Crispy treats are great, and I think they’re even better when you make them with extra add-ins! Last winter, I made some Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Crispy Treats which were really good, so I thought I’d try an autumn version with candy corn. I found this recipe at MyRecipes.com which had both candy corn and M&M’s. I thought I’d add some chopped peanuts too, since I like the candy corn-chocolate-peanut combination (you could use cashews instead of peanuts, if you like). Continue reading
You’ve probably heard of cookie exchanges…they happen quite a bit around Christmastime. We’ll, this year at work some of us had a little Valentine cookie exchange. I was kind of short on time, so I needed to make something fairly easy, but still wanted it to be very yummy. I’ve seen lots of recipes for cake mix bars and cookies lately, so I thought I’d come up with my own version of Red Velvet bars made with cake mix. After all, any Red Velvet recipe seems appropriate for Valentine’s Day and using cake mix makes it really easy!
These bars are actually more like brownies than cookies–with lots of M&M’s and semi-sweet mini chocolate chips added in! If you’re looking for a simple Valentine treat to make, with lots of yummy chocolate flavor, you still have a little time to try these out!
RED VELVET VALENTINE BARS by NancyC
Makes a 9×13″ pan
- 1 (16.5-ounce) box of Red Velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines®) Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix)
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup canola oil or light olive oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 (11.4-ounce) bag Valentine M&M’s (about 1 2/3 cups), divided
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease or line a 9×13″ baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
Mix cake mix, egg, oil, milk, and vanilla extract until blended–your batter will be fairly thick, but still stirable. Fold in the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of the M&M’s, stirring to distribute evenly in batter (save the rest of the M&M’s for sprinkling on top).
Press batter evenly into your prepared 9×13″ pan and sprinkle with the remaining M&M’s, pressing them into the batter. Bake at 350˚F for 23 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean (the toothpick may have a red tint to it when you pull it out). Cool completely, then cut into bars (if you lined your pan with parchment paper, lift the bars out of your pan with the parchment paper edges, and cut into bars).
These are very rich and chocolatey with all those M&M candies and chocolate chips in there! What kinds of goodies are you making for Valentine’s Day?
As I’ve mentioned before, something that’s hard for me to resist when I see the long aisle of Easter candy at the store are those malted milk speckled eggs–malt balls covered with a candy coating. I eat way too many of them! One year, I told myself I would not buy any of those eggs unless I used them in a recipe. So I came up with this Easter Trail Mix—a blend of chocolatey sweets mixed in with some healthy ingredients. The mini speckeled eggs and pastel M&M’s give the mix plenty of chocolatey taste and spring color, and the Continue reading
If you’re looking for ideas for sweet fall treats, here’s a roundup of some I’ve made before. They’re fun and colorful and very easy to make, which is a plus! Have fun trying some of these out!
Candy” Corn Pay” Day Mix for sweet-and-salty lovers, and just 2 ingredients–candy corn and peanuts! This is probably the easiest treat you’ll ever make! Pack some up in treat bags to give away.
Candy Corn Trail Mix is also really easy and yummy, made with Golden Grahams, pretzels, peanuts, golden raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower kernels, M&M’s, chocolate chips, and candy corn, of course!
How about some Owl Cupcakes? Yummy and chocolatey, with Oreo Cookie and M&M eyes!
Candy Corn Bark will satisfy any sweet tooth and is a feast for the eyes with all the colorful goodies in it!
Candy Corn–Peanut Popcorn Balls are super fun and make great homemade treats!
Candy Corn M&M’s Crispy Bars are definitely hard to resist!
And Acorn Treats are so much fun–they’re the perfect bite-sized treat!
These are all so yummy! Have you tried making any of these treats before?
Linked to Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.
If you’re looking for a fun, quick, easy snack to make, try this Candy Corn Trail Mix—it’s a colorful, yummy blend of sweetness and saltiness and the perfect treat for fall! Just mix Continue reading