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Lovely lime squares bring just enough zing

If you’re a fan of all things citrus, you’re going to love these tart little lime squares. Just 5 ingredients give you a bright and cheery dessert that goes great washed down with hot tea or ice cold milk. I could pretty much commit to only eating desserts that incorporate citrus. I crave that light, refreshing, tongue twisting flavor. These lime bars aren’t overly zingy, but they have just enough pizazz to make them memorable. If you need to cut down, a small dollop of fresh whipped cream always does the trick. Make a batch for Mom on Mother’s Day or serve them in the winter when you need a cheery pick-me-up. They’re good any time you can find fresh limes at the market. Lime Squares Serves 9-16 Ingredients, Crust 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 6 tbsp sugar 12 tbsp cold butter, cut in small chunks Ingredients, Lime filling 1/4 cup…

Lucky Charms Bars

Lucky Charms is probably one of those cereals you only spring for occasionally — like around St. Patrick’s Day when that devilish little leprechaun gets the best of your diet. But we must admit, the luck-themed sugary marshmallow shapes do add a fun flair to the holiday. This year, upgrade your classic Rice Krispie squares to these Lucky Charms bars. You basically just swap out the cereal in your favorite Rice Krispie recipe. Lucky Charms bars Makes 16 squares Ingredients 6 cups Lucky Charms 4 tbsp butter 1 (10-ounce) package of mini marshmallows Cooking spray Directions Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. (This will help you remove squares and cut them later.) On low heat, melt butter in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until everything is melted. Pour in cereal and fold until cereal is completely coated with melted marshmallow. Transfer cereal…

Holiday Ornament Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats might already be your go-to when you need a quick treat for a kid’s birthday party or snack for the class, but this holiday season, dress them up a bit for a brand new take on the old classic. They’ll look just as good in your kid’s lunchbox as they will on the buffet table at your holiday party. I made red and green Rice Krispie ornaments, but you could easily adapt to make them match the color scheme of your holiday decor — blues or purples. Leave some without food coloring for an all natural golden ornament look. I sprinkled in some golden sugar sprinkle for extra shine, but the photo doesn’t pick up on it well. Add sprinkles in the colors of your choice for extra customization.  I could even see them decorated with piped white chocolate for more fun and flavor. The Rolos were…

Mummy Rice Krispie Treats

Whether you are age two or 92, Rice Krispie squares are sure to bring smiles. This season, create a little spooky fun with the classic treat and add a white chocolate drizzle to turn them into yummy mummies. These easy-to-make treats would be cute individually wrapped for Halloween parties at school or even just as a surprise for your family or friends. Mummy Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal 1 10-ounce bag mini marshmallows 3 tbsp butter + 1 tsp for greasing pan and spatula 1 cup white chocolate candy melts Candy eyes Directions Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, leaving enough hanging over the sides so you can grab and pull out the treats later. Grease the parchment paper with butter to prevent sticking. Rub butter on spatula and set aside. In a large pot, slowly melt 3 tbsp butter — careful not to burn.…

Pumpkin whoopie pies make a perfect fall treat

I’m not sure if fall weather is here to stay, but my fall baking kick sure is! As soon as September hits I can’t stop searching for new ways to use apples, pumpkins and pears. And pretty much everything has a hefty dose of ground cloves and nutmeg. I just love fall desserts! Growing up in Pittsburgh, I wouldn’t have thought to call these sandwich cookies anything but “gobs.” If you’re unfamiliar, gobs are classically a chocolate cookie dessert with white icing at the center. You may also know them as whoopie pies if you live outside of Western Pennsylvania. No matter what you call them, they’re delicious. There are tons of inspired flavor variations now days. I’ve seen s’mores, red velvet, and chai snickerdoodle. There is even a whoopie pie festival in Hershey, Pa. every year. But of course, pumpkin baked goods are king of the season, so here…

Layered Pumpkin Delight Dessert Recipe

I’m not sure who first named this type of light and airy dessert “pumpkin delight,” but I’ll tell you, they definitely got it right. It’s absolutely delightful. The perfectly spiced pumpkin layer tastes like heaven sandwiched between smooth cream cheese, crushed pecans, and of course, whipped topping. It’s a little bit of fall in every bite. In fact, you could substitute this as your pie this year for Thanksgiving, and your crew would gobble it up just the same. I was getting together with neighbors for our first fall themed gathering, but the weather is still in the 90s, so traditional pumpkin pie just felt out of place. Pumpkin pie feels a little stuffy to me for casual gatherings anyway. Scooping this dessert with a knife and big spoon felt perfectly autumn potluck. Enjoy this delicious Pumpkin Delight recipe now and all the way through fall. Layered Pumpkin Delight Dessert Serves…

Strawberries and cream popsicles are a must for summer

If you haven’t hopped on the homemade popsicle wagon, you are missing out on a ton of tasty fun. For about $10 you can buy a decent popsicle mold, which will give you the freedom to explore delicious combinations, use up left over juice and smoothies, and allow you ultimate control over your sugar intake. When it comes to one of summer’s most loved treats — the popsicle — everyone wants one. It’s great to be able to give a guest or your child’s friend a delicious treat option even though they have dietary restrictions. For this recipe, I didn’t add any additional sweeteners like sugar or honey. I wanted to be able to feel good about these and not have to put them on the splurge side of my diet. The full fat milk makes it decadent enough for me, but feel free to add some sweeteners to your strawberry…

Star spangled ice cream sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches already scream summer, but with a little makeover, they can be the coolest Fourth of July treat at the table. Okay, this “recipe” is basically cheating. But if you want to add a little fun to your Fourth of July without any effort — literally, like zero effort — then you’ll love this simple trick. Buy a pack of ice cream sandwiches from the grocery store — or ice cream truck! I went for the mini sandwiches since there are always so many delicious treats at picnics. Smaller sizes mean you can sample more sweets. They also mean less mess, since they won’t have as much time to melt.  Pour some sprinkles in a bowl, and get rolling. Just like an ice cream cone with sprinkles, the extra taste and texture is delicious — and way more fun! Happy Fourth of July! Star spangled ice cream sandwiches Ingredients 1 dozen ice cream…

Krispy Kreme debuts new lemon doughnut for one week only

The folks at Krispy Kreme know how to keep customers coming back. People have loved the Original Glazed for decades, but it’s the string of new flavors like Nutter Butter, gingerbread and Reese’s Easter eggs that keep bringing new interest — all of which are only available for a limited time. America was asked to vote earlier this year, and after tallying more than 2 million entries, the Lemon Glazed Doughnut came out on top. The tangy treat will be available in stores for a full week, from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29. If you like the original, and you like lemon, you’ll likely love the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut. It might remind you of a lemon pound cake drizzled with icing, but in doughnut form. “There has been so much anticipation and zest for the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut, we can’t wait to share the joy with our…

15 holiday recipes to make with eggnog, beyond the glass

Make the holidays extra happy with these fun eggnog-inspired recipes. From oatmeal to fudge, you’ll love combining your favorite holiday flavors into these delicious sweet treats. Eggnog makes the perfect base flavor for cakes, pies, cookies, muffins and more, so celebrate the official ingredient of the season with one of these delicious desserts this year. See also molasses cookies with eggnog buttercream frosting.  1. Melt-in-your-mouth Eggnog cookies Your favorite eggnog in cookie form! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/246994360793667807/ 2. Eggnog Cranberry cheesecake Two holiday flavors unite to make Christmas miracles in the kitchen. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/371124825528219458/ 3. Eggnog Overnight Oats Make eggnog acceptable for breakfast. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645280149816/ 4. Eggnog bread You had me at “rum glaze.” https://www.pinterest.com/pin/567735096761687109/ 5. Eggnog Biscotti Perfect for dunking in your coffee… or in your eggnog. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/25755029099580353/ 6. Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars Butter bars packed with creamy eggnog flavor. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129056345552210786/ 7. Eggnog Rice pudding A decadent dessert option. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/176273772899388110/ 8. Eggnog Pancakes Light, fluffy and…