White Chocolate Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

These are a fun and easy little treat. The kids I made them for both told me that Cinnamon Toast Crunch was their favorite cereal.

3 1/4 cups white chocolate chips or candy melts

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal

1 Melt white chocolate chips or candy melts in microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.

2 Add cinnamon and stir to combine.

3 In a 12 well silicone snack bar pan (I have a Pampered Chef one), place 3 – 6 pieces of cereal into each well. Spoon chocolate over cereal then immediately place 3 – 6 more cereal pieces on top of the chocolate. Sprinkle with additional white chocolate chips.

4 Let set before removing from pan.

recipe from My Recipes

Light and Crisp Sourdough Waffles

These are the best! I’ve made them twice already. They truly are light and crispy which is just how I like my waffles. And, bonus, they are super easy to make.

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup sourdough starter

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 Preheat waffle iron as per waffle iron instructions.

2 Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

3 In another bowl, whisk together starter, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla.

4 Add wet ingredients to dry and stir just until combined.

5 Spray waffle iron lightly with cooking spray and cook as per your waffle iron instructions.

recipe from Lynn’s Way of Life

Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Muffins

Another delicious recipe using some sourdough discard.

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1 cup sourdough starter

1 cup chopped pecans

Turbinado sugar for topping, if desired (you can find this at Trader Joe’s)

1 Heat oven to 400. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

2 Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter, sugars, vanilla, milk, and egg. Stir until combined. Add sourdough starter and mix just until combined. Fold in pecans.

3 Scoop batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with Turbinado sugar. Bake for 17 – 20 minutes.

recipe from The Southern Lady Cooks

White Chocolate Lemon Bread

This. Was. Amazing! I want to make more right now but if I do, I’ll eat it all. Bonus, it was super easy to make. (If you look closely, you can tell that I baked this in my Nordic Ware Lemon Loaf Pan.)

(Photo cred to my friend Stefonee who I made the bread for and gave it to her without taking a picture. Had to text her quick to grab a photo before they chowed down on it!)

BREAD

1 box lemon cake mix

2 small boxes white chocolate instant pudding mix

1/4 cup oil

4 eggs

1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

zest of one lemon

1 cup sour cream

GLAZE

1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar

zest and juice of 1 – 2 lemons

1 For the bread, heat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray for baking.

2 Beat cake mix, pudding mixes, oil, and eggs until well combined. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and sour cream and beat just until combined.

3 Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 -15 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.

4 For the glaze, whisk together glaze ingredients until well combined then drizzle over bread.

YIELD: the recipe said 1 regular size loaf but I had enough batter for 1 regular size loaf and 1 mini loaf

recipe from Lil Luna

Cinnamon Roll Cake (from a cake mix)

My neighbor Chelsea gave me this beautiful loaf pan for Christmas

so when her birthday rolled around I decided to make her a cake in this pan and it turned out so pretty, don’t you think?

CAKE

1 box yellow cake mix

1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup water

1 tablespoon vanilla

CINNAMON SWIRL

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 Heat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan or pans (see yield not below) with cooking spray for baking.

2 Whisk together cake mix and pudding mix. Add eggs, milk, water, and vanilla and mix until smooth.

3 In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon.

4 Spread half the batter into prepared pan and top with cinnamon sugar mixture then spread remaining batter over top of cinnamon sugar layer. Swirl everything together with a knife. (You can do more layers if you like, I just went with one.)

5 Bake for 45 – 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 15 – 20 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.

Yield: the recipe said it would make one loaf cake but I had enough batter to make 1 large loaf cake and 1 small loaf

recipe from Cake Whiz

Chocolate Dipped Valentine Treats

I know I’m late but these are too cute not to post! I made them for the neighbors for Valentine’s Day and they were all really easy to do.

1 – 2 bags Wilton candy Melts

1 package Oreos

1 package Oreo Thins

1 tin Pirouette cookies

1 bag small twist pretzels

Valentine sprinkles

1 Melt candy melts according to package directions.

2 Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Dip an Oreo/an Oreo Thin/a Pirouette cookie into the melted candy melts and gently shake to remove excess. Set on parchment paper and immediately shake Valentine sprinkles over them. Allow chocolate to set before handling.

3 For the pretzels (my fav), set a pretzel on the parchment paper and with a small spoon, fill the pretzel with melted candy melts, spreading with back of spoon. Top with a large heart sprinkle.

Chocolate Chip Muffins (from a cake mix)

This is a fast, easy, and yummy recipe, a good one to have on hand for quick muffins. I sprinkled them with this

from Sam’s Club.

1 – 2 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1 box chocolate cake

3 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon baking powder

toppings as desired – Cupid Mix, more chocolate chips, etc

1 Heat oven to 375. Line muffin pans with paper liners.

2 In a small bowl, toss flour and chocolate chips.

3 Beat together cake mix, eggs, milk, oil, and baking powder until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

4 Scoop into pans, sprinkle with Cupid Mix or additional chocolate chips if desired and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

5 Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing.

Yield: about 20 muffins

recipe from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

The Perfect Bar Cookie Base

I found it! The perfect bar cookie base. You can do anything with this recipe. The ones pictured have Oreos, mini M&M’s, chocolate chips, and toffee bits in them and they were divine.

BAR COOKIE BASE

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

MIX INS – whatever you like! to equal about 1 1/2 – 2 cups

6 Oreos, crumbled

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup toffee bits

1/2 cup mini M&M’s

1 Heat oven to 350. Spray bottom of 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

2 Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium high until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined.

3 Stir in desired mix ins by hand. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

recipe from Food Network

Sourdough Chocolate Bundt Cake

I can’t tell you how this tasted because I gave it away but it sure looks good, doesn’t it?

Who doesn’t want a chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache and toffee bits?

1 cup oil

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 cup sourdough starter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa

(You can check the original recipe, link below, for the frosting she used but I decided to do a chocolate ganache and you can find that recipes here.)

1 Heat oven to 350. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray for baking.

2 Beat oil, sugar, eggs, discard, and extract until smooth.

3 In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Add to oil mixture and beat for 2 minutes.

4 Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick come out clean.

5 Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely before topping.

recipe from This Unmillennial Life

Double Chocolate and Toffee Muffins

Oh how I love a good muffin! And these fit the bill.

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup toffee bits

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup vegetable oil

chocolate chips, toffee bits, and/or Trader Joe’s Turbinado Sugar for topping

1 Heat oven to 350. Line muffin pans with paper liners.

2 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt then stir in chocolate chips and toffee bits.

3 In another large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until fully combined.

4 Scoop batter into prepared pan and top as desired with chocolate chips, toffee bits, and sugar.

5 Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Yield: I doubled the recipe and it made 3 dozen

recipe from The Busy Baker