Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Twix Bars

Once again I took these to a party and didn't get a picture... But, they were delish and gone before I could bring them home to get a picture at the end of the night!! I didn't even say what they were, we were in a darkened bar area where you couldn't see very well and people were still walking up to me saying "I love your bars... they taste like a twix!" That's just what I like to hear. They didn't have that crispy crunch of a Twix bar, but they still had that same delish caramel, chocolate taste! hmmmm... salivating a bit over here - I might need to make these again soon! :)

Twix Bars
(recipe found on pinterest via mykitchenescapades.com)

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups caramel squares (you will need to buy 2 bags)
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 and spray a 9×13 pan lightly with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, beat the butter until soft, then add the salt, vanilla and sugar. Beat until smooth. Add the flour and carefully combine. Press mixture evenly across the bottom of the pan and bake for about 35 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Set aside to cool completely. Melt caramel squares and cream in a medium microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Heat for 3 minutes on high, stopping to stir after each minute. Spread the melted caramel over the cooled crust and place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to allow the caramel to cool. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 2 minutes, stopping to stir after the first minute. Spread evenly over the cooled caramel and return the pan to the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tortellini Bake

Once again I was looking for a quick and easy meal that I could throw together without a lot of trouble. I had a bag of tortellini in my freezer that I have had for a bit and I wanted to use it up. So, I planned my meal around that and this recipe! :) It was tasty - a little too much on the pasta sauce, but as I have said before, I'm not a bit red sauce person. I know that my kids love it though, so I suck it up and try different recipes even if it includes pasta sauce!

Tortellini Bake
(Recipe found on pinterest)

1 bag (19 or 20 ounces) cheese filled tortellini
1 jar (15 ounces) alfredo sauce
1/2 jar pasta sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan

Combine tortellini, alfredo sauce and pasta sauce in large bowl. Stir to cover tortellini in sauces. Place in sprayed 9x9 baking dish and top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.