Sunday, March 26, 2017

Scotcheroo Bars

Chewier and more delicious than regular rice crispy treats, made with corn syrup and peanut butter.

I found the cutest website of a gal, Jenny, who plans parties and makes wonderful desserts. I am just smitten with all the fun things she does when she entertains.  I found this recipe for cookies on her site, and it was just too much fun!  I decided to try these bar cookies out and make them for a gathering at work.  I only  changed one thing on her recipe as I felt the bars just needed a little bit of salty with the sweet and chocolate.

A couple ways of icing them, I took the easy way and just spread on the cereal mixture, though they certainly are so cute the way she did them.

Makes about 24 bars

1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Step 1. Cook corn syrup and sugar together in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add cereal; stir until evenly coated. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch pan and pat into place.

Step 2  can be done one of two ways:
Option 1.  Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over cereal. Cool at least 45 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars.

Option 2.  Let rice cereal mixture set for about 15 minutes.  Using a cookie cutter, cut out a variety of shapes.  Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly (or use your favorite colored candy melts).  Dip shaped Scotcheroo bars into melted chocolate mixture.  Place on wax paper to dry.
Decorate as desired, or eat as is!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

One Bowl Apple Torte

This is a simple, delicious, homey dessert that I completely had forgotten from our childhood! My sister made it when we were over for dinner one night, pulling a little scrap out of her recipe box, and put the recipe on the counter.  I picked it up to have a look and noted that it was written in another sister's handwriting. It was completely yummy and so easy to make.  I need to do this one again soon.

Love to my Mom and sisters as I think of this dessert tonight.

NOTE- In the pan shown, we doubled the recipe as its about a 11" square dish.

Mom's Apple Torte

Makes on 8x8 dish, serves 4-6

1 egg, well beaten

1 cup chopped apple* (peeled)
3/4 cup sugar
2 heaping Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2-1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix altogether, pour into 8x8" greased pan and bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes.

*Note, adding more than 1 cup of apples will makes it thicker and more pie-like.

Serve warm with whipped cream, or ice cream.  Also is good cold.

Mixing it up, ready to go in few minutes.

Here it is ready to go into the oven

Out of the oven, cooling a bit before we dig in!