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Double Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

How do you make the best homemade brownies ever? Double up on the chocolate & add peanut butter chips! This recipe for Double Chocolate Brownies is made from scratch, but don’t worry, it’s SO EASY to make!

These melt-in-your-mouth brownies are perfect served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a large glass of milk! They’re great for parties, holidays or Mondays. Because we could all use a little extra chocolate on a Monday! Am I right?!

Stack of three double chocolate brownies on plate

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate should go down in history as one of the best of all time! As a kid, the only candy I would eat were Reese’s Cups or Reese’s Pieces!

That’s right, I’ve been a chocolate and peanut butter fan since the ripe age of 3 years old! And I’ve brought my lifelong love of this sweet combo to the blog. Over the years, I’ve shared recipes for Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars.

But today, I’m introducing the holy grail of chocolate and peanut butter. Double chocolate brownies filled with peanut butter chips! The brownies are moist and fudgy with an extra chocolatey layer on top. The peanut butter chips add a burst of peanut butter goodness right in the middle of the best brownies ever!

I love sharing these as a dinner party dessert or around the holidays. Because let’s be honest, if I didn’t serve them to friends, I’d eat the whole pan myself! Out of all the brownie recipes I’ve made over the years, these really are the perfect brownies!

Read the full recipe here!

Mini Ice Cream Cakes

Mini Ice Cream Cakes are so easy to make & perfect for parties or keeping in the freezer for a sweet treat! Just bake up mini chocolate cupcakes, then top them with your favorite ice cream & pop them in the freezer. Before serving, top them with whipped cream, chocolate syrup & sprinkles!

Kids and adults alike will rave about these Mini Ice Cream Cakes for years to come! They’re so much fun and the recipe can easily be prepped days or even weeks in advance.

Got a birthday party coming up? Make Mini Ice Cream Cakes! Summer pool party? Homemade Mini Ice Cream Cakes are better than anything from a box!

Mini ice cream cakes on plate with gold and white fork

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies. The opinions and text are all mine.

What was your favorite cake growing up? You know that one cake you requested every year for your birthday. For my brother, it was a giant cookie cake and for Kurt, it’s carrot cake. For me, my birthday cake was (and still is!) an Ice Cream Cake.

Yes, my birthday is in December so it seems really impractical to have a cake made of ice cream in the middle of winter. But as someone who loves ice cream, I consider it a year-round dessert!

I wanted to make an Ice Cream Cake for 4th of July this year, but with dozens of people coming, I wasn’t sure I could make one big enough for everyone. That’s when the idea for Mini Ice Cream Cakes came in to play! This recipe makes 48 mini cakes, perfect for a big party or for storing in the fridge so you always have a sweet treat on hand!

The great thing about these mini ice cream cakes vs. one large ice cream cake is that these little guys will stay good in the freezer for two months! A standard store bought ice cream cake will only last 7 days in the freezer.

The other great thing about these cakes is how easy they are to make. I used a box chocolate cake mix to whip up the cake batter in less than 5 minutes, then added a tablespoon of batter to 48 lined muffin tins.

After extensive testing, I can tell you that one tablespoon of batter makes the perfect size cupcake to ice cream ratio for these mini cakes!

I then used O Organics® Ice Cream, that I picked up at my local Vons, to top the chocolate cupcakes. One more great thing about this recipe, you can make different flavors! I made half with O Organics Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream and the other half with O Organics Cookies & Cream Ice Cream.

Almost everyone at the 4th of July party tried one of each and the votes were split down the middle. I mean really, how can you chose between Salted Caramel goodness and classic Cookies & Cream?

These Mini Ice Cream Cakes can be eaten right out of the cupcake wrapper with or without toppings. They can also be served on a plate, out of the wrapper, with a fork and the toppings of your choice.

I added whipped cream and chocolate syrup. For the 4th, I also added some patriotic sprinkles! Such a delicious and fun little dessert!

Read the full recipe here!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Gluten Free Cupcakes

It’s like a Reese’s cup, turned into a cupcake! These Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes are the best gluten free cupcakes ever! They’re moist, decadent and no one will ever guess they’re gluten free! 

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If you love Reese’s Cups and chocolate cake, you’re going to love this gluten free cupcake recipe! My love of Reese’s Cups is what originally inspired this recipe over 5 years ago. I’ve since made these chocolate cupcakes for several parties, birthdays and events.

No one ever believes me when I tell them they’re gluten free! They are just as moist and decadent as a traditional chocolate cupcake, but they are totally gluten free. Not only are these the best gluten free cupcakes I’ve ever had, these are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!

Bakery style chocolate cupcakes filled with a sweet peanut butter center and topped with creamy peanut butter frosting, life doesn’t get much better my friends!

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Red Velvet Puppy Chow

Red Velvet Puppy Chow is a fun and simple dessert recipe. It’s great for parties and perfect for holidays like Valentine’s Day or Christmas!

Red velvet puppy chow in white bowl with red and white striped towel

Whether you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies, this easy dessert recipe is downright delicious! These Nutella Muddy Buddies are always a hit at parties.

This year at my annual holiday party, I decided to put a spin on my popular puppy chow recipe. I wanted it to be festive so I added red food coloring.

But not just any red food coloring. For this recipe to work you need red powdered food coloring. You can easily buy it on Amazon using the link above or pick it up at a baking supply store.

This Red Velvet Puppy Chow was a huge hit at my holiday party! The recipe is just as easy to make as traditional puppy chow. Simply toss the powdered food coloring with the powdered sugar and you’ll get this delicious and festive beautifully sweet snack!

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Nutella Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Creamy Nutella and crispy bacon are combined in this easy recipe for the best bacon chocolate chip cookies ever! These sweet treats are fun for parties or Super Bowl Sunday!

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked up on wire baking rack with bowl of nutella

While usually I don’t mess with perfection. Last weekend, I was inspired to add bacon to my famous Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies to take to a party.

When a food blogger shows up to a party, people expect them to bring something amazing. If the combo of chocolate chip cookies, bacon and Nutella isn’t amazing, then I don’t know what is!

The combination of sweet and salty is one of my favorites! I love that combo in these Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies.  I also love it in these Bacon Wrapped Dates. Are you seeing a trend here? Yes, I do love me some bacon!

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Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups with Marshmallow Creme

Delicious hot chocolate cookies are baked into cute little cups & filled with marshmallow creme for a fun, easy dessert recipe, perfect for the holidays!

Hot chocolate cookies made into cups and filled with marshmallow creme on black wire rack with mini marshmallows on the side sitting on red and white striped towel

Cookie cups have kind of become my thing y’all!

I mean, why make a boring ol’ flat cookie, when you can make a cute little cookie cup and fill it with something totally delicious?

That was my thought when I first made Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups filled with Nutella, then Red Velvet Cookie Cups filled with Cream Cheese Frosting, then again when I made Pumpkin Cookie Cups filled with Salted Caramel!

These bite sized treats are perfect for gifting to friends, serving at parties or for a sweet snack to keep around the house!

With the holiday season in full swing, I decided to turn my favorite winter drink into a cookie cup.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are made by taking chocolate cookies, indenting them in the middle when they’re hot out of the oven and filling them with marshmallow creme. They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat!

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins with Chocolate Crumble

Fresh blueberries and luscious cream cheese are combined in these delicious blueberry cream cheese muffins, topped with a scrumptious chocolate crumble!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins with Chocolate Crumble

Growing up, and still to this day, Blueberry Muffins are one of my favorite breakfast menu items! I took this version of the classic muffin to a whole other level, possibly to a whole other menu!

These blueberry cream cheese muffins are so decadent, they could easily be mistaken for dessert (or if you are me, 3 nights last week, they actually were dessert!)  Yeah, I just admitted that 😉

When I took these muffins out of the oven, the blueberry was bubbling out of the chocolate crumble topping and my mouth immediately began to water!

While I will always love my Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins, they are now tied for first place with these delicious little treats!

Read the full recipe here!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Nutella

A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe is transformed into delicious chocolate chip cookie cups with Nutella®  Hazelnut Spread!

A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe is transformed into delicious chocolate chip cookie cups filled with Nutella Hazelnut Spread!

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Nutella®, but all opinions are my own.

There’s nothing better than a classic chocolate chip cookie, that is, until you make it into a cookie cup with Nutella® hazelnut spread! This chocolate chip cookie twist will have your friends and family raving over the fun presentation and delicious flavor combination of chocolate chip cookies and Nutella®.

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No Churn Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream is so easy to make without an ice cream maker! This no churn recipe only requires a couple of steps & a couple of ingredients!

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream is so easy to make without an ice cream maker! This no churn recipe only requires a couple of steps & a couple of ingredients!

Summer is here folks! Ok, well technically the first day of summer is in 2 days, but I’m getting a jump start on things because it’s warm outside, I’m rocking flip flops every day and the beach is basically my second home these days!

Oh and let’s not forget all of the delicious summer foods like Bruschetta Turkey Burgers, Spicy Macaroni Salad and Grilled Tomato Basil Chicken Skewers!

And obviously summer desserts are a must! I can’t get enough of these Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars, Pink Lemonade Pie and this Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream lately!

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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 are the ultimate indulgent weekend breakfast! All the flavors of a delicious s’more are rolled up in a sweet & flakey cinnamon roll in this quick & easy recipe made with a can of Pillsbury crescent roll dough!

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

3 Easy Game Day Skewer Recipes

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

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

Coffee liqueur, chocolate, cream and vodka, combine to make this delicious Caffe Mocha Martini recipe, perfect for a post-dinner cocktail!

Caffe Mocha Martini Recipe

Today’s post is sponsored by Daily’s Cocktails!

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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Sweet Potato Double Chocolate Cookies

Mashed sweet potatoes add a delicious creaminess to this recipe for Double Chocolate Cookies, the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers!

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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M&M Martini

The M&M Chocolate Martini is rimmed with crushed M&M’s & filled with a chocolate martini that tastes just like a boozy version of the popular candy!

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 chocolate chip cookies are baked into pumpkin brownies in this delicious dessert recipe for pumpkin brookies, great for fall parties and Halloween!

Pumpkin Brookies Recipe

It’s the final day of Pumpkin Week here on WhitneyBond.com!

This week I’ve already shared recipes for Pumpkin Chili Sliders and Cranberry Pumpkin Bread. Now I’m finishing off the week with a super delicious dessert!

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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Gluten Free Irish Cream Chocolate Glazed Donuts

These Irish Cream Chocolate Glazed Donuts are a sweet and delicious breakfast treat, perfect for St Patricks Day and gluten free!

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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Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This nut, egg, dairy and gluten free chocolate cake is the perfect birthday cake for kids and adults suffering from multiple food allergies.

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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Meme’s Graham Cracker Cookie Sandwiches

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My grandma Meme was always smiling, always baking and always had tons of love to give!

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I dedicated my 100th post on the blog to 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 blog, 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.

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Put them all together and you have a neapolitan stack of cookie sandwiches!

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These brought back so many great childhood memories!

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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…