candy corn magic bars

not one to shy away from controversial topics i have to weigh in on one….

and this one i can actually weigh in on….

i’m sure by now you may have heard of the “fit mom” that caused all kinds of controversy by posting a picture of herself with her 3 young sons with the words “what’s your excuse?”

well all kinds of people are giving their opinion on the matter and because i happened to read a few articles about it and this is my teeny, tiny corner to say something, here’s mine….

i don’t think what she did is “fat shaming” as some are calling it. you know what i have to say to her… good for you. for everyone out there saying all kinds of negative things, you are exactly who she is talking to. she’s not saying that everyone needs to have her washboard abs and be all kinds of ripped. she’s just asking what someone’s excuse it.

i mean look…. i go to the gym 5-7 days a week. i make it a priority. it matters to me whether i make it to gym or not. BUUUUUT there are definitely some days i have an “excuse”. i’m tired or i have a headache. and i know when i boil it down, it’s an excuse. and i’m OK with that. but there have also been days where i had to work late so i left, went to my spin class and came back to the office and worked into the night. for me, it is something i enjoy and that i have begun to make it more of a priority and stopped making so many excuses. that’s all this chick is saying.

or maybe you fall more in line with this lady… to which i totally give her a high five {and you too!}

when it comes to something like this, i think it’s to each, their own.

but i know if i don’t make it to the gym, i can’t eat like an entire pan of these bars because let’s be real, i have no will power towards something like these.

i mean for real.

since halloween is coming, i totally let this idea give me the perfect excuse to buy a bag of candy corn.

which some people love or hate. personally…. i happen to love the stuff.

then m&m’s came out with some white chocolate candy corn m&m’s AND oreos had some limited edition candy corn golden oreos.

{side note…. those freaking oreos go fast so they didn’t make it to this recipe but NEXT YEAR my friends.}

so with all the signs coming from the universe i knew all these candy corn things must be combined to make some magic bars. and then i threw some peanuts in there because apparently it’s a thing.

{second side note….. BEST.COMBO.EVER.}

but back to these bars.

make.them.

candy corn magic bars from pink tiger in the kitchen

candy corn magic bars

  • 1 (17.5 oz) package sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 c (1 stick) brown butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 c chopped golden oreos
  • 1 c candy corn m&m’s {or white chocolate chunks}
  • 1 c lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 c candy corn
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  1. preheat the oven to 350F. grease a 11×17″ or 9×13″ pyrex dish, depending on thick you’d like your bars.
  2. stir together the cookie mix, brown butter, egg, vanilla extract and almond extract together. press evenly in your  pyrex dish. sprinkle the oreos pieces evenly over the dough followed by m&m’s {or white chocolate chunks}, peanuts and candy corn. evenly pour the condensed milk over the top.
  3. bake 23-30 min until the crust and top are golden. cool completely before slicing.

so let’s all make some of these bars and meet at the gym and eat them.

{oh and last side note….. i totally brought these to my gym for the awesome people at the front desk. true story.}

kisses.

mocha muffins

true story….

i looked down and when i looked back up 3 weeks have passed!!

i originally started this post back in the middle of september and then life got all kinds of weird and now i’m back to it. gah.

with all the fall baking trends going on i have a confession to make…. most of them i’m not a fan of. for real.

i’m not big on pumpkin so all these pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pumpkin are totally unappetizing to me. but i can get behind using pumpkin pie spice because duh it’s really just like a kicked up cinnamon. which is the same as apple pie spice.

which brings me to i’m not a fan of cooked apples. so unless it’s a sliced up granny smith, you can keep it.

it’s a texture thing.

but these muffins have none of those things. these muffins have chocolate and coffee which means they are totally breakfast food. i mean duh they’re called muffins. 🙂

i saw these muffins one day on pinterest and knew they needed to be made immediately. i mean it was like a sign because i had some buttermilk that was on the verge of being dumped and, again, chocolate and coffee. but in an effort to feel a smidge less guilty about having chocolate muffins for breakfast, i swapped out some of the ap flour for whole wheat flour. i mean that automatically makes it 1000% healthier right?

if you wanted to be even healthier, you could find one of those handy dandy conversion charts to sub some greek yogurt for some of the buttermilk. if you do, lemme know how that goes k?

mocha muffinsmocha muffins

    • 1 c ap flour
    • 1 c whole wheat flour
    • 2/3 c light brown sugar
    • 1/2 c cocoa powder, sifted
    • 1-1/2 tbs espresso powder
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 6 tbs butter, melted
    • 1-1/2 c buttermilk, room temp
    • 2 eggs, room tem
    • 1 tsp vanilla

1 c dark chocolate chips

streusel topping

  • 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1 tbs butter, room temp
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  1. preheat the oven to 375F. line a muffin tin with baking cups.
  2. in a large bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. in a smaller bowl, mix together the melted butter, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined; stir in chocolate chips. divide the batter evenly among the muffin cupsl
  4. make your streusel topping: combine all streusel ingredients in a small bowl. cut the butter into the other ingredients until it’s coarse and crumbly. sprinkle evenly over the muffin batter.
  5. bake 18-20 min, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. remove from the oven and let cool 5 min before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

see… chocolate for breakfast!!

kisses.

recipe adapted from: handle the heat