Recipe Round-Up (More than a little delayed…)

hey there, Bakers Anonymous family. Umm. This is typically a Saturday event, but I was a tad bit busy. You see …

MY BEST FRIEND GOT ENGAGED! WEEEEEEEE.

I’m more than excited for her (freakin’ thrilled really), and cannot wait to start planning the wedding (I mean, helping to plan the wedding. Check my sweet wedding planning Pinterest board. I have refused to start one for myself because I think it’s ridiculous to plan non-existent weddings. But that’s just me).

So I was a tad bit distracted. And then there was her graduation party. And then there was Freelance Work Sunday.

And now there’s regular work Monday. But guess what? I found all of these awesome brownie-related recipes.

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made these amazing brownie truffles using pantry staples! And it’s no-bake. With the crazy, million degree-weather we’ve been having lately, why try to bake anything?

Ever heard of brownie batter bark? Well, now you have, AND you have the awesome recipe courtesy of Cookies & Cups.

If you’re looking to cool down, try these brownie sundae bonbons from Bakerella. She uses a delicious (but small) scoop of ice cream in the center and tops it off with a brownie. Keep these in your freezer for an instant bite of happiness.

A great dish to serve at your summer parties would be these Rolo brownie trifles. Layers of ice cream, brownies and the chocolate-caramel confection named Rolos combine to create the perfect warm-weather treat from Bakingdom.

And if you are in the mood for some baking, try Bakers Royale’s brownie sandwich cookies (with salted caramel creme filling!). Chewy brownies plus a simple creme filling make for a tasty, hand-held treat.

Stay tuned for our regularly scheduled Wednesday update!
– Niki 

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Saturday Recipe Round-up, Week 10

I don’t know about y’all, but the weather here in New Jersey was AWFUL. The sun was shining, the humidity was up and oh yeah. The air conditioning in my car decided not to work. I’m getting it fixed today, but seriously, I have never more appreciated ice packs than I have this week.

Please don’t ask.

So, I’ve been munching down on popsicles (only 15 calories! Like I care) and thanking God every time I step into my house that He saw fit to give me a home with central air conditioning. Thank you, Willis Haviland Carrier. If you were still alive, I’d be sending you Christmas cards and seasonal fudge.

With that sentiment in mind, even with the AC, there is no WAY I’m turning the oven on any time soon. But what’s a girl to do when she needs her favorite cookies, cupcakes and cakes?

She digs up these awesome no-bake summer recipes, of course!

These strawberry lemonade popsicles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen are made from real strawberries, which makes them even better than the ones I’ve stocked in my freezer. Now, if I could only find those popsicle molds . . ..

And oh, how I love pretzels. Even in the dead of summer, I could eat a box of Philly Pretzel Factory pretzel rivets and not care. I suppose that’s why I love these peanut butter pretzel truffles from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. In fact, I think I’ll be making these next week. With some mini chocolate chips. And I may or may not eat the unused pretzels.

No-bake cupcakes – are those even possible? Why, yes they are, according to theKitchn. Try these no-bake lemon cream and coconut icebox cupcakes with your own choice of fillings and toppings! They’re easily customizable and perfect for that cupcake taste you need, without all the work that comes with baking!

I’ve never made my icebox cakes with anything but whipped cream and chocolate, but this Oreo Icebox Cake from yumsugar adds in cream cheese and, of course, Oreos! Umm. Yes, please!

My personal favorite n0-bake recipe for this week is the skinny mint cookie from Busy Cooks. A chocolate wafer dipped in two different kinds of chocolate with Andes mints mixed in? Where do I sign up?!

And that’s the no-bake round-up for this week, folks. I hope you’re enjoy your weekend (and our cooled down weather) wherever you are. I’m off to make sure my car’s AC works again. 😀

– Niki

Saturday Recipe Round-up, week 9

My dearest Bakers Anonymous family, I can’t even begin to express how crazy of a week this has been. And it’s only Saturday.

Sure, I’m going to spend this day doing laundry and a million other miscellaneous things, but this one day, this Saturday for which I’ve been waiting the entire week is finally here. Thank you, Jesus. So, let’s check out some baked things.

Starting with the healthy stuff, check out this recipe for homemade granola from Krissy’s Creations. I do love granola bars (especially the ones from Sunbelt. Have you ever had those? There’s COCONUT in them. OMG, I die) and now I can easily make my own! What’s that? I hear applause for no preservatives. And this recipe lasts for a month! A MONTH!

Switching gears, how about some chocolate chip cookie dough billionaire bars from the BrownEyedBaker? Made with egg-free cookie dough, this bar is a multi-layered treat featuring shortbread crust, caramel, cookie dough and a chocolate glaze! Not for the faint of heart.

Have a birthday party coming up? Try making this “perfectly delightful” vanilla birthday cake from Sweetapolita. You can do any color variation and it will taste (and look) amazing!

Or, if you’re in the mood for just some delicious cake, use this chocolate chip banana cake recipe from Bakers Royale. It comes with cream cheese frosting! You know you want to. 😀

And, if you’re in the mood for banana cake, but don’t want the “guilt,” try one of these banana pudding cupcakes from Confessions of  a Cookbook Queen. It’s topped with mounds of fluffy, white frosting and filled with banana pudding. Umm, yes please.

I’m off to go to do laundry or maybe something else productive. Who knows? – Niki

Saturday recipe round-up, week 8

Ah, June. What do we here at Bakers Anonymous think of this month? Not much, to be honest. June is the herald of summer, our least favorite season. Unless you have primo air conditioning (like I currently do at my house), the desire to make baked goods is absolutely nowhere to be found. And while I love no-bake treats as much as the next person, sometimes you just want a chewy, fresh-baked cookie, you know?

These strawberry lemonade cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen perfectly express the summertime sentiments without bringing all the nasty humidity into your house. I just love the bright colored frosting!

Cookie Madness brings us this sour cream chocolate and butterscotch chip cake that is actually more of a loaf than a real cake, and requires no extra rising time. And did you notice that delicious-looking glaze on top? I did.

More summer madness is brought to you by Krissy’s Creations: red velvet funnel cake! Let that one sink in again – red velvet funnel cake. Mmm. I can smell the carnivals and farm fairs already.

If you don’t want to fry anything, let these baked confetti donuts take center stage at your picnic table. All you need is a donut pan (why, why, why don’t I have one of those yet?) and a jar full of sprinkles. The Sweet Life even baked them straight into the batter!

I love oranges and I love white chocolate chips, but I don’t love creamsicles. They just taste super nasty to me. Perhaps these pretty orange creamsicle cookies from Six Sister’s Stuff will taste much better than their ice cream counterparts? Here’s hoping.

Those are our early summer treats! Enjoy your first few days of June, everyone. I’m off to watch Snow White and the Huntsman. Mmm, Chris Hemsworth. Now he’s a tasty cookie I’d enjoy in any weather. 😉 – Niki

Saturday Recipe Round-up, Week 6 (evening edition)

Today was too lovely to stay at home watching TV and pretending to work like I usually do, so I went to my dad’s house (I call him Popsicle because I’m cool like that. You know, Pop-sicle? Cause he’s my pop? Yeah, moving on…) and went shopping for hours with my sister Brittany! She’s nineteen and we’re finally back to being the same size as the other. It was a lot of fun to be in the dressing room with her and pass dresses back and forth. If one dress didn’t look good on her, it did on me. It all works out in the end.

Except for jeans. Le sigh.

Anyway, hence the lateness of today’s recipe round-up. Usually I’m better about scheduling and writing, but this week was horrrrrrrriffic (thank you, after-commencement madness), so I took the evenings off to sit on the couch, cheer on the Phillies (love me some Hunter Pence, mmm mmm) and eat a lot of Dove chocolate.

It was so worth it.

We have a variety of delicious goodies for you today, starting with my personal favorite, a Coconut Cream Poke Cake from The Country Cook. Is there anything more perfect than a fluffy white cake filled with sweet coconut cream?

Even though I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, I think I could learn to love it with this Peanut Butter Fudge Cake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Aren’t Reese’s peanut butter cups magical? They can solve the world’s problems. Maybe all chocolate can. . . .

Speaking of solving problems, ever have a debate about what kind of toppings/fillings you should use in your baked treats? Never have an argument again with these Monster Cookie Bars from Bakers Royale. Very similar to those seven-layer bars of which everyone has her own version, these monster bars feature M&M’s, almonds and peanut butter cups.

If you’re craving something simple (and need about three dozen cookies), try these Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies from Krissy’s Creations. I’ve been meaning to try out browned butter in a recipe for some time now, and these cookies look like perfect medium!

I know I said the first one was my favorite, but this also counts! These Mini-Grasshopper Pies from Bakingdom look so adorable and are my long-awaited reason to purchase other liqueurs besides amaretto (I’m only slighted addicted to Disaronno). Also, I need to buy some tart pans. Or maybe I can use my lined cupcake pans? Hmm.

But that’s a thought for next week. Enjoy your Sunday, folks. It’s going to be another day of perfect weather in New Jersey.

– Niki