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White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars

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

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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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Patriotic Puppy Chow

Celebrate the Red, White & Blue with this Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

And be warned, this sweet chow is not for your dog — it’s for us, humans! Yeah!

I know it’s a strange name, but let me tell you, one hand full of this white chocolate coated, cake batter dusted, candy studded, crunchy munch, will make you a believer that puppy chow is good for you!

It’s an easy snack to prepare, especially for a hot summer day treat, and it will be gobbled up in no time! You may want to make a double batch to make sure you have enough to nosh on while watching the fire works burst in the night sky!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

This week, our weather resistant thermometers will climb to the triple digits every day! Ugh!

When our local meteorologist informed us it’s going to be 105 degrees, well, that just means in my back yard, the red line of my trusty  thermometer will reach somewhere around 110 degrees.

Sweltering heat – not what I call fun!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

But what is fun is a big bowl of this Patriotic Puppy Chow, extra crunchy and cold because I keep mine in the freezer!

And you can join in on the fun too! With this super simple sweet treat that includes a special ingredient — white cake mix! Yep, it will bring this puppy chow to a whole new level!

Just combine crunchy cereal and melted white chocolate, then dump it into a dusting of white cake mix and powdered sugar and toss in some red and blue pretzel M&M’s along with some white chocolate chips — and you’ve got a festive treat to serve your hungry guests as you celebrate our great nation!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Patriotic Puppy Chow

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

5 cups Rice Chex Mix Cereal
2 bars (4.4 oz each) Lindt White Chocolate bars, melted according to package
3/4 cup white cake mix (dry from box)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup Pretzel M&M’s (blue and red ones only)
1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the cereal then pour the melted white chocolate over and stir until well combined.

Into a large zip lock baggie, add the cake mix and confectioners sugar. Add the cereal mixture and seal the baggie and shake until combined and cereal is coated.

Pour the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread out into one layer. Let cool completely then toss in the M&M’s and white chocolate chips. Store in am air-tight container and keep in a cool place – for me I like to store mine the freezer!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Salute the flag with a bowl or two of this sweet and cool Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Have a fun, safe and sweet 4th of July!

Sheila


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Birthday Cake Bark

Here’s an extra special cool candy treat perfect for your party…it’s my pretty Birthday Cake Bark!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Being it was my birthday a week or so ago, and I had to celebrate with something PINK, I thought I would try out a new variation of a traditional chocolate candy bark.

I wanted the flavors of a birthday cake, without having to bake an actual cake.

And just to set the record straight – I have stopped counting the years, but will never stop celebrating!

Hehehehe…

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

You see, I do love a good chocolate or lemon cake for my birthday (my favs), however my mom surprised me by bringing me a lemony fruit tart from her favorite bakery in Marin to celebrate my special day.

The tart was heavenly and light, and perfect after our heavy and scrumptious Mexican feast we made and devoured!

But I still wanted something that really screamed, BIRTHDAY.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So over the weekend, I decided to make a sweet treat that included a few of my favorites; white and dark chocolate along with my favorite color, pink, which turned into a dazzling dessert!

And with the weather heating up around here to the triple digits, this is the perfect time to whip up a batch of this stuff to keep chilled  in your freezer for a quick snack when that sweet tooth starts craving something in the heat of the summer!

Young or old, everyone will love this festive and treat that’s reminiscent of a birthday cake!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Birthday Cake Bark

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 bars (4.4 oz. each) good quality white chocolate (I used Lindt)
1 tablespoons dry yellow cake mix
10-15 Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies, broken into small pieces
2-4 drops Red food coloring, to create the perfect pink color
Pink and white sprinkles for garnish

Instructions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate chips. Place in microwave and heat at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring between, until fully melted. Pour into prepared sheet and spread evenly with a spatula. Add the cookies in an even layer and press down gently. Place in the freezer.

In a pan of a double boiler on top of simmering water, break up the white chocolate and place into the pan. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the food coloring until you get the pink color you desire, then add the cake mix and stir until fully incorporated. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the pink-while chocolate evenly over the cookies. Immediately sprinkle the top with colored sprinkles. Place back in the freezer until fully firm. About 2 hours or overnight.

Break into pieces and eat! Can be stored in an air-tight container in refrigerator or freezer for 1 week.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So there you have it, a beautiful candy bark that combines rich semi-sweet chocolate, smooth white chocolate, crunchy Oreo cookies, and pretty sprinkles. The textures are sinful!

And you won’t even have to turn your oven on for this delectable confection!

Now this Birthday Cake Bark really screams, hello birthday celebrations and welcome summer!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Enjoy the sweetness of summer!

 

Sheila


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White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

Kick up your holidays with this sweet and spicy White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark!

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

And with only two ingredients this bark could not be easier! So if you’re short on time and need of a scrumptious treat, you have got to try this simple White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark. And even better – no baking required.

You start by melting creamy white chocolate then add in some chopped gingersnap cookies, let the confection harden, and voila, you’ve got a candy goodie ready for everyone to enjoy.

Now I have made all kinds of “bark” in my day, but this recipe by far is the easiest. And the flavors are reminiscent of the holidays. If you are considering baking and decorating a gingerbread house (which I have done my fair share of and I don’t really like doing!) you might want to reconsider! This bark is much easier, less stressful, and the combination of cool creamy chocolate surrounded by warm crunchy gingersnaps is simply divine!

You see, I’m all about staying stress-free over the holidays (or at least I really try), and this recipe is so simple, it will not even feel like you’re going to any trouble to create a wonderful sweet.

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

3 packages (11 oz. each) Ghirardelli Premium White Chips
20 gingersnap cookies

Get out a rimmed 11×13-inch non-stick baking pan. If you do not have a non-stick pan, line with wax paper.

Into a medium bowl, break up the cookies and set aside.

Place chips in a double boiler over gently simmering (not boiling) water. If you do not have a double boiler, you can use a glass bowl over a pot. Stir chips until melted. Take care in not over heating the white chocolate or it could break. As well, you can also melt the chips in a microwave according to the package directions.

When chocolate is melted, remove from heat and add cookies. Stir until combined. Pour into pan and put in refrigerator for 2 hours or until set. Remove and slide bark out of tray. Slice with knife or use your hands to break up.

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

May you spend precious time with your families and friends over the holidays — and don’t forget to surprise them with some snappy White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark!

Merry Christmas!

Sheila

 

 

{recipe adapted from Bran Appetit}