Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, like most things in life, makes me think of Pine Cove.

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April 9: Foreground

I don’t know how the debate began, but by the end of my third summer working at Pine Cove, the summer staff were engaged in a serious, opinionated discussion about carrot cake.  I sided with the pro-carrot-cake side of the debate, led by the assistant work crew director.  But, the carrot cake haters also had a strong team.

I remember that the debate continued on GroupMe for several months after camp ended, but I don’t think we ever reached a consensus.

What do you think about carrot cake?  Yay or nay?

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Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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I wonder why some ice cream companies dye their mint ice cream green and other companies make white mint ice cream.  Personally, I don’t think the color affects the flavor–I love a few scoops of white mint ice cream from Breyer’s as much as I love a green mint Klondike bar.   This month, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make green mint chocolate chip cookie bars for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Chocolate Overload Cookie Bars

Chocolate Overload Cookie Bars

Do you buy discounted chocolate the day after Valentine’s day?  If so, the February cookie bar of the month is perfect for you!

Chocolate Overload Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 24 Hershey kisses

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5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

You should read past this recipe; the post includes a bit of a surprise.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • One 20-ounce can apple pie filling

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Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

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Do you know what happens when you look in your pantry and think, “What can I make with these ingredients that will look really pretty so that people will want to eat it at the potluck?”

You end up mixing M&Ms and crushed Oreos into cookie bars.  I must say, it was a success.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or applesauce
  • 1 cup mint chocolate M&Ms (I only used green and white candies)
  • 1 package mint chocolate Oreos

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
  • Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until well combined.
  • Fold M&Ms into batter.
  • Place 10 Oreos in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.  Fold crushed Oreos into batter.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.  Remove pan from oven and press remaining 20 Oreos into the top of the batter.
  • Return to oven and bake an additional 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cookie bars comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely before cutting into 20 rectangles.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Liz @ spadesspatulasandspoons.com and Deb @ Pantry Portfolio for Fiesta Friday.

Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies

Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies

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August 31 is National Trail Mix Day

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I’ll probably spend National Trail Mix Day (Friday) at work (like most of you, I assume).

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

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Unlike most single ladies, I don’t hate Valentines Day.  But I do not celebrate Valentine’s day.  I plan to spend February 14 like any other day.  I will go to work, complete assignments for grad school, and constantly make this face as I walk around campus:

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But I know that some of you have a less passive response to red heart balloons.

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