Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lemon Bars

This recipe is my go-to recipe for a school's event or if I need to whip up a quick last-minute treat. And of course it is delicious!


Lemon Bars NF
Crust:
1 cup flour       
1/4 cup powdered sugar  
1/2 cup butter          

Filling:                    
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons flour                                
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Topping:                                              
Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Crust:
Stir together flour and powdered sugar. Cut in butter until mixture clings together.  Shape and press crust into an ungreased 8 x 8 inch baking pan.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Filling:
In mixer bowl beat eggs. Add granulated sugar and lemon juice.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in flour and baking powder.  Blend until combined.  Pour filling over baked layer.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Sift powdered sugar over top.

Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

S'more Bars

Are you looking for "that" dessert recipe to bring to your next gathering? Look no further.
Under no circumstances are you to make these and without the knowing that these are incredibly fabulous and you will eat more than one! My husband actually was going to get out of bed the other night just to eat another one.


S'more Bars
Crust:
1 1/2 cups honey graham crackers, crushed (one sleeve)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

Filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows (a little more marshmallow... sure)
3/4 bag chocolate chips
1 Hershey Bar

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 3/4 sugar.  Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.  Bake for 7 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly.

Cream butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar together.  Blend in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour, salt and baking soda.  By hand mix in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Spread over the graham cracker crust.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Top with broken pieces of Hershey Bars.  Return to oven and bake for 15 more minutes.  Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting.

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Recipe adapted from  The Hungry Runner Girl.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quick Homemade Applesauce



Quick Homemade Applesauce  GF NF DF
4 apples (used Granny Smith variety)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
1/4 cup water

Wash your apples. Peel and core apples. Cut apples into small pieces, about 8 pieces per apple. Or you can use an apple corer for quick work. We have a Norpro apple peeler / corer, that works great.

Place apples into a large microwavable bowl. Add sugar, cinnamon and water. Stir apple mixture.
Microwave covered for 5 minutes on high. Stir and microwave covered another 5 minutes.
Stir applesauce one more time. No need to mash as the apples should not be chunky.

Makes about 6 servings.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Pumpkin Brownies

Healthy brownies? Could it be? Not only is this recipe beyond easy, it eliminates the oil, eggs and butter. And is still delicious.


Pumpkin Brownies  NF

1 - 19.5 ounce box brownie mix
1 - 15 ounce can pumpkin
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional, used regular and mini sized)
sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 ° F.  Spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.  In a large bowl, mix together only the powdered brownie mix and pumpkin until combined.  Add chocolate chips if you want.


Spread batter into prepared pan. Add sprinkles at this time if you choose to.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. This recipe does not rise like a cake. So, no you did not do anything wrong.

This recipe makes a fudge type of a brownie. It does not make the cake type of brownie. But it is yummy and you don't feel guilty eating more than one!

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Adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff recipe.