Butterscotch Cheesecake Topped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I am kind of over pumpkin. ‘Tis the season for the pumpkin latte, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin oatmeal, and pumpkin EVERYTHING. I swear if I see another pumpkin recipe I may start punching things. It isn’t that I dislike pumpkin – in fact I really like it – but SO many people have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon this year I fear we have reached critical pumpkin mass! I have never been...

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Cranberry Oat Spice Cake with Coconut, Chocolate, and Pecans

I try to keep a well stocked pantry. I never want to be without ingredients like vanilla, spices, chocolate chips, oats, dry fruit, and many other items I deem essential to my happiness. My well stocked, and organized, pantry has made many a recipe on this site possible. Let’s face it, I am a lazy person and if I can avoid an extra trip to the grocery store I will. One consequence of a well stocked pantry is something I call the...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Double Layer Crisp Rice Treats

I know, the title is a mouthful, but then again so are these bars! While perusing the local specialty food market here in town I saw a giant bin of assorted ‘gourmet’ crisp rice treat.  Now, what you may not know about me is I am a complete sucker for any kind of crisp rice treat.  I rarely make them because around me they are dangerous.  I may have, and I can neither confirm nor deny this, eaten an entire pan all by...

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

When life gets busy I turn to easy comfort foods. I am currently working, quite furiously, on my next book. In fact, I just passed the half way point!  My work on the book, as well as my trips to BlogHer and IFBC New Orleans, mean that this month I will not have as much time for cooking anything other than pies.  Anything I can bake and stash in the freezer makes me feel a little more secure.  I love knowing I am just a few moments...

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Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

Valentine’s Day is coming. We do not really celebrate Valentine’s Day here at Casa Shenanigans.  No heart shaped boxes of candy, no bunches of wilted grocery store roses, and no adult-sized footie pajamas in the mail.  No, we do not celebrate with silly tokens.  We celebrate with food.  Sometimes we go out, but more often we stay in and make something really naughty.  This year I will be making my darling these.  We both...

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