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Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

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These taste just as good if not better then the ones from Starbucks at a fraction of the price! These cookies are excellent to make for a cookie exchange, because you can cut them up into small squares, or you can cut them in wedges.

These cookies are layers of deliciousness. First is a layer of a Blondie cookie, sweet and chewy. Then a delicious layer of white chocolate and cranberries. Doesn’t get much better then this, Enjoy!

Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bar Recipe

Serves 36-48
Prep time 35 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Pre-preparable
Website Recipe Girl
Just as good if not better then the real ones at Starbucks. FrenchToasty.com has lots of sweet recipes and treats.

Ingredients

Cookie Layer

  • 3/4 cups butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 6oz white baking chocolate (coarsely chopped)

Frosting

  • 8oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 6oz white baking chocolate (melted)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (chopped)

Note

If you'd like to add an orange flavor to these bars, add 1 tablespoon grated orange zest to the frosting.

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
Step 2
In a medium bowl, melt butter for one minute in the microwave; stir in brown sugar. Scrape the butter & sugar into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature. Use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in the cranberries and chopped chocolate (the batter will be thick).
Step 3
Spread the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
Step 4
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until well-blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into bars- square or triangle-shaped. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Fruit Jelly Candy Recipe

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We had a neighbor who would bring these around every year along with an assortment of Christmas cookies. My daughter enjoyed them last year so I thought I’d give them a shot. I actually tried 2 different recipes and both came out about the same. So I’ve included both recipes because you maybe you have all the ingredients for one and not the other on hand. I’d love to see what fruit flavor you choose!!

Raspberry Fruit Jellies

Serves 125
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
Website Oprah Recipes
These candy jellies are like jellybeans for grown-ups. They have soft centers and crisp shells.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons powdered pectin
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar (divided, plus additional for coating)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Note

Store for up to 2 weeks at room temperature in a box or paper bag.

Directions

Step 1
Puree fruit and 1/2 cup water in blender until smooth; strain out seeds.
Step 2
Place 2 cups puree in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Thoroughly mix pectin and 1/4 cup sugar, whisk into fruit puree, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 1/4 cups sugar and cook mixture until it reaches 225°, stirring constantly. Stir in lemon or lime juice; cook 30 seconds more.
Step 3
Pour into a lightly oiled 9" x 13" baking pan, sprinkle sugar on top, and allow to set, about 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch squares, or use a lightly oiled cookie cutter to make other shapes. Dredge in sugar and dry on a cooling rack overnight. Scraps can be remelted and reset.

Jelly Candy Recipe

Serves 60
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
Website Kraft
This is a fun jellied candy recipe, the kids will love it and it's great to make around the holiday time. FrenchToasty.com has lots of holiday and sweet treats.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar (divided)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons extract in what ever flavor (orange, raspberry, strawberry, cherry)
  • 5 drops food coloring (I used red)

Note

For another variation coat candy pieces in 1/4 cup powdered sugar instead of the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar.

Directions

Step 1
Spray a 9x5" loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside. Mix pectin, water and baking soda in medium saucepan. (Mixture will be foamy.) Combine 1 cup sugar and corn syrup in large saucepan.
Step 2
Cook both mixtures on high heat 4 min. or until foam has thinned from pectin mixture and sugar mixture comes to a full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred), stirring mixtures in both saucepans frequently. Gradually add pectin mixture to boiling sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Boil 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in extract and food coloring. Pour immediately into prepared pan. Let stand at room temperature 3 hours or overnight until candy is cool and firm.
Step 3
Sprinkle emaining sugar onto large sheet of waxed paper. Invert candy onto waxed paper. Cut candy into 3/4-inch squares, stopping occasionally to dip knife in warm water. Roll candy in sugar until evenly coated. Place in single layer on wire racks. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature overnight. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

What do you think? Is there one you of these recipes you prefer over the other?

Hope you all enjoyed!

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Frozen S’mores

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Everyone’s favorite summer treat is a nice warm s’more next to the campfire. But what if it’s too warm and you want one during the day? Why not turn them into a delicious frozen treat for the summer? These turned out better then I would have thought.

My daughter loved helping me make them as well, or she just loved dipping her finger in the melted chocolate chips :) either way this is a fun cooking experience for all little ones, they can help spread the marshmallow, dip in the chocolate or if you choose to add sprinkles they could go to town on the sprinkling!

With Fourth of July days away this will blow all your friends and family away. While everyone is sitting around enjoying the fireworks bring these out and they will be gobbled up in minutes. Add red, white and blue sprinkles or dip in white chocolate with red and blue sprinkles! Or customize to your liking, I’d love to see your creations :) hope you all enjoy!

UPDATE: New pictures and recipe ideas below!

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Frozen S’mores

Serves 18
Prep time 1 hour, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue
These frozen s'mores make it possible to enjoy your favorite summer treat without the warmth of the fire, or if a fire is not available.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet graham crackers
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Note

You could also add sprinkles or crushed nuts on the melted chocolate before freezing for the second time, that would be delicious.

Directions

Step 1
Break the graham crackers to the desired size, I broke each cracker into 4 pieces to make 2 s'mores.
Step 2
Microwave your marshmallow fluff for 20 seconds to soften. Spread on your cracker and make a sandwich between 2 pieces. Once you have done this with all place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden marshmallow. I did about a hour because I was busy with something else.
Step 3
Microwave your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until fully melted.
Step 4
Remove your frozen treats 3 at a time (so they don't get too warm) and dip them in the melted chocolate. You can use a knife to help evenly spread the chocolate.
Step 5
Place back in freezer for an a hour or so until chocolate is fully harden. You can store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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Sprinkle Coarse Sea Salt immedietly after dipping in chocolate and then threw in freezer to harden, these were amazing!!

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If you prefer Reese’s in your S’mores then this is the frozen s’more for you :)

Inside the crackers I put the marshmallow on one side and almond butter on the other and closed the sandwich and froze. I would think that maybe peanut butter would work better because my almond butter was pretty runny and didn’t want to stay in very well, but it’s all I had, but next time I’ll try with peanut butter for sure because my husband is a Reese’s fan!

 

 

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Happy Fourth of July Addition!

I filled my crackers with marshmallow and then dipped in red chocolate, froze. Then dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with blue sprinkles. You could also add food coloring to the white chocolate to turn it blue and dip 3 times, but I thought these were super cute and very red, white & blue festive!

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Easter Sprinkled Rice Krispie Treats

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I decided to make rice krispies for Easter because I figured that the little ones would enjoy them. But I couldn’t just leave them at plain rice krispies I had to holiday them up. So what better way to do that then with white chocolate and sprinkles. They turned out so cute and I will definitely change the sprinkle color for other holidays.

This is a very kid friendly recipe. Not only to eat but to help make. So let the little ones get involved. Great steps for them would be dump the rice krispies in and stir. Dip in the chocolate and dip in the sprinkles. They will have a blast! Enjoy!

Easter Sprinkled Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 6 cups rice krispies (I used the gluten free kind this time and you wouldn’t know the difference)
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows or 1 bag big marshmallows
  • 1/2 bag of white chocolate pieces (about 1 cup)
  • sprinkles in your color of choice (I bout the 4 pack at Target in the $1 section)

Directions

  1. In large pot melt butter and add marshmallows.
  2. Once marshmallows are all melted and smooth pour in rice krispies and stir until well combined.
  3. Pour into greased brownie pan and pat down. Let cool to harden.
  4. Once hardened cut into squares.
  5. Melt chocolate according to package. Usually they say melt for 1 minute on 50% power, stir and then heat in 30 second increments until all melted.
  6. Dip one end into the melted chocolate and then dip into the sprinkles.
  7. Set on plate or wire rack to let the chocolate harden back up.
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I lined them up nicely in my snapware which also doubled as my serving tray once I arrived.

Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares

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This Easter I was to bring a dessert. I knew my husbands cousin was bringing cupcakes and brownies, so I thought I’d steer in the direction away from chocolate to give a variety of treats. When I came across these lemon crumb squares I knew these were the winners to make. They turned out excellent and everyone gobbled them up, let just say I am glad that I left a few at home in the fridge. Next time I will serve them with whipped cream and strawberries as The Girl Who Ate Everything suggests. Now having them once, I know that would be the perfect addition.

This recipe is originally from The Pioneer Woman who uses everyday ingredients that most people have on hand, if you are a cook/baker. I know not everyone has sweetened condensed milk in their home, but everything else is an always in my household.

These are definitely not a lemon bar, but they are a creamy crunch with a hint of lemon. Not to sweet unless you eat 5 in one sitting then they may be a bit, but eat 1 or 2 and you are good. I hope these make it to your next get together, Enjoy!

Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Website The Girl Who Ate Everything
This creamy lemon square has a delicious crumb top. FrenchToasty.com has lots of delicious dessert recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounce)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (atleast 1/2 cup)
  • zest of 1 lemon

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2
Mix butter and brown sugar until well combined.
Step 3
Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.
Step 4
Add oats and the flour mixture to the butter and sugar bowl. Mix until combined.
Step 5
Press half the oat crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 11 inch pan. (You can use a 9 x 13, but it will be thinner).
Step 6
Mix together the condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Spread over the crumb mixture.
Step 7
With clean hands knead together the leftover crumb mix and crumble over the top of the lemon layer. Do NOT press, just sprinkle.
Step 8
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Mine took the full 25 minutes.
Step 9
Allow to cool on counter for 30 minutes after baking. Cut into squares and refrigerate for at least a couple hours or overnight. Serve Cool.
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Before Cutting

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After and so delicious!