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Strawberry Margarita Bars

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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.  

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

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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!

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

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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!

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

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Win a copy of The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook

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

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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

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

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
 
Serves: 24
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Ingredients
Crust
  • 1½ cups Graham Crackers (1 sleeve), crushed
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
Cookie layer
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1¼ 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.

 

S’mores Bars

 

Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

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Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

What a weekend!  Gorgeous weather, Costco, Trader Joes, a trip to the Planetarium, and the Badgers won!  Did you watch any of the Elite 8 basketball games?  We don’t watch a lot of basketball, but come March Madness, that is about all that is on here.  We are from WI, and big Badger fans in this house.  So it was  a stressful Saturday night around here.  But we are now so excited for them to be going to the Final Four for only the 3rd time, ever!  My son also had his first two games of the spring flag football season.  So it was a sport filled weekend around here.  Almost looking forward to getting back to the work week, so things can settle down a little……Almost.

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Lemon Bars

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Lemon Bars

Creamy Lemon Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I think the whole country is ready for spring.  We are actually having spring here, but I am still ready for warmer temps.  To be able to go outside without a jacket one would be nice.  I can’t wait to be able to open up the windows and let some fresh air in.  We are in for a nice weekend here, so I am excited to maybe get outside and enjoy the weather.  One thing I am becoming a little obsessed with this spring is citrus.  If you know me, you know this is not normal, but I am loving it!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

I hope everyone had a good Halloween and a great weekend.  We had a fun night of trick or treating, followed by way too much candy consumption.  I have no will power, it is not pretty.  Which is why I tend to give away pretty much everything I bake.   Sometimes I worry my friends are going to stop talking to me, because I supply them with so much stuff!  But I guess when there is chocolate involved, there is room for forgiveness.

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Apple Blondies w/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

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Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple season is upon us.  I love apples, and I love baking with apples.  Unfortunately my family has something wrong with them, and they don’t like apple desserts.  My son loves apples dipped in peanut butter, but that is where it ends.  Seriously, the kid won’t even eat applesauce.  I know. I screwed up some how.  My husband, he doesn’t like the skin of the apple.  Or so he claims.  Because I offer to peel them, and he still won’t eat them.  So whatever, more for me!

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