Holiday Cookie Exchange – Seven Layer Bars

It’s the year of the bar.

I’m serious you guys, think about it. Cupcakes have made their mark. Cake pops were all the rage. Donuts are happening now. Cookies have their moment ever year around Christmas.

Seven layer bars - love these!But where are the bars!? Heaven in your hand. More versatile than a cookie, easier to eat on the go than cake, these stackable delights are due for their revival.

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

So I have this coworker. Her office is next to mine, which is across the hall from the staff kitchen.

Which is where I stash my treats when I bake something for the office.

For either of us to get anywhere in the building, we have to walk by the corner of the counter where I put the treats I made, and am depending on my coworkers to eat up so I don’t gain 300 pounds. A day.

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Since I am giving away the treats, it’s easy enough for me to deny grabbing one or two, or 10, throughout the course of the day. And chances are good that I spent the previous evening sampling one or two, or 10, for quality control purposes.

I mean, I work with these people Monday-Friday. I can’t get a reputation for brining in substandard goodies, now can I?

So while, for me, the proximity to the kitchen, and my treats, is no big deal, I’ve slowly come to realize something about my coworker.

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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Why hello there. Yes, you…the banana bar with frosting as thick as you are. Where have you been hiding?

Would you care to join me for a quick bite?

No?

Well, you are just too delicious to let slip through my fingers…NOM NOM NOM!

Creepiness aside, these are serious bars. I made these after a request, nay, a challenge, from a coworker to make a banana dish with cream cheese frosting – his favorite.

Luckily for him, I had 4 bananas quickly blackening and an oddly large amount of cream cheese in my fridge.

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Lemon Cheesecake Squares

As much as I love chocolate, lemon desserts have a special place in my heart. The bright and sunny tart yet sweet flavor is the perfect ending to a meal, especially as the temperatures begin to rise.

These lemon cheesecake bars are a specialty of mine. The lemon filling is light, airy and totally addicting. In college I made them constantly, my housemates and I would clean the pan in a matter of days.

I’m making these squares for a friend of mine who is celebrating the publishing of her third book this June. So if you’re looking for a great Summer read, check out Harvesting Ashwood!

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Big Butt Bars

My sister named these bars. You may think the name strange, but for her it’s tame. And it really is accurate. These bars come with a warning: if you make them, you will eat them all and your butt will get big.

Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…

Anyway, this recipe is very special to me because it is my first originally developed recipe! Inspired by feed back from my previously blogged Monster Cookies, I entered it in Kowalski’s snack foods contest, all entries had to be unpublished originals, but sadly did not make the final cut.

However their loss is your (weight) gain, because I can now publish the recipe I’ve been sitting on (literally) for weeks now.

Now, I put the puns behind me (ha!) and reveal to you the Big Butt Bars!

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Pecan Pie Bars

Martha Stewart, you really worked it. Sometimes I am put off by your recipes, not having white truffle oil, freshly ground nutmeg, or a cornish game hen on hand, but these pecan pie bars are amazing. I’d say hats off to you, but it just snowed here, and I’d really like to keep mine on.

If you’re heading to a Thanksgiving gathering this week and you have no idea what to bring, take these bars. They are wonderfully portable, and taste just like pecan pie! Not only do they taste fantastic, but they’re very easy to make, perfect for when you suddenly realize Thanksgiving is 4 days away and you haven’t done a darn thing to prepare for it yet. (Oops!) Continue reading