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.


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.}



martha’s chunky peanut, chocolate and cinnamon cookies

it’s friday, friday, gonna get down on friday!

ok so that was a) really cheesy and b) not exactly true.

i mean it is friday. but what exactly does “gonna get down on friday” mean? maybe it’s because i’m older than 14 but i’m pretty sure what i think it means is not exactly what rebecca black means when she sings it.

(p.s. how does this girl really have a wikipedia page??!?)


it’s friday which means it’s the first day of the super regionals AND another edition of martha’s cookie madness. these cookies would be great for a super regional tailgate in the shadows of the box (provided you didn’t have anyone that was deathly allergic to nuts). these cookies provide a great combination of peanut and chocolate. plus you throw in a pinch of warmth from the cinnamon. deliciousness.

martha’s chunky peanut, chocolate and cinnamon cookies

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) softened, unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperture
  • 1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 c roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. preheat oven to 350F. line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl, set aside.
  3. beat butter and peanut butter together in a bowl until well combined. add sugars and salt, mix until fluffy, about 2 min. mix in eggs until combined. add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. fold in your chocolate chips, peanuts and vanilla. refrigerate dough until it’s slightly firm, about 15 min.
  4. scoop out your dough with your cookie scoop and put on your prepared cookie sheets, about 2 in apart. flatten slightly. bake 12-13 min or until just golden. transfer to a cookie rack to cool completely.

that’s it for martha’s chocolate chip cookies. i have one more chocolate chip cookie recipe for next week but it’s a family recipe and not from martha. sue me. but because this is officially martha’s last chocolate chip cookie, i’ll tell you my favorite of hers… surprise surprise… it was the very first one, the soft and chewy. all have been good, minus the banana walnut since i think bananas are disgusting and didn’t have one although everyone else loved them. have you been keeping up? which one was your favorite?

hope you enjoy your weekend. i plan to!

oh and geaux tigers!!


recipe from: martha stewart’s cookie cookbook

martha’s peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

we’re getting soooo close to being done with chocolate chip cookies! not that i’m not a lover of chocolate chip cookies in their many varieties but i’m ready for something new. like i just need a little vacation. then i can come back to my old friend all excited to see them again.

i’m also pretty sure my co-workers are ready for something other than chocolate chip cookies. which is why i’m making a surprise for them next week. for two reasons…

1) i need something sweet other than another batch of cookies.

2) because i feel like making something other than cookies.

so these cookies…. i like to consider them healthy cookies. i mean really… they’re about as healthy as you can get with a cookie without trying to get all fancified and actually make a healthy cookie. these cookies are held together with a teensy bit of flour and mostly oats. plus they’re chockful (i don’t know if that’s the correct spelling but i can’t spell to save my life so sorry if it’s not!) of peanuts and peanut butter and chocolate. all of which are totally good for you… (let’s just ignore the “in moderation” part ok?) so don’t feel bad if you need to eat one (or five) of these for breakfast. they’re healthy!!

martha’s peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

  • 3 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 2 c whole peanuts
  • 2 c semisweet chocolate chips
  1. preheat oven to 350F. line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. mix the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl; set aside.
  3. cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. mix in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  4. reduce the speed to low and add in your oats / flour mixture. mix until just combined. mix in the peanuts and chocolate chips.
  5. using your cookie scoop, dish out scoops of cookie dough about 2 in apart on your baking sheets. bake 12-15 min. let cool on your cookie sheets 5 min before transferring to your cooling racks to cool completely.
  6. have one for breakfast!!

seriously. i mean they’re as healthy as a true cookie can get so don’t feel bad about having one (or three) for breakfast!


recipe from: martha stewart’s cookie cookbook