Pillsbury Caramel Apple Bars

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I’m pretty sure that every baker adores the holiday season. Why? Well, brands start introducing new flavors and products to bake with! I, for one, can’t resist going through the baking aisle every time I go grocery shopping just to make sure that I didn’t miss any of the new items that came out.

Pillsbury has plenty of fall inspired box mixes and frosting for me to play with. For these caramel apple bars, I used the Caramel Apple Premium Cake Mix and Caramel Apple frosting. I also took the sprinkles from the orange Funfetti frosting to make it a little more festive.

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I can’t get enough of those little star sprinkles. Aren’t they darling? The colors would be great for a boy’s baby shower! Everyone that I know is having a girl at the moment, so I’ll have to keep that in mind for the next time someone announces they’re having a boy.

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With Pillsbury’s products, it’s extremely easy to mix and match. I could have used their cream cheese frosting instead of their caramel apple frosting to tame down the sweet flavor. Actually, I think that flavor would have been better than caramel apple on caramel apple. I’d use the caramel apple frosting on Funfetti cake and call it a day. Oh, the possibilities!

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This is a very low maintenance recipe. There’s no piping or extra tools needed. You can mix everything in one bowl. Bars are much easier than cupcakes, but they still look just as pretty.

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I was surprised by how fast these baked. I baked mine for 17 minutes, but that was already too much. I’d check them at 12 minutes the next time I make it.

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You can find other great ideas from Pillsbury on their Facebook and Pinterest pages. On their Facebook page, you can even participate in their “We Bake It, You Name It” program!

Pillsbury Caramel Apple Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Cake Mix minus 1 cup of cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Frosting
  • sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. Mix together the cake mix, eggs, and oil until just combined. Evenly spread the batter in the prepared pan. It will be very thin!
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean (I did 17 and that was too much).
  4. Remove and let it completely cool before spreading the frosting on top. Decorate with sprinkles.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/pillsbury-caramel-apple-bars.html

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars and a Giveaway!

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Did I have you attention at “cinnamon chip?” Or was it “snickerdoodle?” Perhaps “cookie bars?” Maybe you’re here for the giveaway. Either way, I’ve got your attention.

I found a bag of cinnamon chips at Target (where else?) and picked them up. They’ve been sitting in my pantry for a couple of months before I stumbled across them again while looking for something to bake with. It was fate.

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Cinnamon chips are way better than butterscotch chips. They look exactly the same with their color and texture, but butterscotch chips are kind of… meh to me. I do love See’s Candies butterscotch lollipops, though.

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Anyways, these bars are chock full of cinnamon and resemble a thick snickerdoodle. They’re a lot more rich, so you can’t eat as many of these as you could with cookies.

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These bars are also a lot sweeter than your regular snickerdoodle, so be prepared for a good sugar kick for the day.

Recipe from Epicuricloud

Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups + 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 ounces cinnamon chips
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a rimmed half-sheet (17" x 12" x 1") baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  4. Gradually mix in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
  6. Spread in prepared pan and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.
  8. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 48 squares.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/04/cinnamon-chip-snickerdoodle-cookie-bars.html

Speaking of sugar, have you decided what you’re baking for Easter? It’s coming up in just over two weeks!

To help you out with your Easter baking, SweetWorks is hosting a giveaway on my blog for some wonderful themed Easter candies. One lucky winner will receive:

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That’s a whole lot of goods! They’re great for stuffing Easter eggs with and the kids will be so happy to open eggs filled with shimmery spring Sixlets. I’d be happy eating the foiled solid dark eggs by itself. You could even hide the semi-solid milk chocolate rabbit as the “golden ticket” for kids to find on their Easter egg hunt!

To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter below:
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Red Velvet Marshmallow Brownies

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Can we give a shout out to Target’s dollar section? They have such great finds for every holiday. For the upcoming Valentine’s Day, they have sprinkles in all sorts of pink and red. Have you seen them yet?

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I love that I can buy unique sprinkles without spending a ton on each. Let’s face it, I’m a bit indecisive and can never pick just one type of sprinkles. At Target, I can have them all!

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Nope, this isn’t an ad for Target (although I do adore tar-jay). It’s just the truth. Sprinkles for a dollar. Holler.

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These red velvet marshmallow brownies are great for showing some love on Valentine’s Day. They have lots of red, love, and of course, sprinkles.

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They’re also made from a box.. so anyone can make them! C’mon guys, you can totally make these for those lucky ladies in your life. It’ll save you a ton of money and you’ll get extra brownie points (pun intended) for making them yourself.

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They’re best served the same day, so by all means, eat away.

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Recipe from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Red Velvet Marshmallow Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz of mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Stir together the cake mix, butter, water and egg until a thick batter forms. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes, until puffy and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately top with marshmallows and sprinkles. Return back into the oven under the broiler on high, until the marshmallows slightly brown. Watch it very carefully! It happens faster than you know.
  4. Cool completely before cutting.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/02/red-velvet-marshmallow-brownies.html