Brownies & Bars

Raspberries & Cream Bars

This recipe uses pie filling and cream cheese to make a fabulous dessert bar.

Raspberries & Cream Bars

Batter:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Layer:
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

1 (21 oz) can raspberry (peach, blueberry, apple) pie filling

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbl milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Mix in flour and salt. Spread half the batter into the bottom of sprayed 13″x9″ baking pan.

Prepare Cream Cheese Layer: Beat cream cheese and sugar. Mix in vanilla and egg. Spread evenly over batter layer in pan. Spread raspberry pie filling gently over cheesecake layer. Drop remaining batter over the pie filling. (It will spread as it bakes, don’t worry if it doesn’t cover all the pie filling). Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is light golden-brown. Cool completely. Once cooled, whisk together glaze ingredients and drizzle over top. Cut into bars when glaze is set.

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Brownies & Bars

Southern Praline Bars

Our son has been in South Carolina serving a mission for our church for two years. He comes home Thursday! In honor of him, I am posting a southern recipe. Southern Praline Bars, they taste like pecan pie in a graham cracker crust, so easy and delicious!

Southern Praline Bars

Whole graham crackers, enough to make a layer in a sheet pan
1½ cups butter
1½ cups brown sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a sheet pan with foil, leaving overhang on each end. Place graham crackers in a layer completely covering bottom of pan. You will have to cut some crackers to make them fit, a fun little puzzle. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and whisk in brown sugar. Bring mixture to rolling boil, stir in pecans and boil for 2 minutes; stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla (careful, it will bubble up when you stir in the vanilla). Pour mixture over the graham crackers, working quickly but gently to spread mixture evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Entire surface will be bubbly. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes. Using foil overhang, remove bars from pan to large cutting board. Gently peel foil down from sides of bars, cut into squares and cool completely. You can also drizzle them with melted chocolate!

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Brownies & Bars

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

I ate way too many of these this afternoon. An oatmeal shortbread crust with creamy cheesecake and cranberry filling, yummy!

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

2 cups flour
1¼ cups oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, room temp
12 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tsp cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, stir together flour, oats, and brown sugar. Add softened butter and with electric mixer, mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Measure out 1½ cups of crumb mixture and set aside in separate bowl. Pour remaining crumbs into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan and press evenly into bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.

While crust is baking, cream softened cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, lemon juice and vanilla extract; mix well. Also while crust is baking, in small bowl, combine cranberry sauce and cornstarch; mix thoroughly.

When crust is done baking, remove from oven and pour cream cheese mixture evenly over the crust. Spoon cranberry mixture in small amounts evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle reserved oatmeal crumb mixture over top of cranberry mixture. Bake 40 minutes or until completely set and very lightly golden. Cool completely on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours until bars firm up. Cut into bars and serve. Recipe found on afamilyfeast.com.

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Brownies & Bars

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tagalong Bars

Purchasing Girl Scout Cookies is a good way to support a great organization. But I have had six boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sitting in my kitchen for two weeks now. My husband and I don’t have any desire to eat them. I thought maybe the best use for a box of Tagalongs would be as an ingredient in homemade bars. Excellent! If you don’t have a box of Tagalongs, you still need to make these bars, I promise. Use 2 cups each of the peanut butter and milk chocolate chips, you will be so happy, peanut butter chocolate heaven!

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tagalong Bars

2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 box Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, peanut butter, and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. mix in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until combined. Stir in peanut butter chips, milk chocolate chips, and chopped Tagalongs. Spread batter in a well sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. I lay a sheet of foil over bars in oven after 20 minutes of baking to keep their light color.

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Brownies & Bars

Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies

Another peanut butter and chocolate experience, delicious!

Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies

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Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup peanut butter, soft
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 (15.5 oz) pkg Peanut Butter Oreos

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, peanut butter (put in microwave to soften if necessary), sugar, and vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix thoroughly. Spread half the batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan. Place Peanut Butter Oreos in one layer over batter. Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over the top of the layer of Oreos and gently spread to cover all the Oreos (I use my fingers sprayed with non-stick spray). Bake 30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Fudge Frosting:
6 Tbl butter
6 Tbl milk
1½ cup sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

In saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, milk, and sugar. Bring to boil. Boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until chocolate chips are melted and frosting is smooth. Spread evenly over blondies, a thick layer. Frosting will set up nicely in a wonderful fudge layer! Your might also like Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies, Biscoff Brownies, Birthday Cake Oreo Sprinkle Blondies, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownies.

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Congo Squares

Looking through my recipe box I came across this recipe. This was a standard in my home growing up, Congo Squares. I don’t know it’s origin, but it was a go-to treat, made quite often. The butter and brown sugar gives off an amazing caramely (yes, a made up word but works in this case) aroma as it bakes and comes from the oven. Just seven ingredients lead to a delicious, cakey, chewy cookie bar. Nothing tricky or fancy, just an old time favorite that always pleases.

Congo Squares

2¼ cups brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
3 eggs
2¾ cups flour
2½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, by hand, mix brown sugar and melted butter. Add eggs, mix well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips (I used a mixture of dark, semi-sweet, and white, can add chopped nuts). Spread in sprayed 15″x10″ baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes.

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Pumpkin Milk Chocolate Blondies

One of my favorite treats in the whole wide world! I am a dark chocolate fan, I will choose dark chocolate everyday over milk chocolate. But, there is something about the creamy, smooth subtlety of milk chocolate with pumpkin that works so well. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally jump in and eat my share if this recipe were made with semi-sweet or dark chocolate. I am always willing and ready to do my part! Happy October!

Pumpkin Milk Chocolate Blondies

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1/2 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temp
1 Tbl oil
1¼ cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 (11.5oz) bag milk chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9″x13″ baking pan with foil, leaving overhang on each end. Spray with non-stick spray.

In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, applesauce, oil, and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and pumpkin; mix well. Add Flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves; mix just until combined. Stir in milk chocolate chips, reserving 1/2 cup. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved milk chocolate chips evenly over top of batter, gently press down a bit. Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely. Lift blondies out of pan using foil to grab onto as handles. Place on cutting board, peel foil away from blondies and cut into 24 squares. Using applesauce instead of all butter reduces the calories per blondie from 225 to 190, so have another!

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Breakfast, Brownies & Bars, Snacks

Chewy Granola Bars

These granola bars are so easy to make, a perfectly delicious treat! Recipe from moneysavingmom.com.

Chewy Granola Bars

2½ cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1¾ cups oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup each of other mix-ins (raisins, coconut, craisins, nuts, sunflower seed, etc.)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine Rice Krispies, oats, wheat germ, and mix-ins in large bowl. In saucepan, mix honey, brown sugar, and salt. Over medium-low heat, stir until the mixture comes to a complete boil for 30-60 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Pour over dry mixture and stir until well coated. Let cool for 5-10 minutes then gently stir in mini chocolate chips. Press into sprayed 9″x13″ pan. Let cool and set up then cut into bars.

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S’more Cookie Bars

This S’more bar recipe was introduced to me by my niece Ashley who loves to bake as much as I do. Delicious mixture of the old favorite favors of graham, marshmallow, and chocolate with no fire to build or smoke in your eyes!

S'more Cookie Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1¹/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (approx 7 full graham crackers)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 (4.25 oz) large Special Dark or Hershey’s Chocolate bars
1½ cups marshmallow creme

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and mix just until combined. Divide dough in half and press half into an even layer in a well sprayed 8″x8″ pan. Place chocolate bars over dough (can use smaller bars to make single layer of chocolate). Spread marshmallow creme evenly over the chocolate layer, it’s a sticky business but it works out. I spray my fingers with non-stick spray and pat it into even layer. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of marshmallow creme. This is most easily done by putting the second half of dough in a gallon size freezer bag. Use your palms to flatten it out, and then use scissors to cut down both long sides of the bag, so it will open up book-style. Open it up carefully, and dough will stick on one side of the bag. Then turn bag over, dough side down, on top of other three layers. From there peel the bag up and spread dough where it is uneven. Bake about 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Recipe found at bakedperfection.com.

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Brownies & Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

It’s time for brownies! Brownies make me happy! This recipe is from texanerin.com.

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie Layer:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tbl sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 Tbl milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Strawberry Cheesecake Layer:
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1½ tsp vanilla
1/2 cup strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 8″x8″ pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. For the brownie layer, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In anotherl bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, egg, and vanilla. Add to the dry and mix just until combined. Do not over mix. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. For the strawberry cheesecake layer, beat together cream cheese, yogurt, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Pour gently over the brownie layer and spread evenly. Drop clumps of strawberry jam on top and pull a knife through each clump to gently swirl. Bake 20 minutes, turn oven temperature down to 325° and continue baking 20 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting. Store covered in the refrigerator.

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