Crunching down on TWIX® bite-size chocolate & caramel cookies for memorial day weekend

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Do you and your family plan any special outings for memorial day weekend? As far as our family goes, memorial day is the kickoff for summer season and we almost always enjoy some family time together, backyard grilling with a water activity. Not only is it a day to remember our heroes and celebrate the sacrifices they made for us, It’s a special day because to JP because it represents the end of school and the beginning of summer fun and games.

I made a few sweet treats in preparation for our weekend, and this one is by far my favorite! TWIX® bite-size chocolate candy made the perfect chocolate chips for my cookies. Instead of using the regular chips, I decided to sub it for crushed up TWIX® candy that I spotted at Walmart this weekend. I love those little sample demonstrations – I always get sold on whatever they are promoting!

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Did you know that they have an awesome promotion going on too? Get $1.00 off when you buy two 2.83oz bags or 3.00$ when you purchase two 6oz or larger of these bite-size delights!

$1.00 off when you buy two 2.83 oz. or larger bags - $3.00 off when you buy two 6 oz. or larger bags

I thought that crushed up TWIX® would bring both chocolate AND caramel to a plain a cookie dough and take it from an ordinary dessert to an extraordinary one.

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In hindsight, I should have stored the bag of TWIX® in the freezer overnight so the bite-size pieces would be completely solid when I run them in the food processor to crumble them. It still worked out fine, but I think having them frozen beforehand would have make a more uniform crumble.

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TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

So using this basic cookie dough recipe, I sub’ed the chocolate chips for my chocolate/caramel crumbles instead!

Crunching down on TWIX® bite-size chocolate & caramel cookies for memorial day weekend
Recipe type: Cookies
 

Ingredients
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pkg of crumbled TWIX® bites

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set it aside. In another bowl, cream together the 2 sticks of butter with the brown & white sugars until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the eggs & vanilla and beat until it’s smooth. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until it creates a thick dough. The dough should be a little softer than play dough. Add in the TWIX® bites and spoon it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F

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The perfect pair!!! #EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

 

Cheesy Potato Casserole with Ore-Ida® Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes

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Now that spring is here, Easter is not very far away. I can’t wait to get prepared for easter brunch with the family! Brunch is not something that we get to enjoy very often, so I jump at my chances when they pop up. Since my cravings can’t wait until a brunch opportunity pops up, it doesn’t stop me from making my own ‘brunch’ dishes for my family at home. Since having a child, I always make Sunday breakfast complete with eggs, sausage, hash browns with the works.

A really good brunch dish is this Cheesy Potato Casserole recipe that’s made with Ore-Ida® Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes. I decided to try it when I discovered it on the Walmart website. Who knew Walmart.com was a good resource for easy recipes to prepare?

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With so many recipes to choose from, I decided to try the Cheesy Potato Casserole, and it turned out excellent! Not only was it delicious, but it was also easy to prepare so you don’t have to be a kitchen ninja to do this right.

With a greased pan and lots of love, I made my own best version of this dish. As you can see, it goes really well with eggs and toast! The Cheesy Potato Casserole got the most requests for second helpings from both JP and his daddy.. That’s when I know a recipe is a keeper – no leftovers!

Be sure to give it a try for your easter brunches – you won’t be disapointed!

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Making flaky pastry cups with Milky Way® Bites

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If you ever wanted to have quick, flaky pastries in under 20 minutes – here’s how! This has got to be the simplest of baking ideas I’ve ever had, and boy is it amazing.  I came across these little Milky Way® bites the last time I was shopping at Walmart, so I bought them thinking they would make a nice ‘I love you’ treat in JP’s lunch.

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 Flaky Pastry Cups with Milky Way® Bites #EatMoreBites #cbias #shop

Flaky Pastry Cups with Milky Way® Bites #EatMoreBites #cbias #shop

I’ve been craving a good flaky pastry for a while now, so I thought I’d use my frozen pasty cups and fill them with the Milky Way® bites and bake to see how it turned out. On my first try,  I baked each bite on top of the frozen dough as shown above.. If you decide to do this, be sure to bake the cups almost completely before you pop the bites in each one or they will turn out like these. Not everything I make actually turns out right!

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So I decided to give it another shot, and this time bake the dough until it was almost done, and then pressed the Milky Way® bites into each shell and continue baking for another few minutes. This way turned out wayyy better!

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Flaky Pastry Cups with Milky Way® Bites #EatMoreBites #cbias #shop

Here’s a coupon to get $.75 off any 2 bags of Milky Way® Bites (6oz or larger) in the candy section at Walmart. They even have other varieties too if Milky Way® isn’t your favorite. They are just the right size for adding a little something extra to your desserts! Join the #EatMoreBites Twitter Party on Friday, March 14, from 1:00-2:00 PM EST for a chance to win $550 in Walmart Gift Cards!

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Thank you #collectivebias for giving me the opportunity to try Milky Way® Bits! 
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