Caramelitas

Caramelitas – An easy bar cookie with a buttery oatmeal cookie base and filled with chocolate and gooey caramel.

Caramelitas - An easy bar cookie with a buttery oatmeal cookie base and filled with chocolate and gooey caramel.

Have you made all of your cookies and treats for Christmas?  We always make fudge on Christmas Eve, so I still have that, and I have been holding off on making our Frosted Sugar Cookies as well.  But I am pretty sure without either of those, we have more than we need for the holidays.  Today I am meeting with a large group of people from our neighborhood, and we are all taking treats to the fire stations around our town to say thank you.  When I shared my White Chocolate Fudge recipe there is a video about how to Bake It Forward and help to end childhood hunger this holiday season.  Well our neighborhood was so inspired, we are delivering all over town today!

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M&M Peanut Butter Bars & Kitchen Aid Giveaway

M&M Peanut Butter Bars – thick and chewy peanut butter bars loaded with peanut butter M&M’s for even more peanut buttery goodness!

M&M Peanut Butter Bars - thick and chewy peanut butter bars loaded with peanut butter M&M's for even more peanut buttery goodness!

So we are back from vacation, and it is time for me to leave again.  That was 3 whole days at home, and I am headed to a conference that I have been planning for the last 5 months.  Seriously, did you know how much work goes into planning a conference?  If you ever have to go to one for work, just think about who had to put every part of that together.  This is a small conference for just 10 people too!  So many details.  I am so excited to get to spend the weekend with these ladies, to learn, eat, grow and improve my blog.  But I am so super excited that I can stop stressing!  So follow along on Instagram so you can see the food and the views (we are in the mountains of Breckenridge).

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Nutella No Bake Bars

Nutella No Bake Bars – turn a classic no bake cookies into a quick and easy bar with lots of creamy Nutella.  

Nutella No Bake Bars - turn a classic no bake cookies into a quick and easy bar with lots of creamy Nutella.

You may recognize these Nutella no bake bars.  They have been on the blog for 4 years now.  I am just giving them a little face lift.  They are relatively popular despite the photos that were with them.  I am hoping now, you will want to make them even more!  They are even easier than regular no bake cookies, and they are perfect to have in your freezer for when a craving strikes!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars – chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of cheesecake in the center. So yummy!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of cheesecake in the center.  So yummy!
Photos are updated as of 6/5/15.
The other night we went to a birthday party for a 3 year old.  I was asked to bring my guacamole to the party, and was more than happy to help.  I obviously love cooking, so I asked if I could bring anything else.  She thought she had it covered, but then she heard that I was thinking of making chocolate chip cheesecake bars.  She immediately took me up on my offer!  And boy am I glad I did.  These chocolate chip cookie bars were a HUGE hit!  Everyone raved about them, and wanted the recipe!  The birthday boy loves baseball, and had a wonderful cake that looked just like a giant baseball, but these cheesecake bars were a great treat as well.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}
I don’t usually like Cheesecake, never really have.  But recently I am turning a corner, and have tasted a couple I like.  One was a layered cheesecake, with a chocolate cookie crust and then 3 layers (chocolate, almond, brown sugar) of cheesecake.  That was good!  I have been seeing a few different ideas on this cheesecake bar floating around.  Some have a graham cracker crust, some don’t.  So I wanted to make my own version.  And boy these chocolate chip cookie bars were good, I will happily make them again!   I guess this might prove that if you put enough sugar in cream cheese, I will eat it!
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of cheesecake in the center.  So yummy!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Yields 20

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of cheesecake in the center. So yummy!

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Cookie Layer:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cheesecake Layer:
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil or parchment paper (or spray with non-stick spray). Set aside.
  2. In a mixer combine butter, shortening and sugar together. Beat until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly add flour, salt and baking soda, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Press 1/2 half of the dough into the prepared pan. Set the remaining 1/2 aside.
  4. In a mixer beat cream cheese and sugar together until fully blended. Add sugar egg and vanilla, and beat for 1 minute until smooth and creamy.
  5. Pour cream cheese mixture over the dough in the pan.
  6. Take small balls (about 1 tsp) of the remaining dough and scatter them over the top of cream cheese mixture. You will have holes, and that is perfectly fine.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely before serving.
  9. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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Strawberry Margarita Bars

Strawberry Margarita Bars – a twist on a classic lemon bar.  Strawberry, lime, and tequila make these taste like the classic strawberry margarita in dessert form.  

Strawberry Margarita Bars - a twist on a classic lemon bar.  Strawberry, lime, and tequila make these taste like the classic strawberry margarita in dessert form.

Today I am hanging out with my mom and kind of going crazy.  I am packing and trying to get stuff together like a mad woman.  We leave for 6 weeks on Friday, and I swear I am going to forget everything important.  We have been making lists of what to bring for over a month, but I still feel like I am going to forget something major.  My parents are here for the next 2 months, so they can stay at our house, and hopefully find an area they want to move to in the next year or so.  Thankfully she is here and helping me remember some stuff I would not have thought to pack.  Good thing they have stores in New Zealand, so I can at least replace what I forget.

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Banana Snickerdoodle Bars

Banana Snickerdoodle Bars – Use up those over ripe bananas to make these Snickerdoodle Bars.  All the flavor of a Snickerdoodle cookie, in the form of a bar!

Banana Snickerdoodle Bars - Use up those over ripe bananas to make these Snickerdoodle Bars.  All the flavor of a Snickerdoodle cookie, in the form of a bar!

I always have bananas sitting on my counter that need to get used up.  At least it seems that way.  I am not sure why I always buy so many, thinking we will eat them all, and then 1 or 2 just sit there.  Needless to say, I am always looking for a different way to use up those over ripe ones.  Sometimes I just throw them in the freezer for later, but other times I get ambitious and want to bake something with them right away! These Snickerdoodle Bars have to be my son’s favorite.  He pretty much loves anything that involves cinnamon, so I knew these would be a huge hit with him.

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Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars – Sugar Cookies in the form of a bar.  Thick, chewy, and full of peppermint chips.  Topped with a butter cream frosting and more peppermint shavings!

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars - Sugar Cookies in the form of a bar.  Thick, chewy, and full of peppermint chips.  Topped with a butter cream frosting and more peppermint shavings!

Welcome to Day Four of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Thanks to our sponsors for Christmas Week. Anolon is donating a 5-piece Bakeware Set. Swing by their Facebook Page to show them some love. We also have Ball supplying us with 4 sets of Jars in their gorgeous Green Heritage Color. Swing by their Ball Canning and Recipes Facebook Page to say hello.

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No Bake Biscoff Bars

No Bake Biscoff Bars are like a peanut butter cup but with the flavors of Biscoff.  Quick, easy, and sure the please!

No Bake Biscoff Bars are like a peanut butter cup but with the flavors of Biscoff.  Quick, easy, and sure the please!

Are you ready for the holiday baking season? It is pretty much upon us.  I have to admit, I am not quite ready.  This year has just gone by far too quickly, I want it to slow down a little!  But today, I am here with a special treat for you.  I have mentioned Katrina from In Katrina’s Kitchen before.  She is one of my very dear friends in this blogging world.  We were roommates at a conference earlier this year, and I was able to visit her when I was in Ohio a few weeks ago.  So this post is kind of special to me today.  In case you didn’t know Katrina came out with a cookbook (The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook)!!!  She worked so hard on this book, and it is gorgeous and so full of great recipes.

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Today is the last day of school!  As of 12:15pm today, I officially have a 4th grader.  To celebrate the last day of school, my 9 year old and I are going out to lunch and spending the afternoon together.  I love that he still wants to do things with me, and thinks I am fun to be with.  I am sure I have little time of that left.  My little guy also has his first baseball game of the season tonight.  Hopefully the weather cools down, because upper 80’s is not comfortable weather for watching or playing.

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S’mores Cookies Bars

S'mores Cookie Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Getting back into the swing of things after being gone for 4 days is work.  With all the unpacking, the laundry, the work to catch up on, the family you want to spend time with.  But, I think I am finally there.  I am sharing lots of pictures and talking about my time in Miami tomorrow.  Thank you so much to STAR Fine Foods for making it possible for me to attend the conference.

S'mores Cookie Bars - perfectly ooey, gooey, and chocolatey treat!  {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

S’mores are everywhere, in every way shape or form.  I have seen cake, bars, cookies, milkshakes…you name it, it is out there.  I first made these s’mores bars a few years ago.  I had kind of forgotten about them, but remade them recently, and they will now be on repeat at our house.  They were insanely good, and so addicting.  I brought them to the end of the year flag football pot luck for my son’s team.  I had a hard time staying out of them ahead of time, and I wasn’t the only one.  At the picnic, everyone kept talking about them!  I am not sure that I came home with any left.  And considering I also made a full batch of Frosted Sugar Cookies (decorated like footballs) for the team of 10 kids, I think you could say they were a hit.

S'mores Cookie Bars - a classic summer treat you can make any time of the year

S’mores Bars start with a graham cracker crust and then are topped with chocolate chip cookie dough that is full of lots of chocolate and marshmallows.  Then as the bars bake you top with the classic Hershey bar.  A classic summer treat that you can enjoy any day of the year, no campfire required.

S'mores Bars

Yields 24

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups Graham Crackers (1 sleeve), crushed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Cookie layer
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 3 Hershey Bars, broken into pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 baking pan with foil. Set aside
  2. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Cream butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar together. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. By hand mix in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  4. Spread over the graham cracker crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Top with broken pieces of Hershey Bars. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 more minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting.
http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/smores-bars/

 

S’mores Bars