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funfetti granola bites.

oh dear.

what have i done?

somehow, someway, sprinkles hopped into my bowl of oats…

now, i’ve shared my love for addiction to granola…  i’ve shared my love for addiction to funfetti

let’s just combine the two and see what happens?!


mmmm. that’s my kind of energy snack.

now can someone please clean the runaway sprinkles hiding on my kitchen floor?!

funfetti granola bites

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

makes about 20 balls

  • 2 1/4 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (more or less, depending on your love for addiction to sprinkles)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.  Stir well, until all oats are moistened.  This will take some elbow grease!
  2. Refrigerate mixture for AT LEAST 1 hour (preferably 2 – you want the whole mixture pretty stiff and stick together well)
  3. Remove from refrigerator and roll into balls. Enjoy!
adapted from Little Bitty Bakes
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what to do with that extra cake mix leftover in the box?! use it in these 😉

cake batter rice krispie treats

cake batter rice krispie treats

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

 

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peeps s’mores & chocolate dipped peeps.

i had a little fun with peeps this weekend. i cannot get enough of those sugary little marshmallow blobs.  so colorful! so sparkly! soooo sugary!

i found the idea for peeps s’mores somewhere on pinterest. are you addicted to pinterest as much as i am? i could waste HOURS on that site….

anyway, as a lover of anything and everything s’mores, i knew i had to whip these peeps s’mores up for easter time. they are so mindnumbingly easy to throw together. grab some graham crackers. sandwich some chocolate and a peep in them. microwave for 20 seconds. smoosh down. boom! peeps s’mores.

while i was throwing these together, i rememberd another peep recipe i recently stumbled upon over at Love From the Oven: chocolate dipped easter peeps. Christi is a peeps master!  her site is another site i could waste HOURS on… 🙂

these are probably even easier than the peeps s’mores. dip peeps into melted chocolate. sprinkle on some sprinkles. allow to cool. eat until your heart’s content. 🙂

i shouldn’t even call these peeps goodies “recipes” since they are SO easy to throw together. perfect for last minute easter treats!

peeps s’mores.

(categorized under holiday & fun sweets)
  • graham cracker sheets
  • chocolate chips (or use a hershey’s bar)
  • peeps

DIRECTIONS

  1. Break graham cracker sheet in half. Set one half aside.
  2. Sprinkle other half with chocolate chips (or a couple small pieces of a hershey’s bar).  Top the chocolate with a peep.
  3. Microwave for about 20 seconds (the peep will begin to puff up). Remove from microwave and top with the reserved graham cracker half.  Squish down.  Enjoy!

chocolate covered peeps.

(categorized under holiday & fun sweets)
originally from Love From the Oven

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, break up the white chocolate bar into small pieces so they melt easily.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir for about a minute.  The chocolate will continue to melt as you stir. If needed, microwave in 10 second increments until all is melted and smooth.
  3. Grab a peep and gently dip it into the pool of melted chocolate. Shake off any excess chocolate. Sprinkle with sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
  4. Place each peep on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refridgerate for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to harden. Enjoy!
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ps: you may also enjoy these treats too!

peanut butter m&m cookies

peanut butter m&m cookies

pretzel hugs

pretzel hugs

cake batter rice krispie treats

cake batter rice krispie treats

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cake batter rice krispie treats.

hiiiii. are you ready for the most amazing, no bake, ready in 5 minutes, knock-off-your-socks recipe?!

it’s no secret that i love cake batter flavored everything. my funfetti cake batter blondies are my most popular recipe, by far.

funfetti cake batter blondies.

my funfetti cake batter chocolate chip cookies aren’t so bad either.

it was only a matter of time until i expanded my recipe archive to feature cake batter rice krispie treats too.

   

gooey,  super marshmallow-y, full of colorful sprinkles, and bursting with that cake batter flavor you love. do i need to convince you more to make these NOW? 😉

cake batter rice krispie treats

(categorized under cupcakes & fun sweets & brownies/bars)
  • 3 tbsp butter (i use land o lakes light butter)
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup boxed yellow or white cake mix (the dry cake mix)
  • 6 cups rice krispie cereal
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, stir in the dry cake mix. Turn off the stove.
  4. Stir in the cereal under it is completely coated with the marshmallow mixture. Mix in half of the sprinkles. Press into prepared baking pan and top with the remaining sprinkles. *when i press rice krispie treats into a pan, i use a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray, making it easier to press down
  5. Chill for at least 30 minutes and cut into squares.
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pps: you may also enjoy these treats too!

funfetti cake batter blondies

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

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pretzel hugs.


ok, if you’ve been reading SBA for the past few months, you know i am a tad obsessed with chocolate covered pretzels.  they were the first “recipe” i ever made and quickly became my go-to for nearly every holiday.  the salty/sweet combination gets me every time. lately, i’ve been playing around with my beloved chocolate covered pretzels and created these:

chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites

   

today, i’m bringing you another spin off. pretzel hugs.


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are these not the cutest things you’ve ever seen??  not only are they adorable, they are SO easy.  this recipe is hardly a recipe.  stick a hershey kisses hug on top of a square pretzel. melt for 3 minutes. press an m&m on top.  done.  it takes less than 5 minutes to make these. then, you have to let them cool and the chocolate set.  or just eat them all when the hugs are all melty and gooey. mmmmmmmmm!

         

i chose green m&ms for st patrick’s day, but go with your fave color or use a color for any upcoming holiday.

aaaaaaaaand then i couldn’t NOT use pink m&ms. if you couldn’t tell by everything around you here on my site, i’m a tad obsessed with all things pink.

    

pretzel hugs

(categorized under cupcakes & fun sweets)
  • square pretzels
  • hershey kisses hugs
  • m&ms

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with wax paper or aluminum foil.  Lay however many pretzels you want to make on the sheet.
  3. Unwrap hugs and place one on each pretzel.  Stick in the oven until the hug begins to melt down (mine took about 3 mins, depends on your oven).
  4. While the pretzels hugs are in the oven, get your m&m’s out and ready because you will have to work fairly quickly after the pretzel hugs come out of the oven.
  5. Remove pretzel hugs from oven and gently press an m&m down on each one. (The hug should flatten out when you press the m&m in it.  If it is not flattening out, place the pretzel hugs back in the oven for 30 more seconds.)
  6. Let the pretzel hugs cool completely and let the chocolate set for about 1 hour.  Enjoy!

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these treats too ;)

chocolate dipped brownies

chocolate dipped brownies

chocolate covered pretzels

chocolate covered pretzels

mini chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

mini chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

chocolate dipped brownies.

the only cure for stress is dessert, i swear.

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there is some magical ingredient in desserts that just makes stress melt away. i’m pretty sure it’s the chocolate.

so after hectic workweek and facing a to-do list that goes on for a mile, i knew i needed some chocolate therapy. enter rosie @ sweetapolita. i spotted rosie’s chocolate dipped brownies a few weeks ago on pinterest and knew i had to make them.  rosie’s site is full of mouthwatering cakes, cupcakes, and sprrrrrrinkles. 🙂

sprinkles. i love you. can’t. you. tell?

    these babies are soooo easy to make. simply bake up your favorite brownie recipe (the one i used is below), cut into little rectangles, freeze, then dip them in chocolate and sprinkles. ta-da! a stress reliever at its finest.

i wanted to name these chocolate covered brownies, but that would be a lie. they are only dipped. it was darn near impossible to fully dip them in the chocolate and still have them look cute, trust me.

chocolate dipped brownies

(categorized under brownies/bars and cupcakes & fun sweets)
from Sweetapolita
  • 1 prepared batch of your favorite brownies (box mix OR see my recipe below)
  • 2 semi-sweet bakers chocolate blocks (in baking aisle- i prefer it over chocolate chips for coating)
  • sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare & bake brownies according to directions. Let cool completely.
  2. Cut brownies into rectangles and freeze at least 2 hours on a baking sheet (pictured above).
  3. Once brownie rectangles are frozen solid, remove from freezer.  In a medium size bowl, break up the chocolate bars and melt for about 1 minute in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. Microwave for longer until chocolate is completely smooth.
  4. Dip brownie tops into melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.  Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes until chocolate is hardened. Enjoy!

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Basic Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies

  • 1 stick butter
  • 8 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly (about 6 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes).
  3. Stir sugar into cooled chocolate/butter mixture until combined.  Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour, salt, and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top with a knife. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out *almost* clean.

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these treats too ;)

peppermint patty chocolate chip cookie bars

peppermint patty chocolate chip cookie bars

mini chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

mini chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

devils food cake mix cookies

devils food cake mix cookies

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chocolate covered pretzels

here is my original go-to recipe for chocolate covered pretzels.  i make them for nearly every holiday, using different colored sprinkles to reflect the holiday colors. i usually use honey-wheat pretzels but decided to do something a little different for valentine’s day.  making these could not be easier! i think white chocolate would look extra pretty with the valentine’s day sprinkles too. 🙂

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, break up the chocolate bars into small pieces so they melt easily.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir for about a minute.  The chocolate will continue to melt as you stir. If needed, microwave in 10 second increments until all is melted and smooth.
  3. Take a pretzel and dip into chocolate, using a spoon to evenly cover 1/2 of the pretzel. Shake the pretzel a bit to remove any excess chocolate.
  4. Immediately cover the chocolate with sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.  I usually do this over a paper plate, to catch the sprinkles that miss the pretzel.
  5. Place each pretzel on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Enjoy!

ps: you might also enjoy my chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites!

 

chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites

thank you, pinterest, for giving me the genius idea of sandwiching peanut butter between my favorite thing on the planet: chocolate covered pretzels!

i’m really at a loss for words. there’s no way to describe these adorable little babies. they are simply amazing.  bite sized, salty, sweet, peanut buttery, crunchy, and chocolatey perfection.

betcha can’t eat just one. trust me. i tried.

chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites

makes 30 bites

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp softened butter (i used light butter)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • pretzels
  • 1 semi-sweet bakers chocolate block (in baking aisle- i prefer it over chocolate chips for coating)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together peanut butter and butter with a spoon.
  3. Stir in sugars until thick dough forms. (you will need some elbow grease for this!)
  4. Roll dough into little balls, sandwich between the peanut butter ball, and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  5. Break up the chocolate and melt for about 1 minute in mircrowave, stirring every 20 seconds.
  6. Dip the pretzel bites halfway into the melted chocolate and place bite back on baking sheet. Refridgerate the dipped bites for at least 30 minutes to allow chocolate to set.

chocolate covered pretzels

my go-to treat for nearly every holiday 🙂

birthday

christmas

halloween

valentine’s day

I typically use honey wheat pretzels, just because they are my favorite but any type of pretzel will do (i used Synder’s Olde Tyme Pretzels for the valentine’s day pretzels above).  You can get creative and use toppings other than sprinkles like crushed oreos, crushed candy canes, crushed nuts, or mini m&ms.  I just like to use an excessive amount of sprinkles. 🙂

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, break up the chocolate bars into small pieces so they melt easily.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir for about a minute.  The chocolate will continue to melt as you stir. If needed, microwave in 10 second increments until all is melted and smooth.
  3. Take a pretzel and dip into chocolate, using a spoon to evenly cover 1/2 of the pretzel. Shake the pretzel a bit to remove any excess chocolate.
  4. Immediately cover the chocolate with sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.  I usually do this over a paper plate, to catch the sprinkles that miss the pretzel.
  5. Place each pretzel on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refridgerate for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Enjoy!



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