Coconut Walnut Blondies with Toffee

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I just switched hosting sites over the past week and finally have it all sorted out (I think). Apparently, my email was down for two to three days and I had no idea until I got a call from one of the people that I was working with. If you emailed me and it bounced back to you, I never got your email! So sorry! It works now and you can resend it if you’d like.

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There’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re dealing with your domain, host, and email. Not only that, but it’s extremely stressful when something doesn’t work! Thanks goodness for Google. I was able how to figure out how to fix the problem on my own after a couple of Google searches and a lot of yelling at my computer.

After all of that, there is one thing that I learned. Stay away from GoDaddy! They’re a terrible hosting site and constantly blame WordPress/the internet for your problems when it’s really on their end. Stay away.

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On another note, I’ve had crazy baby fever this past week. How can you not after watching videos like this?

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I don’t bake with coconut often, mostly because the DH doesn’t like it. Every now and then, though, I find a bag of coconut leftover from making Everything Cookies and go on the hunt to make something with them. Enter: Coconut walnut blondies with toffee.

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They were gooey with crispy edges and tasted the best warm. I can imagine a scoop of ice cream on top, melting into a puddle around the bottom of the bar. Yum! Recipe from Picture Perfect Meals.

Coconut Walnut Blondie with Toffee

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-x-13-x-2 baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine the butter and sugars until creamy. Add in the vanilla and eggs.
  4. Switch to a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula and stir in the dry ingredients until well-blended.
  5. Fold in the nuts, toffee and coconut until nicely mixed. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the pan on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until the top is nicely golden brown, 40 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan before cutting into squares.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/coconut-walnut-blondies-with-toffee.html

Pillsbury Caramel Apple Bars

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I’m pretty sure that every baker adores the holiday season. Why? Well, brands start introducing new flavors and products to bake with! I, for one, can’t resist going through the baking aisle every time I go grocery shopping just to make sure that I didn’t miss any of the new items that came out.

Pillsbury has plenty of fall inspired box mixes and frosting for me to play with. For these caramel apple bars, I used the Caramel Apple Premium Cake Mix and Caramel Apple frosting. I also took the sprinkles from the orange Funfetti frosting to make it a little more festive.

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I can’t get enough of those little star sprinkles. Aren’t they darling? The colors would be great for a boy’s baby shower! Everyone that I know is having a girl at the moment, so I’ll have to keep that in mind for the next time someone announces they’re having a boy.

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With Pillsbury’s products, it’s extremely easy to mix and match. I could have used their cream cheese frosting instead of their caramel apple frosting to tame down the sweet flavor. Actually, I think that flavor would have been better than caramel apple on caramel apple. I’d use the caramel apple frosting on Funfetti cake and call it a day. Oh, the possibilities!

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This is a very low maintenance recipe. There’s no piping or extra tools needed. You can mix everything in one bowl. Bars are much easier than cupcakes, but they still look just as pretty.

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I was surprised by how fast these baked. I baked mine for 17 minutes, but that was already too much. I’d check them at 12 minutes the next time I make it.

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You can find other great ideas from Pillsbury on their Facebook and Pinterest pages. On their Facebook page, you can even participate in their “We Bake It, You Name It” program!

Pillsbury Caramel Apple Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Cake Mix minus 1 cup of cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Frosting
  • sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. Mix together the cake mix, eggs, and oil until just combined. Evenly spread the batter in the prepared pan. It will be very thin!
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean (I did 17 and that was too much).
  4. Remove and let it completely cool before spreading the frosting on top. Decorate with sprinkles.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/pillsbury-caramel-apple-bars.html

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Jif Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

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Jif® Peanut Butter sent over a little package so that I could try their Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookie recipe for myself. I received Jif peanut butter, Crisco shortening sticks, and Pillsbury All Purpose Flour. All I needed to add were ingredients that were commonly found in my pantry.

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The dough came together quickly. It was fluffy, creamy, and easy to scoop. Not only that, but it was really easy to work with. It wasn’t sticky, held its shape, and didn’t crumble. That’s all I ask for in a cookie dough.

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The cookies didn’t spread much (if even at all) during baking, so I was able to bake a lot on a single baking sheet since I made them pretty small. They held the signature criss cross imprint of the fork without a hitch. My DH loved this recipe. He ate cookie after cookie and kept asking what was in them since he was worried I was tricking him with secret ingredients. No secret ingredients here… just some good creamy peanut butter!

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There was a huge difference in baking them at 7 or 8 minutes, though. I’m guessing it was because of the size of my cookies. The cookies that baked for 7 minutes turned out to be much softer and practically melted in your mouth. The ones baked for 8 minutes were by no means hard, they just had more of a crumble. I preferred the 7 minute cookies and my DH preferred the 8 minute cookies.
All in all, this is a wonderful staple recipe for peanut butter cookies. You can add chocolate chips to the batter, top them with a little candy morsel, or even roll them in sugar prior to baking for a sweeter taste.
 
Jif Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

peanut butter recipe from JIF: http://www.jif.com/Recipes/Details/960

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
  • Or 1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
  3. BAKE one baking sheet at a time 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/jif-irresistible-peanut-butter-cookies.html

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.