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Rocky Road Fudge

Get ready to sink your teeth into sweet squares of Rocky Road Fudge!

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

Why do so many people like Rocky Road Fudge? Simply put, it’s darn good! And it’s probably because of the amazing combination of chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts!

My husband is one of those people who LOVES Rocky Road Fudge. It really is his all-time top candy to eat! His favorite place to get this treat is from See’s Candies. In his honest opinion, See’s makes the best candy. Ever. Period. End of discussion. I have to admit, I also like this traditional candy shop. I have been a fan of their confections ever since I was a little girl. I adore the sweet smell of chocolate and of course, the free samples with every visit!

Now it seems, every time my hubby is craving something sweet, he will ask, “Are you going to See’s? And if so, bring me back some Rocky Road Fudge.” And about 99% of the time, it’s a, “nope” from me! That’s because I don’t really like going to the mall — that’s where the closest See’s store is located, and I would rather make the candy than buy it! Go figure!

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

And, let me tell you, this recipe is so easy — it only takes 4 ingredients and does not require baking!

Once ready to eat you will be delighted by the texture of smooth, rich chocolate engulfed with fluffy marshmallows and crunchy walnuts. I added lots of marshmallows and walnuts — just the way the hubs likes it!

Be warned, a little piece goes a long way. And, if you have a family who likes sweets (like mine), you may just want to make a double batch! It’s also great for snacking on in the middle of the night to satisfy that sweet craving! It’s also a great gift to share with someone special — that is if you can make it and get it out of the house without letting your family know what you’re up to!

The boys loved this stuff! Winner! I’m already thinking about making more!

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

Rocky Road Fudge

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 package (12 oz) milk chocolate chips
4 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups walnut pieces

Instructions:

First, prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan with a coating of non-stick spray. Then line with parchment paper, and repeat with the spray and set aside.

Into a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir and microwave for about 30 second intervals until chips are melted. Be sure to take care in melting as not to scorch the chocolate. Stir to ensure chips are melted and smooth.

Add the marshmallows and walnuts, then fold until incorporated. Pour into your prepared pan and smooth to an even layer. Sprinkle a handful of mini marshmallows on top and gently press down. Place in the refrigerator until set, or overnight. Then remove from pan, slice into small squares.

Note, my husband likes a lot of marshmallows and walnuts, you can use less if you prefer. Also, no need to chop the walnuts, when you slice the candy the nuts will be sliced.

Super easy Rocky Road Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

Surprise your family or friends today and whip up a batch of this rich Rocky Road Fudge!

Sheila


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Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

Take a break from the craziness of the day and whip up this creamy, dreamy Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake!

Bailey's Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

I’m all about having something quick to make and satisfyingly delicious to nosh on when life seems to get a bit stressful. This is definitely one of those times and luckily, this Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake is also one of those desserts!

Let’s just say that being a mom of a teenage boy can be challenging. Being a teen is challenging. And for that matter, being parents of a teenager is challenging.

What goes on in high school these days is much different from when I was a teen. Heightened bullying and cyber bullying, fights, new technology and social media can be overwhelming for kids to deal with. As a young adult, navigating your way through high school with all of these extra distractions is more challenging than ever.  When you toss in the important stuff like the classes, homework and grades — it’s a lot for any teen to cope with.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

And my 15-year old son has had to deal with a lot of these challenging situations lately. Some have been more difficult to get through than others. Being a supportive and caring parent takes a whole lot of time, patience, commitment, perseverance, resilience, and love.

But that’s what we do as parents. We help navigate our child through this crazy thing called “life” with unending love and support. In the process, we learn how to be better parents, he learns what it takes to be mature young adult, and we grow together as a family.

Sometimes it’s draining. At times it’s complicated. But in the end, it’s all worth it.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

One thing that is not challenging is this easy, no-bake Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake.

It’s simply made by layering Chips Ahoy cookies dipped in Bailey’s Irish Coffee Creamer, vanilla and Irish creamer scented whipped cream and dusted with cocoa powder. Since it’s made with non-alcoholic creamer, your whole family will be able to enjoy this delicious treat.

The outcome has a uniquely good flavor combination with a light and creamy texture — it will melt in your mouth, and melt your heart!

It’s uncomplicated. No challenge here.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Bailey’s non-alcoholic coffee creamer
1 package (13 oz.) Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Bailey’s
Unsweetened Cocoa powder

Instructions:

In a large bowl of an eclectic mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of Bailey’s creamer until soft peaks form.

Add the Bailey’s creamer to a small bowl. Then, one-by-one dip the cookies into the Bailey’s and layer the bottom of a 8×8-inch pan. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream and smooth to an even layer. Repeat the layering, ending with the whipped cream on the top. Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder and refrigerate over night.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

So, take a big helping of this Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake, and maybe, just maybe it will help you get through a challenging time!

Sheila


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Birthday Cake Bark

Here’s an extra special cool candy treat perfect for your party…it’s my pretty Birthday Cake Bark!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Being it was my birthday a week or so ago, and I had to celebrate with something PINK, I thought I would try out a new variation of a traditional chocolate candy bark.

I wanted the flavors of a birthday cake, without having to bake an actual cake.

And just to set the record straight – I have stopped counting the years, but will never stop celebrating!

Hehehehe…

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

You see, I do love a good chocolate or lemon cake for my birthday (my favs), however my mom surprised me by bringing me a lemony fruit tart from her favorite bakery in Marin to celebrate my special day.

The tart was heavenly and light, and perfect after our heavy and scrumptious Mexican feast we made and devoured!

But I still wanted something that really screamed, BIRTHDAY.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So over the weekend, I decided to make a sweet treat that included a few of my favorites; white and dark chocolate along with my favorite color, pink, which turned into a dazzling dessert!

And with the weather heating up around here to the triple digits, this is the perfect time to whip up a batch of this stuff to keep chilled  in your freezer for a quick snack when that sweet tooth starts craving something in the heat of the summer!

Young or old, everyone will love this festive and treat that’s reminiscent of a birthday cake!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Birthday Cake Bark

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 bars (4.4 oz. each) good quality white chocolate (I used Lindt)
1 tablespoons dry yellow cake mix
10-15 Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies, broken into small pieces
2-4 drops Red food coloring, to create the perfect pink color
Pink and white sprinkles for garnish

Instructions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate chips. Place in microwave and heat at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring between, until fully melted. Pour into prepared sheet and spread evenly with a spatula. Add the cookies in an even layer and press down gently. Place in the freezer.

In a pan of a double boiler on top of simmering water, break up the white chocolate and place into the pan. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the food coloring until you get the pink color you desire, then add the cake mix and stir until fully incorporated. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the pink-while chocolate evenly over the cookies. Immediately sprinkle the top with colored sprinkles. Place back in the freezer until fully firm. About 2 hours or overnight.

Break into pieces and eat! Can be stored in an air-tight container in refrigerator or freezer for 1 week.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So there you have it, a beautiful candy bark that combines rich semi-sweet chocolate, smooth white chocolate, crunchy Oreo cookies, and pretty sprinkles. The textures are sinful!

And you won’t even have to turn your oven on for this delectable confection!

Now this Birthday Cake Bark really screams, hello birthday celebrations and welcome summer!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Enjoy the sweetness of summer!

 

Sheila


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Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Continue the sweetness of the season with some smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge!

Smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge | Sweet Baked LifeDo you have any leftover peanut butter cups from your Halloween stash?

If so, now is the time to incorporate them into a quick and easy fudge for your whole family to enjoy.

Or even if you need to rob your kid’s sack to whip up this treat, just do it! They will love it too!

Smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge | Sweet Baked LifeOh, and did I say simple?

Yes, this Peanut Butter Cup Fudge only uses 3 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Can’t go wrong with this tried and true combination. Creamy milk chocolate surrounded by smooth peanut butter. Ah, heavenly!

I love peanut butter and chocolate! However if you are not a fan or have other types of leftover candy, feel free to experiment by making your own amazing combination!

Smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

  • Servings: 16
  • Time: 1hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila| Sweet Baked Life Smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
12 regular size peanut butter cups
1 (24 oz.) package milk chocolate chips
1 (8 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions:
Line a 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Unwrap the peanut butter cups and place 9 peanut butter cups in the bottom of the pan. Coarsely chop the remaining 3 peanut butter cups and set aside.

In a medium-heat proof bowl, add the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Place in microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and if needed, heat for another 30 seconds, checking at each 10 second interval to ensure the chocolate does not scorch. Mixture should be almost melted. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter cups and smooth the top with the rubber spatula. Sprinkle the top with the chopped peanut butter cups. Place in the refrigerator until cool (about 1-2 hours). When ready to eat. Lift the fudge out of pan with the ends of the aluminum foil, then take the foil off and place on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut the fudge in small squares. Store in the refrigerator.

Smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge | Sweet Baked LifeSo, dig through your candy stash to make this quick and easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge today!

Sheila