Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Brownie.

Chocolate peanut butter lovers will love this brownie skillet! Chewy, gooey brownie swirled with peanut butter, then baked and served with vanilla ice cream. Dreamy! Chocolate peanut butter lovers unite! There is NO better combo on earth. I am telling you, chocolate and peanut butter were MADE to be together. It’s the most decadent, satisfying […]

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Chocolate peanut butter lovers will love this brownie skillet! Chewy, gooey brownie swirled with peanut butter, then baked and served with vanilla ice cream. Dreamy!

Chocolate peanut butter lovers unite!

chocolate peanut butter skillet brownie

There is NO better combo on earth. I am telling you, chocolate and peanut butter were MADE to be together. It’s the most decadent, satisfying combo in all the land. And today, we’re putting said combo in a brownie skillet.

chocolate peanut butter skillet brownie

Oh yes. A whole skillet full of brownie for you and your friends. Or your family. Or whoever! Galentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day? Whatever you may celebrate on the 14th, even if (especially if?) it’s nothing, this brownie skillet deserves a spot on your menu.

melted butter and sugars

Chewy, gooey brownie batter swirled with creamy peanut butter and baked until just set. Then topped with vanilla ice cream to cut the richness… and those melty vanilla rivers swirl through the decadence. 

How is this allowed! It’s too good. Too delicious. So gooey and rich and the perfect dessert for any meal. It’s a keeper!

brownie batter

Look at that batter?! 

skillet brownie batter

Chocolate peanut butter has forever been my favorite. I have a crazy delicious recipe in my first cookbook for chocolate PB lovers brownies – they are so rich and decadent. It’s always been a comforting combo for me too, and I love a little peanut butter spoon topped with chocolate chips for a treat. My kids love it too.

skillet brownie batter

This recipe is easy – we’re making the entire thing right in the skillet. From melting the butter to whisking in the brown sugar to the dry ingredients – the batter is a thick and luxurious classic brownie that will turn into the baked good of your dreams. 

skillet brownie batter with peanut butter

I love using this le creuest braiser for this recipe. It’s perfect for it! It’s a 2.25 quart braiser and is slightly over 10 inches in diameter. I use for in my kitchen almost daily. But you can use any oven-safe skillet for this, as long as it’s between 10 and 11 inches in diameter. 

chocolate peanut butter skillet brownie

You do not want to overcook this! Burnt brownie is not a good look. Or taste. So make sure to test it a few minutes before it may be done. The crackly top is so perfect and that swirled peanut butter… swoon!

chocolate peanut butter skillet brownie

I like to serve it hot with vanilla ice cream. Maybe even a drizzle of melty peanut butter or a peanut butter spoon. You can top the brownie with extra chocolate chips when it comes out of the oven for a meltier chocolate punch too.  (more…)

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Our 14 Best Winter Dessert Recipes

When the holiday season ends but cold and darkness persist, we often find ourselves stuck inside, contemplating some of life’s bigger questions like, “What should I make for dessert this morning evening?” If you’ve asked yourself that question lately (…

When the holiday season ends but cold and darkness persist, we often find ourselves stuck inside, contemplating some of life’s bigger questions like, “What should I make for dessert this morning evening?” If you’ve asked yourself that question lately (as I have), there are countless options to choose from.

For me, winter is the season to celebrate the more subtle flavors of the dessert category (think: brown butter, maple, and olive oil). And while I’ll never say no to a warm, fresh-from-the-oven treat on a frigid day, winter desserts are much more than baking projects. Cold desserts like chocolate mousse and coffee ice cream are sometimes exactly what you’re in the mood for after a day of shoveling snow, sled pushing, or ice skating. Put plainly: Winter desserts have range and are worth exploring—here are 14 of our favorite recipes to try.

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The Best Homemade Funfetti Cake Recipe

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Panettone French Toast

I’ve been pondering what, if anything, I should close out the year with. In the past, I’ve written down my thoughts here, which I spent the last couple of days pondering. Reading and re-reading what I wrote, I realized that I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to say. And if I couldn’t figure it out, I didn’t feel like I should inflict that on…

I’ve been pondering what, if anything, I should close out the year with. In the past, I’ve written down my thoughts here, which I spent the last couple of days pondering. Reading and re-reading what I wrote, I realized that I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to say. And if I couldn’t figure it out, I didn’t feel like I should inflict that on you. But I knew one thing for sure: I had a lot of panettone on hand.

It’s been a great year in a lot of ways. The book I’d been working on for nearly two years came out, and a revised and updated cookbook that’s turning ten years old in March will be released in the spring. I also got to spend time with family members that I haven’t seen in a while. And doing so in 90ºF weather, in November, ain’t bad either.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

These Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies are the perfect combination of a classic chocolate chip cookie and a hearty oatmeal cookie, also flourless and gluten-free. Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies These cookies are a healthier alternative to traditional cookies, as they are made with almond flour and oats instead of all-purpose flour. With a soft […]

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These Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies are the perfect combination of a classic chocolate chip cookie and a hearty oatmeal cookie, also flourless and gluten-free.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

These cookies are a healthier alternative to traditional cookies, as they are made with almond flour and oats instead of all-purpose flour. With a soft and chewy texture, they are a perfect combination of a chocolate chip cookie and an oatmeal cookie. Plus, they are flourless, making them a great option for those following a gluten-free diet. If you use extra virgin coconut oil, they will have a hint of coconut in the flavor. You can use refined coconut oil if you don’t prefer the taste of coconut.

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Spiced Orange Snowball Cake.

This spiced orange cake is a classic orange cake with a holiday twist! Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg turn this into a warm cake hug. Topped with cream cheese frosting and coconut – it’s festive and delicious! Happy holiday cake day! My Christmas cake is BACK!! Every year for the last few years, I’ve shared a […]

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This spiced orange cake is a classic orange cake with a holiday twist! Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg turn this into a warm cake hug. Topped with cream cheese frosting and coconut – it’s festive and delicious!

Happy holiday cake day!

spiced orange snowball cake

My Christmas cake is BACK!!

Every year for the last few years, I’ve shared a holiday cake with you guys. Except for last year, when I had a third baby and lost my marbles! I couldn’t get the cake I wanted to work, so we did a fabulous christmas ice cream cake instead. And I must say, that is delightful. 

layer cake and cream cheese frosting

Other holiday cakes I’ve made? My white christmas sparkle cake, which is the most popular. This hot cocoa cake with marshmallow frosting too! And pink peppermint christmas cake, which looks like it should be straight out of The Grinch. It’s extra-christmasy. 

spiced orange snowball cake

I definitely prefer cooking over baking. But when it comes to the holiday season, I have so much nostalgia because mother lovett was an amazing baker, and I got to help her. We would always do cookies together. Her cakes, on the other hand, were something she did on her own. She never followed a real recipe – she just “knew” how much to add, how to make it and it always turned out great.

I have shared her orange cake here on the blog before. It was probably everyone’s favorite cake in our family – tender orange cake with a coconut frosting – so refreshing and sweet and wonderful. And she made a lot of cakes! Just something really different and delicious than traditional white or yellow or chocolate cake. 

She was all about the orange – I make her orange cookies every year too. But this year, I knew I wanted to do the orange cake with some extra holiday flare.

spiced orange snowball cake

The last few years I have loved spicing up orange things. I’ve done a spiced orange cheeseball, a spiced orange spritzer (amazing in place of a mimosa!) and even a spiced orange gin & tonic. I’ve also done a spiced orange vinaigrette which is so delicious on salads this time of year.

Adding the spice to citrusy, bright oranges is wonderful. It pretty much envelopes the orange in a warm hug. Adding a touch of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg make this cake feel SPECIAL. It’s not overly cinnamony and it doesn’t taste like cider, which is what we tend to be more familiar with this time of year. Instead, the allspice has a bit of pepper and star anise and even fennel, making the depth of the spice incredible. 

spiced orange snowball cake

Now to go along with said spiced orange cake, I had to do cream cheese frosting. OF COURSE. Every single darn cake I make and share uses cream cheese frosting because it’s just absolutely the best. So tangy and sweet and rich. And it’s especially wonderful paired with the orange citrus flavor. 

I also like to pat some shredded coconut over the frosting. This is for two reasons: one, I love coconut so much and two, it looks like a big fluffy snowball. If you’re not into coconut (for example, Eddie doesn’t love it) or you’re allergic, just leave it off. It’s mostly for appearances anyway, and the spiced orange + cream cheese frosting is where the greatness really lies. 

spiced orange snowball cake

Finally, I throw some dried orange slices on the cake for extra glam. These are super easy. They are time consuming, but it’s all down time. If you’re home for a day, place the orange slices on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for three to four hours. Super simple! I plop them right into the frosting and they stick there as decor.  (more…)

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Easy Candied Pecans

This candied pecans recipe is easy with classic flavor: sweet, spiced and a little salty! They store well and are…

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This candied pecans recipe is easy with classic flavor: sweet, spiced and a little salty! They store well and are extremely versatile.

Candied Pecans

They’re crunchy, irresistibly sweet and salty, and totally classic: try this homemade Candied Pecans recipe! This classic American recipe is ubiquitous for good reason: these little sweet morsels are just that good. This is our master recipe that makes perfectly crunchy, sweet candied pecans with little effort: no food thermometer needed. It’s got just the right amount of cinnamon and sweetness, and it takes a load of will power to stop eating them once you make up a batch. Throw them on salads, over ice cream, or just snack on them plain!

Ingredients for candied pecans

Candied pecans are pecans that are coated in a crunchy sugar coating. They’re typically coated in egg whites, sugar, and spices, then baked until crispy. Glazed pecans are similar, but they have a smoother, glossy exterior. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Pecan halves
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar: a mix of brown and white sugar yields the best, most developed flavor
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Vanilla
  • Egg white: egg white helps the sugar and spices adhere to the nuts and it adds a glossy, firm exterior
  • Salt
Candied Pecans

How to make candied pecans

This candied pecans recipe is straightforward, classic, and no fail, in our opinion! After much research, we landed on the baked method as the easiest option. You can use a skillet method for candied pecans, but you’ll need a candy thermometer to measure the sugar temperature. We found a 325 degree Fahrenheit oven is the most reliable and easiest way to make candied pecans.

Even though it’s not as quick as glazed pecans, the baked method is more reliable because there’s no risk of sticky nuts like with the skillet method. So it’s worth the 30 minute bake time for a perfect result! Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Mix: Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, then toss them with the pecans.
  • Spread onto a baking sheet: Spread the nuts in a single layer on a parchment lined sheet.
  • Bake 30 minutes at 325°F, stirring once. When you stir the first time, the nuts will look very foamy: that’s ok! Give them a thorough stir and then continue to cook until they are light brown and hardened.

Also try: Candied Walnuts!

Candied Pecans

Storage info: how long do they last?

These candied pecans store well and are crunchy over the entire storage time! Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • How long do homemade candied pecans last? Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks and frozen for up to 2 months. Store in a sealed plastic bag or jar.
  • Make sure to fully cool them before storing. They cool in about 10 minutes, after which you can eat them! Before you store them, allow them to cool for 45 minutes so they don’t have an residual moisture.
  • For holiday gifts, store in lidded jars. These candied pecans make great DIY holiday gifts. Make sure to indicate on the jar to store for up to 2 weeks.

A quicker alternative

Want a really quick way to make candied pecans for a salad? You can make this Glazed Pecans recipe on the stovetop. They’re not as reliable stored (since they can turn out sticky), but they work if you’re trying to make a quick salad garnish.

Candied pecans recipe

Ways to use candied pecans

Candied pecans are extremely versatile and work on anything from salads to desserts. Here are some of the top ways to use them:

More pecan recipes

Love this tasty nut? Here are a few more pecan recipes to enjoy:

This candied pecans recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Candied Pecans

Easy Candied Pecans


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups

Description

This candied pecans recipe is easy with classic flavor: sweet, spiced and a little salty! They store well and are extremely versatile.


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Whisk the granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white, water and vanilla extract until foamy. Toss the pecans with the egg white mixture with a spatula until well coated. Add half the sugar mixture and stir with a spatula until fully coated, then add the remaining sugar mixture and stir until coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the nuts in an even layer on top. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the tray from the oven and stir (the nuts will look foamy at this point). Bake for another 15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool about 10 minutes before eating and completely (about 45 minutes) before storing. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks and frozen for up to 2 months. 
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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What Is a Charlotte Dessert, As Seen on GBBO?

This week the signature challenge hit all the sweet spots (pun intended) of great culinary television: a simple, widely known dish that loans itself to plenty of interpretation and personalization. Done right, a Charlotte almost always looks fantastic,…

This week the signature challenge hit all the sweet spots (pun intended) of great culinary television: a simple, widely known dish that loans itself to plenty of interpretation and personalization. Done right, a Charlotte almost always looks fantastic, too—one of its hallmarks is the imprint of its decretive mold.

At its core, the Charlotte is a dessert made in a mold by the same name, using a sponge base, often with softened ladyfingers, as in a tiramisu. From there, the dessert splinters into several different versions: baked ones filled with fruit, like the well-known apple charlotte, and unbaked ones, most commonly known as the cream-filled Charlotte Russe.

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