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Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tarts

Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tarts | Pale YellowI wanted to make a pie, so I searched my favorite pie cookbook for a recipe that struck my fancy.  I found one, but things didn’t quite work as  I expected.  The filling was all runny; the flavors were spot on, but the texture off.  Baking fail.

Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tarts | Pale YellowHere is take two; four mini tarts instead of one large pie plus twice the amount of cornstarch.  Success!

Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tarts | Pale YellowOreos are vegan, so a crust with Oreos and vegan butter is a breeze!  Cook some strawberries on the stove with a few extras until the mixture is thick and jam like.  Fill the crust.  To complete, whip up some coconut cream.  Vegan heaven my friends.

Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tarts | Pale YellowThe tarts are sweet and large, each one easily serves two.  The filling is fresh and springy.  You’ll never miss the dairy and other artificial ingredients (just ignore the artificial ingredients in Oreos…).  Strawberries scream of Spring and they are front and center in this dessert.  Vegan chocolate strawberry tarts are one of those desserts that seem complicated, but is actually easy.  In other words, it’s tart time!

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Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tarts
Adapted from Martha Stewart Pies and Tarts
Yield – 4  4” tarts (8 servings)

Crust
20 Oreos
3 dates
5 tablespoons vegan butter, melted

  1. Preheat to oven to 350 ˚F and generously grease your mini tart pans.
    Crush the Oreos into fine crumbs.  Blend the dates until a paste forms.  Mix the Oreos, date paste, and melted butter together until all the crumbs are moistened.
  2. Divided the crumbs evenly between the four tart pans and press firmly on the bottom and up the sides.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the crusts become firm.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Filling
1 quart strawberries
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
1/4 cup cornstarch
generous pinch of salt

  1. Take half the strawberries, core them, and chop them up.  Add the chopped strawberries, sugar, juice, cornstarch, and salt to a medium saucepan.  Cook and smash the mixture until it thickens into a paste.
  2. Slice the remaining strawberries and add the strawberry paste mixture.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.  Add to each tart and smooth over the top.  Freeze for several hours.

Finishing
1 can full fat coconut milk, Thai Kitchens Organic
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
splash of vanilla
Oreo halves and extra strawberries for garnish

  1. Separate the solid coconut cream from the liquid.  Add the coconut cream to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat until fluffy.  Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Remove the the tarts from the freezer and from the little tart tins.  Add the whipped cream to a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe a dollop on each tart.  Garnish with Oreo halves and more strawberries.
  3. Store in the fridge and try to eat within 24-hours, the crust gets soggy.Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tarts | Pale Yellow
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Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo CupcakeHere is a little peak into what I learned this weekend – I am not a party girl.  There were plenty of weekends in my early-mid twenties where I could stay out late for multiple nights in a row and be social for days.  Apparently not anymore and I am feeling it today.

Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes | Pale YellowNot that my “wild” weekend wasn’t worth it; it was a fantastic weekend.  And by wild I mean an all day spa service and champagne drinking type of situation.  Wild just got classy!  All those weekends of laying around and resting do not work as a banking system I can withdraw from when needed!  Needless to say, this is going to be a lazy week.

Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes | Pale YellowSometimes, when things are less busy, you want to make a cupcake with a lot of steps.  Lots of steps equals good times in the kitchen.  Sometimes you also need a small batch recipe that only yields six cupcakes.  These cupcakes were so tasty, I could’ve eaten twelve, but my pants can’t handle that situation!  Also, these cupcakes feature a new cooking method!  Those feel rare these days.

Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes | Pale YellowCaramelized white chocolate is a thing, an awesome thing.  Baking white chocolate until it becomes caramelized is super easy and changes the flavor of white chocolate from lackluster to spectacular.  All of a sudden the white chocolate has depth of flavor, nutty notes, and an amazing richness.  The possibilities for caramelized white chocolate are endless!

Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes | Pale YellowI made these cupcakes for Danielle because Jackie told me she liked Oreos and white chocolate; an excellent combination.  Think of this as a fancy-fied cookies and cream cupcakes.  The cake is rich and moist with a crunchy cookie on the bottom.  The frosting is sweet and flavorful.  As an added bonus, you can’t go wrong with caramelized white chocolate in the middle and drizzled on top.  These are definitely a special occasion cupcake or a cupcake to make an average day feel special!Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes | Pale Yellow

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Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes
Adapted from Love and Olive Oil
Yield – 6 cupcakes

Cupcakes
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons dark cocoa powder
3/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Oreos, divided

  1. Cupcakes – Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line your cupcake tins with liners.  Take three oreos and twist them in half, place half at the bottom of each liner, cream side up.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the milk, oil, egg, and vanilla until well combined.  In a medium bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet.  Mix until just combined.  Chop up the remaining 3 Oreos and fold into the batter.
  4. Portion the batter into each cupcake liner, about 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Let cool completely on a wire wrack.

Caramelized White Chocolate
8 ounces white chocolate, the bar kind, not the chips
1/3 cup coconut milk, full fat
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
extra Oreos for garnishCaramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes | Pale Yellow

  1. Caramelized White Chocolate Ganache – Reduce the oven temperature to 225 ˚F and cover a baking sheet with foil.  Chop up the chocolate and place it on the foil.
  2. Bake for about 15-20 minutes total, removing the chocolate every five minutes to stir the chocolate with rubber spatula.  When the chocolate turns golden brown stop.
  3. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until just warm.  Add the caramelized white chocolate and stir until well combined.  Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Frosting – Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and creamy, for about 2-3 minutes.  Add in the powdered sugar and salt and beat until fluffy.  Beat in 1/2 cup of the caramelized white chocolate ganache.
  5. Assembly – Carve a cone in the top of each cupcake and fill with 1 1/2-2 teaspoons of the caramelized white chocolate ganache.  Cut the tip off the cones and place the top back on the cupcake.  
  6. Add the frosting to a piping bag and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake.  
  7. Cut Oreos in half and place one half on each cupcake.
  8. Drizzle with the remaining caramelized white chocolate ganache over the top.
  9. Store in the fridge, but bring to room temperature before serving.Caramelized White Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes | Pale Yellow

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Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowSo I was sitting on my living room floor eating pudding and feeling bad for myself.  I had four bowls of pudding and no one to share with.  So I did what any regular almost-30-year-old would do and texted my former roommates lamenting my loneliness.  And I had no reason to feel lonely; I was finishing up tasks before Jackie picked up me up for drinks and dinner.

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowBut yet I still felt lonely; there is no way I could eat all the pudding myself.  Yes, the pudding was tasty, but one can only have so much pudding before one’s tummy would hurt.  Thanks Stacey!  That is strangest thing about living alone; there is no one to share anything with; literally or figuratively.  It’s strange to have to take the effort to invite people into your life.  I’m used to just writing, “eat me,” on a note and all my treats would be eaten up!

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowLiving alone isn’t all lonely; right now I have a sink full of dishes and it doesn’t matter!  My mess is in no one’s way except my own; a freeing thought.  I like being able to sit on the floor and eat pudding without anyone walking in on me.  I also feel more independent and adult-like.  I’ve had roommates since I was 18, college is over, it’s time for the next phase of my life.

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowI made this ice cream because I had egg yolks left over from the frosting of these cupcakes.  I wanted to make a classic ice cream flavor; but better and richer than the store-bough variety.  Luckily I was not stuck eating all the ice cream alone, I took some over to Jackie and Justin’s for dessert after a delicious dinner.  It’s great to share with friends.

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowCustard-based ice creams are simply the best!  They are creamy and sweet, without being overly so.  A bit of alcohol keeps the ice cream from freezing too hard.  Cookies and cream is delightful flavor.  I love all the pieces of Oreo throughout.  This is a flavor of ice cream you should definitely add to your freezer!

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowTwo Years Ago – Chocolate Cake with Salted Chocolate Buttercream – Wilton Class

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Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
Adapted from Table for Two
Yield – 1 quart

1 1/2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
5 egg yolks
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon whipped vanilla vodka
20 Oreo cookies, crushed

  1. In a medium saucepan add the half & half and sugar.  Split open the vanilla bean and add the seeds and bean pod to the saucepan.  Stir and heat and until warm.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks until pale yellow in a medium bowl.  Once the half and half is warm, whisk a little at a time into the egg yolks to temper them.  Now pour everything back into the saucepan.
  3. Add a pinch of salt; whisk and heat until the mixture thickens.  Strain with a fine sieve into a clean bowl and stir in the heavy cream and vodka.
  4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.  Also, place the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer.
  5. Add the ice cream to the ice maker and churn.  Crush the Oreos.  When the ice cream is almost done, add the Oreos.
  6. Freeze to harden completely.cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellow

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Slutty Cheesecake Bars

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Right now I’m going to write about something you don’t want to hear about – vacation hangovers.  It’s a true, sad, scary period of time post-vacation when you’re a little bit depressed the vacation is over and real life seems totally overwhelming.  I want a rum punch in my hand, sand in my toes, and the ocean in my ears.  Yes, I’m a brat.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}I always have such bad vacation hangovers.  It’s like I can’t handle sustained fun.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I’m sitting on the floor hiding in my room reading the 300+ blog articles I missed in the internet-free paradise known as the Dominican Republic.  So many posts in Feedly…

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Apparently everyone went crazy for blueberries in my six days without the internet.  I think I just saved 12 blueberry posts to comment on and pin later.  Also, does anyone subscribe to Thought Catalog?  I love the idea of the site and appreciate the many words of wisdom and hilarity, but sometimes it’s just. too. much.  Again, I’m a brat.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Let’s talk about happier things, like happy vacations and happy birthdays.  I made myself two birthday treats this year; one to post on the blog and one for my actual birthday celebration with my family.  I grew up with a pretty tight knit family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.  We celebrated every birthday and holiday together; there was basically a family get t0gether once a month.  I have been fortunate to have such an awesome and blessed life!

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Anyway, since I live in NYC and my whole family lives in Michigan, I miss almost all of the family parties, even my own.  This year, because of my cousin’s wedding, I was in Michigan to celebrate with her and to celebrate my own birthday!  I wanted to make myself something relatively simple and definitely make-ahead.  Slutty cheesecake bars are perfect in every way.  I also wanted to make these because a different cousin made slutty brownies for his wife on mother’s day; deliciously hilarious!

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Slutty cheesecake bars wonderful on so many levels.  Number one – I totally cheated and used pre-packaged cookie dough, yep, it happened.  Two, layer some Oreos on the pre-made dough and then pour on some cheesecake mixture.  Sprinkle with some crushed cookies, bake, and you’re done, easy peasy.  Three, slutty cheesecakes bars simply taste good!  Sweet, rich and delightful little bites in your mouth.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}One Year Ago – Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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Slutty Cheesecake Bars
Adapted from Baker’s Royale
Yield – 16 pieces (8 x 8” pan) or more if your mom makes you cut them small so everyone has a bite!

8-10 ounces chocolate chip cookie dough
16 + 5 oreos
12 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (1 1/2 boxes), room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 handfuls chopped whoppers, about 3 ounces

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line a 8 x 8” pan with foil.  Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Use about half the cookie dough (I could only find it in 16 ounces packages and used a little over half) and spread an even layer at the bottom of the pan.
  3. Press down and bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookie begins to set.
  4. Place 16 oreos on top of the baked cookie.
  5. In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla with a hand mixer until smooth.  Spread evenly over the oreos.
  6. Chop the 5 remaining oreos and whoppers; spread over the cheesecake.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes until the top browns.
  8. Let cool completely and then refrigerate.  Once cold, cut into squares and serve.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Look at the layers!

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Mudslide Pudding Shots

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}My vanilla pudding shots have been a huge hit on Pinterest, people love their boozy snacks with sprinkles!  Not only are pudding shots cute to pin, they are fun to eat and people instantly gravitate towards them.  A couple of years ago I made pudding shots a bunch of times after sampling them at a bachelorette party and love to bring them back out when appropriate.

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}Whenever you’re having a pudding shot, you’re having a good day.  I made these for the best day of the year – the last day of school.  We had a floor luncheon on the third floor and this is what I brought.  Please don’t be confused this lunch with the previous floor luncheon – that was on the second floor, this one was on the third floor!  Plus the room that hosted is one of the few with air conditioning, score!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}In case a mini pudding cup filled with booze isn’t enough excitement for you, we’re going to eat these shots with a cookie, yes a cookie!  There are few things in this world more delightful than an edable spoon.  Pro tip – ration your cookie spoon carefully so you have enough cookie to eat all the pudding.  Eat your spoon too quickly you’ll be forced to perform strange tongue tricks or use your fingers.  Careful now, the sharp plastic can cut your finger if you’re not gentle with your pudding eating.  Right Dean?

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}Anyway, these pudding shots will not disappoint anyone in the crowd.  They are boozy, chocolaty, and crunchy; there is nothing else you need in life.  The vodka and kahlua are definitely present in these little bites.  If you want to be the hit of the next summer BBQ, make some pudding shots!

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Mudslide Pudding Shots
Adapted from Vanilla Pudding Shots
Yield – 36

3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding
3/4 cup cold, whole milk
1/2 cup whipped vodka {you could use plain, vanilla, or whatever you have on hand}
1/3 cup kahlua
8 ounces cool whip, thawed
oreo crumbs for garnish
wafer cookies for spoons

  1. Set up the little cups in a baking pan for ease of movement.
  2. Whisk together the pudding and the milk until smooth.  Whisk in the vodka and kahlua.
  3. Fold in the cool whip until no white streaks remain.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a gallon-size bag and snip a small hole in one corner.  Squeeze a little pudding into each cup, about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Sprinkle with oreo crumbs if desired.
  6. Place the lids on each cup and place in the fridge or freezer to firm up.
  7. Serve with a cookie for a spoon!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Tracy of Shutterbean has a little phrase she often throws around on her blog – “Can’t stop, won’t stop.” and that is exactly how I feel about ice cream.  I literally ate all the rocky road ice cream single handedly and as soon as it was finished I whipped up a batch of this ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Even though I’ve had an ice cream maker for over a year, this is my first attempt at vanilla ice cream.  I’m kind of vanilla in many areas of my life but NOT when it comes to ice cream.  For example, my wardrobe is quite vanilla.  I favor solids and simple prints, cotton dresses and flip-flops.  Accessories are somehow really difficult for me.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Yet when it comes to ice cream and baked goods I’m all about accessories.  Plain vanilla ice cream – BORING!!  Luckily I had a quart of man whore bar trimmings in the freezer begging to be put into something wonderful.  You know when you’re trimming bars for a pretty presentation and you’re usually tempted to eat all the edges?  Well gather some self-control and freeze those bad boys for later use.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Trimmed edges make the BEST mix-ins for ice cream.  You’re eating a smooth, creamy, decadent ice cream and then BOOM, a delicious bite of an amazing baked good.  Waste not, want not – word.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Anyway, vanilla ice cream maybe a little boring, but throw in a little something special inside and you have yourself a marvelous, cold treat for the hottest days of summer.  You won’t regret your decision to mix all your leftover treats in your ice cream, trust me!

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Yield – 1 1/2 quarts

1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean
6 egg yolks
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whipped vodka
1 quart man whore bars, cut into small chunks

  1. Place the bowl of the ice cream maker in the freezer the night before.
  2. Heat the milk, 1 cup heavy cream, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan until simmering.  Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds.  Add the seeds and the bean pod to the simmering cream.
  3. Simmer for one minute and then cover with a lid.  Remove from the heat and let steep for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream and place the mixture back on the heat.
  5. In a medium bowl whisk the egg yolks.  Add the heated cream mixture to the eggs little by little to temper the eggs.  Once the eggs are warm, add them to the mixture on the stove.
  6. Heat and whisk until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  7. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve.
  8. Stir in the vanilla and the vodka.  Cool the ice cream base completely.  I usually cool in the fridge overnight.
  9. Churn the ice cream according the directions on your ice cream maker.  Once churned pour into a freezer safe bowl and then mix in the chopped man whore bars.
  10. Freeze until firm.

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Man Whore Bars

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}Teddy is my co-teacher and we share the best class ever.  And by best I mean the class that makes me want to pull all my hair out and lock myself in a padded room.  But somehow we’ve gotten through the year, only a few more days until the kiddos graduate, at least most of the kiddos.  Yesterday I bribed to kids to participate with cookies, store bought cookies, true story.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}Teddy’s actual birthday was in February and made him terrible vegan cupcakes, the ones people spit out.  I knew he was due for a redo, but it took me a while to figure out what to make to compensate for something so horrific.  Man whore bars – perfect!

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}I doubt Teddy is a man whore, but any male teacher gets to play the roll as we work in a female dominated profession.  Lunch most days consists of several ladies and one or two token men; they love it!

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}Man whore bars are a take on the slutty brownie.  Women need not be continually shamed for their practices while men get off without a second thought for their behavior.  What women do or do not do is no one’s business; slut shaming should stop especially when men can be sluts too.  All seriousness aside, here is the answer to a slutty brownie – a man whore bar with more layers of naughtiness.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}We start with a chocolate chip cookie dough bottom.  I chose store bought dough, which is a rare occurrence in my life, shocking I know, but I felt it justifiable.  Next is Oreos.  Oreos are round and leave gaps.  By cutting them in half and carefully arranging them, there is better coverage.  When Oreos are baked in bars or cupcakes they become softer and better.  Covering the Oreos in brownie batter ensured the Oreos would be perfectly soft and baked into the brownies.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}If you stopped here, you would have a perfectly lovely slutty brownie, but we’re not stopping, we’re taking things farther, too far even.  Chocolate and peanut butter?  YES!  Some gooey rice crispy treats to hold in the peanut butter cups?  Absolutely.  All that is needed is a little ganache to hold it all together.  Done.  Open your mouth and take a big bite.  It’s OK to be a whore, sometimes you need all the desserts at once!

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}One Year Ago – Strawberry Sparkler

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Man Whore Bars
Adapted from Baker’s Royale via Endless Simmer
Brownie portion from MMMMMM Brownies
Yield – 36 pieces (9 x 11 pan)

16 ounces chocolate chip cookie dough (you could make your own, but this is a 6 layer bar, buy if necessary, no guilt here!)
1 package Oreos
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon espresso powder
12 ounces (1 bag) semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
12 ounce bag Reese’s mini peanut butter cups
10 ounces mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups rice crispy cereal
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line a 9 x 13” pan with parchment paper and leave extra hanging over the sides.
  2. Press the cookie dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  3. Cut half the Oreos in half and line the outside of the pan with cut sides touching the pan.  Use the whole Oreos in the middle.  Set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan melt the bag of chocolate chips with 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon espresso powder.  Stir and heat until melted.
  5. Let cool slightly and then stir in the eggs one at a time.  Stir in the vanilla.
  6. Stir in the flour, soda, and salt until just combined.
  7. Pour over the Oreos and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the brownies are set.
  9. While the brownies are baking, unwrap and chop up the Reese’s peanut butter cups.
  10. Also make the rice crispy treats by melting the marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pot.  Stir in the cereal to coat
  11. Spread the Reese’s as evenly as possible over the hot brownies.  Things will get melty, but that’s fantastic!
  12. Press the rice crispy treats as gently as possible over the melting peanut butter cups.  The whole bar will feel soft, but keeping pressing and spreading as evenly as possible.
  13. Let the bars cool for about 20 minutes.
  14. To make the ganache, heat the cream until scalding and then pour over the 8 ounces of chocolate.  Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes and then stir to melt.  Stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter and salt.
  15. Spread over the top of the rice crispy treats.
  16. All the bars to cool and harden overnight in the fridge.
  17. Trim the rounded edges of the bars and then cut into pieces.  These are tall, dense, and rich pieces, so smaller pieces are better.  Let people eat two small pieces rather than not finishing a piece that is too large.
  18. Store in the fridge.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}

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