Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Pie

 Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Pie…yeah, say that 10 times fast.  Ok, it might be kind of hard to do that with a mouth full of pie.

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 The past few weeks I have been learning the value to saying no.  I usually just can’t say no when I am asked to do different projects.   You need 10 matching headbands for a wedding party this coming weekend.  Sure I will get right on that.   200 cupcakes for a party you are having…sure, why not.  Ok, ok, those might be slightly embellished examples, but you get the point right?  I don’t like to turn down requests for things I know I can do.

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So far in the last 2 weeks, I have said no to 3 large graduation cake orders and a hand picked blog project.  It was hard to say no because I know that I can do them.  The thing of it is that I would be so stressed out trying to finish everything all while doing a wedding cake and packing for our family vacation.  It really was in my best interest and my family’s best interest to not take on that many extra projects.

There were a couple that I thought long and hard about trying to fit in…I mean when someone hand picks you for a special blog job/project, you want to say yes immediately.  After weighing everything, I knew that I just couldn’t put the time and effort into it.  The email I got back from my campaign manager saying how impressed she was that I would say no to something like this, reaffirmed to me that saying no to someone or something is ok to do.

Just a little life lesson that I had this weekend that I thought I would share.

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 Something I couldn’t say no to this week…this pie!!!!

Oh, my goodness!

Talk about decadent and delicious!  A thick fudge-y pie topped with peanut butter cheesecake that has Peanut Butter Snickers chunks in it and a layer of Cool Whip on top of it.  Yeah…this had my name all over it.  Well, one slice anyway.  Remember the lesson in saying no…it kind of has to apply to desserts too.  All winter and spring I have not said yes, and well, now I’m not going to be wearing some of my summer clothes from last year.

It’s time to start saying no to the goodness that keeps happening in my kitchen…well, after one slice that is :-)  All in the name of recipe research, right?

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Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 slices

Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Fudge Brownie pie topped with a peanut butter Snickers cheesecake and Cool Whip is a decadent and delicious dessert.


For the Brownie Layer
1 sheet refrigerated pie crust (I used Pillsbury)
1 brownie mix for 9x13 pan (I used a Pillsbury mix)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
For the Cheesecake Layer
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 bag Peanut Butter Snickers Minis, chopped into quarters (11.5 oz.)
1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.)
2 Tablespoons chocolate sprinkles


  1. Let the pie crust sheet sit out on the counter for about 15 minutes. Remove wrapping and unroll gently. Press into a 10 inch pie plate and crimp edges. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, oil, water, and egg. Mix just until combined. It will be very thick. Spoon into pie plate and spread out. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes.
  3. While the brownie pie is cooking, place the cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla, and peanut butter and beat again until creamy. Stir in the Snickers candies by hand. When the brownie pie is finished baking, remove from the oven and gently spoon the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie. Spread out very gently. Cover the edges of your crust with foil to keep them from burning. Return to the oven and bake another 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Refrigerate until completely cooled. Top with the Cool Whip and sprinkles. Cut into 12 slices. Keep covered in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Looking for more peanut butter or brownie desserts?  These are a few favorites in our house.

Chocolate Reese's Cheesecake 3

Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecakes

Banana Split Brownie Pie 3

Banana Split Brownie Pie

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars 5

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars


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No Bake Banana Cream Pies in a Jar

Easy no bake desserts are always a quick and easy treat to make up.  These Banana Cream Pies in a jar make the perfect end to any dinner.

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Did you know that today was Pi Day?   March 14th = 3/14 = 3.14  Yeah, that’s kind of losing me too.  I only know because I have friends who freak about all things math.

Me?  I just freak because it is another day to celebrate with a dessert.  Pi Day to me means PIE DAY for the BruCrew!!!   These cute little Banana Cream Pies in a Jar are waiting for us to enjoy after dinner tonight.   [Read more...]

Apple Snickers Cake

Looking for a dessert recipe that is healthy and decadent at the same time?  This Apple Snickers Cake will have you going back for another piece in no time.

Apple Snickers Cake from http://www.insidebrucrewlife - apple cake with Snickers bars baked in and on the pudding layer #apple #Snickers
How many of you have had this Snickers Salad before?  It is a definite favorite with our kids.

Of course it always made me laugh every time I heard people talking about this salad, because Snickers and salad just don’t sound right together.  But then I had some of the deliciousness, and I was a believer.   The creamy Jello pudding and Cool Whip mixed with apple chunks and Snickers bars…now that’s the kind of salad I can get behind every night.  That’s one way of having your apple a day right?


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The other day I bought more Crunch Pak apples for school lunches and after school snacks.  As much as the kids would like to have cookies and cake every day, we have been trying to enforce more healthy options and I love how convenient the bags are for kids to eat.  Nothing wrong with encouraging the kids to eat more healthy snacks with individual portion sizes. I also picked up an extra bag of apples because I also wanted to make some muffins or bread too.

But then I wandered into the Easter aisles at Walmart, and I had this crazy desire to put Snickers into said muffins or bread.  Of course a bag of those Snickers went into my cart in quite a hurry.  What was that I said about eating more healthy snacks?

Apple Snickers Cake from http://www.insidebrucrewlife - apple cake with Snickers bars baked in and on the pudding layer #apple #Snickers

My husband just shakes his head in disbelief every time I come home with more candy.  I realize I have issues if you are wondering.  This time I was telling him about my crazy need to bake some apple bread with Snickers when he stopped me.  His suggestion was an apple cake with the Snickers Salad on top as frosting.  The more I thought about it, the better it sounded!  Let me tell you people, he is a genius because this cake is simply to die for.

This Apple Snickers Cake is actually quite healthy…if you forget that it has candy bars and sugar in it.  I used a mixture of applesauce and yogurt in place of any oil and butter.  And 3 cups of chopped apples means lots of apple in every bite.  See totally healthy right?  Ok, fine, now you are shaking your head at me in disbelief too.

Whatever. This cake is amazing!  Case closed on whether it is really healthy or not!

Apple Snickers Cake from http://www.insidebrucrewlife - apple cake with Snickers bars baked in and on the pudding layer #apple #Snickers

Need more yummy apple cake in your life?

It is your lucky day because my friend Aimee from Shugary Sweets also has an amazing recipe using Crunch Pak apples.  Head over and check out her Caramel Apple CInnamon Roll Coffee Cake.  It looks heavenly!!!


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Here are a few other ways we eat our Crunch Pak apples:

apple pie parfait2

Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits

caramel apple granola bars

Caramel Apple Granola Bars

apple cider whoopie pies5
Apple Cider Whoopie Pies

toffee apple pie cookies1
Toffee Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Snickers Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 16 pieces of cake

Apple Snickers Cake

Apple Cake with a fun Snickers Salad twist on top.


1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup plain yogurt (Chobani)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups peeled and diced apples
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cup chopped Snickers bars, divided
1 cup milk
1 box Jello instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz.)
1 Cool Whip (8 oz.)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and sugars. Beat until creamy. Stir in the diced apples. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Slowly add to the apple mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in 1 cup of chopped Snickers by hand.
  2. Pour the apple batter into a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Bake the cake at 350* for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely.
  3. Whisk together the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip gently. Spoon on top of the cooled cake and spread out. Place in refrigerator for about on hour to thicken. Serve with extra candy bar pieces. Makes 16 pieces.

Other friends that love apples:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake from Will Cook For Smiles
Taffy Apple Pizza from Love Grows Wild
Caramel Apple Scones from Recipe Girl

*Crunch Pak Apples is a sponsor for Inside BruCrew Life.  They have provided coupons for free product and other compensation.  All opinions are completely my own.




Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

You look like you could use some sugar.  Maybe some Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes would satisfy that sugar craving?

I’m sure that is what you need.

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

Winter is my enemy and I have been drinking lots of coffee and hot chocolate to stay warm.  My body is not loving this 12* stuff.  I know it could be a lot colder, but come on spring.  Please hurry here.

So while I am on this hot chocolate kick, I thought it would be fun to switch out the sugar in my basic cheesecake recipe for hot chocolate mix.  Word to the wise…DON’T try to use a diet hot chocolate mix.  That batch didn’t taste so great!  I also thought it would be a good idea to try to make these skinny-ish!  Again a bad idea!!  Maybe it was the diet hot chocolate mix, but the fat free cream cheese and fat free sour cream DID NOT bake up good at all.  So, I went full fat for these Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes, and they came out just perfect.

Some things aren’t meant to be fat free.  I’m pretty sure cheesecake is one of those.

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

Cheesecake is definitely a favorite around our house.   I gave up all thoughts of dieting when these hot chocolate cheesecakes were in my fridge.  Yes, I have will power issues.  The cheesecake wins every time.  Chocolate, cool whip, sprinkles…I couldn’t resist them.  If you make them cupcake size, you don’t feel as guilty eating them.   At least that’s the story I tell myself as I head to the gym again.

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

Creamy cheesecake that tastes like a cup of hot cocoa?
Why yes, you do want some of these in your fridge!!!

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Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 15 mini cheesecakes

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

Little hot chocolate cheesecakes are the perfect ending to any meal.


1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons sugar
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 cream cheese (8 oz. each), softened
1 cup hot chocolate mix
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup Cool Whip
1/2 cup Kraft mini marshmallow bits
1/4 cup colored sprinkles


  1. Stir together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Divide into 15 cupcake liners and press down. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and hot chocolate mix until creamy. Add the eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and flour and beat again until mixed. Spoon into cupcake liners. Bake at 350* for 22 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan 2-3 minutes. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. Refrigerate. Just before serving top with Cool Whip, sprinkles, and mini marshmallow bits.


 Looking for more Cheesecake recipes for your Valentine’s parties and dinners…
check out a few of our family favorites.

triple chocolate mousse cheesecake

These Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes will definitely satisfy that chocolate beast in you.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

When I want a light dessert with less calories, I make up these No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Cups.

butterfinger mousse cheesecake3

Butterfinger Mousse Cheesecakes are a great way to use up leftover candy.

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