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I woke up the other morning craving some kind of peanut buttery desert.  I made this and ended up bringing them along as a treat at the movies *nerd alert!*

Everyone seemed to love them, AND the movie – Moonrise Kingdom – both were so good!


1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup butter – softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350.  Seriously, do that – I didn’t preheat the oven enough and it took my brownies forever to cook!

Cream together the peanut butter and butter. Add the sugars and vanilla and beat until creamy. Beat in the egg until light and fluffy.  My arm got tired after this step, so I made my roommate help me

Add the flour, baking powder and salt stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into a 9×9 greased pan and bake for 35 minutes.  As I said, mine ended up taking much longer – but you know it is one with you insert a toothpick and then middle and it only comes out with moist crumbs – no dough!


I got so caught up in putting these in baggies for all my friends and rushing off to the movie, that I forgot to take a picture of the finished product!

But, It looks pretty delicious just like that – don’t ya think??


This easy little treat I took to a gathering with friends and it disappeared.  Everyone there called it Crack Popcorn.  Even my health and fitness freak friend indulged in a few bites.


1 bag low fat microwave popcorn
1/2 cup peanut buter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Combine sugar and honey in a saucepan, bring to a rolling boil.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.  Add vanilla.

In a large bowl, pour the mix over the popcorn and stir together until mixed completely.

Spread onto a cookie sheet to cool.


I seriously think this is the most delicious thing I’ve ever made.  I can’t say that for certain, but it is DEFINITELY the best french toast I’ve ever had.

This is an overnight recipe,  So you have to prepare it the night before – but in the morning all you have to do is wake up and put it in the oven –  it’s so perfect for a lazy sunday!


1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp corn syrup
1 loaf French bread cut into thick slices
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of cinnamon


In a saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat until smooth, stirring occasionally.

Pour the mixture onto a large, greased pan. Spread around to cover surface. Place your slices of bread in a single layer to cover the sauce on the pan.

Mix together eggs, cream, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Then just spoon or pour that mixture completely over each piece of bread.

Cover and refrigerate overnight!

The next morning when you wake up all you have to do is bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.

As soon as I took it out of the oven I flipped each piece, so it didn’t stick to the pan.

Then I served it with whipped cream and fresh berries and it was heaven in my mouth!

NOTES:  I put this in the fridge and heated it back up a few days later, and it was still just as delicious as the first time – It wasn’t even soggy!