Easter Egg Brownie Bars

Easter Egg Brownie Bars – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy


• 2 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
• 1 ½ tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 ½ stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 ¾ cup golden brown sugar, packed
• 2 eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• ¾ cup whoppers, coarsely chopped
• ½ cup whoppers, to place on top

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray 9” x 9” pan with non-stick cooking spray.
3. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt and mix together.
4. Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer at medium speed until well combined.
5. Add eggs and vanilla and incorporate.
6. On low speed at the flour mixture until combined.
7. Fold in whoppers and then pour batter into baking pan.
8. Bake for 25-30 min. or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9. Let cool, cut and serve.

• If you prefer your cookies more chewy then under bake them by 2-5 minutes.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
As usual too sweet for me; but enjoyed by others. I like that bars give off that Easter feel. This was a mix of a brownie and a cookie and great for children and adults alike.

Christmas Cherry Pie Bars

Christmas Cherry Pie Bars - Candy Coated Culinista

Christmas Cherry Pie Bars – Candy Coated Culinista

This Christmas I wanted to go the unconventional route and make a different Christmas dessert for once. I wanted to make a pie but not in a typical pie form and of course not using pumpkin or sweet potatoes as the main ingredients. Here are my Christmas cherry pie bars.

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 55 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

• ½ cup butter, at room temperature
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• 2 eggs
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp baking powder
• 541 ml cherry pie filling

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray an 8” x 8” pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
3. Using your stand mixer on low speed, cream butter and sugar together for about 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, salt and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
5. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined.
6. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan and reserve half the dough for the topping.
7. Pour pie filling over the dough base.
8. Drop small pieces of the reserved dough over top of the cherry filling.
9. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Let cool.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I was a bit skeptical if the small pieces of dough would bake come together and not slide off the cherry pie filling; but it came together quite nicely. Its ooey and gooey and looks like cherry pie. I am posting this before I head out to Christmas dinner; so I have not received any reviews yet.

Dessert Diaries: Bake Shoppe| Wedding Cake Shoppe

Dessert Diaries: Bake Shoppe| Wedding Cake Shoppe

Dessert Diaries: Bake Shoppe| Wedding Cake Shoppe

Location: 859 College Street
Phone: 416-916-2253
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues – Fri : 12-8, Sat: 11-8 Sun: 12-6
Website: www.bakeshoppeto.com

On my way out for a night on the town I found myself walking through a new neighbourhood of Toronto I haven’t found myself in before-Dufferin Grove. Now I have driven past here before; but walking around is a whole different story. Of course I managed to find a unique bakery and me being me I had to make a quick pit stop.

When I entered the Bake Shoppe it was quiet but beautiful and inviting. There was this amazing garden wedding cake wall of cakes that was beautiful and attention grabbing. I checked out the baked selections and asked associate what she would recommend. I already knew what caught my eye; but sometimes I just like to know what others like to enjoy. Tonight I chose the homemade pop tart – a buttery pastry filled with Kitten & Bear blackberry jam; that is also sold by the jar for around $12. I kept looking around and I saw Hip Hop Sugar Cookies – I saw Biggie, TuPac Snoop and then Drake. It was a hard choice; but I will always default to a fellow Canadian first so Drake it was. I couldn’t help but sing “Hotline Bling” while I selected by cookie and laugh to myself. Both items go for around $3.50 and were a packaged well; so I knew they would last the night and not get damaged. The homemade pop tart has been on my to make list for a while and this one tasted amazing; the sweet and seedy blackberry jam complimented the soft and flaky quality of the pop tart. The sugar cookie looked so coolI didn’t even want to eat; but it was perfect. Other items on hand were homemade passion flakies, pecan squares, bourbon smore squares – toasted to order, brownies, bars, cookies, marshmallows, cakes, cupcakes, milkshakes and other and other drinks. When I’m in the area again I will be back to try other menu items.




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