Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie Cookies and Cookie Dough Krispie Pops

From Uninspired to Too Inspired

Yesterday I didn’t think I would have anything to bake this morning but never say never! On my run this morning I came up with all kinds of ideas.  WAY too many to bake in one day.  So tune in tomorrow!

What Did I Make Today?

The two ideas I ended up using were Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie Cookies and Cookie Dough Krispie Pops.

How Did I Create These Awesome Goodies?

The Cookie Dough Krispie Pops are basically the Cookie Dough Krispy Treats I’ve invented in the past.  But I was inspired by the box of pans I found while cleaning out a closet yesterday.  My husband said I had a Christmas Tree pan.  Turns out I do.  So…

Make Rice Krispie Treats.  I like the recipe from

Add Edible Cookie Dough pieces.  Also recipe.

Press into greased pan and then turned out on chocolate covered stick.

Cover in Chocolate Glaze.  I used the chocolate glaze from Sally’s Baking Addiction.



The Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge was the favorite yesterday, but like I said, the layers didn’t stick together.  So I chopped it up, froze the pieces, and used it instead of chocolate chips in the Brownie Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Turned out pretty good!  The one complaint was that the pretzel pieces were crunchy.  My husband always has one complaint these days.  He’s gone from I’ll-Eat-Anything to Picky-Dicky in his old age.



Mint Brownies Swirl Fudge, Tiger Butter, and Salted Pretzel Caramel Fudge

Game of the Year?

Need a family game suggestion?  We are loving Escape: Curse of the Temple by Queen Games.  It only takes 10 minutes, it’s cooperative, everyone plays the whole time (no turn-taking), and the whole family can play – ages 7 and 48.  Yeah, there’s a lot of luck involved, so my teenagers don’t LOVE it.  We played GUBS last night for a change, and that went over really well with the older kids.

What Did I Make Today?

My baking hour got all screwed up by the Future City trip, so I didn’t get to enact any of my plans.  I ended up making some fudge recipes that I had pinned earlier.  I made Mint Brownies Swirl Fudge by Inside Brucrew Life, Tiger Butter by Butter with a Side of Bread, and Salted Pretzel Caramel Fudge by Real Housemoms.

How Did It Go?

Really well!  I love the fact that these recipes are all very different.  They all turned out great too.



The Salted Pretzel Caramel Fudge hardened the quickest, but the other two seem to be hardening okay too.  The big problem with this recipe is that the caramel layer hardens more than the chocolate layer, and the two layers don’t stick together that well.


Twinkie Cupcakes, S’mores Cupcakes, and Cookie Dough Cupcakes


Just recently I’ve been reflecting on the happiest times in my life thus far.#1 answer on the board?  Having my kids.  Pure joy.  And completely unrepeatable.

What Did I Make Today?

A request from my Future City team member – Twinkie Cupcakes by Make Bake Celebrate.

How Did It Go?

I was just planning to make the Twinkie Cupcakes, but I ran out of shortening.  So half of these turned into S’mores Cupcakes and Cookie Dough Cupcakes which was actually kind of fun.  The former has chocolate icing in the middles and chocolate bars and graham cracker crumbs on top.  The latter has cookie dough cream in the middle and crumbled cookies on top.



Good luck, Future City team!

Cadbury Egg Brownies, Homemade Blueberry Syrup, and Can’t Miss Cinnamon Rolls

Is it Easter Yet?

Ham says Easter to me.  I got a ham on sale for $8 the other day, so I’m making honey glazed ham, Cheesy Egg Casserole by Crazy for Crust, and pancakes for – what shall I call it – Brunchinner?

What Did I Make Today?

Mostly hacks!  I made Cadbury Egg Brownies from I Heart Naptime and what I’m calling Can’t Miss Cinnamon Rolls from Tasty Net.  I also made Homemade Blueberry Syrup from Bakerette.  Maybe that counts as from scratch?

How Did It Go?

Maybe a little boring, but everything turned out really delicious.

I made a different kind of homemade syrup last time, and my husband thought it wasn’t sweet enough.  I think he’ll like this recipe better.


Cadbury Egg Brownies from I Heart Naptime is an encore recipe.  I hack it even further by using boxed brownie mix.


Final hack: Can’t Miss Cinnamon Rolls from Tasty Net. So good!  Frustrating that my homemade cinnamon rolls never turn out this well!  I guess I’ve only tried the quick ones, so I’ll blame that.


Best Chocolate Cupcakes (Wacky Cake Cupcakes) Three Ways


I find baking-bloggers on a diet really annoying!  I don’t want to make diet food.  Geez!  Crazy for Crust is really doubling down on this.  However, her one dessert recipe post really struck my fancy and came out awesome.  So I can forgive some of the diet posts.

What Did I Make Today?

Best Chocolate Cupcakes by Crazy for Crust.  I was nervous about the icing in this recipe, so I also made whipped chocolate sheet cake icing.

How Did It Go?

Perfect!  This is a great recipe.  I got exactly 15 cupcakes out of half of it, and the icing turned out terrific.  The whipped chocolate sheet cake icing turned out perfect too!



Homemade Soft Pretzels and Easy No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread

It’s a First and Again?

The first?  -21 degree wind chill.  I have never seen that in the 16 years I have lived in our town.  The again?  The kids are off school – again!  that’s 5 out of the last 7 days!

What Did I Make Today?

Just one new recipe this morning – Homemade Soft Pretzels by Sprinkle Some Sugar – and one I started yesterday – Easy No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread by The Busy Baker.

How Did It Go?

It went fine, but I wish I had stuck with my original plan for cupcakes.  The Homemade Soft Pretzels by Sprinkle Some Sugar were meh.  I’m not sure it’s totally the recipe’s fault.  The recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction is better but only slightly.  I’m now thinking that we are looking for sourdough soft pretzels.


The Easy No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread by The Busy Baker turned out sooo great.  I’m gifting it!


No school means lots of kids around here.  Good thing I made some Mrs. Field’s!


Oreo Cream Filled Brownies, Crusty Loaf, and S’mores Waffles

Meh Again!

After a great, super-productive day yesterday, I am feeling meh again today!  Ugh!  Don’t know if it’s the weather, back pain, lack of full stuff to do, or what.  Hopefully, I can turn it around.

What Did I Make Today?

I made Oreo Cream Filled Brownies by Cookies and Cups, Crusty Bread by Jo Cooks, and S’more Waffles by Pillsbury.

How Did It Go?

Everything came out perfect!  Well, actually the Crusty Bread by Jo Cooks came out a bit dense, but it was still tasty.  I made this for me.

The Oreo Cream Filled Brownies by Cookies and Cups came out awesome.  Not sure who is going to eat these.  Maybe the soccer players tomorrow.


I was actually the most excited about the S’mores Waffles by Pillsbury.  Can’t believe they turned out!


Sadly, they weren’t as tasty as they look.