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MVP Bars – Pretzel Crusted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Marshmallow Topping

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With these MVP Bars you’ll be the STAR of big game!  A peanut butter pretzel crusted chocolate chip cookie topped with the most incredible chewy peanut butter marshmallow popcorn topping!

Oh how I love football season!  The tailgating, the cheering on your favorite team, the yelling at the refs over calls you think are stupid (admit it – you do it too!), the game superstitions and the food.  OMG the food!  Let’s face it, if you’re not playing in the actual game, the food is the second most important thing.  You need proper eats if you want to be “the house” that every one wants to be at for the big game. You could literally put out milk crates or couch cushions for folks to sit on but as long as you have a killer tv and even better food you’re place IS the hot spot (well that is unless you’re actually at the game).

When the folks from Orville Redenbacher® wanted a new recipe featuring their AMAZING (seriously it’s ridiculously good!) Movie Theater Butter Popcorn for the Big Game I was stoked! You see I have a slight obsession with this popcorn and movie theater popcorn. Ever since I was little, going to the movies and getting my very own tub of popcorn was a huge treat.  All that butter and warm popcorn with a great movie – seriously perfect!  Popcorn to me meant happy times. It was something we’d share as a family bumping hands in the buckets of popcorn trying to get the ‘best pieces”.

Make these MVP bars and you will be the star of the food table!

OMG! Bars

Rich triple chocolate chunk cookie crust layered with Snickers bits, a rich & fudgy brownie and even more Snickers! But wait,. there’s more! The whole thing is finished with a drizzle of chocolate ganache & caramel and a sprinkling of flake sea salt.  These are truly OMG! Bars

Oh people this recipe… Now I’ve been making these bars for decades and through out the years the name has changed.  At first they were known as the “Chocolate Chip Cookie Snickers Brownie Bars with Caramel and Ganache”.  Yeah, just totally rolls off the tongue, huh?  That’s how it was listed on my selection list however customers would call me with a “Hey Lor, can you make me a dozen of those Fudgy Chocolate Chip bar things?” to “I need those Sinfully Sexy bars” to some names that are so not appropriate for this blog.  We’re talking those names would make Fifty Shades of Grey blush.  Then finally, about 6 years ago I took a batch of these into work and one co-worker took a bite and said “OMG! These Bars!!!”  The name just hit me.. “OMG! Bars” – it made sense.  You get so many flavors and textures in every single bite that literally your taste buds are going to go berserk over this.

So last week we had our company Christmas party and of course yours truly forgot until the night before that she had to make something to take in.  Office Christmas parties are pretty awesome – people bring in foods, things are decorated and for once you get to take a break from the stress and just truly enjoy your co-workers.  I’m fortunate that the company I’m at now, everyone gets along.  There’s no drama or for me, no cows – remember that lady I worked with years ago that was the BIGGEST witch ever?  She hated me because well, I called her out numerous times for not doing her job.  She was vile and mean.  OMG I would not have it put it past her to be that person that would push a kid down in front of her to get to the front of the line.

Yeah, we don’t have any of those at my current place, thankfully.

Anyways back to these parties…  For me I love to see the food tables and what folks bring in.  Crockpots are abundant, trays of treats and sweets galore and tin trays of hot foods – chicken, pulled pork, mac ‘n cheese and so forth. Since some in my office know “who I am” (rolls her eyes as I hate saying that – I’m just me), they tend to look to me to help lead the set up and bring in deliciousness.  After our last party, I was instructed that whatever I make for our Christmas party, I need to make double.  Mine were gone in minutes and many missed out on what I brought in.

Seriously get ready to have your taste buds go nuts over this

Candy Cane Crunch Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Celebrate the holidays with these Candy Cane Crunch Chocolate Dipped Shortbread cookies, Layers of buttery chocolate & vanilla shortbread speckled with candy cane bits and dipped in dark chocolate make this up this Christmas classic cookie.

Wow only 8 days left til Christmas – are you ready?  Me neither.  However what I am ready for is the holiday treats and eats!  There’s just something so decadent and glamorous about the holidays. It could be that we break out best serving dishes, tinsel and garland is everywhere, things are lit with the most spectacular of lighting displays and we all seem to put our best foot forward when it comes to foods.  We bake more during the holidays than anytime throughout the year.

We bake for the holidays, company, gifts for family and friends, office parties, cookie exchanges and obviously for Santa.  Gotta kept the jolly man happy and fed.  No one wants coal in their stocking. Like you I make the extravagant cookies and ones that you swear take longer to decorate than they do to bake. But there’s something to be said about a classic, simple shortbread cookie.  They are buttery, melt in your mouth and honestly the perfect ‘tea cookie’. When my friends at Nordic Ware® sent me out their Sweet Snowflakes Shortbread Pan to create something magical and appropriate for the holidays I knew I wanted to incorporate something ‘seasonal’ in the shortbread cookie while keeping it simple.

As you know I’ve been fortunate now to be a part of the Nordic Ware® family for about 2 years now – reviewing their PHENOMENAL bake and cookware plus creating mouth-watering recipes. Today I’m featuring their Sweet Snowflakes Shortbread Pan. It’s absolutely stunning made with the same stellar quality we’ve all come to love  and expect from Nordic ware.

The pan made from Cast aluminum.  It’s holds 6 cups and measures 9.72″ dia. X 1.63″ and can handle temps up to 400F.  The inside is non-stick but as I’ve shared before, coat your pan with melted butter brushing every crevice with a pastry brush.  You can then add flour or not.  Depending on the type of cake I’m making I typically stick with just butter for these pans.  See my post that’s all about how to properly coat your bundt cake for baking!

I bet if you left Santa some of these he may leave you extra presents!

Buttery Shortbread Fruit Spread Glazed Bars

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Be the star of your Cookie Exchange with these buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crisp short bread bars glazed with Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread and Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread plus white chocolate drizzle!  Seriously one of the best cookies this holiday season!

Oh hi there!  Sorry, you caught me with my mouth full *blush*. I can’t help it.  These cookies or are they bars? Hmmm… they are a cookie texture but shaped like a bar.  Cookar? Barookie?  If you ask me I’d call them “FanFriggenTasticalAwesomegasmic-Get-In-My-Belly Treat”!  But honestly it doesn’t matter what you call them.  What matters is that you MAKE THESE!  OMG people!  These are seriously so good.  And such a simple recipe with just a few basic ingredients.  The star for me is the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread as well as the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread. It’s so amazing I can’t even begin to tell you!

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Now I know what some of you may be thinking… “Jalapeno???  Oh that has to be hot!”  No it’s not.  It’s balanced out so beautifully by the honey and strawberries.  Yes it has some heat but it’s so good and on this cookie with the butter and white chocolate! Oh dear sweet baby Jesus people! But if you’re not adventurous then definitely get the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread. And FYI… buy a few jars because you’re going to fall in love!  It’s just like how my Mom made hers!

Make these cookies and you’ll be the star of the cookie exchange!

Soft and Tender Pumpkin Spice Lofthouse Cookies

Happy Pumpkin Everything season people. Yep you guessed it, it’s the first day of Fall. Man this summer flew by. Thankfully this summer in the ‘burgh wasn’t too bad weather-wise. We didn’t have too bad of a rainy summer though it was hotter/more humid than the norm. Global warming? Perhaps. “Lor you’re just getting old.” Most definitely. LOL

So did you do anything fun this summer? This was the first summer in a long time we didn’t; not even a vacation. This house remodel has taken every single spare minute of our life. All I know is that in our next house, where ever that may be I’m not remodeling/painting/stripping/installing/plastering/grouting/anything-that-involves-me-going-to-HomeDepot ever again in my life! HELL TO THE NO! LOL I know way more about home remodeling than any woman (yes I just pulled the girl card) ever should. And the worse part, we are nowhere near done. UGH… Wanna come help install hardwood flooring? I’ll feed you!

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And since it’s pumpkin everything season I’ll be sure to make you a batch of these Soft and Tender Pumpkin Spice Lofthouse Cookies! Seriously this “type” of cookie is one of my favorites! It’s so soft and tender that they practically melt in your mouth. And OMG the pumpkiny-flavor is soooooo good!
These cookies are going to be your new Fall Favorite!

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