Category Archives: bars

Date Squares

Occasionally my mother would make date squares when I was a child.  I never really liked them then but I have learned to love them as an adult.  Filled with oatmeal and sweet dates the squares are filling and tasty at the same time. Try one as a mid afternoon snack to get you through the day.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flourDate Squares

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda Continue reading Date Squares

Peanut Chip Bars

At this time of year I like to take picnics out and explore my home town.  It’s great to have something sweet to finish off the meal.  Peanut Chip bars are sweet and nutty and filled with chocolate chips.  Their soft and moist but firm enough that they won’t disintegrate in your picnic basket.

For a change try using butterscotch chips  in place of the chocolate.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTSPeanut Chip Bars

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon Continue reading Peanut Chip Bars

Fruit Bites

Sometimes I like a small sweet treat in the middle of the afternoon.  Instead of cookies or candy I often turn to dried fruit.  Fruit Bites combine a number of popular dried fruits with nuts and seeds to make a rolled treat. For a change in the recipe substitute sesame seeds for sunflower seeds.

IngredientsFruit Bites

1 cup dried dates

1/2 cups cashews

1/2 cups dried apricots

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Put dates. cashews, apricots and oats in a food processor with the mixing blades.  Mix on high speed until chunks are combined and  the batter is of thick consistency.  Batter will be sticky.

Remove from food processor and roll in a log in parchment.  Chill for at least an hour.

Remove from parchment and cut in slices.  Roll slices in sunflower seeds to coat.

For another afternoon treat try Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters

Jam Sunflower Squares

These squares are ooey and gooey, and are popular with chocolate lovers. You can use your favorite jelly or jam for the second layer.  I prefer raspberry as it goes well with the chocolate.

Serve this dessert plated with a fork and tea.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

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I use raspberry jam.  It goes well with chocolate.

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds (unsalted)

1 beaten egg

1 cup cold butter

jam (your favorite flavor)

chocolate chips Continue reading Jam Sunflower Squares

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

This cookie has a shortbread base topped with peanut butter and chocolate.  These cookies are rich so a small piece is all you need.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups ground cookie crumbs.  I like ginger.

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If you don’t like white chocolate replace the white chocolate chips with milk chocolate chips.

1 1/2 cups chunky walnuts

1/2 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup melted butter

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

Mix together and press into a parchment paper lined pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until edges are dry.  Cool. Continue reading White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Layered Icebox Christmas Bars

Packed with fruit, chocolate and coffee, these bars are decadent.  The are pretty addition to a Christmas platter and are easy to bake up at the last minute.  Simply prepare the batter and freeze until ready to bake.  Serve beside Chocolate IceBox Cookies, Peanut IceBox Cookies  or Ginger Molasses Refrigerator Cookies for a festive plate.

Ingredients

Bottom Layer

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Espresso may be substituted for coffee for a more intense flavor.

1 cup butter

4 tsp brewed strong coffee

2 eggs

Mix together and add to the following.

3 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans.

Line a 9X11 dish with parchment paper.  Layer filling evenly across bottom.

Top Layer

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp water

1 egg.

Mix together and add to the following.

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup raisins

Red and green candied cherries quartered.

Spread the 2nd layer on top of the first layer and freeze for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. pull dough from dish and cut in half.  Refrigerate half while you work with the other half.  Cut dough into bars and place on cookie sheets.  bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Lemon Bars

2 cups flour

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Lemon Bars

1/2 cup icing sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter

Mix and place in bottom of buttered 9 x 13 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes.

3 large beaten eggs

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Prepare filling and pour over base.  Return to the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  sprinkle with icing sugar and cool.