Oreo and Nutella Brownie Bites

Oreo and Nutella Brownie Bites

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a good week.  Chris and I are doing some tree removal/fence work in our yard.  Earlier this week we had nine large Pittosporums removed.  It was chaotic and noisy but worth it.  We now have a lot more sun light coming through our kitchen/dining room area.  More
sun light = better photos.  Hooray!

Next week the tree guys will be out here grinding down the stumps.  Then we’ll have our new fence built —can’t wait! We’ve been fenceless for several days now and it’s weird when there’s no barrier and people can look/walk in.

Anyway, today’s recipe requires no introduction.  It’s chocolate-y and it’s Nutella.  Need I say more? Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I made some PB&J bars yesterday.  I was hoping to give some away to my friend Lisa and my neighbors, and send the rest off with Chris to share with his co-workers.  I sent an email out to my neighbors first to see if anyone may want them before I distribute them, as not everyone likes the combination or peanut butter for that matter.  I was pleasantly surprised to find so many takers! Not sure if it was the free baked goods or that they really liked PB&J.  In the end, I was only able to send four pieces off with Chris *sad face* :(.

These are rich, dense (thanks to all that butter and sugar) and wickedly good! So if you’re not watching that waistline this summer, go bake yourself a batch of these.  You’ll be glad you did.  Have a great weekend!

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Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Nutella Brownie Bites

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Nutella Brownie Bites

I can’t believe it’s Friday and the last day of May today.  Time sure flies… And because it’s Friday, I think everyone deserves to end the work week/month with a little something sweet and decadent.

Now to all you Oreo, chocolate chip cookie, Nutella and brownie fans.  If you like either one of these or all then you’re in for a treat.  These brownie bites are little bites of heaven! You have the cookie dough on the bottom and Nutella brownie batter on top.  Then the Oreo cookie in the center, all in one little package.  YUM! Doesn’t that sound good? Don’t you just want to bite into one? Now march into the kitchen and bake some.  You’ll be happy that you did.  Happy Friday!

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Baileys Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Baileys Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

I baked these for my lovely neighbors.  There are five units in our little cluster, including us.  So really, I’m baking for four households (~1-2 person household).  I have to say, I’m pretty lucky to have friendly and easygoing neighbors.  We are a tight-knit bunch and we all look out for each other.  I am the foster Mommy to Cairo, Ashes and Marbles (not pictured here) when my neighbors (their parents) are out of town.  Isn’t he cute?

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Nutella Brownie Cups

Nutella Brownie Cups

Baking, for the most part, takes up a good few hours of my day.  I don’t mind it but on the days when I do bake, dinner sometimes can get neglected.  We either eat leftovers or something super quick.

Well, today’s recipe will have you in and out of the kitchen in less than an hour! And yes, this includes clean-up.  Yay! I just love those kinds of recipes, don’t you? And you’ll still have plenty of time to make dinner.

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Oreo White Chocolate Chip Blondies

Oreo White Chocolate Chip Blondies

My first attempt at making scones yesterday failed miserably.  Not only was it unappealing, it was a bit on the dry side.  There’s something about baking where you have to knead and/or shape the actual dough that frightens me.  I’m sure I will eventually take another stab at it but it won’t be anytime soon.

So this morning, I was back in the kitchen again.  I wanted to bake for Hanna, my Massage Therapist who has been working with me on my back pain issues.  She has been such a tremendous help that I wanted to thank her.  I was so relieved that these blondies turned out so well! After yesterday’s kitchen faux pas, I was a bit worried.  So if you’re hankering for something sweet and if you like Oreos (who doesn’t?), you’ll love these!

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Kahlua Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Kahlua Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Today is National Kahlua Day.  And in honor of that, I made these Kahlua Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.  If you are a Kahlua fan,  then you’ll love these! When I made them this morning, I couldn’t stop licking the batter. 😀  You can definitely taste the Kahlua flavor in this and the dark chocolate is nice complement to this cookie bar.  If you don’t have Kahlua or don’t want to add it to your batter, you can always add some coffee granules to this with some rum or vanilla extract.  But really, why bother? Go all out and add the Kahlua.  You’ll be glad you did.  Bake some today and enjoy them with family, friends, or neighbors.  They’ll thank you for it.

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Pumpkin Eggnog Blondies

Pumpkin Eggnog Blondies

I baked these blondies today for my new neighbors.  Since this is our first holiday in the new house, I wanted to do something nice for them.  I wanted to bake something with a festive ingredient and also something that was easy to package.  Chris and I sampled these blondies and were delighted to discover that they tasted like a pumpkin pie with eggnog.  So if you dig pumpkin pie, bake a batch of these blondies today!

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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

I recently discovered blondies.  They’re all over the baking aisles at the market during the holiday season and for the longest time; I didn’t know what they were.  I finally looked it up and found out it was a lighter version of brownies.  And since I had some dark peanut butter cups lying around, which I’m not too fond of (I’m a milk chocolate fan), I thought —why not bake some and throw those in there?

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