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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 8/20/2011 10:11 AM 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 : Do you think I can use frozen figs?  I've got some from a friend's fig tree, cut in half and frozen.  My hubby loves anything with figs, and this sounds great!
Posted by Annie B


I also love fresh figs..
To answer your question
The fresh figs will have a lot more moisture than the dried ones, also a bit less flavor due to the higher moisture content.  I would dry the fresh figs for a bit before adding to the recipe. If they are frozen I would drain any moisture and pat as dry as possible.
I would say it is worth trying.  Adjust for the extra moisture if you find it a bit wet. Keep in mind that adding the figs to the sugar will draw out more moisture.

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

posted at 8/22/2011 10:25 AM EDT
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CHEWY DATE NUT BARS

1 PKG. (18-1/4 OUNCES) YELLOW CAKE MIX
3/4 CUP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
3/4 CUP BUTTER, MELTED
2 EGGS
2 CUPS CHOPPED DATES
2 CUPS CHOPPED WALNUTS

1.  IN A LARGE BOWL, COMBINE CAKE MIX AND BROWN SUGAR.  ADD BUTTER AND EGGS; BEAT ON LOW SPEED FOR 30 SECONDS.  BEAT ON MEDIUM SPEED FOR 2 MINUTES.  COMBINE DATES AND WALNUTS; STIR INTO BATTER (BATTER WILL BE STIFF).

2,  SPREAD INTO A GREASED 13-IN. X 9-IN. BAKING PAN.  BAKE AT 350* FOR 35-40 MINUTES OR UNTIL EDGES ARE GOLDEN BROWN.  COOL ON A WIRE RACK FOR 10 MINUTES.  RUN A KNIFE ALONG THE SIDES OF PAN TO LOOSEN; COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE CUTTING.  YIELD: 3 DOZEN

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

posted at 8/23/2011 2:44 PM EDT
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TRIPLE-CHOCOLATE BROWNIE COOKIES

4 OUNCES UNSWEETENED CHOC., CHOPPED
3/4 CUP BUTTER, CUBED
4 EGGS
2 CUPS SUGAR
1-1/2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
1/2 CUP BAKING COCOA
2 TSP. BAKING POWDER
1/2 TSP. SALT
2 CUPS (12 OUNCES) SEMISWEET CHOC. CHIPS, DIVIDED
2 TSP. SHORTENING

1.  IN A MICROWAVE, MELT CHOC. AND BUTTER; STIR UNTIL SMOOTH.  COOL SLIGHTLY.  IN A LARGE BOWL, BEAT EGGS AND SUGAR.  STIR IN CHOC. MIXTURE.  COMBINE THE FLOUR, COCOA, BAKING POWDER AND SALT; GRADUALLY ADD TO CHOC. MIXTURE AND MIX WELL.  STIR IN 1-1/2 CUPS CHOC. CHIPS.

2.  COVER AND REFRIGERATE COOKIE DOUGH FOR 2 HOURS OR UNTIL EASY TO HANDLE.

3.  DROP BY TABLESPOONS 2-IN. APART ONTO GREASED BAKING SHEETS.  BAKE AT 350* FOR 7-9 MINUTES OR UNTIL EDGES ARE SET AND TOPS ARE SLIGHTLY CRACKED.  COOL FOR 2 MINUTES BEFORE REMOVING FROM PANS TO WIRE RACKS TO COOL COMPLETELY.

4.  IN A MICROWAVE, MELT THE REMAINING CHIPS AND SHORTENING; STIR UNTIL SMOOTH.  DRIZZLE OVER COOKIES.  LET STAND FOR 30 MINUTES OR UNTIL CHOC. IS SET.  STORE IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER.  YIELD:  6 DOZEN.

From what I hear, it seems that everyone has enough recipes, so I will stop posting recipes..enjoy!   

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

posted at 8/24/2011 12:01 PM EDT
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"From what I hear, it seems that everyone has enough recipes, so I will stop posting recipes..enjoy! "
You bet I enjoy your great recipes  and appreciate them so very much ...... I understand you stopping - it's a lot of work.  But I'd sure appreciate it if you'd choose to just 'slow down'.   When you find a good recipe PLEASE post it for us.

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

posted at 8/24/2011 3:06 PM EDT
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Nancy, the only reason I would ever stop posting recipes is that I died.....
I am in the process of making this one right now. And I have taken the long way to do it..Will explain in the recipe...
Millionaire's Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread
3/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cup flour
Pre heat oven to 350.  Line 9 inch square pan with parchment.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy.  Add vanilla continue to beat until light and fluffy. 
Add flour until mixture comes together.
Press into prepared pan.  Bake 20 minutes.
Caramel.
1 can, 14 ounces Sweetened condensed milk
Cook milk on stove top double boiler for 60 to 90 minutes or until thick and caramel in color.  Can also be done in microwave.
Pour over baked cookie bars.  Allow to set.
Chocolate topping
6 ounces dark chocolate chopped, or use chips
1 tsp butter.
Melt and combine stir until smooth.
Pour chocolate over top of caramel layer.
Cool and cut into bars.

The Dulce de Leche (caramel) can also be made this way
1 quart of whole milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
Combine  milk and sugar in a 4 quart saucepan.  Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar has dissolved.  Add baking soda. Milk will foam up.
Skim foam from top.
Cook 2 to 3 hours until a thick caramel color and texture.
Add a teaspoon of vanilla.

Bad news...let the dulce de leche go a bit long and it scorched, will have to use the can of sweetened condensed milk and cook it.  Will do it in the oven rather than the stove.  Much easier and it does not require stirring and as much tending.

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

posted at 8/24/2011 5:00 PM EDT
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That recipe looks like it's going to take a l-o-n-g time to make ...... and be worth every minute!!

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

posted at 8/27/2011 1:40 PM EDT
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Here is a cookie recipe that I promised Nancy!

MOCHA TRUFFLE COOKIES

1/4 CUP BUTTER, CUBED
1/4 CUP SEMISWEET CHOC. CHIPS
1-1/2 TSP. INSTANT COFFEE GRANULES
1/3 CUP SUGAR
1/3 CUP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
1 EGG, LIGHTLY BEATEN
1 TSP. VANILLA
1 CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
2 TBSP. PLUS 2 TSP. BAKING COCOA
1/4 TSP. BAKING POWDER
1/8 TSP. SALT
1/3 CUP ENGLISH TOFFEE BITS OR ALMOND BRICKLE CHIPS
1 OUNCE MILK CHOC., MELTED

1.  IN A MICROWAVE-SAFE BOWL, MELT THE BUTTER AND CHOC.; STIR UNTIL SMOOTH.  STIR IN COFFEE GRANULES UNTIL DISSOLVED; COOL FOR 5 MINUTES.  TRANSFER TO A SMALL BOWL,  ADD THE SUGARS, EGG AND VANILLA.

2.  COMBINE THE FLOUR, COCOA, BAKING POWDER AND SALT; ADD TO THE CHOC. MIXTURE AND MIX WELL.  STIR IN THE TOFFEE BITS.

3.  DROP BY ROUNDED TABLESPOONS 2 IN. APART ONTO A BAKING SHEET LIGHTLY COATED WITH COOKING SPRAY.

4.  BAKE AT 350* FOR 8-10 MINUTES OR UNTIL SET.  COOL FOR 1 MINUTE BEFORE MOVING COOKIES TO A WIRE RACK TO COOL COMPLETELY.  DRIZZLE WITH THE MELTED CHOC.  YIELD:  15 COOKIES

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

posted at 8/27/2011 5:48 PM EDT
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Thank you Susan and Nikki for all your hard work in giving us all
these wonderful dessert bars, fruit snack bars, and cookies.  I
think I have printed all the recipes now and added them to my
ever expanding  to try pile.  Thanks to all the VBB'ers who also
posted their recipes.

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

posted at 8/27/2011 6:08 PM EDT
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Thanks to all VBBers 

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

posted at 8/27/2011 10:14 PM EDT
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Hi Everyone!
Like Ginger?

Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup vegetable shortening 
1 cup sugar 
1   egg 
1/4 cup molasses 
2 cup sifted all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1 teaspoon ground ginger 
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Additional sugar for rolling cookies

Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.  Using electric mixers, at low speed, cream the shortening and sugar until thoroughly combined.  Add the egg and molasses and beat until completely incorporated.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon ginger, cloves and salt and add to the mixture.  Stir until combined.  Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter.  Roll the balls in sugar.  Place 1/2 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten the balls slightly with fingertips.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.




 

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

posted at 8/30/2011 9:50 PM EDT
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Here is a recipe that is on my TO DO PILE!!

CHOC. CARAMEL COOKIES

1 CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED
1 CUP PLUS 1 TBSP. SUGAR, DIVIDED
1 CUP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
2 EGGS
2 TSP. VANILLA
2-1/2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
3/4 CUP BAKING COCOA
1 TSP. BAKING SODA
1 CUP CHOPPED PECANS, DIVIDED
1 PKG. (13 OUNCES) ROLO CANDIES

1.  IN A LARGE BOWL, CREAM BUTTER, 1 CUP SUGAR AND BROWN SUGAR.  BEAT IN EGGS AND VANILLA.  COMBINE FLOUR, COCOA AND BAKING SODA; GRADUALLY ADD TO CREAMED MIXTURE JUST UNTIL COMBINED.  STIR IN 1/2 CUP PECANS.

2.  SHAPE DOUGH BY TABLESPOONS AROUND EACH CANDY.  IN A SMALL BOWL, COMBINE REMAINING PECANS AND SUGAR; DIP EACH COOKIE HALFWAY.

3.  PLACE WITH NUT SIDE UP ON UNGREASED BAKING SHEETS.  BAKE AT 375* FOR 7-10 MINUTES OR UNTIL TOP IS SLIGHTLY CRACKED.  COOL FOR 3 MINUTES; REMOVE TO WIRE RACKS TO COOL COMPLETELY.  YIELD: ABOUT 5 DOZEN

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

posted at 9/14/2011 8:41 PM EDT
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These are the "Anniversary Brownies" my grandson and I made.
Easy Brownies
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tb butter
2 Tb water
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips..dark chips would be perfect for this!
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
2/3 Cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Pre heat oven to 350
Grease  or line 8 inch square pan
In saucepan combine sugar, butter and water.  Bring to a boil.
Place chocolate chips in a bowl. Stir in sugar mixture..  Stir vanilla and eggs.
Stir in the flour, salt and baking soda.
Pour into pan.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes.  Do not over bake.

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

posted at 9/14/2011 9:49 PM EDT
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Tomorrow afternoon I'm making the easy  Chocolate Caramel Brownies to take to the kids in school Friday morning.  I'll make one batch with nuts and one without.  That way I can please every child.
That's such a fast, easy, GOOD recipe.
Of course it's a Nestles recipe.
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