PB Bars

There are a lot of names for this dessert. PB Bars, Buckeye Bars, Bucky Bars, Hardy Bars, No-Bake Bars, Lunch Lady Bars and on and on. I think I must have at least two recipes for bars similar to this listed on my website but these may be my favorites! Some people top these with chocolate frosting, which is delicious too but I would rather top them with melted chocolate!

PB Bars

1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening

Line a 9×9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine the melted unsalted butter, powdered sugar and lightly packed light brown sugar until mixed and well combined. You may need to add about 2 tablespoons milk or water.

Beat in the smooth peanut butter.

Place the mixture into the prepared pan and pat out evenly with clean hands.

In a medium sized microwave safe bowl combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips with the solid vegetable shortening. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.

Pour the mixture over the peanut butter base and smooth out the top.

Chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

Remove, lift from pan using sides of aluminum foil and cut into desired number of pieces. Chocolate sets hard so jagged pieces are not only desired but necessary.

Serve and store at room temperature.

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9×13 Apple Crisp

This delicious apple crisp is made in a 9×13-inch baking pan and can feed an army! I love making this for reunions and Church pitch-ins! Fabulous served alongside vanilla ice cream or just as fabulous served on its own.

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9×13 Apple Crisp 

10 cups cored, sliced and diced apples
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups white all-purpose flour
2 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

Place apples evenly into 9×13-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl combine the white granulated sugar, white all-purpose flour and ground cinnamon. Pour this mixture evenly over the apples. Pour the water evenly throughout.

In a large bowl combine the melted unsalted butter, quick-cooking oats, white all-purpose flour, lightly packed light brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda until the mixture resembles course pebbles when pressed together.

Crumble the mixture evenly over the top of the apple mixture.

Bake, in preheated oven, for 45 minutes.

Mocha Frosted Brownies

I love the combination of coffee and chocolate and I think you will too! The frosting on these are incredible!

Mocha Frosted Brownies

For the brownies…
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups white all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the frosting…
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons brewed coffee, cooled
4 cups powdered sugar

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a large bowl combine the large eggs with the white granulated sugar and pure vanilla extract. Once combined, add in the melted unsalted butter and stir well.

Add in the white all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, instant coffee granules, baking powder and salt all at once and stir until everything is just combined.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake in preheated oven for 33 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before frosting.

To make the frosting combine the melted unsalted butter with the unsweetened cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract. Add in the salt and brewed coffee. Beat in the powdered sugar. If the frosting needs to thin a little bit, add in slightly more brewed coffee until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. This frosting should be thick but still spreadable.

Once the cooled brownies are frosted, chill them in the refrigerator for the brownies and frosting to slightly firm up and therefore will be easier to cut.

Microwave Chocolate Fudge

Quick, easy and delicious! Try it!

Microwave Chocolate Fudge

4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 stick unsalted butter, diced
1/4 cup chocolate milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large, microwave safe bowl, place the powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder. Whisk together well with a whisk until combined and lump free.

Add in the diced unsalted butter and the chocolate milk.

Place in microwave and microwave on high for 90 seconds.

Remove and stir. Add in pure vanilla extract and stir together.

Place back in microwave for 30 seconds.

Remove and stir. Add up to 3/4 cup more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top.

Place in the refrigerator to chill for no more than 60 minutes.

Remove, unmold and cut into pieces.

Yet Another Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I love the title of these, almost as much as I love the actual result! Who needs “yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe?” ME!

Yet Another Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups white all-purpose flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the melted unsalted butter with the white granulated sugar and packed light brown sugar until smooth and creamy.

Beat in the large eggs and pure vanilla extract. Add in the baking soda and salt and beat together to combine.

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour.

Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons, about 2 inches apart, onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake, one sheet at a time, in preheated oven for 12 minutes.

Remove and allow to cool slightly.