I don’t know about y’all, but I am a snacking kinda person when it comes to holidays. I get little bites to eat throughout the day – tasting a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I usually try to sample a little bit of everything for the dinner too. Through all of this, I probably eat only a bite or two of everything because we always have soooo much food! [Read more...]
Now that Halloween is over, my mind switches gears and accepts that cold weather season is upon us. I enjoy winter as long as it’s not cold! Maybe that’s why we live in Arizona?! The evenings here do get chilly, so sometimes it’s nice to have a hot cup of cocoa or a chai latte to warm up. I thought it would be fun to take the flavor of a chai latte and make it into a cookie bar.
These Chai Cookie Bars have all of the flavors of a chai latte thanks to the addition of powered drink mix. They’re simple to whip up and perfect for the season!
Chai Cookie Bars
Yield: 40-48 bars
For the bars:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup instant chai latte powder
2 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
For the frosting:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup half & half or milk
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. cardamom
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Additional cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and chai latte powder until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add it to the sugar mixture, beating until well combined. Spread and pat the dough into the prepared pan with your hands. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
While the cookies are cooling, prepare the frosting: Cream the butter in a large bowl. Add the remaining frosting ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.
Top the cooled bars with the frosting. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired. Cut into squares.
Jamie Sherman founded Love Bakes Good Cakes in February 2012. Jamie spends her days with her husband, Brian and homeschooling their 5 children – ages 17 to 2 – in the Phoenix area. She also develops and tests recipes using her own family recipes that have been handed down to her, as well as those she adapts from cookbooks, magazines, newspaper, online resources and from other bloggers. She believes meals and recipes should be easy enough for the average cook and uses ingredients that are available in most local markets. She strives to share recipes that are family-friendly, budget-friendly and cook-friendly!
I’m a rather plain girl.
Not really funny. Not really serious. Not particularly brilliant or engaging. Just kind of casual. Simple.
That’s how I do life, and for the most part, I’m okay with that.
I do have a secret yearning, however.
I wish I had at least *a little bit* of style when it comes to home decor and hospitality–especially when it comes to creating a beautiful table and a welcoming home.
My sisters have it, but it seems to have skipped me…
(Last year’s Holiday Extravaganza at the ALDI Test Kitchens, photo credit @http://www.Aldi.us)
Thankfully, I have a chance to remedy that, and I am absolutely beside myself! I have the opportunity to head to the ALDI test kitchen later this week, and I CAN. NOT. WAIT. I’m excited about all of it, but I am especially looking forward to the sessions we will have with a food stylist and food photographer! Since I just recently launched Faithfully Nourished (and I mean just launched…it barely has anything posted yet), I am trying to learn all I can about taking pretty food pictures. I need help!
In addition to the photography sessions, I’ll also get to take a behind-the-scenes tour at ALDI. I already know a little bit about the awesome savings they provide (you can find our weekly coupon match-ups for ALDI right here), but I get to learn even more about the discounts and specials they will be providing this holiday season.
I’d also WANT to hear any of your questions–questions you might have about food styling/tablescaping for the holidays and taking great food photography. Feel free to leave those questions below, and I’ll be sure to ask and get them answered!
Post from monthly contributor, Jamie, at Love Bakes Good Cakes.
It’s officially Fall. I’m actually kind of glad …. Not only is the weather starting to cool down a bit, but life seems a little more normal than it did in the summer. Summer is chaos at our house. Not that it’s a bad thing, it’s just that I love having a schedule and I think my kiddos do better with one as well. With school back in session, it helps a lot to have the structure and schedules.
Besides school, there are so many fun things to do in the Fall – apple picking, visiting a corn maze, making chili, picking pumpkins and making Jack-o-Lantern’s, jumping in leaf piles, eating s’mores ….. Of course, after all of that excitement, sometimes you just need an easy (and fun) snack idea! I created this Fall Snack Mix as an after school snack for my kiddos – and they just loved it! It would be just as great as a snack for a day of fun too! Seriously, with Caramel Bugles, Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows and Reese’s Pieces, what’s not to love?
While this is a recipe, there really isn’t any specific amounts listed – Everyone has different tastes. Add as much or as little of something as you like! If you don’t like something, it’s easy to leave it out or substitute it with something else. I used the full packages of all of the items listed below (we’re a family of 7!) – well, at least what my kiddos didn’t eat before it made it into the bowl! I absolutely love the caramel bugles and pumpkin spice marshmallows – so I tend to try to make sure my spoonful has more of those things! Please, tell me I’m not the only one who does that?
- Candy Corn
- Reese’s Pieces
- Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
- Caramel Bugles
- Mini Nutter Butters
- Cheez-It Crackers
Mix desired amount of each ingredient in a large bowl. Store in a covered container.
I hope you enjoy! Until next time…
Jamie Sherman founded Love Bakes Good Cakes in February 2012. Jamie spends her days with her husband, Brian and homeschooling their 5 children – ages 17 to 1 – in the Phoenix area. She also develops and tests recipes using her own family recipes that have been handed down to her, as well as those she adapts from cookbooks, magazines, newspaper, online resources and from other bloggers.Her love of cooking started very young from watching her mother and grandmother in the kitchen – it’s a love she hopes to instill in her own children and gladly shares with her readers! She believes meals and recipes should be easy enough for the average cook and uses ingredients that are available in most local markets. Jamie has no culinary schooling and has learned through observation and experimentation. She strives to share recipes that are family-friendly, budget-friendly and cook-friendly!