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DESSERT

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

This trifle was sooo good. Perfect for an Easter or spring dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 angel food cake ( store bought less than one pound), cubed or torn
  • 1 package sugar-free strawberry jello
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 16 oz. package frozen strawberries
  • 2 packages sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 c. skim milk
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip Free
  • fresh strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Dissolve jello in boiling water. Remove from heat and stir in frozen berries. Refrigerate 15-20 minutes or until partially gelled. Meanwhile, whisk together the pudding with the milk until thickened. Fold in Cool Whip. Place ⅓ of the cake pieces in the bottom of a trifle dish, top with ⅓ of the jello mixture, top that with ⅓ of the pudding mixture. Repeat two more times. Garnish the top with fresh, sliced strawberries.

You can find complete recipes of this Strawberry Shortcake Trifle in pointlessmeals.blogspot.co.id

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DESSERT

Chocolate Chip and m&m Cookie Dough Bars Dessert

These Chocolate Chip and m&m Cookie Dough Bars are to DIE for and make way more than you’d think! Just a bite will satisfy your sweet tooth with the doughy, safe to eat cookie dough and the crunch of the cold chocolate chips and m&m’s.

This world has officially been changed. You see, when this dessert hit my countertop… planet Earth became a better place.

If you’ve ever been one to not eat the raw cookie dough because of the pending risk of raw eggs making you sick … yet longed for the sweet, sugary, and crunch of the cold chocolate chips that raw cookie dough brings to your tastebuds and tongue, you’re in luck. This cookie dough recipe is fantastic. Just absolutely fantastic, with no raw eggs.

And, I must say too that, much like fudge, one piece goes a long ways. An 8×8 dish lasted awhile around here because even a half by half inch piece was so amazing and rich that you only need a couple pieces to last you awhile, so rest assured, you’ll have plenty to enjoy.

Chocolate Chip and m&m Cookie Dough Bars Dessert
Chocolate Chip and m&m Cookie Dough Bars Dessert

Ingredients:

  • ½ c. (1 stick) butter, softened (salted or unsalted is fine)
  • ¾ c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini m&m’s
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line an 8×8 inch pan or dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the softened butter and brown sugar until fluffy for about 2-3 minutes. Next, add your vanilla until combined with the sugar mixture. Alternate your flour and sweetened condensed milk until combined.
  3. Using a spatula, mix in chocolate chips and m&m’s.
  4. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 8×8 pan with a spatula or your hands.
  5. Cover your bars with foil and refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm. If you’re in a hurry you can use the freezer. Next, flip the cookie dough over into the pan, taking it off of the parchment paper.

You can find complete recipes of this Chocolate Chip and m&m Cookie Dough Bars Dessert in couponcravings.com

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HEALTHY

Maine Lobster Stew

It was the summer of 1992 and I had just graduated high school when my best friend asked me to go to Maine with her. She wanted to visit a guy she liked who had recently moved. I wasn’t all that excited about it, to be honest. I knew we would have a great time together, but I was really only going along so she could see her crush. As it turns out, my dad had a business trip planned to Boston for later in the summer, so we all went there for a few days of sight-seeing and Red Sox baseball before my friend and I took the short bus trip up to Portland, Maine.

When we got there we met up with her friend who took us to his fraternity house where we would be staying for a few days. It was summer so most of the guys weren’t there, and that’s probably why my parents let me go!! It was pretty quiet so my friend and I were just sitting out front when all of the sudden this little red car came screaming down the street and into the driveway – windows down, music blaring, and a cute guy driving. I soon found out that his name was Jon and he had a strong Maine accent and used words like “wicked” and “pissah.” I was immediately smitten. And get this – not even 24 hours later I told my friend that this guy was the guy I was going to marry.

Fast forward almost 24 years and here we are… married almost 13 years with this adorable little five and a half year old who has so much energy, personality, will try anything, and has no fear. And as for my husband, he still has that awesome Maine accent.

So it should come as no surprise that my husband loves lobster. I love hearing his stories of having lobster races with his brother when they were kids before his mom would drop the lobsters into a pot of boiling water. Lobster was a part of life, not a luxury purchase, so to this day, he can’t believe how expensive lobsters can get down here in PA. He was so used to getting cheap, fresh lobster whenever he wanted.

Several times when my father-in-law would come for a visit, he would bring us cooked lobster meat packed in dry ice. We made things like lobster rolls, lobster omelets and pasta with lobster. But for years my husband talked about his desire to make lobster stew. One night we were talking about our Christmas dinner menu ideas and he immediately said he wanted to make lobster stew.

I quickly learned that lobster stew doesn’t have any meat or veggies – it is simply lobster meat in a warm cream base. But the way the stew base is created is what makes it so special. The word “stew” in lobster stew is more like a verb than a noun.

For weeks he researched recipes, analyzed them, pointed out what he liked and didn’t like, until he found the most authentic recipe that reminded him of the lobster stew he used to eat in Maine. Then came the search for the perfect Maine lobsters. He visited a few seafood stores before deciding on one and placing his order.

Maine Lobster Stew
Maine Lobster Stew

Ingredients

  • 5 each 1.5lb Maine lobsters
  • As needed, salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter (separated, 8 Tbsp and 4 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup medium or dry sherry
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1-2 pinches paprika
  • To taste, salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs parsley, leaves only, cut into strips

Directions, Day 1

  1. Bring a very large pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Plunge the lobsters into the boiling water and boil until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice-water to prevent them from cooking any longer, keeping them submerged until completely cool.
  3. Drain the lobsters and separate the tails from the bodies, setting the bodies aside. Crack the shells and remove all of the meat from the tails and claws (keep the ripper claw meat whole for beautiful presentation!!). Chop the meat into large chunks (again, except that ripper claw); cover and store in the fridge until day 2.
  4. Melt 8 Tbsp butter in a large heavy bottomed pot (he used our Dutch Oven) over medium-high heat. Add the lobster bodies and tail shells and cook, stirring often, until the shells turn a deep red, 5-8 minutes.
  5. Add sherry and boil for 2 minutes, and then add the milk and cream and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, until milk and cream reduce by one-quarter and thickens slightly, 20-25 minutes. Add cayenne, paprika, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove pot from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.

You can find complete recipes of this Maine Lobster Stew in maryellenscookingcreations.com

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DESSERT

HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS

These healthy no bake banana bread breakfast bars are thick, chewy and packed with protein, they’ll keep you satisfied for hours! Made without any butter, oil, grains or granulated sugar, they can easily be enjoyed as a snack or light dessert! They are suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free diet!

I cringe over some of the breakfast television shows I watched as a kid growing up.

Are you guys familiar with the term ‘breakfast television’? During my childhood, it was a select number of shows shown during the morning period, usually just before school. These hours were often between 6.30am-8am and often were filled with 5-6 short cartoons or shows.

While us Aussies were fortunate to have some international gems sent our way (Babar, Rugrats, Arthur, and Madeline), we had to also endure some home grown ‘talent.’ Many of them seemed to be poor rip-offs of American classics. Some, however, were simply cringe-worthy. The biggest offender was the show, ‘Bananas in Pyjamas‘.

HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS
HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS

For the bars

  • 3 cups gluten free oat flour OR 2 cup coconut flour (Paleo option)
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • pinch sea salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup overripe mashed banana (about 2 small)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (can sub for brown rice or honey if no diet restrictions)
  • 1/2 cup drippy cashew butter (can sub for any nut or seed butter)
  • pinch vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + milk of choice*

For the high protein frosting

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (see tested recommendations under ‘shop’)
  • 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  • Milk to form batter

For the coconut butter frosting

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper or aluminium foil and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, protein powder, cinnamon, sea salt, granulated sweetener of choice and mix well. Add in the mashed banana- Mixture should be very crumbly.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your cashew butter with maple syrup. Whisk in the vanilla extract and pour into the dry mixture. Mix very well until fully incorporated.
  4. For a more soft and fudgy banana bread bar, add milk of choice until a relatively thick batter is formed. For a firm and chewy bar, add milk of choice only if needed to desired thickness. Transfer to lined baking tray and press firmly in place.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes, or until firm. Once firm, add frosting of choice and refrigerate for another 30 minutes to firm up before slicing.

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS in thebigmansworld.com

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THE MOST AMAZING CHOCOLATE CAKE

The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake is here. I call this my Matilda Cake because I swear it’s just as good as the cake that Bruce Bogtrotter ate in Matilda. Moist, chocolatey perfection. This is the chocolate cake you’ve been dreaming of!

I have been searching for a great chocolate cake recipe for years. For my 18th birthday, my mom made an amazing chocolate cake. It was perfect. It was everything that a chocolate cake should be. Unfortunately, the recipe didn’t seem to survive past that day. Losing that recipe was a tragedy. It set the bar for chocolate cake in my eyes. It took me almost a decade to recreate that perfect chocolate cake. I tried at least a dozen recipes and none of them lived up to my expectations.  Until now.

I have found it. My search has ended. I now have THE recipe. If you have ever seen the movie Matilda you will surely remember the scene where the boy is forced to eat the most delicious looking chocolate cake ever. I feel just like that boy when I eat this cake. It is my Matilda chocolate cake for sure.

This cake is moist and has the perfect crumb. I cannot imagine making a chocolate cake using any other recipe. It is so easy to make and puts doctored cake mix recipes to shame. I’m eating a piece of the cake as I’m writing this, drooling all over my keyboard. It is insanely delicious. A decades search was worth the wait. Every…decadent…bite. Who wants cake?

THE MOST AMAZING CHOCOLATE CAKE
THE MOST AMAZING CHOCOLATE CAKE

Ingredients

  • butter and flour for coating and dusting the cake pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter three 9-inch cake rounds. Dust with flour and tap out the excess. (see cooking lesson below)
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer using a low speed until combined.
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil, and vanilla. Beat on a medium speed until smooth. This should take just a couple of minutes.
  5. Divide batter among the three pans. I found that it took just over 3 cups of the batter to divide it evenly.

You can find complete recipes of this THE MOST AMAZING CHOCOLATE CAKE in thestayathomechef.com

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HEALTHY

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Layers of butternut squash puree sandwiched between tender baby spinach and creamy cashew cheese filling, and topped with crispy panko (Japanese bread crumbs)!

Non-dairy, no soy and can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free lasagna. This butternut squash and spinach lasagna will surely satisfy your winter comfort food cravings with all the goodness from nuts, legumes and vegetables! Make this butternut squash and spinach lasagna for your next potluck/party. I guarantee it will be enjoyed by your vegan and non-vegan friends and family!

This lasagna uses vegan cashew cheese that is quick and easy to make, and only takes 5 minutes. For the cashew cheese recipe click here. The cashew cheese recipe calls for cashews that are soaked for at least 2 hours, but to make this lasagna, you can use un-soaked cashews as these will be baked for 40 minutes.

Happy Holidays!

INGREDIENTS :

Butternut Squash Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 14 oz (400 g) or half butternut squash (diced ½ inch or 1.5 cm thick)
  • 4 oz (115 g) canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained.
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon mushroom seasoning or vegetable bouillon
  • Pinch of fresh or dry thyme
  • Pinch of pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup cashew or almond milk

Spinach and Filling:

  • 2 cups of cashew cheese
  • 2 cups of fresh baby spinach or 1 cup or frozen spinach
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper

OTHER :

  • 9 oz (255 g) oven ready lasagna sheets (pre-cooked for 7 minutes)
  • 2 cups of panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or gluten free panko
  • Pinch of fresh or dry thyme
  • Pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large skillet, add oil, butternut squash, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), and saute over medium heat for 6 minutes.
  2. Add salt, mushroom seasoning (or vegetable stock), thyme, pepper, water and simmer with lid for another 4 minutes, or until the butternut squash is soft.
  3. Transfer into food processor.
  4. Add cashew or almond milk and blend until smooth.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
  6. In a bowl, add all spinach filling ingredients together, mix well and set aside.
  7. Grease bottom and sides of baking dish (9 ×13 inch) lightly with oil.
  8. Add ⅓ butternut squash filling and spread on the bottom of baking dish.
  9. Add lasagna sheets and spread half spinach filling on top.
  10. Spread another layer (1/3) of butternut squash filling.
  11. Add another layer of lasagna sheets and spread other half of spinach filling on top.
  12. Layer again with lasagna sheets.
  13. Spread the final layer (1/3) of butternut squash filling.

You can find complete recipes of this Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna in veggiecravings.com

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DESSERT HEALTHY

LEMON BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES

My favorite Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes! Topped with homemade Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and Fresh Blueberries, they’re simply irresistible.

My friends!!!
The weekend is at our fingertips and I couldn’t be more excited… to do nothing. I’m talking a feet kicked up on the coffee table, delivery menus at arms length, and Law & Order on loop kind of weekend. After 4 epic recipe fails, an inbox that just won’t quit, and the return of allergy season, I just need it.

What’s on the horizon for your weekend? Relaxing? Adventuring? Baking some of my recipes? If you bake one recipe this weekend, may I suggest these beautiful lemon blueberry cupcakes?

They’re quite simple to make, but yield very impressive results. The cupcakes themselves are supremely moist, just sweet enough, and exploding with blueberries in every bite. The batter will be quite thick, but fret not, as they bake up beautifully!

The lemon cream cheese frosting is a breeze to whip up and compliments the lemon blueberry cupcakes perfectly. Start to finish, making the frosting should only take 10 minutes max, so you’ll have plenty of time to whip it up while the lemon blueberry cupcakes bake.

Tips and Tricks For Success:

  1. Before you begin assembling the batter for your lemon blueberry cupcakes, it’s very important all of your liquid ingredients have been brought to room temperature. For this recipe, this means the sour cream, milk, butter, and eggs. I find in these warmer months this takes about 30 minutes, but times will vary depending on your climate.
  2. I list lemon extract as an optional ingredient. If you prefer cupcakes that have a light lemon flavor, I do not think it’s an essential ingredient. If you prefer a very lemony cupcake, I highly suggest adding the extract to both the lemon blueberry cupcake batter as well as the frosting. I love Watkins pure lemon extract because it’s 100% natural, doesn’t contain any artificial flavors, colors, or additives, and just tastes like pure lemon. Btw, I’m not getting paid a cent to say any of that; I just really love their lemon extract!
  3. Lightly scoop and level your flour. Packed flour will lead to dry, dense cupcakes.
  4. Fresh or frozen blueberries may be used in the batter. If you’re using frozen, do not thaw them first. Frozen blueberries will likely make the cupcakes a little more purple than fresh, but both taste equally delicious.
  5. I do not recommend adding more blueberries than called for to the batter. Adding too many berries will weigh down the cupcakes as they bake, causing them to sink the middle and bake unevenly. You can add plenty of extra blueberries on top of the frosting 😉
  6. Speaking of the frosting, you’ll want to make sure your butter and cream cheese are very soft before beginning. I suggest getting them a little softer than room temperature; this ensures they beat smooth and no clumps are left behind.
  7. Keep an eye on your cupcakes as they bake. My cupcakes took exactly 20 minutes, but yours may be done as early as 16, depending on how your oven runs. You’ll know they’re done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs attached.
  8. As always, you’ll want to make sure the cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting them. I used a Wilton Extra Large Round Tip to frost my cupcakes, but any tip – or even just a knife – will do.
  9. If you’d like your cupcakes to look exactly like the ones in these photos, simply top them with fresh blueberries (I find the smaller ones look better and don’t weigh down the frosting too much) and fresh lemon zest (I like to grate it onto a large plate and let it dry just a few seconds before sprinkling it).

INGREDIENTS :

For the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, if using frozen do not thaw first
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (optional, but really amps up the lemon flavor)
  • 1 large egg plus one egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • (1) 8 ounce block full-fat cream cheese, very soft
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (optional, but really amps up the lemon flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

To Decorate:

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest, optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, optional

INSTRUCTIONS :

For the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). *Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine 1 and 3/4 cups of the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the sour cream, milk, and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice whisk well to combine and set aside.
  4. Place blueberries in a small bowl; add remaining lemon juice and toss to coat the berries
  5. add remaining flour and toss to coat the berries in the flour; set aside.
  6. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.
  7. Add in the granulated sugar and lemon extract (if using) and beat until well combined.
  8. Add in the egg and egg yolk and mix well. Reduce the mixer speed to low.
  9. Add in 1/2 of the flour mixture and mix until just combined (this should take about 5 seconds).
  10. Add 1/2 of the sour cream mixture and mix until just combined. Repeat with remaining flour and sour cream mix, being sure to mix on low until just combined.
  11. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the floured blueberries (and any excess flour in the bowl) and lemon zest.
  12. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full.
  13. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  14. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  15. Once cupcakes are cool, frost and decorate. The cupcakes may also be frozen, unfrosted and stored in a freezer safe bag, for up to 2 months.

You can find complete recipes of this LEMON BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES in bakerbynature.com

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DESSERT

CRANBERRY BLISS SEVEN LAYER BARS

I love Cranberry Bliss Bars. Actually anything with white chocolate and cranberries I’m bound to like.
And because I have a longstanding obsession with Seven Layer Bars or Magic Bars as they’re sometimes called, marrying two favorite bars into one had to happen.
A buttery graham cracker crust, topped with white chocolate chips, chocolate chips, walnuts, dried cranberries, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. It’s a fast, easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that’s as easy as sprinkling and layering ingredients in a pan and the bars have everything going.
There’s a slightly crunchy graham cracker crust, extra crunch from the walnuts, with chewiness from the cranberries and coconut. So much texture and diverse but complimentary flavors in every bite.
The cranberries perfectly cut through the sweetness of the white chocolate, coconut, and creamy sweetened condensed milk while semi-sweet chocolate chips round things out.
If you need a holiday dessert that’s virtually effortless but that tastes like a million bucks, this is the one.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (I use unsalted, but salted tames some of the sweetness)
  • scant 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (I use orange-flavored dried cranberries)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes, measured loosely and not packed
  • about two-thirds can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk (eyeball it)

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the graham crackers crumbs and toss lightly with a fork to coat crumbs evenly.
  4. Turn mixture out into prepared pan, forming an even, smooth, flat crust layer by tapping crumbs into place with a spatula or your fingertips.
  5. The amount of crust is skimpy and barely covers the pan, but it’s okay.
  6. Evenly sprinkle with the white chocolate chips, chocolate chips, walnuts, cranberries, and coconut (in that order).
  7. Evenly drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around edges and the center is mostly set.
  9. Keep an extremely close eye on bars in the final minutes of baking because coconut can go from raw-looking to burnt in one minute.
  10. I’ve baked the bars in different ovens and have baked for as long as 27 minutes and as short as 20 minutes; watch your bars and not the clock.
  11. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool in pan for at least 2 hours, or overnight, before slicing and serving.
  12. Bars firm up as they cool. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

You can find complete recipes of this CRANBERRY BLISS SEVEN LAYER BARS in averiecooks.com

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DESSERT

SHORTBREAD TOFFEE COOKIE BARS

These Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars are a buttery brown sugar shortbread crust, filled with a sweetened condensed milk caramel and topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits! SO sweet and rich!
This is one of those recipes that has been around for ages, I think.
I found the base for this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try…unfortunately the picture just kept leading me back to a million other sites and never a proper source. Annoying. So I slightly varied the recipe that the person reposted on the picture. Recipe police don’t arrest me.
Can we talk about all the food on Pinterest for a quick second allegedly being THE BEST… or MOST AMAZING…BEST EVER… LIKE CRACK..
Let’s end that trend, kay? Because here’s why…. Anyhowwwww….
In this case “Best Ever” might apply. Because these are the “Best Ever Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars” I’ve ever had. They actually might be the only Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars I’ve ever had, soooo, there’s that…. Also, my pictures look NOTHING like the picture on Pinterest so I think I a) might have done something completely differently or b) the photo was not actually the finished product of the recipe. Not sure.
The base is a brown sugar shortbread, the filling is a caramelized sweetened condensed milk and the topping is a mixture of milk chocolate and toffee. It’s everything you could want all in one place. LIKE CRACK! Wait…The steps are super easy. Just make your crust…just brown sugar, butter and flour…

INGREDIENTS :
Shortbread Crust

  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ cups flour

Filling

  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter

Topping

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups Toffee Bits

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray.

Shortbread Crust

  1. Beat butter and sugar together until combined, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Mix in flour. Mixture will be slightly dry.
  3. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Filling

  1. In a small saucepan heat sweetened condensed milk and butter together until butter is smooth.
  2. Pour over shortbread crust. Bake 12-15 minutes until filling is bubbly and browned.
  3. It will almost take on a light caramel appearance. Remove from oven

Topping

  1. Immediately sprinkle milk chips on top of filling when it comes out of the oven.
  2. Place back in oven for 2 minutes until chips are shiny and soft.
  3. Carefully spread the chips over the filling with an off-set spatula.
  4. Sprinkle with toffee bits, pressing into milk chocolate.
  5. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

You can find complete recipes of this SHORTBREAD TOFFEE COOKIE BARS in cookiesandcups.com

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Amazing Dinner Rolls

Is there anything like a fresh, hot out of the oven, homemade dinner roll? Dinner rolls are a classic that will never fade. These dinner rolls are dangerously good! How could something with so few simple ingredients be so delicious? I will tell you how: lots of butter, whole milk and a little patience.
While creating this recipe, I was looking to achieve a tender, pillow-y soft texture, along with a light sweetness that wasn’t overpowering (if I wanted a roll that was super sweet I’d just have cake), with just the right amount of moisture and fats – hence the use of whole milk along with the butter. I prefer a larger ratio of milk than water because water has zero flavor so why let it waste good space in the roll?
I love making fresh breads and rolls, because I let my KitchenAid mixer do all the work =). The hardest part is that “little patience” I mentioned before, the rising time. I wish they’d just go POOF! in a number of seconds and be beautifully risen. If only. The nice thing about it though is that it basically forces me to get that sink-full of dishes done while I’m waiting. If you don’t have a stand mixer you could also make these the good old fashioned way, kneading by hand.
I hope you love these rolls and serve them as the perfect complement to your holiday feasts and family gatherings. Come back soon as I’ll be posting 3 specialty butter recipes that you can spread along these divine dinner rolls (as if they needed any upgrade but these butters just push the rolls over the top). Enjoy and share… really, because I’m warning you if you don’t share you’ll want all 24 rolls to yourself!

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1/3 cup warm water, 110 – 115 degrees
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup + 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk, warmed to 110 – 115 degrees
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, at room temperature, divided
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Measure out warm water into a liquid measuring cup then stir in yeast and 1/4 tsp sugar, whisk until yeast has dissolved then let rest 5 – 10 minutes until mixture is foamy.
  2. Pour yeast mixture (scrapping out excess) into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, add in 1/3 cup sugar, warm milk, 5 Tbsp butter, egg and salt. Blend mixture until combine.
  3. Add in 2 cups flour and mix until well combine. Switch attachment to a dough hook, with mixer on low speed, slowly add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and mix until dough is smooth and elastic, about 4 – 5 minutes (dough should be slightly sticky when touched).
  4. Transfer dough to a greased, large mixing bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  5. Allow dough to rise in a warm place, free from draft, until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Punch dough down and divide dough into two equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball.
  7. Roll each dough ball out on a lightly floured surface into a large circle about 13 inches across (try to keep dough as much of an even thickness as possible).
  8. Spread each circle of dough evenly with 2 Tbsp butter.
  9. Cut each circle into 4 equal quarters, then each quarter into 3 wedges (just imagine cutting pizza slices or pie slices).
  10. Roll each wedge up, beginning on wide (outside) edge. Transfer rolls to a buttered 10 x 15 inch cookie sheet (the tip of the rolled wedge should be tucked on the bottom. Note that you can fit 3 rows of 8 rolls).
  11. Cover rolls loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
  12. During the last 10 minutes of rising preheat oven to 375 degrees.

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