Manly Sweet

It’s that time of year again when we need to man up our sweets. With Father’s Day tomorrow we feel it necessary to take a more masculine approach to treating. Man Bars meet all the requirements it takes to celebrate the special dads we get to be surrounded by. We can’t wait to hear them say, “Oh man these are super!” Or “Dude, those are fantastic!” We’d say the same, except we’d be describing them! Thanks guys!

Ingredients

• 2 cups graham cracker crumbs

• 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

• ½ cup Heath Bits

• 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

• 1 tsp. vanilla

• 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

1 Combine crumbs, chips, Heath Bits, milk and vanilla until well mixed.

2 Press into an 8×8 pan lined with nonstick foil.

3 Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

4 Let cool.

5 Cut into squares.

6 Put powdered sugar into a bowl and add a few bars at a time to coat.

*recipe inspired by Sugar Apron

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Sweet Seasonal Switch

Have you ever wished for something you can hardly stand it? That’s us this Saturday! Now that summer is unofficially over, it’s PUMPKIN SEASON! We’ve been waiting months and months for this and now it’s here! Baking Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins are pumpkin spice and everything nice! A true wish come true!

Ingredients

• 2¾ cups all purpose flour

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• 1 tsp baking soda

• 2 cups sugar

• ⅔ cup brown sugar

• 3 eggs

• 1 15 oz can pumpkin

• ¾ cup coconut oil

• 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

• ⅔ cups sugar

• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

•. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

•cream cheese frosting

•Heath Bits

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350F.

2 Line two muffin pans with muffin liners (24 total) and set aside.

3 Combine flour, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and baking soda in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

4 In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.

5 Slowly fold dry mixture into wet mixture just until combined.

6 Fill muffin liners about three-quarters full.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

1 Combine sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in small bowl. Stir.

2 Sprinkle a teaspoon or more of the topping on top of the muffins.

3 Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in muffin pan before removing to a cooling rack.

Once cool frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with Heath Bits.

*recipe inspired by Mom ON Timeout

16 Ways to My Sweetie’s Heart

Happy sweet 16th Anniversary to my hubby and me! He’s one lucky guy! Ha!Ha! Seriously time goes by so fast, especially when you’re busy having fun (and raising kids)! We’re not much for extravagant gift giving around here, but we gotta celebrate! So what better way than 16 differently topped brownies! Love never tasted so yummy! 

16 Differently Topped Brownies

  1. Caramel Sea Salt
  2. Hazelnut Grenache
  3. Toasted Marshmallow
  4. Rice Krispie Treat
  5. Hugs & Kisses
  6. Candy Bar
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Almond Joy
  9. Dark Chocolate Toffee
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  11. Trail Mix
  12. M&M
  13. Potato Chip
  14. Salted Pretzel
  15. Coffee Bean
  16. Sugar Dusted

Sweet Spice & Everything Nice

Isn’t it nice when opposites collide and create something magical? We have proof that it is! Toffee Snickerdoodle Blondies have the perfect amount of sugar and cinnamon to guarantee you’ll be back for seconds!

Toffee Snickerdoodle Blondies

Ingredients:

1 cup Crisco

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup Heath Bits

2 tablespoons granulated sugar (for topping)

2 teaspoons cinnamon (for topping)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl cream the Crisco and the 2 cups brown sugar and continue beating for 1 minute, scraping the sides and bottom of bowl.

Add 2 egg whites and vanilla extract. Beat well.

Add the flour on top of the mixture but don’t mix it in.

Use a small spoon to stir the baking powder, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into the flour.

Beat the flour mixture in until barely combined. Once the flour streaks are gone you’re done. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom.

Use a spatula to scrape the dough (it’s a very sticky dough) into the prepared pan. Use a spatula with nonstick spray to press it. Smooth the surface.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar with2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the top of the pan. Add Heath to top. Pat it down with your hands a little bit.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out of the center with no batter stuck to it.

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. 

Satis”Frying” Sweet Treat

What are a couple of girls to do when they can’t decide between their two favorite indulgences? The only answer, as we see it, is to get creative and combine them! Chocolate Loaded Cookie Fries are at the top of our cheat day menu. Uniting our love of sweet chocolate and salty french fries makes this one satis”frying” Saturday! 

Chocolate Loaded Cookie Fries

Recipe:

Follow the directions for our Ultimate Sea Salt Cookies except press the dough into a parchment lined 9×13 pan and bake for 25 min at 350 degrees. Make sure the middle is done. Once cooled use a pizza cutter and slice into thin cookie strips. Dip into your favorite sauces. Our dips include hot fudge, caramel sauce, cookie butter, and vanilla frosting. YUM! 

City Sweets

We have had a lot of fun being tourists in our city. From riding the streetcar to trying out hip downtown restaurants, the city has been our favorite destination. Lucky for us the city offers lots and lots of sweets. In particular, one day we sampled a delicious cookie at quaint little downtown cafe. So delicious, in fact, that we knew we’d need to have another one soon. Good thing we love to bake because Ultimate Sea Salt Cookies are what you will find in our oven this Saturday. With a little bit of salt and a lot of sweet they’re the perfect way to reminisce about our wonderful adventures in our very own city.Ultimate Sea Salt Cookies

Recipe:

Follow the recipe for our Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, except replace the M&Ms with butterscotch chips and sprinkle with sea salt before baking. YUM!

Sister Sweetly’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies