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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t like and these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are no different. I’ve gotta warn you though…they pack a wallop of flavor and are highly addictive. Just like the ones Grandma used to make, this delicious cookie is crispy on […]

Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies

I really, really, REALLY wanted to go apple picking this year! But it seemed like every weekend we were either traveling, or sick, or it was raining. BOO! Oh Fall I had such high expectations for you this year!! So I set my sights on […]

Peach Cobbler Bars

Peach Cobbler Bars

I love cooking and baking with whatever local produce is in season for a few reasons. It supports our local farmers, it’s usually a whole lot cheaper (who doesn’t love saving money), but most importantly, fresh food just tastes better. It really does. And since peaches are in season here in Western NY these amazingly delicious Peach Cobbler Bars needed to be made ASAP!! This peach cobbler spinoff is great for a potluck or crowd. It’s got layer after layer of goodness too. Loads of fresh, juicy peaches sandwiched between not one but TWO layers of buttery crumb mixture are sure to delight your tastebuds. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you really want to indulge!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, white sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, shortening, an egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, cornstarch, and of course peaches!

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First we’ll start by making our crumb mixture. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Did you know? Peaches are so popular here in Western NY that they even have their own festival. The Lewiston Peach Festival is an end of summer tradition for us! They even crown a Peach Queen!!

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Next cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. If you don’t have a pastry blender you can totally use your fingers. I’m not here to judge (translation: that was my method of choice for years).

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Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Then add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture. Mix with a fork until well blended. This crumb topping doesn’t look like much now, but trust me, they are the unsung hero of Peach Cobbler Bars.

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Kudos to that crumb topping for working not only as the topping but also our base layer. Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and set it aside for our top layer. Now take whatever’s left and press it into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish. The bottom of a measuring cup will help you to spread it firmly and evenly in the baking dish.

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Now it’s time for the superstar of this dessert….THE PEACHES!!! Look at them! Aren’t they just gorgeous? Peel, pit, and chop the pieces. If your peaches are firm go right ahead and use a vegetable peeler to get the job done. If you’ve got some ripe peaches on your hands however, I suggest this method. Score the peaches with an “X” at the pointy tip of the fruit just enough to break the skin. Cook the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to an ice bath. Ice for 1 minute and you should be able to slowly peel the skins right off.

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Add the almond extract to the bowl and stir into the peaches. In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Now Peach Cobbler Bars would be great just like this but we’re going to take it a step further!

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Grab that crumb topping that we set aside earlier and sprinkle it over top of the peach filling. Yep! All of it. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars.

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Are you drooling yet??? Cause I think I’m drooling!! Peach Cobbler Bars are giving me all those Fall feels!!! Dessert lovers raise your hands. You’ve gotta make our Over The Top Apple Pie Cheesecake next!

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Peach Cobbler Bars

September 21, 2018
: 2 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 medium peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly.
  • Step 2 Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture and mix with a fork until well blended.
  • Step 3 Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and reserve for the top layer. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish.
  • Step 4 Peel, pit, and chop the pieces and place in a small bowl. Add the almond extract and stir.
  • Step 5 In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over top.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad is the salad I’ve been missing all my life! Our garden is overflowing with cucumbers right about now and my hubby is. In. His. Glory!! But I’m not the type to just sit there and munch on a plain cucumber all on […]

Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad

Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad

Are you ready for a macaroni salad with a twist? Tired of bringing the same old boring salads to parties and potlucks? Prepare to be amazed by our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad! This super creamy salad is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. It’s one […]

Best Ever Frosted Banana Bread Bars

Best Ever Frosted Banana Bread Bars

Best Ever Frosted Banana Bread Bars are my family’s all time favorite dessert! Hands down! No questions about it. If I could only make one dessert for the rest of our lives, this is the one they would pick! These seriously addicting, cream cheese smothered bars are sure to be a hit! The decadent cream cheese frosting will knock your socks off! You won’t believe how amazing they taste. Frosted Banana Bread Bars are an old-fashioned dessert jam packed with lots of banana flavor. This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd and is perfect for sharing at potlucks and family picnics. Just be sure to bring copies of the recipe! Everyone’s gonna want this one!!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, salt, bananas, cream cheese, and confectioners sugar.

Frosted Banana Bread Bars ingredients list

In a large bowl, cream 1/2 a cup of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. You can melt the butter if you don’t have time to soften. It won’t hurt the recipe one bit! I love watching people try Frosted Banana Bread Bars for the first time. The reactions are priceless!! I’m not kidding!

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Next beat in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until combined. The sour cream is the secret to keeping these beloved bars moist and delicious!! Mix in the baking soda and salt. Then gradually blend in the flour. When my hubby and I got married, we actually had people tell us to skip the wedding cake and just make Frosted Banana Bread Bars instead! Really!!

Beat in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until combined. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Gradually mix in the flour.

Now we need to mash our bananas. This is my favorite way to use ripe bananas, the riper the better! You could use a food processor or blender for this part, but what fun would that be?!? Plus it’s extra dish washing! Nope, not for me! So instead I just place the bananas in a ziploc baggie and squish away. I like to recruit my messiest baking helpers for this job. You know those slime loving kids! Nathan I’m looking at you kid! Make sure the bag is sealed up tight and let the kids squeeze and squish away. When you’re squishing’s complete, cut a hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze the contents into our batter. Blend until just combined.

Mash the bananas. Mix into the batter until combined.

Lightly grease a 13″X9″ pan with cooking spray. Pour our batter into the baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Test as many times as you’d like! We’re going to smother those toothpick holes with cream cheese frosting!! Cool completely. The original recipe has the serving size listed as 48 servings. There is just no way!! I’ve seen guys take ’em out by the row. I won’t name names but you know who you are!!

Pour the batter into 13X9 baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.

While we’re waiting for the bars to cool, we can tackle that cream cheese frosting! This rich and creamy frosting seriously makes the whole recipe!! In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Don’t be afraid to nuke that butter and cream cheese for 30 seconds in the microwave. It’s WAY easier to mix when it’s softened. Gradually beat in the confectioners sugar one cup at a time until all four cups have been added. Now I hope your banana bars have cooled by now otherwise you’re putting yourself at risk to eat the whole bowl of frosting! Trust me, I’ve seen family members huddled around the bowl scooping this stuff out by the spoonful! This stuff is a hot commodity!!

Beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the confectioners sugar.

Spread a thick layer of cream cheese frosting over top. Grab a fork, heck even just use your hands, and enjoy!! If you somehow end up with leftovers, first let me know how that happens to begin with?!? But also don’t forget to refrigerate! I’ve also heard of people adding nuts, but those people are kinda ridiculous!! Looking for more 13″X9″ pan recipes to try? Our Frosted Fudge Brownies are a chocolate lovers dream!

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Frosted Banana Bread Bars

Best Ever Frosted Banana Bread Bars

April 26, 2018
: 24
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream 1/2 a cup of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until combined.
  • Step 2 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Gradually blend in the flour.
  • Step 3 Mash the bananas and add to the batter. Blend until just combined.
  • Step 4 Lightly grease a 13″X9″ pan with cooking spray. Pour our batter into the baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • Step 5 In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the confectioners sugar.
  • Step 6 Spread frosting over completely cooled bars and enjoy!! Don’t forget to refrigerate any leftovers.

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Banana Split Cake

Banana Split Cake

Every year I make my famous Banana Split Cake for my Grandma’s birthday. I’ve probably made it for at least the last 15 years without missing a birthday. I have alot of other cakes that I can make. And I’ve tried to convince her to mix […]

Frosted Fudge Brownies

Frosted Fudge Brownies

If you’re in need of the ultimate brownie recipe, then look no further! You’ve come to the right place. This rich, fudgy, frosted brownie recipe is the only one you’ll ever need. Really!! They turn out perfect every time….well except for the first time that […]