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Butterbeer Fudge Bake Along

This is one of my most popular offerings. Even those who aren’t fans of butterscotch or don’t typically enjoy fudge have found themselves happily nibbling away at one of these frothy-looking squares. The recipe has been on this site since 2018, but that doesn’t mean you’ve given it a go yet. Making fudge can be quite unnerving if you’re not used to making candy. The base gets quite hot and can easily burn you, you need to hit the right temperature in the softball stage range to get the consistency you want, you have to mix your ingredients so they’re smooth before they set, and then there’s the clean up which looks intimidating (just soak everything in hot water with a drop of dish soap).

If you’ve been holding off on trying this recipe for want of a push, here’s a slight nudge. Watch me cook up a batch and then bake along with me on your second watch! Come back and tell me how it went. How did the batch turn out? Did you end with more confidence than when you started? Are you going to make another batch now that you got all the nerves out in the first batch? What did you end up doing with all of that fudge?! (Pssst, fudge freezes really well, lasts a long time, and takes no time to thaw on a countertop.)

One thing to note: If you are gluten free, find butterscotch chips that are not Nestle. Nestle uses barley protein as part of their flavoring/coloring. This is not labeled on all of the bags. If you’re not concerned with gluten, then grab a bag and go to town.

Ready? Let’s do this!

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5 Layer Cookie Bar BakeAlong

Come do a baking experiment with me! In this video, we try making a five layer cookie bar we saw on Instagram from Fitwaffle Kitchen! This one is great for people who are a little nervous about baking as you can use pre-made ingredients and practice layering.

Ready to give it a try? Great! You’ll need a batch of cookie dough (made from scratch or bought premade) – can be sugar cookie, chocolate chip, or other , a jar of Nutella, a jar of Biscoff cookie butter, a baking pan, non-stick spray or parchment paper, and something to spread with (butter knife, spoon, rubber spatula, offset spatula). That’s it! At Casual Confections, there are very few fails, lots of accidental successes, and plenty of tasty tasty mistakes. Let’s do this!

5 Layer Cookie Bar – Fitwaffle Kitchen
1 batch of cookie dough
1 jar of Nutella
1 jar of Biscoff cookie butter

Preheat oven to 350ºF

Spray 8×8 baking pan with non-stick spray or cover with parchment paper. Press down enough cookie dough to cover the bottom of the pan. Spread a layer of Nutella over the top of the cookie layer. Press a second layer of cookie dough on top of the Nutella. Spread a layer of Biscoff cookie butter over the cookie dough. Then add the rest of the dough on top of the cookie butter. If it does not cover edge to edge, it is ok.

Bake for 30-40 mins on a middle rack. If your top layer is browning too fast, place a piece of foil loosely over the top. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan. Cooling may take a while as the bars are thick. Leave out to cool at room temperature or place in the fridge. Once cooled, run a knife or spatula around the edges to loosen it up. Flip bars onto a cutting board. Slice and serve.

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Bake-along: Paradise Pie for Pi Day 3.14

This is a fun, quick, and easy recipe and turns out a dessert in perfect portions for small to medium groups or individuals! For a shopping list of ingredients and tools, jump over to the previous post.

Paradise Pie (via KeyIngredient)

Crust:
3 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips

FILLING:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup crushed walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl (15 second increments). Mix together graham cracker crumbs and sugar, then add in melted butter. Combine well.

Put mixture into a one-quart casserole dish. Spread evenly. Press firmly into bottom of dish. Top evenly with chocolate chips.

Bake for 5 minutes, or until chocolate is melted. With rubber spatula, spread melted chocolate out smoothly. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add milk, oil, and vanilla and mix on low, until smooth. With mixer still on low, add chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts. When thoroughly mixed, pour filling over crust. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.

(Optional) Toppings:
Spoon 2 tablespoons butter on ovenproof plate and place in oven until butter melts. Remove plate from oven and place large piece of warm pie right on top of the melted butter. Top pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top with hot fudge & caramel toppings. Sprinkle with walnuts.