Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Recipe Club: German Chocolate Bars

First off, a disclaimer: I try to keep my recipes around here low carb and sugar free...this is NOT one of those recipes.  Sorry fellow Trim Healthy Mamas.  If you're into rich, gooey, chocolatey desserts though, keep-a-readin'!  In my defense, this dish wasn't for me.  Nope, I was asked to take a cookie or bar to school for a Back to School luncheon for the teachers and decided to try something new.  Well, I NEVER take something new somewhere without experimenting with it first, so this was our practice run.  I don't mind sending a fattening, sugary dessert to teachers, because we all know calories and carbs don't count on in-service days, right teachers?  So, let's get started!

Did I mention I had a cute, little helper in the kitchen with me...


My Aunt Kathey bought me this handy, dandy little cookbook about fourteen years ago, and I have used it so many times.  If I ever need a semi-homemade dessert, this is my go-to book.  These recipes are so simply...well, even a toddler could do it!


You will need: A German Chocolate Cake Mix, 1 cup of Quick Oatmeal, 1 stick of Butter, 3 Eggs, 8 ounces of Cream Cheese. and 1 package of Coconut-Pecan Icing.  


With a fork, mix together the cake mix, oatmeal, butter (softened), and one egg, until crumbly.  


Keep mixing, girlfriend!


Set aside two cups of the mixture for later, and press the rest of the dough firmly into a 9x13 glass cake pan.  (Make sure to spray the cake pan with cooking spray first)


For the next layer, beat together softened cream cheese, and two eggs until smooth.  Then, mix frosting into cream cheese mixture.


Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottom layer.  


Next, take that extra oatmeal mixture and spread it over the cream cheese mixture.  


Then, pop it in a 350 degree oven...


NOOO!!!  Toddlers don't touch ovens!  Mommy pops it in the oven for 40-45 minutes.


Mommy, you are so silly!


I like the topping just a little brown, so I turned the broiler on for just a few minutes at the end, but be careful not to over cook it (aka burn it). 


A perfect little afternoon pick-me up to enjoy with a cup of coffee...or soy sauce.  You see, I was all set for this picture, but didn't feel like brewing a whole pot of coffee just for this one itty bitty picture, so I filled a coffee mug with soy sauce and pretended it was coffee.  I had you going for a minute, didn't I?  Don't worry, I didn't actually drink it, but I now have the perfect April Fool's Day joke ready for the hubby!


Jentry was so proud of her hard work!


  But, man, it was hard to pick just one...




Yum, this was worth that long 45 minute wait (well, plus the hour my mom took taking pictures of the dessert and soy sauce).


And then...it got messy!


These bars were a success, and are on their way to the teacher's lounge today!  I hope you'll try them out.  


If you're looking for more recipe ideas, be sure to check out my pals Johannah and Heather's Recipe Club linkup today, and The Diary of a Real Housewife.  





Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Emily


23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. Those look great. My moms birthday is Friday. If I was a good daughter I would make these for her. But I'm currently being a great mom and painting the kids rooms so we will see if I have time.

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    1. Painting is a beating! I wouldn't blame you one bit if you picked up a cake from your local bakery.

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  2. Yummy these look great. Will have to try these. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. :)

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  3. These look SO good. I'm not sure if I should thank you, or be mad :P.

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  4. Don't you love having a little in the kitchen?!! These bars look amazing! Not sure I could trust myself to just pick one.

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    1. Yes, I love having a helper! All three of my kids love being in the kitchen with me. The bars are great, but you're right, they're very tempting!

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  5. Love this! The recipe and your precious little helper!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! We enjoyed our time together.

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  6. These look delicious and I love your little helper! And that would be a KILLER April Fool's joke...blahck!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya!! I was kinda proud of my photography trick. Ha!!

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  7. I have that same cookbook and rarely use it but after seeing your recipe today (and how deliciously yummy it looks), I must revisit this book soon!

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    1. Thank you! There are a lot of fun recipes in there that are perfect for little hands!

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  8. Yummy!!! I may have to make this recipe this weekend! And your cooking assistant is precious!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! Let me know what you think if you make them! The recipe is so versatile you could really use any combination of cake mix & icing. Enjoy!

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  9. Yummy! I love anything chocolate!

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    1. It was yummy! I'm not usually a fan of coconut, but it wasn't over powering, so it was perfect!

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  10. Emily... I gave that cookbook to my #2 while she was in grade school. She loved to bake and we all gained about 20 lbs. in the process! Looks like your sous chef is also your chief taster. What a cutie pie!! -

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  11. Oh this looks so yummy. I need to make some for my mom. She love German Chocolate cake so I just know she would love these also.

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  12. Ohhh Emily!! Can you come make these for me??? Normally I would make them myself, but I'm not feeling that great! haha =)

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  13. Emily that looks amazing! I am so excited to try this, thank you for sharing, I have a lot of people in this house that would love this!

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  14. Oh my word! These sound amazing. I need them in my life NOW! :)

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