Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownies

April 24, 2017
Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownies

The classic combo of peanut butter and jelly packed into a fudgy brownie.

You guys know that I never met a cake mix that I didn't like.  Well, I guess you could say that about any kind of box-baking-mix.  I do love a good baking shortcut.

I know. Homemade is best. No question.

But, if you take your box mix and dress it up a little bit, what's the harm every now and then?

That's what we did today.

You start out with a basic box of brownie mix, add some peanut butter to the batter and top it off with a swirl of strawberry jelly.  Plus, they have a cup of chocolate chip stirred into the batter.  Ah..yum. 😋

My boxed mix was the chocolate fudge variety, and jelly of choice was strawberry.  But, go with your favorite kind with either.  Just be sure it's for a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Happy Monday friends and enjoy!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownies

by Table for Seven
Prep Time: 00:15
Cook Time: 00:20
Ingredients (approx 15-18 brownies)
  • box of brownie mix for 9 x 13 baking dish
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick), melted
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jelly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
In a bowl, stir together dry brownie mix, peanut butter, eggs and melted butter until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Spread batter into prepared pan.
Drop jelly by the spoonfuls on top of batter. Gently swirl with knife for a marble effect.
Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  • Mini Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce Muffins
  • Mini Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce Muffins

    April 21, 2017

    Soft, sugary, moist muffins in perfect bite size.
    Hello to you all on this lovely Friday!

    Let me start things off with a quick question:

    What do you guys think of food videos? You know the ones...step by step instructions of a recipe set to music. Like them? Hate them? Indifferent?

    Could you let me know what you think? It's just one question and it will only take about a second to do! I appreciate your response on this one.  Simply click here to give an answer. Thank you 👍

    For today, we have muffins. Mini muffins. Goodness, we love these muffins. 

    Easy, quick, delicious and my kids just really like the fact that they are mini. These are great for breakfast or a snack. Made with really simple ingredients that are probably in your pantry as we speak!

    Give them a try and if you aren't able to make them mini, making them regular size will work fine too. Just increase your baking time a few minutes.


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    Mini Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce Muffins

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 00:15
    Ingredients (24 mini muffins)
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup Sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 3/4 cup Flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 24 count mini muffin pan or line with cupcake liners.
    In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
    In a mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Then, add in eggs, vanilla and applesauce. Mix until combined.
    Gradually, add flour mixture in and mix until just combined.
    Spoon batter into mini muffin pan evenly and bake for 12- 15 minutes.
    When muffins are cooled, dip top of each one in melted butter, then, in sugar/ground cinnamon mixture.
    Adapted from The Taylor House

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon and Sea Salt
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon and Sea Salt

    April 19, 2017

    Chocolate chip cookies with the added bonus of bacon!
    It just seems like a perfect day for chocolate chips cookies and bacon. Don't you think?

    I got to be honest with you guys, this post has stumped me.  It's been sitting in my draft folders for a while now and every time I start to write something, a total blank takes over my brain.  A bit frustrating. 😒

    So, I suppose, keeping it simple would be the way to go....

    Chocolate chip cookies, stuffed with bacon and topped with sea salt. They are just good. Really, really good.  Like, amazing good. Also, the sea salt is optional.  If you don't want to, don't use it on the top. They are still really good, amazing good, without it. 

    Get to bakin' these and soon-

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon and Sea Salt

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 00:20
    Ingredients (Approx 30 cookies)
    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked and crumbled bacon
    • 2 cups chocolate chips
    • coarse sea salt, for topping
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or slip mats.
    In a bowl, whisk together, flour and baking soda. Set aside.
    In a mixing bowl, beat together coconut oil and sugars. Then, add in eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
    Gradually add in flour mixture and beat until combined.
    Fold in bacon pieces and chocolate chips.
    Roll batter into approx 1 inch balls and place onto prepared cookie sheet. Lightly flatten dough.
    Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
    Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are browned.
    Let cookies sit on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing.
    Then, cool completely on wire rack.

  • Taco Pizza
  • Taco Pizza

    April 17, 2017

    Tacos and pizza! What could be better?
    Happy Monday friends-

    I hope you had a lovely weekend and if you celebrated, a Happy Easter.  The weather was amazing here and besides eating entirely too many jelly beans, I was able to get outside and do some spring cleaning with our flowers.  It was such a great weekend. 

    We are starting our week off with two of my favorite things:  pizza and tacos!

    This pizza has been in our dinner rotation for years.  It's a family favorite and is perfect for a quick, easy, weeknight meal.  

    Start with a refrigerated pizza crust ( you can do homemade too) and layer it with refried beans. Then, taco meat and cheese.  For the meat, we go with ground turkey, but, use ground beef, chicken, pork..whatever you want. They all work. Top off with cheese and all the taco-fixin's and you have dinner ready to go.

    Below is the recipe I usually stick with, but, add/subtract anything to fit your taste or what you have in your refrigerator!

    Dig in-

    Taco Pizza

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 00:20
    Cook Time: 00:15
    Ingredients (Serves: 6-8)
    • 1 -11 oz tube of refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
    • 1 lb ground turkey
    • 1 envelope taco seasoning
    • 1 cups shredded taco- blend cheese
    • 1 cup re fried beans
    • lettuce,tomato,salsa,olives, etc
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a flat rimmed baking sheet with foil. Then, spray foil with non stick cooking spray, then, dust lightly with flour.
    Bake crust for 5 minutes by itself, then, remove. Set aside.
    In a skillet, brown meat. Add in taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water and mix well. Increase heat and simmer meat for 5 minutes to thicken.
    Spread re-fried beans on dough. The top with meat and cheese.
    Bake an additional 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is brown.
    Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, olives, etc.
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  • 60 + Recipe Ideas for Brunch
  • 60 + Recipe Ideas for Brunch

    April 13, 2017

    Each Easter, we have a big, huge brunch. The kids love it. We stuff our faces with french toast, muffins, bacon and of course, jelly beans, all day. 

    I did a round up for Easter a while back, but, figured it was a perfect time to do an updated version of it!
    You can find these recipes here at Table for Seven and from around the web. 

    Just a reminder: pin from the original source, not the link up. Thank you!

    Happy Easter Everyone 🐇

  • Vanilla Buttercream Candies
  • Vanilla Buttercream Candies

    April 12, 2017

    A smooth vanilla buttercream center that is drenched in chocolate. Just like Fannie May!
    When we were kids, our Easter baskets will always filled with lots of jelly beans and lots of chocolate.  I think it was because my Mom had the biggest sweet tooth in the family and she filled the baskets every year.
    In the earlier years, when we were really little, the candy was the standard-grocery store variety.  However, as we got older, my Mom would give us each a Fannie May vanilla buttercream egg in our basket. It was such a huge treat, that we would look forward to each year.  At least, I know I did.  ðŸ˜‰

    (If you aren't familiar, Fannie May sells all types of candies and chocolates. They have been around forever and everything is over the top yummy.)

    With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to give my kids vanilla buttercream candies this year for a special treat. However, we do not have a Fannie May nearby 👎

    So, I made some myself!

    Time for some honestly..I've eaten a few too many of these this week. Mostly, because, I made them twice. Yes, twice. The first time was a mess, the recipe was too powder-sugary and they didn't firm up well enough to coat evenly.  Don't get me wrong, we still ate them, but, they just weren't right.

    The second recipe was success.

    These have a creamy, buttery, sweet center, firmed up just right and coated so much better.  They are also dreamy. I serious love them.

    I melted some candy melts and drizzled the tops with them, but, this is totally optional.  You can leave them plain, or top with coconut, sprinkles, nuts..whatever you wish. 

    A special treat for any won't be disappointed!

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    Vanilla Buttercream Candies

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 2:00
    Ingredients (24 chocolates)
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2 TBSP whipping cream
    • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 2 TBSP shortening'
    In a saucepan over medium heat or in microwave, melt butter. Let it cool for about 5 minutes. Stir vanilla into melted butter.
    In a mixing bowl, add in powdered sugar. Pour in melted butter/vanilla and mix until combined. Then, add in whipping cream and beat until fully combined. The mixture will be soft.
    Refrigerate mixture for 15-20 minutes to firm up a bit.
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    When ready, take dough and form into approx 1 inch size balls. Place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. If the dough is a bit sticky, coat your hands with a little powdered sugar. It makes rolling the dough a bit easier.
    Place baking sheet in freezer for an 1 hour. Freezing them makes coating them much easier.
    When ready, bring a pot of water to boil and place a heat-proof bowl on top to create a double boiler.
    Add chocolate chips and shortening into bowl and stir until fully melted and smooth.
    Dip each each piece into melted chocolate and coat. Place back on parchment paper. Repeat with each cream. If you are topping with sprinkles, nuts or coconut, do before the chocolate sets! If you are drizzling with candy melts, you can still do this once chocolate sets.
    Refrigerate until chocolate sets. About 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    Keep any leftovers in refrigerator.