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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The Sweetness of Summer Saturdays

Nothing says summer like strawberries and whipped cream. And nothing says Saturday like baking. Put them both together and we have the perfect way to spend our favorite day. With Strawberry Almond Cupcakes baking in our oven we are well on our way to a sweet summer Saturday.

Ingredients

• 1 box (18.25 oz) Strawberry Cake Mix

• 4 whole eggs

• 1 cup almond milk

  • 2 tbs lemon juice

• 1/2 cup canola oil

• 1 tsp almond extract

• 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • Slices strawberries

Instructions

1 Combine cake mix, eggs, almond milk, oil and extracts in a mixing bowl, mix with a whisk attachment on high for 1 minute, until smooth. Stir in 1 cup sliced strawberries.

2 Pour into a prepared muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the tops spring back after being touched.

3 Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack before topping with cool whip and sliced strawberries!

*recipe inspired by Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

Golden Sweetness

Rain, rain go away. Come again any day, but Saturday! Oh well – time to find the gold at the end of the rainbow. And this gold comes in the form of CHOCOLATE! Hershey’s Gold Brownies will be just the trick to turn our dreary moods bright and sunny!

Ingredients

I box of dark chocolate brownies, plus ingredients on the back of the box

1 Hershey’s Gold Bar

Directions

Make the brownie batter according to the directions on the back of the box. Break up the Hershey’s Gold Bar and sprinkle in the middle of the brownie batter. Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees. 🌞

Sweet Whips To Dip

Looking for something yummy to add to your celebration spread? Our Whipped Cookie Butter Dip is a crowd pleaser! It’s the perfect party treat for Teacher Appreciation, Mother’s Day, Graduation, Memorial Day, or any day you need a little something sweet!

Whipped Cookie Butter Dip

Ingredients

1 jar Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

1/2 cup almond milk

Heath Bits

Pretzel

Directions

Whip 1/2 cup almond milk with 1 jar of cookie butter with your electric mixer until creamy. Top dip with Heath Bits. Serve with pretzels for dipping

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.

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).

Sweet Travels

We have no plans on attending Mardi Gras this year. However, when a love one recently visited New Orleans, she brought us back a box of Cafe Du Monde beignets mix. It’s a little earlier than Fat Tuesday, but this weekend we will be baking up these delicious pastries. And with a few dipping sauces on the side, we will be creating our own little party.