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Hello Dollys

I’m sure you’ve had these before but maybe you don’t know them by the name Hello Dollys. These are nothing more than seven-layer bars but my mom always called them Hello Dollys so I can’t call them anything else. There is nothing different here than your normal seven layer bars but they are a holiday favorite of mine and the only time of year I make these. It’s nothing more than layers of butter, graham crackers, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut baked until lightly browned. While I make these with the traditional ingredients, one thing I love is that you can mix it up with whatever suits your fancy. Don’t like butterscotch? Try peanut butter chips or white chocolate. Don’t like walnuts? Try almonds or pecans. These are decadent, rich, gooey little pieces of heaven so enjoy every bite.

The ingredients:

Melt butter in the oven and top with graham cracker crumbs.

Begin layering other ingredients: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut.

Bake in a 350ºF oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions:

  • Fat-free sweetened condensed milk (I have NO idea why!)

Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Allrecipes.com

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Banana Bread Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze

I love banana bread and I love scones so when I saw this recipe for Banana Bread Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze, I definitely had to try it. These quick bread treats have a subtle banana and cinnamon flavor and would be tasty with a cup of coffee or tea. The scones aren’t overly sweet and would be delicious with a little bit of butter and without the glaze, if you prefer. But, in my opinion, the brown sugar glaze provides a tasty sweetness that my sweet tooth is grateful for. The recipe says to use 2% or whole milk but I used skim milk and everything turned out fine. The walnuts are optional so leave them out if you like but they do give an added crunch. If you like banana bread and are willing to try something slightly different, consider these scones instead.

The ingredients:

Combine mashed bananas, milk, and yogurt in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife or fork.

Pour banana mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Fold in the walnuts.

Pour dough onto a piece of wax paper and shape into a disk. Top with another piece of wax paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

Carefully remove top layer of wax paper and replace with a piece of parchment paper. Invert a baking sheet and place on top of parchment. Flip the whole thing over so that dough is on the baking sheet lined with parchment. Remove other layer of wax paper and discard. Cut or score dough into eight pieces and bake in a 400°F oven for 25-30 minutes. While scones bake, combine butter and milk in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Add in brown sugar and vanilla, stirring until sugar has disolved.

Add powdered sugar and stir to desired thickness.

Drizzle glaze over scones just before serving.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions:

  • Fat-free milk
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt

Overall Rating: Like It

Source: the kithn

Sweet and Spicy Asian Nuts

A good alternative for a bowl of peanuts are these Sweet and Spicy Asian Nuts.  The sweet comes from dark brown sugar and the spicy comes from wasabi powder.  While I like this snack, I would have preferred a little bit more spice.  I expected the wasabi powder to give it the kind of heat you get from cayenne pepper but it’s not even close.  If you like your spice more on the mellow side, you will like these.  If you like it hotter like me, add more wasabi powder (or cayenne!).

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Coastal Living Magazine

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