Bananas for a Saturday morning at ESPN Radio

Banana chocolate chip bars with brown butter frosting

I am filling in tomorrow morning at work and need a treat to bring in for my people. These are dense banana bars with chocolate chips and brown butter frosting. They are also made with melted white chocolate chips. I have done different flavored treat using melted white chips, so this time ibtried banana. I arrive at 6 am tomorrow morning, so breakfast will be served then.:)

Reminders – preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So it cycles to the right temp. Scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup to get the right amount. If you pour the flour directly into the measuring cup, it gets packed in and can dry out the bars.

Bananas = fruit= breakfast
  • Ingredients
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 -2 cups of chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a microwave safe bowl,melt white chips and butter in 45 second increments until you can stir smooth. Stir in sugar. Mix in eggs. Stir in bananas. Blend in flour. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread evenly into foiled pan. Bake 22 to 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center basically comes out clean. The edges will be a light golden brown. While bars are warm, make the frosting.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 plus cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Brown butter over low-medium heat (there will be little brown specs at the bottom. ) Remove from heat and pour into bowl. Cool 5 minutes. Add powdered sugar. Mix in cream and vanilla. Spread over warm bars. Cool completely and cut. Store in covered container.

See the little brown specs from the butter? 😋

Thank so much for stopping by today. I hope you know how much you matter and are loved. And remember to be kind. Your kindness may be just what someone struggling needs.

Red velvet Oreo bars with fudge topping

Red velvet Oreo bars with fudge topping

Today’s treat would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day really – red velvet Oreo bars topped with a fudge-like topping. Any flavor cake mix would be good, but I went with red velvet here. These are quite sweet, but are a huge hit when I have made them in the past.

So sweet!

Quick reminder – preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So your oven cycles to the right temperature when the bars go in. And don’t cook these longer than 15 minutes. Any longer, and they might dry out.

Yum!
  • Cake bars ingredients
  • 1 red velvet cake mix, 15.25 oz (around that size. You can also use another flavor)
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 2 eggs

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, combine cake mix, butter and eggs. Spray your hands with Pam,or moisten with water and press dough into prepared hand. Bake 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Is this velvet?😁
  • Fudge topping
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a sauce pan, over low-medium heat, bring butter, evaporated milk and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in chips until melted. Add vanilla. Let cool a few minutes. Pour over red velvet layer.

Voila!

Top with crushed oreos (you can crush them in a food processor or with a rolling pin. Or if you are made, you can smash them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin!)

Oreos make everything better

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with peace, joy and love. Remember to be kind. Your kindness may be the difference in someone’s day.

Hot cocoa brownies with fluff filling and topped with chocolate ganache and a squiggle!

Hot cocoa brownies

We spent this snowy Saturday shovelling, letting Gracie in and out approximately one million times, and watching hockey. Rob requested hostess cupcakes,so I did a little tweak – hot cocoa brownies, with hostess filling, chocolate ganache and a squiggle. The squiggle is never my forte. You can say the same for my decorating and picturing taking.

Topped with a squiggle (really it is a blob)

Reminders – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

  • Brownies ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled at room temp for 10 minutes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup hot cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. in a bowl, mix together melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely.

  • Filling ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Milk

Directions – in a bowl, blend butter and fluff well. Add vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar,slowly. Add milk, a tsp at a time, to get the consistency you want. Spread over cooled brownies

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – place chips in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat heavy cream just to a boil. Pour over chips. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir smooth. (If you need to, microwave mixture for 20 seconds and that should allow you to stir it smooth). Spread over fluff filling

  • Squiggle ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp milk

Directions – blend together well. Scoop into a plastic sandwich bag and cut out a corner. Now squiggle on top of chocolate layer! If you can do a squiggle, more power to you. My abilities only allow a blob. Store in covered container.

Week 2 Victory Treats

Oreo fudge topped brownies

The Bills got their first win of the season today in Miami, so victory Monday treats are in order. I went with fudge brownies topped with a fudgy frosting with crushed Oreos. A little over the top for only week 2, but I like to set the bar high.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking to make sure your oven heats up to the right temperature. Also, spoon your flour from your flour bag into you measuring cup so you get the right amount (and so the same with your baking cocoa)

All that chocolatey goodness!
  • Ingredients
  • 12 tbs butter (1 1 /2 sticks)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 /2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions -preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and chocolate chips in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Add sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Fold in flour, salt, and baking cocoa. Mix in chips. Mixture will be thick. Press into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center basically comes out clean. Cool completely.

  • Topping ingredients
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 6 tbs heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 oreos, crushed

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl,melt both kinds of chocolate chips with heavy cream in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Blend in powdered sugar. Fold in Oreos. Frost brownies. Cut into squares. Store in covered container.

Rob, my chief taste tester, decided the brownie needed some marshmallow fluff

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with all good things. And, remember to be kind. The world needs more kindness!

Triple Chip Blondies

Triple Chip blondies

I just returned from a reunion of sorts, at Geneseo. The pandemic cancelled the SUNY Geneseo reunion for a 2nd straight year, so my core group of friends and I held our own. Five of the seven of us were able to make it. Our friend Jeff, has a house in Geneseo, so he hosted. (Yay for science and vaccines making our gathering possible)! It rained the entire weekend, but we had a ton of fun, reminiscing and laughing. I am blessed to have them as a big part of my life after all these years. We have pretty much gotten together at least once a year every year since we graduated.

I got home and thought Rob might enjoy some blondies since he had to deal with Gracie solo! So here are triple chip blondies as a thank you to him.

I am cute,but exhausting!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour(scooped from your flour bag into your measuring cup)
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with Pam. In a bowl combine butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs, yolk and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes. Will see a little underdone, but that’s ok. If they bake too long, they will dry out. Let them cool completely (Rob did not do this, shockingly, before cutting them).

Hmmm, someone cut these while they were hot!

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you try this recipe. Wishing you peace, joy and love.

Red Velvet Milk Chocolate Chip cookies

Red velvet milk chocolate chip cookies topped with melted milk chocolate

I have made a lot, and I mean a lot, of chocolate chip cookie recipes lately. I have over 30 varieties in my recipe box, which helps me make them differently each time. But tonight, I wanted to mix it up. So, I thought I would try out a red velvet chocolate chip cookie recipe. A very large cookie, with milk chocolate chips… and top – powdered sugar and melted milk chocolate.

Reminders – 1) spoon you flour from your flour container into you measuring cups so you get the correct amount. 2) chill the mounds of dough for at least a few hours. 3) preheat your oven to 375 degrees for at least 20 minutes. 4) take the cookies out after about 15 minutes. They Will seem a little gushy, but will continue to cook on the cookie sheet as they cook down. And if they wind up too brown on the bottom, you can slather them with melted chocolate!

Too dark cookie bottoms? Cover with melted chocolate! No one will know!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbs red food color
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and food color. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Chill mounds of dough for at least a couple of hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies on sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle warm cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Store in covered container.

Look at all that melted chocolate

Remember to be kind. We are all gping through something. Life can be really hard some times. Give other people a break. Give yourself a break. Take a few deep breaths and remember How much you matter and are loved.

Browned Butter Blondies with chocolate chips

Are they still blondies if I added chocolate chips? ☺

I went with a twist on blondies by browning the butter, as opposed to just melting it. Browned butter gives a little different flavor, and a very, very good one at that. It is simple to make – just put it in a pan over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until you see little brown specs in it.

One reminder, don’t bake longer than 20 minutes or they will dry out. They will be just fine after 20 minutes, even,if they seem underdone.

Perfectly done!
  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, browned
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with tinfoil and spray foil with baking spray. Combine browned butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Mix in chips. Press into pan. Bake 20 minutes (no longer) cool completely. Store in covered container.

Panic treats

Graham cracker sugar cookie bar Smores

These are what I call panic treats – something that I whip up quickly when I fear the original amount of treats I have made to bring somewhere are not enough. (It’s a sickness, I know. But, I can’t be the only one who does this). I would rather bring too much, rather than too little. So these are Graham cracker sugar bar Smores. I wanted some wow factor, so I went beyond my sugar cookie mix. I tossed in some graham crackers, and topped the bars with marshmallow fluff and melted chocolate chips. Treats #4 for tomorrow for ESPN Radio

  • Ingredients
  • 1 sugar cookie mix
  • 1 cup crushed Graham crackers
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • Marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil. In a bowl, combine cookie mix, butter and Graham crackers. Press into bottom of the lined pan. Bake 15 to 17 minutes (edges will be lightly golden). Spoon some fluff on top of warm bars. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chips and oil in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Spread on top,of fluff layer and swirl together. Cut before chocolate layer hardens. Cool completley. Store in covered container.

Panic treats!

Sunday cookies

“I am nervous and we still have 3 hours to kickoff” cookies

As I continue to lose my mind with more than 3 hours to kickoff for the Bills-Chiefs game, I made cookies because I needed something to do. I made these using a sugar cookie mix, threw in some peanut butter, valentine red m&ms, and mini chocolate chips. Some are stuffed with oreos, others with a Reese’s peanut butter Cup. These will be victory Monday cookies if the Bills win, if not they, sadly, will merely be cookies.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 sugar cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup m&ms
  • 1/2 cup mini chips
  • Oreos, peanut butter cups

Directions- combine sugar cookie mix, egg, water, and butter. Blend in peanut butter. Mix in candy and chocolate chips. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and divide in half. Flatten one half, place oreo/reese’s on top. Flatten other half and place on top of oreo/reese’s. Seal edges. Chill a few hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 375 for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies will seem a little underdone. They should be lightly golden on the bottom. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Go Bills!

Celebrating a Bills playoff win with chocolate chip cookie bars!

Go Bills!

This magical season for the Bills continued with their first playoff win in 25 years! Was it easy? No! Was it stressful? yes! Did someone yell and scare the dog, over the late fumble that wasn’t? Also yes, but it was not me. The yeller in question did request victory chocolate chip cookies bars, so here they are. I have to add that I love having playoff football both days this weekend, all day. After a terrible week, having sports as a distraction is wonderful for a few hours

😋
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling on top

Directions – preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Cover an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, yolk and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips. Press into pan. Sprinkle extra chips,on top and lightly press in. Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Onto the divisional round!