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4.28.2017

Caramel Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

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These caramel stuffed peanut butter cookies are so indulgent and delicious! Buttery, soft peanut butter cookies with a gooey caramel and chocolate center. Yum!

These caramel stuffed peanut butter cookies are so indulgent and delicious! Buttery, soft peanut butter cookies with a gooey caramel and chocolate center. Yum!

Okay, who else is obsessed with the My Favorite Murder podcast? I discovered it for the first time a couple of months ago, and I am totally in love! I've listened to nearly all the episodes at this point, and at the risk of sounding like a lunatic, I feel like Karen and Georgia are totally my friends. :) They're in my ear when I spend the whole day running around the kitchen baking up all kinds of deliciousness, or when I'm walking at the park. I don't know if it's just that we have the same sense of humor, or what, but I spend all day giggling at the things they say. My husband and I have taken to saying things like, "Oh, honey..." and "Byeeeee!" to each other in homage to them. If you haven't heard it yet, it's definitely worth a listen! (Although if you don't have a somewhat dark sense of humor, or are very bothered by profanity, it may not be a good fit for you. So don't blame me if you don't like it.)

This week, during a marathon cooking session, trying to catch up on some deadlines, I heard Georgia ask her cat Elvis if he wanted a cookie about five times during the same afternoon. And then it dawned on me that I wanted a cookie myself! :) These caramel stuffed peanut butter cookies were the answer, and they are totally fabulous. The dough is from my very favorite peanut butter cookies, and they're stuffed with Rolos candies, so each bite has a delicious mixture of peanut butter cookie, caramel, and chocolate. They're delicious, easy to make, and perfect for satisfying that cookie craving!

These caramel stuffed peanut butter cookies are so indulgent and delicious! Buttery, soft peanut butter cookies with a gooey caramel and chocolate center. Yum!
Caramel Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
26 Rolo candies

Preheat the oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with silicone or parchment. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter, until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt, to form a thick dough. Scoop the dough into one inch balls. Flatten each ball of dough with your hand, place a Rolo in the center, and wrap the dough around the candy. Shape into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches in between to allow for spreading. Make a criss-cross on top of each ballwith a fork, being careful not to press down too hard. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are light golden brown.
These caramel stuffed peanut butter cookies are so indulgent and delicious! Buttery, soft peanut butter cookies with a gooey caramel and chocolate center. Yum!
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4.26.2017

Strawberry Summer Cake

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This tender and sweet strawberry summer cake is loaded with fresh strawberries, and so quick and easy to make!

This tender and sweet strawberry summer cake is loaded with fresh strawberries, and so quick and easy to make!

Fresh strawberries and cake are always a good combination, am I right? This strawberry summer cake has been a favorite at our house for years and years, and it's one of my go-to's when I need a simple dessert that tastes amazing. I always have the ingredients for the cake on hand, and it's easy to swap out whatever fresh seasonal fruit is available. I think it's my favorite with  strawberries, though! The cake is tender and buttery, and the strawberries turn into little puddles of jam as they bake. This cake never lasts long at our house, and for good reason!

This tender and sweet strawberry summer cake is loaded with fresh strawberries, and so quick and easy to make!
Strawberry Summer Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound strawberries, hulled and cut in half

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9 inch pie plate or 9 inch cake pan and set aside. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and 1 cup sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until just combined. Spread the cake batter in the prepared pie plate. Arrange the strawberries, cut side down, on top of the batter, spacing them close together (it's okay to overlap a little if you run out of room). Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake then cake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325. Bake an additional 50-60 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
This tender and sweet strawberry summer cake is loaded with fresh strawberries, and so quick and easy to make!

4.24.2017

23 Super Delicious Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Cinco de Mayo is coming right up, and I'm always excited about any excuse to eat delicious Mexican food! I don't know a single person who doesn't love Mexican food (except maybe my 90 year old grandmother, but she doesn't really like anything, so...) I love that you can take a few basic ingredients (tortillas, beans, meat, rice, etc.) and make them into so many delicious combinations! I've rounded up all of my favorite Mexican recipes below to make your Cinco de Mayo celebration extra special. There's something for everyone, from amazing appetizers to delicious side dishes to hearty main courses. I've also included one of my all-time favorite desserts! Check out all the deliciousness below:

Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Basic Mexican Rice from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Shells from Like Mother Like Daughter

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Chicken Enchilada Soup from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Chicken Tostadas from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Cilantro Lime Dressing from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Corn and Black Bean Guacamole from Like Mother Like Daughter

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Easy Slow Cooker Carnitas from Yellow Bliss Road

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Easy Taquitos from Somewhat Simple

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Enchilada Pasta from I Heart Naptime

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!


23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Homemade Corn Tortillas from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Homemade Flour Tortillas from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas from Somewhat Simple

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Instant Pot Refried Beans from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Mexican Street Corn from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Restaurant-Style Salsa from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!


23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Simple Chicken Enchiladas from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos from Yellow Bliss Road

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna from I Heart Naptime

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Taco Soup from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Tres Leches Cupcakes from The Baker Upstairs

23 super delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes - everything you need to celebrate in the tastiest way possible!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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