Tag: bars

Blueberry Bars

 

blueberry bars 4Today I am featuring a bar that will make your taste buds dance. They have a blueberry topping on a wonderfully buttery cake.  And believe me, they are the perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch.  This dessert was sitting on my counter for a few days and they passed the breakfast test, the afternoon snack, and dessert test too.  Each bite is bursting with fruit flavor. You really need to try these, because you absolutely will not be disappointed.  And if you like this blueberry version, you will love my Cherry Bar version that was their inspiration.  (more…)

Seven Layer Bars

Seven layer bars 2Happy New Year’s Eve! Today I have the perfect bar to ring in the new year. Most of you have already heard of seven layer bars, they are quite famous in their deliciousness. This desert has a wonderful candy bar consistency, with its rich chocolate, delectable butterscotch, toasted coconut, and crumbly graham cracker crust; no one can resist this bar. They are the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve party and they are so simple to make. As their name suggests, you just layer the ingredients and that’s it and when they are done baking, you have a full pan of candy bar awesomeness!  So if you are looking for that last-minute treat for your New Year’s Eve guests, whip up a batch of seven layer bars.  If you have too many bars (like that’s even possible!) just freeze the extras.

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Seven Layer Bars 5Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then pour 1/2 cup of melted butter into a 9×13 inch pan.

melted butterCrush 2 cups of graham crackers in a plastic bag.

crushing graham crackers 2Pour the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs on the butter in the pan.

graham crackers in panLayer 1 cup of butterscotch chips on the graham cracker layer.

butterscotch chips in panThen add the 3/4 of a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

chocolate chipsThen sprinkle on the 1 cup of coconut.

coconutThen pour 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.

adding milk

adding milk 2Bake 25-30 minutes. Check the bars after 20 minutes to see if they are almost done. I baked mine 25 minutes and they were done just perfectly.

finished barsNow you can let them cool and then cut into squares.

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Seven Layer Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then pour 1/2 cup of melted butter into a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Crush 2 cups of graham crackers in a plastic bag.
  3. Pour the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs on the butter in the pan.
  4. Layer 1 cup of butterscotch chips on the graham cracker layer.
  5. Then add the 3/4 of a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Then sprinkle on the 1 cup of coconut.
  7. Then pour 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes. Check the bars after 20 minutes to see if they are almost done. I baked mine 25 minutes and they were done just perfectly.
  9. Now you can let them cool and then cut into squares.
http://www.cookingupcottage.com/2015/12/31/seven-layer-bars/

 

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars1Today I’m featuring a delightful Lemon Bar recipe that my mom has made since I was a little girl. It’s one of the many classic bar recipes from my mom’s kitchen like her Chocolate Chip Bars, Banana Bars, Pumpkin Bars with Buttercream Frosting, and Cherry Bars. Like her other bars, this timeless treat is perfect for any occasion, and the lemon flavor is a nice change of pace.  I have always loved its oh-so-crumbly cookie crust and vibrant yellow custard-like topping that is bursting with fresh lemon juice. So if you’re ready to make this wonderful bar, grab your fresh lemons and start cooking.

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lemon bars7In a mixer blend together 1 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. And then cut in 1/2 cup of softened butter.

butter

cutting in butter

Press this mixture firmly in the bottom of a 8″x 8″ baking dish.

patting crust in panBake this crust 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. While the crust is baking you can mix the lemon topping. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl.

beaten eggsThen mix in 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

lemon filling 2Then add 1 cup of sugar.

lemon fillingNow you can add the 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

lemons

lemon juiceNow pour this mixture over the baked crust. Bake 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  It will be golden brown when you take it out of the oven.

pouring filling over crust

cooked lemon fillingNow let the bars cool completely and then sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

sprinkling powdered sugar over lemon barsNow the bars are finished, but you will want to wait to cut then for a few hours to let them set up.

lemon bars 4And now you have another timeless recipe from my mom’s kitchen.

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Lemon Bars

Ingredients

  • Crust Ingredients
  • --------------------
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
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  • Lemon Topping
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  • 2 eggs (well beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used the juice from 3 lemons)
  • ---------------------------------------------
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar (to sprinkle on the top of bars after they are cool)

Instructions

  1. In a mixer blend together 1 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. And then cut in 1/2 cup of softened butter.
  2. Press this mixture firmly in the bottom of a 8"x 8" baking dish.
  3. Bake this crust 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. While the crust is baking you can mix the lemon topping. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl.
  4. Then mix in 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
  5. Then add 1 cup of sugar.
  6. Now you can add the 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  7. Now pour this mixture over the baked crust. Bake 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. It will be golden brown when you take it out of the oven.
  8. Now let the bars cool completely and then sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
  9. Now the bars are finished, but you will want to wait to cut then for a few hours to let them set up.
http://www.cookingupcottage.com/2015/09/07/lemon-bars/

 

Chocolate Chip Bars

 

Chocolate-Chip-bars-1Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and in honor of that I am posting a recipe for Chocolate Chip Bars instead of cookies.  Why bars you ask?  It’s because I love the ease of cooking the bars in a pan instead of making individual cookies; making them the perfect choice when you are in a hurry to get to a potluck, bake sale, or birthday party. This recipe is buttery, soft, chewy and loaded with Hershey’s Chocolate pieces making them a treat that everyone will love.  My mom has made these Chocolate Chip Bars since 1978; however, for this recipe I made just a few modifications.  I doubled the recipe to make them extra thick and I added chocolate candy bar pieces to the top. If you need to make a bar for a large group and you don’t have a lot of time, this is the recipe for you.

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They will disappear so fast people will be asking you for the recipe.

finished barsIn a mixer beat  1 1/3 cups of softened butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 cup of brown sugar together until creamy.

sugar and butter

 

creamed sugar and butter Mix in 4 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.

eggsIn a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together. Then mix 2 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda.

flour-salt-and-baking-sodaSlowly mix the flour mixture into the sugar mixture until it is totally combined.

mixing in flourNow add in the 2 cups of rolled oats.

oatmealThen stir in the 11.5 oz bag of chocolate chips.

chocolate chips

Spread the batter in a greased 9″x13″ baking pan.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until they are set up and golden brown.

spreading batter in the pan

While the bars are cooking break up the 2 candy bars into squares and put them in a plastic bag in the freezer.

chocolate chuncksWhen the bars are finished, get the chocolate out of the freezer and place the chocolate on top of the bars while they are still hot.

adding chocolateThen let them cool.  Now you are ready to sit down with a large glass of milk and enjoy your bars. Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Chocolate Chip Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups of softened butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 (11.5) oz. package of chocolate chips
  • 2 Hershey's Chocolate Bars broken into pieces

Instructions

  1. In a mixer beat 1 1/3 cups of softened butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 cup of brown sugar together until creamy. Mix in 4 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together. Then mix 2 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda.
  3. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the sugar mixture until it is totally combined.
  4. Now add in the 2 cups of rolled oats.
  5. Then stir in the 11.5 oz bag of chocolate chips.
  6. Spread the batter in a greased 9"x13" baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until they are set up and golden brown.
  7. While the bars are cooking break up the 2 candy bars into squares and put them in a plastic bag in the freezer.
  8. When the bars are finished, get the chocolate out of the freezer and place the chocolate on top of the bars while they are still hot.
  9. Then let them cool and then cut them into squares.
http://www.cookingupcottage.com/2015/05/15/chocolate-chip-bars/

 

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