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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BARS STUFFED WITH SALTED CARAMEL AND PEANUT BUTTER CUPS



INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 Tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla 

2 cups chocolate chips
10 ounces salted caramel (click here for recipe I used)  OR use 10 ounces Kraft caramel squares plus
3 tablespoons heavy cream

bag of snack size peanut butter cups




Directions:



1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 11×7 with nonstick foil. 

2. In a mixer, beat the melted butter and sugars
together.  Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.  Slowly add all of the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) and mix on low.  Add the chocolate chips.


4. If you are using Kraft caramels,  microwave them with heavy cream until smooth.

5. Divide your cookie dough in half. Press half into the pan and smooth it.   Pour whichever caramel you are using on top.  Lay peanut butter cups on top to cover the caramel.  Drop scoops of dough over the peanut butter cups and spread to cover pb cups.   

6.Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.  Cool completely in the an before attempting to cut! 
Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

SNICKERS CHEESECAKE BARS ON AN OREO CRUST

Snickers Cheesecake Bars
Ingredients:

Crust:
20 Oreo cookies, crushed in food processor
5 Tablespoons butter, melted
 


Filling:
16 ounces cream cheese,  room temperature
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
13 fun size snickers, chopped (about 1.5 cups total)
1/3 cup chocolate chips, optional

(optional:melted chocolate chips to drizzle on top)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 8×8 pan with nonstick foil leaving an overhang on the sides.

For the crust: Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter together.  Press into the pan. Bake for 9-10 minutes.  Cool.

For the filling: Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract  until creamy, about 3 minutes. Fold in the Snickers and spread the mixture over the cooled crust. Top with chocolate chips. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned.  Cool for 30 minutes and then chill in fridge at least 3 hours.  Cut into squares and drizzle with melted chocolate chips, if desired.

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiciton

MOST DELICIOUS HOMEMADE CROUTONS

 

 

Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of avocado or olive oil and 1-2 Tablespoons butter until very hot. Lower the heat to medium and saute 6 cups bread cubes (I use Udi’s bread to make them gf), toss often until nicely browned, 10 mins.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  

 

 

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