Pineapple Upside Down Brownies

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Pineapple Upside Down Brownies from TheBakingRobot.com

The following is a short list of things I have planned to do this winter break:

1. Study math so I can take an opt-out exam next semester.
2. Finally finish Northanger Abbey because it’s taking me months.
3. Keep looking over Korean notes so I don’t forget anything during this time off.

The following is a list of things I have been doing (please note that none of the above is included on this list):

1. Watch really bad movies on Netflix.
2. Obsessively check the Serial podcast Reddit.
3. Bake brownies.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Pocky

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Homemade Peanut Butter Pocky from TheBakingRobot.com

One of my classes this semester was Korean, and I was surprised at how often my classmates and professors would talk about Pepero. Korea even has a Pepero Day on November 11. Get it, 11/11? Like the shape of the snack? It’s actually kind of adorable.

But I’d never had Pepero (or the more popular Japanese version, Pocky) until last week, when a classmate brought strawberry Pocky to celebrate the last day of class. My fellow classmates cheered and I was just like, “Uhh did NO ONE else see these Japanese lemonade gummies behind the Pocky? No? Good.”

Let’s take a moment to reflect on how weird it is that we only ate Japanese candy in Korean class.

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Christmas Dark Chocolate Fudge Red Velvet Ice Cream

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Christmas Dark Chocolate Fudge Red Velvet Ice Cream from TheBakingRobot.com

The following is a long overdue explanation, from a human-pretending-to-be-a-robot-on-the-Internet. (That’s a weird thing to admit.)

Hi, fellow humans. Please, refrain from screaming! Suppress those gasps! Stop crying, please, I’m begging you!

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Count Chocula Cream Pie

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Count Chocula Cream Pie | The Baking Robot

Good Monday morning, humans! Call in sick to work, skip school, do whatever you have to do to free up your morning and make this cereal pie. It’s the only way to start the week. The only way, I said!

General Mills contacted me again this year to create some recipes using some of their Monsters cereal. Since cereal has always been one of my favorite ingredients – you know this by now, right? – I was really excited to have an official reason to hoard boxes of cereal. For research purposes. 

Last year, I made Count Chocula Donuts and Yummy Mummy Pudding Pops. (The Yummy Mummy flavor isn’t available this year, but the pudding pops will taste just as delicious with any of the other flavors.)

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Rainbow Trail Mix Popsicles

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Rainbow Trail Mix Popsicles | The Baking Robot

Summer is winding down and I can feel it in my metal frame. And by “I can feel it” I mean “I am aware that classes begin next week and suddenly I won’t be able to stay up until 3 am marathoning TV shows on Netflix.”

Which is what all robots do in the summer months. 

So! In my effort to prolong the feeling of summer and laziness and no responsibilities (a perk of being a robot student) I’ve made a classic summer treat even more summer-y by transforming it into popsicles!

And popsicles are my most favorite summer treat, so there was no way this recipe wouldn’t be awesome.

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