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Christmas Magic Bars

Simple, Festive, Sweet – the perfect Christmas treat!

There are many variations of “Magic Bars” out there, so I added a little twist of my of my own to make them look more festive for the holidays and also made them with a chocolate graham cracker crust.  The pop of color using the red M&Ms and white chocolate chips looked so pretty on my holiday table.

Holiday Magic Bars

Christmas Magic Bars

2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs

½ cup (5 ½ tablespoons) butter; melted

1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 ½ cups chocolate chips

¼ cup red M&Ms

¼ cup white chocolate chips

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350º F.

In a large bowl combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; press mixture onto the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan.  Pour condensed milk evenly over crumbs.  Combine the chocolate chips and coconut, then spread evenly over the condensed milk.  Sprinkle the red M&Ms and white chocolate chips on top, followed by the chopped pecans.  Press down lightly.  Bake 25 minutes or until set.  Cool completely.  Cut into bars.  Store in an air tight container.

Holiday Magic Bars

Ready to store and transport to a holiday event on my Sweet Stackers!  The Christmas Magic Bars were transferred to a pretty crystal plate to pass around this formal event.

Dessert Storage Magic Bars

Sweet StackersTM are the solution to layering pastries, cookies, bakery or even finger foods in one storage container without disturbing their appearance or plainly having them stick together.  Sweet StackersTM allow you to store your bakery in an air tight container by using a stackable tray system.  Visit sweetstackers.com for more ideas on how to use Sweet StackersTM.

 

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Halloween Brownie Bites

Happy Halloween!  It was a fun and festive day to spite it raining…all….day…long!  A backup plan was needed just in case we couldn’t go trick-or-treating.  I wanted to make a quick festive treat that my kids could enjoy if they weren’t going to bring home a huge bag full of treats.  There was only one hour until the school bus would arrive home.

My preference is to bake from scratch, but I usually keep a couple of box mixes in my pantry for a spur of the moment dessert.  I found a box of brownie mix and placed the brownie batter in a mini-muffin tin to make brownie bites.

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While they were baking in the oven – I whipped up a white glaze using 1 cup of confectioners sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of water.  Once the brownie bites were slightly cooled, pipe a dot in the middle surrounded by two circles.  Then using a toothpick, pull the glaze from the center to the outer circle.  This formed cute little spider webs.

But wait…the sun poked out of the clouds for just a few minutes to produce the most beautiful rainbow!  It soon got ominous out again, but we were able to make it around the block to trick-or-treat.  Then came home to a yummy treat!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!!

Daisy Scout – Sugar Cookies

My 5-year-old has joined a Daisy Girl Scout troop and tonight is her Daisy Investiture Ceremony.  Ha!  I actually had to look up what “investiture” meant on Wikipedia – “general term for the formal installation of an incumbent as the insignia can include the formal dress and adornment”.  Parents were invited and asked to bring a treat…so I thought it would be cute to make some sort of Daisy shaped cookie.  Except out of all of the cookie cutters I own, I do not have a flower shaped cookie cutter.  Instead I used a scalloped round cookie cutter and piped white icing for the daisy petals.  I made more icing with blue food coloring to pipe the center of the flower.  The blue center of the daisy represents the first patch the daisy scouts earn.

Daisy Scout - Sugar Cookies

Imagine all of the variations you could do to make flower shaped cookies?

Homemade Granola Bars

Always looking for healthy snacks that you can take on the go?  Of course you can purchase granola bars at the grocery store, but the ones my kids like are not really a healthy snack and they make me more hungry after eating just one.  Some of the healthier versions are difficult to bite and chew, plus pretty pricey.  So I thought I would try to make my own.  I had all of the ingredients in my pantry, they were easy and my 3-year-old had a lot of fun measuring and mixing the ingredients.  This recipe turned out perfectly delicious for both kids and adults alike!

Mmmmm!  Chewy, with lots of flavor and texture and I know I was fully satisfied with eating only one bar.

Kid-friendly Granola Bar Snack

Homemade Granola Bars (yields 18 bars)

2 cups old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup wheat germ

3/4 cup walnuts (chopped)

1/2  cup dried cranberries (substitute any dried fruit)

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 egg whites

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup real maple syrup (or substitute with another 1/4 cup of honey to make a 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup canola oil

Preheat oven at 350°.

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Combine egg whites, honey, maple syrup and oil in a medium size bowl.  Fold the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.

Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil or parchment paper.  Lightly oil the pan so the bars will not stick and can be removed easily.  Press the mixture evenly into the pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned.

Cool in pan for 1 to 2 hours.  Remove from pan and cut into bars.  I divided by cutting down the center lengthwise and then cut approximately 1 inch bars from the two halves.

Lemon-icious Bars

What is more refreshing than a lemon?  With this heat wave sweeping the heartland, I have been craving lemon…and lemon bars are one of my favorite comfort food desserts.  I brought this sweet treat to a family gathering on the 4th of July.

2 C all-purpose flour

1/2 C confectioners sugar

1 C butter

4 eggs

2 C granulated sugar

1/3 C lemon juice (I squeezed 1 1/2 lemons)

1/4 C all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Sift the first two ingredients together.  Cut in butter until mixture clings together.  Press into a 13×9 baking pan.  Bake at 350º about 20-25 minutes, until crust is lightly browned.

Put the eggs, sugar and lemon juice in a blender and mix until it is thick and smooth.  Sift 1/4 cup flour and baking powder and add to the blender.  Blend to combine.  Pour the lemon mixture over the crust and bake for another 25 minutes.

Once cooled, cut into bars and sift confectioners sugar top.