Pillsbury™ Brownie Bottomed M&M’s® Cheesecake

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Pillsbury™ Brownies create a chewy, moist, chocolatey brownie crust that is then topped with a creamy dreamy cheesecake swirled with mini M&M’s® make this Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Recipe perfect for your Christmas Party! 
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The other day we had a fundraiser for my high school reunion. Yes, I am that nerd that is on the board for the high school reunion. Thanks to Cassie and Jackie that is. I had somehow convinced, really forced, one of my besties, Tiffany, to come with me. I picked her up and on the way we stopped in to Walmart so I could pick up Pillsbury™ Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix for this Brownie Bottom Cheesecake. We galavanted around the store, naturally getting caught up in the wine and makeup aisle but eventually made our way to the baking aisle for the Pillsbury™ Brownie mix.
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We headed to the fundraiser and while it wasn’t a great turn out, our host was very generous in his donation to our reunion. And it was a great excuse for me to have a burger on a Wednesday night 😉

 

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Fast forward to a few days later and cheesecake time it was. My favorite time. If you’ve been on my blog before you may have seen a cheesecake or two.

These are a few things I always do when baking a cheesecake:

  • Room temperature Cream Cheese, NEVER use cold cream cheese
  • Bake my Cheesecake in a Springform Pan
  • Place the Springform Pan in a Large Round Cake Tin
  • Place the Cake Tin in a Roasting Pan and fill it with hot water, stopping halfway up the side of the cake tin
  • When about the inner 2 inch diameter of the cheesecake is jiggly and the rest is set I turn the oven off and let the Cheesecake rest in the oven for 1 hour
  • Take Cake Pan out of Roasting pan and let Cheesecake cool further on a wire rack for one hour
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and let the cheesecake chill overnight or minimum of 8 hours
  • When cutting the cheesecake to serve always have a hot cloth near by to wipe the knife clean after each cut

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If you follow those steps you should be able to make a show stopping cheesecake with no problems!

I absolutely love making a cheesecake. Dessert is really two in one, I have so much fun making it the night before usually with my sisters or mom and then the next day sharing it with the rest of my family. I always make a cheesecake for a family party, whether its Christmas or a Birthday it is so nice to make something the day before. And who doesn’t love the gift of a sweet treat? My family sure does!

 

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Recipe is perfect for Christmas Day dessert or any other special paaaarty with your friends and family.

 

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Brownie Bottomed Cheesecake

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1 Box of Pilsbury Chocolate Fudge Family Size
  • Ingredients listed on box
  • Cream Cheese
  • 24oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream/ Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs, at room temp.
  • 1/2 Cup M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • Whipped Cream
  • 8.4 ounces (1 Cup) Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry Milk Powder
  • 1/3 Cup M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits for decorating

Instructions

    Crust
  1. Spray a 9 inch Springform pan and a 8X8 or 9X9 pan with non stick cooking spray, and preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to the back of the box. Divide batter between two pans equally. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until when sticking a toothpick in only moist crumbs crumbs stick, let cool on a wire rack. The springform pan press the brownies down a little bit, this will be your crust. Go ahead and eat other pan of brownies.
  3. Cheesecake
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium to high speed. Add granulated sugar and beat for another 3 minutes. Add in heavy cream, sour cream and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add in eggs one at a time. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps.
  5. In a small bowl mix the M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits and flour. Then gently pour into cheesecake mixture.
  6. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Place 9 inch springform pan in a 10 inch cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water half way up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don't have to wrap everything with foil.
  7. Bake for 80 to 90 minutes, the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in oven for 1 hour then take out of roasting pan and wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge over night.
  8. Whipped Cream
  9. When ready to serve Cheesecake, take your bowl and whisk attachment to the mixer chill it in the freezer for 5 minutes. When ready whisk heavy cream for 1 minute, add a splash of vanilla and milk powder. Whisk until stiff peaks form. Using a pastry bag and any tip you like pipe the whipped cream around the edges of the cake, I like to pipe mine pretty high. Use the remaining M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits to decorate.
  10. To serve use a hot clean knife cut slices of cheesecake. Store in fridge.
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Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chewy Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with Espresso Powder and dunked in more Espresso Powder before they are baked to perfection

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There’s nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie, okay maybe cheesecake or creme brulee or maybe all three are my dream?! Yes all three.

Specifically, these cookies though. Damn Gina. I ain’t a coffee lover but I love coffee flavored things, and these hit the spot.

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First I started with browning my butter, and let’s be honest you know it’s going to be a winner just knowing brown butter is involved.

Then I mixed in some room temperature butter, added in brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat the mixture for 2 minutes then let the batter sit for 30 seconds beat for another 2 minutes and repeated that for 3 more times.

 

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Then I added in the eggs and vanilla extract.

While that was mixing I added flour, salt, baking soda, cornstarch and espresso powder to a large bowl and whisked to combine.

 

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Next I added the flour mixture, mixing just to combine and folded in the chocolate chunks. Chilled the dough for 3o minutes.

And lastly rolled the dough into balls and dunked the balls in espresso powder before baking for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

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With Espresso in the cookies its only natural to have these for breakfast 🙂

Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2oz Butter, browned
  • 2oz Butter, at room temp.
  • 150 Grams/ 3/4 Cups Brown Sugar, packed
  • 55 Grams/ 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, at room temp.
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 320 Grams/ 2.5 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons Espresso Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the 2 oz of butter, watch carefully and brown the butter. The butter will began to turn more of a golden color with brown flecks and become foamy, you will smell a nutty aroma. This is browned butter, take it off before it becomes burnt butter.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the brown butter and the regular butter. Add the brown sugar and granulated mix and beat for 2 minutes. After the two minutes let the batter rest for 30 seconds and repeat the process 3 more times.
  3. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. In a seperate bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, espresso powder and cornstarch.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chocolate chunks. Place dough covered in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a silpat line or parchment paper.
  7. Scoop 2 tablespoons balls of dough and dip/ roll in espresso powder, bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
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Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Homemade No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream is filled with Crushed Oreos and M&M’s then sandwiched between two Rich & Fudgy Brownie Cookies made from scratch. Everyone will love these Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Holy Cow! Words cannot describe my happiness when I tried one of these for the first time. The rich chocolatey cookie, like no other chocolate cookie I’ve had before, filled with creamy homemade ice cream with crushed Oreo’s & M&M’s.

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The perfect 4th of July treat. And bonus make them the day before, so the day of you just pull them out of the freezer when you’re ready. I made the ice cream in the morning and before bed made the cookies and assembled them.

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While these will be perfect for 4th of July with the Red, White & Blue M&M’s you can make them year round with regular M&M’s. I made them look like good ol’ AMURICA but they’ll be long gone before then in fact I might need to make another batch!

 

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Oh and the cookies are fabulous on their own too! As my sista Lydia said “FYI Those cookie are crack. Great Job”

 

Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Yield: 12-13

Serving Size: 1 Brownie Cookie Sandwich

Ingredients

    No Churn Ice Cream
  • 466 Grams (2 Cups) Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 397 Grams ( 14oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 170 Grams (1/2 Cup) Crushed Oreos
  • 170 Grams (1/2 Cup) M&M's
  • Brownie Cookies
  • 113 grams (4oz) Milk Chocolate
  • 113 grams (4oz) Semi Sweet Chocolate
  • 113 grams (4oz) Dark Chocolate
  • 91 Grams (5 tbsp) Unsalted Butter
  • 150 Grams (3 Large ) Eggs, at room temp.
  • Brown Sugar (Light or Dark)
  • 100 Grams (3/4 Heaping Cup) All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Grams (1/2 tsp) Baking Powder
  • 3 Grams (1/2 tsp) Salt
  • 60 Grams (1/3 Cup) M&M Candies, you may use more or less depending on how many you want

Instructions

    No Churn Ice Cream
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment beat the heavy cream and vanilla extract until medium peaks form.
  2. In a seperate bowl mix sweetened condensed milk with curshed Oreo's and M&M's. Fold the mixture into the whipped cream. Place mixture in an airtight container and place in freezer for a minimum of 6 hours.
  3. Brownie Cookies
  4. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place a glass bowl sitting over a pot with a little water on low- medium heat, make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Place the butter, cut into chunks, into the bowl with the chocolate. Mix until chocolate and butter are melted. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the brown sugar and eggs, beat for 2-3 minutes you will see the mixture begin to lighten.
  6. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  7. Slowly add the cooled chocolate mixture to the brown sugar mixture. Mix until fully combined, fold in the flour mixture just until no flour streaks remain. Pour into an airtight container and let chill in fridge for 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  8. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a Silpat Liner. Scoop 2 tbsp of dough onto sheet making sure to leave an inch between each cookie. Bake for 9-11 minutes, the cookies will begin to have the crunchy brownie top look on them. When done place tray on a wire rack and let cool for 20-30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  9. When ready to prepare cookie ice cream sandwiches, remove ice cream out of freezer and let sit for 5 minutes.
  10. Scoop 1/4 cup ish of the ice cream, place one scoop of ice cream on the bottom of a cookie and take another cookie and put it on top of the ice cream. Wrap the cookie sandwich in plastic wrap, twice.
  11. I did two sandwiches at a time and placed them in the freezer then did another batch.
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Chewy Fudgy Brownies

Chocolatey and Chewy these brownies are simple to make, whip these up and in 45 minutes you’ll be digging for some of these Chewy Fudgy Brownies out of the pan 

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Sisters are such a blessing. But can also be like a curse. You can borrow their clothes but then when you think of an outfit in your mind and you go to pull it out of your closet it’s no where to be found because they steal and don’t put back!! If you want to know the truth ask your sister. Does this make me look fat? Hell yes it does. Thinking you’re being a nice person then your sister will tell you right away how much of a bitch you are.

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S000 the other day I stated I wanted brownies and my sisters said ugh don’t make homemade brownies the best brownies are boxed. I was like ahhh hell no!! So I set aside to make some brownies. I had made some the week before that were whatever, so I needed to make some bomb brownies to shut my sisters up.

 

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I made these and Lydia gave them a 9/10 which is bomb from her. She is probably the harshest critic I have.  I think she gave them a 9 cuz she doesn’t like chocolate chips or chunks inside the brownies but I do. Guess who bought the ingredients, made them and did all the dishes? So yes I put chocolate chunks in the brownies.
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Serve these warm with ice cream, holy moly. I cannot tell you how many times I have made these brownies and had ice cream with them over the last month. At least 4 times I have made the brownies, countless times I’ve had a brownies a la mode.. Oops

 

Chewy Fudgy Brownies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 12 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 TBSP Corn Starch
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9X9 pan with foil that hangs over sides and grease it. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan or in a microwave safe bowl melt the butter turn off heat and add the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in egg and egg yolk. Mix in vanilla extract.
  3. Sift into the mixture the flour, cocoa powder, salt and cornstarch and baking soda. Mix just until no flour streaks remain.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 27-31 minutes or until only moist crumbs come off a toothpick. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes then lift out with foil overlay.
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Turtle Cookies

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So I knew come January 1st, all my new years resolutions would be in effect. Just kidding, New Years day falls on a Friday who the hell is going to start then? Not me! Maybe January 4, 2016 I will start. That’s what I thought anyways.

Well I don’t do good with strict rules. So I went to bootcamp last week 4 times and I cut back on some things. But I didn’t cut back completely. Because that is just not realistic. And I am all about starting the new year with a realistic outlook on food.

People sometimes say you should not live to eat but eat to live. I don’t. Clearly. Look at all these salted caramel!

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I live at home with 4 other chocoholics. And 3 other bakeoholics, my mom and two sisters. My house is a constant scene for lots of treats. My dad doesn’t eat much of it. But you know when dad comments on a baked good, you’ve found a winner.

Yes, you guessed it, my dad loved these cookies. So for me, that’s a stamp of approval. But really who doesn’t love a thick chocolate cookie filled with LOTS of chocolate chunks, toasted pecans and drizzled with salted caramel.

Due to the caramel you don’t really want to stack them so I think it’s best to just eat them all right away, while they are still warm. And if you’re feeling fancy maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream? Ugh, love.

turtlecookies (1 of 1)-2 I used cold butter and cold eggs, so the mixture is lumpy but it’s supposed to be. Then when they bake the butter is just everywhere, the cookies are thick and more crumbly like than chewy.

Turtle Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 14-16 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks), cold
  • 3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, cold
  • 1 tbsp Real Vanilla Extract
  • 1 2/3 cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Milk Powder
  • 1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks
  • 2/3 cup Chopped Toasted Pecans
  • 3/4 cup Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce .

Instructions

  1. Cut the butter into small chunks and mix in a mixing bowl. Mix until butter has come together into a one piece again. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time beating on medium speed. Add vanilla and beat mixture for another minute. The mixture will be lumpy.
  3. In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch and milk powder.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture and as the dry mixture is half mixed in add the chocolate and pecans.
  5. Using a large cookie/ ice cream scoop the batter into balls on a parchment lined baking sheet or plastic container. Chill the cookies for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F and place cookies on a silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-17 minutes.
  7. Cool cookies 5-10 minutes then drizzle homemade salted caramel sauce on top. Store in an airtight container
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Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies

Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies made with rich milk chocolate freshly chopped and fleur de sel  make a decadent cookie you will not resist. 
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When we were kids we went to a summer camp and once in a while the camp took us took a swimming pool. While most kids would love the pool, we did, but we had our own pool, we loved that we could get hot fresh cookies at this public pool.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, disgusting Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and my sisters favorite Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were always so ooey gooey, the chocolate still melting and the cookies hot. Kind of like the cookies from Middle School and High School in the blue and white paperbag, those chocolate chip cookies were what got me through school.

 

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When I made these Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies, I was baking them because of my new favorite ingredient in cookies, milk powder. It wasn’t until my sister had a one six cookies that it dawned on us that they were just like those amazing double chocolate cookies we had as children. Bar the sea salt. But sea salt makes everything better, as an adult anyways 😉

 

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Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 32 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks), at room temp.
  • 3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 tbsp Real Vanilla Extract
  • 1 2/3 cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Milk Powder
  • 1 cup Chopped Milk Chocolate or Chips
  • 1/2 cup Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Fleur De Sel Sea Salt for Sprinkling

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat until light and fluffy and the color has lightened. About 3-5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch and milk powder.
  3. When the butter/sugar mixture has lightened add the eggs one at a time beating on medium speed. Add vanilla and beat mixture for another 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture and as the dry mixture is half mixed in add the chocolate.
  5. Using a medium (2 T) cooke scoop, scoop the batter into balls on a parchment lined baking sheet or plastic container. Once you have scooped the cookies sprinkle sea salt on top and slightly press into the dough. Chill the cookies for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F and place cookies on a silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Sprinkle more sea salt on top if desired.
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Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

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I’ve been gone from the blogging world for a few weeks now, and I don’t really know how that happened. Well, I sort of do. At workwe are going into the busy season… THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!! 🙂 Also known as my favorite time of year.

 

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I have also been working out, thus trying to not eat as many sweets. And while I do admire the bloggers who can bake a ton of desserts and not eat any of them I am not one of those people. I must eat everything so I know I LOVE IT. And if I love it, well we know I have no self control. So basically what I am saying is I have not been baking a ton.

 

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I did bake for my best friends sisters wedding, 250 pieces and I have made a few birthday cakes but I always use my favorite cakes for birthdays, chocolate strawberry or salted caramel chocolate cake. Hey, they are great cakes that I know will turn out amazing.

But last week I made a this Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake… and OH MY GAWWWWWSH!!! TO DIE!

Cheesecake has to be my favorite thing to make. I enjoy that it’s a process but an easy process kind of like making cinnamon rolls. I like to make both the night before. It’s weirdly relaxing. And then the next day you get to devour an amazing product.

 

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Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 8 oz Oreos, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Cheesecake
  • 16oz cream cheese, completely softened to room temp.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup sweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer or Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temp.
  • Garnish (Optional)
  • Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)
  • Hersheys Candy Cane Bar, Melted

Instructions

    Crust
  1. Grease a 9 inch springform pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl combine Oreos and melted butter. Press into bottom and slightly up upsides of prepared pan. Place in fridge while you make the cheesecake.
  2. Cheesecake
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium to high speed. Add granulated sugar and beat for another 3 minutes the beat in cocoa powder until combined. Add in creamer, sour cream & peppermint extract mixing until fully combined. Add in eggs one at a time. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps. Pour into prepared pan. Place 9 inch springform pan in a 10 inch cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water half way up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don't have to wrap everything with foil.
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in oven for 1 hour then take out of roasting pan and wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge over night.
  5. The next day take the cheesecake out of the fridge and using a hot clean knife cut slices of cheesecake.
  6. Garnish (Optional)
  7. Drizzle melted Hershey's Candy Cane Chocolate Bar over cheesecake. Squirt whipped cream in dollops around edge of cheesecake.
  8. Store in fridge in a sealed container for up to 8 days.
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Overload Chocolate Cookies

Cocoa Powder, Nutella, Chocolate Pudding Mix & lots of Chocolate Chunks make these Overload Chocolate Cookies a Super Rich Decadent Cookie for all you chocoholics out there!  Overload Chocolate Cookies www.confessionsofabakingqueen.com

Have I ever told you about my license plate? It says “Forget Love, I’d rather Fall in Chocolate”, I am a true chocoholic let me tell you. I have grown up in a chocoholic family. We ALWAYS have a few bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk on hand. In fact one of the compartments in the fridge door is really a chocolate shelf. Most chocolate I love is English Chocolate. Sorry Hershey’s but Cadbury is SOOOOOO much better. It’s creamier, chocolatier, just amazing. See that milk chocolate oozing out of the cookie? Yeah, it’s Dairy Milk.

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Once you go Dairy Milk you won’t go back. I often find myself sitting on the sofa at 10pm and going into the fridge for a few pieces of Dairy Milk, a habit my mother passed on. Something else I often find myself doing? Dipping a chunk of chocolate into Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread, whichever one is open! And my last late night chocolate fix? A warm chocolatey cookie topped with Double Vanilla Ice Cream! I cannot help myself, so stinkin delicious. Especially when the chocolate oozes out of the cookie.

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Overload Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 small box chocolate pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, 1 1/2 sticks
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 2 large eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate pudding mix. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter, vanilla extract and sugars for 2 minutes on medium high speed. Add in Nutella beating until fully combined. Then slowly add eggs one at a time, continuing to beat for another 2 minutes. Slow the mixture down and slowly add in the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chunks. Scoop cookie dough into mounds and cover with plastic wrap or plastic container and place in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours to chill.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with silpat liner and place chilled cookie dough on sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookie dough is set and golden brown. Let cool on tray on wire rack for 5 minutes then transfer cookies to wire rack. Keep in air tight container for up to 4 days.
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Peanut Butter Carmelitas

An easy Oat Peanut butter base is topped with Chocolate and tons of oozing Caramel, you will love these Peanut Butter Carmelitas.

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Caramel is my thing. Most people do the peanut butter thing. PB is good and all but in my world it ain’t got a thing on caramel. That’s why on this blog you will see tons of caramel recipes. Because, well caramel rocks. Especially when it’s paired with chocolate. Now normally I would say milk chocolate but as I have gotten older when I have caramel and chocolate I tend to like it with semi sweet chocolate.

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Never thought I would say that. Don’t get me wrong, milk chocolate is still my #1. Like how good is a Twix? I used to turn it upside down and eat the cookie part first then devour the chocolate and caramel together. Or how about Rolos?! Seriously one of the best candies out there. I can pop those like no tomorrow. Anyways you get my love of caramel. Peanut Butter Carmelitas  www.confessionsofabakingqueen.com

Well caramelitas are a favorite of just about everyone. And lately I have been in a peanut butter phase so I thought why not combine the two? Well it was a good idea. You get all the flavors in these bars- caramel, peanut butter, chocolate, oatty goodness.

 

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Peanut Butter Carmelitas

Peanut Butter Carmelitas

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 30 unwrapped caramels
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 15 Rolo’s
  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over low-medium heat melt the caramels and heavy cream. Watch carefully as they can burn easily. Once melted set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl mix brown sugar, melted butter and peanut butter. Add flour, oats, and baking soda and mix until just combined.
  4. Press half of mixture into pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Take pan out of the oven after 10 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the dough. Then pour the melted caramel on top. Sprinkle rest of dough on top and bake for another 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool completely otherwise you will have a hot gooey mess.
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Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Blondies

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I was in Nashville last weekend and let me tell you NASH VEGAS is freaking amazing. I am dying to go back already. It was a WILD weekend going to bed at 6AM waking up at 9:30 to go to brunch and get cray cray again.

So much better than actual Vegas. Cleaner, nicer people and SOUTHERN food. I ate soooo much Mac & Cheese and Mac & Cheese with Bacon. Bacon makes everything better.

And the Honky Tonks were sooo fun- live music on three levels of each bar all day all night. Honestly it was singing and dancing central- me and my girlfrineds loooved it.

We also loved Buttery Nipples. Baileys and Butterscotch?! Can’t stop, won’t stop!

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There is a bakery I love to visit in Fashion Island, Pain Du Monde. My auntie has worked there for years and I have fond memories of being a child, coming home from school and seeing a pink box at the gate. Filled with cinnamon twists, fruit tarts, almond twists, chocolate chip cookies and pecan chocolate chip cookies.

Normally I go for a soft chewy cookie but the thick almost cakey like cookies from Pain Du Monde are also a favorite of mine. I can’t control myself with those cookies. Well, truth be told I can’t control myself with most cookies.

Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Blondies www.confessionsofabakingqueen.com But if it ain’t a good cookie I ain’t eating it!! Some people think I am being dramatic not eating a cookie but it ain’t worth the calories when so many desserts are soo good!

 

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Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Blondies went quickly, I can’t control myself around them!

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies

Yield: 9 Large Blondies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 stick butter, at room temp
  • 1/3 cup salted caramel
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecan pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9X9 inch pan with foil and grease heavily. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream butter, salted caramel, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together for 3 minutes. Add vanilla, egg and yolk. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 23-28 minutes.
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