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Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad

This Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad is one of my new favorites! In my opinion, there is nothing that has the ability to spice up a family dinner quite like a fruit or jello salad. This would be a great addition to the table for Mother’s Day this Sunday. A lot of these types of salads are pretty much dessert, but I just pretend they’re not to justify eating dessert after the meal as well 🙂 The way I see it, if you eat enough, you will totally get a serving of apples. 

My adoration of the combo of Oreo’s and peanut butter came around the time the Lindsay Lohan version of “The Parent Trap” came out. It is still one of the most loved movies of my childhood! I was only about six or seven when my older sisters and I rented it on the Dish. We made a VHS recording of it and I watched that movie over and over and over and over and over. For years.

Remember the part where Hallie teaches Annie to dip Oreo’s in peanut butter? I started doing it too and have loved it ever since! I give that movie partial credit for the fact that Peanut Butter Oreo’s are now my favorite rendition of the cookie. I have been wanting to try incorporating peanut butter into a fruit salad for a while. So when I found this gem of a recipe over at Something Swanky, with peanut butter AND Oreo’s, I knew I would love it. She wrote it as a variation on Snickers Apple Salad- which is fabulous as well!

Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad from butterloveandcowboys.com

Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad from butterloveandcowboys.com

Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad from butterloveandcowboys.com

Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad from butterloveandcowboys.com

Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad from butterloveandcowboys.com

With only My Cowboy and I in our household, I don’t make salads like these very often because it is so hard for the two of us to get through an entire batch. So they are kind of a special occasion type of deal for us. I love to make them when I get the chance to feed a group of people that can help us eat it all. My sister and her family visited us a while back. This meant I had enough people to help us power through this delicious Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad! Not that it was a very difficult task by any means. I think My Cowboy and I almost could have eaten this salad entirely on our own 🙂

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Oreo Peanut Butter Apple Salad
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3415 calories
479 g
29 g
153 g
65 g
56 g
1754 g
2917 g
346 g
0 g
85 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1754g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3415
Calories from Fat 1326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 153g
235%
Saturated Fat 56g
280%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 29g
Monounsaturated Fat 56g
Cholesterol 29mg
10%
Sodium 2917mg
122%
Total Carbohydrates 479g
160%
Dietary Fiber 36g
143%
Sugars 346g
Protein 65g
Vitamin A
23%
Vitamin C
57%
Calcium
69%
Iron
145%
* 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. 3.75 oz vanilla pudding mix
  2. 1 1/4 cup milk
  3. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  4. 8 oz Cool Whip
  5. 4 apples
  6. 20-25 Oreo's, chunked
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mix. Let thicken a couple minutes. Place peanut butter in a small, microwave-safe dish and microwave about twenty seconds, until melted, but not hot. Mix into the pudding. Fold in Cool Whip. Cut the apples into chunks and incorporate in the pudding mixture. If not serving immediately, place in the fridge for 1-2 hours. This isn't necessary, but will give time for the flavors to combine. The Oreo's get mushy pretty fast, so I prefer to wait to fold them in until right before I serve the salad. When you are ready to add the Oreo's, break them into large chunks and add them to the salad! Drizzle with hot fudge, or Hershey's Syrup and melted peanut butter if desired. I also like to garnish it with a few extra Oreo's. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Recipe lightly adapted from Something Swanky.
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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.

 

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

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.

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

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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protein
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carbs
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No-Bake

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce from Butter, Love, and Cowboys

Last weekend, we made the trek up to Montana for Easter. My mom made Pioneer Woman’s Caramel Apple Pie for Easter dessert. Now let me tell you, I am NOT a pie fan. Call me crazy but I do not believe pie crust belongs in any dessert. Pie crust is wonderful with chicken pot pie or other dinner food, but I detest it with anything sweet. That pie though. I still swoon when I think about it. The best part, aside from the buttery crumb topping, was definitely the caramel sauce. It left such an impression on me, I just HAD to whip up a double batch this weekend.

This Caramel Sauce has been making me so happy that I have been thinking of ways to put it on almost every treat I have been consuming. A drizzle here, a drizzle there. Who am I kidding? I don’t just drizzle, I drench. Honestly though, I think my favorite way to eat it is warmed up and straight from the jar. Last night I finally had a bite of ice cream with a spoonful of caramel sauce. It was fantastic as well. Thank you Pioneer Woman. Thank you.

Caramel Sauce from Butter, Love, and Cowboys

Caramel Sauce from Butter, Love, and Cowboys

Caramel Sauce from Butter, Love, and Cowboys

This recipe is super easy too. When it comes to dessert sauces, I typically prefer they are a thick-ish consistency. The original recipe was more runny so I boiled it in an attempt to reach my desired consistency. It worked great- not so think you have to slab it on, but thick enough it sticks and oozes all over whatever dessert you choose to put it on.

Recipe adapted from the Pioneer Woman.

Caramel Sauce
A buttery and flavorful Caramel Sauce. It will be your new go-to dessert topping!
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3047 calories
439 g
443 g
147 g
5 g
93 g
746 g
996 g
429 g
4 g
45 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
746g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3047
Calories from Fat 1296
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 147g
227%
Saturated Fat 93g
465%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 40g
Cholesterol 443mg
148%
Sodium 996mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates 439g
146%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 429g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
93%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
52%
Iron
18%
* 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 brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup salted butter
  3. 3/4 cup cream
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Melt together over medium-low heat. Whisk to combine well. Bring to a rapid boil. Boil 3 1/2- 4 minutes. Once it cools off a few minutes, if it still is not as thick as you would like, boil 2-3 minutes longer or until desired consistency is reached. Store in the refrigerator. Serve warm over ice cream or any other sweet thing you would like!
Notes
  1. Yields about 2 cups.
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No-Bake

Monster Cookie Dough Dip

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Monster Cookie Dough Dip

Guys- this dip. I love it! Monster Cookie Dough Dip is a fantastic combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Plus we are cookie dough lovers around here. For some reason any cookie dough containing oats is particularly addicting to My Cowboy and myself. There are a lot of dessert dip recipes out there that are super delicious, but this is the favorite of the ones I have tried. 

Monster Cookie Dough Dip from www.butterloveandcowboys.com

The first time I made this was Halloween night. I traded the M&M’s for Reese’s Pieces to give it more of a fall/Halloween twist. Any recipe with the word “Monster” in it is totally Halloween worthy right? 

Monster Cookie Dough Dip from butterloveandcowboys.com

Now the Oreos. Oreos are our favorite thing to lather with Monster Cookie Dough Dip, but graham crackers are tasty as well.  Even fruits, like apples and bananas would be great to dip with. Someday I may even try eating it with homemade cookies!

Monster Cookie Dough Dip from butterloveandcowboys.com 

 Monster Cookie Dough Dip from butterloveandcowboys.com

 

  Monster Cookie Dough Dip from butterloveandcowboys.com

Another great thing is that this recipe is so QUICK and EASY to whip up!

Recipe lightly adapted from: Something Swanky and The Girl Who Ate Everything

Monster Cookie Dough Dip
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6582 calories
648 g
533 g
400 g
149 g
163 g
1398 g
2475 g
404 g
4 g
196 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1398g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6582
Calories from Fat 3448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 400g
615%
Saturated Fat 163g
816%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 60g
Monounsaturated Fat 136g
Cholesterol 533mg
178%
Sodium 2475mg
103%
Total Carbohydrates 648g
216%
Dietary Fiber 56g
224%
Sugars 404g
Protein 149g
Vitamin A
175%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
103%
Iron
180%
* 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. 8 oz cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  3. 2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 1 cup peanut butter
  6. 1/4 cup flour
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  9. 2/3 cup M&M's OR Reese's Pieces
  10. 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  11. 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth and soft. Add the peanut butter and butter. Beat until creamy. Add vanilla and mix. Add powdered sugar, brown sugar, and flour. Mix well. Mix in oats. Fold in the M&M's or Reese's Pieces, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. Serve with Oreo's, graham crackers, pretzels, fruit, or cookies. Keep refrigerated.
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protein
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carbs
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