Tag Archives: sweetened condensed milk

Red Velvet Magic Cookie Bars

Red Velvet Magic Bars @ NancyC

I remember how amazing I thought Magic Cookie Bars were when I first made them years ago and I still think they’re pretty amazing! A few years ago, I made some Dark Chocolate-Toffee Magic Bars which are really yummy too. When I was looking at some recipes the other day, I came across one called Red Velvet Seven Layer Bars from The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook. I’m always up for trying a different version of Magic Cookie Bars! I made a few small changes to the original recipe, using unbleached flour (and a little bit more of it), and dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate chips.

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Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge

If you have some extra candy canes, here’s a yummy sweet treat you can make! This Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge is super-easy and the dark chocolate-candy cane combination tastes really great!

Part of the recipe calls for heating sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan and this works best with a nonstick saucepan (it helps prevent the sweetened condensed milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan). And be sure to stir it constantly when heating to prevent browning or burning. When I mixed the melted chocolate in with the butter and condensed milk, my mixture was not super smooth and creamy–it actually had a pretty thick consistency–but I just patted the mixture evenly in the 8″ square pan, topped it with the crushed candy canes, and it came out fine.

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Caramel Apple Oat Squares

Caramel apples are a favorite fall treat of mine. That’s probably why I tried making these Caramel Apple Oat Squares years ago when I clipped the recipe from a magazine—how could I resist a recipe with that wonderful caramel apple flavor? These dessert squares are kind of like having a caramel apple pie, but a little easier and quicker to make. And I like that there are oats in the crust. I added some cinnamon to the crumb mixture and used chopped pecans instead of the walnuts that were used in the original recipe—you can use whichever you prefer.

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Marieli’s Brigadeiro (Brazilian-Style Truffles)

I’d never heard of Brigadeiro until Marieli, one of my readers, told me about this Brazilian-style truffle some time ago. I also read that it’s a popular candy in Brazil, was created in the 1940s, and is thought to have been named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. As Marieli says, “The ingredients are always the same: condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder.” There are some different versions, but she gave me the instructions for the traditional Brigadeiro. Marieli recommends using a large wooden spoon to stir the mixture if you have one, which I did, and it worked beautifully.

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