U-G-L-Y Bars

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Today’s simple yet delicious dessert is called U-G-L-Y Bars. They’re not exactly beautiful, but they’re darn good. :)

I don’t know how it is for you guys, but Wednesday is always sort of a strange day at our house. Here’s a quick snap shot of what’s happening here. The kids have about a month left of school. As much as they love school, they’re ready for a break. I totally get it! I’m sure kids everywhere in the country are ready for a break. They’ve been working hard all year.

It’s now May 1st, AND it’s still cold here!

 I have never experienced anything like this. I keep telling my kids soon it will be warm, and summer really is on the way. Oh, by the way, it’s about 40 degrees here. That’s right my friends 40 degrees on May 1st! It’s unusually cold for this time of year. :(

So I try to make a quick mid-week dessert on Wednesdays, because it’s nice to have a simple, yet yummy little something with dinner.

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Today I made these little delights I proudly call my U-G-L-Y Bars. Say what? That’s right I said it, U-G-L-Y Bars. I mean, they’re not hideous, but they aren’t exactly pretty either. But they do have a nice flavor to them.

The flavor of these bars is pretty darn good, and I used what I had. I’ve told you guys many times – I don’t like to waste food! Sometimes people confuse that with being stingy. Not at all the same thing! Remember, anyone can spend money. But why spend extra when you don’t have to? Always use what you have first. :)

Give these a try and let me know what you guys think.

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U-G-L-Y Bars

INGREDIENTS

1 package (regular size) chocolate cake mix or devil’s food

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 large eggs, room temperature

3 tablespoons milk (regular, chocolate, or almond)

1/2 cup M&M’s any flavor

1/2 cup Caramel Bits

1/2 cup chocolate chips, any flavor

Optional: 1 box (3.5 ounces) White Fudge Flipz – save for topping

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, butter, eggs, and milk in a large bowl with a large spoon until well blended. Mix in the M&M’s, Caramel Bits, and chocolate chips. Spread into pan, you can grease your fingers with butter, or slip a small plastic bag over your hand sprayed with nonstick spray and use as a loose mit. Be sure mixture is pressed evenly into the pan.

3. Either dump box of Flipz into a plastic sealable bag and crush to desired texture, or if you prefer use the pretzels in mostly whole pieces (the way they come out of the box). Pour the pretzels into a bowl first to ensure you can evenly distribute them evenly over the entire pan of bars. Gently press the pretzels into the dough.

4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until just set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

 

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Candy Mix-Up Bars

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These are a lot of fun to make and eat! This is another family-favorite, that I hope your family will enjoy as much as mine does.

The best part about these bars is they can be made with any combination of candy and/or chocolate chips you want to use!

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On different days I like different things. Today’s combo was chocolate chips, M&M’s (use any flavor you like), Milk Duds, and Reese’s Pieces.

I have made these using just chocolate chips before, numerous candy combinations, and lots of fun and different holiday candy combinations, and they always turn out great!

Play around and use whatever your family likes.

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Kids love these bars because you can use their favorite candies, that’s if you want to, of course. :)

Candy Mix-Up Bars

INGREDIENTS

1 white cake mix

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons whole or lowfat milk, or flavored creamer

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup miniature M&M’s

1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces

1/2 cup Milk Duds

*the idea is that you use two cups total of candy, chocolate chips, or any combination thereof

Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, brown sugar, butter, eggs, and milk with a large spoon until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips, M&M’s, Milk Duds, or any other candy you are using. Don’t use a mixer or the candy will come out broken, and not as nice looking. Spread mixture into the prepared pan.

*Rather than mixing the M&M’s into the mixture I like to sprinkle them on top, and press into the dough. 

3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until just set. Trasnfer to wire rack and cool completely. Cut into bars, or cut with cookie cutter into desired shape.

*adapted loosely from Camilla Saulisbury’s the Ultimate cake mix cookie book

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Rolo Skillet Bars

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I have made these bars probably hundreds of times. Until now, I have always made them in a 13 X 9-inch pan, and they have turned out great every time! :)

This time I thought I would try baking them skillet style. There’s just something about bars or cookies done skillet style that this family just seems to love. I’m not sure why, we just do…

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So here you can see that the mixture is very thick. Don’t worry it’s suppose to be.

Press half the mixture into a non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray (it makes clean up very easy), or you can use a regular 13 X 9-inch baking pan. As I mentioned, this mixture is very thick and sticky, so I usually butter my fingers and gently press it into place.

See how it’s baked just until set? That’s exactly what you want.

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This picture shows you almost how the skillet looked before it went in the oven.

Sorry guys, I missed the picture with the tablespoons of the mixture added to the top. It’s very easy, it’s just spoonfuls of the mixture placed on top, one at a time.

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This picture shows you how the whole thing looked when it came out of the oven – warm, gooey and yummy. I know it looks a bit like a cobbler or such, but I guarantee you it’s nothing like cobbler, nor is it supposed to be.

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Rolo Skillet Bars

Instructions                                        

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1 package yellow cake mix, regular size

1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 bag (8 ounces) Rolo minis or, 36 Rolo candies, halved

 

Directions

1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, milk and butter until blended (batter will be thick and sticky). You can certainly add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts if you want to but I never do.

2. Press half of mixture into non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray (it makes clean up very easy), or you can use a regular 13 X 9-inch baking pan. As I mentioned, this mixture is very thick and sticky, so I usually butter my fingers and gently press it into place. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until set.

3. Place the Rolo minis evenly over crust, around the pan. There’s no need to cut the Rolo’s in half, because they are the minis. If you decide to use regular size Rolo’s be sure to cut them in half before placing on top of the mixture, cut side down. Drop remaining batter by tablespoonfuls over the top.

4. If you are using skillet method bake 20-25 minutes longer or until golden brown. For a 13 X 9-inch pan bake 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into wedges, or bars.

Servings: 8-12 slices/wedges; when I do any skillet cookie I usually cut it into 8-12 slices, depending on what we had for dinner and how many people I’m serving. It’s up to you, it’s your dessert. :)

 

This is one the whole family will enjoy!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

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If you like peanut butter or peanut butter cups these one bar cookies are for you!

So I’m really trying hard to make more bars and casual cakes. We all like bars, but as I have mentioned several times, we are definitely cookie lover’s here.

Therefore, I make a lot of cookies, I mean a lot of cookies! Between the cookies for my family, special occasions, various special requests, and the Farmer’s Market (May-Oct), I make a lot of cookies!

So why not try something different. I’m going to try and make more bars and cakes, along with my usual yummy treats, favorite dinners, and various types of cookies for all seasons.

So let’s get started…

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 As you can see there aren’t a lot of mini peanut butter cups added to this mixture.

That’s because I only add half of the peanut butter cups to mixture right away. The other half I add by hand, after the dough is pressed into the pan.

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 I have added the rest of the bag by hand. Now ALL the mini peanut butter cups are added. Pressing them into the mixture right where I want them really makes a difference, don’t you think?

You don’t have to do it this way! I simply prefer to do so. :)

Now let’s pop the pan in the oven and see what happens.

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Ahhh, here’s what you get. A nice light golden brown bar baked to perfection. Be sure not to over-bake these!

As I’ve said with brownies and many other baked treats the secret to great baked treats is NOT over-baking your baked goods.

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Anytime you want to make yourself feel a little special drink your milk from a wine/champagne glass. You would be surprised how special you actually feel. The only problem is you can’t dunk your fresh-baked goodies in milk when you use a champagne/wine glass.

Enjoy my friends – this recipe is a keeper!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

INGREDIENTS

1 package yellow cake mix

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 (8oz.) bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis

1 cup honey roasted peanuts, chopped (completely optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 13×9-inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl mix the cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter, and eggs with a spoon until blended. Stir in half of the mini peanut butter cups and all of the peanuts (optional). Press into greased 9 X 13-inch pan. By hand, press the other half of the mini peanut butter cups into the mixture as you would like them placed.

* It isn’t necessary to press all or even the second half of the mini peanut butter cups into the mixture by hand. This is just a personal preference. :)

3. Bake 17-21 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into bars.

Adapted from: Stephanie Ashcraft’s Peanut Butter M&M Bars recipe from 101 More Things To Do With A Cake Mix.

 

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