No Bake White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Good morning!  Well, I wasn’t planning on posting today but I whipped these up last night and they were so good I had to share them!  You should have seen me anxiously waiting for them to cool so I could photograph them before it got dark.  The saying “a watched pot never boils” kept running through my head.

I gave one to my husband to try and the first thing he said was that he could eat them for breakfast because they taste just like a cinnamon roll. So true.  I didn’t have the intention of making a cinnamon roll flavored dessert but that’s what I got.  Seriously, this is why I love baking so much. You get to experiment and come up with awesome recipes!  I mean, they don’t always turn out quite this wonderful but when they do… it’s so cool.  And the best part of these babies is that they are no bake. Yep, that’s right, no bake.  Hope you enjoy!

No Bake White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  4. 3 cups quick cooking oats
  5. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
  3. Stir in oats and cinnamon and let cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips and press into 8x8 baking dish.
  6. Let cool completely to allow bars to set up.
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Loaded Cookie Bars

Loaded Cookie Bars

 Wow, it’s already Monday.  This weekend flew by! We were super busy with working on the house, my niece’s birthday and Easter.  The inside of my house is finally almost back to normal.  I’ve been having a horrible time finding curtains for the living room.  First, I couldn’t decide on what I wanted and now that I have, I cannot find them anywhere!  I’ve been shopping countless times and every online store that has curtains? Yeah, I’ve been there.  I’ve found a couple that I liked but they are not long enough.  Apparently 95″ curtains are not as popular as 84″.  I know I’m driving my husband crazy because we can’t get throw pillows or a rug until I find my curtains.  If any of you know of a good place to buy curtains at a reasonable price ($50 or less per panel) let me know! Seriously, let me know. 

I was searching through my pantry and fridge trying to decide what sweet treat to make last night. Because Sunday evenings always call for a sweet treat. I had some leftover maraschino cherries and wanted to use them up.  I’ve never been a big maraschino cherry fan but I made my brother-in-law’s favorite dessert for his birthday that uses them. You make boxed brownies but mix in maraschino cherries.  Of course I had to try it and surprisingly, I really liked it!  They add just a little bit of sweet flavor.  These cookies bars are loaded with other goodies too, white and semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut!

Stay tuned this week as I’m teaming up with 5 other bloggers for an awesome giveaway, including a cash prize!!

Loaded Cookie Bars
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  2. 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 2 1/2 cups flour
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 cup chopped marischino cherries
  9. 1 cup shredded coconut
  10. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  11. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 9x13" pan, set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat together butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla and beat until smooth.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Stir in cherries, coconut, white and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  7. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
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Almond Poppyseed Cookies

Almond Poppy Seed Cookies

My husband and I are house/pet sitting my parents place while they are out of town for the week.  We love my parents house. They have the BEST kitchen and lots of property so the dogs can run and play all day if they want!  Over the weekend I got my grandmas cookbook out and started browsing through her recipes to get some inspiration. Talk about memory lane! It was hard to choose where to start.  I remember these poppyseed cookies very well.  Well, I remember the frozen version.  I swear my grandma froze everything. Cheese, bread, cookies, anything she could!  These cookies are so simple to make and I love the almond flavor to them!

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Almond Poppy Seed Cookies
Yields 36
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  6. 3 1/4 cups flour
  7. 2 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 1/4 cup poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds. Set aside.
  3. Blend together eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Roll dough on lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut out cookies using any cookie cutter you like.
  7. Place onto ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart and and sprinkle tops with sugar.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack immediately.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Caramel Frosting

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

 Good morning everyone! We’re halfway through the week! Woohoo!! Sorry I’ve been a slacker on posting new recipes but I promise I’ll get back to posting regularly and posting step by step photos! I’ve been working an extra day a week for the last couple months which hasn’t left me as much time I’d like for experimenting with new recipes and blogging.  I’m so excited to finally have my normal schedule back next week! 

I was CRAVING something sweet the other night and started rummaging through my pantry to see what I had to make.  I had some white and milk chocolate chips leftover but wanted something different than a cookie so this is what I came up with!

DSC_1376I am so happy with how they turned out.  I wanted something a little more cake like and that’s what I got! They are super rich with the frosting so completely satisfied my craving for something sweet! You can really use whatever kind of chocolate chips you like or have on hand. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Caramel Frosting
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For the cookie
  1. 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  2. 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2 1/2 cups flour
  7. 1/2 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  10. 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 2 tbsp. milk
Instructions
  1. Preaheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease square baking pan and set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter until smooth. ( I use my stand mixer but you can use a hand mixer)
  4. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat until smooth.
  5. Add eggs 1 at a time, then add vanilla.
  6. Gradually add flour mixture until mixed well.
  7. Stir in white and milk chocolate chips.
  8. Spread evenly into 8" square baking pan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  10. Meanwhile, in saucepan, melt together butter and brown sugar over low-medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring consistently.
  11. Add milk and bring back to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm (about 30 minutes).
  12. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until smooth.
  13. Top bars with frosting and let frosting set up.
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Zucchini Walnut Brownies

Zucchini Walnut Brownies Happy Friday everyone!!! I think it’s time to celebrate that it’s almost the weekend with these rich, moist, and totally to die for brownies.  I had a bunch of zucchini I needed to use up and was craving a good, homemade brownie.  So to allrecipes.com I went in search of a zucchini brownie recipe.  As usual, I found a GREAT one! Seriously, these are the best.  And bonus! They’re topped with homemade chocolate frosting.  Yuuuuuuuuuum.  I had to distribute these to family to get them out of the house otherwise I wouldn’t stop eating them until they were gone. I told you guys, I have a serious problem.

Zucchini Walnut Brownies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
For the brownies
  1. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 2 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  9. 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
For the frosting
  1. 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9x13 baking dish, set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  3. In large bowl, mix together oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture until fully combined.
  5. Fold in zucchini until fully moistened.
  6. Spread evenly into greased baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  7. To start the frosting, melt butter and 6 tbsp. cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  8. In medium bowl, blend together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
  9. Stir in cocoa mixture and beat until smooth.
  10. Spread evenly over cooled brownies and top with crushed walnuts.
Notes
  1. I do not like my brownies overloaded with nuts so I just sprinkled the walnuts on the top. You can also mix them into the batter for more walnut flavor.
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