Snicker Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars & my Lego memories

Good Monday morning!  Are you one of the fortunate people to have a three-day weekend?  Did you do anything fun?  We intended to go see a movie, but never made it.   Have you seen the Lego Movie?   If this movie was made when my boys were boys … pretty sure that they would have insisted on seeing it!

Legos have been around for a long time and I’m pretty sure that we still have a plastic storage bin of Legos somewhere in the garage!  My boys really enjoyed those Legos … hours were spent building structures, Star Wars spacecraft, castles … they even had motors to propel their Lego cars!  That brings me to my memories … Legos in the carpet … those tiny little pieces that hid in the carpet … until someone stepped on them with bare feet …

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The photo above reminds me of our living room carpet, except we had well-worn lovely burnt orange shag carpet that was leftover from the 70′s ;)

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I’m not really complaining … Duplos and Legos entertained and educated my boys for many years!  When the movie came out … it was my perfect excuse to  finally buy these candies that look like Legos!  (I’ve seen these candies where it’s sold in bulk bins, bags at World Market and online.)

P1030645 Snicker & Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

I sprinkled the candy on some yummy cookie bars made with Snicker Bites, peanut butter chips and frosted with a thin layer of chocolate frosting!  These cookies are made in a 9-inch square pan … perfect size and good chewy cookie with or without candy Legos ;)  BTW, the Lego candy tastes similar to  Sweet Tarts.

Snicker Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars

  • 1-1/4 cups unbleached flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 to 1 cup Snicker Bites, cut in half (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips (such as Reese’s)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate frosting (I used store-bought)
  • 3/4 cup Lego type candy (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line a 9″ x 9″ square pan with foil, spray with cooking spray.  (Note:  skip the foil if you plan on cutting and serving right out of the pan) 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy.  Add egg and beat well.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Gradually add flour mixture to sugar/butter mixture and beat well.
  4. Stir in Snickers and peanut butter chips.  Spread mixture in prepared pan.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool completely.
  6. Remove foil from pan and invert cookies onto serving plate, if desired.
  7. Place frosting in microwave for 10-20 seconds, stir well.  Spread the warm frosting over cookies, use a fork to create carpet looking texture, sprinkle with Lego candy, cut and serve!  Makes 16 – 2″ squares.

Snicker Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Collage

My kids are now in their 20′s and 30′s … Son #1 saw these Lego candies and was trying to convince me to build some sort of object with them … I just smiled.  A friend told me that her hubby recently bought himself a set of Legos!  Once a Lego lover … always a Lego lover :)

P1030646 Legos Snicker Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars

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Dark Chocolate & Mint Cheesecake Bars

Yesterday I promised another variation of my Cheesecake Bars and here it is …

dark chocolate mint cheesecake bars

Today’s version is made the same as yesterday’s, Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bars … just used the Dark Chocolate Mint Ovation Break a Part.  I always make something mint flavored for Christmas, but these would be a great choice any time of year.  Cheesecake, dark chocolate, mint, sugar cookies and topped with hot fudge … it can’t get any better than that!

This is what you will need …

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Dark Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Bars

  • 1 – 16.5 ounce tube of Sugar Cookie Dough (at room temperature)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 Ovation Dark Chocolate Mint Break a Part
  • Hot Fudge Sauce (I used Mrs. Richardson’s) and peppermint candies for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Press dough evenly in a greased 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese  and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla, beat until smooth.
  3. Break candy a part according to package directions.  You will have 20 candy sections, lay candy sections in rows (4 x 5) on sugar cookie dough.
  4. Pour cheesecake mixture over candy and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until edge of crust is light golden brown.
  6. Cool completely, cut into 20 bars, refrigerate.  Serve with hot fudge sauce.

cheesecake bars sugar cookie crust

cheesecake ovation slices

Make these … you will be happy … sorry, about being bossy ;)

chocolate mint ovation cheesecake break a part

Today’s smile … yesterday I was in the dairy section of the store and overheard a little girl telling her mom “Look Mommy, chocolate eggs!” … she was pointing at the brown eggs!  It made me laugh … thought I would share ;)

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars

Bar desserts are one of my favorite things to bake … especially when they are cheesecake bars!  Throw in some chocolate, pumpkin spice, sugar cookie crust and caramel sauce … they are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

chocolate pumpkin spice cheesecake bars

I’ve shared a similar cheesecake bar recipe in the past and just made a few changes to create a new flavor.  Personally, I love recipes that are versatile like that!

pumpkin spice cheesecake bars

Baking a dessert in one pan and cutting it up into 20 individual servings sure can be a time saver this time of year.  These bars can be made and stored in the fridge for several days … great to make ahead of time!

This is what you will need …

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars with Sugar Cookie Crust

  • 1 – 16.5 ounce tube of Sugar Cookie Dough (at room temperature)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 Ovation Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Break a Part
  • Caramel Sauce (I used Smucker’s) & candy pumpkins for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Press dough evenly in a greased 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese  and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla, beat until smooth.
  3. Break candy a part according to package directions.  You will have 20 candy sections, lay candy sections in rows (4 x 5) on sugar cookie dough.
  4. Pour cheesecake mixture over candy and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until edge of crust is light golden brown.
  6. Cool completely, cut into 20 bars, refrigerate.  Serve with caramel sauce.

cheesecake bar sugar cookie crust cheesecake ovation slices

I found that using the Break a Part candy was a nice way to add a tasty little surprise in each bar, it was so easy to do and tasted great!  The entire family enjoyed these bars … especially with the caramel sauce added.

chocolate pumpkin spice ovation cheesecake bars

I will be sharing another version of this dessert tomorrow … please stop by and check it out ;)

Thank you to SweetWorks for supplying the Ovation Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Break a Part!

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Fall Review

I’m working on some new Fall/Halloween ideas and will be sharing them in a few days.

Until then … here’s a quick little review of some fall ideas from the past …

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Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

Creamy Pumpkin Butter Pie Bars

Creamy Pumpkin Butter Pie Bars

pecan pie cupcakes

Pecan Pie Cupcakes … one of my most popular recipes that happens to be gluten-free, too!

spiced pecans

Spicy Salty Sweet Pecans

Brown butter, sea salt, pecan cookies

Brown Butter, Sea Salt, Pecan Cookies

See you in a few days :)

Fondue S’mores

Good Monday morning!  How are you today?  I made something that could give your week a little kickstart …

Fondue S'mores

We returned home a few days ago from a camping trip that did not include s’mores … a true violation of my camping rules!  So … I made these s’mores at home … definitely worth the wait ;)

I was very happy to receive a package of Emmi Swiss Chocolate Fondue in the mail … just what I needed to create this yummy simple dessert.  This fondue comes ready to use … just melt it, yeah!  This is how it starts …

Emmi Swiss Fondue

After a short time in the microwave …

Chocolate Fondue Love

Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate are all present in my Fondue S’mores … in a little different form.  This is what you will need …

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Fondue S’mores

  1. Prepare a 9″ x 13″ pan and a spatula by buttering (or spraying with nonstick cooking spray)
  2. In a large pan (I used a 6 quart), melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add 6 cups mini marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  4. Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring until all cereal is coated.
  5. Add remaining 4 cups mini marshmallows and stir to combine.
  6. Spread in prepared pan using buttered spatula.
  7. Let cool at least 1 hour and cut into squares.
  8. Melt chocolate fondue according to package directions and serve with cereal squares.

Family Poll … Hubby, Sons #1 and #3 … 6 thumbs up!  Son #2 (whom I should name the critic)… says the cereal squares did not need the extra marshmallows added.

Golden Graham bars chocolate fondue

Thank you to the folks at Emmi for providing me with the Swiss Chocolate Fondue … all opinions and recipes are my own.

Golden Graham S'mores Emmi Swiss Fondue

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Reese’s PB Cup & Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Good Friday morning!  I started writing this post three days ago … don’t know what happened, but I lost everything!  It’s OK because I rewrote it over and over again in my head … several times.  I would ask myself should I share or just post the recipe?  I decided to do both.

I finally figured out that I’m in a slump and need to SNAP OUT OF IT!  I’m not in a rut … my rut or routine has been changed … I think that’s my problem.

Several changes have taken place around here, some good and some not so good.  My hubby recently lost his oldest brother, whom he would visit twice a week, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Our 14-year-old puppy, a.k.a. my hubby’s daughter and my pretty girl, had been ill for several months and we lost her Monday.  On a good note … we are back in home improvement mode … we are slooooow home improvers … finally finishing a master bathroom that has been six years in the making (loooong story).  We have had a nice time visiting with family from out-of-town that we don’t get to see often enough.

We have a few short trips planned, including one to Laughlin, Nevada.

Jackpot Bars

Have you ever been to Laughlin?  I was trying to describe it to my niece (who has been to Las Vegas) I basically told her it’s like old old Las Vegas on a mini scale and located on the Colorado River.  My hubby likes Laughlin because the gambling is cheaper less expensive than Las Vegas.  Now, please don’t laugh at me … the real reason I agreed to go to Laughlin, because I’m not a gambler … is that we will make a short drive to Kingman, Arizona and have breakfast at Cracker Barrel and maybe buy a new cast iron skillet ;)  I live in California …. there is no Cracker Barrel in California!!!  We Californians are Cracker Barrel deprived!  It may sound silly to some of you, but I don’t understand when some people who I know come for a visit to California and must go to In-N-Out-Burger!  Don’t get me wrong, I like In-N-Out Burger, but I think that being deprived … makes it seem even better … just like me and Cracker Barrel :)

Now that I’m finished rambling … these bars are my idea of gambling.  You may get one or two peanut butter cups on a bar or hit a jackpot and get four cups …

Chocolate & Reese's Rice Krispie Treats

Reese’s PB Cup and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 10 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 6 ounces of chocolate marshmallows (4 cups)
  • 8 ounce bag Reese’s Minis
  • 9 cups Rice Krispies (crisp rice cereal)
  1. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and a spatula with butter or cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large pot (6 quart) melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  4. Remove pan from heat, add Rice Krispies, stir until coated.  Immediately pour 1/2 of mixture into prepared pan, sprinkle candy evenly, add remaining cereal mixture.  Use prepared spatula to press into pan.
  5. Let cool and cut into bars.

Good luck … I hope you pick a winning bar and hit the jackpot!

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Cream Cheese Lemon Zest Bars

Today is May 1st … what happened to April?  Time is just flying by!  It must be true that time flies when you’re having fun!

I made these lemon bars for the first time a few weeks ago for a family gathering.  Timing was perfect … I wanted to try these bars and share them.  I am happy that I made them and even happier that I shared them … so I wasn’t tempted to eat half the pan ;)

This is one of those things that is great to make and take … it transports so easily … bake it in a 9″ by 13″ pan … cut it, cover it and go!

Zesty Cream Cheese Lemon Bars

The original recipe was from Erica of Favorite Family Recipes who shared it at Skip To My Lou … that’s where I found it.  I did make a few teeny weenie additions :)

CREAM CHEESE LEMON ZEST BARS

  • 1 box lemon cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened (I used Neuchâtel 1/3 less fat)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (I used a Meyer lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Make the crust – Combine cake mix, oil and 1 egg until crumbly.  Reserve 1 cup of crumble mixture and set aside.  Spread remainder of crumbs in a 9″ x 13″ pan and pat down to form a crust.  Bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until crust is lightly golden brown.
  2. Make the filling – Place cream cheese, juice, zest, 1 egg and sugar in a bowl, whip until fluffy and light.  Spread over baked crumb crust and crumble the reserved cup of crumbs over the top.  Return to oven and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.  Cool, cut into bars.

Cream Cheese Lemon Zest Bars

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