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Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Dessert

Go nuts for this decadent Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Dessert! It’s a great end of summer treat that’s easy to prepare and perfect to serve to your hungry kiddos when they get home from school!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate no-bake dessertAnd going nuts is exactly what I am doing today! You see, my son is off to his first day of High School! Can’t believe it…not only is it the end of summer vacation for him, but he is off on a brand new adventure! So, why am I going nuts?

Well, because I am a huge worrywart! Yep, it’s true! Ever since my kid first started preschool, my heart sinks each and every first day of school. I guess it’s a mom thing (ok, I know that some dads go through this too!).

It’s kinda scary for him this year — mostly because he has gone to small schools and now he is going to a large public school where he barely knows anyone — and a little for us too; our son is growing up (and way too fast I might add!). I’m sure he will do fine, it’s me and the hubs I’m worried about!

And now, because of the close proximity of the High School and our house, he can now walk to school. Crazy for me and his dad as since he began his education we have always had to drive him to and from school. May not seem a big deal, but it is to me. Last week when he went to his orientation, I watched him from the window as he disappeared down the street. I really did want to cry. But somehow I contained myself, even though my heart was racing and my head was pounding. I’m sure I’ll feel the same way when I kiss him good-bye today.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate no-bake dessertNow, because I am so emotional and really going nuts hoping that he will be ok with all of these big changes, I thought I would treat all of you to this amazing peanut butter and chocolate dessert! Somewhat of a change for me, since I normally do not make or post recipes with peanut butter.

So, if you love peanut butter as much as I do, then you’re gonna love this Peanut Butter-Chocolate Dessert!

You start with crushed Nutter Butter Cookies moistened with butter, then you layer chocolate pudding, chopped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, whipped cream, and more chopped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Now this is what I call, truly incredible. The salty peanut butter combined with the rich smooth chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. There is just something about this concoction that I just can’t get enough of, what about you?

And even better, it’s simple to prepare, there is no need to turn on your oven, and your kids (and husbands alike) will devour this for sure! It’s truly a great dessert for the after school blues!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate no-bake dessert

Peanut Butter-Chocolate No Bake Dessert

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 30mins prep | 4 hrs chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Peanut Butter-Chocolate no-bake barsBy: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients
1 (11.8 0z) package Nutter Butter Cookies
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 (3.9 oz.) package Instant Chocolate Pudding mix
1-1/4 cup milk
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (8 oz) package Mini Unwrapped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, chopped in half

Instructions
In a large baggie, add the Nutter Butter Cookies and crush with a rolling pin until you get large crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl and add the melted butter. Stir to combine. Then add the crumb mixture to a 11×7-inch baking dish (I used an oval dish here) and press into the bottom with your hands. Set in the refrigerator while you prepare the other layers.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat on high-speed until firm peaks form. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use.

In a medium bowl, add the pudding and milk. Whisk until firm, about 2 minutes.

Chop the Reeses candy in half and set aside.

To layer, add the pudding to the crust layer and gently spread evenly using a spatula. Add 1/2 of the Reeses candy and then add the whipped cream and spread evenly with your spatula. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Reeses candy. Set in the refrigerator for 4 hours, until firm (or overnight). Cut into squares.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate no-bake dessertKeep your spoon ready by the fridge so any time you have a bit of anxiety about your kiddos and school, you can take a big bite of this Peanut Butter-Chocolate Dessert and feel like the supermom that you are in no time flat!

Happy Back-To-School!

Sheila


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Mississippi Mud Brownies

Y’all are going to love these moist and gooey Mississippi Mud Brownies!

Mississippi Mud Brownies | Sweet Baked LifeJust like I do! So, say hello to my new best friends — these sweet squares of chocolate with marshmallows and covered in a blanket of chocolate are so delicious that you may never make traditional brownies again!

The brownie layer is rich and moist, the marshmallows are melted so perfectly and the frosting on top brings your basic brownies to a whole new level of love! BFF’s for sure!

And that’s why I am sharing these incredible Mississippi Mud Brownies with you today!

Mississippi Mud Brownies | Sweet Baked LifeYou start with a packaged brownie mix, layered with mini marshmallows and topped off with a smooth chocolate frosting. These Mississippi Mud Brownies are super easy to make and the outcome, well, let me just say that my family quickly devoured them.

And if you read this blog on a regular basis, you will know that my family does not really like much of the stuff that I make and post. So, for them to ask, “Have you finished taking the photos of those brownies yet?” Is a true indicator that this recipe is a winner in my book!

Yeah! I will definitely be making these mouth-watering Mississippi Mud Brownies again and again!

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Mississippi Mud Brownies

  • Servings: 12 brownies
  • Time: 1hr 45mins |prep, baking, cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 package brownie mix + ingredients needed*
2-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:
Heat your oven to 350 degrees (or whatever the package indicates for your brownies). Spray a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

*Mix brownies according to package, however for the oil substitute unsalted melted butter and for the water substitute milk. This will make the packaged brownies so much better!

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted has soft crumbs.

While the brownies bake, make the chocolate frosting: add the unsalted butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, salt and milk into a small bowl and mix until well combined. This should be a somewhat thick consistency. Set aside until ready to use.

When brownies are done, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the marshmallows on top making sure you form a single layer. Put the pan back into the oven and bake for about 3-6 minutes, until the marshmallows are almost browned. Remove from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes.

Pour the chocolate frosting on top of the marshmallows and using an off-set spatula gently spread until you get and even layer. Cool for about 30 minutes on a rack, then finish cooling in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or over night.

When ready to eat, cut into squares and enjoy.

Mississippi Mud Brownies | Sweet Baked Life

I hope your family enjoys these decadent Mississippi Mud Brownies as much as mine did!

Sheila


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Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

If you’re in the mood for a delicious and quick breakfast this Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich is the way to go!

You combine sautéed sweet ham with fluffy scrambled eggs, covered with melted american cheese and all topped on a crisp english muffin!

Now during the week I don’t have much time for breakfast since I get up super early and eating is really not on my mind. But the weekends are a different story. However, even though I have more time, I still prefer something quick and easy. And this sandwich is one of my favorite things to make and eat.

I love the combination of ham and american cheese, but you can change it up to include your favorite breakfast meat such as bacon and top it off with your favorite cheese. For me, the simplicity and traditional flavors of smokey and sweet brown sugar ham and creamy american cheese are my absolute favorite!

So, no need to travel to the drive thru — this egg and muffin breakfast is so much better made at home!

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
4 thin slices of Brown Sugar Ham, coarsely chopped
4 eggs
1 tablespoon water
3-4 slices of American Cheese
Salt and Pepper
2 whole English Muffins, toasted

Instructions:
In a large non-stick fry pan over medium heat, add butter and allow to melt. Then add your ham and saute for about 3-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small glass bowl, add the eggs and water and whisk until well combined and bubbles form. Pour egg mixture over ham and allow to cook. Moving with a spatula as needed to “scramble” and making sure not to over cook. When almost done, place the cheese over the eggs and gently cover with either the lid of the pan or some aluminum foil so that the cheese melts.

While the eggs are cooking toast your English muffins. To assemble, gently scoop out 1/4 of the scrambled eggs and place on top of each of the 4 English muffin halves. Garnish with salt and pepper to your taste.

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This Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich is so good, you may even want to whip-up for dinner one night when you are short on time!

Sheila


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites {egg-free}

Cookie dough lovers get ready to indulge in these safe to eat, egg-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | They're egg free and safe to eat!. | Sweet Baked Life

I have always loved to eat raw cookie dough, actually more than eating the baked cookies. As a kid I was always licking the bowls and beaters to make sure I got my fill of the sweet stuff.

And I especially like the dough without the chocolate chips — go figure since I love chocolate!

Well, times have certainly changed! Now when I make cookies I have to sneak a little bit the dough otherwise my son will inform me, “Mom, you’re not supposed to eat the cookie dough, remember it has raw eggs and you could get really sick.”

Now how fun is that?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | Safe to eat as they're egg free! | Sweet Baked Life

So let me introduce you to some fabulous cookie dough — it’s made for eating NOT baking! Yeah!!!

It’s got all the flavors and textures you love from your favorite cookie dough — butter, brown sugar, flour, vanilla and chocolate chips, but with out the dangerous raw eggs!

Yep, this dough is egg-less and perfectly safe to eat right after you make it. No need to turn on the oven to heat up your house and wait until the cookies bake!

You can even add this yummy stuff into your favorite recipes, such as ice cream, brownies, and frosting. I turned the dough into little balls to easily pop in my mouth when I am in need of a quick sweet fix. Or, you could just eat it right out of the bowl!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | Eggless and safe to eat! | Sweet Baked Life

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 10mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions:
In a medium bowl, add the softened butter and sugars and cream together.

Add the vanilla and milk and mix until combined.

Then add the flour and salt and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, form dough into balls.

To store, place in an air-tight container and put in the refrigerator or freezer.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | Oh, so yummy! | Sweet Baked Life

One taste of these nostalgic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites and you may never bake cookies again!

Sheila

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