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

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