Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Oat Bars

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I haven’t baked in a long time ~ since well before Christmas.  My daughter did all the Christmas cookie baking and I was thankful for that.  She is an awesome baker/cook (she made the best Thanksgiving turkey I have ever had!)!  I was looking forward to baking something and found this bar recipe as I was going through some cookbooks the other day.  I had all the ingredients so I tried them.  They are delicious!!!  At first I thought I would leave out the coconut but the flavor is great ~ not overpowering like it can be sometimes.

I made the whole recipe in my mixer.  Since the dough is thick, after mixing it up, spoon it into your prepared pan.  I found it easier to pat it in the pan with my clean hand rather than a spoon or spatula.  Also, don’t overbake.

Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Oat Bars

Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Oat Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup coconut
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Mix in the egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, soda and salt.

Add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats and coconut; then add chocolate chips and pecans mixing until combined.

Pat dough into a lightly greased 13×9 glass baking dish.

Bake at 375º for 20 minutes.

Cool and cut into bars.

Makes 12-15 bars depending on how large they are cut.

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Source:  Where Hearts Gather

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Mixed Berry Crisp

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Besides the fact that I love all kinds of berries, I love this recipe because I can make it all year round.  Since it uses frozen berries,  I don’t need to buy expensive fresh berries in winter when I am craving something berry-ish.

I think this crisp would be equally good as a dessert and as a breakfast dish.  Breakfast?  Maybe that’s just me but I love recipes like this as a breakfast side dish.

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Mixed Berry Crisp

2 (12 oz) bags frozen mixed berries, unthawed
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour, divided
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
7 tbsps cold butter, diced

Preheat oven to 375º.

Combine berries, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour and lemon juice in a large bowl, blend well.

Transfer berry mixture to a glass baking dish.

Combine remaining 3/4 cup flour, oats, brown sugar, spices and salt in a medium bowl. Add the butter and rub together with fingertips until the mixture resembles small clumps. Sprinkle over berry mixture in baking dish.

Bake until berries are bubbling and the topping is golden brown, about 1 hour. Let cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes 8 servings.

SOURCE: Bon Appetit

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Triple Layer Mud Pie

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My third recipe from Gooseberry Patch’s  new cookbook Hometown Harvest.

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If you are a chocolate lover like me, you will LOVE this easy pie.  I used sugar free products where I could and I purchased a Keebler chocolate crust.  I think it would be great on one of those purchased Oreo crusts, too.

I still take crappy pictures of pies ~ that hasn’t gotten any better 🙂

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Triple Layer Mud Pie
Submitted by Beth Williamson, Wakefield, RI

3 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
9-inch chocolate pie cookie crust
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 cups milk
2 small pkgs instant chocolate pudding
8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed

In a bowl, stir together the melted chocolate and the 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk and pour into the crust. Sprinkle pecans over the top.

Combine milk and pudding mixes in a bowl and whisk together for 2 minutes. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the pudding over the pecans. Set aside.

Stir half of the Cool Whip into the remaining pudding and spread over the chocolate pudding in the crust. Top with the rest of the Cool Whip.

Cover and chill until serving time.

Makes 6 servings.

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Boston Cream Pie from Game Day Fan Fare

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I just realized I never let you all know my favorite teams ~ NY Mets, NY Yankees, NY Giants, Miami Dolphins  🙂

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This is the last recipe that I tried from this cookbook.  I chose it because I LOVE Boston Cream Pie and the cake in this recipe is from scratch which I like so much better than a mix.  I think you could make the cream from scratch as well instead of using pudding mix.  All in all, it’s a delicious recipe!

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Boston Cream Pie
Submitted by Flo Burnett, Gage, OK

5 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
4 1/2 tsps fresh lemon juice
2 tbsps water
1 cup cake flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3.4 oz pkg cook & serve vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/8 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter
2 (1 oz) sqs unsweetened baking chocolate
1 to 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In a large bowl, beat together egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together zest, juice, and water. Gradually beat zest mixture into yolk mixture until fluffy. Fold in flour until completely blended. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Beat remaining sugar into egg whites until combined. Gently fold egg white mixture into yolk mixture until fully combined. Divide batter between 2 lightly greased 9 inch round cake pans. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks.

Meanwhile, prepare pudding mix according to package directions using milk. Refrigerate until well chilled; fold in whipping cream and vanilla. Set aside.

Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler (I used the microwave). Remove from heat; whisk in powdered sugar until smooth.

Assembly: Place one cake layer on a cake plate. Spread with all the pudding filling. Top filling with the remaining cake layer. Pour chocolate mixture over the top and spread to cover top of cake.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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Vintage Recipes Series ~ Cream Cheese Squares

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I have a collection of old handmade recipe albums, recipe card boxes and a box full of recipes that I have been collecting for several years.  If I see someone’s recipe card collection for sale, I just can’t pass it up.  I feel bad that someone’s hard work collecting these recipes is being sold so I buy them and put on my bookshelf.  I have recipes from the 20s through about 2005 or so.  Some are not vintage but I have no idea what to call them.

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Some recipes are written on the backs of envelopes and some are typed out neatly on cards.  It’s really a treasure trove of someone’s life in the kitchen.  It’s fun to go through them.

I decided that a few times a month, I would pick a recipe, make it, and blog about it.   Many of these recipes have no attribution or even a publishing date and are handwritten.  If it does have any publishing info, I’ll post it.  Except for the box of recipes that I have collected, I have no idea who even belonged to these boxes/albums.

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As you can see from the picture, the ingredient list in this recipe ~ Cream Cheese Squares ~ is a mess.  Luckily, there aren’t too many ingredients.  The recipe looks like it’s from the late 70s or early 80s from a column called Common Sense Cooking by Ruth McDaniel.  I did a bing search and it looks like Mrs. McDaniel has passed away.

These cream cheese squares are delicious!  They are cheesecake in bar form.  The recipe is easy however, saving 1 cup of the base to sprinkle on top is too much.  One-half cup would be plenty.

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Cream Cheese Squares

1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts ~ I used pecans
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsps milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350º.

Cream butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add flour and chopped nuts and mix to make a crumb mixture. Reserve 1/2 cup and set aside. Press remainder in greased, 8-inch square pan. Bake 15 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool while you make the cream cheese mixture.

Blend sugar and cream cheese in a medium bowl with a mixer until smooth. Add egg, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat well until smooth. Pour over warm crust and sprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the cream cheese mixture. Bake for 25 minutes.

Cool and cut into squares.

I keep them in the refrigerator because I like cheesecake cold but the recipe doesn’t say anything about keeping them there.

Makes 9 bars.

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

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Oh my ~ these are delicious!  I know red velvet everything is big right now and I don’t usually follow trends but this recipe sucked me in.   I actually made them around Valentine’s Day and I put the recipe aside and forgot about it until I downloaded the pictures and there they were.

I chose to try this recipe because it made the brownies from scratch ~ no boxed brownie mix was involved.  I am trying to stay away from boxed mixes especially since it’s so easy to bake from scratch without all the preservatives.  I also liked that it didn’t use a whole bottle of red food coloring like so may recipes do.  Be careful when using it because it turns everything red.  The only thing I did different from the recipe was to leave out the nuts.

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Brownies:
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup toasted almonds

Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350º. Butter an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.

Brownie layer: Melt the butter either on the stove top or in the microwave and pour into a large mixing bowl. In order, add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, mixing between additions. In an small bowl, whisk the eggs and stir into the cocoa mixture. Fold in the flour until combined. Stir in the walnuts if using. Save 1/4 cup of this mixture and set aside. Pour what’s left into the prepared pan.

Cream cheese layer: Blend the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Gently spread this mixture on top of the brownies mixture in the prepared pan.

Using a spoon, drop the remaining cocoa batter over the top of the cream cheese layer. Using the tip of a knife or a skewer, drag it through the cream cheese layer and the dropped batter to create a swirl effect.  Try not to mix in the brownie layer on the bottom as much as you can.

Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Makes 8 servings

Adapted from Food Network

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Strawberry Mousse

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I love any flavor of mousse but so many of them use raw eggs that I don’t usually make them.  Yes, I know I can use pasteurized eggs but  for some reason, I don’t.  Anyway, this recipe doesn’t have any eggs at all.  It tasted like fresh strawberries which I loved.  I hate when I can’t taste the flavor.  It is also very easy to make.

A Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry Mousse

1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup hot water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream

Place the strawberries and sugar in a blender and process until pureed. Let stand for 30 minutes.

In a bowl, soften the unflavored gelatin in cold water. Add the hot water and stir until the gelatin dissolves.

Add the gelatin mixture to the pureed strawberries and process in the blender to mix well. Add the whipping cream and whip for 5 minutes. The mixture will not whip up like whipping cream usually does.

Pour into 4 dessert dishes and chill for 2 to 3 hours or until set.

Makes 4 servings. I made 2 large servings instead of the 4.

Recipe adapted from Something’s Simmering

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