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Amongst other things, the men in my life have been blessed/cursed with a sweet tooth. Fortunately this works out very well for me, who enjoys baking things, and them, who enjoy consuming copious amounts of sugar.

What to do for Father’s Day and the boyfriend’s birthday? Easy. Chocolate. And peanut butter. Aka the way to any (especially my) man’s heart.

So remember the Sex in a Pan? Believe it or not this is even better. I know, who would have thought that something could be better than Sex in a Pan…but it is.

Rather than a plain crust, brownies were used as the base. Then a peanut butter cream cheese layer, followed by chocolate pudding and whipping cream. Did I mention that this is two layers so now repeat all of those layers? Yes this is big, yes this is delicious, yes this is going to take us a week to eat through, no I am not complaining.

Happy belated Father’s Day to all of the father’s out there. Sorry to inform you that I have the best one ever and I love him a lot. Be jealous. Seriously.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Trifle

Adapted from The Enchanted Mommy

Brownies layer. . . I used this

Bake your brownies the day before and let them cool completely.

Cut the brownies into cubes and put half of them along the bottom of a trifle dish or large bowl.

Chocolate Pudding Layer

1 large package chocolate pudding    2 cups milk

Combine the ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. Allow the pudding to thicken in the fridge.

Whipping Cream Layer

2 cups Heavy Cream
3-4 tbsp sugar     1 tbsp vanilla

Beat cream on high speed until soft peaks form.

Add the sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.

Stick the bowl in the fridge until needed.

Peanut Butter Layer

1 cup creamy peanut butter       1 cup cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar                        2 tbsp milk

Beat peanut butter and cream cheese together until creamy.

Add icing sugar and mix well.  Add 2 tbsp milk and combine.

Take 1 cup of the whipping cream mixture from the fridge and fold it into the peanut butter mixture until just combined.

Layering

Once everything has been prepared you are ready for layering. This can be done in any order. I went with brownies, peanut butter cream cheese, chocolate pudding, whipping cream and repeat. Then top with sliced Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

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Best Cocoa Brownies

I know this seems boring, I know this seems simple, but a) sometimes the simple things in life are the best (that’s the saying right?) and b) sometimes a lot of simple things added together make something crazy amazing.

These are brownies. Simple brownies. Seriously amazing brownies. Like bake them and your entire house will smell amazing for a day, you will be tempted to devour the whole pan in one sitting, and the neighbours and their kids will show up prepared with milk, kind of brownies.

Can we just talk about brownies for a second please? Brownies are so diverse it’s amazing. I mean think about it: cakey brownies, brownies with icing, chewy brownies, brownies with nuts, blonde brownies, fudgy brownies, thin brownies, thick brownies, boxed brownies (because sometimes they are really good) and don’t even get me started on those two bite brownies from a bag that can instantly turn a bad day into the best day. I think I’ve found a new life goal…to find the best brownies out there…

These brownies might come close since they fall into the chewy and fudgy and thin categories. They are also delicious on their own, crazy good served with ice cream and probably one of the best things that I have ever consumed when combined with a few other ingredients, more on that later though…

 

Best Cocoa Brownies

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

10 tbsp butter          1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt               1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs                      1/2 cup flour

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Line the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.

Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl and set the bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water.

Stir from time to time until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside briefly until the mixture is slightly.

Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon.

Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one.

When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes.

Spread evenly in the lined pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.

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Light ‘N Crisp Waffles

Lazy Sunday’s are so great. And often so necessary. And today is one of those days.

One of those days when there’s a sleep in followed by a muffin and catch up with a good friend and then church. I think that everyone needs a friend like this one, someone who can observe, offer advice, and call you on it when you’re acting out. She makes me be reflective and want to be a better person, all while being full of grace and wisdom. I am so thankful for her and have so much to learn.

What else goes with a lazy Sunday? Waffles…as long as you have someone to make them for you. Which I did. In other words, life couldn’t be better.

These waffles are so frickin’ good. And diverse, if you want them to be. Normally we make them with blueberries inside and choose from either blueberry or maple syrup. My latest thing is to have chocolate chip waffles topped with peanut butter and maple syrup because what else would you do.

I also might know someone who puts peanut butter and blackberry jam on blueberry waffles (weird) and another who puts peanut butter and honey on blueberry waffles. Do those combinations even go together or am I the only confused one?

To each his own. I just hope that this becomes a Sunday trend.

 

Light ‘N Crisp Waffles

2 egg yolks    2 cups milk

2 cups flour   1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt    1/3 cup oil

2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Optional: chocolate chips, blueberries, bacon, cheese, etc.

Preheat waffle maker.

Put all ingredients except egg white in a large bowl. Beat on low until moistened, increase to medium, mix until smooth.

By hand, gently fold in beaten egg whites.

Pour 1/2 cup batter over waffle grids, close waffle maker.

Bake until golden, 3 minutes.

Repeat.

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Slutty Brownies

You know that you must be doing something right when it comes to baking if someone emails you a recipe and not so subtly hints that you should probably make said recipe and bring it in to work for everyone to enjoy.

When this happened to me a few weeks ago I knew that today was the day to make that request come true. After all, it was a pretty epic request that fortunately didn’t disappoint.

Have you noticed a trend in regards to the names of recipes that I’ve been making lately? Sex in a Pan, now Slutty Brownies, I can only imagine (okay I’m not actually imagining) what the next recipe will be called…

But seriously. Slutty Brownies. One layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, a layer of whole Oreo cookies and then brownie to top things off. Pure over the top deliciousness.

Yes the recipe does take a bit of time to make, but all good things in life take time. Although, the process could always be sped up by using a pre made cookie dough and a brownie mix. Buuuut add me to the list of snobs who prefers almost all desserts handmade.

Ps. I think these should be called diabetes brownies, or cardiac arrest brownies, it might be a bit more fitting. But who am I kidding, hand me another piece.

 

 

 

 

Slutty Brownies

Adapted from Eat, Run, Read

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer

1 cup softened butter        1 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar         2 large eggs

1 tbsp vanilla                    2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda              1 tsp salt

Mini milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well until combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of the prepared pan.

Top the cookie dough with a layer of Oreos.

Brownie Layer

1 cup butter          2 ¼ cups sugar

3 large eggs           1 ¼ cups cocoa

1 tsp salt               1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp vanilla          1 ½ cups flour

In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter and sugar, stirring until the butter is melted. (Avoid allowing the mixture to bubble)

In a large bowl beat the eggs with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla till smooth.

Add the hot butter/sugar mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour, stirring until combined.

Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos.

Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes.

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