5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

You should read past this recipe; the post includes a bit of a surprise.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • One 20-ounce can apple pie filling

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Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

After hearing various people make general complaints about scrolling for hours to reach the recipe at the bottom of a blog post, I’ve decided to start with the recipe and follow with a story.  You can read my opinion about recipe locations below, and I would love to read your opinion in the comments!

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar (more or less to taste)

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Reese’s Cheesecake Dip

Reese’s Cheesecake Dip

Do you watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve?

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Banana Peanut Butter Pancake Bars

Banana Peanut Butter Pancake Bars

My favorite family tradition is Christmas morning breakfast.  We devour homemade waffles, bacon, and fruit before we open presents.  Christmas morning at our house is slow and peaceful.

If your family tends to have a more rushed Christmas morning, then this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast for you.  You can bake these pancake bars a night or two before and warm them in the microwave on Christmas morning.  They are dense, chewy, and slightly sweet, just like an extra-thick pancake.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of pancake mix + the extra ingredients listed on the package (water, eggs, milk, oil, etc.)
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare pancake batter according to the directions on the package.
  • Stir in cocoa powder, 2 tbs peanut butter, 1 banana (mashed), and the powdered sugar.
  • Pour batter into a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.
  • Microwave remaining peanut butter about 30 seconds, until drippy.  Use a spoon to pour peanut butter in a zig-zag pattern across the top of the pancake bars. 
  • Cut remaining banana into slices, and arrange the slices on the top of the pancake bars.
  • Bake pancake bars for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  • Let cool completely before cutting.
  • Eat and enjoy!

P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens for Fiesta Friday.

Mint Chocolate Pudding

Mint Chocolate Pudding

I love pudding.

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Whenever I whip up a box of powdered pudding, I know that I will eat the entire thing in one sitting.  It’s a habit, and it’s unavoidable.

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Creamy Spaghetti Squash, Tomato, and Bacon Casserole

Creamy Spaghetti Squash, Tomato, and Bacon Casserole

A few weeks ago, when spaghetti squash was $.39 / pound and cream cheese was $ .65 per box, I knew it was the perfect time to try a recipe that had been floating in my head for several months.

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Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter

PB Lover month

November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

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This recipe has been wandering through my mind for over a year now.  It would peek in unannounced, reside for a day or two, and disappear for a few weeks, only to return when I least expected it.  The combination is so unconventional that I feared giving the recipe a life outside my brain.  What if it doesn’t taste as good as I have imagined?

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