Category Archives: Bars & Squares

S'more Bars {vegan}

S’more Bars

Awe, did you know that August 10th is National S’mores Day? Who even knew there was such a glorious day? And I missed it… Oh well, better late to the party than not at all. Am I right? :-)
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Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Blondies

During a recent conversation, I was surprised to learn that not everyone knows what Blondies are… I mean, Clafoutis, Lamington, Coyotas, or Mooncake I understand. But Blondies???… This led me to question if perhaps I know a little too much about desserts. But I digress… Naturally, I seized the opportunity to give (what I’m sure was) a riveting lecture on the topic of Blondies, and even baked up a tasty subject for them to “study” :-)

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Granola Bars

Granola Bars

I’ve been meaning to make my own  granola bars for a while, but some how they kept getting pushed to the side, to make way for cookies and cupcakes… You know how it is :-)… Recently, I made a big batch of Cranberry-Pumpkin Seed Granola and knew it would make fantastic bars. That convinced me, it was time to let granola bars take centre stage.

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Maple Walnut Squares

Maple Walnut Squares

Happy Birthday Canada!

This weekend (July 1st, to be precise), communities across our nation will be celebrating Canada Day. There will be parades, and festivals, and fireworks galore! Not to mention all the smaller, private parties put on by families and neighbours… I’ve always considered it the kick off to summer, myself.

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Maple Rice Crispy Squares

Maple Rice Crispy Squares

Flipping through Pinterest, I noticed several pictures of Oreo Rice Crispy Squares. They looked so delicious I couldn’t get them out of my head. I found myself daydreaming about not only Oreo, but other variations of rice crispy treats… The idea of maple came to me while I was passing the cookie isle in the grocery store. I spotted Mr. Christie’s Maple Leaf Cookies and a light bulb came on!

 

Maple Rice Crispy Squares

 

Extra thick, rice crispy squares, containing maple syrup and maple cream cookies! I don’t know if it’s a Canadian thing, but I found this combination to be pure heaven! The cookies added not only a yummy flavour, but also textural interest. If you’re a fan of the original, marshmallow treats, then I’m sure you’ll love this dressed up version too.

I hope that maple cream sandwich cookies are not available only in Canada. But if you can’t find any (watch out for dairy, some brands contain it), then substitute a golden vanilla cream cookie, such as Country Choice (though obviously the final flavour will be a little different).

Please keep in mind… Don’t substitute “pancake” or “table” syrup for the real stuff… Don’t exclude the maple extract, it’s important for obtaining a good maple flavour without watering down the marshmallow concoction with syrup… Do be patient when melting the marshmallows. As tempting as it might be to turn up the heat and melt them quicker, this tends to make the marshmallows harden, making it not only more difficult to stir the cereal into the mixture, but results in an overall harder texture when the squares have cooled… And finally, I know this makes a big batch. If you want a little less temptation, half the ingredients and press into an 8 x 8 inch pan instead.

 

Maple Rice Crispy Squares

 

 

Maple Rice Crispy Squares

8 cups Crisp Rice Cereal

30 Maple Cream Cookies, broken into various sizes (I used Mr. Christie’s Maple Leaf)

6 tbsp Margarine

20 oz Marshmallows (I used 2 bags of Dandies)

2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

2 tsp Maple Extract

Sprinkles (optional)

 

Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Set aside.

Toss the cereal and cookie bit together until combined. Set aside.

Melt the margarine over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in the syrup and extract. Remove from heat.

Add the cereal mixture and stir until well coated.

Press mixture, firmly and evenly into pan… I like to cover the surface with plastic wrap and use a smaller baking pan to press the mixture down.

Decorate surface with sprinkles, if using.

Allow to cool completely before cutting.