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Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars

As we near the close of pumpkin season, I am gearing up for Christmas desserts. The other day I wrote my list of all the things I hope to make this year. Before pumpkin season comes to an end, however, I have to share Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars with you! They were one of my favorite new pumpkin tries of the season.

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One of the first recipes I shared on this blog were these Seven Layer Bars. When I wrote that post, I promised I would be back with some of the other creative versions of these bars that I have tried. While I have not been overly timely on that promise, today I begin to fulfill it by sharing these Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars. 

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Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars are so darn easy. Once you finish the graham cracker crust, you basically throw everything else in the pan and pop them in the oven. After the crust, you layer caramel bits, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, toffee bits, a pumpkin/condensed milk/spice mixture, and coconut. Together, these ingredients create a flavor packed dessert.

I also promise the ease of these bars does not interfere with the quality. We loved them! My Cowboy really enjoys pumpkin desserts, but after going through a few weeks in a row of pumpkin mania, he is ready for something different. However, he told me while you could taste pumpkin flavor, they were not overly pumpkin-y. He appreciated them for that.

Yes, pumpkin-y is totally a word.

Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Easy and tasty- two of my favorite things! Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars have a permanent place on my list of favorite fall desserts.

 

Pumpkin Seven Layer Bars
Serves 16
A simple gooey bar, bursting with flavors of fall.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
361 calories
48 g
29 g
18 g
5 g
11 g
97 g
143 g
40 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
97g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
27%
Saturated Fat 11g
57%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 29mg
10%
Sodium 143mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 40g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
53%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
14%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 9 whole graham cracker sheets, finely crushed
  2. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  3. 1 (11) oz bag Kraft caramel bits
  4. 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  5. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  6. 1/2 cup toffee bits
  7. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  8. 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  9. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  10. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  11. 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan. Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press into the prepared pan. I like to press it into the pan with the bottom of a cup to ensure it will stay together.
  2. 2. Sprinkle caramel bits on top of the crust. Next, sprinkle milk chocolate chips, then white chocolate chips, then toffee bits.
  3. 3. In a medium sized bow, combine pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Pour on top of the layers. Top with shredded coconut. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until edges begin to brown and the middle is set. Serve warm or cooled. Enjoy!
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Adapted from Six Sister's Stuff
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Brownies and Bars, Cakes and Cupcakes

Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

The last recipe I posted was this phenomenal Harry Potter Butterbeer. When I posted that recipe, I wrote all about our annual Harry Potter party. Another treat I always whip up for our H.P. festivities are Cauldron Cakes. The first year we held our party, I searched high and low online for any spectacular ideas on how to create Cauldron Cakes. I found several, but none of them were quite what I was hoping for. So, I came up with my own version and naturally they became a combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

I’m not a huge cake fan. I make it for birthdays and that’s about it. Even then, it has to be a good homemade recipe. Brownies and their texture are more my style. Usually when I do any sort of cupcake, I make them out of brownie batter and decided that would be the way to go for these Cauldron Cakes. I usually use a boxed brownie mix and like to vamp it up with butter, buttermilk, and vanilla, but you could use your favorite homemade brownie recipe too. They are topped heavily with peanut butter buttercream, and the “cauldron” is filled with chocolate. Oh and don’t forget the Reese’s baked inside. That detail really has nothing to do with the theme of Cauldron Cakes, but the way I see it, why not put a Reese’s in the middle? 😀

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Let’s talk Harry Potter. I love H.P. It was really a huge part of my childhood that helped make my formative years magical. Anytime a new H.P. book hit the shelves, had to be a good year. Almost just as exciting to me was the highly anticipated release of the next movie installment in the series. The final film was released the summer after I graduated high school. I went to see it in the theater with a group of my fellow H.P. loving friends a month or so before I left for college. That experience really made it seem like Harry Potter graduated with me as I said goodbye to childhood, adolescence, and headed towards adulthood. I cried as the movie ended and it wasn’t just because it was an emotional show with talented actors/actresses.

Cauldron Cakes from butterloveandcowboys.com

Cauldron Cakes from butterloveandcowboys.com

Cauldron Cakes from butterloveandcowboys.com

Cauldron Cakes from butterloveandcowboys.com

Cauldron Cakes from butterloveandcowboys.com

I have maintained a deep love of reading that developed at an early age. Books have the power to take us to places we never could have imagined going on our own. They introduce us to people we never would have met and can develop within us desires to understand and experience what lies beyond our own sphere. Harry Potter was one of the very first book series that created these opportunities for me. The first real exposure I had to Harry Potter came from my third grade teacher. She read many good books to my class throughout that school year, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being one of them. Over the next couple of years I read the remaining books in the series and continued reading until they had all been released. 

Of the many things I hope to be able to instill in our future children, one of them is a love and appreciation for reading good books.

Like I said about the Butterbeer, you don’t have to be a H.P. fan to love these Cauldron Cakes and any H.P. inspired treats you may come across.  I will mention however that they can definitely help you find your way into the truly magical world of Harry Potter!

Cauldron Cakes
Yields 15
A brownie cupcake, stuffed with Reese's, topped with peanut butter buttercream, and filled with chocolate.
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638 calories
76 g
72 g
35 g
9 g
15 g
157 g
265 g
39 g
1 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
157g
Yields
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 638
Calories from Fat 309
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
55%
Saturated Fat 15g
75%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 72mg
24%
Sodium 265mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 76g
25%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 39g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Brownie
  1. 1 box brownie mix, or homemade brownie recipe (made for a 9x13 size pan)
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/3 cup buttermilk, or 1/4 cup milk (I prefer buttermilk, but either will work)
  4. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 8 snack-size Reese's, cut in half
  7. muffin cups, at least 15
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup peanut butter
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  5. Milk or cream (as needed, for consistency)
*Chocolate Ganache
  1. 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  2. 1/3-1/2 cup cream
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Prepare the brownie batter by mixing the box brownie mix, eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. If using your own brownie recipe, prepare the batter. Place each muffin cup in a muffin tin. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full with the brownie batter. Place a Reese's half in each cupcake and press down below the batter. Bake 18-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from muffin pan and let cool.
  2. 2. To prepare the frosting, beat the butter and peanut butter on medium-high speed until well combined. Add the vanilla and mix well. Next, add the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, mixing until well combined between each addition. As you add the powdered sugar, gradually add the milk or cream, as needed for consistency. I probably add at least 1/4-1/3 cup of cream.
  3. 3. Fill a cup with a few inches of water to lightly dip the utensil you spread the frosting with. This will help to spread the frosting smoothly.To make the cauldron, spread a generous amount of the buttercream on top of each cupcake. We like a lot of frosting, but I know not everybody does. Use what you will be happy with as far as the frosting ratio goes, but it is easier to make the cauldron if you use a decent amount. As you spread the frosting, make a well in the middle of the cupcake, it will be about an inch wide and the depth depends how much frosting you use. I use enough the depth is probably close to 1/2 of an inch.
  4. 4. To prepare the ganache, place chocolate chips in a medium sized, microwavable bowl. Place the cream in a mug and microwave until almost boiling. Pour over the chocolate chips and whisk until there are no lumps. You may need to place the bowl in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Let the ganache cool to room temperature. Place in the fridge or freezer to quicken cooling. Fill each well on top of each cupcake with the ganache. It is okay if it drips a little, it will be a little messier, but also makes the cauldron part even better 🙂
Notes
  1. *For this batch of Cauldron Cakes I just made a chocolate ganache, but in the past I have also used my hot fudge recipe. You could use either. Some of my family members like the ganache better and some like the hot fudge filling better. Personally, I can't quite decide! The ganache is a little stronger on the chocolate flavor, while the hot fudge is a little more on the sweet side.
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fat
35g
protein
9g
carbs
76g
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Brownies and Bars

Pumpkin Brookies

Pumpkin Brookies are another great compliment to fall. A pumpkin bar bottom with a fudge-y brownie on top equals delicious. Oh and don’t let me forget to mention the chocolate glaze! My Cowboy and I both agreed that the chocolate glaze really made the bars, so don’t go skimping the bars by leaving them without it :). 

I sure love pumpkin everything when it comes to dessert, but I have really grown to love chocolate and pumpkin together the last few years. So it was no surprise to me that these two main layers that make up Pumpkin Brookies were the perfect combination. 

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Like I already said, don’t go thinking they don’t need glaze :D. It really completed them. And for once in my life, I didn’t drench them with topping, I actually did a fairly thin covering-fairly being the key word. Seriously though, this was holding back for me. These Pumpkin Brookies proved to me they didn’t need much glaze, but they did need a little dab.

 

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Pumpkin Brookies from butterloveandcowboys.com

Pumpkin Brookies from butterloveandcowboys.com

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo,

Hannah

Recipe adapted from Crazy for Crust.

Pumpkin Brookies
A perfect compliment to fall. Pumpkin Brookies have a pumpkin bar bottom and a fudge-y brownie top. Don't forget the chocolate glaze!
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9581 calories
1390 g
1304 g
432 g
99 g
224 g
2423 g
3705 g
703 g
8 g
176 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2423g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9581
Calories from Fat 3802
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 432g
664%
Saturated Fat 224g
1122%
Trans Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 55g
Monounsaturated Fat 121g
Cholesterol 1304mg
435%
Sodium 3705mg
154%
Total Carbohydrates 1390g
463%
Dietary Fiber 26g
103%
Sugars 703g
Protein 99g
Vitamin A
562%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
120%
Iron
168%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Pumpkin Layer
  1. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 3/4 cups flour
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  11. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
*For the Brownie Layer
  1. 1 box brownie mix
  2. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  3. 1/3 cup buttermilk or milk (regular milk will work, but I prefer buttermilk)
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 cup chocolate chips
For the Chocolate Glaze
  1. 3 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  4. 1/2 cup cream (again milk totally works, but you won't need as much, but a glaze made with cream is much more flavorful. It may take more or less liquid, depending on how thick you like your glaze. I always eyeball this.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan.
For the Pumpkin Layer
  1. Place melted butter, pumpkin puree, and sugars in a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined. Add vanilla and mix well. Add egg and mix well. In a separate medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Gradually add to pumpkin mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Press into your greased 9x13 pan.
For the Brownie Layer
  1. In a large bowl, place brownie mix, melted butter, buttermilk or milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour on top of the pumpkin base. Bake 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the Chocolate Glaze
  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, melted butter, and cream. Whisk until very well combined and smooth. Pour over top of Pumpkin Brookies and enjoy! These would even be great served with ice cream!
Notes
  1. *Of course any homemade brownie recipe works too, but this is a super simple way to vamp up a brownie mix!
  2. In the future, I may try the brownie layer on the bottom and pre-bake it a while before adding the pumpkin layer on top, because the brownie layer took longer to cook through than the pumpkin layer did.
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calories
9581
fat
432g
protein
99g
carbs
1390g
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Brownies and Bars

Caramel Chip Bars

Oh boy is this recipe a doozy! Caramel Chip Bars are about as tasty as it gets. This is another recipe from my sister Jessie. So many of both My Cowboy’s and I’s favorite recipes come from her. She is just a whiz in the kitchen. This is a brownie-like bar that is one of my main picks when it comes to making a dessert to take and share.

Caramel Chip Bars are as easy as they are delicious and come together in a cinch. The brownie part of this dessert comes from a simple cake mix, oil, eggs, AND plenty of chocolate chips! The caramel layer is semi-homemade, but tastes so great. Honestly it’s a filling I use in a lot of different recipes now. If I am too short on time to do a homemade sauce, I will even serve it as caramel sauce for ice cream or dip for fruit.

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Caramel Chip Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Caramel Chip Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Caramel Chip Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Caramel Chip Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

 

This is a side shot, and it’s really not the prettiest, but I really wanted you to get a better glimpse of all that caramel!

Caramel Chip Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com
Caramel Chip Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Go on and give ’em a whirl 🙂

Caramel Chip Bars
An ooey-gooey brownie bar bursting with chocolate chips and oozing with caramel
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9369 calories
1140 g
886 g
509 g
126 g
211 g
2064 g
6164 g
895 g
5 g
264 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2064g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9369
Calories from Fat 4502
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 509g
784%
Saturated Fat 211g
1053%
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 69g
Monounsaturated Fat 195g
Cholesterol 886mg
295%
Sodium 6164mg
257%
Total Carbohydrates 1140g
380%
Dietary Fiber 24g
97%
Sugars 895g
Protein 126g
Vitamin A
106%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
340%
Iron
194%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box chocolate cake mix
  2. 1/2 cup oil
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  5. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  6. 1/3 cup toffee bits (optional)
  7. 1 11oz bag caramels
  8. 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  9. 1/2 cup butter
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven at 320 F. Mix the cake mix, oil, and eggs until combined. Add milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and optional toffee bits. Combine by hand. Press half of the dough into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for twelve minutes. Cool for ten minutes before adding caramel.
  2. 2. While the first cake layer is baking and cooling, unwrap the caramels and place in a medium size saucepan with the sweetened condensed milk and butter. Melt over medium-low heat until well-combined, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture is mostly melted, I like to whisk it long enough to ensure there are no chunks.
  3. 3. Pour caramel over the first cake layer. Top with remaining cake batter by sprinkling it over the caramel in teaspoon-fulls Bake an additional 20-25 minutes. These bars are great warm or cold, but I usually let them cool an hour or two.
Notes
  1. If you're looking for a less chocolate-y option, use a yellow cake mix. I really, really, REALLY love them as is though 🙂
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carbs
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Brownies and Bars

Peanut Butter Brownies

About 75% of the time when I ask My Cowboy what sounds good for dessert, he asks for Peanut Butter Brownies. A lot of the time I don’t even ask, because I know what his response will be. In preparation for this post, I asked him to verbalize how they rank on his list of favorite desserts. As no surprise to me, he says these are tied for first with a skookie (recipe coming soon)!

Peanut Butter Brownies are an important part of our life. My obsession with chocolate and peanut butter really began with this recipe. Reese’s had long been my favorite candy, and I always really liked the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but these really kicked my adoration for the two into gear. 

It all started on a Sunday afternoon, six years ago this spring. Is it weird that I remember that? Mostly I just remember it was shortly before I graduated high school. Plus this recipe is that memorable. A family friend from my hometown brought these Peanut Butter Brownies to share with the ladies in her Sunday class. That was where my mom and older sister tested them. Her daughter was my age and a good friend of mine. After church, she passed me in the hall with her Mom, who was carrying the leftovers. She shared one of these luscious, moist, peanut butter-y, delicious, fantastic, extraordinary brownies with me.

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That same afternoon, once I got home, my Mom and sister informed me their lives had been changed just as much as mine by these brownies. Not only that, but we needed the recipe. We didn’t just want it, we absolutely, positively needed Peanut Butter Brownies. I called up my friend (the one whose mom made this batch of divinity) and asked for the recipe. She shared it and I made my first batch that afternoon.

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Peanut Butter Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

In the months that followed, before I left for college, between my mom, my sister, and myself, we must have made Peanut Butter Brownies at least ten times. Fortunately, we all trained for a 5k that summer, or else these bad boys might have reconstructed our thighs.

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Let’s talk a second about boxed brownie mixes. I like them, but prefer they have frosting, ice cream, or some mix-ins. I use them a lot in recipes like this, even though I won’t deny homemade are the best. For some reason though, I just like Peanut Butter Brownies best with a brownie mix. I don’t know why, I just do. So there. Use what you like!

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Peanut Butter Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

In the last three or four years, these brownies have flooded the internet. There are many recipes out there and the most common title seems to be Buckeye Brownies, but I just can’t call them that. They have always been Peanut Butter Brownies to me and they always will be. 

Happy Friday! Go and make these quick 🙂

Peanut Butter Brownies
A moist brownie lathered with peanut butter frosting and topped off with a layer of chocolate!
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5441 calories
542 g
527 g
357 g
58 g
169 g
1026 g
1715 g
275 g
9 g
161 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1026g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5441
Calories from Fat 3120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 357g
550%
Saturated Fat 169g
844%
Trans Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 50g
Monounsaturated Fat 111g
Cholesterol 527mg
176%
Sodium 1715mg
71%
Total Carbohydrates 542g
181%
Dietary Fiber 16g
64%
Sugars 275g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A
121%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
49%
Iron
70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. -1 box brownie mix and the ingredients on the package, or your favorite brownie recipe
  2. -1/2 cup butter, soft
  3. -1 cup peanut butter
  4. -3 cups powdered sugar
  5. -1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. -milk, for consistency
  7. -12 oz milk chocolate chips
  8. -1-2 tablespoons Crisco
Instructions
  1. 1. Make box brownie mix according to directions on the back of the package for a 9x13 pan. Cool completely.
  2. 2. For the peanut butter frosting: Mix butter and peanut butter until smooth and well combined. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and combine. Add milk, as needed for consistency. I usually use about 1/4 cup. Spread on top of cooled brownies
  3. 3. Melt chocolate chips, with the Crisco, on top of the stove or in the microwave. If using the microwave, reduce the power to sixty percent, and melt in thirty second increments. Stir in between each thirty seconds. Carefully spread on top of the peanut butter frosting. Let sit until chocolate hardens. Serve and enjoy!
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357g
protein
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carbs
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Brownies and Bars, No-Bake

Peanut Butter Bars

There are a million different recipes out there for “Lunch Lady” Peanut Butter Bars. Well, these are the Peanut Butter Bars MY lunch lady made me from the time I was in third grade all the way up to my senior year of high school. Not only were these my absolute FAVORITE treat the school cooks made, but they were always served with my most loved main dish the school made as well-meatballs on steamed rice, dinner roll, and green beans! 

As if I wasn’t satisfied enough after the meal itself, I got to top it all off with these bars! Another thing about my school cooks- they were so generous. If they knew they were serving you your favorite meal, by-golly, they made sure to serve you up a good pile of it! Once you reached high school age, any dessert leftovers were free game after everybody had made it through the lunch line. My meatballs on rice was always accompanied by at least two, sometimes three or more, of these Peanut Butter Bars. I often went up for seconds or thirds! What a gluttonous teenager I was. Even now, it is hard for me to contain and ration myself if a pan of these babies are near.

 

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Another great thing about these bars is they are no-bake. We are coming up on summer where the days are too hot to want to turn on the oven. A lot of Peanut Butter Bars are of the baked variety. Until I was about eleven or twelve, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as a baked Peanut Butter Bar. It was a bitter disappointment to me the first time I thought I was getting a Peanut Butter Bar just like the ones at my school, to see the hot pan being pulled out of the oven!

I have totally warmed up to baked Peanut Butter Bars, but when I think of a traditional Peanut Butter Bar, these are still the exact ones that I think of, crave, desire, and need-or whatever you wanna call it. Need probably fits the description best.

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The peanut butter filling in these bars- oh how I love it! My school topped these off with a homemade chocolate frosting, but I will use melted chocolate for the topping as well. 

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

 

I promise these will make your school year. They sure always made mine.

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Peanut Butter Bars
A creamy no-bake Peanut Butter Bar that will satisfy your sweet tooth every time.
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7426 calories
810 g
493 g
446 g
134 g
158 g
1514 g
2580 g
693 g
7 g
247 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1514g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7426
Calories from Fat 3812
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 446g
686%
Saturated Fat 158g
792%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 79g
Monounsaturated Fat 168g
Cholesterol 493mg
164%
Sodium 2580mg
107%
Total Carbohydrates 810g
270%
Dietary Fiber 49g
196%
Sugars 693g
Protein 134g
Vitamin A
116%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
40%
Iron
123%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups peanut butter
  2. 3 cups powdered sugar
  3. 2 cups Rice Krispie's Cereal
  4. 1/2 cup butter, soft
*Chocolate Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter, soft
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/4 cup milk, for consistency
Instructions
  1. Mix peanut butter and butter until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time until fully incorporated. Combine well. Fold in Rice Krispie's. Press into a greased 9x13 pan.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. Beat butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well in between each addition. Add milk and beat until smooth and creamy, you may use more or less than the listed 1/4 cup. I like to beat my frosting at least 2-3 minutes after every ingredient is added, until it is very smooth, creamy, and slightly whipped. Spread over top of peanut butter layer.
  2. You probably won't need all of the frosting. Generally I like desserts pretty heavily frosted, but it really doesn't take much to make these great! Refrigerate any unused frosting. It's always good to have a little extra frosting on hand 🙂
Notes
  1. *I prefer the chocolate frosting, but you can also melt 2 cups of chocolate chips with a little shortening and use that as the topping instead of the chocolate buttercream. They taste great either way!
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Brownies and Bars

Breakup Brownies

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These brownies. Where do I begin? Breakup Brownies are an outrageous mixture of two of my most favorite things in this world- chocolate and peanut butter. Wait, wait, wait! Breakup Brownies have FOUR of my most favorite things in this world- chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo’s, and Reese’s. You will literally want to eat these ’til the cows come home!

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These bad boys have become one of my most loved brownie recipes. On top of that, they are pretty simple. In between layers, there is some required cooling, but like I said, they are simple. 

There are various recipes for these bars and a lot of recipes entitle them “Crack Brownies”. I’ve got no beef with that name, but I have my reasons for liking the other. Some may scoff that when I married My Cowboy, I literally married one of the first guys I met when I went off to college, but I never had the heartbreak of a bad breakup. Score! Seriously though, I think if I were going through a breakup, my recovery would call for these. Therefore, I still dub them, “Breakup Brownies”.

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

We begin with a boxed brownie mix. Sure you can be fancy and use the real thing, your own homemade recipe. However, if you add a few simple ingredients to a brownie mix you can end up with something practically like the real, homemade deal. 

Next, we add a full covering of Reese’s and Oreo’s.

To top it off, we melt milk chocolate chips and peanut butter, mixed with Rice Krispy’s and Oreo’s for a generous layer of deliciousness.

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

So tasty. Let me repeat- SO TASTY!

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

Get a load of that!

Another note is that I have made these in both a 8×8 inch pan and a 9×13 inch pan. If you use the former, be ready for a SUPER thick brownie, like the ones in these photos. If you use the latter, they are a pretty standard brownie size.  I don’t know that I liked either way better so I guess it would just depend how many people I was trying to stretch the brownies for.

Breakup Brownies
An outrageous combination of chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo's, and Reese's- all in one delicious brownie!
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6603 calories
578 g
764 g
455 g
104 g
207 g
1478 g
3207 g
266 g
8 g
216 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1478g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6603
Calories from Fat 4001
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 455g
700%
Saturated Fat 207g
1034%
Trans Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 65g
Monounsaturated Fat 151g
Cholesterol 764mg
255%
Sodium 3207mg
134%
Total Carbohydrates 578g
193%
Dietary Fiber 28g
111%
Sugars 266g
Protein 104g
Vitamin A
142%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
104%
Iron
138%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Brownies
  1. -1 box brownie mix
  2. -1/4 cup milk
  3. -2 eggs
  4. -1/2 cup butter, melted
For the second layer
  1. -12 Reese's peanut butter cups, cut into quarters.
  2. -10 Oreo's, in chunks
For the topping
  1. -2 cups milk chocolate chips
  2. -1 cup peanut butter
  3. -1 tablespoon butter
  4. -1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. -1 cup Rice Krispie's Cereal
  6. -3/4 cup Oreo's, in small chunks
For the brownies
  1. *1. Preheat oven at 325 F. Grease an 8x8 inch pan. Combine the brownie mix, milk, eggs, and butter. Pour into greased pan. Bake for 50-52 minutes.
For the second layer
  1. 2. When you pull the brownies out of the oven, immediately place the Reese's peanut butter cups and the 10 chunked up Oreo's on top of the brownies. After 3-5 minutes, spread the melted Reese's and Oreo's with a knife. Let brownies cool completely.
For the topping
  1. 1. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave using increments of thirty seconds. Stir between each thirty seconds. Continue until melted and smooth. Add vanilla and combine.
  2. **2.Add Rice Krispie's and Oreo's to the chocolate chip and peanut butter mixture.
  3. 3. Spread topping over cooled brownies and let set up completely. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *You can make this same recipe in either a 9x13 inch or 8x8 inch pan. The 8x8 inch pan will yield a very thick brownie like in these photos. Just make sure you adjust the baking temperature and time in correlation with the size of pan you use, according to the instructions on whichever brownie mix you have.
  2. **You can skip the 3/4 cup of Oreo's and just use 1 3/4 cup of Rice Krispies instead. Using the Oreo's makes for a pretty rich brownie but they are so good!
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Brownies and Bars

Seven Layer Bars

I have been searching the internet high and low for all sorts of variations on Seven Layer Bars. They are so versatile! The unique combinations and spin-offs of these original bars are endless! Now, before I move onto some of those more unique combinations, let me focus on the original.  Even the original bars can be adapted to suit anyone’s taste.
 
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Seven Layer Bars are a simple, tried-and-true kind of treat. They are super quick and easy to throw together. Most recipes tell you to let the bars cool completely before digging in. Well I will tell you, in the words of ‘Mater, ” to not to.” We only wait as long as is absolutely necessary before serving these up. If you are too impatient, which is the category I tend to fall into, you may serve up a gooey mess. That, in my opinion, isn’t all bad, BUT, for the sake of easy-serve, give them fifteen minutes to cool off.

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7 Layer Bars
Yields 9
A deliciously gooey and easy, classic dessert recipe that is ready to throw in the oven in minutes.
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570 calories
55 g
35 g
35 g
13 g
16 g
122 g
244 g
48 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
122g
Yields
9
Amount Per Serving
Calories 570
Calories from Fat 302
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
54%
Saturated Fat 16g
82%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 35mg
12%
Sodium 244mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 55g
18%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 48g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
29%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
20%
Iron
31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4.5 full graham cracker sheets, crushed
  2. 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. *1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  5. 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  6. 1 cup peanut butter chips
  7. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  8. 1/2 cup toffee bits
  9. 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  10. 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place crushed graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter into a greased 8x8 pan. Combine well, mixing by hand, and press into the pan to form the crust.
  2. 2. Next, layer all of the chips, in the order listed. Layer the toffee bits, then the coconut.
  3. 3. Evenly spread sweetened condensed milk over bars. Bake 25-28 minutes.
  4. 4. Let cool 15 minutes.
Notes
  1. *I'm not a big fan of butterscotch so I usually replace these with peanut butter chips.
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