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peanut butter bars

January 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

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Oh, I know.  You’re *so* over baking right now.  You made Thanksgiving dinner, and then Christmas cookies, and then Christmas dinner, and then a few special treats for New Year’s, and now you’re ready to hang up your oven mitts until Valentine’s Day, thank you very much.

But… I bet I can tempt you into one more recipe.  Just one more.  An hour of your time, tops.  A few more dirty dishes.  And in exchange for that tiny little bit of effort… Peanut Butter Bars.

Still not convinced.  Here’s my clincher: No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Yup, you can have these delicious bars without even turning on the oven!  So if anything can get you back into the holiday spirit, it’s this recipe. 

Also, can I brag for a second?  These plates are from two different Noritake patterns, and I fell in love with how they looked together!  The black and white BoB and WoW patterns are a little more casual, and perfect for taking my longtime favorite (Cometa) into more low-key parties.  One of my favorite things about Noritake is how easy it is to mix and match their patterns — I feel like I get so many different options just by owning a bunch of pieces from a selection of different patterns!

And, as a quick reminder, you can always use the coupon code SUGARLAWS for 15% off!  (And check out some of my favorite patterns on their site here!)

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons peanut butter

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.

Melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter (I did mine in the microwave on 20-second intervals), stirring until smooth. Spread over the prepared crust.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments

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Wishing you all a wonderful holiday, and health, happiness and love in 2014!

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MY M&M’S Holiday Cookies!

December 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

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So, I don’t want to sound all melodramatic or anything, but here is the deal.

These are the BEST.  HOLIDAY.  COOKIE.  EVER.

Seriously, I kid you not.  When it comes to baking, I love the classics.  There’s nothing better than those recipes that you make year after year, party after party, because they’re just so delicious that you can’t imagine the holidays without them.  Which is exactly these: the perfect, gooey sugar cookie, topped with some melty, chocolatey M&Ms. 

And even cuter: these custom holiday MY M&M’s designs!  You can create your own custom designs on MyMMs.com — in keeping with the classic theme of these cookies, I went with the quintessential holiday picks, red, green and white, with little snowmen and Happy Holidays messages!  But I’ll be repeating this recipe with little blue and white ones when the new baby comes along (you can order those too)!

MY M&M’s Holiday Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cups personalized MY M&M’s

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla.  Add flour, salt, and baking soda to the creamed mixture and blend until smooth.

Drop dough by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silipat.  Bake at 375 degrees F for about 9 minutes.  When the cookies are out of the oven, but before they’ve cooled, gently press three M&Ms into the top of each cookie.  Serve!


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