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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

The name of these Peanut Butter Cup Blondies pretty much sums up this dessert.  A simple batter of flour, sugar, butter and eggs is mixed with peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with chopped up peanut butter cups.  If you love peanut butter and chocolate (or just peanut butter), you should like these bars.   Although they seem decadent, they aren’t overly sweet or buttery and according to Cooking Light each bar has only 153 calories so don’t let guilt consume you.  Next time you get that peanut butter-chocolate craving, consider making these!

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  • Reduced-fat peanut butter
  • Non-fat milk

Overall Rating:  Love it

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

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Salted Caramel Brownies

If you like salty and sweet in one bite, you’ll probably like these Salted Caramel Brownies.  Chocolatey brownies are baked and topped with warm homemade caramel, a splatter of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of sea salt.  The brownie batter was thick but resulted in chewy and moist brownies.  The caramel comes together very quickly (I had no time to take a photo!) so make sure to pay close attention to the recipe’s cooking time or else the caramel won’t come out right.  The topping of chocolate drizzle isn’t really necessary so next time I’ll either leave it off or use less.  I like the hint of saltiness on these brownies but overall they are very sweet.  Keep a glass of milk nearby.

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Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Mexican Chocolate Cookies

I love the idea of adding a bit of a kick to something sweet.  These Mexican Chocolate Cookies do just that by adding cinnamon, cayenne pepper and black pepper.  The spices don’t take away from the sweetness at all.  In fact, these cookies are sweet, chocolatey, chewy and delicious.  The hint of both peppers kicks in softly at the end and complements the bittersweet chocolate well.  The recipe says to bake them for 10 minutes so even though they won’t look done, take them out anyway.  I left mine on the cookie sheet on a wire rack to cool for five minutes and they were perfectly done.  Even after two days, they were still soft and chewy so resist the temptation to leave them in the oven a few minutes longer (unless you want them crunchier).  Trust me, you’ll be happy with them!

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Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I know cupcakes are nothing new and that people have been baking them for birthday parties for a very long time.  Yet these days, it seems cupcakes have become sort of hip and everyone is making them.  Me included.  My sweet tooth loves a yummy cupcake with the individual portions of soft cake and creamy frosting.  I found these Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting when I was looking at other food blogs.  I came across a beautiful blog called Glorious Treats and stopped immediately when I came to these cupcakes.  I’ve been experimenting with making my own peanut butter frosting and haven’t quite gotten it right.  I think this one does.  I took some to my work and everyone who tried them took one bite and walked away with a smile on their face.  Sinfully delicious.

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Substitutions: 

  • Reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1/3 less fat cream cheese

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/

Chocolate-Chip Apricot Bars

Oatmeal + chocolate = Love.  Give me a chewy, gooey, chocolatey treat like these Chocolate-Chip Apricot Bars anyday and I’m a happy camper.  The dried apricots provide a chewiness and add a slightly different sweetness to the bars without being overpowering.  If you don’t like dried fruit, you may not even notice that they are in there but feel free to leave them out if you want.  These are the kind of bars that I can’t keep in the house or I just might eat half the pan before bed.

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Substitutions:

  • Dark brown sugar for light brown sugar (it’s what I had on hand)

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Real Simple Magazine

Panini with Chocolate and Brie

I’m a big fan of paninis but the first time I saw Giada DeLaurentiis make this sandwich on her show Everyday Italian, I thought it was an odd combination.  But curiosity got the best of me so I just had to try it.  The salty, creamy brie pairs well with the semi-sweet chocolate while the basil surprisingly complements them both.  And you can’t really go wrong with sourdough bread.  Because of its richness, it’s not something I would make for a meal again (I couldn’t even finish the whole thing!).   However, I would consider it in half-portions for a dessert or a special occasion (like a chocolate party!).

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Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Everyday Italian, The Food Network

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