Diva Tasting: More Sweet Treat Week…

This Weeks Sweet Treats…x5

Applesauce Bars


¼ Cup Butter Or Margarine, Softened

Cup Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 Cup Applesauce

1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 ½ Cups Confectioners’ Sugar

3 Tablespoons Margarine, Melted

1 Tablespoon Milk

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Step 2 In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Step 3 Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool in the pan over a wire rack.

Step 4 In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar and margarine. Stir in vanilla and milk until smooth. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.

Monkey Bars


½ Cup Raisins

1 ½ Tablespoons Dark Rum

1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ Teaspoon Salt

¼ Cup Butter, Softened

¾ Cup Brown Sugar, Packed

½ Cup Mashed Ripe Banana

3 Tablespoons Low-Fat Buttermilk

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Egg Whites

Cup Chopped Walnuts

1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar


Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8×8 inch baking pan. Place the raisins and rum in a microwave-safe bowl. Place in the microwave and cook on High for 1 minute. Set aside until needed.

Step 2 Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the banana, buttermilk, vanilla, and egg whites until well blended. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in the raisin mixture and walnuts. Spread the batter into the prepared pan

Step 3 Bake in preheated oven until the top is golden, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pan 10 minutes before cutting into bars and transferring to a rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.

Lime Bars


2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

½ Cup Confectioners’ Sugar

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Butter

4 Eggs

Cup Lime Juice

¼ Cup All-Purpose Flour

2 Cups White Sugar

2 Teaspoons Grated Lime Peel, Or More To Taste (Optional)

½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Drop Green Food Coloring, Or As Desired (Optional)

1 ½ Cups Confectioners’ Sugar

1 Tablespoon Lime Juice

1 Teaspoon Grated Lime Peel (Optional)


Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12×15-inch baking dish.

Step 2 Mix 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and salt in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry cutter until crust mixture resembles crumbs. Pat crust evenly into bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Step 3 Bake crust in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Step 4 Whisk eggs, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup flour, white sugar, 2 teaspoons lime peel, baking powder, and food coloring in a bowl; pour over the crust.

Step 5 Return baking dish to oven; bake until filling is set, about 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly.

Step 6 Whisk 1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1 teaspoon grated lime peel to make a smooth glaze; spread evenly over cooled lime bars. Let glaze set before serving.

Graham Cracker Bars


2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cups flaked coconut

¼ cup margarine, melted

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

4 (1.55 ounce) bars milk chocolate candy


Step 1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and coconut. Pour in the condensed milk and melted margarine, mix until well blended. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

Step 3

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and let cool. Melt chocolate bars in a microwave or over a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the cooled bars, chill and cut into squares.

Pecan Pie Bars


3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup white sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup margarine

1 ½ cups light corn syrup

1 ½ cups white sugar

4 eggs

3 tablespoons margarine, melted

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

2 ½ cups chopped pecans


Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10×15-inch jellyroll pan.

Step 2 Combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in 1 cup of margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the prepared pan and press in firmly to make a crust.

Step 3 Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Step 4 Meanwhile, mix corn syrup, 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs, 3 tablespoons margarine, and vanilla together in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in chopped pecans; spread filling evenly over baked crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Step 5 Bake in the preheated oven until filling is set, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before slicing into bars.


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