Leftover Halloween Candy Saltine Bark

Halloween Saltine Bark | The Blonde Buckeye

I actually wanted to make this last year, but usually I personally don’t have “leftover” candy. So this time I bought some, specifically to use and call “leftover”. The great thing is you can pretty much use any candy you like. I prefer chocolate with something like this, but by all means, add something fruity or whatever you have.Continue Reading

Buckeye Crunch Brownies

Buckeye Crunch Brownies | The Blonde Buckeye

These are UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously. I freaked out about these. Everyone else freaked out too. They’re that good. Think like, a crispy, gooey, peanut buttery, candy bar brownie? They are died-and-went-to-heaven good.Continue Reading

Flourless Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Oat Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

I’m slowly getting back into cooking and baking after having the little guy. Trying to plan baking times with napping times has proved to be much harder than expected! Ah the joys of motherhood…

Now that I’ve started again, I remember the main reason I love to bake; to bake for other people. Of course, I love baked goods myself (I can’t give something out without a taste test of course!), but I love baking for others even more. So what happens when you want to make something for someone thats super health-conscious? Like, someone that NEVER cheats! Ever. Um, these cookies people. I thought it would be nice to make something that seems like a ‘cheat’, but really isn’t too bad. The biggest challenge? There’s a fine line between delicious, healthier treats, and cardboard.

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Mini Buckeye Tarts

Mini Buckeye Tarts | The Blonde Buckeye

This is a good one you guys – if you like peanut butter & chocolate, of course.

Let me tell you, these little tarts are not only so cute, they can literally not be trusted around this pregnant lady. Luckily I gave most of them away so I didn’t have to look at them anymore, taunting me from the kitchen.Continue Reading

Buckeye Snack Mix

Buckeye Snack Mix | The Blonde Buckeye

Snack Mix, or Muddy Buddies, or Puppy Chow… They’re all the same essentially, and also super, super addicting. You will not be able to stop eating it. I rarely make it because of this fact. My sister and I always used to get down on this growing up. It would last about a second then too.Continue Reading

Buckeye Blondies

Buckeye Blondies | The Blonde Buckeye

It was only a matter of time before I made some Buckeye Blondies, let’s be honest. I mean, how perfect right? Not only are they appropriate for this blog’s name, they are DEEELICIOUS. Don’t ask questions, just make them. Seriously. Or wait a few days – I’m sure you have a surplus of candy at the moment. Or! Just add the leftover candy bars right into the blondies! Brilliant.

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Bacon Waffles with Peanut Butter-Honey Glaze

Bacon Waffles with Peanut Butter-Honey Glaze | The Blonde Buckeye

When I’m in the mood for brunch (which is always), I always have an internal struggle between savory options like eggs/bacon/omelette, or sweets like waffles/french toast/pancakes.  It’s a constant dilemma. I think I may have come up with the perfect solution by adding the savory into my sweet. And it was awesome. Then again, when you see bacon + peanut butter, you can usually assume the awesome part.Continue Reading

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Macarons

Chocolate Macarons with Peanut Butter Buttercream | The Blonde Buckeye

I know, I know – another ‘buckeye’ recipe. Don’t worry, not every recipe will be chocolate & peanut butter, but I just had to share these.

Over the last month when I was switching over from the old blog, I became slightly obsessed with mastering the French Macaron. Something about this challenging cookie lit a fire under my baking butt.  I thought, no problem, I got this.  Well, as a lot of people say, it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought.  Don’t get me wrong, even the batches that I fumbled still tasted insanely good, but they didn’t have the little macaron specifics that they were supposed to.  My first batch literally didn’t have ‘feet’ at all, they were like hard-shelled whoopie pies.  Then my second & third batches were hollow on the inside.  But by my fourth batch, I figured out what worked. I think I made all of the mistakes that people commonly make with those four batches.  But also, I think those mistakes helped me learn what works for me & my kitchen (& what doesn’t work).Continue Reading

Welcome! (with Buckeye Brownies)

Buckeye Brownie | The Blonde Buckeye

Oh hey there guys, welcome to my new blog, The Blonde Buckeye.  Many of you will be coming from my previous blog, The Brass Halo, so I wanted to give you a little introduction & explanation as to why I made this switch.

When I started The Brass Halo 2 years ago, I wanted to do everything.  Every kind of post I could think of.  Over those 2 years, I found out that the recipes were my first love.  With that being said, I decided to re-focus a bit & start a new blog that was entirely based around food & recipes.  I took the liberty of carrying over my top 20-or-so recipes to start things off (i just couldn’t bare to leave those guys behind).

One more thing, just as a little disclaimer.  I didn’t use a web designer to build this site, so things might be a little wonky for a bit while I figure out all the kinks.  So I apologize in advance for any broken links or any other random mishaps.  Any comments & questions are always welcome, but just know that I will be trying my best to iron everything out.

I hope you enjoy this change as much as I do, because I’m pretty excited about it. Now onto the sweet stuff… Buckeye Brownies (Mmmmmm). These are sure to rock your world. A layer of gooey brownies, topped with a peanut butter-buttercream, THEN topped with a peanut butter-chocolate glaze. I’m not messing around for my first newbie. But you are gonna love them!Continue Reading

Chewy Peanut Butter-Nutella Swirl Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter-Nutella Swirl Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

When you make cookie dough one day, & bake them another, it seems like a lot less work for some reason.  Also it seems like your cookies turn out better (chewier & softer & just yummier).  Or maybe it’s just me…  Either way, these cookies were awesome.  Super soft, super chewy & delicious!  I brought them to my office & they vanished like a white rabbit in a hat.  Highly recommended!

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