Category: Desserts

Awesome Pecan Pie

Ready for the holidays? Why not bake an awesome pecan pie from scratch? This pie is absolutely delicious, and it’s very simple to make.
Ready for the holidays? Why not bake an awesome pecan pie from scratch? This pie is absolutely delicious, and it's very simple to make. My husband absolutely LOVES pecan pie. For many, many years I have made pecan pies, using the recipe found on the bottle of corn syrup (one of the ingredients). All that has changed now, ever since I began making awesome pecan pie using another recipe. It’s a total KEEPER, and I want to share the recipe here with you today, and show you how to make it.

One of the unique things about this recipe that sets it apart is in its use of pecans. The recipe calls for finely chopped pecans, quartered pecans, and whole pecan halves used to decorate the top of this delicious pie.

This is also a vey easy pie to make. The flaky buttery crust, as written in the recipe is fantastic, but if really pressed for time, you could always use a pie dough shell. Let me show you how to make an awesome pecan pie!

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Make The Pie Crust

Measure all purpose flour, granulated sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter to “cut” chunks of very cold butter into the flour mixture. Do this until the butter has been “cut” into the crumbs (and becomes about the size of peas).Sprinkle the dough with ice water, and stir until the pastry dough is bound together enough to form a dough ball.

Tip: You can also do this step in a food processor, if desired. Pulse cold butter chunks into flour mixture until butter is the size of peas. Drizzle in cold water while machine is running, until dough ball is formed.

Place the dough ball on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out until it becomes a circle that is at least an inch larger than the pie pan you will be using. Carefully transfer the pie crust to the pie pan (I fold the dough circle in half, then lift it up and place it into the pie pan). PLACE THE PIE CRUST IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR TO KEEP IT COLD WHILE YOU MAKE THE FILLING!

Butter is cut into pie crust ingredients, and then a ball of dough is formed.Pie crust is rolled out, then put in pie pan, leaving crust overhanging the sides.

Make The Awesome Pecan Pie Filling

Now it’s time to make the pie filling. The ingredients for the filling are eggs, light and dark corn syrup, butter, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and finely chopped pecans. Whisk or stir these ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl until they are fully combined. I usually whisk the eggs lightly, then stir in the rest!

The pie filling ingredients are whisked together before adding to the crust.

Fill The Pie

Use the tines of a fork to puncture the crust dough in several places on the bottom and sides. This helps to prevent air pockets from forming. Add the quartered pecans to the crust, spreading them in a single layer, to cover the bottom as much as possible.

Pie crust is pierced with fork tines, then quartered pecans are added.Carefully pour the pie filling over the quartered pecans in the pie crust. Once the filling is in, decoratively arrange the remaining pecan halves over the top of the pie. I start by going around the edge, and then work my way into the center with the pecan halves. They will lay right on top of the filling.
The pie filling is poured into crust, and then topped with pecan halves.

Bake Your Awesome Pecan Pie

The last thing you will need to do is trim off any excess dough, then crimp the edges of your pie crust decoratively. Once that’s done, place the pie on the middle rack of a preheated 350°F oven. Bake the pie for 1 hour, or until firm and nicely browned. The crust should be golden and flaky when done.

Pecans decorate the top of the pie before it is baked.The top of the awesome pecan pie is golden browned after baking.

Time For A Slice Of Pecan Pie!

Once the pie has cooled (for about an hour), it is ready to serve (it slices better, too!). We actually prefer it served at room temperature. If you want, you can serve it warm with a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream! The pie is rich and sweet, so we “usually” eat it without ice cream.

Once cooled, the pie can be easily sliced into 12 thin wedges and transferred to individual plates, for serving. Grab a fork, and dig in. I really think you will LOVE this awesome pecan pie!

Taking a peek at the inside of the finished pecan pie.A slice of awesome pecan pie, with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

I really hope you enjoy this awesome pecan pie! We absolutely LOVE it, and trust you will find it delicious, too! Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will come back soon.

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Original recipe source: allrecipes.com/recipe/18433/irresistible-pecan-pie/

Awesome Pecan Pie
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Ready for the holidays? Why not bake an awesome pecan pie from scratch? This pie is absolutely delicious, and it's very simple to make.

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: awesome pecan pie
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 444 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Crust:
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick) , very cold & cut in chunks
  • 4 Tablespoons ice water
For Pie Filling:
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pecan halves, quartered (each half cut in 4 pcs.)
  • 1 cup pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Make The Crust: Mix flour, sugar and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Cut chunks of cold butter into flour mixture, using two forks or a pastry blender. Continue until butter has been reduced to about the size of peas). Sprinkle dough with ice water, and stir well until the pastry dough is bound together enough to form a dough ball. Tip: You can also do this step in a food processor, if desired. Pulse cold butter chunks into flour mixture until butter is the size of peas. Drizzle in cold water while machine is running, until dough ball is formed.

    Place dough ball on floured work surface. Roll out until it becomes a circle an inch larger than the pie pan. Transfer crust to pan (fold circle in half, lift it up, place it in pie pan, unfold). PLACE PIE CRUST (IN PAN) INTO REFRIGERATOR TO KEEP IT COLD WHILE YOU MAKE THE PIE FILLING!

  3. Make The Filling: Whisk/stir eggs, light and dark corn syrups, melted butter, brown sugar, salt, and finely chopped pecans in medium mixing bowl until fully combined.

  4. Remove crust from refrigerator. Use fork tines to pierce crust in several places (bottom and sides). Spread quartered pecans on bottom of crust in a single layer. Pour pie filling evenly over the quartered pecans. Decoratively arrange remaining pecan halves over the top. Trim excess dough and crimp edges of pie crust.

  5. Bake pie at 350°F (on the middle rack of oven) for 1 hour, or until firm/nicely browned on top. Crust should be golden/flaky. Let pie cool for an hour, before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Awesome Pecan Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/12th of total))
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 233mg10%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 401IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!

Ready for the holidays? Why not bake an awesome pecan pie from scratch? This pie is absolutely delicious, and it's very simple to make.

Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars

Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars are a yummy treat, with crunchy layers of puffed rice cereal, butterscotch chips, peanut butter and chocolate!
Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars are a yummy treat, with crunchy layers of puffed rice cereal, butterscotch chips, peanut butter and chocolate!

If you’re on the lookout for a great tasting dessert bar or snack, I would love to recommend to you these butterscotch fudge krispy bars! I first tried them over 25 years ago when my sweet friend Dawn made a batch and shared them with our family. After my first bite I was hooked! They are absolutely delicious (and addicting, I might add).

I finally got around to making and photographing these yummy bars again, to share her fantastic recipe on my blog. So I whipped up a batch, and “forced” myself to enjoy several of them… you know for “quality control”! Luckily for us (and our waistlines), our oldest son had evacuated to our home as a precaution during the recent Oregon wildfires, so he definitely helped gobble them up, too! 

They are ALWAYS a huge hit, and I am happy to be sharing my friend’s easy recipe today. Here’s how to make ’em:

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How To Make Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars

In a large saucepan, cook butterscotch chips and peanut butter on LOW heat only until melted, stirring continually. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour in the crisped rice cereal immediately. Butterscotch chips and peanut butter are cooked until melted in saucepan.Puffed rice cereal is added to melted butterscotch chips and peanut butter.

Stir well, to combine the ingredients. The mixture will be THICK. Just keep stirring until all the rice cereal is coated. While the mixture is still warm, divide it in half. Press HALF of the mixture into a well buttered or greased dish (use 8×8 dish if making as written, or a 9×13 dish for a double batch). Keep the other reserved half of this mixture in the saucepan, at room temp.

Use the back of a spoon to firmly press the mixture down into the pan to form a solid, dense layer. Set the pan with the krispy layer into the freezer to chill and solidify while you make the chocolate fudge layer.

The butterscotch krispy mixture is stirred together until fully combined.Half of the mixture is packed down into a baking pan to form bottom of bars.

Make The Chocolate Fudge Layer

Now it’s time to make the middle chocolate fudge layer. Use a double boiler for this step. No double boiler? Do this: Place a small pan with the chocolate chips on top of a larger pan (half full of gently boiling water) on the stove. The small pan will “rest” on top of the lightly boiling water of the larger pan. Be careful not to let any water from the bottom pan get into the chocolate chips or they will “seize up” (not good).

Stir the chocolate chips until they have fully melted, then remove the pan from the heat. Once the melted chocolate is off the heat, quickly stir in powdered sugar, butter and then water. Stir well, to melt the butter, and continue stirring until smooth.

Chocolate chips are melted in a double boiler pan.Powdered sugar, butter and water are added to melted chocolate in pan.

Layer Fudge Filling And Then Butterscotch Krispy Mixture

Remove the dish with the krispy layer from the freezer, and immediately spread the chocolate fudge over the top. Use the back of a spoon, knife, or offset spatula to evenly spread the chocolate to fully cover the bottom layer.

Now take the reserved butterscotch krispy mixture, and carefully spread it over the fudge layer, fully covering the chocolate layer. Press this layer together to form a firm top layer. Now you have three distinct layers of butterscotch fudge krispy bars! Place the bars into a refrigerator to chill, until firm (about 30 minutes or so).

The fudge topping is added to the butterscotch krispy base.All the fudge topping is spread over the top of the bars.Remaining half of krispy mixture is packed on top of the chocolate layer.

Time To Eat Some Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars!

Once the butterscotch fudge kripsy bars are fully chilled and firm, they can be cut into portions for serving. Crunchy, sweet, and flavored with chocolate, butterscotch and peanut butter, you’re gonna love them, and might regret not making a DOUBLE BATCH!!

This is such a yummy dessert (or snack). It’s truly hard to not devour them all! The bars hold their shape really well, and have amazing flavor! Store any leftovers, covered, at room temperature. They do not have to be refrigerated after they have been cut, and will stay wonderfully delicious for days!

A plate of butterscotch fudge krispy bars, cut, and ready to eat!You see the chocolate layer in the middle of the butterscotch fudge krispy bars.

I sure hope you will have the opportunity to make this dessert. I can’t say enough good things about these treats… they are an all around family favorite! Thank you for stopping by my blog today, and I trust God will bless you and those you love.

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Original recipe source: my friend Dawn Lindquist

Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Refrigeration Time (inactive)
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars are a yummy treat, with crunchy layers of puffed rice cereal, butterscotch chips, peanut butter and chocolate!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butterscotch fudge krispy bars
Servings: 16
Calories Per Serving: 204 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces butterscotch chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups puffed rice cereal , (i.e.) Rice Krispies
For Chocolate Fudge Layer:
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Layer #1-Butterscotch Krispy- In large saucepan, cook butterscotch chips and peanut butter on LOW heat until melted, stirring often. Remove pan from heat; add crisped rice cereal. Stir well, to combine until all cereal is coated. While warm, divide mixture in half. Press HALF of the mixture into a well buttered or greased dish, (setting aside other half of mixture in saucepan for later-Layer #3). Firmly press mixture down into dish to form solid layer. Set dish in freezer to chill/solidify.

  2. Layer #2 Chocolate- Use double boiler OR place small pan with chocolate chips on top of larger pan (half full of gently boiling water) on stove. Small pan will "rest" on top of hot water in larger pan. Don't let water from the bottom pan get into chocolate chips. Stir chocolate until melted; remove pan from heat. Immediately stir in powdered sugar, butter and water, stirring until smooth. Remove dish with krispy layer from freezer; spread chocolate on top to fully cover.

  3. Layer #3 Reserved Krispy Mixture- Take reserved butterscotch krispy mixture; spread it out to cover chocolate. Press krispy mixture together to form firm top layer. Chill bars in refrigerator until very firm (approx. 30 minutes).

  4. Serve- Cut chilled bars into 16 servings (or 32, if doubling recipe), serve, and enjoy. Store leftovers (covered) at room temp.

Nutrition Facts
Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Butterscotch Fudge Krispy Bars are a yummy treat, with crunchy layers of puffed rice cereal, butterscotch chips, peanut butter and chocolate!

Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Frosted Pumpkin Bars are easy-to-make delicious treats, with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, for a true taste of FALL!
Frosted Pumpkin Bars are easy-to-make delicious treats, with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, for a true taste of FALL!

I can’t say enough great things about these yummy pumpkin bars. They’re SO GOOD. I’ve made them for many years (over 20), since my good friend Carla gave me her recipe way back in October, 1999. This year I realized I hadn’t ever posted the recipe on my blog, so I whipped up another batch a few weeks ago, and took photos as I made them.

Our oldest son was staying with us for just over a week, because of the horrible Oregon wildfires and hazardous smoke that saturated our area. We have air conditioning/air filtering, and since he lived right at the evacuation zone, it was “easier for him to breathe” here. We were glad to have him here, so he could enjoy his “Mom’s cooking”, AND gobble up several of these frosted pumpkin bars.

They are ALWAYS a huge hit (especially this time of year), and are incredibly simple to prepare. Today I want to share the recipe with you, so you can enjoy them, too! Here’s how to make 16 frosted pumpkin bars:

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Prepare The Batter

In a large bowl, beat softened butter for about 30 seconds until creamy. Add granulated sugar, and beat until the mixture is rather “fluffy” (about 2-3 minutes).

Add pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling), an egg, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Beat well, until fully incorporated. These are your “wet” ingredients for the pumpkin bars.

Butter is beaten until creamy, then sugar is added.Pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla are added to creamed butter mixture.The pumpkin batter of wet ingredients, after being mixed together

In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. This dry ingredient mixture includes flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and beat until the ingredients are fully blended together. Now your batter for the frosted pumpkin bars is complete. Time to bake!

Flour, cinnamon and other spices are whisked together for dry ingredients.The dry ingredients are added to the wet pumpkin ingredients and mixed together.

Time To Bake!

Evenly spread the pumpkin batter in an 8″x8″ greased or sprayed baking dish (bottom and sides). Bake the bars at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes. You will know the bars are done when a toothpick inserted into the top center comes out clean.

Once done, remove the pan from the oven, and place it on a wire rack to let the pumpkin bars cool. Let the bars FULLY cool before attempting to frost them! Trust me on this – if you try to frost them too soon, the heat will melt the butter and cream cheese in the frosting, which is not good. Just be patient and WAIT.

Batter for frosted pumpkin bars is spread in a greased 8x8" pan for baking.A pan of pumpkin bars, cooling on wire rack after baking.

Make The Frosting For The Pumpkin Bars

While the pumpkin bars are cooling, whip up the cream cheese frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and softened butter until fully combined. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar to the bowl, then beat on low, until smooth.

Once the pumpkin bars have TOTALLY COOLED, spread the cream cheese frosting over the top of the bars. Lightly sprinkle the frosting with ground cinnamon. Cover the pan, and place the pan of frosted pumpkin bars in the REFRIGERATOR to chill completely, in order to give the frosting time to firm up slightly.

Cream cheese frosting is mixed together to frost the pumpkin bars.The pan of frosted pumpkin bars, ready to cut and enjoy!

Let’s Eat Some Frosted Pumpkin Bars!

After the frosting has chilled and had time to firm up a bit, slice the bars into 16 portions, and serve. Get ready to enjoy a yummy treat! The bars are filled with the flavors of Fall, thanks to the wonderful “warm” spices of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.

YUM… they are soooo good. And the simple cream cheese frosting – don’t even get me started on that, cause I could eat it with a spoon! Store any uneaten frosted pumpkin bars, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, IF they last that long.

Long platter of stacked, frosted pumpkin bars, ready to enjoy!Delicious frosted pumpkin bars, ready to eat!

I really hope you will have the opportunity to try these absolutely delicious frosted pumpkin bars! They are a wonderful tasting dessert your family and friends will love.  Thank you for stopping by, and have a GREAT day.

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Original recipe source: my dear friend, Carla Merrill

Frosted Pumpkin Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Frosted Pumpkin Bars are easy-to-make delicious treats, with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, for a true taste of FALL!

Category: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frosted pumpkin bars
Servings: 16
Calories Per Serving: 167 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter , softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree , NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
For Frosting:
  • ounces cream cheese (light)
  • ¼ cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat softened butter for 30 seconds until creamy. Add granulated sugar; beat until mixture is "fluffy" (2-3 minutes). Add pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla. Beat well, until fully incorporated.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Add to the wet ingredients, and beat until fully blended. Spread batter in an 8"x8" greased or sprayed baking dish (grease bottom and sides).

  3. Bake at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes. Bars are done when a toothpick inserted into the top center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven; place pan on wire rack. Let bars fully cool before attempting to frost them!

Make Cream Cheese Frosting While Bars Cool:
  1. Beat cream cheese and softened butter in a medium bowl until fully combined. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar; beat until smooth. Once pumpkin bars have TOTALLY COOLED, spread frosting evenly on bars. Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover pan, and place frosted pumpkin bars in the REFRIGERATOR to chill completely.

  2. Once frosting firms up and bars have chilled, they are ready to serve. Slice into 16 bars, serve, and enjoy! Store leftovers, covered in refrigerator, for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Frosted Pumpkin Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 pumpkin bar)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 176mg8%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1996IU40%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Frosted Pumpkin Bars are easy-to-make delicious treats, with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, for a true taste of FALL!

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

It’s easy to make Banana Chocolate Chip Bars (w/ cream cheese frosting) for those you love! They’re moist & delicious- you’re gonna love ’em!
It's easy to make Banana Chocolate Chip Bars (w/ cream cheese frosting) for those you love! They're moist & delicious- you're gonna love 'em!

Today I want to share with you a yummy recipe I use to make banana chocolate chip bars. I’ve made other recipes over the years, but this one is my “go to” now. I made a very slight “tweak” to a great banana bar recipe (CAN YOU SAY CHOCOLATE?), and have gotten rave reviews for these dessert treats ever since!

The addition of mini chocolate chips, plus using 4 ripe bananas and sour cream in the batter, adds to the flavor, and the “moistness” of these yummy bars. They are so good, so I wanted to share the recipe here on the blog. They don’t take too long at all to prepare (only about 20 minutes prep.) Here’s how to make them:

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Prepare The Batter

Beat butter and granulated sugar together in medium sized mixing bowl (or in a stand mixer). Once it’s creamy and well-blended, add the eggs, ONE AT A TIME to the bowl, beating well after each egg is added. Now add vanilla extract and sour cream to the batter, and beat well, to fully incorporate these ingredients.

Butter, sugar, eggs, cream cheese and vanilla are mixed for the batter.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, salt and baking soda. STIR the flour mixture into the batter, a little at a time, until all the flour has been added.

Dry ingredients are stirred into the batter for the banana bars.

Time To Add The Bananas!

Place four really ripe bananas into a mixing bowl. You know… the browned ones with lots of spots (the ones you forgot about!). They are nice and soft… and SWEET! Mash them up with a fork until fully “smooshed”, and then add them to the batter, along with mini chocolate chips. Give the batter a good stir, to ensure all ingredients are fully combined.

Ripe bananas are smashed then added with chocolate chips to batter.

Bake The Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Now it’s time to bake ’em!  Pour the batter, spreading evenly into a greased (or sprayed) 13″ x 9″  baking pan (or 15″ x 10″ jelly roll pan). Bake the banana chocolate chip bars at 350°F. for 35-40 minutes (mine took 35), if using a 13″ x 9″ pan. NOTE: If you’re using a 15″ x 10″ jelly roll pan, bake the bars at 350°F. for 22-27 minutes.

When done, the bars will be golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the top/middle of the bars should come out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the banana chocolate chip bars cool completely. You can make the cream cheese frosting while they cool.

Batter is spread evenly in a 13"x 9" baking pan before baking.Banana chocolate chip bars cooling in pan on wire rack, after baking.

Frost The Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

While the bars cool, make the frosting. It’s easy! Place softened cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Beat these three ingredients together until fully blended. Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, and continue beating as you add it, until the frosting becomes creamy. This only takes a few minutes.

Spread the frosting over the top of the completely cooled banana chocolate chip bars, and then sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, if desired.  I can’t resist, so I sprinkle about 3 Tablespoons of mini chocolate chips over the top. It’s an optional step, but it sure looks yummy. Let the bars sit for a few minutes to let the frosting slightly firm up, then slice them up!

A cream cheese frosting is beaten together to frost the dessert bars.Frosting is spread on cooled banana bars, then garnished with chocolate chips.

Time To Eat!

If making these banana chocolate chip bars in a 13″ x 9″ pan (that’s how I make ’em), you can cut them into 24 small portions. If making in a jellyroll pan, you will get approx. 36 servings. The banana bars are moist, absolutely delicious, and filled with flavor. And that cream cheese frosting… whoa… it’s absolutely scrumptious!

I filled several plates with a few of these bars, and delivered them to four of our neighbors as a surprise treat. They got rave reviews! Trust me… I could have eaten the entire batch (they’re sooo good), but decided to share with others, rather than sharing with my hips (wink, wink)!

Banana chocolate chip bars are cut into portions and served!Plates full of banana chocolate chip bars, ready to deliver to our neighbors.

We love these yummy dessert bars, and I am confident you will, too. I hope you have the opportunity to make them for those you love. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will visit again soon. Have a great day!

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Recipe adapted from Terri, at: greatgrubdelicioustreats.com/banana-bars-with-cream-cheese-frosting/

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

It's easy to make Banana Chocolate Chip Bars (w/ cream cheese frosting) for those you love! They're moist and delicious- you're gonna love 'em!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana chocolate chip bars
Servings: 24
Calories Per Serving: 292 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium RIPE bananas , mashed
  • ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 baking pan or 15 x 10 jelly roll pan with non-stick spray.

  2. Beat softened butter and sugar in medium bowl until creamy. Add eggs (one at a time), beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and sour cream; beat well.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. STIR flour mixture into the batter, a little at a time, until combined. Next, add mashed bananas and chocolate chips to batter; stir until fully combined.

  4. Spread batter evenly into prepared 13" x 9" pan (or 15" x 10" jelly roll pan). Bake at 350°F. for 35-40 minutes (for a 13x9 pan) or for 22-27 minutes (in jelly roll pan). When done, the bars should be golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the top of the bars should come out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let bars cool completely before frosting.

Make Frosting:
  1. Place (softened) cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat together until fully combined and smooth. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time, beating after each addition, until creamy.

  2. Spread frosting over cooled banana bars; sprinkle with additional chocolate chips (optional), if desired.  Let rest for a few minutes to let frosting slightly firm up, then cut into bars and serve! (24 servings for 9 x 13 pan, and 36 servings for 15 x 10 pan). Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTES: Caloric calculation was made based on 24 servings (9 x 13 pan). If making 36 servings (in 15 x 10 jelly roll pan), the calorie calculation reduces to approx. 195 calories per serving. **Additional 3 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips (for garnish on top) are optional, and were not included in either caloric calculation.

Nutrition Facts
Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 358IU7%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's easy to make Banana Chocolate Chip Bars (w/ cream cheese frosting) for those you love! They're moist & delicious- you're gonna love 'em!

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies, topped with a creamy orange frosting, are a soft, delicious, and wonderfully decadent treat you will enjoy!
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies, topped with a creamy orange frosting, are a soft, delicious, and wonderfully decadent treat you will enjoy!

About 15 years ago, I received this recipe for orange chocolate chip cookies from a friend. She knew that I hosted a cookie exchange at Christmas time every year, and wanted to share this one with me to try. She wrote “I think you should bake these in the near future to see if they are something you would want for your exchange. I have a sister-in-law that thinks Christmas isn’t the same unless she has some of these.”   Well, I don’t know where my friend got her original recipe for these cookies, but it’s a KEEPER!

I have to tell you, these easy-to-make cookies taste WONDERFUL, and I am so glad my friend Annette sent me her recipe. Pillowy soft, filled with chocolate chips, flavored with orange juice and zest, and topped with a creamy orange icing, these cookies are absolutely delicious! Today I want to share the simple recipe with you. Here’s how to make them:

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Make The Cookie Dough

Before beginning, remember to preheat your oven to 350°F. The dough for the cookies is really easy to make, and it comes together quickly, so make sure the oven is preheated, so it’s ready to go once the cookie dough is done.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream shortening, granulated sugar and cream cheese together until well combined. Note:* I almost always use butter for my baking, but this recipe calls for vegetable shortening, so as not to “mess it up”, that is what I use).

Add two eggs, fresh orange juice, and orange zest to the batter. Continue to beat the ingredients together until the batter is fluffy, and fully combined.

Cream cheese, shortening, sugar, eggs, OJ, and zest are mixed for cookie batter.The wet ingredients for the cookie batter are mixed thoroughly.

Now add the flour, salt, and chocolate chips. STIR these ingredients into the batter. That’s it! This is the batter for your orange chocolate chip cookies! Now let’s bake them.

Flour, salt and chocolate chips are stirred into the cookie batter until combined.

Bake The Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Scoop or drop the batter by spoonfuls onto very lightly sprayed or greased cookie sheets, keeping about 2 inches between cookies. I usually get between 24-26 cookies out of the dough.

Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or only until the cookies are just barely golden brown around the bottom edges. You do NOT want the cookies to brown like a traditional chocolate chip cookie!

The dough for orange chocolate chip cookies are spooned onto baking sheets.

Once they’re done (see how they are barely brown around the edges?), remove the baking sheets from the oven, and let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

The cookies are done when barely golden brown around the bottom edges.

Make The Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

While the orange chocolate chip cookies cool, you can make the orange cream cheese frosting. The frosting makes these delicious cookies perfect, so don’t leave this out!

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together cream cheese, fresh orange juice, and orange zest (zest is the finely grated peel of the orange, and has lots of citrus flavor in it). Once they are creamed together, add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until fully incorporated. You will end up with a fairly thick frosting for the cookies.

Cream cheese, powdered sugar, OJ & orange zest are combined to make frosting.

Frost The Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once the cookies have COMPLETELY cooled, spread each one with the yummy orange frosting. There is enough frosting to generously cover the entire top of each cookie (I had 26 cookies). Let the cookies rest, which will firm up the frosting, before serving.

In the second photo below, you can see that the bottoms of the cookies are barely browned. That is what they should look like.

Each of the orange chocolate chip cookies are topped with the citrus frosting.The bottoms of the cookies are only barely browned while baking.

Once the frosting has firmed up, the cookies are ready to enjoy! I’m confident you will like these soft, orange chocolate chip cookies. They are sooo good! The orange flavor, combined with chocolate chips is a favorite combination of mine, and I hope you like it, too.

Even though the cookies were so good that I could have eaten them ALL, I enjoyed taking small plates of these delicious cookies to several neighbors, so they could enjoy them, too!

A plate of frosted orange chocolate chip cookies, ready to enjoy!

I truly hope you have the opportunity to make these yummy cookies for yourself or for those you love. The recipe is so simple to prepare, and the results are wonderful! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.

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Original recipe source: Annette Goetz

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies, topped with a creamy orange frosting, are a soft, delicious, and wonderfully decadent treat you will enjoy!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 26
Calories Per Serving: 230 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Cookies:
  • 3 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips I used mini-sized
For Orange Frosting:
  • 3 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix/cream shortening, granulated sugar and 3 ounces cream cheese until well combined. Add eggs, orange juice, and orange zest to batter. Continue to beat ingredients until batter is fluffy, and fully combined.

  3. STIR flour, salt, and chocolate chips into the batter. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies (approx. 24-26 cookies).

  4. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or only until the cookies are barely golden brown around the bottom edges. You do NOT want cookies to brown like traditional chocolate chip cookies! When done, let cookies cool 2-3 minutes on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

To Make Frosting:
  1. Use an electric or stand mixer to beat together cream cheese, orange juice and zest. When fully mixed, add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Frosting will be slightly thick.

  2. Spread each cookie with frosting. There's enough to generously cover the entire top of each cookie. Let cookies rest to let frosting firm up, before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 76IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies, topped with a creamy orange frosting, are a soft, delicious, and wonderfully decadent treat you will enjoy!

Fresh Peach Cobbler

Classic Fresh Peach Cobbler, (enhanced with cinnamon and vanilla) is a simple, delicious Summer dessert, served with vanilla ice cream!
Classic Fresh Peach Cobbler, (enhanced with cinnamon and vanilla) is a simple, delicious Summer dessert, served with vanilla ice cream!

Who likes peach cobbler? We REALLY do! Every summer when big, juicy peaches are abundant, fresh, and ripe, I make at least one fresh peach cobbler! I love to go to U-pick farms and pick lots of fresh peaches, which I can then use to make cobblers, jam, canning pie filling, pies, muffins, or ice cream.

Last weekend, my husband and I got out of town and enjoyed a scenic drive through Oregon’s famous Columbia Gorge (Multnomah Falls, Columbia River, etc.). One of our stops was a wonderful farm stand (off the beaten path), about 1½ hours from our home. We bought a flat of fresh picked large peaches, and some other goodies.

Once we got home, it was time to enjoy them! We ate several right out of the box (with juice dripping!), some will be canned to enjoy later, and others were used to make this delicious, fresh peach cobbler!

Fresh peaches are used to make this delicious fruit cobbler.

This cobbler tastes amazing, and I know you will enjoy it, too! I do not recommend using canned peaches… go for FRESH and RIPE, and you will not be disappointed! Did I mention how easy it is to make this dessert? Yep. Probably the “hardest” thing you will need to do is peel and slice the peaches. Here’s how to make Fresh Peach Cobbler:

Make The Batter

Preheat the oven to 375°F. While it is preheating, make the batter for the cobbler. It’s a cinch! Sift flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Pour in milk, and stir (or whisk) the ingredients together only until they’re fully combined (there might be a few small lumps… no worries!) This is the batter for your peach cobbler.

Milk is added to the sifted dry ingredients for the cobbler batter.Cobbler batter is stirred just until all ingredients are incorporated.

Add melted butter to a 9×13 baking dish (can also use a 7×12 pan). Pour the batter right on top of the melted butter, BUT DO NOT STIR IT IN. Set the baking dish aside while you prepare the fruit filling.

The batter is poured on top of melted butter in baking pan.The cobbler batter is NOT stirred once added to the baking dish.

Make The Fresh Peach Cobbler Filling

Now it’s time to make the yummy peach filling. Place the peeled, sliced peaches, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sugar into a large saucepan. Give it a good stir, to combine ingredients, and then bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir the fruit filling constantly while it comes to a boil. Once it begins boiling, remove the pan from the heat.

Peaches, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon juice are measured into saucepan.Peach cobbler filling is brought to a boil, then removed from heat.

Spoon or pour the peach filling evenly on top of the batter in the baking dish, BUT DO NOT STIR THEM IN! The peach filling will be sitting on top of the batter (which is sitting on top of the melted butter). That’s how it should be! Butter first, batter second, and fruit last! As the fresh peach cobbler bakes, the batter will rise up (magically) and cover all those yummy peaches! Now your cobbler is ready to bake.

The cobbler filling is poured or spooned over the batter in baking dish.The fruit filling is NOT stirred once it goes into the baking dish.

Bake The Fresh Peach Cobbler

Bake the fresh peach cobbler in a 375°F. oven for between 40-45 minutes. When done, the top of the cobbler will be nice and golden brown on top, and the filling should be bubbly around the edges of the baking dish. The smell is wonderful as the dessert bakes, by the way.

When done, carefully remove the hot cobbler from the oven. Transfer the dish to a wire rack to cool down slightly. It will be easier to serve, while it is still warm (but not totally hot). You can even bake the cobbler ahead of time, if desired, and then just reheat each portion, if that is more convenient.

Fresh peach cobbler, straight from the oven, cooling on a wire rack.

Ready To Eat!

When you’re ready to serve the warm fresh peach cobbler, grab a large serving spoon and dish it up into individual bowls or onto plates. By all means add some ice cream to top it off, if possible. Enjoying peach cobbler with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream is a timeless, old-fashioned combination!

The incredible flavors of the cinnamon-vanilla flavored peach filling, along with the golden soft topping will make it hard to resist a second helping. This cobbler even tastes wonderful at room temperature!

Fresh peach cobbler is served a la mode with vanilla bean ice cream.

I really hope you enjoy this fresh peach cobbler as much as we do. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I hope you have the opportunity to visit again in the future. Be sure to check out my recipe index (top of the page), with over 850 delicious recipes currently categorized for your convenience. Have a wonderful day.

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Original recipe source: Ashley, at: https://www.centercutcook.com/fresh-peach-cobbler/

Fresh Peach Cobbler
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Classic Fresh Peach Cobbler, (enhanced with cinnamon and vanilla) is a simple, delicious Summer dessert, served with vanilla ice cream!

Category: Desssert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh peach cobbler
Servings: 10
Calories Per Serving: 336 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6-8 large fresh, ripe peaches
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (divided)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. While oven preheats, make the batter. Sift flour, 1 CUP of sugar (save remaining 1 cup of sugar for peach filling), baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Pour in milk, and stir ingredients together only until they're combined (don't over-mix). Set aside.

  2. Add melted butter to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish (can also use a 7x12). Pour the batter on top of the melted butter, BUT DO NOT STIR IT. Set baking dish aside.

  3. Place peach slices, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon and remaining 1 cup of sugar into a large saucepan. Stir to combine ingredients, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Once it begins boiling, remove pan from heat.

  4. Spoon or pour peach filling evenly on top of the batter in baking dish, BUT DO NOT STIR IT. The peach filling sits on top of the batter, (which is sitting on top of the butter). As the cobbler bakes, the batter will rise up (magically) and cover the peaches!

  5. Bake at 375°F. for 40-45 minutes. When done, the top of the cobbler should be nice and golden brown, and filling should be bubbly around the edges of the dish. Carefully remove cobbler from oven, and transfer pan to a wire rack, to let it cool slightly before serving. It's easier to dish it up warm (and not totally hot). Serve with vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Peach Cobbler
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 151mg7%
Potassium 369mg11%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 672IU13%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Classic Fresh Peach Cobbler, (enhanced with cinnamon and vanilla) is a simple, delicious Summer dessert, served with vanilla ice cream!

Blackberry Crisp

Blackberry Crisp is an easy, old-fashioned dessert you’ll love! Fresh blackberries, topped with a crumb streusel, baked and served a la mode.
Blackberry Crisp is an easy, old-fashioned dessert you'll love! Fresh blackberries, topped with a crumb streusel, baked and served a la mode.

We have blackberry vines growing over our back fence from a forest park behind our home. The vines grow like ravenous beasts in the Spring and early Summer here in Oregon, and it is all I can do to NOT hack at them with the clippers to tame them. HOWEVER… if I’m “nice” and let them grow unhindered, even though they’re a nuisance, we harvest several quarts of fresh wild blackberries each summer.

I pick as many berries as I can (and I have red stains on my fingers and battle scars from the thorns to prove it). Then we take the trimmers to the vines, and cut the vines as far back over the other side of the fence as possible. We keep them clipped back until the following year, and then we battle them and pick blackberries all over again! It’s a LOVE-HATE relationship!

We love to make cobblers, bars, jam, muffins, scones and pies using our “FREE” blackberries each year. This recipe I am sharing today is a super easy way to incorporate fresh blackberries into an easy to make, classic dessert.

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How To Make Blackberry Crisp

Lightly grease a 2 quart baking dish OR 9″ square pan with non-stick baking spray. Add the fresh blackberries to the baking dish, and very gently toss with flour and granulated sugar. This mixture will help absorb some of the juices as the berries bake, and will just slightly sweeten the blackberries.

Fresh blackberries in baking dish waiting for streusel topping.

Prepare The Crumb Topping

In a large bowl, combine packed brown sugar, old-fashioned oats, flour, and cinnamon. Gently mix these ingredients with a fork or whisk until combined.

Cut in COLD butter with a pastry blender or two forks until the topping mixture is crumbly and the butter is cut to “about” the size of peas. This is the crumb topping for your blackberry crisp!

Oats, flour, cinnamon and brown sugar are combined in bowl. Cold butter is cut into the streusel ingredients until crumbly.

Time To Bake The Blackberry Crisp

Evenly distribute the crumb topping over the blackberries, using all the topping to cover the berries completely. Place the berry crisp into a preheated 375°F oven on the middle rack.

TIP: I usually place a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack UNDER the baking dish, just in case the blackberry juice bubbles up and out of the dish. It is rare when that happens, but if it does, it sure makes cleanup much easier!

Bake the blackberry crisp for 40 minutes. Once done, it should be bubbly around the edges, and the topping should be nicely browned. You can see (in the 2nd photo below), how the crisp reduces in volume (from the top of the baking dish to much lower than the rim).

Blackberry Crisp, with crumb topping is ready to bake.The blackberry crisp is bubbly and golden brown once fully baked.

Ready To Eat!

When the blackberry crisp is done cooking, transfer it from the oven to a wire rack, to cool down about 10 minutes or so before serving. This also helps the juices to stabilize a bit before you scoop out the portions.

Serve the cobbler warm, with a nice, big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream. I whipped up a batch of homemade vanilla ice cream to have with this delicious dessert! A little scoop of ice cream is the absolute perfect way to top off and enjoy this dessert.

A la mode blackberry crisp, served in white bowl.A scoop of vanilla ice cream tops off the blackberry crisp for serving.

I hope you enjoy this yummy dessert like we do. For me it’s wonderful to be able to enjoy the fresh summer blackberries from our very own backyard. Such a nice treat… I almost don’t mind the thorns sticking me as I grab more and more off the vines!

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Recipe adapted from: “The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook”, published by the Pillsbury Co., 1973, page 131

Blackberry Crisp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Blackberry Crisp is an easy, old-fashioned dessert you will love! Fresh blackberries, topped with butter-crumb streusel, baked, and served a la mode.

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackberry crisp
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 437 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
For Crumb Topping:
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup COLD butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 2 quart baking dish OR 9" square pan with non-stick baking spray.

  2. Place blackberries in prepared baking dish; add flour and granulated sugar. Toss gently to lightly coat berries.

  3. Make Crumb Topping: In a large bowl, combine packed brown sugar, oats, flour, and cinnamon. Gently mix with a fork or whisk until combined. Cut in COLD butter with a pastry blender or two forks until topping is crumbly and butter is cut to "about" the size of peas. Evenly distribute topping over blackberries, using all the topping to cover completely.

  4. BEFORE BAKING TIP: Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack UNDER the baking dish before baking, in case blackberry juice bubbles up and out of the dish. It sure makes cleanup much easier! Place blackberry crisp on the middle rack of oven. Bake at 375°F. for 40 minutes. When done, it should be bubbly around the edges, and the topping should be nicely browned.

  5. When done, transfer dish to wire rack. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Serve crisp warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (optional, but totally recommend). enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 781IU16%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Blackberry Crisp is an easy, old-fashioned dessert you'll love! Fresh blackberries, topped with a crumb streusel, baked and served a la mode.

Creamy Lime Mousse

Looking for a light, delicious, flavor-filled EASY dessert? Try this cold, creamy lime mousse, which is made in 5 minutes using only 4 ingredients!
Looking for a light, delicious, flavor-filled EASY dessert? Try this cold, creamy lime mousse, which is made in 5 minutes using only 4 ingredients!

Summer is heating up, so it’s the perfect time to make desserts that cool us off, when temperatures are in the 90’s. This creamy lime mousse fits the bill quite nicely. It is cold, creamy, loaded with lime flavor, and is super easy to make! I wrote down the recipe on an index card in an old recipe box many years ago, and don’t remember where it came from originally. But… it’s a KEEPER, so I wanted to share it.

Come to think of it, this dessert would be perfect ANY TIME of year, especially if you need to whip something up quickly with hardly any effort. Slightly tart and slightly sweet… it’s so good. Here’s how easy it is to make this delightful mousse (printable recipe card at the bottom of this post).

How To Make Creamy Lime Mousse

Combine heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, lime juice and zest, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix gently for just a moment to combine ingredients.

NOTE: I use a microplane to finely grate the peel of the lime. If you do not own a microplane, simply use the smallest holes on a box or hand grater to finely grate the lime peel. It’s important to zest only the green part of the lime peel, and not the white part, as it can add bitterness to this dish.

Whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, lime juice & zest in a mixing bowl.

OPTIONAL BUT NICE: If you want you can add one drop of green food coloring (optional) to the creamy lime mousse if you want a very light shade of green. You do NOT need it for this dessert to be perfect, but sometimes I like it to have a slight green hue (for presentation).

A drop of green food coloring is added to the mousse ingredients.

How Long to Beat The Mousse

Beat the mixture on high speed using an electric mixer. You will need to beat it until SOFT PEAKS form. This usually will take about 4 minutes.

You can test for the soft peaks by stopping the beaters, and using the bottom of the beater, pull up on the mousse to see if a soft peak will hold its shape. Once the creamy lime mousse forms soft peaks, it is done!

The creamy lime mousse is beaten for about 4 minutes, until soft peaks form.

Transfer the creamy lime mousse to four small dessert dishes, dividing it evenly. At this point it is okay to go ahead and eat the mousse, BUT… it’s even BETTER if you chill it for an hour or more. This mousse tastes best when served very cold.

It’s super easy (and convenient) to whip up this dessert in the morning, and then cover each dish and let them chill all day. Then when you’re ready for them, they are cold and ready to enjoy!

The mousse is transferred to 4 small dessert dishes, and then refrigerated.

Time To Serve Creamy Lime Mousse

When I serve this dessert, I think it looks wonderful to top each mousse cup with a spray or dollop of whipped cream. I also add a sprinkle of lime zest, and a fresh lime slice to each dish for presentation. It helps to “doll up” this simple, but yummy dessert. We eat with our eyes first, right? And that’s it… grab a spoon and dig in! Hope you enjoy this wonderful treat.

Creamy lime mousse is garnished with lime zest, whipping cream, and a slice of lime.A spoonful of the creamy lime mousse is ready to eat!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have the opportunity to try this simple, but delicious dessert. It will keep well for 2-3 days, if covered well and refrigerated (without garnishes). If you enjoy mousse, you might also want to check out my recipe for easy chocolate mousse. YUM. Take care, and have a great day.

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Creamy Lime Mousse
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Looking for a light, delicious, flavor-filled EASY dessert? Try this cold, creamy lime mousse, which is made in 5 minutes using only 4 ingredients!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy lime mousse
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 259 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated lime peel , zest of 1 lime (approx.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop green food coloring (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. Combine heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, lime juice and zest, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Mix gently to combine ingredients. OPTIONAL: Add one drop of green food coloring to the mousse if you want a very light shade of green.

  2. Beat the mixture on high speed using an electric mixer. You will need to beat it until SOFT PEAKS form. This usually will take about 4 minutes. Transfer mousse to four small dishes, dividing it evenly. At this point it is okay to eat the mousse, BUT... it's even better if you chill it for an hour. The mousse is at its best served very cold.

  3. To serve (optional): top each serving with a spray or dollop of whipped cream. Add a sprinkle of lime zest, and a fresh lime slice to each dish for a colorful presentation. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

OPTIONAL GARNISHES: aerosol whipped cream, lime wedges, additional lime zest, and/or mint leaves

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Lime Mousse
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 875IU18%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 39mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Looking for a light, delicious, flavor-filled EASY dessert? Try this cold, creamy lime mousse, which is made in 5 minutes using only 4 ingredients!

Air Fryer Brownies

Hungry for dessert? Why not whip up a fast batch of air fryer brownies? This simple recipe makes 8 small, yummy brownie wedges using an air fryer!
Hungry for dessert? Why not whip up a fast batch of air fryer brownies? This simple recipe makes 8 small, yummy brownie wedges using an air fryer!

I don’t know about you, but BROWNIES are always a big hit in our home. My own recipe for brownies is our all-time favorite! Hands down the absolute BEST way to make traditional made from scratch baked brownies, in my humble opinion!

Recently, I came across a recipe online for air fryer brownies that I really wanted to try. It’s been fun experimenting with recipes using our Cosori air fryer, a cool appliance that cooks or “fries” food with highly super heated air. These brownies are easily created from scratch, and so I decided to make them as a surprise for my hubby.

My husband Ken loves his brownies without frosting, so I decided to make him his very own batch of unfrosted air fryer brownies! The recipe makes 8 small wedge servings, and tasted great, so he was in heaven while they lasted!

Prepare The Pan

The air fryer brownies are cooked in a 7″ baking pan. I ordered a Cosori Set of 6 air fryer accessories on Amazon last year, that is compatible with many types and sizes of air fryers. The baking pan I use came from this set. **NO, I am not an affiliate, just telling you where I got the pan!

Generously coat the bottom and half way up the sides of a 7″ baking pan with butter. You want the pan well-buttered, so the brownies will easily release from the pan once done. Once the pan is buttered, set it aside and preheat your air fryer to 330°F.  

A 7" round pan is coated with butter before adding brownie batter.

Make The Batter

Making the batter is super easy! If you can stir, you can make it! To save time, make the batter while the air fryer is preheating!

Measure flour, sugar, cocoa powder, melted butter, eggs, oil, vanilla, salt and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Stir well, to combine. Once these ingredients are fully mixed, the batter is ready! EASY!

Ingredients for air fryer brownies are mixed together to make a batter.The brownie batter is very thick once mixed.

Cooking The Brownies

Evenly spread the brownie batter in the well-buttered baking pan. Try to make the top of the batter as smooth as you can.

Cook the brownies in a preheated 330°F air fryer for 15 minutes, or until done (see below).

The pan full of brownie batter is placed into an air fryer to cook.

How Do I Know If The Brownies Are DONE?

Since various brands of air fryers tend to vary widely in temperature rates, it is best to check the brownies before the end of the cooking time.  I start checking them to see if they’re done at the 13 minute mark, to make sure they don’t overcook.

Pause the machine, and insert a toothpick into the middle of the brownies. If the toothpick comes out mostly free of batter (clean), you will know the brownies are done. If not, pop them back into the air fryer for another minute, then check again. Better to check them often, then end up with dried out brownies, right? RIGHT!

A toothpick is inserted into middle of brownies to ensure they are done.

Remove The Brownies From The Pan

Once the brownies have cooled to room temperature, CAREFULLY remove them from the baking pan by inverting the pan onto a serving platter. If you buttered the pan really well, they should come out very easily! Flip the brownies over for serving.

The air fryer brownies are removed from the air fryer and baking pan.

Time To Serve The Air Fryer Brownies!

When the brownies have cooled to room temperature, sift powdered sugar lightly over the top surface. This is an optional step, but makes it look nice, especially if you will not be frosting them! I added a thinly sliced (but not cut all the way through) large strawberry for some color.

P.S. If you want to frost them, try my recipe for creamy brownie frosting!

Slice the air fryer brownies into 8 equal sized wedges. Serve with whipped cream and/or a little scoop of ice cream and chocolate syrup for an eye-pleasing, tasty treat!

Garnished with sifted powdered sugar and a strawberry, they're ready to slice.Air fryer brownies are cut in wedges and served with ice cream, etc.

I really hope you enjoy making these yummy brownies in your handy dandy air fryer! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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Original recipe source: Tanya, at: myforkinglife.com/air-fryer-brownies/

Air Fryer Brownies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Hungry for dessert? Why not whip up a fast batch of air fryer brownies? This simple recipe makes 8 small, yummy brownie wedges using an air fryer!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer brownies
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 197 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Butter, to generously grease baking pan (approx. 1 Tablespoon)
Brownie Batter:
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup butter , melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • sifted powdered sugar for garnish (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. Generously coat the bottom and half way up the sides of a 7" baking pan with butter. You want pan well-buttered, so brownies will easily release from pan once done. Once pan is buttered, set it aside and preheat air fryer to 330°F.

  2. While air fryer is preheating, make the brownie batter. Measure flour, sugar, cocoa powder, melted butter, eggs, oil, vanilla, salt and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Stir well, to fully combine.

  3. Evenly spread batter in buttered baking pan. Try to make the top of the batter as smooth as you can. Cook in preheated 330°F air fryer for 15 minutes, or until done. Different brands of air fryers tend to vary widely in temperature rates, so check the brownies before the end of the cooking time. I recommend checking them at the 13 minute mark, to make sure they don't overcook. Pause the machine; insert a toothpick into the middle of the brownies. If toothpick comes out mostly free of batter (clean), you will know the brownies are done. If not, pop them back into the air fryer for another minute, then check again.

  4. When done, transfer pan to a wire rack to cool. Once brownies have cooled, CAREFULLY remove them from pan by inverting the pan onto a serving platter. If desired, sift powdered sugar over the top or apply frosting once brownies are at room temperature. Slice into 8 wedges, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/8th of total))
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 254IU5%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Hungry for dessert? Why not whip up a fast batch of air fryer brownies? This simple recipe makes 8 small, yummy brownie wedges using an air fryer!

Butterfinger Bars

Butterfinger Bars are incredible tasting, crisp, buttery oat bars, topped with a creamy milk chocolate/peanut butter icing. This easy recipe makes 24!
Butterfinger Bars are incredible tasting, crisp, buttery oat bars, topped with a creamy milk chocolate/peanut butter icing. This easy recipe makes 24!

Many years ago (about 15), a friend, who was a parent of a student at the school I worked at, gave me a homemade dessert bar. She called her crisp, chocolate treats Butterfinger Bars. Not sure why she gave them this name, but since I LOVE Butterfinger candy bars, I “forced” myself to try one.

Ha Ha… I could have eaten 18 of them, they were so good. I asked her for the recipe, and she graciously wrote it down for me. Now, mind you, this is NOT A COPYCAT RECIPE for the delicious candy bar. This is its own bar cookie recipe that I’m confident you will LOVE, and I am happy to share it with you today!

Okay… But What Is In This Bar Cookie?

Well, I’m glad you asked! The bar cookies are made with only FOUR common ingredients: old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter. They are baked into a crisp bar cookie base, and then are frosted with a milk chocolate and peanut butter topping, once cool. Really, really simple!

The butterfinger bars have a crisp cookie base, and a creamy luscious topping of chocolate and peanut butter! These are seriously addicting bar cookies, especially if you enjoy chocolate and peanut butter. I think they’re even better the day AFTER you make them! Let me show you how EASY it is to make two dozen!

Make The Butterfinger Bars Base

Preheat your oven to 425°F. while you make the oat mixture base. It only takes a few minutes to make, so you will want your oven hot and ready to bake, once you’re done.

Mix oats (uncooked), brown and granulated sugars with melted butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir these ingredients together very well, until you have a crumbly, but butter-coated mixture.

Melted butter, oats, brown and granulated sugar in mixing bowl.The ingredients are fully combined before pressing mixture into baking pan.

Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray, and pour the oat mixture into the dish. Spread the crumbs over the entire bottom of the pan. Use the back of a large spoon to firmly press the ingredients together in the pan.

When done, you should have a very firmly compacted oat mixture base in the pan (shown in the 2nd photo below, before baking). Now it is ready to bake! Bake the butterfinger bars at 425°F for 10-12 minutes. When done, they will be golden brown around the edges. Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool.

The bar cookie mixture is spread evenly into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.The mixture is packed down firmly into the pan before going into the oven.

Make The Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

While the butterfinger bars are cooling (after baking), make the chocolate peanut butter frosting! Fear not- it is SUPER EASY! Melt milk chocolate chips (or giant sized Hershey bar) in a double boiler, along with the peanut butter.

WHAT IS A DOUBLE BOILER? A double boiler has a bottom saucepan filled about 3/4 of the way with water, and then a slightly smaller pan (with chocolate and peanut butter in it) sitting in (on top of) the water. Bring the pan with water to a gentle boil, while stirring the chocolate and peanut butter. Be careful to not let any water get into the chocolate mixture.

The heat from the boiling water below will gently melt (without burning) the chocolate chips and the peanut butter in the upper pan. Continue to stir until you have a creamy frosting, and then remove from the heat. TIP: For this recipe, it is best to NOT use all natural peanut butter.

Milk chocolate chips and peanut butter for frosting are melted in a double boiler.

Time To Frost The Butterfinger Bars!

Okay… now you should have a creamy frosting and a tray of completely cooled butterfinger bars! Pour the frosting over the bars, and then spread it, to cover the entire surface.

Let the bars now cool completely, so the frosting can firm up, before attempting to cut or slice.

The chocolate peanut butter frosting is poured onto cooled bar cookies, and spread.Frosting is spread over the top of the butterfinger bars, and then rests to firm up.

See How CRISP The Butterfinger Bars Are?

Getting the butterfinger bars out of the pan can be a bit of a challenge due to their crispness. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan, and then use a really sharp knife to cut the butterfinger bars in half. Lift an entire half of the bars from the pan.

They are so crisp they should hold together very well. Cut the half into three equal portions, and then cut each third into 4 pieces, using a very sharp knife to make the cuts. Repeat with the other half of the bars!

Half of the crisp butterfinger bars are cut and lifted out of pan.Each half of the pan of bar cookies is cut into 3 pieces, then cut into 4 pieces per slice..

Now It’s Time To EAT!

Once the bars are cut into portions, you should have 24 square butterfinger bars! They are now ready to serve, and eat!

The bars will be crisp, and the frosting creamy… and guess what? They also freeze well, so you can wrap up any leftovers really well, and save several for another time. They are sooo good!

Grabbing a bite of one of the butterfinger bars to munch on!

Hope you enjoy these yummy chocolate frosted butterfinger bars! We sure do! Have a great day, and thank you for visiting!

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Recipe Source: My friend Annette Goetz gave me the recipe over 15 years ago

Butterfinger Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Butterfinger Bars are incredible tasting, crisp, buttery oat bars, topped with a creamy milk chocolate/peanut butter icing. This easy recipe makes 24!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butterfinger bars
Servings: 24
Calories Per Serving: 286 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • non-stick cooking spray (for pan)
For Bars:
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar , I used dark
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) , melted
For Icing:
  • 11.5 ounces milk chocolate chips (1 bag) , or 12 ounce Hershey's milk chocolate bar
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter , do not use natural peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Mix oats, brown and granulated sugars with melted butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir well, until fully combined. Lightly coat a 9x13 baking pan (bottom and sides) with non-stick spray, then pour oat mixture into dish. Spread mixture over bottom of the pan. Use the back of a large spoon to firmly press the ingredients together. When done, you should have a very firmly compacted oat mixture base.

  3. Bake at 425°F for 10-12 minutes. When done, they will be crisp, golden brown around the edges. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool.

Make The Frosting:
  1. Make the frosting while the bars are cooling. Melt milk chocolate chips (or 12 oz. milk chocolate Hershey bar) in a double boiler, along with the peanut butter. (See blog post for info on double boiler). Bring lower pan with water to a gentle boil, while stirring the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the pan above. Continue to stir until frosting is smooth and creamy, then remove from heat. TIP: For this recipe, it is best to NOT use all natural peanut butter. Once bars have cooled to room temp, they're ready to frost. Pour frosting over bars, and spread, to cover the entire surface. Let bars rest, so frosting can firm up, before attempting to cut or serve.

  2. To slice: Run a butter knife around edges of the pan, and then use a sharp knife to cut the pan of bars down the middle in half. Lift an entire half of the bars from pan. They are so crisp they should hold together well. Cut this half into three equal sized long slices. Now slice each third into 4 pieces, using a sharp knife to make the cuts. Repeat with remaining half of the bars, and you will have 24 square bars, ready to eat. Store leftovers in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

TIP: If substituting a Hershey large milk chocolate bar for the chocolate chips, be sure to break it into smaller chunks before melting it with the peanut butter! It will melt a LOT faster that way!

Nutrition Facts
Butterfinger Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar cookie)
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 267IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Butterfinger Bars are incredible tasting, crisp, buttery oat bars, topped with a creamy milk chocolate/peanut butter icing. This easy recipe makes 24!