Semi-Homemade S’mores Brownies

Smores Brownies Sometimes I’m lazy.

Sometimes I don’t feel like making things from scratch.

Sometimes I bake goodies from a box. GASP!

But here’s the thing – I don’t ever follow the directions. I like to get all fancy with my boxes of brownie or cake mix. Some call it cheating, while I prefer to think of it as bake-hacking.

I actually haven’t spent a lot of time in the kitchen lately, so I had a baking itch. I wanted to bake something fun, but not so overwhelming that every dish in my kitchen would need washing in the process.

So S’mores Brownies it was… But from a box because lazy.

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Guinness Brownies with Peanut Butter Buttercream

My love for Guinness has been long documented across the internet.

Whenever I travel, I make it a point to have a Guinness. It’s interesting to see how different it tastes in different places (I also do this with McDonalds). Obviously, the best Guinness is in Ireland, and I was lucky enough to visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin a few years ago.

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White Chocolate Chip Cherry Blondies

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Whole Foods Market. Don’t hate me. Ingredients can get expensive.

White Chocolate Blondies

Serious question – How is it almost August? Wasn’t it just May, like, last week? Regardless, I hope this pace keeps going because I’m over the summer heat and ready for fall. One of the only good things remaining about summer is cherries. Who doesn’t love cherries? Granted, I prefer mine soaked in alcohol, but to each her own. When the lovely people at Whole Foods Market asked me to create a recipe featuring their fantastic cherries, I immediately brainstormed these white chocolate chip cherry blondies.

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Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

The other day I asked Austin his favorite kind of cake. In typical guy manner, he responded with some nonsense about how he didn’t really have a favorite (Mine is Red Velvet. Shocking, I know). How do you not have a favorite kind of cake? Seriously. I don’t get it. I understand that cake is amazing and it’s all just so good, but you have to have one kind that really does it for you more than the others. Whatever. Men. Anyway…

In my mission to make him the perfect birthday cupcakes, I wavered between Guinness Chocolate Stout Cupcakes and Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes and many ideas in between.

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The Easiest Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Pumpkin Spice Loaf Cake

What would you do if I told you that you could make an amazing pumpkin loaf cake with two ingredients? It’s cool, I’d laugh at me too. In fact, I laugh at myself a lot. I think it’s one of my better qualities. But I digress…

I’ve been making this recipe for years, and whenever I do, I get so many compliments on it. “Why yes, I slaved over this amazing baked good for HOURS…” Or not. For the effort required, this final product is astounding. Try it next time you need something quick. I promise it will not disappoint! It’s also fantastic as muffins – just be sure to change the baking time accordingly.

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Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats

Oh hi there, October. Where did you come from? Seriously, where did the past year go? A year ago today, I started my new job! I know I’ve rambled recently about how much my life has changed in a year, and sometimes I still can’t believe how lucky I am.

You know what else makes me feel lucky? Living in a world where Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats exist.

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