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Do you feel as though you have an impact on the world around you?
I’ve always felt very satisfied at my chosen profession. With teaching, I’m fairly sure that I make an impact. I just have to strive my hardest to make it a consistently positive one for my students and the teachers I supervise. That’s one reason I don’t really want to go into anything else; I might be getting paid, but it’s also a way to give back.
Teaching is also about possibilities. Every day, I see new paths for both myself and the people around me, and that inspires creativity. It’s that same creativity that sparks my baking and that makes it so much fun to create new desserts. Thanks to NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® and their new line of baking mixes, I can take their Brownies & More with chocolate morsels mix and turn it into a quick and tasty peanut butter brownie pizza!
As I’m working among the dusty books this summer getting the office ready for teachers, I need to take breaks from time to time. Last week, I spent the morning in a storage room without air conditioning straightening things out. By the time a few hours had gone by, I needed a break and some supplies. Luckily, I work down the street from Target, and when I got there, I stocked up on every single flavor of these baking mixes. After all, I need to bake treats for my teachers, who are coming in this week voluntarily to meet. Talk about inspiring!
Personally, I’ve always been inspired by people who lead by example. I’ve worked for some amazing teachers and instructional leaders who find innovative ways to help kids achieve, and it’s my continuous goal to be the same way. Hard work is important, and so are good intentions. Still, I also enjoy looking at ideas from a new angle and trying to find a different approach. It keeps everything much fresher.
It’s that same skill that makes me a lover of baking mixes. Sure, I could enjoy these NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® mixes just the way they are by following the directions on the box. And believe me, I did whip up a batch of both the Cookies & More with chocolate morsels as well as the Cookies & More with Butterfinger just for fun, and it was great. I also can’t wait to try the Brownies & More with Butterfinger. These new mixes have no artificial flavors or colors, and they come with the cutest little bags of chocolate morsels or Butterfinger bits. I’m always about the cute.
Still, when I buy a baking mix, I turn it into something else about 85% of the time. It’s just more fun that way! In this instance, I took the brownie mix and used a springform pan to make a “pizza” crust. The base gets covered with a peanut butter frosting and more chocolate morsels from the cute bag. It’s a fast, easy and fun dessert that I guarantee will fill the crowds with awe and wonder at what you can do.
How do you like to dress up your baking mixes? Pick some up with this special deal from Ibotta and start baking now. There are so many options, and the creativity is yours to enjoy. Innovation is where it’s at, and using baking mixes provides a solid place to start. See what you can create!
Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza
1 box NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Cookie Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (with half the chocolate morsels reserved)
Peanut Butter Topping
2 oz. (1/4 block) cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
chocolate morsels (reserved from baking mix)
- Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Prepare the brownies according to package directions, with the exception of the chocolate morsels. Put half into the batter and leave the rest for later.
- Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake as directed. Cool completely. Release the brownie base from the pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix well; it will be crumbly. Add the milk and beat again until smooth and spreadable.
- Leaving a space at the perimeter for the brownie edges to show, spread the peanut butter topping over the brownies thickly and evenly. Sprinkle on the remaining chocolate morsels.
- Cut into wedges. Store covered.