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Praline Fudge Brownies

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Praline Fudge Brownies

A dense brownie covered in creamy praline filling and topped with chocolate fudge and pecans. This will satisfy the most demanding sweet tooth!!!!

I adore pralines. Especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas when anything with pecans is somehow better. Some people say they are just too sweet- and this filling is no exception! Paired with this not-too-sweet brownie, I think it is perfect though. These got rave reviews and several people exclaimed, “These taste like Christmas!”

Praline Fudge Brownies4So let’s make these yummy little treats! (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Brownie:

  • 1cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Praline Filling:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 12 Tablespoons of butter
  • 3 cups of brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 cup of finely chopped pecans (divided)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla

Fudge Topping:

  • 12oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine here!)

DIRECTIONS:

Brownie:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream butter and sugar together. 
  • Beat in eggs, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Add flour and milk (alternating them and mixing well in between)
  • Spread evenly in greased jelly roll pan (12 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 1″).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until done in center and just starting to pull away from sides.
  • Cool.  

Praline filling:

  • In a large saucepan, mix cream, butter and brown sugar.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Cook for one minute, stirring constantly and then remove from heat.
  • Stir in powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 cup of pecans (you may need to do this in a separate bowl if your saucepan isn’t big enough)
  • Cool for 5 minutes, stirring often until it thickens up a bit.
  • Spoon mixture over cooled brownies and spread into a smooth layer over the top.

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  • Melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Pour over praline filling and spread evenly over top.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.
  • Chill until top layer is hard and cut into bars.

Praline Fudge Brownies7My thoughts: These aren’t hard to put together and they are oh-so-yummy!!! I froze about half of the batch in an air-tight container for several weeks and just pulled them out for a party I was having- they freeze GREAT. In fact, they are pretty yummy frozen. 🙂  I hope you get a chance to try these and enjoy them as much as I did!

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Other yummy Christmas desserts: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Chocolate bonbonsHot Chocolate Pop!Snowman Oreo PopsPeanut Brittle!!

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Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

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These cute little bites of pumpkin and sweet cream cheese frosting are a perfect Fall treat! Top them with a little Hershey Kiss acorn, and they are a sweet place setting for Thanksgiving!

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If you have followed this blog for very long, you know that I hate pumpkin. I cave in to autumn recipes though and sometimes create pumpkin treats for you all. I rely on others to tell me how they taste, and these got RAVE reviews from my taste-testing friends.

They are an adaptation of my mom’s delicious Pumpkin Roll, but in cute and bite-size portions!

And then there are those cute little acorns- easy and fun to make for your fall celebrations.

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Here’s how we created all of this yummy-ness! (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 38-40 mini cupcakes)

Cupcakes:

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Frosting: (halve this if you don’t like piles of frosting as shown in my photos!)

  • 8 oz (1 package) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (melted)

Acorns: 

  • 40 Hershey kisses
  • 40 mini Nilla Wafers
  • about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix together all of the cupcake ingredients, adding the flour, cinnamon and soda last.  Blend well.
  • Spoon into mini cupcake liners, filling each about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes
  • Cool completely and frost.

Frosting:

  • On medium speed, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until smooth.
  • Add melted white chocolate to icing and beat on low until completely combined.
  • Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on top of cooled mini cupcakes.
  • Add leaf sprinkles and acorn (if desired)

Acorns:

  • Count out about 40 chocolate chips, Nilla Wafers and (unwrapped!) Hershey kisses.
  • Melt remaining chocolate chips
  • Set Nilla Wafers flat side up on a plate.
  • Spread a small amount of melted chocolate on the bottom of a Hershey kiss and set it (melted chocolate side down) on a Nilla Wafer. Repeat until all kisses are placed and refrigerate until hardened together.
  • Use a toothpick to put a small amount of melted chocolate on a chocolate chip and carefully hold to the top of the Nilla Wafer until it hardens and stays (when the Nilla Wafer is cold from the fridge, this happens in seconds).
  • Use to decorate your table and your cupcakes!!!

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My thoughts: Cute, easy and (according to my friends!) delicious! I hope you get a chance to try these little bites of fall happiness! Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other really fun and cute fall treats: (click on a photo to see the recipe!)

Tepee CupcakesPumpkin Pie Cutout cookies!Football Field Oreo PopsChocolate Football Cookies!

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Bomb Brownies

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Peanut Butter Bomb

What could be more yummy than a chocolate brownie covered in creamy peanut butter ganache and topped with a chocolate covered peanut butter mousse bomb?  If you are addicted to chocolate and peanut butter, this dessert is for you!

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Chocolate and peanut butter are a timeless combination, and these brownies combine those flavors in such a fun way!

The homemade brownies are dense, but not too rich. They compliment that sweet creamy peanut butter mousse perfectly and are such a pretty dessert!

You will need a silicone bomb mold for this, and a brush for coating it in chocolate. I found both of these at a local cake-decorating shop and they were really inexpensive.

Want to see how we did these? Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 18-24 brownie cups)

Brownie:

  • Two sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk

Ganache: 

  • 1 cup of peanut butter baking chips
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream

Bombs:

  • 1 to 2 cups of dark chocolate candy melts
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip topping

DIRECTIONS:

Bomb: 

  • Make these first, so they are ready to use once you need them.
  • Melt chocolate candy melts in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Use a brush (clean, food brush) to brush the inside of each cavity of the bomb mold with melted chocolate.
  • Freeze for about 3 minutes and repeat, to give a nice thick layer of chocolate. Re-freeze for another 4-5 minutes.

 

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  • Make filling by beating together peanut butter, cream cheese and sugar.
  • Gently fold in the container of whipped topping.
  • Place filling in a large zip-top bag and keep in the fridge until use.
  • Cut a corner off the bag, and squeeze filling into each chocolate coated bomb mold. Smooth tops with a spatula.

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  • Refreeze for about 15 minutes- until filling is hardened.
  • Gently peel mold away from bomb. Place each one on a plate covered in parchment paper and freeze until use.

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Brownie:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream butter and sugar together. 
  • Beat in eggs, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Add flour and milk (alternating them and mixing well in between)
  • Spoon into 18-24 cupcake liners placed in a muffin tin (only fill 1/3 to 1/2 full)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Ganache:

  • While brownies bake, heat peanut butter chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments. Stir and repeat until smooth and creamy.
  • When brownies are out of oven, carefully remove them from muffin tins and spoon warm ganache over warm brownies. Allow both to cool until ganache is firm but still a bit sticky.
  • Gently place a chocolate bomb on top of each brownie, and press gently into ganache.
  • Drizzle a bit of white chocolate on top if you desire.
  • Keep refrigerated. Leave at room temperature for a few minutes to warm before serving. Yum.

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My thoughts: Yum!!! These were a huge hit among my friends and family. They do take a little extra time to make that bomb on top– but the wow factor is worth it!  I will definitely be using these little silicone molds again- they are easy to use and I love that fun dome of chocolate! I hope you get a chance to try these!! Enjoy!!! ~r

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Other yummy peanut butter treats on Easybaked:

Peanut butter cup cheesecakePeanut Butter Cupcakes!!Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies!!!!Peanut butter Acorn Cookies!

Fourth of July Dessert Ideas!

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Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!

 

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!

Oh my, I love the fourth of July! I love the picnics, and pool parties, and cookouts, and fireworks…and the time with family!

My parents have always (like always, for as long as I can remember!) had a giant pool party for the fourth and invited our entire extended family for burgers and brats and volleyball and sunshine….and for a competitive display of our best “at home” fireworks we could find, later in the evening. I have so many fun memories of chasing fireflies and waving sparklers with my cousins (that are all grown with kids of their own now!). This year is different. For starters, mom isn’t here to orchestrate the complexities of the celebration. The house is in boxes and bags- ready to show to whomever might be interested in buying, and the pool and yard are immaculately kept. Pool toys and floats are all deflated and either sold or put away. Sometimes I sit on the back porch and watch the fireflies and remember all the laughter and fun.

I know that these times are not forever over. This year is different, but once dad settles into his new place there will be other celebrations and family times over the fourth. This year though…my heart wasn’t in the “create something new and fun” place. So instead, I thought you might enjoy a collection of some of my previous red-white-and-blue recipes. You can click on the photo or the title, to be taken to the recipe.

American Flag Oreo Pops!!!!

American Flag Oreo Pops

Patriotic Polka Dot Cake!!!!

Patriotic Polka Dot Cake!!!

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!!!!

Flip Flop Cookies for the Fourth!

Patriotic Tie-Dye Cake!!!!

Patriotic Tie-Dye Cake!

Stars!!

Stars and Stripes Brownies!

Patriotic Bundt Cake!!!!

Red White and Blue Bundt Cake!

And if you are grilling out for the Fourth, you might need these…

BBQ Grill Cupcakes!!

BBQ Grill Cupcakes!

Hamburger Cookie!

Grilled Burger Cupcakes!

However you celebrate this summer, I hope you have fun making memories with your friends and family~ and I hope you enjoy trying fun, new recipes that become a part of your family traditions! ~r

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Fire Cracker Cookies!!

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These fun little fire cracker cookies have a crackling surprise inside– pop rock candy! A perfect treat for your Fourth of July celebrations!!!

I can’t believe it’s almost July already- this summer is passing too fast…! These cookies were a HUGE hit among my friends- the experience of eating a cookie that is popping in your mouth is truly a unique one, and everyone was a huge fan!

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adore sugar cookies…especially in the summer. They are so…expected at Christmas- but the 4th of July? Such a fun treat! These are easy to make and cut just beautifully. The dipping in candy melts takes a little time, but the end result is just so fun!

Here’s how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 60 circles that end up at 20 completed cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in red, white and blue
  • Star sprinkles
  • 3 packets of Pop Rocks in any flavor
  • String licorice (or the pull-apart kind works too)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
  • Cut about 60 circles using a cookie cutter (I used a 1″ cookie cutter)
  • Use a smaller circle cutter to cut out a center circle from 20 of these cookies.
  • Place cookies on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper and bake at 350F degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Slide baked cookies and parchment paper together onto a counter to cool completely.
  • Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Dip 1/3 of cookies into blue melts first and allow them to harden slightly before setting a snip of licorice on top. You may need to experiment with this a bit. The melts need to be soft enough to stick the licorice in, and hard enough to hold it upright.
  • Dip remaining cookies- 1/3 into red and 1/3 into white melts (add star sprinkles on the sides of the white cookies) and allow them to harden completely.
  • Put the cookies together by piping or spreading a little white candy melt on the bottom of the white piece and setting it on the red. Fill the open spot in the white cookie with pop rocks, pipe or spread a little white candy melt on the top ring of the white cookie and set the blue cookie on the very top. Allow cookies to harden together. Enjoy!!

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My thoughts: These take a little time, but they are genuinely fun to make and SO fun to serve! I loved the giggles at those surprise Pop Rocks in the middle!!! I hope you get a chance to try them!!!

Fire Cracker Cookies!

Other fun summer cookie recipes: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Goldfish Oreo Pops!Hamburger Cookie!Ladybug Oreo Pops!Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!

Fishing Pond Cupcakes

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These delicious chocolate cupcakes are filled with a blue frosting “pond” and salty goldfish crackers! A perfect treat for the fish (or fishing!) lovers in your life!

We have a fishing theme on Easybaked these past few weeks. Last week I shared my fishing bobbers and this week a cute little fishing pond! I cannot underestimate the yummy sweet and salty combination of these cupcakes! Those goldfish are a perfect little bite of salt- and simply adorable! These are cute for Father’s day or Birthdays~ and you can even add a few little flower sprinkles for the girls in your life that adore their goldfish!


Fish Pond Cupcakes

These are easy-peasy to make, they use a boxed cake mix and a tub of frosting (although, if you are an over-achiever you certainly could do both from scratch!)

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • Two tubs of white frosting
  • About 2 cups of green sugar crystals
  • One bag of Goldfish Baby crackers (they are smaller than the original crackers)
  • Green and blue food coloring gels

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package and bake in 24 cupcake liners set in a baking tin. Cool completely.
  • Open one tub of frosting, spoon it into a bowl, heat it for about 15 seconds in the microwave to soften it a little and color it green with food color.
  • Open the second tub of frosting spoon it into a bowl, heat it for about 15 seconds in the microwave to soften it a little and color it blue with food color. Spoon it into a zip-top bag and set aside.
  • Pour green sugar into a small bowl.
  • To assemble: Cut a pond-shaped circle hole into the top of each cupcake using a small knife and pull out the core.
  • Dip the top of the cupcake into the green frosting and then into the green sugar, coating it completely.
  • Cut a corner off the bag holding the blue frosting and pipe it into the pond opening on the top of the cupcake.
  • Add a couple of goldfish and flower sprinkles if desired –and enjoy!!!

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 My thoughts: How fun!!! I hope you get a chance to make these cute little cupcakes for your next “fishy” get-together ~ maybe this weekend at the lake cottage??? ~Enjoy!!!

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Need some other fun summer ideas? We have lots of them! Click on a photo to see the recipe:

Cheesecake Sundaes frozen s'more cupsRoot Beer Float Cupcakes!!!!Pina Colada Cupcakes!

Fishing Bobber Cupcakes!

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If your dad loves fishing, these fun bobbers on waves of blue buttercream frosting will make him smile!

A perfect Father’s Day treat!

The idea for this recipe began last year before Father’s Day. I was pondering the idea of cutting a hole in the top of a cupcake and finding (or making) an edible golf ball to set inside of it. One morning the lightbulb came on: Lindt White Chocolate Truffles! They were perfect, and as I unwrapped all that yummy chocolate I brainstormed for other ideas.

Golf Cupcakes!!

One of those ideas was another Father’s Day treat- fishing bobbers! I filed the idea away until this year came around and then gave it a go. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to dip the truffle in warm chocolate without it melting, and if it would actually look like a bobber– but I love them! My dad loved them too.

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Here’s how we made these yummy treats for dad: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • Blue food coloring gel
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of salted butter
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla flavoring
  • 24 Lindt white chocolate truffles
  • One bag of Wilton candy melts in red

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package.
  • Divide out about 1/3 of batter and color it blue
  • Swirl the 2 colors together (don’t mix too much!) and scoop into 24 cupcake liners placed in a baking tin.
  • Bake according to package and cool cupcakes completely
  • Make frosting by placing butters, powdered sugar and vanilla into a large bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy. 
  • Divide frosting in half and color one half blue. Swirl together the blue and white frosting and place into a large zip-top bag, fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Pipe frosting on top of cupcakes.
  • To make toppers: Unwrap all Lindt truffles.
  • Melt red candy melts in a bowl in the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Allow candy melts to cool a little before dipping.
  • Use a small skewer or fork to dip each truffle into red candy melts, covering the bottom half in red. Place these on clean parchment paper to cool and harden.

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  • Place remaining melted red chocolate into a small zip-top bag. Clip a corner and carefully pipe a small circle of red on the top of each “bobber”, covering the hole made by the skewer used for dipping.
  • Once “bobbers” are completely cooled and hardened, place them on the top of each cupcake and enjoy!!!

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My thoughts: I really have the most incredible dad. He is funny (hilarious!) and smart and brave. He loves golf (last year’s cupcakes) and he loves fishing (this year’s cupcakes)~ he goes to Canada every summer to fish for GIANT Walleye and Pike and then he fries them up for us all when he gets back- and they are delicious! He does roll his eyes when I say that I like bobber fishing best….but in any case, these are for you dad! I love you!!!!!!!

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Need more ideas for your Father’s Day celebration? Try some of these! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Chocolate Pecan TartCookie Dough BrownieBBQ Grill Cupcakes!!Golf Cupcakes!!!!

 

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