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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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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Wickedly Delicious Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The season of desserts and sweets has officially begun. Between pumpkin spice fever and stocking piling Halloween candy, there is no escaping the sugar rush. With Halloween parties coming up, everyone is bringing out their sweetest concoctions. But I don’t have any candy recipes of my own. So I turned to my great grandmother’s recipe box and found an awesome recipe for chocolate fudge. She called it “Million Dollar Fudge”. I call it wickedly delicious.

Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The fudge disappeared so fast, I suspect there are sugar gremlins lurking about. 😉 This is a really simple one pot recipe. So whipping up more for Halloween won’t be a problem. And it’s perfect to bring to your next Halloween bash.

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Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake: a Delicious State Fair Treat

One of the best things about the end of summer here is the Minnesota State Fair. Otherwise known as the “Great Minnesota Get Together”. Through the twelve days of the fair, there are animals, concerts, activities, and lots of food. You can pretty much find anything on a stick and many things deep fried. Most Minnesotans eat their way through the fair walking it off as they go. I must confess I am one of these people. French fries, cheese curds, and all you can drink milk for $2 are always on my list of what to eat. Also on my food list are deep fried Oreos® and funnel cake. So yummy!

I wanted to be able to enjoy and share a sweet, fair treat throughout the year. So I decided to not only make these desserts but combine them into a decadent dessert. This recipe for Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake is a sweet tribute to delicious the State Fair food.

Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake

These are actually easy and quick to make. Depending on how big you like your funnel cakes, this recipe will make a enough for at least 4 people and easily 6 people. The crushed chocolate cookies in this funnel cake adds yummy, rich 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. 🙂

It is New Year’s Eve, and 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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