Amazing Cake Mix Biscotti To Try Right Now!

Amazing Cake Mix Biscotti To Try Right Now!

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Mark and I just returned from a glorious 14 day vacation to Italy.  It truly was the trip of a lifetime.  Florence, Rome, Tuscany with so many wonderful places in between!  One of the highlights of the trip?  An outdoor concert featuring Andrea Bocelli in his home town of Lajotica.  The concert was really outdoors in a huge field, but the sound, underneath the stars, in Italy?  Well I’m sure you get the idea.

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Another highlight of our trip was Cantucci Toscani – Italian Almond Biscotti!  We developed a real passion for these delicious little cookies.  Ok, it was close to obsession.  By the time we were ready to leave our last location, the beautiful Castello del Nero in Tavernelle val di Pesa – we were hooked!  They were bringing us two bowls at a time. 🙂

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I was determined I would have to learn to make biscotti when we returned home.  By the way, if you ever want to visit the most romantic and luxurious hotel spa in Tuscany, the Castello del Nero is it!  We would go back in a heartbeat!  An amazing facility, excellent staff and customer service and well the food makes you think you are in Heaven.  Yes, it’s that good.

cake mix italian almond biscotti, biscotti cookies, biscotti biscuits, almond biscotti cookies, cantuccini biscuitsI found several recipes for our Cake Mix Biscotti, including  one from Eataly.  But I haven’t made it yet.

Pie Lady Bakes is all about easy dessert recipes, and while whipping up the biscotti dough takes relatively little time, I wanted to see what would happen when I used a cake mix for the base of our Cake Mix Biscotti!

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How Do You Make Cake Mix Biscotti?
A yellow cake mix, plus delicious raw unsalted almonds, butter and vanilla.  Save a little time, enjoy the convenience of a cake mix and still have that exquisite crunchy vanilla flavour. And voila! Cake Mix Biscotti was born.
Delizioso!

Mixing up the ingredients, I found the dough to be a bit sticky.  I made sure my board and hands were well floured!  But these amazing Cake Mix Biscotti baked up like a dream, and my family raved about them at a recent Brunch we had together.  And they all went home with little bags of biscotti!  Of course I kept a few back for us!  So here is my Cake Mix Biscotti recipe just for you.  And if you don’t have time to print out the recipe right now, why not Pin It for later?

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biscotti slices on green plate
Quick Cake Mix Biscotti
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
You won't believe this amazing Italian Almond Biscotti recipe is from a cake mix! An easy dessert recipe, and oh those rave reviews!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 36 pieces
Calories: 65 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 18 oz Yellow Cake Mix 18 oz/432 gYellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almonds whole, raw
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl. Stir in sifted all purpose flour.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, margarine and vanilla extract.
  4. With an electric beater mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until the dough does not stick to the sides of the mixing bowl. It will look and feel like play dough!
  5. On a lightly floured board, divide dough into two halves.
  6. Roll each half into a log about 1" in diameter.
  7. Roll each log gently to the edge of the board and then continue rolling it onto a lightly sprayed 11” x 15” baking sheet.
  8. Flatten the top of each cookie log until it is about 3" wide.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove baking sheet from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
  11. Reduce oven temperature to 325 and do not turn off.
  12. Gently slide one cookie log onto the board that you rolled out the dough on.
  13. Using a serrated knife or better still an electric carving knife, slice each log across the width into 3/4" slices.
  14. Place cookies cut side down back onto the baking sheet and return them to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  15. Remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  16. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The crispy and hard crunch of a biscotti comes from double baking. In this recipe 20 minutes, slice and then bake another 10 minutes. These are so easy to make!

Nutrition Facts
Quick Cake Mix Biscotti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 38mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Raspberry Pie Dream Bars | Dreamy

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars | Dreamy

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars.

My new favourite.

Delicious and dreamy confection of raspberry jam, shortbread cookie base, and nutty cookie top.

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Every holiday Mom made the traditional favourites,  Hello Dolly’s, Honey Tarts and …….

Raspberry Dream Bars. There are some great recipes out there, I like this one from Now You’re Cooking. 

Sweet and crunchy, the raspberry filling in these Raspberry Pie Dream Bars gives a burst of red Christmassy sweetness in every bite.

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars. A classic 13 X 9 pan recipe with a twist. You will love how easy these pie bars are to make with just a few ingredients!

The classic recipe cookie bar base is a combination of sweet pastry and a bit of shortbread I think.   I was feeling adventurous today and decided to make a shortbread cookie base.  What do you think?

And the topping?

A rich and dreamy blend of coconut, walnuts and sugar.  Oh and jam.  Yummy raspberry jam.  You will need a Wilton 13 X 9 pan to make this recipe.  I’ve linked this one at Amazon from Wilton.  I like it  because it’s inexpensive and also it has a plastic cover.

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars. A classic 13 X 9 pan recipe with a twist. You will love how easy these pie bars are to make with just a few ingredients!

Ingredients:
BASE
2 c. soft butter
1 1/4 c. sugar
4 c. flour
FILLING
2/3 c. to 3/4 cup raspberry  jam*
TOPPING
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 c. flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 eggs
1 tsp. sugar
Line your pan with parchment paper or tin foil.  If using tin foil, make sure you grease it with butter or shortening.
Make the cookie base and press it into the bottom of the pan.
Spread your favourite raspberry jam on top.  But make sure it isn’t too thick, or the bars won’t set.
In a medium sized bowl, mix up the topping ingredients and spread evenly over the jam carefully, and keep the layers separate as much as you can.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes depending on your oven.
Let the bars cool before taking them out of the pan.
Dreamy.

A Classic dessert, with a shortbread cookie base, smothered in real raspberry jam and covered with a sweet cookie top

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Sweet and crunchy, the raspberry filling in these Raspberry Pie Dream Bars gives a burst of red raspberry sweetness in every bite.
Raspberry Pie Dream Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

A Delicious Classic Dessert that combines a shortbread cookie base, sweet raspberry filling and a crunchy, nutty topping.  Makes 24 squares. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 24
Calories: 506 kcal
Ingredients
BASE
  • 2 c. butter softened
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 4 c. flour
FILLING
  • 3/4 c. jam raspberry
TOPPING
  • 1/4 c. butter melted
  • 1 1/2 c. flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Line your pan with parchment paper or tin foil.  If using tin foil, make sure you grease it with butter or shortening.

     


  2. Make the cookie base and press it into the bottom of the pan.


  3. Spread your favourite raspberry jam on top. But make sure it isn't too thick, or the bars won't set.


  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix up the topping ingredients and spread evenly over the jam carefully, and keep the layers separate as much as you can.


  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes depending on your oven.

    Let the bars cool before taking them out of the pan.

    Dreamy.

Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Pie Dream Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 159mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 17g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 11.5%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 14.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars. A classic 13 X 9 pan recipe with a twist. You will love how easy these pie bars are to make with just a few ingredients!

 

A Skillet Cookie, Kindness and the Mystery of Nutella

A Skillet Cookie, Kindness and the Mystery of Nutella

A Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie stuffed with Nutella?  Heck yeah!

I’m all about any kind of chocolate chip cookie and these cookie recipes are really popular right now and why not?  What an awesome idea, a huge chocolate chip cookie, smothered in ice cream and every kind of chocolate sauce and butterscotch sauce – heavenly right?

The first time I made this recipe was last March – we had a family dinner, so it was a good time to try it out.

What an awesome idea, a huge chocolate chip cookie, stuffed with nutella, smothered in ice cream and every kind of chocolate sauce and butterscotch sauce – heavenly right?  Think soft baked chocolate chip cookie dough pie!

The kids and my husband loved it – and the recipe was easy enough – you just mixed everything in a cast iron skillet and then popped it in the oven.  I thought the cookie was kind of dry so decided I would try again.

spreading nutella over a first layer of chocolate chip cookie dough

In my research I found lots of cookie recipes, so I decided that I would use a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe I had with just one little modification.

The Mystery of Nutella

The modification?  Yep you guessed it.  I decided that I was probably the only food blogger in the world – well maybe North America – who wasn’t making recipes with Nutella in them.  Not by choice you understand, I just didn’t get what all the fuss was about.  But youcanliverichonless.com is not about me!  It’s about what my readers – YOU – want to see!

chocolate chip skillet cookie stuffed with nutella ready for the oven

 

So I stuffed my cookie with a huge scoop of Nutella – come to think of it probably two scoops.  OMG!  I think you are really gonna love this recipe!

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I had to bake the cookie a little longer – another 10 minutes.  Once it cooled a bit I added some ice cream – do you have Moose Tracks ice cream where you live?  It’s so awesome full of peanut butter cups and other good stuff.

Then I drenched the skillet cookie with my special Salted Caramel Sauce.  The combination of chocolate chip cookie, chocolate, ice cream, hazelnut chocolate and salted caramel – well the result is kinda perfect if you ask me.

homemade chocolate chip skillet cookie fresh from the oven, slice waiting on parchment paper

So I now understand why people are so passionate about Nutella!!

homemade chocolate chip skillet cookie overhead shot, topped with ice cream and slice top left

The Kindness Part?

You may be wondering:

What does kindness have to do with a skillet cookie?

Let me tell you…

Kindness has been on my mind more than usual  this week.

Some call it ‘pay it forward’, or ‘lightening someone’s load’, that kind of thing.  We’ve had unusually hot and humid weather in Toronto, Canada and it is really wearing folks down.  And then there is the daily news – crisis after crisis.

So when I saw someone give a cold bottle of water to a homeless person on my way to work, I reacted in kind and gave some money to the next homeless person I encountered.  I’ve done this before to be sure, but not with as much thought.

And in a world where the news feeds are often filled with fear and hate these days, I remembered a post one of my friends shared with me on Facebook – well me and probably several thousand of her other friends.

It was about a man who was sitting in McDonald’s watching a young woman with her little boy.  She was feeding him his Happy Meal and she looked really hungry.  So the man anonymously ordered her lunch.  I’m sure you’ve seen it but if you haven’t here is a link….  the part that resonated with me was – “Life is hard. Always be willing to make someones life a little easier. Little things make a big impact.” There it was.

I carried that feeling closely with me all week and I really wanted to share it.  I hope it lightens your day too and that this chocolate chip cookie sweetens it!

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An amazing recipe that takes a chocolate chip skillet cookie, stuffs it with Nutella, slathers on Moose Tracks ice cream, & drowns it Salted Caramel Sauce. This Skillet Cookie will make every chocolate chip cookie lover swoon!
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie stuffed with Nutella
A delicious chocolate chip skillet cookie, stuffed with Nutella
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 granulated white sugar
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose white flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or dark if you prefer
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 10 " cast iron skillet
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
  2. Mix the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla together
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients - just like preparing regular cookie batter
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Place half the batter into the bottom of skillet and press it in evenly
  6. Spread the nutella over top using a greased spatula (makes it easier)
  7. Place the remaining half of the cookie batter on top - I greased my very clean hands and just pressed it all in evenly around the edges!
  8. Bake at 350F/180C for 40 to 50 minutes - set the timer for 40 minutes - you can always add extra time.
Recipe Notes

Serve with your favorite ice cream - I used Moose Tracks and add lots and lots of my Salted Caramel Sauce!!

Have you tried a Skillet Cookie yet?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it!

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The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe – the Perfect No-Bake Chocolate Pie!

The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe – the Perfect No-Bake Chocolate Pie!

This Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe is the perfect no bake chocolate pie that looks gorgeous, tastes amazing and you can make ahead of time to keep in the fridge or freeze!  

How perfect is that?

This Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, you can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

Some of my favorite Nanaimo Bar recipes include Anna Olson’s on Food Network Canada, and the City of Nanaimo, British Columbia has a great recipe too!

Where do Nanaimo Bars come from? Well, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada in about 1953 and we’ve been in love with them ever since.  

Mom’s recipe card actually says Chocolate Squares, and that makes sense because that was the original name for Nanaimo Bars!

This Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, you can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

 

This delicious concoction of chocolate, coconut, walnuts and butter cream is often served up in Diners and Coffee Shops everywhere to enjoy with that special latte.

Potlucks are another popular event where my Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe will make an appearance!

 

And let’s not forget Starbucks, where you can get your Nanaimo bar fix with your favorite cup of Joe.

Starbucks Nanaimo Bar ingredients are good, but they have all of those nasty preservatives in them, like sulfites, which are a big NO NO for many people including me!

This Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, you can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

This recipe was given to my Mom by the organist at our Church.  We loved them so much and would beg Mom to make them.

We didn’t know they were called Nanaimo Bars back then, so we just called them ‘Miss Hume Squares’ cause that was her name!  Crazy, right?

 

To this day I just can’t resist one, and they are often included on the dessert tray at meetings and conferences.  

They are often cut into really large squares, and really, you only need a small piece to enjoy that amazing sweetness.

This Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, you can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

And you don’t bite into a Nanaimo bar, you put the whole thing in your mouth and bite down!  All of that crunchy base and creamy custard and chocolate topping just kind of explode inside, with a nice little sugar rush to boot!

This recipe doesn’t use custard powder, but everything else is the same, including cocoa, graham cracker crumbs, coconut and confectioner’s sugar.  

I like how you make the recipe in layers, the bottom layer includes all the crunchy chocolate-y goodness, and includes rolled oats, graham crackers, walnuts and coconuts.

 The custard filling layer is full of sweet butter and confectioners sugar and then there’s that delicious layer of dark melted chocolate!

This Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, made into the shape of a pie! You can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

This is also a great recipe that is very easy to convert to vegan or gluten free nanaimo bars!

Just thinking about biting into that chocolate glaze, and creamy butter frosting, well my mouth is watering!

The classic Nanaimo Bar recipe has a creamy yellow custard filling, but the mint green fillings are very popular too, especially during the holidays, like Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day! Just a few drops of green food colouring and you’re all set.

I love the ease of cookie bar recipes too, but this time I wanted to make a very fancy dessert, so I used a pyrex pie plate instead of a baking pan.  

And when I was finished, I topped the nanaimo bars with some delicious dark and white chocolate buttons!

This Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, made into the shape of a pie! You can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

We’re having some of our family over for brunch tomorrow, and I always make something sweet for the gang, it’s kind of expected!   

So I’m serving this Ultimate Nanaimo Bar recipe as an elegant chocolate pie, and just in time for National Pie Day on January 23rd!

I’m so excited to bake this with you, so let’s get out all of the ingredients you will need, and your baking equipment.  If you aren’t sure about what baking equipment you might need, please check out my post How To Set Up A Baker’s Pantry.  

You will love it and there’s a great printable checklist inside just for you!

This Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, made into the shape of a pie! You can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

What you Need for your Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe:

 

Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup butter
2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup walnuts

 

Custard Filling:

3 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 cups icing sugar
2 – 2 1/2 tbsp whole milk

 

Chocolate Topping:
2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
1 tbsp butter

 

Let’s Make It!

  Bottom Layer:


  1. Butter or Grease a 9″ pie plate
    2. Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over hot water
    3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla, egg, rolled oats, coconut and walnuts
  2. Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes, until it’s ok for you to touch it
    4. Butter your fingers and press the mixture into a 9″ greased pie plate
    5. Cover and put it in the refrigerator while mixing the next two steps.

Custard Filling:

  1. Mix softened butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy
    2. Blend in icing sugar alternatively with the cream until everything is blended and the icing is very smooth and
    spreading consistency.
    3. Chill the custard while getting the Chocolate Topping ready.

Chocolate Topping:

  1. Melt semi-sweet chocolate and butter, stir until smooth

Putting it all together

  1. Spread the custard evenly over the bottom layer mixture.
    2. Smooth with a spatula
    3. Spread the Chocolate Topping over the Icing.
    4. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve (at least 2 hours)

When you are ready to serve your Nanaimo Bar Pie, I would suggest you make the slices very small, because it is incredibly sweet!

 

Now wasn’t that an easy recipe to make?  I really enjoyed baking this ultimate sweet treat with you, and look forward to spending more time together here on the blog!

 

I would love to hear about your Nanaimo Bars so please let me know in the comments, rate the recipe if you like, and send me a picture!  

 

I’m sure your friends will ask you for the recipe when you serve these amazing bars to them, so make sure you pin it for later!

 

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This Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, you can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!
Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe | The Ultimate Chocolate Pie!
Prep Time
30 mins
Chilling
2 hrs
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Servings: 10
Calories: 467 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Base Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted
  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
Icing
  • 3 tbsp butter softened, unsalted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or mint extract!
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups icing sugar sifted
  • 2 - 2 1/2 tbsp whole milk warm
Topping
  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
Instructions
Base Instructions
  1. Butter or Grease a 9" pie plate
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over hot water
  3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla, egg, rolled oats, coconut and walnuts
  4. Press mixture into a 9" greased pie plate
  5. Cover and chill while mixing the next step.
Icing
  1. Mix softened butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy
  2. Blend in icing sugar alternatively with the cream until everything is blended and the icing is very smooth and spreading consistency.
  3. Chill the frosting while getting the Topping ready.
Topping
  1. Melt semi-sweet chocolate and butter, stir until smooth
Putting it all together
  1. Spread the Icing evenly over the Base Mixture.
  2. Smooth with a spatula
  3. Spread the Topping over the Icing.
  4. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve (at least 2 hours)
Nutrition Facts
Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe | The Ultimate Chocolate Pie!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 467 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Potassium 193mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 35g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe is a Canadian Classic, that you make in layers. a No Bake recipe, you can make it ahead of time and even freeze it. You won't be able to resist these amazing treats. I know I can't!

 

This is the Best Homemade Date Squares Recipe | Delicious Vegan Treat!

This is the Best Homemade Date Squares Recipe | Delicious Vegan Treat!

This homemade date squares recipe is a vegan dessert packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy & crumbly topping is a long standing family favorite. One of these these yummy Date Squares warm from the oven & a glass of milk makes a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy & freezes well too!

You know those amazing Date Squares they have at your local Second Cup coffee shop?  The really huge ones, that are so melt in your mouth delicious!

Well what if I were to tell you that you could make these delicious little sugar bombs yourself, and very easily too?
And that they were jam packed with healthy ingredients, like dates? AND…

Homemade Date Squares are already Vegan, and so easy to convert to Gluten-Free!

All of that buttery date filling sandwiched between delicious brown sugar, flour and more butter!

Would you be interested?  I thought so!

So in this post I share my Grandmother’s famous Homemade Date Squares Recipe, that’s been in our family for several generations.  And I’ve made a short video to help you put it all together too!

 

This homemade date squares recipe is a vegan dessert packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy & crumbly topping is a long standing family favorite. One of these these yummy Date Squares warm from the oven & a glass of milk makes a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy & freezes well too!

 

This Homemade Date Squares Recipe is even better than the ones you see in your favorite coffee store.  Just sayin.

Biting into a freshly baked Date Square can be a bit tricky.  That delicious crumbly topping full of buttery brown sugar goodness will crumble all over you, if you aren’t careful.

But that really does take second place to the creamy date filling that swirls around in your mouth with the yummy cookie base and topping.

Date Squares are definitely a triple layer of awesome goodness!  They are also known as Newfoundland Date Crumbles and there a number of different recipes out there.

This homemade date squares recipe is a vegan dessert packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy & crumbly topping is a long standing family favorite. One of these these yummy Date Squares warm from the oven & a glass of milk makes a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy & freezes well too!

A well-known Canadian treat – wiki says Date squares are also known as Matrimonial Cake!

While there are lots of recipes out there – I like the one from Robin Hood – Ooey Gooey Date Squares.

But in my humble opinion, the very best homemade date squares recipe I’ve ever eaten comes from the one I’m about to share with you and that was created by my Grandma Snider.

This homemade date squares recipe is a vegan dessert packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy & crumbly topping is a long standing family favorite. One of these these yummy Date Squares warm from the oven & a glass of milk makes a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy & freezes well too!

 

I’ve featured some of her recipes before, she was an amazing cook and baker!   This easy date square recipe will quickly become a family favorite.

Here are some of her other recipes you can find on the blog:

 

What you need:

This recipe uses a 9 X 9 baking pan, but if you double the recipe it’s perfect for a 13 X 9 baking pan and that means freezing some for yummy treats later!

Crumb Mixture:

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • Pinch salt and baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup shortening

Filling:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of baking soda

How to Make it:

Preheat oven to 350F

Base and Topping:
1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients together well, making sure the shortening (or butter) is blended.  Then split the crumb mixture in half – one part
for the bottom in a well greased plan, and one part for the top of the squares.

I line the pan with aluminum foil and then grease it.

Filling:
1. Combine the filling ingredients in a medium saucepan and stirring often, bring to a boil, and then cook over low heat until thick. Cool
before spreading.

Make the Date Squares:
1. Press one half of the crumb mixture in the bottom of a 9 X 9 square pan, that you have lined with aluminum foil
2. Spread the Date mixture evenly
3. Top with the remaining crumb mixture
4. Bake at 350F 35 – 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
5. Cool and cut into squares right away.
6. Store in an air tight container.
7. These Date squares freeze really well!
8. Enjoy.

 

 


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Homemade Date Squares Recipe | Grandma’s Favorites
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
This homemade date squares recipe is a vegan dessert packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy & crumbly topping is a long standing family favorite. One of these these yummy Date Squares warm from the oven & a glass of milk makes a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy & freezes well too!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 12 squares
Calories: 263 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Base and Topping:
  • 2 cups oatmeal fine (not instant)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup shortening or butter if you prefer
Filling
  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch baking soda
Instructions
Base and Topping:
  1. Blend all ingredients together well, making sure the shortening is blended and split the mixture in half – one part for the bottom in a well greased plan, and one part for the top of the squares.
Filling:
  1. Combine the filling ingredients in a medium saucepan and stirring often, cook over low heat until thick. Cool before spreading.
Make the Date Squares
  1. Press one half of the dry mixture in the bottom of a 9 X 9 square pan, that you have lined with aluminum foil

  2. Spread the Date mixture evenly
  3. Top with the rest of the Dry mixture
  4. Bake at 350F 35 - 45 minutes or until top is nicely golden.

  5. Cool and cut into squares right away.
  6. Store in an air tight container.
  7. These Date squares freeze really well!
  8. Enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Date Squares Recipe | Grandma’s Favorites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Potassium 191mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This homemade date squares recipe is a vegan dessert packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy & crumbly topping is a long standing family favorite. One of these these yummy Date Squares warm from the oven & a glass of milk makes a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy & freezes well too!

 

Easy Rugelach Recipe | How to Make Delicious Rugelach Cookies

Easy Rugelach Recipe | How to Make Delicious Rugelach Cookies

plate of Rugelach Cookies with Christmas Trees and dreidel ornament in background

Easy Rugelach Recipe

So here we are on the last night of Hannukah and in a few days celebrate Christmas.  We celebrate both holidays in our family and I feel so blessed to be able to do so.  Some years the calendar determines that Hannukah falls right in the middle of Christmas and that’s just fine with us!

Plate full of Rugelach Cookies, sprinkled with powdered sugar, christmas tree in background

 

However even though Mark and I have been married 9 years (where does the time go?) this is the first year I’ve made Rugelach to have at Hannukah.

Had I known they were so easy to make, and had this easy rugelach recipe to use, they would have made a regular appearance!

And while these sweet morsels of goodness are typically served to celebrate during the eight days of Hannukah, I plan to bake a batch for Christmas, since I think they are the perfect Winter Cookie, and go really well with a big mug of hot chocolate.  Know what I mean? 🙂

There are lots of different rugelach fillings.  I chose a traditional filling of apricot jam, walnuts, cinnamon and cocoa.  For my next batch I’m going to use mini chocolate chips!  The possibilities include just about any type of preserves or jam that you love, plus cinnamon and of course chocolate.  Yum! Yum!

 


 

  • Can Rugelach be frozen after baking? You sure can!  There are two ways to freeze Rugelach.  You can freeze the discs of pastry dough before you make it into cookies, or you can freeze the baked cookie (much easier I think!) Both for about three months.