Sweet Springtime Blossoms

Spring has sprung! Not only outside, but in the kitchen too! Just like our flower gardens, the oven is full bloom. Delightfully sweet Cookie Butter Blossoms are brightening up our day. They are best enjoyed outside on this lovely spring Saturday. Cookie Butter Blossoms

Ingredients

1 ¾ cup sifted flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup melted there butter

¾ cup cookie butter

½ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup Heath bits

3 dozen Hershey’s Kisses

Instructions

Mix together flour, soda and salt and set aside. Cream together cookie butter and Crisco. Gradually add sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Stir in Heath bits. Form into balls using a teaspoon of dough for each. Roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Immediately place a chocolate kiss on top of each cookie until it cracks around the edges. 

Five Times The Sweetness

Cinco de Mayo is here! Bring on the fiestas! It should be no surprise that our main focus for all celebrations are the sweet treats. And because it’s a holiday we have given ourselves permission to cheat. Sure, we’ll have tacos topped with guacamole and salsa, but dessert first! We are adding a new treat to our list of favorites to enjoy this May 5th, Dolce de Leche Oatmeal Bars. They will be the perfect beginning and ending to our feast. Ole!

Dolche de Leche Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup butter 

2 large eggs

⅓ cup  almond milk

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour

3 cups old-fashioned oats

2 {14 oz.} cans Dulce de Leche

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup Heath Bits

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix thoroughly. Scrape down sides as needed.

Mix in almond milk and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, combine salt, baking soda, flour, and oats.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, ½ cup at a time.

Press ⅔ of the cookie dough into the prepared pan.

Transfer the Dulce de Leche to a medium, microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds.

Spread the Dulce de Leche over the cookie dough in the pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and Heath on top of the Dulche de Leche. Top with spoonfuls of the remaining cookie dough. 

Bake for 25 minutes, checking at about the 20 minute mark. If it’s getting to browned by then, place some aluminum foil over the top of it.

Let cool completely before serving. 

*recipe inspired by High Heels and Grills

Saturday Treats Are “Cherry” Sweet!

We’re not sure if it’s the heart healthy ingredients in cherries, the color red for February, or that our bodies knew that today is National Cherry Pie, but something sparked a craving! And there’s only one thing to do when it’s Saturday! We’re cheatin and treatin with Cherry Pie Cobbler Bars. Grab your oven mit and join in the celebration!

  Cherry Pie Cobbler Bars

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

ICING:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon almond milk

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, beat well. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into creamed mixture.

Spread 3 cups batter into an ungreased  baking pan. Spread pie filling over batter. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over top.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Top with whipped cream and ice cream if desired. 

*recipe inspired by Taste of Home

Sweet Treats Not Tricks 

It’s Saturday and Halloween! Woot! Woot! Around here we’re all about treats and that’s no trick. We are digging into the Halloween candy early and making Halloween Candy Brownies to feed our Ghost Buster, Joker, Rancher, and undecided teen before they head out to over load their candy bags with more candy than we could ever need. But you know what that means…more candy for more candy brownies! Happy Halloween! 

Halloween Candy Brownies

  
   
Bake a box of brownies according to the directions on the back of the box. Allow brownies to cool. Place Halloween candy on top of brownies. Slice and treat! 

 A Birthday Treat For My Sweetie

We love it when two of our favorite days, Saturday and birthdays, collide on the same day. It gives us twice the excuse to bake up something special. Today is Tina’s husband’s birthday. Unlike us, he prefers fruity desserts over chocolatey ones. Since today is his day we decided to treat him to a warm cherry cobbler, one of his favorites! Happy Birthday Hubby!

Cherry Cobbler

Ingredients

1 Stick Butter 

1 pkg. white or yellow cake mix (dry) 

2 cans cherry or blueberry pie filling.

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or almonds

 DIRECTIONS: 

Cut 1/2 cup butter (room temperature) into 1 pkg. dry cake mix. Reserve 1/2 of this mixture. Pat the remaining mixture lightly into oblong 13×9 greased glass baking pan. Spread 1 or 2 cans of pie filling over the crumbs mixture. Squeeze remaining crumb mixture firmly in palm of hand, to form pea sized chunks, & Sprinkle over the top of the pie filling. Bake 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown on the top & the bottom. Make sure that the bottom is also golden brown. Serve warm with Cool Whip.

*recipe adapted from Just Get Off Your Butt And Bake



Holiday Sweet Treat

It’s that magical time of year again! This Saturday we are whipping up a batch of the cutest holiday treats so simple to make! These Reindeers Treat are the perfect goody to help you through your day of tree trimming, holiday light hanging, gift wrapping, and maybe, just maybe a few reindeer games!

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Reindeer Treats

 

INGREDIENTS:

– Square Pretzels

– Regular Pretzels

– Rolos

– Red M&MS

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 230. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Put down square Pretzels and then un-wrapped Rolos.

2. Break the regular pretzels so they look like the letter E.

3. Place cookie sheet in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Take it out and insert pretzel antlers at the same time. Then add a Red M&M for the nose.

* recipe adapted from Lil Luna

 

 

Stingy Sweet

We know it’s nice to share. Heck we probably reinforce this idea several times a day with our children. However, this Saturday we are making a single serving double chocolate chip cookie. (It is the Sister Sweetly serving size, mind you. We have been known to double it! :)) This is the perfect recipe to make just a small goodie and still have room to dive head first into your kids’ leftover Halloween candy. This is where that sharing lessons applies!

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 2 Tablespoons Egg Beaters
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix Crisco and sugars together with a spoon or fork until creamed. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Place the dough in the center of the baking sheet and mold into a tall ball using a spoon. Dot the top of the cookie with 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or up to 16 minutes. The cookie will appear very soft, but will firm up as it cools. Allow to cool completely on baking sheet.

*recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction