Sweet Baked Life

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White Trash Bars

Don’t let the name fool you, these White Trash Bars are heavenly!

White Trash Bars | Sweet Baked Life

When I stumbled across this treat on Pinterest, I was intrigued — just the name alone caught my attention, and knew it was something I would have to try!

And why does this recipe have such a strange name? Well, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because the ingredients are ones you have in your pantry that normally would not go together, or maybe it’s because you don’t use the basic butter, eggs, flour and sugar for baking a bar-type recipe.

In any event, I quickly got out the ingredients and began to assemble this unusual concoction. I even decided to make these bars a bit more “trashy” by topping them with additional toffee bits and adding some chocolate chips. As well, I think I also ended up making them just a bit less “trashy” by using homemade buttercream frosting; as the original recipe called for canned frosting, something that I just don’t really like!

White Trash Bars | Sweet Baked Life

You start with Ritz crackers — yes, you heard me, crackers! Then you toss in some toffee bits and mix the concoction with sweetened condensed milk. Weird, I know. That bakes up in the oven, and then once cooled, you top ‘em off with some buttercream frosting, sprinkled with chocolate chips and toffee bits.

And if you don’t have the time to make your own buttercream, which takes less than 3 minutes to prepare, go ahead and be as “trashy” as you want and pile on the canned stuff! I won’t judge!

White Trash Bars | Sweet Baked Life

And what do you think the outcome is? Ah, it’s a sweet yet salty, chewy base with a creamy top and a bit of crunch from the toffee bits on top. Yummy!

Did my family like these? Well, you know the picky bunch, they tried a piece and told me they were too sweet. Not sure if that is possible, but I thought they were uniquely good! And a fun bar to make when you are short on time and ingredients and need to whip up something fast as last-minute dessert.

White Trash Bars | Sweet Baked Life

White Trash Bars

2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1 -1/4 cups Heath Toffee Bits
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups vanilla buttercream frosting (homemade* or canned)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8-inch pan (I used an 8×10-inch pan) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large zip lock baggie, add the crackers, seal and crush with a rolling-pin. Open baggie and add 1 cup of the toffee bits, close baggie and shake until combined. Dump mixture into the prepared pan. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the mixture and stir until combined. I found this easier done with my hands! Then press into the pan until evenly distributed.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top and edges turn a golden brown. Cool completely on a rack. When cooled, top with your favorite buttercream frosting, then sprinkle with the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup of toffee bits. Cut into 12 squares and serve.

*Easy Homemade Buttercream Frosting: Add 2 cups of confectioners sugar, 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract to a large bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed 1-2 minutes until creamy. If too thick or too thin add either more milk or more sugar, a little at a time, until frosting reaches the consistency you like.

White Trash Bars | Sweet Baked Life

Get ready to trick your taste buds with these no-joke sweet and sticky White Trash Bars!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups}


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The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Spring has sprung and with that, it’s time to share with you how to make The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs.

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It’s quick, easy and what more can I say, “perfect”!

I have been making these hard-boiled eggs for years. I’m not sure where I originally got this recipe, I think it was from my best friend’s mom. But once you prepare your eggs using this method, you will be amazed how easy it is and how perfect your eggs turn out. You may even wonder why you did not know about this secret!

It’s so simple, and in a matter of minutes, you will have The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, ready for your springtime meal or celebratory occasion!

And once they’ve cooled get ready to peel and eat them, or use on your favorite salad, prepare deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, or whatever you choose.

Me, I personally love to just sprinkle them with salt and eat them!

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs | Sweet Baked Life

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs, as many as you need or as many fit at the bottom of your pan
Water to cover eggs

Gently place your eggs in the bottom of a medium-sized saucepan. Fill the pan with enough water to cover the eggs. Then put the pan on your stove and turn heat to medium-high. Bring the water to a boil, then immediately turn off heat, cover and remove from burner. Let eggs sit in the pan for 10 minutes. Then rinse eggs in cold water. Place eggs in a bowl and put into refrigerator until cold.

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs | Sweet Baked Life

Happiness is learning a new cooking trick; like how to make The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs!

Sheila


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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free}

Spread the love with a batch of these soft baked Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten free}

It’s true, your friends and family will love these melt-in-your-mouth, fluffy cookies. They’re so good, no one will know that they’re gluten-free! I tested them on my family and they loved them. And by the way, I did not even tell them the healthy secret!

The texture is amazingly soft; not normally what people perceive when they are told a baked good is gluten-free.  I know of  people who get turned-off when this word is mentioned. For me, I am always looking for healthy alternatives that I can sneak into my day-to-day eating. Now mind you, I do not have to eliminate this popular staple from my diet, but I do know a lot of people who do; for health reasons that is. So, today, I am extra happy to be able to share this fabulous recipe with everyone, especially to my gluten-free friends!

So, if you’re a huge peanut butter and banana fan you will love these. And with the addition of chocolate chips, well, it makes them even that much better (if that’s possible!). This treat is super easy to make and are incredibly satisfying. With each bite you’ll experience a soft oat texture, surrounded with peanut butter and banana flavors and a sweet explosion of chocolate chips. Ah, divine!

And if you are like me, I always seem to have a bunch of over-ripe bananas available. You see, for some reason by the time I go grab one of these yellow babies, they are past the point I am willing to peel them! So into a recipe they go!

Grab your browned, ripe bananas, your favorite peanut butter, a bunch of chocolate chips, and some oat flour and whip up these gluten-free Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies today!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free}

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free}

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole grain oat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix the oat flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the peanut butter and banana and mix until incorporated, then add the vanilla. With the mixer on low, add the oat flour mixture until just combined.

Scoop the dough using a 1-inch ice cream scoop, and place onto a baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free}

There will definitely be a whole lot of lovin’ going on when you bake up these Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Sheila

 

{recipe inspired by immaeatthat}


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Sparkling Amaretto Sour {second blogiversary}

Celebrations just got a little better with the addition of this refreshingly delightful Sparking Amaretto Sour!

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

You see, with today being my second blogiversary, it’s also St. Patrick’s Day, and spring just around the corner, there is no better time for me to raise my glass and toast all of you then during this most happy time of year!

Spring is one of my favorite seasons — it signifies rebirth, renew, rejuvenate, and rejoicing! I feel incredibly lucky to have this little blog of mine that I adore so much! And, blessed that my family is supportive of my creative and crazy culinary journey that I began 2 years ago. I love my guys (aka hubby and son) so much that it hurts! They are the best things this girl could ask for and not only that, but they are my built-in, ever-so truthful taste testers.

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

And to all of my extended family, friends, followers, fellow bloggers, it is you I thank for giving me the courage and determination to continue, to grow, be inspired, and to help me find my way amongst this large, vast food blogging community.

You all have certainly given me hope to carry on, and on the days when I need a little lift, there it is…a like, a comment, a new follower — and the feeling that someone actually read my post! I love hearing about how you have tried my recipes, switched it up, and made it your own!  It’s the simple things, the small acknowledgements which really brighten my day! It does make me feel proud knowing that little old me, touched someone with some special sweetness.

So I want to toast all of you from the bottom my heart. First,, here are some of my favorite cocktails that I have made over the years that I would like to share again with you, they include: pretty Pink Lemonade Margarita, classic Dry Vodka Martini, fruit infused Fresh Blackberry Margarita, a warming Starry Night Cocktail, and the nutty Homemade Amaretto.

And now, let me introduce my new cocktail that is truly refreshing and has a delightful flavor; it’s my Sparkling Amaretto Sour. It’s distinguished flavors and will proudly stands out as one of my favorites. As with most of my recipes, it’s super easy to make. You start with some flavorful Amaretto combined with sweet and sour mix, give it a whirl and then top it off with 7-up and a lemon slice.

The amazing outcome is a pleasurable combination of a sweetly tart libation with a nutty twist. It’s quite tasty and quite festive!

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

2 oz. Amaretto
2 oz. Sweet and Sour mix
Ice
7-up
Lemon slice for garnish

Into a glass add the amaretto and sweet & sour mix. Stir. Add ice to fill glass. Top off with 7-up and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

Come on friends, get your taste buds ready for this tasty Sparking Amaretto Sour and celebrate with me!

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty. Cheers!

Sheila

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