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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!

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


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


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 - 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


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


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


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


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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Strawberry Crumb Bars


Strawberry Crumb Bars

Strawberry Crumb  Bars

**This was originally posted in 2011.  I have updated the pictures and am sharing again.  Enjoy!**

So strawberry week continues.  This week I do have a few other recipes to share with you as well.  But don’t worry, I will keep bringing the strawberry recipes!  I have to don’t I, the Milkshakes, Muffins, and Popsicles I posted so far have gotten me on the Top 9 on Foodbuzz.  I am thinking I should really have a strawberry summer!

Strawberry Crumb  Bars

We are getting ready to go on our summer vacation.  We leave Friday afternoon to go to the mountains of Colorado!  We love hiking, and try to go out to Colorado once a year.  Very excited that this year we are trying out a new location.  Hopefully we will not be disappointed.  Don’t worry though, I have a few guest posts lined up for while I am gone – so you won’t miss me too much!  Stay tuned for them, I have had a peak at them, and they are good!

Strawberry Crumb  Bars

I have been seeing strawberry, blueberry, raspberry crumb bars all over the place.  They sounded so good, I had to use some of my strawberries to make my own.  I combined a couple recipes to come up with this one.  I used Brown Eyed Bakers, Raspberry Steusel Bars, and Simply Scratches, Strawberry Streusel Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle. I did not end up putting a glaze on top, I debated for a long time.  I was just going to make a simple glaze with powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  But I decided against. it.  They were just so good without it.

My friends over at OXO sent me this Strawberry Huller, and it made quick work of the strawberries.  I love this thing, you only get the green tops, no strawberry is wasted in the process!

Strawberry Crumb Bars
 
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A shortbread like crust topped with fresh strawberry filling and a crunchy streusel
Ingredients
  • 2⅓ cups flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup Butter - cut into ½ inch pieces
  • + 2 Tbls butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • ¾ cup strawberry jelly
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13x9 in pan with non stick spray.
  2. In electric mixer stir together flour, sugar and salt. With the mixer on a low speed add the 1 cup of butter, 1 piece at a time. Continue mixing until combined - about 1 to 1½ minutes. Take 1¼ cups of this mixture and set aside. With the remaining, press this firmly into the bottom of the pan. Bake at 375 for 14 minutes. The edges will be slightly browned.
  3. While that is baking. Add brown sugar, and oats to the reserved flour mixture. Work in the remaining 2 Tbls of butter, using your fingers. Work until it is in small clumps.
  4. Combine the jelly, strawberries and the lemon juice in a small bowl. Mash with a fork to combine. Be sure to leave some chunks of berries in there.
  5. Spread filling evenly over the hot crust. Sprinkle with the streusel topping over the strawberries. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. The crust will be brown, and the filling will be bubbly. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Crumb Bars

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Krispie Treats


Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Treat

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Treat

Desserts two days in a row.  Sorry about that.  OK…..maybe not.  Hopefully you will forgive me.   The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake I shared with you yesterday was just a necessary thing in life.  I think most of us can agree chocolate and peanut butter is one of lifes most perfect pairings.  So I just had to show you what I did with it!

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