Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

We are a pancake-loving family. Don’t get me wrong – we probably use a mix about half the time purely out of convenience because we’re too lazy to dirty a measuring cup (I always just “eyeball” the measurements when using a mix”). But if you’ve never tried your own homemade pancake made but buttermilk – a must in my opinion – and other delicious ingredients, you are missing out.

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

This time of year, I’m one of those pumpkin spice addicts. I like the inside of my body to experience fall just as much as the outside, so I never shy away from adding a sprinkle of pumpkin spices any chance I can get. I’ve made pumpkin pancakes before and loved them, so it was only natural that I didn’t leave the sweet potato out of the fun. After all, sweet potato is the new kale (and kale was the new spinach).

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

You can cook the sweet potatoes however you like – steam, microwave, bury them in the ground with hot rocks – doesn’t matter. As long as you get them mashable. I think sweet potatoes and pecans go together like peanut butter and jelly, so be sure to throw a handful in for a wonderful crunch. Simply top with warm maple syrup or go the extra mile and make a delicious pear bacon topper – YUM!

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 12 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound (about 2 1/2 - 3 cups cut up or 2 small whole) sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (leave as is or process into flour into blender)
  • 1/4 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan of boiling water covered with a lid. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and remove skins once cool enough to handle. Mash with a fork or masher.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, oats, pecans, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix cooled mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla in a separate medium bowl. Blend sweet potato mixture into the flour mixture to form a batter.
  3. Preheat a lightly greased griddle over medium heat. Drop batter mixture onto the prepared griddle and cook until golden brown, turning once with a spatula when the surface begins to bubble. Smaller pancakes are easier to handle.
  4. Serve with real maple syrup and candied pecans.
Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.
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Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches

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As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

This time of year is bitter sweet. The longest days of summer are behind us and the prospect of fall and all of the wonderful things that come along with it are on the horizon. When I was a kid, I always looked forward to the start of a new school year. Now, as a mom, I realize that excitement pales in comparison the excitement that parents feel!

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

You have to understand, I adore my children and would spend every waking moment with them if I could. What I crave most about returning to school is the return of routine. I love the regular pattern of waking up, having family breakfast, and rushing out the door. The evenings are filled with family dinner, sports, and homework. Then, it all starts over again the next day.

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

Things will get busy. They always do. That is one of the many reasons why I absolutely love making things like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches. As you can see, all you need to do is cut up some rectangles of dough. They wouldn’t be “easy” if you had to make the dough yourself, which is why I recommend using pre-made puff pastry dough.

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

I loaded these up with brown mustard, black forrest ham, and shredded sharp cheddar, but you should feel free to add whatever you’d like to the inside as long as you can make a seal around the edge.

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

A beaten egg makes the perfect glue to hold the top and the bottom together. It also makes them turn a beautiful shiny golden brown when you cook them. The end result is a flaky sandwich that will make all the other school kids jealous. They taste fantastic warm out of the oven, but enjoying them in a chilled lunchbox is perfect as well!

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

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As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!
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Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail

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This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

I’m a huge fan of vanilla paste. When you add it to your favorite recipes, you get that intense vanilla flavor without any of the alcohol you get when you add extract. If you don’t have vanilla beans on hand, paste is a great alternative. I was at the farmer’s market last week and our local store, New Seasons Market, was giving away samples, along with the recipe, of a blackberry vanilla mocktail. First of all, that little two-sip sample they handed out was so refreshing on that gorgeous sunny day. Second, I watched them prepare the next batch and what were they using for the vanilla? This same exact vanilla paste. New Seasons is a high end grocery store located throughout the Portland metro area, and I knew that if they were using this product, it had to be a good one.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

The base of this recipe is all of the ingredients, minus the seltzer water that gets added just before stirring. Pressing the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer is a serious pain in the butt, but well worth the effort to avoid seeds in your drink. These blackberries were destined to be used for something wonder. We picked them ourselves and my poor son got stung by a wasp on the berry farm! After that, I had to make him a special treat. The sweetened blackberry vanilla puree can be added to ice cube trays and frozen if you’d like. I also took the puree to a backyard party and we mixed it with lemonade. There are tons of options!

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

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This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pints fresh blackberries
  • juice from 3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Puree blackberries in blender and strain through fine mesh strainer. I recommend using a silicon spatula to press as much of the fruit through. Discard the seeds.
  2. Add the lemon juice, vanilla paste, and honey to the puree. Stir well and taste. Add more honey if needed.
  3. Store this blackberry base in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to five days until ready to use.*
  4. To serve, combine in a pitcher with sparkling water (amount depends on how strong you want the blackberry flavor) or allow each person to add puree to their ice filled glass and they can top with sparkling water.
Notes
* Puree can also be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.
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Sloppy Joe Casserole

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This crazy popular post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

This SLOPPY JOE CASSEROLE made from a delicious homemade Sloppy Joe recipe is topped with tater tots for the ultimate comfort food dinner!

This SLOPPY JOE CASSEROLE made from a delicious homemade Sloppy Joe recipe is topped with tater tots for the ultimate comfort food dinner!

I took a spin on an old classic and created a masterpiece. No joke. I love my homemade Sloppy Joes but we’ve always eaten them on a bun with tater tots on the side. Turns out cooking the tots with the Sloppy Joe is downright perfection!

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!

Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!If there’s one dessert I’ll never tired of… a dessert that I could eat way more than I should and not get sick… a dessert I can justify as healthy because it contains fresh fruit… it would have to be homemade strawberry shortcake. This is very different than the shortcake I enjoyed growing up. In the era when processed convenient foods were what filled every kitchen in the country (remember hungry man TV dinners?), our version of strawberry shortcake was a slice of Sara Lee pound cake smothered in those frozen strawberries packed in sweetened (very sweetened) juice with as much Ready Whip as my plate would hold. Now, don’t get me wrong – that was freaking delicious. But this recipe is for a homemade shortcake biscuit which is very different than processed pound cake. Its not nearly as sweet and is indeed very biscuit-like. Plus, one cannot beat fresh strawberries – especially ones like these. Look at that deep red! I no longer buy whipped cream in a can anymore. Only the real stuff exists in my house!

Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!My favorite memory of shortcake isn’t even really my own. My dear sweet friend Mindy was competing on the Food Network’s show, Chopped. When it came to the dessert round, she wanted to make shortcakes. I’ll never forget seeing her run to the refrigerator to grab the heavy cream (because unlike real biscuits made with butter, the fat in these shortcakes comes from heavy cream), and her competitor had taken and used all of it. Thanks to her incredible kitchen know-how and quick thinking, Mindy was able to come up with a buttermilk graham cracker shortcake that ultimately won her the contest. See? Cheaters never prosper.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!Pictures like the one below leave me speechless. Partly because I cannot find the words to describe such beauty, partly because I’m salivating so much that I’m finding it difficult to talk.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!Now, there’s really only a few weeks out of the year where I can make such an exquisite looking short cake because Hood strawberries, unlike ever berries, only have a single harvest season and once they’re gone – they’re gone. There will be other berries throughout this season and throughout the country if you’re not fortunately enough to reside in the great state of Oregon like I do, but none that are as deep red, sweet, and perfect as these Hoods.

I hereby declare that I am willing to sacrifice up to three gained pounds for the pure satisfaction of getting to enjoy as much strawberry shortcake as the Hood growing season will allow!

Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
strawberries:
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • zest from one lemon
shortcake:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
whipped cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon zest. Allow them to develop flavors in refrigerator for at least an hour, up to overnight.
  2. To make shortcake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Mixture will be very thick. Form two large rounds for four small rounds on an ungreased pan (I used a cooking stone) and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. For added crunch and sweetness, you can sprinkle large decorator's sugar on top of the biscuits, if you have some available, prior to baking. Allow to cool once removed from oven.
  3. To make the whipped cream, combine the heavy cream and sugar and beat with whisk attachment on high speed until soft peaks form, about 4-7 minutes.
  4. To assemble shortcake, split biscuit in half. Layer with strawberries in the middle and on top and then top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

 

Classic Strawberry Shortcake, made with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and whipped cream is the easiest and most perfect summer dessert!
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10 Kid Friendly Drink Recipes

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Summer is coming, and warm weather days require delicious beverages the whole family can enjoy. Relax and enjoy these 10 Kid Friendly Drink Recipes!

Summer is coming, and warm weather days require delicious beverages the whole family can enjoy. Relax and enjoy these 10 Kid Friendly Drink Recipes!
How many times do you predict you will hear “Moooooommmm, I’m THIRSTY!” this summer?  Let’s see… I’ve got two kids, there are about 100 days of summer and I’ll predict that at least 75% them will be hot, so I imagine I’ll hear that phrase at least 150 times this summer. Its easy enough to reply with “go drink water!” and I most certainly think water should be everyone’s drink of choice most of the time. But let’s get real – how fun is a delicious ice cold drink that they entire family can enjoy?  On my list, its right up there with a drippy popsicle or an ice cold slice of watermelon on a super hot day.  Below I’m sharing ten of my favorite non-alcoholic that everyone in your family can enjoy. But if you know me, you know I also love boozy drinks, so be sure to check out my strawberry lemonade whiskey sour, blended watermelon margarita, or my honeydew coconut daiquiri.  YUM – right?

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Summer is coming, and warm weather days require delicious beverages the whole family can enjoy. Relax and enjoy these 10 Kid Friendly Drink Recipes!

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10 Overnight Brunch Recipes

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Whether you’re looking forward to a special holiday breakfast or waking up to a delicious meal, your family will love these 10 Overnight Brunch Recipes.

Whether you're looking forward to a special holiday breakfast or waking up to a delicious meal, your family will love these 10 Overnight Brunch Recipes.

If you know me, then you know I love food.  My most favorite part about any holiday usually has to do with the food. I cannot tell you how much I love waking up to a breakfast that’s ready to just pop into the oven. Or, better yet, I love waking up knowing that someone else already popped it into the oven. Its the same satisfaction I get when I take the time to prepare the coffee pot before I go to bed at night – its still me doing the work but somehow a night of sleeping erases the fact that I did it.  Holidays and the weekends are the best time to enjoy overnight brunch recipes. Think about how wonderful it is to wake up, sip your coffee, and dig into a fabulous meal without having to do any of the work (that morning). Pure heaven, right?

I’ve made quite a few overnight brunch recipes including cranberry cream cheese stuffed french toast and stuffed pumpkin french toast.  I think I need to add more savory ones like this sausage tater tot breakfast casserole to the mix too, don’t you think?  Do you always make an overnight brunch for a holiday or weekend?  I’d love to hear your family’s traditions. Enjoy!

Whether you're looking forward to a special holiday breakfast or waking up to a delicious meal, your family will love these 10 Overnight Brunch Recipes.

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10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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From dark beer to green food, get your Irish on and make some of these 10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes.

From dark beer to green food, get your Irish on and make some of these 10 Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes.

From dark beer to green food, get your Irish on and make some of these 10 Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes.

When I head to Southern California to visit friends and family, one of my favorite restaurants in Newport Beach is Muldoon’s Irish Pub. I crave that warm Irish Soda bread with melted butter. I dream about it, in fact. I thought I could only get something that delicious when I visited, until I figured out how to make it on my own and I would argue that mine was even better! I’m not a beer drinker, and am especially not a dark beer drinker, but this time of year I love to break out the Guinness and use it in my cooking. Did you know stout + chocolate is amazing? I used it in my Guinness Chocolate Cake as well as in a chocolate sauce recipe and a Guinness ice cream float, if you can believe it.  My husband, however, does love all kinds of beer so last year I served him up this Black Velvet. Cooking with beer makes most recipes better, and if you’re looking for something great to make this St. Patrick’s day, you might want to try my Guinness steak or Irish cheddar beer bread.  Of course, one can never go wrong with a delicious Shepherd’s Pie. If all of those recipes didn’t motivate you to make something fun for St. Patrick’s day, I’ve got more motivation for you below with ten more delicious recipes that are sure to please!

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Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

I know what you’re thinking… but hear me out. I’m sure that 96% of you are thinking “Beets in cookies? Yuck.” You couldn’t be more wrong. You ever substitute applesauce for oil in a recipe because you’re trying to make it healthier? But then you can’t really taste the applesauce? This is kind of like that.

Heart Beet Pancakes are the made with sweet roasted beets and make the most delicious red velvet pancakes that are perfect for Valentine's Day.

I had never eaten a beet until I was well into my 30s and had signed up for a CSA at the farmer’s market where they gave me a box of produce of their choosing every week. It really forced me to step out of my comfort zone and cook/eat produce I would have otherwise never bought. That’s when my love affair with beets started. My kids love them too – not just because they taste good but because 24 hours later they get to witness a science experiment in the toilet when they see a rainbow of color. Okay – waaaaay too much info, especially when I’m supposed to be writing about cookies, but all you moms out there will understand.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

Week after week I would find beets in my CSA box and had to find creative ways to eat them. From there, I made all sorts of things like fresh beet soup, raw citrus beet salad, roasted beet and chevre crisps, heart beet (get it?) pancakes, roasted beet salad, and my not-so-green green smoothie. I dare you to find another food blog out there that posts all sorts of naughty food like me (unlike a health food blog) that has so many darn beet recipes. I just love them!

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

So this is how this recipe was born: I had a few beets in my frig that were meant for another round of beet soup, but I felt compelled to make a Valentine’s Treat. Almost all red velvet recipes call for red food dye. I’m guilty of this one as well in my red velvet fudge – delicious but it has the coloring. I honestly didn’t know if this recipe would turn out, but I took my base recipe for my faithful chocolate chip cookies and added the beet puree and some cocoa powder and, let’s just say, it didn’t disappoint.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

My standard cookies are rich and chewy. The addition of the beet puree makes these much more cake like. The husband and kids loved these and I was kicking myself yesterday afternoon when my 3 o’clock craving came around and I hadn’t brought any into work with me.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

I packed a couple of cookies in each of my kids’ lunches and my daughter gave one to her best friend. She said she loved it. I asked if she told her it had beet in it and her reply was “No way! I didn’t want her to think it was gross before she even tried it!”  Sounds like my daughter has already started using my old tricks on others too.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
beet puree:
  • 1 large red beet
  • 1/4 cup butttermilk
cookies:
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup beet puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. To make the beet puree, wrap the whole beet tightly in foil and cook in oven for at least an hour until soft. When cool enough to handle, remove skins. Combine with the minimum amount of buttermilk in blender to create a smooth puree.
  3. In small bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attached, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until well blended. Add beet puree and vanilla; mix well and then scrape sides. Mix in egg, mixing well. Add flour mixture, and beat slowly to incorporate, then faster to blend well. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  5. Drop batter in 2-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart onto lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until edges of cookies are brown, about 9 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool on pan about 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks with a spatula. Serve warm or cool. Store in airtight container, or freeze for longer storage.
Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.
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Brown Butter Banana Bars

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Brown Butter Banana Bars topped with a heavenly brown butter vanilla bean frosting make the perfect portable dessert to share with friends and family.

Brown Butter Banana Bars topped with a heavenly brown butter vanilla bean frosting make the perfect portable dessert to share with friends and family.

This is one of those recipes where you take your first bite and pause. You pause because you cannot believe how wonderfully incredible the morsel melting on your tongue tastes. I dare those few crazy people who don’t like bananas to try these banana bars and tell me they’re not some of the most delicious treats they’ve ever enjoyed. I dare them.

Brown Butter Banana Bars topped with a heavenly brown butter vanilla bean frosting make the perfect portable dessert to share with friends and family.

I found this recipe because my friend Scott told me that his favorite thing that his wife, Christine, makes are these banana bars, so right then and there I naturally demanded he give me the recipe. You can’t just tell me about something like that and not either give me the recipe or actually make them for me! Christine told me that this recipe came from her old Gold Medal Flour cookbook. Every kitchen should have a classic recipe book like that that gets passed down from generation to generation. I made one tweak to the recipe though which, in my humble opinion, set it over the top in the omg-that-tastes-good category. I browned the butter, of course!

Brown Butter Banana Bars topped with a heavenly brown butter vanilla bean frosting make the perfect portable dessert to share with friends and family.

Now, if you’re wondering what a banana bar is, its very similar to cake but its portable like a brownie. Kind of genius, right? Well, they are definitely delicious on their own, but when topped with brown butter vanilla bean frosting… heaven. These are the perfect dessert to take to potlucks or to bring into work or to freeze in order to have single serving treat at the ready whenever you want. You will love them!

Brown Butter Banana Bars topped with a heavenly brown butter vanilla bean frosting make the perfect portable dessert to share with friends and family.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Brown Butter Banana Bars topped with a heavenly brown butter vanilla bean frosting make the perfect portable dessert to share with friends and family.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: recipe from Gold Medal Recipe Book
Yields: 48 bars
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 large or 4 small)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • brown butter vanilla bean frosting
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk frequently, scraping the bottom. As the butter foams, continue whisking and scraping to release any brown bits that may stick to the bottom. Once the butter has sufficiently browned (not burned) and smells heavenly, remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper or grease with butter.
  3. Add browned butter, sugar, sour cream, and eggs to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed for about a minute. Scrape sides, add bananas and vanilla, and continue to mix on low for another 30 seconds.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to the wet. Start mixing on low speed just to combine and then flash on high speed for about 10 seconds to fully mix. Scrape sides, add nuts, and mix to combine.
  5. Spread batter in pan and bake in preheated oven until light brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Allow bars to fully cool before you frost with brown butter vanilla bean frosting and cut into individual servings.
  7. These store really well in an airtight container in the freezer.
Brown Butter Banana Bars topped with a heavenly brown butter vanilla bean frosting make the perfect portable dessert to share with friends and family.
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