I’m not sure what’s up with me this year. Normally I’m all over the holiday festivities immediately following my birthday in late October. This year has been different, i’m not sure why. The perfectly ripe pear and peppermint latte I had for breakfast are helping to get me in the holiday spirit, but i’m still not quite ready to crank the Christmas tunes. Perhaps writing about my holiday bake-a-thon and all my favorite gifts will get me all the way there.
As part of our cookiepocalypse, I finally got to make this rolo brownie recipe that has been saved on my desktop for months!
Rolo Brownies recipe from My Baking Addiction
1 box dark chocolate fudge cake mix
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
About 40 Rolos, unwrapped (I bought a 12 oz bag and ate the extras)
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 8 inch square baking pan or spray well with nonstick baking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, evaporated milk, and butter until combined. Divide mixture in half and press half into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside. Let brownies cool for about 10 minutes.
3. Place Rolos over the surface of the brownies, very close together. Sprinkle peanut butter chips in all the spaces between. On a piece of parchment or wax paper, pat remaining brownie dough into a rough 8 inch square. Turn onto the top of the Rolo layer, dough side down and peel paper off. Place in the oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes.
4. Let brownies cool before cutting into squares and eating.
Frickin’ delicious if I do say so myself. I think Jen’s husband ate all of hers before she could even share them with the rest of her family!
For the first part of my holiday gift guide, I’d like to talk about supporting small businesses and local vendors. There are so many amazing small businesses out there that are selling really beautiful and high quality goods. This holiday season, seek out something different than your usual mall fare, and not only help a business owner in your community, but get a truly unique gift for your loved one at the same time.
Here’s a few of my favorite local artisans from around San Diego. With websites like etsy.com these home town peeps are able to reach a larger audience. Buy from So Cal, or find some local talent in your own town.
Heyhotstems.com custom designed wine, beer and champagne glasses. Perfect for those boozers in your life! Also great for parties, showers, etc. **I own one of these and love it!
Butcherpress.com amazing original screen prints, shirts and more. Katy is so talented! These unique prints would make a great addition to any household
Orange and Park I’m obsessed with these local map prints
Spiffing Jewelry Custom jewelry at affordable prices. Can’t beat that! **I own a bracelet and a ring
My Three Sons Designs the cutest in custom children’s clothes and gifts
The Dainty Woods for all things soft, pretty and whimsical
***all photos property of their respective websites