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Monday, September 17, 2012

Heartland Turtle Bars

How do you feel about nuts in your baked goods?  A lot of people love mix-ins like walnuts in their brownies and peanut in their cookies.  But a lot of people absolutely hate that, too.  I don't really care either way.  While I don't hate nuts in desserts, I don't love it either.  So a dessert like Heartland Turtle Bars with toasted chopped pecans is not something I'd pick out to make, but I'm glad it came up in Club Baked.  These were simple to make and they were a total hit.  The oatmeal cookie part is nice and soft, and the pecan adds a little bit of a crunch.  The caramel recipe was very low maintenance and a cinch to throw together.  I definitely would not hesitate to make these again.... and I may have to because I want to eat them again :) 
Thanks to Julie for hosting and selecting this recipe!  It got me baking "outside of my box" and we absolutely loved it.  Be sure to visit Julie's site, Little Bit of Everything for the recipe and visit the Club Baked site to see how the other bakers' Turtle Bars came out.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

What is your favorite place in the house?  To many of us bakers, I'm sure the consensus is: Kitchen!  I always have all the tools I need right at my fingertips.  It is set up exactly the way that I find it works best for us.  I think thats why baking is a stress-reliever for me.  Despite whatever happens to be going on, my measuring spoons are always exactly where they belong and my mixing bowls can always be found neatly stacked in the cabinets... that is, unless I find out I left out an essential ingredient when the bake-saster is already in the oven, or something sticky boils over all over the stovetop (not that that EVER happens... ever).  

Speaking of stress-relieving, a slice of this cake would be the perfect answer to a stressful week.  It is quite easy to throw together and uses things most of us probably already have in the pantry.  It is large enough to feed a good amount of people at a gathering (9 x 13!), and it is definitely comfort-foody in a I-Taste-Like-A-Big-Oatmeal-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie way.  You could even sneak a piece in for breakfast during those particularly chaotic weeks, I won't judge you.  So, if you need something comforting and delicious thats easy to prepare, this is the cake for you.

Check out Jamie's blog Cookin' with Moxie and or the Baked Explorations cookbook for the recipe.  


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