Peanut Butter S’more Bars

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

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Well, folks. It’s day three of Spring Break (yea!) and it is also day three of 100% rain all day (not so much yea).

At the beginning of the break, I had grand aspirations of going for long runs, riding my bike, cleaning my car, cleaning Mr. Torres’ car and ending the week by going camping.

Instead, I have been mostly trapped inside. I’ve been busy, but trapped, nonetheless.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Crisp

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

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I saw a recipe for banana crisp a few weeks ago and thought, “Hmm, I like bananas. I like crisps. I need to try this!”

And then I promptly forgot all about the recipe until I saw these two slightly over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter.

They were just begging to be put into a crisp. I’m not one to argue with my food, so I obliged and began to get out the ingredients.

As I was doing so, I realized that as good as banana crisp sounds, it sounds even better as banana crisp with vanilla ice cream on top! Except we didn’t have any vanilla ice cream. All we had was peanut butter chocolate moosetracks…Wait, all we had was ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate in it. Peanut butter + chocolate + banana = pure goodness. Put a crispy oat layer on top and cook it in the oven to make it warm and gooey = extreme pure goodness!

Say goodbye to the idea of making plain old banana crisp!

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In the Name of Nutella: Nutella-filled Cookies (5 ways)

Nom Rating (out of 5):

Nutella-filled plain cookie- **
Nutella-filled chocolate chip cookie- ***
Nutella-filled peanut butter cookie- ****
Peanut butter cookie with Nutella on top- **
Nutella-filled no-bake cookie- ****

Nutella-filled Cookies

It was two days ago that I stumbled upon the fact that such a thing as World Nutella Day existed.  How lucky I was to find out about a holiday the day before it was taking place! It seems as though I usually find out about things only a moment too late.

“There’s a great sale going on at the mall! 50% off all clearance…it ended yesterday.”
“Coldstone Creamery is giving away free ice cream today until 3pm…it’s 3:15.”
“We can get free admittance to the art museum through February 5th…oh, today is the 6th.”

Life just goes that way…usually. So when I found out about World Nutella Day, I knew I had to celebrate (that, and I had an openned jar of Nutella in the pantry and Mr. Torres had been requesting Nutella-filled cookies).

I knew it was important to get into the holiday spirit before beginning to bake, so I made a steaming mug of Nutella hot chocolate that I had been looking forward to trying since seeing the recipe the day before. Verdict:Nutella makes a better spread than a drink. It wasn’t bad, but I felt like I had to use half the jar of Nutella to actaully taste anything. Fortunately, I had bigger and better things in store for Nutella today. On to the cookie making!

I was unsure as to what type of cookie would combine with Nutella to create the best filled treat, so I decided to try three different cookie recipes and hope that at least one of them came our a winner. The recipes that I used were some tried and true favorites from Mama K (my mother and a wonderful cook) that I had filed away in my recipe box; chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and no-bake cookies.

Mama K's Cookie Recipes

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