Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

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You’ve got to make these Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes, they have all of your favorite flavors in one great brownie cupcake!

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Halloween is Saturday and I wanted to give you guys one more easy and fun treat you can make for Halloween. These Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes are really for those people out there who like a hint of pumpkin flavor but really don’t like or want a lot of pumpkin flavor.

Not everyone likes or wants a strong pumpkin flavor in their food and I understand that. As a matter of fact, one of my guys isn’t always so big on pumpkin. The point is we all like different things and that’s fine.

These brownie cupcakes are SO GOOD! The first flavor to hit your taste buds is the flavor of a Reese’s peanut butter pumpkin (pumpkin in shape only), then you taste brownie, then you taste just a hint of pumpkin spice!

This brownie cupcake is WONDERFUL with or without the little donette – either way they turn out great! [Read more…]

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Spring Celebration Brownies

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These Spring Celebration Brownies are delicious, layered with flavor and absolutely perfect for any spring get together!

2015-03-26-5046 Some days it’s so much fun to try new things in the kitchen…and today was one of them! Putting together this MMM was such a nice change of pace.

So we’ve all heard of chocolate chip cookie dough brownies, sometimes with Oreos and sometimes not, or even slutty brownies. Honestly, for a long time I didn’t know what a slutty brownie was! Because although I am a food blogger, brownies aren’t my favorite, and I didn’t really care. Finally I decided I really should check it out, so I did.

Naturally I had to make a pan of chocolate chip cookie and Oreo fudge brownies, or what they also affectionately call slutty brownies. They were good but very, very heavy! I knew right away I wanted something a little lighter, so I wouldn’t be full for the next 3 days.

Because these aren’t as heavy as the triple chocolate original they are perfect for a scoop of ice cream and your favorite sauce or sauces!

If you are looking to impress your guests at any spring soiree, this brownie is your ticket!

Today I share with you my Spring Celebration Brownies, enjoy!

2015-03-26-5052 Of course you don’t have to add ice cream, hot fudge sauce and caramel sauce! That’s completely up to you! :)

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Mega Peanut Butter Brownie Blast

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Decadent chocolate brownies loaded with FOUR different kinds of chocolate, and a creamy chocolate-peanut butter cheesecake swirled throughout and topped with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. If you love peanut butter and chocolate together, this brownie is for you!

Mega Peanut Butter Brownie Blast

I have had this recipe for several years now and it turns out great every time! Although I don’t know her, both the original blogger of the recipe and I learned how to bake/cook at the same culinary school, The Culinary School of Sort-of-Scratched Down Recipes. :)

I simply tweaked a recipe (for my fellas here) that she had already tweaked for her personal preferences. Just like a song, give credit where credit is due, and adapt it in a way that makes sense for you.

When I say my Mega Peanut Butter Brownies are really good, I mean great!!
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The BEST Brownie Pops!

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My husband and boys are forever asking me to make more brownies and more cookies! According to them, they haven’t had brownies in forever. Let me explain their use of the word forever. In this particular case it means approximately a couple of weeks. :)

With the weather just starting to change, and Fall coming very quickly, I was thinking Fall when I decided on brownie pops with some fun Halloween sprinkles. Mostly because the colors of the sprinkles are perfect for Fall.

Being that I had just made a different kind of cookie pop, for the Farmers Market a few days ago, I still had pops on the mind. So, let’s have some fun with brownie pops, shall we?

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I admit we are not fans of cake pops, but we do like both brownie pops and cookie pops. I do make both depending upon the day or course. Plus they’re just a fun dessert to serve for just about any occasion. :)

 These brownie pops are so good and so easy, once you get going it all comes together in no time at all!

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Happy Birthday February Friends!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY February Friends!!

Remember when I said each month of the year we’re going to celebrate Birthdays here @ Megamommy?

Well, maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Either way, here’s a fun, simple and oh so yummy Birthday treat for February!

I simply call them Birthday Oreo Brownies. :)

Why? Because I make them with Birthday Cake Oreos (when possible), and they’re made only for Birthdays at our house.

Birthday Oreo Brownies – are another birthday treat your family and friends are sure to enjoy, if they don’t already.

Let’s take a look…

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Start with any standard brownie mix and Birthday Cake OREOs. If you’re not already familiar with the Birthday Cake OREOs, they only come out once a year. My kids love Oreos, so I learn what I can about Oreos as I go.

Two things here, first off, you only need one pack of Oreos and it’s possible you won’t even use the entire pack.

Secondly, although the Birthday Cake OREOs are fun and look pretty, there truly is no flavor difference between these and regular Oreos!

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Here’s the brownie batter, it’s just the brownie mix with the items called for on the back of the box. Remember not to over stir. :)

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These are the brownies with an Oreo inside of them cooling, waiting to be decorated, and eaten of course.

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I simply decorated the brownie cupcakes with pink vanilla frosting, added lots of sprinkles, and topped it off with half an Oreo (the same kind that’s inside).

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INGREDIENTS

1 box Brownie Mix & ingredients called for on back of box

Birthday Oreos, or any other flavor of Oreos desired

Frosting of choice

Sprinkles

Oreos, for garnish at the end

Brithday candles, if desired

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to temp. called for on back of brownie mix. Line cupcake pans with paper liners, and spray lightly with non-stick spray.

2. Prepare brownie mix according to instructions on back of box. Place 1 Tbs. of brownie batter in bottom of each muffin cup. Place Oreo of choice on top of brownie batter (Golden or Chocolate) and continue filling as you normally would for a brownie cupcake.

*MM Note: According to my Taste Testers the Golden Oreos aren’t nearly as good as the Chocolate Oreos. However, when I do these Birthday Oreo Brownies I like the combination of Golden Oreo with the chocolate fudge or milk chocolate flavor of a brownie. The choice is up to you!  

3. Bake as you normally would. After brownies are completely cooled, frost and decorate as desired.

*MM Note: I have made these Birthday Oreo Brownies numerous times and numerous different ways. How you garnish is up to you. 

If you prefer to chop up the Oreos and sprinkle on top feel free; or you can cut the Oreos in half and top each one with half an Oreo placed gently in the frosting. Of course you can always just go for it and garnish with a whole Oreo placed on top, if desired. 

¡Feliz Cumpleaños

 

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Simple Valentine’s Heart Brownies

Simple & Delicious Valentine's Brownies

Simple & Delicious Valentine's Brownies

Today’s recipe is really more of a guideline than true recipe. This post is really more of a how-to on making any simple recipe “your own” as they say.

In general my approach to baking and cooking is this…I truly believe it is the simple, well done, recipes that usually make people the happiest!

I don’t know how it is at your house, but my fella’s love brownies!

I mean they L-O-V-E brownies!!

Don’t get me wrong, I like brownies, but not like they do. But that’s okay, because if ever I want to make them happy, a fresh pan of brownies will usually do the trick. :)

So let’s take a look at what we have going on today.

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Simple Valentine’s Heart Brownies

INGREDIENTS

1 box brownie mix prepared according to package, whatever brand you prefer

Use a regular family size mix if you want a 13X9-inch pan, if you want a smaller batch, use a small box for a 8-in. x 8-in. pan.

Can of Vanilla frosting, any brand you prefer

Food coloring if you wish to tint the frosting, you will only need a drop or two

Sprinkles if desired

Cookie cutters if desired, otherwise a plastic knife works fine

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DIRECTIONS                                          

1. Spray whatever size pan is called for on box, set aside. Preheat oven as called for on box, most brownies bake at 350 degrees F, check back of box to be sure.

2. Bake brownies for time given on back of box. Always go with the minimal amount of time, check every two minutes after that if brownies need more time.

3. Cool brownies completely. Now you need to decide if you want to cut the brownies with a knife, or a cute shaped cookie cutter. For these, I used two different sizes of hearts.

If you decide to cut the brownies with a knife – chill the brownies in the fridge first, once chilled cut them with a plastic knife, you will be surprised how well this works.

4. Once your brownies are plated, you are ready to add a frosting drizzle. I simply heat some of the canned frosting in the microwave. The amount is up to you, it’s not a precise measurement, it’s simply personal preference. Just eyeball it, you can always heat up more of you want to. Remember, you want the frosting warm enough to be used as a drizzle, not boiling hot.

5. Now it’s time to dress the brownies up a little. When you have the amount of frosting you want heated up – you may want to add a drop or two of red food coloring for a pretty pink color. 

Maybe you want to add a small amount of flavored extract (start with 1/4 tsp.), but maybe you don’t, either way they’ll be good.

*Now the best part. Add whatever type of sprinkles/toppings you want. If you want to use Valentine’s Day sprinkles they’re always very cute. 

Or you could simply use micro or mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips or even mini M&M’s. You decided, it’s your dessert! :)

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Dulce de Leche Swirl Brownies

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Dulce de Leche Swirl Brownies

So I was paging through one of my many, many cookbooks looking for something new to make. This is quite a challenge because I am always cooking or baking something. :)

Nonetheless, I found just the right recipe for tonight. The recipe I was going to adapt for dessert tonight. There was nothing wrong with the recipe, as a matter of fact it looked like a rather good recipe.

But me being me, I’m HUGE on using what you already have – tonight I have dulce de leche cream cheese to use. So I made a few changes and I now have a recipe for Dulce de Leche Swirl Brownies. Sounds yummy!

This recipe is great because it can easily be adapted for different flavors of cream cheese and different extracts. It’s always so much fun to play with different flavors. But that’s what we do as bakers and cooks, right?

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You know the wonderful new cream cheese spreads from Kraft? They look like this. As I mentioned, I had the dulce de leche caramel spread. A while back, I bought it on sale, and with a coupon, so I picked it up for a really great price! Now it was time to see what I could do with it.

I really wanted to see how the flavor was in something, not just alone as a spread. By the way if you haven’t tried this stuff it is fabulous! Now I can say it’s great for baking also. :)

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Sorry, the picture is kind of dark. What you’re looking at is the dulce de leche swirled throughout the chocolate batter, then topped with chocolate chips, before it went into the oven. The dulce de leche caramel cream cheese truly was a very nice touch.

Should we get to what my three Taste Testers said?

Taste Tester 1: He was kindest, he said it was the perfect blend of caramel and chocolate. He said that he liked how moist the brownies were and he could eat these any time. Taste Tester 1 takes his job very seriously! He is always willing to tell me what he likes and doesn’t like. Especially what he doesn’t like! Although, sometimes I do have to paraphrase for him. He is chronologically challenged.

Taste Tester 2: Taste Tester 2 said he really liked the smooth yummy flavor the dulce de leche added to the brownies. He gave the brownies 4 out of 5 stars. As he puts it, he doesn’t give out 5 stars too easily, he saves 5 out of 5 for “special flavors”. Did I mention he ate a row of brownies by himself?

Taste Tester 3: He said they were good and he liked the balance of flavors. He didn’t want to eat them at first because he thought they would be too rich and gooey, but they’re not at all.

I rate this recipe a 4.5 (out of 5)

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Dulce de Leche Swirl Brownies

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) container dulce de leche cream cheese, softened

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 package chocolate fuge or chocolate cake mix, cake mix not brownie mix

1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Optional: 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Either generously spray 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray, or line completely with foil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Beat the dulce de leche cream cheese, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minute or until blended smooth.

3. Mix the cake mix, evaporated milk, and melted butter in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon or until blended. Spread 3/4 cup dough in prepared pan. Dough will be thick and will need to actually be spread by hand. It isn’t thin like your usual brownie batter. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over, then top with spoonfuls of remaining dough. Swirl mixture with the back of a knife several times for marbled design. If desired sprinkle with chocolate chips.

4. Bake 38 to 43 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1 inch from side of pan comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.

* Be sure not to over bake these brownies. Baking them to just the right point is the trick with any good brownie. This is a very special brownie – bake it with love! ♥♥♥

Adapted from: The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book by: Camilla V. Saulsbury

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