A Sweetful Thank You

Tis the season to be thankful. Thankful for family, friends, health, freedom, and…cookie dough! We’d personally like to send gratitude to the baker who created it! While we’re being grateful, there’s no group more deserving than our children’s teachers. They tirelessly work for the benefit of our kids. Hopefully, our Harvest Oatmeal Cookies will be a sweet way to show these precious educators how thankful we are for all they do! Happy Thanksgiving!Ingredients

▪ 3/4 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Shortening

▪ 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

▪ 1 egg white

▪ 1/3 cup almond milk

▪ 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

▪ 3 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked

▪ 1 cup all-purpose flour

▪ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

▪ 1/2 teaspoon salt

▪ 1 cup fall colored M&Ms

▪ 1 cup dark chocolate chips

▪ 1 cup Heath bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine Butter Flavored Crisco, brown sugar, egg whites, almond milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended.  Combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix into creamed mixture at low speed until blended. Stir in M&Ms, dark chocolate chips, and Heath bits. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet.

Bake from 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Allow to cool on wire rack. Be grateful and share!

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Have A Sweet Christmas

The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, and our kids are ready to impress Santa with their sugar cookie creations! Let the festivities begin. It’s the most wonderfully sweet season of all! Merry Christmas! 


Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sweet Explosion

Happy Independence Day! We’re celebrating by creating fireworks in the the kitchen. Firecracker Rice Krispie Cookies explode with sweet goodness! They’re guaranteed to make our celebration pop. We hope your Fourth sparkles!Firecracker Rice Krispie Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco 

1/2 cup butter

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs whites

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup red, white, blue M&Ms

1 cups Red, White, Blue Rice Krispies plus more for tops of cookies

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

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

In a separate large bowl, cream together Crisco, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and eggs until well combined.

Gently fold in the chocolate chips, M&Ms, and Rice Krispies with a spatula.

Roll dough into 1.5 tbsp balls. Gently press some extra Rice Krispies into the tops of cookies {you may need to flatten slightly}. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until lightly golden on the edges.

Cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

*recipe inspired by Sweet Peas and Saffron

Sweet Surfing

Consider yourself extremely lucky if you get to live near the ocean! Don’t get us wrong. There are many great things about living smack dab in the middle of the country. However, since it’s already 90+ degrees outside it would be so awesome to submerge ourselves in the salty sea. It’s times like these that we have to get a little creative and channel our inner Houdini. This Saturday we’re doing a little wizardry by baking Caramel Magic Bars and enjoying them while we hang ten with our peeps. How? You ask. Driveway and deck surfing! No need for waves or surfboards. Treating in our lawn chairs while shooting the breeze with our pals is the only requirement. It’s trickery at its sweetest!

Caramel Magic Bars

Ingredients 

1½ cup graham cracker crumbs

6 Tbsp butter, melted

1-14oz can sweetened condensed milk

50+ pretzels 

1 cup caramels bits  

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup Heath Bits 

Directions:

Mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter & press in a sprayed 13x9in pan.

Pour about half the can of condensed milk over crust.

Layer your pretzels as close together as you like over the condensed milk/crust.

Sprinkle caramels bits, chocolate chips, & coconut flakes.

Pour remaining half of condensed milk on top.

Break up some extra pretzels & sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips, caramel bits, and Heath bits, and pretzels above the condensed milk.

Bake at 350*F for 20-30 min until lightly brown. Let cool completely before cutting.

*recipe adapted from Dessert Now Dinner Later

So Over Sweets 

If you’ve ever had a week like we’ve had then you know what we mean when we say we feel OVERLOADED, like over-the-top overwhelmed! From being overscheduled to overcommitted, we feel overworked! Good thing it’s Saturday because we’re overjoyed we can overachieve in the one department that’s been overlooked all week – dessert! We’re over-the-moon for Overloaded Oatmeal Bars! And we’re overconfident you will be too! But be warned! We know you’re gonna love them that you’ll likely overeat and overstuff yourself! Over and out until next week!

 
Overloaded Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1½ cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter flavored Crisco 

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 bag milk chocolate chips

2 TB butter softened

1 cup of various kinds of M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and Crisco with a spoon. Remove 1 cup and set aside.

Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.

In a small pot, melt condensed milk, chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of butter over low-medium heat. Stir constantly until chips are melted and everything is mixed well.

Pour chocolate chip mixture over the bottom layer and spread evenly. Sprinkle leftover cup of oat mixture over the chocolate.

Top with M&Ms and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Overenjoy!

Sweet Luck

The calendar says today is March 19, but good fortune is shining on us because our St. Patrick’s Day party continues. The leprechaun in us was sugar craving for an Irish treat. Lucky for us we discovered Irish Cream Rolo Brownies. It’s better than finding gold at the end of a rainbow! 

  Irish Cream Rolo Brownies

Ingredients 

Brownies:

Brownie Mix, eggs, oil

1 package of Rolos, unwrapped

Irish Cream coffee creamer

Frosting:

1 tub of cream cheese frosting 

2 Tbsp Irish Cream coffee creamer

1 tsp instant coffee

Heath bits

Directions:

Prepare brownies according to package directions, substituting Irish Creamer for the water. Stir in Rolos. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min in a 9×9 pan. Allow brownies to cool completely. 

Beat cream cheese frosting, 2 Tbsp Irish Creamer, and instant coffee in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Spread over cooled brownies. Top with Heath bits.

* recipe inspired by  Plain Chicken

Crack Me Up Sweetly

Doctors say laughter is the best medicine. And refueling with sugar every now and then can sure help fight the winter blues! This Saturday we’re getting happy with Valentine Cracker Toffee. We can already hear our Valentine’s chuckling through their smiles!

Valentine Cracker Toffee

 
Ingredients:

30­-40  graham crackers

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup chocolate chips 

1 cup Hershey’s Hugs 

1/2 cup M&M’s

Directions:
1. Pre­heat oven to 350°F.
2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment. Line the pan with graham crackers.
3. Place the butter and sugar in a medium sized pot over low medium­-low heat. Stir until the butter is melted. Once the butter has melted, bring to a boil. Stir constantly. Turn down the heat and simmer for 3­-5 minutes until thickened.
4. Once it’s nice and bubbly, remove pan from heat and pour evenly over graham crackers. Spread mixture with a knife.
5. Place pan in the oven and bake for 5­-7 minutes.
6. Remove pan from oven and then sprinkle the chocolate chips and Hugs on top of the toffee while it’s still hot. Let the chocolate melt for a few minutes and then spread all over the toffee with a spatula. Let the crackers and toffee cool. 
7. Sprinkle M&M’s on top and then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Once chocolate has hardened break into pieces and store in a container.