Peppermint Patty Gooey Cake Bars

Peppermint Patty Gooey Cake Bars - easy cake mix bars filled with York Peppermint Patties www.insidebrucrewlife.com

The other day I wanted chocolate.  I had to have something right away!

There is always some sort of candy in my baking cupboard, but I wanted something more than just a chocolate bar.  I kept thinking about these candy corn gooey cake bars and how good they were.  As I dug through the cupboard, I pulled out a bag of York peppermint patties.  What kind of yummy dessert could I come up with???

The wheels in my head started turning and I grabbed a chocolate cake mix and got working.   [Read more...]

The 12 Delicious Days of Christmas Recipes

The holidays are coming at us so fast this year.  Do you have your menus planned out yet?   Today I am so excited to be joining forces with 11 other fantastic blogging friends to bring you 12 holiday recipes.  Everything looks so great, so you won’t want to miss any of these tasty recipes.  Head below and check out all the links in the hop.

*Warning…excessive drooling is about to commence:-)

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark - sweet and salty in one delicious bark www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Today is starting off a fun month of giveaways for you.  I have some really fun products lined up for some lucky BruCrew readers.  They range anywhere from $25 – $250.

Are you excited yet???  I sure hope so…because I am so excited to share them with you:-)

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Banana Crunch Popcorn – Baking with Nestle’s Holiday Candy

Chocolate covered banana popcorn

Can anyone else believe that Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are almost here?  Christmas is the time of year when we love to make fun holiday food and give it away to our friends and family.  Last year I started making different flavored chocolate covered popcorns and putting it in a cute tin to give away.  Last week I headed to Walmart to buy some holiday candy to put in a new popcorn.  Have you seen the Nestle holiday candy?  They have the cutest chocolate bells that are great to eat or to bake with. [Read more...]

Red Hot Oreo Fudge

Red Hot Oreo Fudge - two layers of fudge mixed with Oreo chunks and red hot candies #fudge #Oreo #redhots http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Today is a super fun day!
You get Red Hot Oreo Fudge…
AND you get directed to 5 other amazing blogs
with more yummy fudge recipes!!!
Just in time for Valentines Day too!
You would think we planned it that way or something:-)
The fudge hop links are at the bottom.
Don’t worry, we will get to them…I promise!!!
But first let’s talk about red hots.
I don’t know why, but when I think of red hots
it reminds me of Valentines.
Can I tell you a secret?
I don’t really like red hots (unless it is in this jello)…
but I discovered that if you melt red hots into vanilla frosting
it turns into a yummy, slightly cinnamony goodness
that is hard to resist!
Believe me I know…because I didn’t resist it very well:-)
It is super easy to make because it only takes 2 ingredients.
I love no fail fudge.
(mostly because I can’t get the real stuff to set up)

Melt the chips…melt the frosting…chill.
Yummy fudge in less than 30 minutes.
Now that’s my kind of fudge!!!
This is technically 4 ingredient fudge
because I added cookies and candies,
but still super easy to make…
and to eat:-)
My biggest advice about this fudge…
use a food processor to crush the red hots if you have one.
I put mine in plastic baggies and
tried to smash the crap out of it with a wooden spoon.
Did you know red hots are super hard?
It took a lot of effort to crush them.
But once I tasted the fudge it was well worth the muscle
I had to put into it.
See how pretty it looks?
Believe me…
it tasted as good as it looks too:-)
Tasted because mine is all gone…that makes me kind of sad.
I’d say it is time to check out some new fudge recipes:-)
Red Hot Oreo Fudge - two layers of fudge mixed with Oreo chunks and red hot candies #fudge #Oreo #redhots http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Now for the fun part of the Party…
heading to the other blogs and seeing more fudge.
Be prepared to drool A LOT!!!
These 5 girls are some of my most favorite food bloggers!!!
I love reading their blogs
and seeing the yummy treats they come up with.
And they are all sweet as can be! (the girls, not the fudge)
You are going to love them as much as I do!!!
Red Hot Oreo Fudge

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: about 50 squares of fudge

Red Hot Oreo Fudge

Two layers of chocolate and vanilla fudge with Oreo chunks and red hot candies mixed in.

Ingredients

For the Oreo Fudge
1 can chocolate frosting
1 bag chocolate chips
10 oreos, crunched
For the Red Hot Fudge
1 can vanilla frosting
1 bag white chocolate chips
1/2 c. red hots, crushed

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 pan with wax paper and spray lightly with non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Stir in the chocolate frosting and continue stirring until melted and creamy. Stir in the cookie crumbles. Pour into the lined pan. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until set.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla frosting and continue stirring until melted and creamy. Stir in the crushed red hots. Stir a few minutes while the red hots melt and turn your fudge a pretty pink. Pour on top of the chocolate oreo fudge and let set on the counter for 10 minutes. Top with sprinkles and place in the fridge to set up completely.
  4. Let the fudge come to room temperature before cutting into squares.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/02/red-hot-oreo-fudge-and-a-hop/

Mini Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes

Cheesecake is one of our absolute favorites around here.
I was going to wait until the new year to post this recipe,
but seriously…have you looked at these???
chocolate cheesecakes
They might be small in size,
but they are mighty in taste.
Or was that mighty tasty?
Either way, I couldn’t wait to share them with you.
They are made with three layers of chocolate…
making them kind of irresistible!!!
Ok, totally irresistible!
I might have consumed more than a person on a diet should have…
but hey, it is still the holidays.
My real diet will start next week. (fingers crossed)

Mini sized cheesecakes are just the right size
for any party that you might be attending.
You could totally serve these up at a New Year’s Eve bash…
and then be home in bed by 11.
Everyone will be so enamored by your cheesecakes,
they won’t even notice you leaving early.
Yup, I’m an old fart who really doesn’t care
about the ball dropping anymore.
I value chocolate induced sleep more.
I have you hooked now, don’t I?
You just can’t resist these mini sized chocolate bombs.
Go ahead and eat a couple of these…
I certainly won’t judge you.
So, let’s party like rockstars
hopped up on chocolate…
at least until 10…
then I have to go home.
Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 20 cheesecakes

Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes

Mini chocolate cheesecakes with a chocolate mousse and chocolate chips...for the serious chocolate lover.

Ingredients

For the Cheesecake
2 (8 oz. each) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. chocolate chips, melted
oreo cookies
For the Mousse
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 c. chocolate chips, melted
mini chocolate chips, for top

Instructions

    For the Cheesecake
  1. Preheat oven to 350* Line cupcake pan with liners and drop an oreo into the bottom of each. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add the eggs, sour cream, vanilla and beat until fluffy. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute, stirring often. Slowly beat the chocolate into the cheesecake mixture. Fill each liner 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Top with a large spoonful of chocolate cheesecake mousse and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate.
  4. For the Mousse
  5. Beat cream cheese until creamy. Slowly beat in melted chocolate chips until incorporated. Fold in cool whip carefully.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2011/12/mini-triple-chocolate-cheesecakes/