 9 large or 16 small squares.

 

 

Coconut Biscotti

Recipe for biscotti;  This easy biscotti recipe is flavored with coconut and tastes great with coffee or cocoa.

BiscottiToday was the last day of school.  This means the end of getting up early to make lunches and drive carpools, and the end of screaming about homework and scheduling school activities.  For three months, anyway.

It also means an end to quiet mornings by myself and uninterrupted reading.

*sniff sniff*

I like to read the kind of stuff that makes me think.  I like to sit quietly and contemplate the nature of the universe.  It takes me away from the unending hectic activity that dominates the rest of my life.

And it only gets more hectic in the summer.

But don’t worry about me… I have a solution.  My kids are teenagers, which means they won’t be up before noon.  And since Robb tends to be a late sleeper, too, all I have to do is get up the tiniest bit early to have a good hour of reading Emerson and sipping breakfast drinks.

And eating biscotti.

Coconut Biscotti from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Truth be told, this was my first time ever making biscotti.  I’m not sure why I waited so long, because I love the stuff.

I probably have a few tricks to learn yet, because this batch did have one little problem, but not one that made it inedible or anything, so I figured I was still safe to share it with you.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality of this next photo, but I wanted a shot of the pre-baked loaves of dough, to give you an idea of their size.

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Once I baked, cooled, and sliced them, I realized they were a touch crumbly and would have a bit of a hard time really staying in one piece.  The ends kept breaking off.  It made them look silly, but it gave me lots of crunchy little ends to snack on, so I wasn’t too upset.

I love how these turned out in the end, crunchy but not too hard, and full of yummy coconut flavor.

I think Emerson and I are going to love them.

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Strawberry White Chocolate Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats made with flavored marshmallows; This recipe for strawberry rice crispy treats is easy to make and only takes a few minutes.  Strawberry rice krispie treats recipe with white chocolate frosting.

rice krispie treat recipeMy kids’ ongoing ban from all things involving screens is starting to annoy their friends.

Rainy days are the worst.  Finding something to do when you can’t go outside and you can’t watch tv or play video games is pretty tough some days.  Today, they played board games, sat around chatting, and conducted a nerf war.  Pretty sure all of that took less than an hour.

And, being teenage boys that are constantly hungry, the kids decided to kill two birds with one stone.  They would spend time in the kitchen baking treats.  And then they would eat them.  I eagerly okayed the idea, with the stipulation that I get to photograph, in between the baking and eating steps.

I threw them a bag of strawberry flavored marshmallows and a box of Rice Krispies, and put them to work.

Having older kids is sooo great.

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The whole idea of krispie treats made with strawberry marshmallows is not all that exciting to me, but for some reason, the idea of strawberry flavored marshmallows is.  I can’t explain it.

I think I just love the idea of variety.  Marshmallows in 15 different flavors is awesome.

It probably explains my love of office supplies.  {“Which of these 12 cute patterns of file folders should I purchase?”}

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The kids kept checking in with me, to be sure they were getting all the steps right.  Each step ended with, “then can we eat them?”

Me: Press them into the pan.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Melt some white chocolate.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Spread it on carefully, then let it chill for about 10 minutes.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Then I will photograph them.
{Pause}
Me: Then you can eat them.
Kids: YES!

Every treat you see pictured was gone within 3 minutes.  I kid you not.

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Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Krispie treats plus popcorn, plus peppermint marshmallows, plus chocolate.  This recipe for chocolate peppermint popcorn krispie treat bark is no-bake, fast, easy, and tasty!

krispie treatsHaving blogging friends is the best.  They’re super friendly and helpful, and I have learned a mega-ton from my blogging friends.

One of the single most useful things I have done is join a Facebook group for food bloggers.  We talk about pretty much everything food-blogging-related.  I’ve made friends in this group, discovered amazing blogs with even more amazing recipes, and learned lots of technical stuff.  There’s no self-promotion allowed, so the discussions are always on topic.

I always know that if I’m up against a wall, I can go to this group for help.  If they don’t know the answer, they can usually help me figure out where else to look.

Since it is the first anniversary of this particular awesome-sauce facebook group, we’re celebrating with shoutouts.  Well, and food, of course.  So, this is the part where I give a big fat shoutout to Jessica at Oh Cake for organizing and administrating this group.  It’s probably one of the coolest things she has ever done.

Since I’m addicted to the Food Bloggers Network, and I’m addicted to popcorn, this recipe was a natural leap.  And I’m not joking about the popcorn part.  We literally eat popcorn at least twice a week.  It probably the largest source of fiber in my family’s diet.

TMI?  Maybe.

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I did learn something interesting making this treat, something I totally should have seen coming but totally didn’t.  Did you know that dry popcorn is really staticky?  I was worried that whole popcorn might be too chunky for this treat, so I decided to give it a rough chop with a knife.

Then tiny pieces of dry popcorn went everywhere and stuck to everything.  I couldn’t even scoop them into the garbage can, because they stuck to the cutting board, the knife, and my hand.

Perhaps, if the humidity level inside my house was higher than 2-and-a-half percent, the result would have been different.

In retrospect, I’m not sure the rough chop step was actually necessary, I’ll just leave that decision up to you.

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At the risk of tooting my own horn even more than usual, let me tell you that this might be my most brilliant concoction ever.  I seriously could not stop eating it.  It was at least as bad as the Cream Cheese Mints I made a couple weeks ago.  The popcorn actually gave the treats a little bit of a marshmallow-like texture, which I know sounds weird, considering there are actual marshmallows in it, too.

I’ll be surprised if this lasts more than a day at your house.  It lasted only about half a day at mine!

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Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

Let me preface this story by telling you that Robb and I get along great.  We really do.

But, our differing personalities being what they are, sometimes the way we get along doesn’t look like getting along, exactly.

For example, Robb has this burning desire to take his humor one step to far.  No, desire is not a strong enough word.  It’s a need.  An addiction.  A mental illness, if you will.

Let’s say he starts out with a funny joke, we laugh, we talk about it some more, his joking turns slightly rude and offensive, and I stop laughing.

This, my friends, THIS is the moment when Robb cannot physically stop himself from pushing the joke one more step into the range of offensive.  He can’t do it.

I simultaneously love and hate him for it.

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Now, if Robb were here, he would probably mention to you my affinity for picking fights.  It’s not that I actually want to fight, it’s more like I want someone to get involved, get emotional, challenge me, push me.  Robb just never fights with me when I want him to.  It’s SO annoying.

But Robb is not here, so I guess I can tell you that just today, HE picked a fight with me, and he was really looking forward to the “so there!” moment, but I was super sweet and didn’t fight with him, and he got no satisfaction at all.

So there.

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Toffee Almond Cookies

A crispy cookie with toffee bits and chopped almonds.

Source: My Baking Addiction, who uses a similar recipe frequently, with great success.

Yield: A mega-ton. I made regular sized cookies and ended up with more than 6 dozen.  If you make the large 5-inch version that MBA suggests, you’ll end up with less than 2 dozen.

There’s a Bill Cosby bit about how Americans can eat anything, as long as they have two pieces of bread.  Our sons were talking about this idea with their dad, on the drive to their boys-only camping trip last night.  It turned out to be a very pertinent discussion, because I sent tin foil dinners with them, and they ended up with no fire in which to cook them.  They powered through their evening fueled by Doritos on hard rolls, some theater candy, and soda.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the princess and I were having a lovely evening of fun and friends, fueled by giant marshmallows and white chocolate.  She then flitted off to a friends for the evening, and I was left home alone.  In the 12 years we have lived in this house, I’m almost positive this is the first night I have spent in the house completely alone.  How was it?  Blissfully quiet, truth be told.

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