Fudgy Twix Brownies

Because you can never have enough brownies…  especially when said brownies are chewy, fudgy, and loaded with chopped up Twix candy bar pieces, right?

Fudgy Twix Brownies | Sweet Anna's

I know, I know…  enough with the brownie recipes already.  You guys are probably sick of them by now, aren’t you?

I don’t know why I just can’t seem to stop.  Maybe it’s because they are so easy to make, so incredibly satisfying, or so crowd-pleasing?  Whatever the reason, I haven’t gotten tired of making brownies from scratch yet.

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Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp

Because cherries are bliss.  And cherries + amaretto are a match made in heaven!

Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp | Sweet Anna's

This crisp is just the best thing that has come across my table in a long time.  I can’t get over how lovely these flavors are, and I’m kind of mad at myself for taking this long to throw this simple, delicious dessert together!

Do you ever just have to bake?  Your mind and spirit feeling like it will burst if you don’t get in that kitchen right now and make something beautiful and delicious that will bring smiled to the faces around you (or even just your own)?  The need to fill your house with heavenly scents that stop a busy mind in its tracks upon entering your door?

Food is my love language.  Or rather, food is the love language I speak.  And creating in the kitchen is how I de-stress.  Maybe because I can usually control the movements and outcomes in my kitchen.  Maybe because mostly good things come out of my kitchen.  Maybe because it just smells so darn good in here.

Whatever the reason, my kitchen is my solace.  Baking is my passion.  And cooking fun meals for people who appreciate them is right up next to baking on the list!

(See how I didn’t just say ‘cooking is my passion’?  Because ever since I married had kids, I don’t find as much joy in cooking.  But if I know someone is easy to please, or extra appreciative of a good home-cooked meal, I am all over it!)

Anyways, end of my ramblings and back to the crisp at hand…

If you don’t have frozen cherries, you can absolutely use fresh.  The cooking time will be less, so just keep an eye on it for bubbling and a golden brown top!

I like a mix of about half tart cherries and half sweet cherries.  If you have all tart cherries, add a bit more sugar to the fruit mixture.  If you have all sweet cherries, cut the sugar back a bit if you’d like.

However you do it, throw this quick dessert together soon.  You will be sure to impress your loved ones with this one!

Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp | Sweet Anna's

Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp

Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

    for the filling:
  • 8 cups total, frozen cherries (4 cups tart cherries, 4 cups sweet cherries, if you have them!)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • for the topping:
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur*

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

In a 9x13" baking dish, mix together the cherries, sugar, flour, amaretto, cinnamon and salt until combined; Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, almonds, flour, cinnamon and salt until well mixed. Stir in the melted butter and the amaretto until combined. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the cherry mixture in the baking dish.

Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or lots of fresh whipped cream!

*If you don't have amaretto liqueur, feel free to substitute some pure almond extract. About 1 teaspoon of extract is equal to 1 tablespoon of liqueur!

http://sweetannas.com/2014/07/easy-cherry-amaretto-crisp.html

recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

double dark chocolate banana bread

Because you can never have too many recipes for Banana Bread.  Especially when said banana bread is laced with luscious dark chocolate and studded with chocolate chips.

Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread | Sweet Anna's

Now don’t worry, this is not just another chocolate cake.

This is a very dense, moist dairy-free banana bread that is loaded with dark chocolate, but still tastes like banana bread.

Kind of like the love child of banana bread and a perfect chocolate muffin.

Actually, these would make really great muffins.

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fresh blackberry rhubarb crisp

Fresh blackberries AND rhubarb in the same crisp?!  Why haven’t I done this years ago?!  (If you live in the beautiful Northwest, you probably understand what I am talking about!  These two goodies are almost free for the taking all summer around here!)

Oh my goodness you guys!!  I can’t believe how long it has been since I have shared a recipe with you.

Life has just wiped us out lately…  and by us, I mean me and my computer (who pretended to die on me a few weeks ago!  Ha!) and now my 5 year old son who is recovering from having his tonsils and adenoids out this morning.

I think things might still be crazy for the next week or so, but please know I’ve got some recipes waiting in the wings for ya.  I can’t wait to share them with you!!

Now, in the meantime, and because you can never have too many good crisps in your life (or crumbles, or whatever you want to call them?!)…  here is my apology-offer to you.

Fresh Blackberry Rhubarb Crisp | Sweet Anna's

This buttery, brown sugary crisp is packed full of blackberries (’tis almost the season!) and fresh chopped rhubarb.  Topped with a scoop of ice cream, this simple dessert (or breakfast!!) really can’t be beat!

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cardamom-orange dark chocolate chunk butter cookies

Well, if that isn’t a mouthful, I just don’t know what is!

Cardamom Orange Dark Chocolate Chunk Butter Cookies are exactly what their very long name implies…  chewy, rich butter cookies, laced with aromatic cardamom and orange zest and studded with finely chopped dark chocolate.

  Cardamom Orange Dark Chocolate Chunk Butter Cookies | Sweet Anna's

These sweet little things are way up at the top of my Favorite Cookies Ever list.  Maybe even in the #1 spot (although I’d better eat them about 20 more times to decide that for sure!)

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