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Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirled Crock Pot Brownies

Crock Pot Brownies are an easy way to bake up a delicious dessert without the use of an oven, throw in a Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl for a festive fall treat!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirled Crock Pot Brownies

Tomorrow, tomorrow, fall is finally here tomorrow!

You guessed it, the first day of fall is… tomorrow, but I won’t lie, for the past two weeks I’ve totally been cheating and eating everything apple, pumpkin and squash I could get my hands on! I also may or may not have also been trying to rock boots, scarves and sweaters even though it’s totally still 80 degrees outside! 😉

What can I say, fall is my favorite time of the year and I couldn’t wait to start sharing all of my favorite fall recipes on Instagram, like Apple Butternut Squash Bruschetta & Pumpkin Chili, as well as introducing new fall favorites on the blog, like these Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirled Crock Pot Brownies!

I mean, what says fall more that pumpkin, baking and a slow cooker!

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S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls

S'Mores Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

It’s Sunday morning, and I know what you’re thinking, how can I justify eating S’Mores for breakfast today? Well, I’ve got the answer, make S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls!

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3 Easy Game Day Skewer Recipes

Today’s post is sponsored by my fabulous friends at Cost Plus World Market!

3 Easy Game Day Skewer Recipes

Planning to host a party for the big game in a couple of weeks? These three simple skewer recipes will make entertaining a breeze!

These skewers are quick, easy, and require no actual cooking! They can easily be prepared early and placed in the refrigerator until game time, that way, you’re ready to roll before kick off. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss any of the hilarious commercials, exciting half time performances, or exhilarating touchdowns!

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Caffe Mocha Martini

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Caffe Mocha Martini Recipe

Whether hosting a dinner at home for friends, or Christmas dinner with my family in Oklahoma, when it comes to entertaining for the holidays, I love to serve an after dinner cocktail.

Two of my favorites are chocolate martinis and espresso martinis, because who doesn’t like a little dessert or a little coffee after a delicious meal?! 😉

Today I combined both martinis to create this Caffe Mocha Martini recipe with the help of the brand new line of Cream Cocktails from Daily’s Cocktails!

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Sweetpotato Double Chocolate Cookies

Sweet Potato Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Last night, I was invited to make a guest appearance on Tonight In San Diego, a fantastic variety show featuring local San Diego talent.

During my appearance I talked about holiday entertaining and showed them a few of my favorite holiday recipes including Mini Buffalo Chicken Tostadas for an appetizer, Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch for a cocktail and these “Secret Ingredient” Double Chocolate Cookies for dessert.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Martini

My favorite candy ever, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, turned into a martini! Life doesn’t get much better!

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Snickers Martini

Snickers Martini Recipe

If you missed the first post today on M&M Martini’s, then allow me to welcome you to candy martini day on WhitneyBond.com, where I’m turning all of the most popular Halloween candies into martinis!

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M&M Martini

M&M Chocolate Martini Recipe

Halloween is only two days away and I couldn’t be more excited to get the party started with 5 recipes that turn your favorite Halloween candies into martinis!

Because who says that kids get to have all of the fun on Halloween?! We’ll just call this “adult trick or treating”! 😉

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Pumpkin Brookies

Pumpkin Brookies Recipe

It’s the final day of Pumpkin Week here on WhitneyBond.com, and I saved a super delicious dessert for last!

If you’re not familiar with brookies, allow me to introduce you to this super amazing dessert that combines cookies and brownies into one scrumptious treat!

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Grilled Berry S’Mores

Grilled Berry S'Mores Recipe

This weekend is the 4th of July and I couldn’t be s’more excited (see what I did there 😉 ) to head to Houston to visit my sweet 90 year old Nana and the rest of my fam!

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Slow Cooked Chocolate Dip

Slow Cooked Chocolate Dip Recipe

Valentine’s Day is just over a week away, and love and chocolate are in the air!

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Red Velvet Brookies

Red Velvet Brookies Recipe

Move over Red Velvet Oreos… Red Velvet Brookies are the new queen of all things Red Velvet 😉

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Nutella Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

While usually I don’t mess with perfection, I was inspired to add bacon to my famous Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to take to an annual Comic Con party hosted by two of my very best friends, Joe and Nicolle.

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Hazelnut Brazilian Brigadeiro

Hazelnut Brazilian Brigadeiro

As many of you are probably aware, the World Cup begins in Brazil in just two weeks!

To prepare for the event, I partnered with Diamond Nuts to make a traditional Brazilian treat with my own little twist!

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich

It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, yay!

Basically any day that is solely dedicated to a delicious dessert, I’m on board with!

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Gluten Free S’Mores Waffles

Gluten Free S'Mores Waffles

It’s breakfast, it’s dessert, it’s bre-sert? Whatever you want to call it, it’s delicious!

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Gluten Free Irish Cream Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Irish Cream Chocolate Glazed Donuts

So the story begins when I purchased a donut pan. I then went on this kick of “must make gluten free donuts” then it became “must make gluten free St Patricks Day themed donuts”.

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Last week I was really craving Reese’s Cups, although I’m not a big candy person, when I do eat candy it’s always Reese’s!

Instead of going to the store like a normal person and purchasing a Reese’s Cup, I decided to make a “Reese’s Cup Cupcake” by filling the middle of a rich, delicious chocolate cupcake with a creamy peanut butter filling!

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Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

When your friends daughter is visiting on her 7th birthday and you’re a food blogger, you make her a cake!

Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

When her little brother is allergic to nuts, eggs and dairy, you make her a very special cake that both her and “Bubba” can enjoy!

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Hawaiian Host Whole Macadamia White Chocolate Crunch

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch

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White Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts and Peanut Butter all combined into one little treat that takes less than 10 minutes to make? Sounds like my kind of snack!

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Meme’s Graham Cracker Cookie Sandwiches

graham crackers, powdered sugar, icing, frosting, cocoa, chocolate, cookie sandwich, recipeMy grandma Meme was always smiling, always baking and always had tons of love to give!

grandma, meme, christmas, home, oklahoma, familyI dedicated my 100th post on LLB to my Meme by baking her Pink Lemonade Pie. Now I dedicate my 200th post to her!

I loved helping Meme in the kitchen growing up. She taught me lots about baking, including taste testing, you know, for quality control purposes 😉

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I was lucky enough to grow up in a time, place and family that had Meme’s and Papa’s instead of nannies and babysitters. Whenever Mom was working my brother and I would go spend the afternoons after school with my Meme. We were her only two grandchildren and she loved spoiling us.  She would always say we weren’t spoiled, we were “well-loved” and  I couldn’t agree more!

We were spoiled with loving gestures, such as making two pies so that my brother and I could each have our favorite, or making pink and chocolate graham cracker cookie sandwiches because I wanted pink and my brother wanted chocolate! And these cookie sandwiches are what I am sharing with you all today.

While it may be one of the simplest recipes I post on the LLB, it is also one that is filled with the most memories!

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Ingredients (makes 26 cookie sandwiches)

  • 9 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring
  • 1 box graham crackers

Start by combining the powdered sugar and milk until no lumps exist. Separate the icing into three bowls.  In one bowl add the cocoa and in another add the food coloring.

icing, flavors, colors, chocolate, pink, white, powdered sugar, food coloring, cocoa, milkNext, spread the icing on one half of a graham cracker.

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Then sandwich another graham cracker on top.

icing, powdered sugar, milk, graham crackers, cookies, sandwiches, frosting, ingredientsRepeat until all cookie sandwiches are made. Set to the side and allow the icing to harden so it doesn’t ooze out when you bite in…. or dig in and just let that icing ooze!

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Chocolate for my brother…

chocolate, icing, powdered sugar, milk, graham crackers, cookies, sandwiches, frosting, ingredients, dessert, recipe… wish he were here to eat one with me, this bite’s for you Ty!

chocolate, icing, powdered sugar, milk, graham crackers, cookies, sandwiches, frosting, ingredients, dessert, recipePut them all together and you have a neapolitan stack of cookie sandwiches!

chocolate, icing, powdered sugar, milk, graham crackers, cookies, sandwiches, frosting, ingredients, dessert, recipeThese brought back so many great childhood memories!

chocolate, icing, powdered sugar, milk, graham crackers, cookies, sandwiches, frosting, ingredients, dessert, recipeAnd tasted just like I remembered!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Whole Foods carries a graham style cracker by Kinnikinnick which can be used to make the recipe gluten-free.

Chicken Mole

Holy Mole, I am so excited to share this recipe with you all!

My mole mission began when a friend brought me fresh chilies and peppers he had grown. I decided to put them to good use and make my first mole!  The sauce is slightly spicy on the stove, but cooks out in the oven for the final product with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

I know the laundry list of ingredients is intimidating for some people, but never fear, this recipe is not as hard as you think and definitely worth the time, effort and ingredients!

Ingredients (mole sauce – serves 8)

  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 1 large anaheim chili (chopped)
  • 4 pasilla chilies (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6 small serrano peppers (chopped)
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (not pictured – for garnish)
  • 4 oz queso fresco (not pictured – for topping)

Ingredients (chicken)

  • 8 chicken breasts
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Start by roasting the tomatillos on the grill or in the broiler until lightly charred on the outside. Set to the side and allow to cool.

Next, lightly brown the anaheim and pasilla chilies on the stove top in a dry skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the skillet and add to a medium bowl with the raisins.  Cover with warm water then set aside.

In the same skillet over medium heat add the almonds, sesame seeds, ground cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and oregano.

Toast for 2-3 minutes then place in a spice grinder and ground until a powder forms. If you do not have a spice grinder a coffee grinder works well or a small food processor.

 Still using that same skillet (yay for less dishes!) add the olive oil, onions, garlic and serrano peppers.

Brown in the skillet until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

Now peel the cooled tomatillos and place in a blender or food processor with the ground spices.

Next add the vegetables, chocolate, peanut butter and brown sugar to the blender. Then add the peppers, raisins and a small amount of the soaking liquid.  Start with about 1/2 cup, then add more if the sauce is too thick.

Blend well.  This could take 3-5 minutes, that’s a lot of yumminess to blend together!

When blended well enough that no large chunks exist, transfer the mole sauce back to that one amazing skillet over low to medium heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s time to prepare the chicken.

I know what you’re thinking “this seems like a lot of work”, but see how delicious that sauce looks, I promise it smells and tastes even 10 times better!

Have I convinced you to keep going?  I hope so, because it’s easy, breezy from here on out!

Place the chicken breasts in a large pot and cover with water. Place on the skillet and bring to a boil.

Add the chicken bouillon, cinnamon stick, white wine and sliced lemon, squeezing the juice out as you add them to the water.

Boil for 10 minutes, then drain.

Add the chicken breasts to a large casserole or baking dish.

Cover with the mole sauce.

Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.

Serve on a bed of cilantro lime rice topped with queso fresco and fresh cilantro.

I also served mine with a side of Rajas Con Crema.

A little close up of the goodness…

This dish easily serves 8.  If serving less than this, save the leftovers. Re-heat and shred the chicken and add to a tortilla with the mole sauce to make an excellent taco lunch or dinner the next day!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute tofu for chicken.  Simply skip the whole step about boiling the chicken. Place the tofu cubes in the baking dish and cover with the mole sauce. Reduce cooking time to 10 minutes.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.