Peanut Butter Bars

Grab a glass of milk and a few of these Peanut Butter Bars.   Chocolate chips, oatmeal, and a peanut butter glaze are sure to have you grabbing a few more bars to munch on.

Peanut Butter Bars - easy peanut butter bars with a peanut butter glaze that everyone will love

 My husband just shakes his head at me and all my baking.

He gave up all sweets and carbs for lent this year.  Every time he came in the kitchen and saw another pan of treats, he would sigh and then tell me that I was the dessert devil tempting him.  LOL! Doesn’t that sound like the perfect blog name?  I wonder how hard it would be to switch names?   Naaaaah!  I’m thinking after blogging for 6 years as the BruCrew, I should probably stick with it.

The funny thing is that my husband isn’t even a big sweets eater.  He usually will take a bite and then be good.  Now put a bag of chips in front of him, and that’s a different story.  He is the salty lover in our family, and I am the sweets lover.  It’s why we go together so well.  Sweet and salty is an awesome pair!!!   [Read more...]

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

Three times the peanut butter makes this Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie one dessert you don’t want to miss.  Make sure you have a glass of milk or cup of coffee ready to wash down this rich, decadent, and truly amazing pie.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - three times the peanut butter makes this cookie pie taste amazing

 I puffy heart love peanut butter.  It is one thing that I could use in baking every single time because I love it that much.

My husband on the other hand must be an alien because he doesn’t like peanut butter as much as me.  He makes faces whenever I say I’m making more peanut butter desserts.  I think it’s that alien side of him trying to get out.

Oh, he eats peanut butter with his apple slices almost every day.  That man has the self control like no one I have ever seen.  He prefers apples to dessert.  What the what?   That’s totally crazy talk!  Now don’t get me wrong here.  I do love apples too…just not for my dessert.  Bring on the pie, candy, and Cool Whip because that’s how I like it!   [Read more...]

Fluffernutter Apple Nachos

Apples topped with marshmallow cream, peanut butter, and Reese’s peanut butter cups is definitely my way of eating an apple a day.  These Fluffernutter Apple Nachos always get huge smiles from my kids.

Fluffernutter Apple Nachos - apples drizzled with peanut butter, marshmallow, and Reese's PB cups.  Best way to eat an apple a day!

 One sandwich that I remember always eating as a kid is the fluffernutter.  It always surprises me how many people do not know what these sandwiches are.

Marshmallow cream and peanut butter on bread.  That’s it.  Not the healthiest sandwich on the block, but definitely one of the tastiest.    [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars

An easy way to enjoy cookies without all the work is to make them into bars.  These Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars are an amazing mixture of flavors in one easy to hold treat.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars - peanut butter cookie bars with a swirl of Nutella and Reese's pieces

Have you ever noticed that when you are watching what you are eating, the bad food seems to jump out even more.

Literally the other day I opened the cupboard and a bag of Reese’s Pieces fell out right in front of me.  Then I tried to reach in the cupboard behind everything and the peanut butter jar fell out too.  Now it could be because I keep trying to shove more baking supplies into a 1 foot by 3 foot cabinet with only 3 small shelves, OR it is karma for trying to resist the sweets all week long.    [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

This easy banana cake is perfect for all those ripe bananas on your counter.  The fluffy peanut butter frosting makes it absolutely irresistible!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake - this delicious banana cake will disappear before you know it

 Today is a fun day!  I am joining with a group of blog friends to surprise Katie from Katie’s Cucina with a fun virtual baby shower.  I met Katie last year at the BlogHer Food conference, and she is such a sweetheart.  We enjoyed chatting over crazy monster donuts from the food trucks while we were there.

Surprise Katie!!!!  We wanted to let you know how much you are loved, and how excited we are for your little man to be here soon.

I wish we could all be there in person to give you hugs and delicious food.  But since we are all over the country, we did the next best thing.  We made lots of easy dinners, desserts, and crafts to share with you through pictures.   We know you will be busy with late night feedings, changing diapers, and just staring in awe at those little fingers and toes, so we wanted to share easy recipes that don’t take much time to make. [Read more...]

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites

These Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites are a healthy snack to munch on when you are trying to cut out a little extra sugar from your diet.

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy no bake granola bites that are light and healthy

 Yes, you read that right.

I have totally and completely jumped on the skinny bandwagon.  (But don’t worry…I have a few other recipes that I will have to jump off the wagon so I can share with you soon!)

It is the beginning of the year after all, and everyone is doing their best to stick to those healthy eating goals.  I don’t want to be the one to make you stumble, plus I am doing my best to cut some of the excess sugar out of my diet too.  When I have brownies and cookies in my kitchen, my sweet tooth is stronger than my will power.

So, I made a sweet little snack that is lower in calories and higher in fiber and protein to pacify my sweet tooth with. [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies

Need a way to use up all that holiday candy in a hurry?  These Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies are a great way to enjoy all that extra holiday candy that you bought and never ate.

Peanut Butter Reese's Cookies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - the softest peanut butter cookies filled with Reese's goodness

 Do you make resolutions when the new year begins?  I like to make goals to strive for each year.  This year I want to work on my quiet time, exercise regularly, have more “dates” with my kids and more quality time with my hubby, and of course bake a whole lot more.  You knew baking more was going to be on the list, right?

I thought sharing cookies as my first recipe of the year was a great way to start out with my goals.  Did you really think that since the new year had started I was going to help you out with your diet goals?  I wish I could say that was true, but I figure if I’m going to eat the sugar I might as well share the goodness with you.  I’m adding practice moderation in eating to my goal list too, not cut it out completely.   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn

 Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - white chocolate, peanut butter, and candy bars make this a snack you can't stop munching on

This time of year starts to get a little busy.  With shopping, decorating the house, making and sending cards, going to programs, and spending time with family, I am not sure how I will get all my baking and treats finished.  And this girl, needs her sugar treats.  Well, I guess I don’t need them, but I sure am much happier when I have them.

And when I am running around like a crazy woman trying to finish all my holiday projects, at least I can be full of sugar and happy.   [Read more...]

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

 Peanut Butter Pudding cookies can make a fun Valentine treat when filled with red and pink M&M candies and chocolate chips.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies, peanut butter pudding cookies

These cookies will be gone before you know it.

I made these M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies a few weeks ago.  I thought they would last the entire week for the kids to pack in their school lunches.  I should have known better!   We did the same thing when I made these Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies and these Caramel Corn Pretzel Cookies.  The kids kept trying to eat these for breakfast.  It is full of peanut butter so I guess it is great protein.

For these particular peanut butter pudding cookies, I decided to combine both of those old recipes into one delicious cookie.  If you can keep your family from devouring them right away, they would make a great Valentine treat. They are so easy to make, so grab your mixer and a baking sheet and let’s get baking.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies, peanut butter pudding cookies

 You will start by creaming your butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  I use my Kitchen Aid for every recipe…I love having my hands free to measure (and instagram).  Then start adding the ingredients little by little.  This recipe really is a one bowl kind of recipe.  Do you like it when you only have one bowl to wash?  Yeah, most days I do too!

After your dough is mixed up, you will need to chill the dough.  Now quite honestly, you could bake the cookies right away, but they will not be quite as thick and puffy.  Give the dough at least 30 minutes of chilling time and then start rolling the M&M Peanut Butter Pudding cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch balls.  The dough will be slightly sticky, but it should roll easily.  If not, refrigerate it longer.   Keep your dough in the refrigerator while each batch is baking.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies,  peanut butter pudding cookies

I like to bake my cookies on a Silpat.  It will keep your cookies from spreading out even more.   Look at that freshly baked peanut butter pudding cookie.  Yes, I know that it looks underdone, but DO NOT bake any longer than 9-10 minutes.  I promise you they continue to bake and set up after you pull them out of the oven.    I always let my cookies rest about 2 minutes on the tray before moving them to some parchment paper on the counter.  For the cookies that are really fat and tall in the center, I gently pressed the centers down with the back of the spatula or a spoon. Not too hard…just enough to flatten it out  just slightly.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies, peanut butter pudding cookies

Store your peanut butter pudding cookies in a tightly sealed container once they are cool.  I had one of these 2 days after I made them, and they were just as good as the day I made them.  Obviously the kids thought so too. By the end of the  3rd day, all our M&M Peanut Butter Pudding cookies had disappeared!  I would call that a recipe success.

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies, peanut butter pudding cookies

 I guess I need to find two more of my favorite cookies and try to combine them into another great cookie recipe.

More Peanut Butter recipes you may enjoy:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

Peanut Butter S’more Blondies

Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes

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M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Peanut Butter Pudding cookies with peanut butter M&M candies and chocolate chips....great for Valentine's Day treats.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 box instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz.)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup Peanut Butter M&M candies
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, and eggs and beat again. Sift together the pudding mix, salt, baking soda, and flour. Slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M's by hand.
  2. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 balls. Bake at 350* for 9-10 minutes. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes before removing to parchment on the counter. Cool completely. Store in a sealed container for 4-5 days. Makes 48 cookies, depending on the size of your dough balls.
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

 It’s official.  Puppy chow is my new snack love!  I made Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow for the Super Bowl party we are headed to this afternoon…and it is amazing!!!

Let’s talk puppy chow for a minute.  No, it isn’t really for puppies, even though that is what the name suggests.  There have been so many comments all over pinterest about how chocolate isn’t good for dogs!  Hello!!!  People read the ingredient list…do you feed that stuff to your dogs?  Because I don’t. Well, unless she steals the bag of chow from the counter…which does happen here if we aren’t careful.  But I don’t GIVE it to her.  I have also seen it called Muddy Buddies, and to me that name isn’t much better, because who eats mud.  Right?

Whatever you call it, just call it good!!!   I mean it’s cereal coated in melty chocolate goodness and doused in a whole lot of powdered sugar.  How could you not love the stuff?

Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

Now I know that I just posted the Mocha Cappuccino puppy chow recipe on Thursday, and here I am with another puppy chow for you today.  But in my defense, this Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow was way too good to wait any longer.  I just had to share it with you right away.  I mean it has 4 different kinds of Reese’s loving going on in it.  You can see why I couldn’t wait another day!

Ok, ok!  Fine, I had to share it right away for two reasons.  1.  It was amazing!!!!  You needed it.  2.  I didn’t want to wait…because I just knew one of my amazing blog friends might have this chow version up their sleeves…so I didn’t want to be disappointed when I googled it a week from now, and someone else had already made it.  :-)

Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

 For this batch of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow, I used more chocolate so the powdered sugar would stick a little bit heavier.  If you do not want so much powder, feel free to use a little less.  Have you used the CandiQuik melting chocolate before?  I love that it comes with it’s own melting tray.   I just opened the outer package and put the tray in the microwave.  Once the chocolate was melted, I added the peanut butter right to the tray and stirred it in.  It saves me one dish to clean later.  Gotta love that!

Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

A yummy Reese’s snack that takes less than 10 minutes to make?  That’s my kind of treat!

Did I say I was taking this to a party today???

I think I feel a cold coming on…I better stay home and make it feel better with Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow :-)

 

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If you ever have extra Reese’s just lying around, I suggest one of these recipes.
Hahaha!   That made me laugh…I never have extra Reese’s just for no reason!!!

Marshmallow Reeses Blonde Brownies

Marshmallow Reese’s Blonde Brownies

Peanut Butter Threat Cheesecakes 2

Peanut Butter Threat Mini Cheesecakes

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 cups

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

Chex cereal coated with a peanut butter chocolate and tossed with 2 kinds of Reese's candies

Ingredients

8 cups Chex cereal
2 cups Reese's Puffs cereal
16 oz. vanilla CandiQuik
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Reese's)
1 bag Reese's mini peanut butter cups (8 oz.)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup mini Reese's pieces

Instructions

  1. Combine the cereal in a bowl and set aside. Divide the powdered sugar into 2 big ziplock bags and set aside. Place the CandiQuik in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Heat an additional minute, stirring every 30 seconds. Spoon the peanut butter into the melted chocolate and stir until smooth.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal and stir until coated. Toss the peanut butter cups with the cereal. Spoon the mixture into the two ziplock bags evenly. Close and shake until thoroughly coated. Spread out on a parchment lined cookie sheet until set. Sprinkle with the Reese's pieces. Store in a sealed container for up to one week.
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White Chocolate Reese’s Krispie Hearts

White Chocolate Reese's Krispie Hearts

I love Rice Krispie treats.
Like, love them so much I can’t stop eating them until they are gone.  It’s bad people.
Bad for the jeans in my life that is.  Me on the other hand…
well, I am good with more krispies in my life.
I should probably stop making them when no one is home with me.

Today’s White Chocolate Reese’s Krispie Hearts will make you want to eat the entire batch in one day.  What?  That’s not normal to do?

White Chocolate Reese's Krispie Hearts

This batch of rice krispie treats starts out like a regular pan of krispies, but at the last minute you add a box of white chocolate pudding into the melted marshmallows.  Pour in the cereal and stir until coated.  Go ahead and press the hot mixture into a buttered pan.  Yes, go ahead and lick the spoon.  You know you want to.

But…you probably are going to burn your tongue.  I know, because I do it every single time I make krispie treats.

White Chocolate Reese's Krispie Hearts

 I was at Target the other day and I just couldn’t resist buying a bag of the Reese’s hearts.  Not that I can resist regular Reese’s, but there is something about cute fun shapes that makes me buy them even more.  I didn’t have any idea what I was going to make with them.  I just knew they had to come home with me.  (Please tell me I am not alone in my random candy buying!!!)

White Chocolate Reese's Krispie Hearts

Enter the White Chocolate Rice Krispies cooling on the counter.  All of a sudden I knew I wanted to share my love of krispies, CandiQuik, and Reese’s all in one glorious ADORABLE treat!   You start by cutting the white chocolate krispies into a heart shape just slightly bigger than the Reese’s hearts.  Then drizzle the tops of the krispie hearts with white CandiQuik and drop a Reese’s heart on the top.  (go ahead and eat the rest of the Reese’s while the chocolate is setting…I won’t tell :-)

Super easy!  And so stinking cute!!!

White Chocolate Reese's Krispie Hearts

 The bonus part of cutting hearts from these white chocolate krispies???

Someone has to eat all the scraps!
It’s a rough job, but someone has to do it.  ;-)

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White Chocolate Reese’s Krispie Hearts

Yield: 15 hearts

White Chocolate Reese’s Krispie Hearts

White chocolate rice krispie treats topped with white chocolate CandiQuik and a Reese's peanut butter heart.

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons butter
1 bag miniature marshmallows (10 oz.)
1 box Jello white chocolate pudding (3.4 oz.z)
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
2 oz. white CandiQuik, melted
15 Reese's peanut butter hearts

Instructions

  1. Place the butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan. Heat and stir on medium heat until melted and smooth. Add the pudding and stir for about 1 minute so the pudding can dissolve. Stir in the cereal.
  2. Pour the cereal into a buttered 9x13 pan. Press gently and evenly. Let set about 15 minutes. Use a heart cookie cutter to cut out 15 hearts. Let cool completely.
  3. Drizzle the krispie hearts with the melted CandiQuik. Press a Reese's heart on top before the CandiQuik sets. Let set before serving.

Notes

You could also cut the rice krispie treats into squares and top with the melted chocolate and hearts.

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Looking for ways to incorporate more Reese’s into your life this Valentine’s Day?
Here are a few of our family favorites.

Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

PEANUT BUTTER PUDDING COOKIES

Peanut Butter Threat Cheesecakes

PEANUT BUTTER THREAT CHEESECAKES

Marshmallow Reeses Blonde Brownies

MARSHMALLOW REESES BLONDE BROWNIES

Reeses Popcorn Munch - chocolate covered popcorn filled with Reeses PB cups and pieces #reeses #popcorn http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

REESES POPCORN MUNCH

 

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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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