Baking Sweet Melodies

There’s beautiful music being made in the kitchen today and it isn’t coming from our budding artists or the radio. Our oven contains a crescendo of yumminess that it’s heard before, but this time it has a whole new tune. We’ve changed a few notes of a classic to produce Melody Bars – Symphony Bars with a kick! These mocha toffee brownies will have you humming with satisfaction and glee! Yippee!

1 box dark brownie mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box

1 Starbucks Via

2 large (4.25 oz) Symphony candy bars with almonds and toffee chips

1 cup Heath bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of an 9×13 baking dish.  Make brownie mix according to the directions on the back of the box. Stir in the Starbucks Via packet. Spread half of the batter into a prepared pan and place the candy bars side by side on top.  Cover with the remaining batter, smoothing with a spatula.  Sprinkle Heath bits evenly over the top and bake for 40-45 minutes.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack before cutting.

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Sweet Spring?

What’s up with this weather? Yesterday it felt like summertime and now we’re back to winter. Guess we can’t hang up our parkas yet. One thing we never hang up is our aprons because Saturday means baking anytime of the year. And anytime is a great time to get creative with our standard oatmeal cookie recipe. Our Butter Brickle Oatmeal Cookies have just become our new favorite way to change things up. Maybe they will be your’s too!

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Make the above recipe except substitute Heath Brickle for Heath Bits and leave out the chocolate and frosting. Sprinkle with sea salt (optional).

Somebunny Say Sweets!

On the hunt for the most eggcellent treat to fill your Easter baskets? Bunny Tracks Brownies will have all of your colony hippity-hopping for joy! Hoppy Easter!

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 box of brownie mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box

  • Easter M&Ms, peanut and plain
  • Pecan pieces
  • Butterscotch chips

Directions:

Make brownies according to the directions on the back if the box. Top cooled brownies with Easter M&Ms, pecans,and butterscotch chips.

Friendly and Sweet

Dare we say ice cream sundaes are the friendliest treat. The toppings have a mutual adoration to each other, making them all better together! And what could be easier than using pre-scooped ice cream cups and opening a few bags and jars of your favorite toppings. Gather your friends and build a Saturday to remember!

Sweet Cravings

When a craving for Cherry Crisp occurs, one must give in. Especially when the recipe and ingredients are so simple. Make it al a mode and your Saturday just got a whole lot sweeter. Enjoy!

2 (12 oz) bags of frozen cherries, thawed

about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup of oats

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/2 cup butter, chopped into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use either a cast iron skillet or a 9×13 baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, add your cherries, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch.  Toss everything until it’s all mixed together.  Pour this mixture across the bottom of your baking dish. Now, add your oats, brown sugar, flour and butter to your mixing bowl and toss together.  Sprinkle this mixture down across your cherry mixture. Put the dish in the oven and bake 22-26 minutes or until the crumble is bubbly and slightly browned on the edges.

Remove from oven and serve immediately.

*recipe inspired by Mix and Match Mama

A Whole Latte Of Sweetness

Most coffee drinkers have tried a Zebra Mocha (half mocha/half white chocolate mocha topped with whipped cream). But what about it in the form of a cookie? Are you wondering if you should? No need to question it! The answer is a simple black and white YES!

Directions:

Make Sister Sweetly’s Favorite Cookie Dough Recipe except use dark chocolate and white chocolate chips for the the chocolate. Stir 1 teaspoon of espresso powder into the dough. Top with whipped cream.

Hello Sweetheart

There are a whole bunch of reasons why this Saturday’s treat will win your Sweetie’s heart! It makes no difference whether you call them Hello Dollies, Magic Bars, or 7 Layer Bars. What matters is how incredibly yummy they are! These easy to make goodies are everything plus a little bit more guaranteed to make your Sweetheart’s day!

Ingredients:

½ cup butter (melted)

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup red M&Ms

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup Heath Bits

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While the oven is preheating, melt the butter in a 9×13 baking pan.

Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter in the bottom of the pan, press lightly into the butter.

Evenly cover the crust with the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and pecans. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Watch it closely until the edges are golden brown. You want to be careful not to burn the coconut and it can happen very quickly.

Let cool about 5 minutes and run a knife around the edges of the pan to prevent sticking.

Allow to cool completely before slicing into squares.