Candy, Desserts, Recipes

Candy Corn Pretzel Bites

I know it’s after Halloween. Candy corn season is finito, at least til next fall. But in case you need something to do to fulfill any sweet/salty cravings that come your way while finishing up the last of the clearance/leftover Halloween candy, here’s a great option.

You’ve got your layer of salty square pretzel [the best pretzel shape, in my opinion] covered with a layer of chocolate and topped off with the sweet refreshment of pure sugar candy corn. Or autumn corn. Or pumpkins. Or even caramel candy corn. Yes, it’s just as good as it sounds. Try it this weekend or file it away for next fall, this is a treat that will be on my list for years to come!

Candy Corn Pretzel Bites [from Baking and Creating with Avril]
printable version


  • Pretzels
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Candy Corn


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with alumnium foil or parchment paper. Place pretzels on cookie sheet and top with a Hershey Kiss. Bake for 4-5 minutes. Chocolate should be barely shiny–much longer and it will get gross [technical term here, folks]. Press candy corn into chocolate and let cool before enjoying or storing in an air-tight container.

Time: 15 minutes.

Yield: varies.

Candy, Chicken, Desserts, Main Dishes, Recipes

Saturday Dinner: Football Style

when you can't have Chipotle... make your own!

Dinner: Homemade Chipotle Bowls

  • Spinach
  • Chipotle Lime Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Spicy Rubbed Chicken [boneless, skinless chicken breast rubbed with chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, cumin, freshly ground lemon pepper, and garlic… drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and baked at 325 for about 30 minutes]
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Fresh Avocado
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Trader Joe’s Smoky Peach Salsa <— the best jarred salsa I’ve ever had!
  • Cilantro
  • with green Tabasco sauce for Ben!

Dessert: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

recipe to come… but pretty similar to these delicious treats 🙂

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

Candy, Desserts, Recipes

A Dear Friend

Chocolate and peanut butter. Can there be anything better? I submit that there cannot.

Want proof?

In case that picture didn’t whet your appetite in the same way it does mine, allow me to elaborate for just a moment about my dear friend No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars. I haven’t gotten them out of my mind since Jenna shared the recipe about a month ago. Last weekend, I invited them into my home and my heart for the first time and life has never been better. See, my friend brings along a thick layer of peanut butter… sweet, smooth, textured. Add onto that a generous coating of chocolatey wonder, and this is a houseguest you’ll never want to leave.

I literally can’t stop eating them. It’s like a magnetic field exists between my mouth and the freezer. I haven’t been this obsessed about a dessert since I don’t know when.

Fortunately for me, Ben is just as big of a fan as I am. What’s the fortunate part about that, you ask. Well, his tolerance of rich foods is significantly lower than mine is… So, yup, he doesn’t mind quite so much when I “volunteer” to fetch him dessert and then it arrives with a bite or three missing. It was like that in the freezer, I promise. And speaking of that freezer… I think I’m a little hungry.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars [from Jenna’s Everything Blog]
printable version


  • 2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs [for me, this was about 1/3 of a box]
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter [about 2/3 of a 24 ounce jar]
  • 1 cup butter, softened and divided
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Crush graham crackers in a ziploc bag or a food processor until crumbs are small [and if you’re like me, until the crumbs are all over your kitchen floor, sticking to your feet].

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine graham cracker crumbs, 3/4 cup butter, and 2 cups peanut butter. Mix on low to combine. Add powdered sugar slowly in small increments, about 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until all powdered sugar is fully incorporated. You might want to do that step extra slowly with caution so you don’t wind up [again] like me, with powdered sugar all over your floor, because it likes to spew everywhere.

Spoon out mixture into an [ungreased] 9×13 pan. Use a spatula and/or your [clean!] fingers to pat mixture down. It will be a little sticky, but be patient and work slowly and it’ll be fine.

Then, combine chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until melted. I like to heat for about 45 seconds on 50% power, remove and stir, then repeat for 20 seconds. If it’s not fully melted by then, continue process until it is. Then remove quickly, stir in cinnamon, and spread immediately over peanut butter layer. Don’t worry, your chocolate will not taste super cinnamon-y. The cinnamon just enhances the chocolate flavor to make it even better, I promise! I used a combination of a table knife and a spatula to spread the chocolate and that worked pretty well.

Then [this is the hard part], cover and place in the freezer or refrigerator for at least an hour to cool and harden. Cut into small squares and serve. I cooled the whole thing in the freezer and then let it sit out for about 15 minutes before cutting into squares and that worked perfectly. Store [and consume] the leftovers in the freezer. They are perfect when eaten at this temperature. Enjoy!

Candy, Desserts, Recipes

Oreo Truffles

oreo deliciousness
plate o awesome

These Oreo Truffles are so easy, they’re hardly a recipe. Yet I’ve had so many requests for the recipe that I had to oblige. [What a tough obligation….haha]

I was first introduced to these delicious bites of chocolately goodness at a bridal shower thrown for me by my in-laws a few months before we got married. Then, my mom and sister made a batch for the bridal shower they threw for me the next month. This was back in 2009, and I’ve lost count of the occasions where these babies have made an appearance. Let’s see… multiple bridal showers, a tea party, New Year’s Eve, a church team meeting, and more, I’m sure!

friends 🙂

The most recent appearance made by my good friend Mr. Oreo Truffle was at my friend Allison’s wedding shower this past weekend. It was a great shower filled with fabulous friends, fun, and food…

food table... lots to enjoy!

I can’t wait for the wedding in May! But now… I’m sure you all can’t wait for the recipe. 🙂 Enjoy!

Oreo Truffles


  • 1- 18 oz. package of Oreos
  • 1- 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1- 12 oz. package of white chocolate chips
Crush Oreos completely using a food processor. Mix in cream cheese until thoroughly combined. [Alternatively, you can crush Oreos in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin and then mix in cream cheese in a bowl.] Roll mixture into 48 one-inch balls and set aside on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler or the microwave. Dip balls in chocolate, remove to sheet, and refrigerate or freeze for about one hour or until firm.
Click here for the printable version: Oreo Truffles