Snickers Dip

I love dip, I love to dip things, I love everything about dip…so when I stumbled upon this recipe for a DESSERT dip…that included some of my favorite things, I had to try it!


I actually made this for a party and everyone loved it!!!!    I had made the dip earlier in the day and decorated with the pretzels and put it in the fridge until we were ready to leave.  The decorative pretzels were very soggy when it came time to serve it.  So I’d either warn your taste testers or not put the pretzels in the bowl until right before you are going to serve!


It was so easy and got rave reviews!!!


Snickers Dip


Ingredients:


2 packages of cream cheese, softened (8 oz. each)

1 container of Cool Whip

1/4 cup brown sugar

6 Snickers bars, chopped



Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer.   Chill overnight.  Serve with pretzels, graham crackers or anything else you’d like to dip!!!!  I added some chocolate shavings on top too!

ENJOY!!

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~gianna~

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S’more Pizza

I needed a dessert for our Super Bowl Party (I know…that was a month ago) and stumbled upon THIS  recipe from Guy Fieri @ The Food Network in my search.  While it looked delicious,  my husband nor Olivia were sold on the pizza dough crust.  My husband (believe it or not) said, “Wouldn’t that be so much better without the pizza dough….maybe you should use chocolate chip cookie dough instead!”   I thought it sounded perfect either way, but had to keep the troops happy….

I did think it’d be way too chocolaty and sweet for my taste buds, so I convinced them to let me do sugar cookie crust instead!   Everyone agreed and we had our Super Bowl party dessert!    While it was very sweet, even with the sugar cookie crust, it was amazing for any sweet tooth!  Make this SOON!!!!  Next time I make this I am going to try it with the pizza dough!

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1 batch of sugar cookie dough.  Homemade or store-bought.

2 TBSP unsalted butter

1/2 sleeve graham crackers (broken into crumbs)

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups mini marshmallows

3 large Hershey chocolate bars — broken into 1/4 inch pieces

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Make cookie dough.

Roll and push into 12″ round pizza pan )making sure you get it as thin as you can without breaking through.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

While it’s cooking,  melt butter in a skillet and add graham crackers.  Cook for 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside.

 When cookie crust is done remove from oven and scatter marshmallows and chocolate pieces. 

Return to oven for approx. 5 minutes or until marshmallows are brown and toasted.

Remove and top with graham cracker crumbs evenly over pizza.

Let sit for a few minutes, slice and serve.

 ENJOY!!!!

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~gianna~

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Here is a post from a few years ago when the NY Giants were in the Super Bowl…it was worth carrying over here for a great super bowl dessert to bring to a party or serve to your family.  Well…it’s really a good dessert for anytime!

I finally had the kitchen all cleaned up from dinner last night, when I got a text from a friend of mine saying her daughter was sick, and my oldest couldn’t go over and play today.  I knew I’d have a disappointed 6 year old after school, because she was so excited to go to her friend’s house.   I decided we’d have a fun afternoon and night at home….early dinner, a board game or 2 and a family movie…..and obviously we’d need to bake a yummy dessert!   But what should we bake???  We did cookies a few days ago and they didn’t turn out how I’d planned…..but we needed something different!  I went through a bunch of blogs I follow and a bunch of recipes I have saved (for rainy days….or when I have a sad kid on my hands that needs cheering up), but nothing was jumping at me!   I wondered over to Fake Ginger (the genius behind the pretzel bowls) to see what kind of yummy desserty recipes she might have (I hadn’t gotten a chance to browse her recipes yet) and found one that JUMPED!   And boy did it jump!

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE Red Velvet anything…..cake, cupcakes, cake balls, alcoholic beverages…you name it, I want it!   And it’s funny because I DON’T like chocolate (for shame, I know!) And red velvet is chocolate cake with red food coloring…well more or less.  Aside from the cocoa powder — I don’t see the similarity (or taste it).   I also am slightly obsessed with cream cheese…and cream cheese frosting is one of my most favoritest things on Earth.  So this recipe JUMPED!  And my girls and I jumped right on it!    I also think it would be a fun dessert to make for a Super Bowl party!  IMG_0062

It was very simple, and my kids enjoyed making them with me.  It helps that red is Olivia’s color and Ava’s 2nd favorite color!   They also enjoyed swirling the batter with a toothpick!

These were very delicious, and looked beautiful!  A bit on the rich side, but red velvet cake is known to be more rich and heavy…so that was fine with me!   It’s amazing how this recipe makes the red velvet much more brownie-like. , though!    My husband (the sweetest tooth in the house) who we had to hide them from……really liked them, once we let him get his hands on them!  A definite recipe we will keep for a long time!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

(Fake Ginger)

 Ingredients

For brownie layer

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup cocoa powder

pinch of salt

1 Tbsp red food coloring (I used liquid, probably should’ve used gel or powder like the originator said).

1 tsp.  white distilled vinegar

2 eggs

3/4 cups flour

 

For cream cheese layer

8 oz. cream cheese — softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/8 tsp vanilla

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.  Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or butter generously.  

Melt butter. 

In large bowl add butter, sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring and vinegar and stir to combine everything.   

In separate bowl, whisk eggs.  

Add eggs to the butter mixture slowly and whisk constantly.

Fold the flower into the mixture, being careful not to over mix.

Reserve 1/4 cup of mixture.

Pour remaining batter into prepared pan.

 

In stand mixer beat cream cheese until soft.  

Add sugar, egg and vanilla; beat until combined.

Gently spread the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter in pan.

Dollop the remaining batter (1/4 cup you reserved) onto the cream cheese layer.  

Drag a toothpick or knife through the batter to create swirls.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cream cheese is set. 

Let cool completely on wire rack before cutting.

The flag was added for a Superbowl Party when the Giants were in it a few years ago!

The flag was added for a Superbowl Party when the Giants were in it a few years ago!

 

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