Better Than Reese’s Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs

These homemade peanut butter eggs are way better than the store bought Reese’s Eggs. Not only are they tastier, they are EASY to make! Makes enough to share with family and friends (or to hoard them for yourself, ha ha, just joking… well… sort of!) 🤣🤣🤣

https://youtu.be/N_uACUczeRQ

Our family friend, Jonece, made these eggs for us and was kind enough to give me the recipe (thank you, Jonece!). I have been making them ever since.

Better than Reese’s Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 Stick of butter (4 Tablespoons)
  • 8 ounces of Cream Cheese
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 24 ounces of Confectioners Sugar (10X sugar)
  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers (or semi sweet, whatever you prefer) 2 packages are preferred, I only had one package and sort of ran out

Instructions:

Using a hand mixer, mix together peanut butter, softened cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar until well blended.

Shape peanut butter mixture into eggs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once all the dough is formed into eggs, chill in the refrigerator or freezer until cold enough to dip I to the melted chocolate.

Melt your chocolate wafers in either a double boiler or the slowly melt in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Get your chilled eggs out and coat each one into the melted chocolate and place on parchment or a rack until the chocolate firms up. Store eggs in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Enjoy! These are so yummy and such a great treat!

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Happy Easter!

Carla XOXO

The Best Banana Bread Ever!

Look no further for a banana bread recipe, this banana bread is flavorful, moist, and delicious! Perfect for breakfast or a snack with a cup of coffee, tea, or milk. Yum!

https://youtu.be/CkfO6eWSQj0

The Best Banana Bread Ever! Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt (Or Vanilla Yogurt, or buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (I used 2 large ripe bananas, they must be ripe!)
  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray loaf pan with Olive oil spray and line with parchment paper for easy slicing.

In a bowl mix together eggs, yogurt, oil, smashed bananas, vanilla extract, and white and brown sugars until combined.

In a separate bowl, measure flour, baking soda, and salt.

Incorporate dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, be sure not to over mix.

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool for 15 minutes and remove from loaf pan. Enjoy!

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Carla XOXO

Easy, Cheesy Baked Ziti

This hearty baked ziti is one of the best comfort foods and comes together quickly for a delicious and satisfying pasta dish!

https://youtu.be/8MC5dU_HVeQ

Easy, Cheesy Baked Ziti Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Ziti Pasta, cooked until al dente
  • Pasta Sauce of your choice (I like Don Pepino)
  • 1 small container of Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • Block of Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
  • Locatelli Cheese (Pecorino Romano)
  • Olive Oil
  • Parsley (Fresh or Dried Parsley Flakes)
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 1 small container of Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion, diced
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

Sauté mushrooms in olive oil without salt until they are caramelized. Then add diced onions to the pan and sauté until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add garlic last so it does not burn.

Cook ziti according to package directions, make sure to cook until al dente. Toss the ziti with your choice of pasta sauce.

In a bowl, add the container of whole milk ricotta cheese, two cloves of crushed garlic, a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and parsley flakes to your liking.

You are ready to assemble your baked ziti.

Add sauce to the bottom of your casserole dish. Next, add a layer of the sauced pasta.

Then add some of the mushrooms and onions.

Then, add some of the ricotta mixture.

Next, some Locatelli cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Then add some sauce.

Then start the layering process again until you are out of ingredients, or at the top of your casserole dish, LOL!

Top final layer with mozzarella and Locatelli cheese, and sprinkle with Parsley flakes and Italian Seasoning.

Bake covered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

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Carla XOXO

Delicious, Chocolatey, Gluten-Free Oat Bran Muffins

Whip up these tasty gluten-free muffins in no time for a nutritious breakfast or snack!

https://youtu.be/sZY8DDYpXLA

Delicious, Chocolatey, Gluten-Free Oat Bran Muffins Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Quaker Oat Bran Hot Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup of Mini M & M’s Baking Bits
  • Cupcake Liners

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

In a bowl, mix together oat bran and brown sugar. Add in baking powder and salt and mix.

Next, add in wet ingredients, the milk, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Mix to combine.

Add in chocolate chips. Lastly, add in the M & M’s right before you are about to scoop into the cupcake liners.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in one of the muffins. Enjoy!

Carla XOXO

The best peanut butter bars!

These moist and delicious peanut butter bars are rich in peanut butter taste and are so satisfying!

https://youtu.be/06hx1KMyGzI

Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and add parchment to an 8 x 8 pan. Mix together softened butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs, until lighter in color and well blended.

Add in dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, and salt. Do not over mix.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center of the bars comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Carla XOXO