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Frosted Zucchini Bars

9 Oct

I will never be a truly successful blogger. Want to know why? Because I get all excited about my blog for about 6 months…then I get lazy. Or busy. Or both. And my poor blog suffers. However! If you stick with me, I promise that I will get to the ever-growing list of recipes. Promise.

Anyone else have zucchini coming out their ears from their over-successful garden? Yeah…me either. We actually have a ton of tomatoes this year (the ironic thing being, I’m the only one in my entire house that eats them) but our zucchini never made it. I think there’s something wrong with us. All of our neighbors got a ton! I’ll trade a few of my tomatoes so I can make these. 🙂 My sister passed this batch along and they look so good!!! (it’s times like these that you curse the fact that your sibling lives clear across the country and you can’t skip over to have a taste)

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Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 c. butter, softened
    • 3/4 c. sugar
    • 3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 2 1/2 c. flour
    • 1 Tbsp baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 c. zucchini, grated
Frosting
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Blend in zucchini.
  2. Pour into greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool.
  3. Prepare frosting. Add more milk if necessary to get right consistency. Spread over cooled bars.

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http://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/2011/07/cinnamon-frosted-zucchini-bars/

 

S’more Brownies

29 Sep

Just spent the last 2 weeks slaving over nine, rather complicated, Shakespearean costumes. Loved it…but I almost went insane. As did my puppy, who was abandoned outside the whole time because I simply could not sew and watch his every move at the same time (he’s a chewer). But don’t you worry, he was able to find ample entertainment. Our drip system will have to be replaced and a few plants have now been replanted about 10 times each. Not sure my husband is happy that I sacrificed the back yard :), but hopefully he’ll forgive the dog…and me.

Here’s my peace offering:

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Ingredients:

  • 14 full graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • one batch of your favorite brownie recipe (boxed or homemade, make as directed but do not bake)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

First make the graham cracker crust. Put 10 of the graham cracker and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs.  Add butter and mix until combined. Press into the bottom of a 9×12 pan and bake at 350  for 9-10 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from over and let cool for 10 minutes.

Pour on the brownie batter and cook for another 20-25 minutes until almost set.

While baking, crush the remaining graham crackers by hand and combine with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Scatter mix over the brownies and cook for 5-8 minutes until marshmallows are melted and slightly toasted.

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http://bloomdesignsonline.com/2014/01/make-it-monday-brownie-smores.html

Key Lime Bars

22 Mar

Spring has sprung, and so has my craving for all things citrus!!! Take a step out of the traditional lemon-bar box and throw in a little key-lime twist. 🙂 The crust on these almost makes me more happy than the filling – almost. Yummy.

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Ingredients:

Crust –

1 cup flour

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup pecans, chopped finely

1/4 cup flaked coconut

1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling –

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup sugar

2 tsp key lime zest

1/4 cup key lime juice

1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350^F. Lightly butter and 8×8 baking pan.

For crust: Sift together flour and powdered sugar. Stir in pecans and coconut. Add butter. Press lightly in pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.

While crust is baking, beat together eggs, sugar, zest, lime juice, and baking powder. Pour mixture over baked crust. Bake 13-17 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and center is set. Cool completely. Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.

 

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars

19 Feb

My husband came upstairs and said, “Whatever that is that you made – it actually tastes really good.” To some, this may seem a little…snarky? But coming from my husband – a man who’s dessert intake in strictly limited to rice crispy treats and brownies – it was a huge compliment. He ate one of my desserts, of his own free will, and he liked it.

These turned out a little more cake-y than sugar cookie-y for me…it was my first try and I very well could have mixed them funny (I think I forgot to press the batter into the pan) – but regardless, they were really good. Definitely a repeat!

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Ingredients

    • 2 1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
    • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 3 1/2 Tbsp powdered milk
    • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softenend
    • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3 Tbsp sour cream
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and powdered milk for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl occasionally. Add in eggs one at time mixing until combined after each addition. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Butter and 13 by 9-inch baking dish, then with buttered hands gently press and spread cookie dough into an even layer in dish. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 17 – 21 minutes. Allow to cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
  • For the cream cheese frosting:
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of bowl. Stir in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar and continue to mix until fluffy.

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Original recipe: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/08/cinnamon-roll-sugar-cookie-bars/

Gingerbread Bars

9 Jan

I’m totally past the acceptable limit of gingerbread, I’m sure – the holidays being over and all that jazz. But I really love the whole ‘bar’ cookie thing and I can’t pass this one by. So, close your eyes and pretend it’s Christmas all over again. 🙂

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

3/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

Frosting:

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325^F. Line jelly roll pan* with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bow, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla, and molasses. Whip 1-2 minutes, or until it turns a light brown color. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix until dry ingredients are just combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake 20-22 minutes or until edges are barely starting to brown. Cool completely.

For the frosting: Whip all ingredients together until smooth. Spread overtop cooled bars and cut into squares. Serve immediately or store in air tight container.

*If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, you can use a glass 8×8 dish and add 2-3 extra minutes to baking time.

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