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White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars

Celebrate the season with these memorable, mouth-watering White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars.

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

I can eat things flavored with malt just about any time of the year. However, with springtime upon us, it’s only natural that this flavor jumps out at me! When I was a little girl, I loved sweets (some things don’t change!), and Easter was one of the best holidays as it was filled with a plethora of family fun; egg hunts, basket finding, cute stuffed bunnies, good food and most of all, lots and lots of candy — including my favorite, chocolate covered malt balls!

Now, that spring is upon us, Whoppers are abundant at the stores, flowers are blooming, people are smiling, the sun is shining (or at least trying to) and pretty pastel colors are everywhere you look!

To honor my fond memories of springtime celebrations, I just had to make something with the distinct flavor of malt. I also wanted these bars to look pretty to represent the season. Truth be told, I was going to add a few drops of red food coloring to the white chocolate to make it a soft pink, but in the end, I decided to leave it white and pure.

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

Also, with my son now a teen, we are a bit more sophisticated in our celebration of the season and Easter. However, the spirit of the big white rabbit visiting our home each spring lives forever in our hearts!

You see, when my son was young, we celebrated just like when I was a child — big candy filled baskets for all of us, an Easter egg hunt, a delicious feast and a festive dessert. The best part of me was seeing the delight in his eyes as he discovered the goodie filled basket by his bed, then he helped us look for ours! My husband would get up extra early and hide the candy-filled plastic pastel eggs throughout the yard, and my son would wander around with his basket searching for the eggs until he found all of them! It was a wonderful day filled with lost of fun and love.

To keep the tradition, I still prepare an Easter basket for my son. Yes, he has outgrown the “bunny” thing, but he still enjoys celebrating the season and getting some special gifts from mom and dad. This year, it will probably be filled iTunes and Microsoft gift cards, clothes and maybe a special box of chocolates from the See’s Candy Store along with a big chocolate bunny!

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

I also love whipping up an inspired dessert using some of our favorite candy or flavors. These White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars really are impressive, and who doesn’t like to celebrate with sweets?

This recipe is simple to make — it starts with a malted sugar cookie base, followed by a sweet white chocolate layer, and topped with crushed Whopper candies! The combination of soft, sweet and crunchy is amazing!

To make the preparation even easier, I used a store-bought cookie mix and just added a bit of malt and vanilla to bring out the springtime flavor that’s hard to pass up!

It does have an extra step of cooling the cookies before you add the melted chocolate and additional chopped Whoppers, but its worth the wait on these malted gems! Once they are ready to eat, your family and friends will thank you for making these decadent bars and you can reminisce about your childhood favorites!

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
– 1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix
– 1/2 cup Carnation Malted Milk powder
– 1 large egg
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 2 tablespoons milk
– 1 (5 oz.) carton Whoppers Malted Milk Balls, crushed & divided
– 4 oz Lindt White Chocolate bar, melted

Instructions

1.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan by lining with parchment paper then spraying with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the cookie mix, malted milk powder, egg, butter, vanilla and milk. Beat on medium speed until the dough comes together (it will be thick).

3. Add half of the crushed Whoppers and mix with a spoon until incorporated. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and press down to create an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cookie mixture is golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

4. After the cookie base is cool, top the mixture with the melted white chocolate — spreading evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Whoppers. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

5. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator, lift cookies out of pan by sides of parchment paper, and cut into squares.

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

Dig in and celebrate spring and Easter with a batch of these delightful White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars!

Sheila

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Cable Car Cocktail

During this thankful this season — I raise a glass of this sensational Cable Car Cocktail and toast all of you!

Cable Car Cocktail

Hopefully, as the unique flavor combination of rum, orange and cinnamon slides over your taste buds, warm and wonderful memories will fill your head with overwhelming happy times with friends and family.

Because, for me it does. Really, once my lips dip into this delightful drink my thoughts take me directly back to that beautiful City by the Bay where this incredible libation was created. I can hear the familiar sounds…clang, clang, clang of the old trolley cars as they rattle along the tracks and the seagulls cry as they soar over the beaches.

I love these sounds as they are from one of my favorite places, San Francisco of course! And this sophisticated Cable Car Cocktail will make you want to take a little trip to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and create all new memories!

You see I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area about 20 miles south of the city. Both of my parents were born in San Francisco and our family would spend many a holiday in the beautiful, diverse and exciting city.

When I was young, my mom would take my brothers and me to San Francisco every summer. We played tourist and visited every fun and interesting location each year over and over again. I never got tired of this ritual. And over the years it provided me with not only great learning experiences, but unforgettable family bonding.

As I got older, I would visit the City often for delicious dinners, incredible drinks, unending entertainment, great concerts, fascinating museum exhibits, magical weddings, and of course romantic dates!

Even though I am now only a few hours away from this great place, it seems like a lifetime. I hope to visit this special city soon with my little family and continue making lasting memories.

Cable Car Cocktail

Cable Car Cocktail
(recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, January 2003)

Serves 2

1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 orange wedge

1 cup ice cubes
5 tablespoons spiced rum
2 tablespoons simple syrup
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
3 tablespoons Orange Curacao
2 orange peel twists, for garnish

Place martini style glasses in freezer to chill. Stir sugar and cinnamon together on a small plate to blend. Rub the rims of the chilled glasses with the orange wedge. Dip the rims into cinnamon sugar mixture to coat lightly.

Combine ice, rum, orange juice, Curacao, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake mixture until cocktail shaker becomes frosty. Strain mixture into prepared glasses. Garnish with orange peel twists and serve.

So to all of my friends, family, followers and fellow bloggers — thank you for being in my life and for being loving and supportive.

I now celebrate you with this refreshing and memorable Cable Car Cocktail.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sheila


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Remembering Dan…

My heart sank last week when my best friend told me that her ex-husband had passed away. Tears filled my eyes as I remembered Dan — he left us way too soon. You see I had known her ex much longer than she did. Dan was the boy who lived down the street from me when I was growing up. When I moved into our tree-lined neighborhood he was the cool one. Dan had an amazing aura, was super creative, had a fabulous personality and was friends with everyone!Red-Sailboat-LG
Over the years, we hung out with some of the same kids, and then towards the end of high school he began dating my best friend. They eventually got married and had two beautiful children – first a girl then a boy. Since then the kids have grown into amazing young adults. They behold some of his same qualities – strong family values, unending love, a gentle kindness, very generous nature and amazingly creative. Dan worked with his hands, was a talented artist, a natural athlete in probably every sport he tried, and loved golf with a passion. He was also a proud father and loved his kids with all of his heart! We all had some incredible times together and I am honored to say he was my friend and I will never forget him.

Even though I had not seen Dan in many years, the fond memories I have of him will carry on in my heart forever. I will always remember him as the boy with an infectious personality and fun nature who lived down the street who married my best friend, and who was the wonderful father to his two children. Just thinking back about Dan and his warm smile brings a little sunshine to my dark day.  I wish him peace. And I hope my best friend, her kids, and all of his family and friends will find comfort in the happy memories they have of Dan. Live life to the fullest – just like he did.

Please know I am with you in spirit today as you celebrate Dan’s life. Live each day as it was the last, love with all of your heart, work hard, play hard and keep the ones most important to you closest to your heart.

I hope that you are sailing off to a wonderful adventure — I will miss you Dan. xxoo always,

Sheila

p.s. Artwork: Red Sailboat, by Patricia McCaron (my mom)