Sweetening Hard Times

Starting school is hard. Our Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookie Dough Gooey Cake Bars help!

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg white

Cookie Dough Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°

Base

  1. Line 9×13 pan with parchment and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer combine cake mix, egg white and melted butter until a thick dough forms.
  3. Press this into your prepared pan.

Cookie Dough Filling

  1. Cream butter and sugar together until combined. Add milk and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Beat in salt and flour until dough is combined
  2. In bowl of stand mixer beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add in egg whites and vanilla, mixing until combined and smooth, scraping sides as needed.
  1. Beat in powdered sugar until there are no lumps.
  1. Stir in chocolate chips and butterscotch.
  2. Pour this over the base layer.
  1. Place 9×13 pan on top of a cookie sheet and place in oven on middle rack. Bake for 30-35 minutes until edges are light golden brown and center is almost set. It will be a little “jiggly”.
  2. Dust with sea salt.
  3. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator to chill completely, at least 2 hours.
  4. When completely chilled cut into squares.

* recipe inspired by Cookies and Cups

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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

Holiday Sweet Holiday

You know you’re blessed when your challenges this time of year include what to bake for a holiday bake sale or cookie exchange, what gift to give the person who has everything, and what dessert to bring to a Christmas party tonight? We have the answer to all of these questions! Brownie Crinkles are ridiculously easy, delicious, and won’t disappoint. Definitely Chris Kringle worthy! 

  

Brownie Crinkles

Ingredients:

Nonstick spray

1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips 

3 large egg whites, room temperature

 2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly.

Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.

Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Then, on a low speed, add these dry ingredients into the marshmallow cream mixture.

Next, add remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips to lukewarm chocolate mixture (dough will become very stiff).

Add chocolate mixture to cream mixture and blend well.

Place remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes.

Transfer to rack, cool.

*recipe adapted from Picklee

A New Sweet? Give it a fry!

You gotta try this new sweet treat we so luckily stumbled upon while pinning one afternoon, Funnel Cake Fries Bites! Funnel cakes aren’t something we make very often but when we saw the word fries our eyes lit up. By now you know that we love our sweets, but french fries are next on our list for cheat day splurges. This recipe is a perfect combo of both!  Happy Satur”fry”!

Funnel Cake Fry Bites

  
Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

¼ cup white sugar

½ cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

3-4 cups canola or vegetable oil

1 jar of hot fudge and caramel sauce for dipping

Instructions

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

With a mixer, beat eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl until foamy and well combined. Carefully add in the flour mixture and mix until you have a smooth, thick batter. Place the batter in a bag for piping.

Add about 1 inch of oil to a large pot with high sides. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Pipe the batter in long straight lines into oil and fry until golden, about 30-60 seconds per side. Remove to a plate, cut into bite sized pieces, and sprinkle with powdered sugar while still hot.

Serve with warm hot fudge and caramel sauce for dipping.

*recipe adapted from Kevin & Amanda

Simply Sweet

It’s the hap, happiest season of all! But it doesn’t happen without a lot of effort. Rushing there, hurrying there…busy, busy, busy! That’s why this week we decided to make a simple, yet oh-so-divine treat. Not just gooey butter cake, but OOEY GOOEY BUTTER CAKE! This recipe only needs a few ingredients and you can whip it up in no time, which still leaves time for shopping, wrapping, tree trimming…and everything else on your list.

gooey butter cake

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients: For the crust:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the gooey topping:

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake mix, melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, & 2 eggs together.  Pat into a greased 9×13 baker. Beat cream cheese, 2 eggs, & 2 teaspoons vanilla extract together until smooth & creamy. Spread on top of cake batter crust. Bake for 40 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cake will sink a little as it cools.