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home : news : news June 27, 2017

6/1/2017 3:25:00 PM
Nice additions to a grad party

It won’t be long before there will be a lot of graduation parties happening.  Our youngest grandson, Adam, is graduating this year and it’s hard to fathom that it was just a few years ago we played board games on the living room floor together…..time flies by.

With planning parties celebrating this special day for our younger adults, thoughts of what to serve guests, younger and older, is important in the food department.  There is usually a cake with “Happy graduation. Good luck in the future.” etc. topping the frosting.  Bars are a great “finger food” to serve for those who don’t care for cake, especially graduates who are going  to  another party. If you don’t have a graduation party to go to, today’s bar recipes are good  anytime……with a cup of coffee, tea or a big glass of milk!

This bar is one of our favorites
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CHOCOLATE
WALNUT BARS
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 t. salt
1- 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips (2 c.), divided
1-14 oz. can ( 1-1/4 c.) sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
1 c. chopped walnuts

Beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. On low speed beat in flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 2 c. crumb mixture onto bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan; saving rest of mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Meanwhile warm 1-1/2 c. chips and condensed milk in small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. (You can melt the mixture in the microwave on medium heat,(50% power), stirring often, until melted). Stir in vanilla. Carefully spread over hot crust. Stir nuts and rest of chips into remaining crumbs; sprinkle over chocolate filling. Bake at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes or until center is set.  Cool in pan on wire rack until cold.  Makes 2-1/2 dozen bars.

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BUTTER CREAM BARS
1-1/2 c. flour
1/2 t, salt, divided
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 egg
1 c. sour cream
1 T. sugar
1 t. each, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon
1/3 c. chopped walnuts

In large mixer bowl, combine flour 1/4 t. salt, brown sugar and butter. Blend with mixer on low speed until particles are fine crumbs (don’t beat too long or it will become a clump). Press half in a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. In small mixer bowl, combine 1/4 t. salt and remaining ingredients except cinnamon and nuts. Blend well.
Spread over partially baked crumb crust. Mix cinnamon and nuts with rest of crumbs; sprinkle over filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool; cut into bars.  Makes 16 bars.

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PECAN PIE BARS
2 c. flour
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. cold butter
1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1 – 6 oz. pkg. almond brickle chips
1 c. chopped pecans

In medium mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until  mixture resembles coarse corn meal.  Press firmly on bottom of 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl, beat condensed milk, egg and vanilla. Stir in chips and pecans.  Spread evenly over prepared crust.  Bake at 350 degrees (325 degrees if using a glass dish) for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Chill thoroughly.  Store covered in fridge.  Makes 36 bars.

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This recipe is a must to add to your bar recipes.

FAVORITE LEMON BARS
2 c. flour
2/3 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter, softened
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/3 c. lemon juice
2- 3 T. powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, powdered sugar and butter; beat on slow speed until crumbly. Press in  ungreased 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Meanwhile, in medium bowl beat eggs, 1/4 c. flour, baking powder and lemon juice until well mixed. Pour over hot crust.  Bake 20 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Makes about 48 – 1-1/2 inch squares.

Thought for the Day: To you who are graduating this year whether it0 be from high school, college or other learning institutions, good job! May the road you travel be paved with all the good things you experience on your way to whatever you plan to do.  Plans may change but hang in there.  Better things will come by the grace of God and hard work on your part.  Congratulations graduates! 



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