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Who is ready to throw a party?! I am always ready to have a fun get-together with friends and family, so the big basketball game on TV is a great reason. I’m really excited to share with you a few of my favorite party recipes and tips to help you create an enjoyable afternoon or evening of basketball watching while eating some totally yummy snacks.

Here are my first steps for planning a party:

  1. Make a guest list
  2. Decide on a theme – in this case, watching the big basketball game on TV is the thing!
  3. Choose simple decorations
  4. Make a menu
  5. Check grocery store sale ads and make a shopping list – be willing to tweak your menu based on what is on sale that week.
  6. Go shopping!

I did my party shopping at Giant Eagle. Some items on sale are Wheat Thins, Ritz Crackers, Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, OREO Cookies, and mini cans and 1/2 liter bottles of Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, and Diet Coke. All of these items are the perfect match for my basketball party!

My party menu was pretty simple (and awesome!)

  • Baked artichoke dip with Wheat Thins, Ritz Crackers, and baby carrots
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bowls with vanilla bean ice cream
  • OREO Cookies
  • Homemade ice cream toppings: marshmallow cream, hot fudge, caramel, and peanut butter sauce

To make the Reese’s peanut butter cup brownie bowls, I used a simple boxed brownie mix. Then I mixed in Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups and baked the batter in a muffin tin.

After the brownies baked, I used a measuring spoon to press each brownie into a little bowl shape.

After they cool for a few minutes, the brownie bowls are ready to fill with ice cream:

I mean… good grief that looks goooood!

Homemade ice cream toppings are really special and not at all difficult to make. Your guests will be so impressed!

I served the ice cream toppings in large ramekins right next to the Oreos and brownie bowls.

For a savory snack, I always love baked artichoke dip. It takes hardly any time at all to mix up.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bowls

8 ounce package of Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
1 boxed brownie mix, batter prepared according to package directions

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the brownie batter and the Reese’s Minis.
2. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each muffin cup in the brownie batter – about 3/4 full.
3. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
4. Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to press down on the center of each brownie to form into a little bowl shape.
5. Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Marshmallow Ice Cream Topping

2 cups marshmallow cream (“marshmallow fluff”)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

In a medium sauce pan, heat the marshmallow cream and whipping cream over medium heat. Whisk until smooth then remove from heat. Serve over ice cream.

Hot Fudge Sauce

2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the brown sugar and cocoa powder. (whisking the sugar and cocoa together helps remove any lumps in the cocoa powder)
2. Add the heavy cream, corn syrup, and salt. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, then cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
4. Cool and serve over ice cream.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter

1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the whipping cream, sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Heat over medium heat, stirring until smooth.
2. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and stir well.
3. Remove the sauce from the heat and cool before serving. Serve over ice cream.

Caramel Sauce

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons butter
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the brown sugar, whipping cream, butter, and salt over medium heat.
2. Cook the sauce, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Stir well.
4. Cool then serve over ice cream.

Baked Artichoke Dip

12 ounce jar artichoke hearts
1 cup mayonnaise
8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup grated white cheddar cheese

1. Drain and rinse the artichokes. Chop the artichokes into small pieces.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the chopped artichokes, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese. Pour the mixture into a pie plate or small baking dish.
3. Top the dip with the shredded white cheddar.
4. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.
5. Serve with Ritz, Wheat Thins, tortilla chips, or vegetables.

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Now you’re ready to party!

Be sure to check out the National Coke Zero Final Four Selfie Contest and National Mondelez Snack Bracket link!

Which recipe in this post would you love to try?


5 Comments on Big Game Party – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bowls and Sundae Bar with Homemade Ice Cream Toppings

  1. myviewmamadiaries
    March 13, 2015 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Oooooh my goodness this looks AMAZING! Wish I could invite myself over to taste it all! I'll definitely be trying the Sundae cups and all the other recipes look delicious!! I'm especially tempted to try that Artichoke dip… I have a super soft spot for artichokes. 🙂 Thanks for the great recipes! Such a cute spread. <3

  2. Suzanne Lamoutte
    March 14, 2015 at 3:49 am (3 years ago)

    That brownie sundae looks AMAZING! What great ideas you have. Thank you for sharing. Definitely going to try the desert next weekend when my nieces and nephews come for a sleep over.

  3. Melissa Perry Moraja
    March 30, 2015 at 11:54 am (3 years ago)

    This looks amazing! My kids and I definitely are going to make the Brownie dessert! Visiting from Mommy Monday Blog Hop!

  4. Dori Shelton
    April 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the idea of the brownie bowl…very inspiring indeed! These all looks so yummy!


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