Turning Original Butterscotch Brownies into Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. The Easter holiday with my family was wonderful, but I’m glad to get back to normal. Of course normal means I don’t really have a theme for my bakes. So I headed to my great grandmother’s recipe box again for something delicious. She had two recipes for butterscotch brownies that were exactly the same, but by two different people. If school taught me anything it’s that when the teacher repeats something it is important, and probably on a test. I decided to do a little test of my own by turning the original recipe into something even better. With a bit of experimenting, I created a recipe for espresso chocolate chip blondies.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondie Recipe

Experimenting with food and flavors is always fun. This time I’ll share great grandmother’s original butterscotch brownies and my espresso chocolate chip blondies. They both turned out deliciously. So why not try them both and decide which is the best butterscotch brownie recipe?

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A Sweet Recipe Full of Love: Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts

Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.

Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts Recipe - So sweet and yummy!

These pastry hearts might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. 😀

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Overnight Oatmeal Cookies with Molasses and Lemon

Hello everyone! We are more than halfway through January. Isn’t that crazy?! New Year’s Eve seems like it was just last week and also months ago. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution? My resolutions have been a mixture of successes and fails, but I’m still going which is the most important thing. One of the things I’ve been craving is cookies. There is nothing quite like having a warm cookie with a hot cup of tea on a snowy January day. I decided to having a small cookie was better than being so fixated on cookies that I end up eating my way out of a bag of Oreos. My great grandmother’s recipe box came to my aid with a delicious recipe for overnight oatmeal cookies.

This recipe does require chilling the dough overnight, but the promise of warm oatmeal cookies is more than enough. Both molasses and lemon zest go into these yummy little cookies giving these traditional cookies an unconventional twist. You’ll love nibbling on these oatmeal cookies with a nice hot cup of tea some cold winter day.

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Sweet Potato Muffins with Toasted Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Thanksgiving is just one week away, and I’m so excited. It’s always lovely to gather with friends and family to enjoy the day. When the extended family gets together, it’s a big group. Everyone brings a dish or two to share. This year all of the main dishes have been assigned so I decided to make a dessert. But I still wanted the dessert to be inspired by Thanksgiving. Sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving essential on many tables, especially in the south. Taking that as my inspiration, I created a delicious and unexpected dessert that everyone will enjoy: sweet potato muffins with toasted marshmallow icing.

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The mellow sweetness of the sweet potato is a perfect harvest flavor. The slightly toasted marshmallow adds a bit of sweet whimsy to these muffins. There have already been rave reviews from my family for these sweet potato muffins. I am certain they will be a big hit at any Thanksgiving gathering.

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Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

National Cheesecake Day is this Saturday the 30th. What better excuse to enjoy a delicious dessert? In honor of summer, I made lime cheesecake with strawberry sauce and strawberries on top of course. I also diverged from the normal graham cracker crust and made mine with a yummy pretzel crust. It adds a nice sweet change with a hint a salt. The fresh lime taste in the cheesecake with the sweet strawberry sauce hits all the right notes for summer.

Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce and a Pretzel Crust

Cheesecake can seem a little intimidating but don’t let that stop you. This recipe isn’t difficult and is very worth the effort to make.

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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

So have you made plans for a summer road trip yet? Plans have been popping up in my mind, but nothing is on the calendar yet. To prepare for impending summer trips, I’ve been thinking of possible homemade treats to take along. The bacon snack mix that I made a while back is a great salty snack for road trips. But I also like something sweet to munch on as well, like cookies.

I turned to my trusty and slightly rusty recipe box for an easy and sweetly delicious snack for the road. I found a recipe for brown sugar oatmeal cookies.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Okay actually they are called “Aggression Cookies”, which sounds like they would be difficult to make. But these cookies are really easy to make. This recipe does require kneading so the cookie dough is good to vent any aggression on.

Brown sugar oatmeal cookies is a more suitable name for these yummy treats. You can also add chocolate chips to these cookies which makes them even better in my opinion. For me chocolate makes almost everything better. These cookies are really easy to make and will be gratefully devoured by your family.

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A New Twist on a BLT: Grilled Brie and Bacon Sandwich

I’ve been doing some research on weird and wacky holidays. There seems to be something to celebrate everyday of the year. Did you know that it was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on the 12th?  It is National Soft Pretzel Month and BLT Sandwich Month? Tomorrow is actually National That Sucks Day which is appropriate for the impending Tax Day. 😀

Grilled Cheese Day makes a lot of sense; not only because grilled cheese is delicious and easy to make, but it is also inexpensive for all those people who may not be getting refunds this year.

With grilled cheese, soft pretzels, and BLTs all being celebrated this month, I decided to create a new twist on the classic BLT and the grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the grilled brie and bacon sandwich with sun dried tomato spread and alfalfa sprouts (instead of lettuce).

Grilled Brie and Bacon Sandwich: a new twist on a BLT and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

And it turned out deliciously! The salty bun and bacon with the melty and mild brie is a lovely contrast. The fresh sprouts add a bit of crunch and the sun dried tomato spread adds another yummy layer of flavor.

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Unplug and Bake French Coffee Cake

The other day I forgot my cellphone at home when I went out to supper with my parents. It felt so strange being disconnected from…everything. My mom also forgot her cell phone as did my dad, and we all felt kinda odd. Granted we were just out for dinner, but still I actually wondered what I would do if I had some free time on my hands without my phone. Heaven forbid I just sit back and relax! 😉

March 4-5 is National Day of Unplugging, that means no cell phone for as long as you can hold out. I know my family has a hard time getting off their phones even to enjoy dinner together. I think I’m going to implement a sort of cell phone tower strategy.

The idea is that everyone piles their cell phones on top of each other on the table and the first one to cave and grab their cell phone has to clear the table and do the dishes. I’ve heard of something similar when going out to dinner with friends and the one who grabs their cell has to pay the bill. Both of those consequences seem like enough motivation to disconnect from a cell phone and reconnect with loved ones.

While participating in National Day of Unplugging, I think I’ll do some baking. And why not use a recipe from a nearly technology free era? I dug through my great grandmother’s recipe box and came across her recipe for French Coffee Cake. This will be a great reward for my family at the end of our day of unplugging.

French Coffee Cake Recipe

I did a trial bake and it turned out delicious! Everyone is going to need a reward for unplugging and this delightful coffee cake is perfect.

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Fudgy Brownie Bites with a Pretzel Crust…Happy New Year Indeed!

Happy New Year! Wow it’s the end of 2015 and the beginning of a brand new year. One of the best things to happen this year was beginning this blog! It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait for the new year with new posts, DIY, recipes, and fun.

Some of my New Year’s resolutions include getting organized, cooking lots of new recipes, and stretching myself creatively. All of which add up to an exciting new year of blogging and life in general. 🙂

Since it is New Year’s Eve, I wanted to give you a delicious way to celebrate it.

These brownie bites are rich, sweet, and oh so good. The hint of salt in the pretzel crust give the brownie bites a welcome pause from all that delicious decadence. Easy and quick to whip up, these beauties a perfect dessert to bring to a party.

Enough talk! Time to get started on some deliciousness brownie bites.

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Scrumptious Glazed Apple Cookies

Fall is well underway, and I want to savor every minute of it. But fall wouldn’t be fall without warm and delicious treats!

So I decided to bake up something seasonal and delicious. And the thing that is screaming fall right now is apples.

Glazed Apple Cookies are simply scrumpious and the perfect cookie for fall ~ Home with Heartland

 

Did you know that October is National Apple Month? With apple orchards within five minutes, the siren’s apple call cannot go unnoticed.

Answering the call, I headed over to a local orchard and grabbed a bunch of delicious apples.

Fresh Orchard Apples for Apple Cookies

Then I turned to an old recipe box that has been passed down to me. I’m not sure where I received the recipe box from, but inside I came across a recipe clipped from a newspaper from the late 1970’s I believe: neither the date or the newspaper name were saved.

The article says that someone named Mrs. Clayton won regional and national cookie titles in 1977 for her cookie recipe. I decided to give it a try with some changes of my own.

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