Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Buckeye Brownies

I love 3 day weekends! This weekend we went out to my grandparents lake house. I was looking for some treats to make, and my sister requested these buckeye brownies. She used to live in Ohio, home of the buckeye balls (delicious little balls of peanut butter dipped in chocolate), and when she saw this recipe, she put in a special request. Good thing they were so easy to make!

Start with a box of brownie mix. Bake it according to the directions.

While they're cooling, make the peanut butter topping. Mix a jar of peanut butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, and a stick of butter, then spread it over the top of the brownies when they're cool.

Stick them in the fridge for about an hour. Then make the chocolate topping. Melt a package of chocolate chips with 6 tablespoons of butter. I did it on the stove, with a homemade double boiler. Just fill a sauce pan with water and place it under the pan with the chocolate chips and butter. That way the chocolate will melt slowly and won't burn. When it's all melted, spread it over the top of the brownies. Stick it back in the fridge until the chocolate topping is hardened.

Then get ready for some serious chocolate/peanut butter goodness! Be warned: they are really rich, so cut the brownies small! They are also delicious served with vanilla ice cream!

I know the pictures don't quite do them justice, but trust me, these are some seriously good brownies! In fact, we didn't finish them all at the lake, so I had to bring some home. (Oh, rats!) And even though I'm supposed to be starting day 1 of healty eating today, I just couldn't resist eating a little bit more of these brownies! I think I'll bring the rest to work tomorrow and let someone else finish them off!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Nutella Sugar Donuts

I love donuts. I really do. Whenever someone brings them for treat day at work, I get a little excited. I've never made them, because I'm kind of afraid of frying things. So when I found these little baked donuts on Pinterest, I thought they might be a good first donut to try making. Plus, as an added bonus, they are filled with Nutella (which I also love)!

I also got excited because I got to use the dough hook on my mixer for the first time.

They took a while to make. There was lots of waiting and rising and cutting out the dough. Then more waiting and rising and baking and dipping in butter and sugar. Then filling with nutella. For detailed instructions, check out the original recipe here. I didn't have the exact kind of sugar and flour she used, but even so, I think they turned out pretty good.
I may or may not have eaten 4 of them right from the oven.
Good thing they're small!