Pumpkin S’mores Bars

Pumpkin S’mores Bars: Spicy pumpkin cake bars topped with melty chocolate and gooey marshmallows are the perfect dessert for bringing summer into fall.

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Spicy pumpkin bars topped with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.  This is a summer meets fall treat that you cannot miss out on.

Well, guys, our summer weather returned with a vengeance.

I know I was kind of bragging about our 50 degree mornings just a week ago, and how I was busting out the pumpkin in these Oreo Pumpkin Gooey Bars because obviously mother nature wanted me too.  But now I’m eating those words.  Mother nature took a turn back to summer!

This past week it has been 88 degrees with like 95% humidity.  It has been crazy muggy outside.  Can we say uuuuggghhh all together?  I had these visions of fall arriving super early this year as I baked pumpkin treat after pumpkin treat.

But you know what?  I already have the pumpkin baking itch, so I wasn’t about to let a little heat and humidity stop me from my favorite baking time of year.  It’s pumpkin season baby!!!!

Spicy pumpkin bars topped with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.  This is a summer meets fall treat that you cannot miss out on.

Oh, my word you guys!  I found my favorite pumpkin treat of the fall already!

I know it might seem a little early to claim these are the best, but honestly, these ARE the best!  It’s going to be hard to top these amazing bars.  Of course you know I’ll definitely try to out do this one in the coming weeks, but it’s going to be tough to do.

The base of these bars started with my recipe for these Peanut Butter S’mores Blondies.   Instead of peanut butter though, I put a full cup of pumpkin puree and just a little bit more flour.  I have never tried using pumpkin in a blonde brownie, so I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work.  Recipe testing at its best here!

Can I just say that it worked out better than I could have hoped?  These bars are definitely not as dense as a blonde brownie because pumpkin does change the texture of baked goods.  They were more of a happy cross between cake and blondie.

Then to totally go over the top I added a layer of chocolate chips and marshmallows and put it back in the oven for just a few more minutes.  Every thing gets all melty and toasty and delicious!  Just make sure you keep an eye on the marshmallows because they can go from toasty to burnt in just a blink of an eye!

Pumpkin meets s’mores…it’s definitely the way to welcome fall this year!!!

Spicy pumpkin bars topped with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.  This is a summer meets fall treat that you cannot miss out on.

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Pumpkin S’mores Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Pumpkin S’mores Bars

Summer meets fall in these spicy pumpkin bars with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups chocolate chips
3 cups miniature marshmallows


  1. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the pumpkin, eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  2. Stir together the baking powder, salt, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly add to the butter mixture until a soft dough forms. Spread in a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 24 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot bars. Cover the chocolate chips with the marshmallows. Return to the oven and bake another 2 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes. You just want the marshmallows to start turning golden, so do not over broil them. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  4. Use a wet knife to cut the bars into 24 squares. Rewet the knife in between each cut. The water on the knife keeps the marshmallow from sticking. Store in a sealed container. Makes 24 bars.

 A few more pumpkin recipes to help you get your fall bake on: 

Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake 2-1

Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 5
Glazed Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread 4

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread 


S’mores Cookie Cups

Do you like eating s’mores, but do not like the mess of a sticky campfire?  These S’mores Cookie Cups are the perfect solution.  Plus, this way you can enjoy them year round.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

I adore a delicious, sticky, roasted marshmallow pressed between chocolate bars and graham crackers.

But when my kids were younger I had a heart attack almost every time we did a campfire and made s’mores.  Little kids, long pointy sticks, and fire do not make a good mix.  Oh, and the sticky marshmallow guts that ended up just about every where.  Yeah…that was awesome too!

Now that my kids are older, it has gotten better.  Well, slightly.  They still wave the sticks around in faces and get too close to the fire.  I just don’t worry as much about it now.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire
I still don’t like the sticky marshmallow that ends up everywhere, so I found a fun and cute way to enjoy s’mores.  There is no worry and only minimal mess with these cookies.

S'mores Cookie Cups ingredients

Roll sugar cookie dough in chocolate graham crackers and baked them in mini muffin tins.  After they cooled, you will fill them with some chocolate spread.  Try to resist licking the spoon while you do this!  Top with some mini marshmallow and place under the broiler for a few seconds.  Watch the marshmallows carefully here!  You do not want to burn your cookie cups.  Well, unless you were one of those kids that always caught their marshmallows on fire.  Then have at it…just be warned that your house will probably smell like that burnt sugar for hours.

Have you tried this Hershey’s Spread yet?  Oh, my word!  Seriously amazing stuff.  I may or may not have finished off the jar with a spoon.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

These little S’mores Cookie Cups are adorable and totally pop-able.  Good luck trying to resist popping like 5 in your mouth.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

Now that we can have cute s’mores all year long in a cookie cup, I may give up campfires completely.

Naaaahhh!  That’s just silly talk.  There is something so relaxing about sitting around a fire late at night.  Of course, in order for it to be relaxing, I suggest putting the kids to bed first.  Then enjoy your s’mores without pointy sticks being poked in your face and sticky guts wiped on your chair.

Or just make these S’mores Cookie Cups and hide them in a container on the counter.  No one has to know they are there, right?

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

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S’mores Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

S’mores Cookie Cups

Sugar cookie cups rolled in graham crackers and filled with chocolate and toasted marshmallows are an easy way to enjoy a delicious campfire treat without all the mess.


1 package Pillsbury sugar cookies (24 cookies)
1/4 chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate spread
1 cup mini marshmallows
Hershey's chocolate bars


  1. Roll each cookie dough square into a ball. Roll each one into the graham cracker crumbs. Place in a greased mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes.
  2. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press in the centers gently. Let the cookies cool in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Use a knife to gently lift them out of the tin. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. Fill the centers with the chocolate spread. Top each cookie cup with marshmallows. Broil on High for 30-45 seconds. Be careful they do not burn. Remove from the oven and top with a chocolate square. Makes 24 cookie cups. Store in a sealed container on the counter.

More ways to enjoy S’mores without the campfire mess:

S'mores Popcorn 5

S’mores Popcorn

Cookie Dough S'mores 6

Cookie Dough S’mores

Oatmeal S'mores Bars 2-1

Oatmeal S’mores Bars


Nutella Cream Eggs

Looking for another fun treat to fill the Easter baskets with this year?  These Nutella Cream Eggs are easy to make and taste out of this world.

Nutella Cream Eggs - Nutella, white chocolate, and sprinkles make these a fun Easter egg to make and eat

Do you have one thing that you remember getting in your Easter basket every year?  Every year my grandparents would get us these big peanut butter Easter eggs with our names on them.  I looked forward to those eggs! They were amazing!

The other thing I remember is the 2 foot solid chocolate Easter bunny that we would get.  If you are laughing because there is no such thing, go right ahead.  My husband chuckles every time I talk about it.  He says my bunny gets bigger every time I tell it.  But seriously, the thing was huge…at least 2 foot tall!  I swear we were still gnawing on it in July :-)

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Bunnies

These Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Bunnies will disappear in a hurry when  you make them.  Kids of all ages can’t resist a fun holiday treat on a colored stick.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Bunnies - these fun chocolate covered bunnies are a fun Easter treat for kids to help make

 I am seriously addicted to my jar of candy googly eyes.

I know!  It’s the oddest thing to be in love with.  But those eyes just crack me up!!!  I can’t stop thinking of cute ways to use them for each holiday.  That $5 jar of candy eyes was the best purchase I have ever made.   [Read more...]

Caramel Marshmallow M&M Brownies

Brownies topped with three layers of goodness.  These Caramel Marshmallow M&M Brownies will definitely satisfy every sugar craving you have.  They are a great way to use up some of that Halloween candy too!

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Yesterday my daughter and I made a trip to Walmart to pick up some more…wait for it…baking supplies!  I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you at all since you know me and my crazy baking habits.

We stopped at Goodwill first and wandered there for about 30 minutes.  It was one of those stops where not much jumped out at us to buy.  We did find a really nice winter coat for her that looks absolutely brand new.  Can’t beat $4!!!  And I did find a couple white bowls and a nice mini cutting board.  You can never have too many mini cutting boards as a food photographer.   [Read more...]

Key Lime Pie Popcorn

Do you have any family traditions?  One thing that we try to do with our kids each week is Friday movie night with pizza and popcorn.  Last week I created this  Key Lime Pie Popcorn for our night together.

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Key Lime Pie Popcorn - a tropical twist to chocolate covered popcorn
It’s that time of year when Spring is just around the corner teasing us here in the Midwest.

We had a few mild days, and then a winter storm came through and dumped about 9 inches of wet, cold snow on us.  The good thing is that it is supposed to be warming up again, and that snow should melt.  I am starting to get anxious for warm weather, although I shouldn’t complain because we have had the mildest winter ever.  This is the first real snow storm all year.

But it still has me dreaming of warm beach weather.All the fun new spring flavors at the stores are really putting me into that warm weather mode too.  Citrus must be the flavor for the spring season.  I have seen so many different products using key lime, orange, and lemonade.  It has me craving these Key Lime Cheesecake Cookie Bars too!

Key Lime Pie Popcorn - a tropical twist to chocolate covered popcorn

 Duncan Hines has a new frosting creations packet in the key lime flavor.  I grabbed a few of those when I saw them at Walmart.  Key lime makes me think about Key West every single time.

My hubby and I went to Key West for our honeymoon, and then we also stopped there on one of the cruises that we went on a few years later.  Both times we were there, we had the Key Lime cheesecake at Kermit’s cheesecake shop.  I love the chocolate covered Key Lime pie on a stick.  So, immediately my mind went to key lime pie when I bought the flavor packet.

Key Lime Pie Popcorn - a tropical twist to chocolate covered popcorn

And because we have popcorn all the time, I decided to try another fun flavor.  How does Key Lime Pie Popcorn sound?  I added graham cracker chunks to mimic the pie crust and marshmallows…well, the marshmallows just because I love them in chocolate covered popcorn :-)

Then I added the key lime flavor packet to the melted chocolate (I love using CandiQuik because it melts so well) before pouring it on the popcorn.   Put the popcorn on a tray and let it set up before breaking it into chunks.

Key Lime Pie Popcorn - a tropical twist to chocolate covered popcorn

Chocolate drizzle over all the chunks was the perfect extra touch.  Eating handfuls of this totally transported me back to the beach on Key West.


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Key Lime Pie Popcorn

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 cups

Key Lime Pie Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn gets a blast of summer flavor with a key lime coating.


8 cups popped popcorn
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups graham cracker chunks
10 oz. white melting chocolate (CandiQuik)
1 packet Duncan Hines Frosting Creation Key Lime Pie
2 oz. chocolate melting chocolate (CandiQuik)


  1. In a large mixing bowl toss the popcorn, marshmallows, and graham cracker chunks. Melt the white chocolate according to the directions. Stir in the flavor packet. Pour over the popcorn and toss until coated.
  2. Spread the popcorn on a large baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes. Remove and break apart the popcorn into chunks. Drizzle with the melted chocolate topping. Let set again. Store in a sealed container for 3-5 days. Makes about 10 cups.


If you can't find the Key Lime flavor, feel free to substitute with any of the Duncan Hines flavors.





Here a few of my favorite desserts that get me thinking about the beach with their tropical flavors:

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake 2

Orange Creamsicle Cake

almond joy popcorn 2

Almond Joy Popcorn

mango coconut donut3
Mango Coconut Donuts

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge 1-redo

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Tropical desserts from around the web:
Lemon Tart from Shugary Sweets
Key Lime Pie Rice Krispie Treats from Mallow and Co.
Pineapple Mango Smoothie from Averie Cooks

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Procrastination is something that I have become very good at.

Last month Aimee (from Shugary Sweets) and I decided to share a caramel hot chocolate treat with you on the same day in late January.  So, I have actually had this caramel hot chocolate fudge made and sitting on my computer since the beginning of December.  You would think that with that much time I would have the pictures edited and in a draft just waiting to post.  Of course not!  That would be too much planning ahead for me.  Last night I sat down and edited the pictures, and that’s where I stopped.  I mean I had all Sunday afternoon to finish it ;-)

So this morning I got up and went to uploaded the pictures into my draft before church, and it wasn’t working.  The internet was down!  I tried again after church and still nothing.  So here I am at Starbucks with my handy little laptop that my husband got me for Christmas and  a USB drive.  Thank goodness for free wifi, so I can still post on time.

I would like to think this will teach me to plan ahead a little better….but I know myself, and I know that I will probably still wait until the last possible minute again.

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

One thing that I love about the winter is all the hot chocolate.  Of course we drink iced hot chocolate during the summer, so it isn’t much of a change.   We buy a big container of hot chocolate mix because our kids go through it way too fast to buy those little boxes with 10 packets in them.    Although the big container encourages them to use big scoops of the mix, so I don’t know if we are really saving anything.

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

So, when I saw the big container sitting in the cupboard, I knew that I wanted to make a whole bunch of yummy hot chocolate flavored treats for you.  I hope you are prepared for lots of hot chocolate goodness.  Haha!  That sounds like I have so many things to share…in reality it is just 4 recipes.  I was going to share them all in one week, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to do that.  Maybe I will space them out.  I guess you will just have to come back every day to see what I decide to do.  I actually have 2 real food items I want to share too…decisions, decisions.  #lifeofablogger

This fudge looks really complicated with all the swirls but it is so easy to make.  The easiest thing to do is start with the hot chocolate layer.  Once that is all melted and creamy, you turn the heat on low so it doesn’t set up in the pan.  Get another pan out and get the caramel layer started.  After you have both layers all ready, you can start swirling.  I like to line my pan with parchment paper.  The paper lifts right out of the pan and peels off so easily.  I tried wax paper one time.  Not a good idea to pour hot fudge onto a wax paper!  I had to get creative and use a blow dryer to melt the bottom of the fudge just enough to peel off the wax paper.  Just an FYI for you to remember.

Start by pouring half of the hot chocolate fudge into the pan.  Drop half of the caramel fudge by spoonfuls onto the top of the hot chocolate layer.  Take a knife and gently swirl the caramel fudge through.  Don’t swirl too much or you will start to loose your colors.  I think the contrast of this fudge makes it so pretty!!!   Repeat the layers and swirling with the rest of the fudge.

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Now this is where you have to have patience.  Place the dish in the refrigerator and wait a few hours.  I know…this is tough.  I like to make the fudge up late at night, so it can set up overnight.  Then when I get up the next morning I can pull the pan out of the refrigerator first thing.  This gives it time to come to room temperature while I am getting ready for the day.  This fudge is easier to cut if you let it come to room temperature.  I run the knife under very hot water and it cuts right through it like butter.  You will also want to clean the knife off between cuts.  That isn’t necessary but it will keep your fudge clean looking.  This is also a soft fudge, but don’t worry it will hold it’s shape very well.  Just keep it in a sealed container on your counter.

My youngest absolutely loved this fudge.  He came in the office last night when I was editing these pictures and he got really excited.  He said, “Mom, that was the best fudge you ever made.” If that doesn’t convince you to make it, I don’t know what will.

I still have half a container of hot chocolate mix left, I think I need to surprise my little guy with another batch of this caramel hot chocolate fudge.    I can’t wait to see his smile when he sees it in the kitchen again!!!


***Now go check out these yummy Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bars that Aimee has for you today!!!  I really think we should have mailed each other samples…it isn’t fair that I have to drool over her pictures and not get to eat one!


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Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 48 squares of fudge

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Soft hot chocolate fudge swirled with a caramel fudge


Hot Chocolate Layer
2 cups chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup marshmallow cream
1/3 cup hot chocolate mix
For the Caramel Layer
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 Tablespoon butter
pinch salt
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1 packet Duncan Hines Caramel Mix In (for the frosting)
1/2 cup miniature marshmallow bits


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, butter, salt, and sweetened condensed milk for the hot chocolate layer. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and the hot chocolate mix. Stir until melted and creamy. Turn heat to low.
  2. In another saucepan, combine the white chocolate chips, butter, salt, and sweetened condensed milk for the caramel layer. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and caramel mix in. Stir until melted and creamy.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the hot chocolate fudge into a 8x8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Drop 1/2 of the caramel fudge by spoonfuls onto the hot chocolate layer. Swirl gently with a knife. Repeat with the rest of the fudge. Sprinkle the top with the marshmallow bits. Refrigerate until set. Remove the parchment paper and let come to room temperature before cutting. Cut into 48 squares.

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Brownie Mint Rice Krispie Treats


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EXCITED FOR - Thanksgiving with my hubby’s family…can’t wait to snuggle those nieces and nephews.
MISSING – my sisters and brother and their little munchkins.
WEARING - jeans, black & orange top with a black & cream striped cardigan and silver flats with my bling owl necklace
LISTENING TO -  The Parent Rap…funny stuff if you have kids.
TRYING - to not lose my patience when kids are doing the things kids do so well.

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Peanut Butter Blasted Oreo Popcorn Munch

Happy Halloween!  The one day a year we let our kids take candy from strangers…in fact, we even let them knock on the strangers doors begging for the candy.  Does anyone else find the irony in this holiday?  That being said…my kids are going out with us right behind them, watching every move everyone makes.  This year we attempted to create their costumes using only what we had on hand.  For some reason they are obsessed with the show “My Babysitter is a Vampire”, so vampires all around.  I’m just glad my son gave up the werewolf costume…I couldn’t find anything here in the house to recreate that.  Vampires are so much easier to come up with.

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Peanut Butter Marshmallow Brownie Cups

Little desserts with a big impact are perfect for ending a dinner meal or taking to a party.  These Peanut Butter Marshmallow Brownie Cups will steal the show no matter where you eat them.

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Lately I have realized that I am easily distracted or disorganized…or both.

I have been losing receipts and putting things down then forgetting where they are.
Those are the times I pound around the house blaming one of the kids for moving it.
But then I find it, and realize that I am the one who moved it.
The thing is our house isn’t that big and I don’t have huge messes everywhere.
Yes, there are some things that could be a little better organized.

It is just this mom brain of mine that needs some more help.

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Just a few weeks ago, we were coming home from somewhere.
I don’t remember…I have forgotten that already.
Anyway, my husband had some cash from something and he handed it to me.
Joking around he laughed and said “Can I trust you with this?” It wasn’t a lot.
But it’s money.  I can be trusted with that always.  Wink, wink!!!

Well, I put it in a pocket in my purse that I don’t ever put money in.
Don’t ask.  I don’t know why either.
Fast forward a few days and my husband wants the money for something.
Do I remember where I put it?  Of course not.

I search my purse, my wallet, my jeans pocket…the van.
No money anywhere.
It’s gone.  Disappeared. Vanished.

About a week later, I was digging in my purse.  Yes, the very same one I searched earlier.
Any guesses what I found in the inside pocket, under some missing receipts:-)
The money.
It was there the whole time…probably laughing at me.

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I can tell you one thing that I will never lose!!!
Especially brownies with a fluffy peanut butter nougat filling,
oh, and a hidden marshmallow center!!!
You didn’t think I would forget to tell you about the center, did you???

Of course not.  These were way too good to forget about.
Plus, I only have one refrigerator so they were kind of hard to lose.

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Don’t make these unless you have somewhere to take them or someone to give them too!
They are super addicting!!!
I kinda really wish I had lost them…my jeans wish I had too:-)


Peanut Butter Marshmallow Brownie Cups

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 48 mini brownie cups

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Brownie Cups

Brownie cups that have a hidden marshmallow cream center and topped with a peanut butter mousse are the perfect after dinner dessert.


1 box brownie mix (for 9×13 pan)
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1 2/3 cups peanut butter chips (10 oz. bag, Reese's)
1 1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided
1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.)
1/4 cups chocolate chips
mini Reese's Pieces


  1. Prepare the brownie mix according to the 2 egg direction on the back of the box. Spoon 1 teaspoon into greased mini muffin tins.(I like to use Baker's Joy to grease the pan.) Bake for 12 minutes at 350*. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then use a wooden tart shaper or spoon to push the centers in. Let cool 2 more minutes in the pan, then remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  2. In a small sauce pan over low heat, melt the peanut butter chips and 1 teaspoon shortening. Stir until completely smooth. Beat with mixer for 1 minute. Add the Cool Whip and beat one more minute.
  3. Spoon a small amount of marshmallow cream into each brownie cup. Spoon the whipped peanut butter mixture into a piping bag or plastic bag and swirl it on top of the marshmallow. Refrigerate until set.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp. shortening for 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted and smooth. Place in a plastic bag and cut the tip off. Drizzle over brownie cups and top with a mini Reese's pieces. Keep refrigerated. Makes 48 mini brownies.


I use a butter knife to go around the outside of the brownie cup, making it easier to remove from the pan.


Want more mini brownie ideas?

Milky Way Brownie Cups - BruCrew Life
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Pumpkin Swirl Brownie Bites – Bakers Royale
Pumpkin Spice Brownie Bites- BruCrew Life

Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies

I recently learned something new about my desserts…

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They can be used just like money in certain situations.
My oldest son has been using desserts in trades to get more/better lunches at school.
At lunch time, he gives anyone who wants a “taste” of the sweets…
then whoever will trade him the best lunch item, gets the goodies.
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So far he has gotten pizza, garlic bread, and a plate of french fries.
I haven’t decided whether to be upset that he is trading away his lunch that I lovingly made,
or happy because so many of his friends are wanting my sweets…
For now I am going with happy because everyone likes good reviews of the things they make.
It is just like getting comments on this blog from someone who made your recipe and loved it.
Which by the way, I LOVE to hear from you guys when that happens.
Totally makes my day…just sayin:-)
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If you are looking for a fast and easy brownie to take to any picnics or family gatherings,
these Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies have your name written all over them.
Chocolate brownies made from a box…or get jiggy and make one from scratch if you like….whatev.
I’m kind of a box mix girl for now.  But only because of convenience.
Then whip up an easy fudge from chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk
and fill it with whatever candy floats your boat.
My boat is always floating with marshmallows and Reese’s candies.
Something about that peanut butter and marshmallow stuff that just gets me every single time.
Last week I made a pan of these for our church picnic…
and the only thing that came home from the picnic was a plate of crumbs.
Love it when that happens.
Of course my son wasn’t too happy because then he didn’t have anything to barter with on Monday.
He actually had to eat his own lunch that day.
I guess he forgot about the cookies in the freezer.  Ooops!
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Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 brownies

Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies

Chocolate brownies topped with a marshmallow, peanut butter cup fudge...grab a cup of milk because you are going to need it.


1 box brownie mix (13×9 pan size)
1 cup snack sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (about 12)
1 cup miniature Reese's Pieces
2 cups marshmallows
2 cups chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Prepare brownies according to the 2 egg directions on the back of the box. Bake about 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. In a saucepan combine the chocolate chips and milk. Heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool 2 minutes. Stir the marshmallows, peanut butter cups, and pieces in by hand gently. Spoon on top of the brownies and spread out. Work quickly with the fudge because it will set up very quickly. Let cool until set. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a tightly sealed container.
Any of these Reese’s treats would make good picnic food too:

100 Grand Rice Krispie Treats

100 Grand Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect snack food for a picnic, barbecue, or a fun blog meet up.
100 Grand Rice Krispie Treats | Inside BruCrew Life
Ok, so I did something a little out of the ordinary…
for a shy person that is.
I know that most of you here would never have guessed that I am actually really a shy person.

It’s true…I am really truly shy and find it hard to talk to people in real life.
Thank goodness I talk to most of you through my computer.
Otherwise I would be stuttering and turning red…
and then quite possibly it would all end in tears and embarrassment.

I am much better one on one…most of the time.

blog besties

So, for the past 5-6 months Aimee (from Shugary Sweets) and I
have been scheming when and where we could meet up since we only live 3 hours apart.
Finally I offered to drive out there and visit…she lives near IKEA after all.
Duh, super no brainer.  Meet up with the most awesome bloggy friend…and shop IKEA!

Now that puts me totally outside of my comfort zone…
going out on a branch and driving to meet someone you have never met before.  Yikes!!!
I was a little bit nervous that morning.

But Aimee and I have been commenting on each others blogs and emailing
for about a year and a half…so I totally felt like I knew her.
We have so much in common we are practically twins:-)

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Let me tell you what…she is 100 times more awesome in person:-)
We had THE best time that day…going through IKEA first.
Then she took me to this huge grocery store thingy called Jungle Jim’s…
such a way cool place.  You could find anything and everything food related there.

And then we just went back to her house, so our kids could play while we chatted…
oh, and we ate yummy snacks:-)  Boy! Were they yummy!
She had cupcakes, cake, and fudge…oh, the cinnabon fudge.
Totally to die for…seriously THE.BEST.FUDGE.EVER!!!
and I have had a lot of fudge in my life:-)

(Guess what?  She posted the recipe for it today,
so head HERE for the yummy stuff and a way to win some cinnabon goodness )


Now as a good foodie friend, I had to bring her some yummy treats too.
I had some of these Caramel Pretzel Brownie Cheesecakes still in my fridge,
so those came with me to get rid of them share.

But I also wanted to take something else too…
not just something that was in my fridge from the day before.
I knew that Aimee’s favorite treat is the all mighty rice krispie treat…
so that was what was going along for the drive too.

And to top it all off I made the krispies based off her favorite candy bar too…the 100 Grand bar.
Loads of caramel, crisp rice, and all topped with a milk chocolate layer…
oh and sprinkles,  because they just make it look so much cuter:-)

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I had such a fun day hanging with Aimee and getting to know her even better.
Our kids had a blast hanging out…helps that they are all the same age.
And they can’t wait for us to do “hang” again.
So, I definitely see us meeting up again very soon.
Next time though, the kids will be in school and we are headed on a bakery crawl.
Totally can’t wait for that!!!

Yup, best blog buds for sure!!!!!



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100 Grand Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 squares

100 Grand Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats made with caramel and chocolate


1 cup Kraft caramel squares (about 26 unwrapped)
3 Tablespoons butter
1 (10 oz.) bag miniature marshmallows
6 cups rice krispie cereal
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon shortening
2 Tablespoons sprinkles


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the caramel squares and butter. Stir until melted. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted again. Add the cereal, and mix until all is coated. Press into a 9×13 pan that has been lightly buttered. Let sit and cool for 30 minutes.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the shortening. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Continue heating another 30 seconds and stirring until melted. Do not over heat. Spread over the top of the krispies and top with sprinkles. Let set. Cut into 24 squares.