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Banana Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

 Banana Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting via The Baker Chick

You guys are in it for the pictures and recipe right? I mean I’m sure some people read what I write, but I don’t blame you for skimming my actual post and just checking out the goods- I’m guilty of it sometimes too. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m exhausted from a little nugget who got up at 4 AM today and I’m a bit brain dead- for that reason I’m going to keep this brief. :) Banana Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies

 Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies via The Baker Chick

I’m always on the hunt for festive Valentine’s Day recipes that don’t necessarily require pink and red food coloring to be involved. I’m not opposed to it don’t get me wrong, but it’s nice to have the option of a more natural looking treat that still packs a festive punch. These cookies are not only a favorite for their winning flavor combo and perfect cookie texture, but they’re just so darn cute aren’t they? Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

 Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via The Baker Chick

Is it too soon for cookies again? I sure hope not. I made these cookies around the holidays, but they got lost in the hustle and bustle and I didn’t get a chance to share them. They were so good, (really too good,) that of course I have to spread the love, (especially if you love chewy chocolate peanut-buttery goodness half as much as I do.) Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies


 Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies via The Baker Chick

I realized something last week which was utterly shocking and embarrassing, and needed to be remedied immediately. I haven’t posted a chocolatey recipe since June. JUNE. That is a really long time. It was actually Andy’s Classic Chocolate Birthday Cake and I vividly remember having to cover my face with a dish towel during the frosting of it because my first trimester and chocolate didn’t go together very well. The smell did horrible things for me, but since he wanted chocolate cake I made it happen for him. I suppose that memory kept me far away from chocolate all during the rest of my first and second trimester too, until last week when I really wanted some and realized that it has been so long. (PS- I am going to be in my third trimester in a couple weeks. That absolutely blows my mind.)

 Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies via The Baker Chick

Hello! I’ve been busy the last week- traveling around on the West coast and now back to Eastern time still having a hard time adjusting. I must be the worst person on the planet when it comes to time changes- it always takes me days to feel normal again. Plus- I started my baby registry the other day and I have been a bit obsessed. It’s really pretty incredibly fun but also stressful and confusing. I want the least amount of “stuff” as possible as we live in an apartment and I hate clutter. I’m trying to stick to the bare bones of baby things whenever I can. If you have any “must have” or “waste of space and money” suggestions please pass them on!

Anyway- it seems like the energy in the world shifts this time of year as the kiddos go back to school and we gear up for fall. I remember being so incredibly excited for my first day of school. I loved the school supplies, running to see my class list, and organizing my schedule. I seriously miss that feeling of excitement knowing that a new start was coming. (And I always had at least two first day of school outfits planned!) Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (vegan!)

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (vegan!) via The Baker Chick

It’s the final day of Frozen Treat Week and I actually have something healthy to share with you! (Plus we have another AMAZING giveaway- see below.) Not only is it totally healthy, but it’s so delicious that you will trick yourself into thinking you’re sipping a rich milkshake instead of something good for you. I actually was thinking as I drank this that it would be the perfect “treat” to give a kid. (I think about that stuff now you see.) Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (vegan!) via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

 Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies via The Baker Chick

Every time I visit my parents during the winter months, I can usually expect to see the pantry lined with bright boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. That’s a perk you get from living in a town where girls still come to the door, (like I did,) selling boxes of delicious-ness. I was able to get a couple boxes this from a sweet friend who is willing to ship, but I set my limits at 2 boxes. I had to.

I have a weakness for a bunch of flavors, (except for that new mango one, not a fan,) but there is no doubt as to what my mom has always loved the most. Even as these were baking, I found her with a small glass of milk with a few Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies soaking. (We call them Peanut Butter Sandwiches in Wisconsin, what are they in other places? Do si do-s?)

 Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies via The Baker Chick

 Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies via The Baker Chick


Sweet and Salty Monster Cookies

Sweet and Salty Monster Cookies

 Sweet and Salty Monster Cookies via The Baker Chick

The fact that I’m a huge fan of the sweet & salty combo is no mystery. As I grow as a baker, I’m always looking for ways to sneak salty things into my baked goods. Last week was my second time trying bacon in a dessert, and don’t even get me started on my obsession with salted caramel.

 Sweet and Salty Monster Cookies via The Baker Chick

It was only  matter of time until I started adding potato chips and pretzels to my treats. Though I loved the compost cookies last year as part of Milk Bar Mondays, there were so many flavors going on (butterscotch, coffee grounds, graham cracker crumbs,) that I could barely taste my salty snacks. I wanted the crunch pretzels and potato chips to be the star of these cookies. Sweet and Salty Monster Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Gooey Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

 Gooey Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies via The Baker Chick

*First of all- Today is the day my wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty! Check out our feature here!!!*

So Ok- do you remember the first time you made a recipe from scratch? I definitely can picture that moment when I first made a cake without a mix, not believing that how easy and delicious it was! When it comes to brownies, I never ever fail to be impressed when a recipe tastes better than a box. I’ve always really loved boxed brownies, but the ingredients aren’t my favorite and I obviously love trying to make everything from scratch.

 Gooey Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies via The Baker Chick

When it comes to these particular brownies, I keep thinking of a friend from grade school whose Mom used to always make peanut butter swirl brownies for class events and bake sales. I remember being obsessed with them and after awhile asked for the recipe to give my Mom hoping she’d make them for us. (Wishfully thinking she wouldn’t health them up with natural flours and sugars.)  I remember my friend’s mom saying they were from a box, and at the time I thought that meant boxed brownies were my favorite thing in the world! Now 20 years later, all I can think about are ways to throw all that out and make them from scratch…

 Gooey Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies via The Baker Chick

Well I’m sure you can guess that I’m pretty happy with the results. I used the darkest Valharona cocoa powder which gave the brownies an amazing rich taste and texture. The peanut butter layer was everything I wanted it to be- tasting just like Reese’s filling and perfectly nutty and sweet.

As delicious as these brownies turned out, I did realize that I’m a horrible “swirler.” I guess I don’t have the delicate hand needed to gently pull the layers together so a lot of my peanut butter filling ended up in the middle. I totally suck right? You know for ending up with a gooey peanut butter layer that oozed out between the layers of fudgy brownie. How could I? Now I just need a bake sale or something to make these for :)

 Gooey Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies via The Baker Chick