Sweet Baked Life

my sweet journey through life…


The Pin Junkie Blogiversary Link Party!

Hey friends…do you know The Pin Junkie? Well you should!

Bonnie’s blog, The Pin Junkie, features all things done from Pinterest! Not only does she have an amazing blog, she also has an incredible Pinterest site too! Be inspired and help me celebrate The Pin Junkie’s 2 year blogiversary! And I’m just saying, Bonnie recently posted a Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe that looks incredible and I hope to try making it myself real soon!

Be sure to link up your favorite craft or recipe and visit the other bloggers who are hosting!!! Have fun!



Two years ago, Bonnie a.k.a. The Pin Junkie decided to actually do the things she pinned on Pinterest.  She made a few crafts, tried a few recipes and had so much fun, she wanted to share her love of Pinterest with everyone and The Pin Junkie was born!  Now she’s completely addicted and working her way through Pinterest one project at a time.  You can join her at:

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The Pin Junkie is celebrating it’s two year blogiversary and these bloggers are helping to celebrate in style with a HUGE link party! When you share your crafts and recipes at this party, they will be seen on all 40 of these blogs!

Party Rules
1.  Share anything family friendly – crafts, recipes, DIY projects.
2.  Visit other links at the party.  It’s always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.
3.  Visit and follow a few of the co-hosts.  They’d love it if you dropped by to say hello!

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 Jenny Marie A Peek Into My Paradise


Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Hey — it’s National Dessert Day! No better way to celebrate than with some incredible soft baked Chocolate Toffee Blondies!

Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Yes, I’ve got a thing for blondies! They are my go-to dessert! As well, I can’t seem to live without chocolate and toffee. Combine them together and you’ll have a dish of these divine squares of softness, oozing with sweet chocolate and dotted with delightfully crunchy toffee!

Even though there are a plethora of pumpkin and spiced receipes out right now — you can really make these babies all year round! And believe me, I do! These blondies are great for any occasion in any season.

If you haven’t noticed, dessert bars in my book are the BEST! For me, these scrumptious treats come together so easy and the outcome is, well heavenly! Throw all your ingredients in one bowl, spread them in a pan and bake. So much easier in my mind than baking cookies or for that matter much easier than making a layer cake!

Don’t get me wrong; I love cookies and cakes too. But since I always seem to be short on time, these Chocolate Toffee Blondies are the way to go! They are the perfect dessert in my mind, great for after dinner with a strong cup of coffee, as a satisfying afternoon snack, and if I must admit, I can even eat these little goodies for breakfast!

Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Chocolate Toffee Blondies

3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 bag (16 oz.) milk chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Bar Toffee Bits

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9-inch pan with non-stick spray and set aside. Note, for thicker blondies use a smaller pan, such as 11×7-inch.

In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder and salt and stir until combined. Set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until soft. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then mix in the vanilla.

On low-speed, slowly add the flour until just combined. Remove from stand and fold in the chocolate and toffee bits.

Spread batter in prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top has turned golden brown and the blondies are set. Do not over bake.


Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Take a bite into these divine Chocolate Toffee Blondies and celebrate National Dessert Day with me!



Cookies n’ Cream Oreo Ice Box Cake {no-bake}

Todays news…sunny with a chance of Oreos! If you’re still feeling stuck between the summer and fall now is the perfect time to whip up this lip-smacking Cookies n’ Cream Oreo Ice Box Cake. Make it rain with cookies in your kitchen and hopefully the door to fall will soon open wide!

Oreo Ice Box Cake

So last weekend I was extremely excited to finally see the rain! The crisp weather found me quickly flipping through my recipes yearning to make some warm comfort food for the entire family — and that I did. However, the fall just does not want to stick around in these parts, as ever since the sun has been shining brightly. Here in Northern California the temperature has been in the 80’s all week and this weekend the forecast is for the 90’s.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the sun and the warmth, but I’m so ready for the fall! Sure, it does get a bit cool in the evening, and I don’t have to keep my whole house fan blowing the entire night. But really — I want to crank up the stove, do some serious baking, have a roaring fire in the family room, and gather and eat while I snuggle with my family!

Oreo Ice Box Cake

So if you’re stuck with wanting to cook warm comforting food, but your heart and your home say make something cool — this Oreo Ice Box Cake is the way to go. Especially if the temperature is raising — no need to turn on the oven for this baby!

You start by layering Oreo cookies, topped with rich chocolate pudding and freshly whipped cream and sprinkled throughout with crunchy toffee bits. Then you pop it in your fridge (overnight is best) and what you end up with is a heavenly delight. The cookies become one with the pudding and whipped cream and as you bite into this outstanding concoction, you won’t be able to put it down – believe me, I had many helpings of this cool and creamy dessert.

Oreo Ice Box Cake

Now my hubby and son are huge Oreo cookie fanatics, so I thought they would love eating this treat. But to them, they would have rather just eaten the entire package of Oreo cookies followed by a tall glass of milk! Yeah, I know what you are thinking…are they crazy? And the answer is YES!!! Give them a traditional recipe or something plain and they are happy as can be! And yet, here I am baking, cooking and concocting sweet things that I think are amazing. Don’t get me wrong, they do love all (ok mostly all) of the baked goods I make, however probably not as much as I do. And that’s ok — just means more for me!!! YUM!

Oreo Ice Box Cake

Cookies n’ Cream Oreo Ice Box Cake {no-bake}

2 packages (3.9 oz. each) Jell-O instant chocolate pudding
2-1/2 cups cold milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 package Oreo Cookies
1 cup Heath Bar Toffee bits

To a medium bowl add pudding and milk. Whisk until thick, about 2 minutes. Set aside until ready to assemble. As well, you can put this in the fridge too to stay cool and become a bit more firm.

Then in a bowl of an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on high-speed, add the sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form.

To assemble: in the bottom of a 13×9-inch dish add 1 layer of Oreo cookies, top with 1/2 the pudding and spread evenly over the cookies. Add 1/2 cup of the toffee bits, then add 1/2 of the whipped cream and spread evenly with a spatula. Then top with another layer of the cookies, the remaining pudding, spread evenly, the remaining whipped cream, spread evenly and topped with 1/2 cup of the toffee bits. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or over night.

Oreo Ice Box Cake

I think this Oreo Ice Box Cake is a great dessert to make all year round. Who doesn’t like a little cookies n’ cream treat, especially made with Oreos? So test this out on your family, your friends, your co-workers and then make it again for your special celebration. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure! And it’s so easy to put together — just make it a night or two before your planned event and you won’t have to worry about it until you take it out of the fridge to serve it.

Turn today’s news into a sweet success!



Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Go bananas for breakfast! Get ready to make your morning a little sweeter by whipping up a batch of these soft and satisfying Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Are your mornings crazy like mine?

It seems no matter what time I wake up, I always seem to be rushing around just about the time I need to leave. And that I don’t like. I like to wake up early enough so that I don’t have to do the rush thing, but for some reason it is inevitable. At the last moments before I jet out the door, I seem to be frantically packing my kid’s lunch, making sure my hubby knows the schedule for the day, remembering to unplug my cell phone from the charger; and the list goes on!

And sometimes my stress raises and my morning time shortens when I am the one to take my son to school. With the 50,000 times I have to tell him to get up and the 50,000 more times I have to nudge him to get dressed. At this point I’ve gone bananas myself! I thought as they got older, it got easier. Not!

Anyway…I really am an organized person. And sometimes I do the morning prep the night before. But sometimes I am just too tired and then my mornings become crazy. The only good thing is being able to unwind during my drive to work, which takes about 30 minutes. OK, yes, this seems like a strange comment. But even though there are insane drivers on the roadways and highways, I really don’t let those people get to me, especially in the morning. I really like to have a clear head when I step into my office and am ready to take on the day! And it’s made that much better if I have a good breakfast to eat.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Well now we all can rest a bit easier and make sure that you and your family have a yummy to-go breakfast or wonderful mid-afternoon snack. These muffins are definitely the way to go. I love grabbing a few to take with me to work; they are a tasty and healthy alternative to the vending machine!!

You see, I always buy bananas with the intention of eating them in their natural state. But for some reason, at the end of the week I always end up with uneaten, ripe bananas. The other morning I woke up and thought, “What can I do with these bananas?” Ah, yes, I could make some classically delicious banana bread. Then after one millisecond, I changed my mind and Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins were born.

This was a no-brainer — as well as the bananas, I also had some left over mini chocolate chips and thought this would be the perfect combination; soft, creamy bananas surrounded by bittersweet chocolate morsels in a light and fluffy base with a hint of a nutty flavor from some oats. Just the thought of these sweet gems makes my taste buds tingle!

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large ripe bananas
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Turn your oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Note, this recipe made 18 muffins and you can easily double the recipe.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until combined and set aside. Then in a small bowl mash bananas — I like to use a potato masher here. Set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment add the butter and sugar. Mix on medium-high speed until creamed. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until well blended then mix in the vanilla. With your mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture until just combined. Remove bowl from stand and add the mashed bananas. Stir until just combined. Then fold in the oats and chocolate chips.

Evenly spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

I hope your mornings are a little less stressed and more sweet with the addition of these Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Have a great day!



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