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Well, we started a collection of brownie recipes, how about we start a recipe collection of dessert bars, fruit snack bars and cookies?  This is a shared idea of Nikki and myself.  If you al
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Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/15/2011 2:00 PM EDT
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CHOC. PEANUT SQUARES

2 CUPS CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR
3/4 CUP CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
2/3 CUP GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS
1/2 CUP BUTTER, MELTED

TOPPING:

2/3 CUP SEMISWEET CHOC. CHIPS
4-1/2 TSP. CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
1/2 TSP. BUTTER

1.  LINE A 9-IN. SQUARE PAN WITH FOIL AND BUTTER THE FOIL; SET ASIDE.  IN A LARGE BOWL, COMBINE CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR, PEANUT BUTTER, GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS AND THE BUTTER.  SPREAD INTO PREPARED PAN.

2.  COMBINE TOPPING INGREDIENTS IN A MICROWAVE-SAFE BOWL; HEAT UNTIL MELTED.  SPREAD OVER PEANUT BUTTER LAYER.  REFRIGERATE UNTIL COOL.  USING FOIL, LIFT OUT OF PAN.  CUT INTO 1-IN. SQUARES.  STORE IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER IN THE REFRIGERATOR.  YIELD: 1-1/2 POUNDS

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/15/2011 7:18 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
CHOC. PEANUT SQUARES 2 CUPS CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR 3/4 CUP CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 2/3 CUP GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS 1/2 CUP BUTTER, MELTED TOPPING: 2/3 CUP SEMISWEET CHOC. CHIPS 4-1/2 TSP. CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 1/2 TSP. BUTTER 1.  LINE A 9-IN. SQUARE PAN WITH FOIL AND BUTTER THE FOIL; SET ASIDE.  IN A LARGE BOWL, COMBINE CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR, PEANUT BUTTER, GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS AND THE BUTTER.  SPREAD INTO PREPARED PAN. 2.  COMBINE TOPPING INGREDIENTS IN A MICROWAVE-SAFE BOWL; HEAT UNTIL MELTED.  SPREAD OVER PEANUT BUTTER LAYER.  REFRIGERATE UNTIL COOL.  USING FOIL, LIFT OUT OF PAN.  CUT INTO 1-IN. SQUARES.  STORE IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER IN THE REFRIGERATOR.  YIELD: 1-1/2 POUNDS
Posted by Susan K


Thanks Susan for another nice recipe,I love peanut butter!

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/15/2011 11:23 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
               LEMON BARS:  Preheat oven to 350* Crust,2 cups flour,1 cup powder sugar,pinch of salt,2 sticks of butter @room temp.Filling 4 eggs,2 cups sugar,6T.fresh lemon juice.Mix together flour,powder sugar,pinch of salt,cut in butter to make a crumbly mixture.Press this into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 20 minutes.While that is baking make filling,mix together eggs,sugar and lemon juice.When the crust is finished baking remove from oven and pour the lemon filling evenly over the baked crust,return to the oven and bake 25 minutes longer.When cool sprinkle with additional powder sugar and cut into bars.
Posted by gale g


Identical to my recipe. We love these. And they freeze well!

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/15/2011 11:52 PM EDT
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My Navy son and his squadron deployed 2 weeks ago, so I send "care packages" every 2 weeks. I just shipped a batch of these:

7-LAYER BARS

1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. (6 oz. pkg.) butterscotch chips
1 c. (6 oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. (6 oz. pkg.) white chocolate chips
1 1/3 c. flaked coconut
1 c. pecans; chopped
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 (325 for glass dish). In 13 x 9 in. pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle crumbs over butter, distributing evenly. Top with remaining ingredients (except milk) in order listed; press down firmly. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top of all layers. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars and store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.
Yield: 24-36 bars

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 11:04 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
My Navy son and his squadron deployed 2 weeks ago, so I send "care packages" every 2 weeks. I just shipped a batch of these: 7-LAYER BARS 1/2 c. butter 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1 c. (6 oz. pkg.) butterscotch chips 1 c. (6 oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 c. (6 oz. pkg.) white chocolate chips 1 1/3 c. flaked coconut 1 c. pecans; chopped 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk Preheat oven to 350 (325 for glass dish). In 13 x 9 in. pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle crumbs over butter, distributing evenly. Top with remaining ingredients (except milk) in order listed; press down firmly. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top of all layers. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars and store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator. Yield: 24-36 bars
Posted by Verlee T


Verlee...

Oh my do these look good!  I better turn on my printer and this will go on my "Recipes to Make" list!  Thank you for sharing!

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 11:17 AM EDT
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Well ladies, I think you will like this recipe!

RASPBERRY COCONUT BARS

1-2/3 CUPS GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS
1/2 CUP BUTTER, MELTED
2-2/3 CUPS FLAKED COCONUT
1 CAN (14 OUNCES) SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
1 CUP SEEDLESS RASPBERRY PRESERVES
1/3 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS, TOASTED
1/2 CUP SEMISWEET CHOC. CHIPS
1/4 CUP WHITE BAKING CHIPS

1.  IN A SMALL BOWL, COMBINE THE CRACKER CRUMBS AND BUTTER.  PRESS INTO A 13-IN. X 9-IN. BAKING DISH COATED WITH COOKING SPRAY.  SPRINKLE WITH COCONUT; DRIZZLE WITH SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK.

2.  BAKE AT 350* FOR 20-25 MINUTES OR UNTIL LIGHTLY BROWNED.  COOL COMPLETELY ON A WIRE RACK.

3.  SPREAD THE PRESERVES OVER THE CRUST.  SPRINKLE WITH WALNUTS.  IN A MICROWAVE, MELT THE CHOC. CHIPS; STIR UNTIL SMOOTH.  DRIZZLE OVER WALNUTS.  REPEAT WITH THE VANILLA CHIPS.  CUT INTO BARS.  REFRIGERATE FOR 30 MINUTES OR UNTIL CHOC. IS SET.  YIELD: 3 DOZEN

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 3:39 PM EDT
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Verlee and Susan,thanks for some more great recipes,I'll have to put somethings on my grocery list for Thursday.

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 6:16 PM EDT
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Hi Gale!  
How about these

Harvest Fruit Bars:



Ingredients:

·         One  6-ounce package diced dried mixed fruit bits

·         1  cup chopped banana (about 2 medium)

·         2/3  cup Tropicana® or Dole ® orange juice*

·         1-1/2  teaspoons apple pie spice or ground cinnamon, divided

·         1-3/4  cups whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour

·         1-1/2  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

·         1/2  pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened

·         1  cup firmly packed brown sugar

·         1/2  cup chopped nuts

 

Directions:

1.            Heat oven to 375°F.

2.            In medium bowl, combine dried fruit, banana, orange juice and 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice; set aside.

3.            In medium bowl, combine flour, oats and remaining 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice; mix well. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugar together with electric mixer until creamy. Add oat mixture; beat until crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

4.            Spread fruit evenly over crust to within 1/4-inch of edge. Add nuts to reserved oat mixture; mix well. Sprinkle evenly over fruit; pat down lightly.

5.            Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely; cut into bars. Store loosely covered.

Cook’s Notes

*If using old fashioned oats, decrease orange juice to 1/2 cup.




-Retaj

 

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 6:51 PM EDT
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Susan, With three grands in college, I think I'm going to have to make your recipe for choc peanut butter squares.  I know they are going to love them, just from reading the recipe!  They've all just gone back to class.

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 7:26 PM EDT
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Retaj, the bars look good just may make these with my grandson this weekend.  Planning a trip to Great America on Monday and these will be a great item to take along.

Susan, the Raspberry Coconut bars will also make the trip to Great America but they may not be shared with the kids..

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 8:33 PM EDT
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Retaj,those harvest fruit bars look like a nice recipe,my husband will like these a lot.I love anything with butter and fruit and oats.Thank you.

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 9:08 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
Retaj, the bars look good just may make these with my grandson this weekend.  Planning a trip to Great America on Monday and these will be a great item to take along. Susan, the Raspberry Coconut bars will also make the trip to Great America but they may not be shared with the kids..
Posted by nikki p


Nikki...

When I saw Rasp. and Choc. I thought of you right away!  I love choc. but Rasp. don't do anything for me, but I do love cherries and peaches.

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 9:14 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
Susan, With three grands in college, I think I'm going to have to make your recipe for choc peanut butter squares.  I know they are going to love them, just from reading the recipe!  They've all just gone back to class.
Posted by Bakery1 G


Bakery1...

I think Peanut Butter is loved by children and it's an easy recipe to make. 

I have to tell you that I made your Peach Bread Pudding and it was just wonderful!  I had about 2 servings and my husband ate the rest.  He just loved it...thank you so much for sharing!  Oh, he keeps hinting for more!!!!

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 9:42 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES : Nikki... When I saw Rasp. and Choc. I thought of you right away!  I love choc. but Rasp. don't do anything for me, but I do love cherries and peaches.
Posted by Susan K


Substitute a tart cherry preserve or a peach preserve for the raspberry and I think you would still have a great bar. 
I think once you have been cooking and or baking for a while you get a feeling as to what changes can be made or substitutions can be made with success. 
I like to think of a recipe as a blueprint to start with.  All houses have 4 walls and a roof but they don't look the same. 

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 10:12 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES : Substitute a tart cherry preserve or a peach preserve for the raspberry and I think you would still have a great bar.  I think once you have been cooking and or baking for a while you get a feeling as to what changes can be made or substitutions can be made with success.  I like to think of a recipe as a blueprint to start with.  All houses have 4 walls and a roof but they don't look the same. 
Posted by nikki p


Nikki...

I thought of using cherry preserves...cherries and choc. go well with each other!  You are right, years ago I would stick to that recipe and not make any changes at all.  As I got more experienced in my cooking and baking, I tailor the recipes!  But then too, I learn a few new tips and ideas to this day.

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 10:16 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES : Identical to my recipe. We love these. And they freeze well!
Posted by Verlee T


Hi Verlee,My older boy makes these all the time he loves them.I'm making a copy of all these for him,these are a little easier for the guys to make.I love any bar cookie recipe it makes life easy when you want a dessert but have a lot going on the the kitchen.I have to say the one time he brought over a blueberry muffin trifle and I was impressed,it looked very beautiful and it was equally beautiful to eat.lol

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/16/2011 11:59 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES : Hi Verlee,My older boy makes these all the time he loves them.I'm making a copy of all these for him,these are a little easier for the guys to make.I love any bar cookie recipe it makes life easy when you want a dessert but have a lot going on the the kitchen.I have to say the one time he brought over a blueberry muffin trifle and I was impressed,it looked very beautiful and it was equally beautiful to eat.lol
Posted by gale g


Hi Gale - What a wonderful son you have, to bring you goodies!! My sons just ask me to make their favorites. But it's always a sugar-coated request for the "world's best Mom"!!!

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/17/2011 12:09 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
Retaj,those harvest fruit bars look like a nice recipe,my husband will like these a lot.I love anything with butter and fruit and oats.Thank you.
Posted by gale g


Hi Gale 
i am glad you  like it

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posted at 8/17/2011 12:11 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
Retaj, the bars look good just may make these with my grandson this weekend.  Planning a trip to Great America on Monday and these will be a great item to take along. Susan, the Raspberry Coconut bars will also make the trip to Great America but they may not be shared with the kids..
Posted by nikki p


Nikki---glad you like them 
i wanted to share them and i though this was the perfect place to share it!
.-Retaj

Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES

posted at 8/17/2011 12:26 AM EDT
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n Response to Re: RECIPES FOR DESSERT BARS, FRUIT SNACK BARS AND COOKIES:
Here is an easy one. Golden Peanut Butter Bars 2 Cups flour 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 1/2 Cup cold butter or margarine 1 Cup finely chopped peanut ( or use your favorite nut) 1 (14 ounce) can SWEETENED Condensed milk NOT evaporated 1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla extract Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 13X9 pan with parchment or foil. (it just makes life easier) In large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and egg; cut in cold butter until crumbly.  Stir in peanuts.  Reserve 2 Cups of the mixture.  Press remaining into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. In another  mixing bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter and vanilla. Spread over prepared crust; top with reserved crumb mixture. (I like to press the crumb mixture down a bit) Bake an additional 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature.  Makes 2 - 3 dozen bars. This one has oatmeal...Healthy??maybe..maybe not!! Toffee Bars 1 Cup quick cooking oats 1/2 cup flour 1/ Cup packed brown sugar 1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts 1/2 Cup butter or margarine, melted and divided..Will need 6 Tb and 2 Tb 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 (14 ounce can) Sweetened Condensed milk (NOT evaporated) 2 tsp vanilla 2 Cups semi sweet chocolate chips Additional walnuts if desired Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line a 13X9 pan In large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, 6 Tb butter and baking soda.  Press firmly into bottom of pan.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. In medium saucepan over med. heat combine rest of butter and sweetened condensed milk.  cook until mixture thickens slightly. About 15 minutes.  Remove from heat stir in vanilla.  Pour over baked crust. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. or until golden brown. Remove from oven; immediately sprinkle chips on top.  Let stand 1 minute; spread while chips are still warm.  Garnish with extra walnuts if you want.  Press them down firmly if using.  Cool completely.  Cut into bars.  Store covered at room temp. Makes 3 dozen bars.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki - The Peanut Butter bars sound like a good recipe to send to my son and his squadron. Thanks!
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