Sweet with a Hint of Spice

We’ve been told, mostly by our husbands, that we’re mostly sweet with a hint of spice. I guess we can be a bit sassy from time to time. But isn’t sugar and spice what girls are made of??? So with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner we’ve decided to add a little bit of spice to our Saturday sweet treat. Our half adult/half kid friendly version of Mexican Magic Bars have a hint of cinnamon which gives them just enough of a kick to remind you that sweet and spicy are a perfect combination. We think our husbands will agree. That’s if they know what’s good for them😉!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Preparation

In 9×13-inch baking dish, mix crackers, cinnamon, and melted butter; press onto bottom. Layer with chocolate chips. Sprinkle half the pan with pecans (adult side) and the other half with coconut (kid side). Pour condensed milk over the top. Bake at 375 degrees until browned, 25 minutes.

*recipe inspired by Rachael Ray Every Day

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

Hello Sweetheart

There are a whole bunch of reasons why this Saturday’s treat will win your Sweetie’s heart! It makes no difference whether you call them Hello Dollies, Magic Bars, or 7 Layer Bars. What matters is how incredibly yummy they are! These easy to make goodies are everything plus a little bit more guaranteed to make your Sweetheart’s day!

Ingredients:

½ cup butter (melted)

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup red M&Ms

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup Heath Bits

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While the oven is preheating, melt the butter in a 9×13 baking pan.

Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter in the bottom of the pan, press lightly into the butter.

Evenly cover the crust with the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and pecans. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Watch it closely until the edges are golden brown. You want to be careful not to burn the coconut and it can happen very quickly.

Let cool about 5 minutes and run a knife around the edges of the pan to prevent sticking.

Allow to cool completely before slicing into squares.

Honor Sweetly 

President’s Day doesn’t get a whole lot love. Other than a day off of school, it tends to pass without proper celebration. Not around here this year! Patriotism is alive and well in our kitchens with red, white and blue Patriotic Magic Bars. It’s our way of honoring the good ole USA! Patriotic Magic Bars

INGREDIENTS:

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 (14 oz) Can Of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

2 cups M&M’s (Red, White, Blue)

1 cup flaked coconut

Instructions

Put butter in 13″ x 9″ pan and place in the oven on 350*F. Melt the butter in the pan while preheating. It will take 5 to 10 minutes.

When butter is melted, remove pan from oven and carefully sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter. Press lightly with the back of spoon.

Pour sweetened condensed milk over the crumb layer.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the semi and white chocolate chips, and 1 cup of the M&M’s over the sweetened condensed milk layer. Sprinkle all of the coconut on top, followed by remaining  chocolate chips and M&M’s.

Bake in your oven for 25-30 minutes or until a little brown. Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely. 

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!

Eat, Drink & Be Sweet

The happiest of holidays is finally here! We are baking lots treats of treats to share with our families. Our oldie but goody favorites will be there, of course! But this Christmas we are adding a new edition. Candy Bar Poke Cake!!! It’s part cake, part candy bar and completely delish! We hope this special day brings you peace, joy, and loads of scrumptious desserts! Merry Christmas! Candy Bar Poke Cake
Ingredients

1 box yellow cake mix plus ingredients on the back of the box
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (8 oz) jar caramel topping

1 (8 oz) container cool whip 

4 Heath Candy Bars chopped

Directions
1. Bake cake according to directions in a 9×13 baking pan.
2. Let cake cool for about 5 minutes.

3. Using the end of a wooden spoon , carefully poke holes in cake. 

4. Next, slowly pour sweetened condensed milk over the top of the cake, trying to get some in all the holes. 

5. Now pour the caramel topping evenly over the cake, also trying to get some in every hole. 

6. Spread cool whip evenly over the top of the cake and top with chopped candy bars. Cake may be served right away or stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

We think it’s best the next day, so bake on Christmas Eve to serve on Christmas Day.

Recipe adapted from Family Fresh Meals