M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies Recipe!

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Who needs a boyfriend this Valentines Day when you can have a brownie?! Or, in this case, a blondie! I’m one of those rarities known as a single lady who loves Valentines Day. My little odd family have a VDay tradition where we all choose a name out of a hat and get that person a super special gift and let them know (verbally or via the written word) why they’re so special to you. It’s like secret santa, but with cupid. And while having a special someone is lovely, thanks to my family tradition I’ve always felt like I can have an epic solo Valentines Day so long as I have friends and family who I love, and who love me back. So to celebrate the day of love, I got my hands on M&M’s® Red Velvet candy as well as DOVE® Promises and made a treat worth writing a sonnet about!

Blondies are the blonde cousin of the brownie. Sort of. Essentially, you don’t add cocoa to the mix, the consistency is thicker, and your flavor primarily comes from the brown sugar and vanilla. In all honesty they’re not a far stretch from the standard chocolate chip cookie (assuming you’re adding chocolate morsels of some kind into your blondie). Now, these would be fine without adding chocolate or any other garnishment, but it’s Valentine’s Day and I for one am not opposed to gilding the lily. So when I went to Walmart to pick up those new M&M’s® Red Velvet candies and DOVE® Promises I knew full well that these blondies were going to reach a new height of decadence.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

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After mixing all your ingredients together (butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla first) the batter/dough should have a thick cookie-batter consistency. Then you want to unwrap about 10 DOVE® Promises and roughly chop them, spread the batter on a buttered square brownie pan (I recommend you use aluminum foil), sprinkle the chocolate on top and then add on a fair amount of M&M’s® Red Velvet M&M’s on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 325 degree oven and you’re done!

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These sweet M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies are the ultimate way to say “I love you” – without having to break a sweat. I shared them with a few friends & classmates, as well as my family. The M&M’s® Red Velvet candy add such festive color to these blondies, as well as that hard shell ‘crunch’. I prefer the sweetness of milk chocolate, but you can also or alternately use dark chocolate DOVE® Promises.

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M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (½ cup) of unsalted butter, melted
  2. 1 cup of light brown sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  5. 1 cup of all-purpose flower
  6. 1 bag of DOVE® Promises
  7. 1 bag of M&M’s® Red Velvet M&M’s
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  2. Add in the flour to your butter & sugar mixture, folding it in until it’s just combined.
  3. In a buttered square brownie pan, spread your blondie mix. The mixture should be thick, like cookie dough, so you’ll want to get every last bit.
  4. Roughly chop 10 DOVE® Promises and sprinkle on top along with as many M&M’s® Red Velvet candies as you like.
  5. Put in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden along the outermost edges. Cool & enjoy!
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You can pick up a bag of M&M’s® Red Velvet M&M’s at Walmart – they have a massive Valentine’s Day selection right now!

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Our Big Game Treat? Snickers & Chips Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Football season has since been underway in my house – which means game time, and game time – of course – means snack time! One of my favorite every-day treats has got to be chocolate chip cookies. It’s a classic treat that everyone loves, no one can resist the allure of a good CCC. So in honor of football season, I thought I’d up my game (sorry, I had to) and take my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and make it just a little more of a winning treat!

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First I stopped to pick up supplies for our game day celebration from Walmart in the form of Mini SNICKERS®, a SNICKERS® 12pk, and Starburst® FaveREDs! I know, it’s just an abundance of good things. The Starburst® were piled up in a little bucket – for easy picking – while I took my Mini SNICKERS® into the kitchen with me to make these SNICKERS & Chips Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies! If you need the recipe quickly, you can just skip to the bottom, otherwise here’s how you make these decadent and game-worthy cookies:

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You want to mix your dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. This recipe is so easy though that I’d say you only need two bowls and a spoon. I broke my hand blender the day I made these and was able to make them just using a spoon.

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Next, you’ll mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, combine until the batter (or dough) is smooth. Next you’ll fold in your chocolate chips and refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes to an hour.

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Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and using a ice cream scoop, or spoon, spoon out your batter onto a cookie sheet leaving a generous amount of space between each cookie as they will spread. Next, take your Mini SNICKERS® and add 1-2 pieces to the top of each cookie. Then take a handful of chips and crumble them, adding pieces to the top of each cookie. The chips give the cookie great texture and play up the saltiness of the peanuts in the SNICKERS® which contrast really well with the sweetness of the cookie as a whole. Finally, put in the oven and bake for 10-15minutes or until the bottoms of the cookie appear light golden brown.

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Tah-dah! These SNICKERS & Chips Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are crazy amazing. If you love having a little bit of salty with your sweet then you’re going to love these. Plus, the caramel from the SNICKERS really help to bring this cookie to another level.

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SNICKERS & Chips Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ⅓ cups of All-Purpose Flour
  2. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  3. 2 tsp Cornstarch
  4. ½ tsp Salt
  5. 1 ½ Sticks of Butter, melted
  6. 1 cup Brown Sugar
  7. ½ Cup Sugar
  8. 2 Large Eggs
  9. 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  10. 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  11. 1 Bag of Mini SNICKERS
  12. 1 Bag of Potato Chips (I recommend original, ridged chips)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing together until no clumps are left. Fold in the chocolate chips, cover the bowl, and place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spoon out your cookie dough onto your cookie sheet – I usually cover it parchment to prevent sticking. Insert 1-2 mini SNICKERS into each individual cookie, and breaking apart your chips in your hand, generously sprinkle the chip pieces over each cookie.
  5. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until just light golden brown on the bottom. Cool and enjoy!
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I’ve shared my my game day recipe with you! I’d love to hear what you plan on making for the Big Game! Leave a comment below.

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A Morning at Chelsea Market…

I’ve been going to Chelsea Market for ages, and by “ages” I mean since I was in high school. Home to Food Network production studios and a handful of other media companies, you’d be surprised I’ve never actually seen a Food Network personality in all the times I’ve been to Chelsea Market. I’ve seen them elsewhere around the city, but never in Chelsea Market. Anyways, I recently spent an early morning there with my sister and I was pleased to find Chelsea Market as open and familiar as always.

Our first stop was Eleni’s, which is my most recent obsession. I always thought that they were kind of overpriced, but now I’m pretty quick to plunk down $4 for my ideal “with tea” cookie – plus, they’re always wonderfully decorated!

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Next stop was Amy’s. Oh how I love Amy’s – and probably always will. Amy’s can do no wrong in my book, and if they do I usually chalk it up to the rule of probability. I forgot what I ordered, but I’m sure it was delicious.

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An arch of lights! Very pretty and whimsical – well done Chelsea Market!

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Next! Chelsea Market Baskets Emporium where we took a dozen blurry pictures of fancy hot cocoa, bought the worst tasting champagne truffle ever (at least it was cheap), and took pictures of random objects like proper tourists would. Good times, good times.

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We also swung by that Italian goods place where I couldn’t tell if everything was really rare and limited supply and therefore special or if they were just old products and we were being duped into thinking that we were in the mothership of imported Italian stuff. Either way, I’d love to go back. I can never resist the allure of anything Italian. Welllll, that’s not true but this isn’t a post about politics.

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I finally, finally, got around to stopping by Liddabit Sweet’s. Yup, that’s right, four years late and a dollar short – that’s me! They are as good and friendly as the zillion articles and posts about them suggest, my sister is dying to try every bar they can come up with and I’ll be happy to join her.

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We finally ended our morning when Fat Witch opened their just cleaned doors to the public at 9am. We know that their doors were just cleaned because we faceplanted on the other side while waiting for them to open the doors to brownie goodness. We were not disappointed and the lady behind the counter wasn’t either – we really were just as crazy about her brownies as we looked.

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P.S. Just kidding about all that faceplanting stuff, we usually act like George in the soup nazi’s shop when ordering. All respect, not a dwindling hair out of place. What? Whaddya mean NO BREAD?!

Cape May: The Original Fudge Kitchen

The Original Fudge Kitchen is located pretty much anywhere convenient along the Jersey Shore. Still, I’m really partial to the one located in Washington Street Mall. It’s not that the other ones are worse, it’s just that I have fond memories of grabbing samples from that location since I was a little girl.

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I’m not even going to mince words with you here – The Original Fudge Kitchen has the best fudge. Ever. My sister and I polished off about two pounds between the two of us during our week-long stay at the shore. There was something so magical about evenings spent staying across the street from the beach, watching old black and white films, and gorging ourselves on delicious fudge. Those are the kind of memories that I’m going to carry with me forever.

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Our first couple of days in we decided to pick out a pound of fudge. You get about 8 pieces in a pound. She chose plain chocolate and vanilla chocolate chip, while I went for Rocky Road. I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking here ;)

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They’re all so good, I just can’t imagine going to Cape May and not buying up some of The Fudge Kitchen’s fudge. Rocky Road is my all-time favorite, but all the other flavors I’ve tried are equally as addictive. We ended up bringing home an additional two pounds for the rest of our family.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, I definitely recommend their fudge – plus, they have an overwhelming variety for you to choose from. And if you’re not hitting the Jersey Shore anytime soon, you can actually buy their fudge online! We’re already planning on buying some for the holiday season!

If you have any questions about my Cape May experience, be sure to leave a comment below!

#WorldsLargestBakeSale with Sandra Lee hits NYC! #cbias

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This past Wednesday I headed out to support No Kid Hungry and the Food Bank of New York City at Sandra Lee’s (Food Network) World’s Largest Bake Sale! The bake sale was being held in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central, and featured a slew of celebrity guests as well as about 30 of NYC’s finest restaurants and confectioneries  I knew it was going to be a hit, but I was totally unprepared for the crowds of people waiting to get their hands on some treats!

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The lined looked pretty daunting, but as in NYC, things moved surprisingly fast. You had to get stamped to get in, and every item being sold was $5 each – with proceeds going to the No Kid Hungry campaign and the Food Bank of NYC.

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Fat Witch Brownies and Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar were present!

You guys know I’m already a massive fan of Fat Witch brownies, so I was more than eager to get my hands on some. For $5 Fat Witch had a stack of three mini brownies wrapped prettily up in cellophane and ribbon.

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I also got my hands on both a passion fruit cupcake and a champagne cupcake – it was super crowded so I was thankful for the spill-proof packaging.

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My favorite purchase was probably the caramel s’more tartlette from River Cafe – it was so pretty, totally worth every penny, and tasted so good! I feel like this event was not just a great cause, but it also was such great publicity for all the restaurants involved – I’ve discovered so many great places, and am determined to at least take my mom to the The River Cafe!

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Many of my family members have altruistic professions, and my mom brought me up believing that you absolutely must give back. I love to volunteer and donate regularly – so helping to support a worthwhile cause like that of No Kid Hungry and the Food Bank of New York City – which is to combat childhood hunger – was a no-brainer, especially when all I had to do to show my support was to purchase loads of sweet treats, lol!

At the Worlds Largest Bake Sale I ended up spending $45 on everything from cupcakes to macarons and brownies. While that may seem like a small contribution, $5 is equivalent to 50 meals, and in a country where an estimated 16 million children go to bed hungry every night – even our smallest efforts can make a difference.

I loved how many fellow NY’ers turned up to support No Kid Hungry, now you can show your support too! From now until May 31st, Kmart will donate $1.00 to Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry (up to $10,000) every time you spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, or share a Sandra Lee recipe card with friends and family.

To find out more about how Kmart and Shop Your Way are supporting the Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, check out the links below:

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Fat Witch Brownies NYC

I’ve always been a sucker for a good brownie. However, despite my impressive cookin’ skills the only person in my house who can throw down a good brownie is my older sister. Unfortunately, she didn’t like the last time I tried to chain her down to the kitchen stove and force her to make me a mountainous heap of chocolately treats. Alas, I’ve had to turn to alternate sources of sugar income. Luckily, NYC is choc-full of places to satiate my brownie cravings. My most favorite of them is Fat Witch Bakery.

Located in Chelsea Market, Fat Witch’s legendary brownies are the stuff of dreams. My personal favorite is the turtle witch – a super rich brownie with pecans and a heavy helping of caramel. Their store, in a prime foodie location, is the epitome of simplicity. No heavy branding or wild colors are needed here to draw in customers- the product speaks for itself.

Having enjoyed the fruits of Fat Witch, I would totally encourage any NY’er or visitor to stop by their store- it’s the only place where you can get their fresh bakery brownies (these aren’t advertised on their website, so you can’t get them any place else). My recommendations are the turtle witch, caramel witch, the original fat witch, and the walnut witch. They’re the perfect brownie- dense, sweet, decadent, chocolately, yum.

Don’t live in NYC, and not heading here any time soon? That’s okay- Fat Witch ships! Every brownie ships ready to eat- and contain no preservatives! They also have a cookbook- which I can personally vouch for. I’ve tried brownies made with their recipe book- they are amazing and taste just as good as the ones in store. A used copy costs around $7 on amazon.