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Kitchen Adventures: Sweet treats from Facebook

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By Becca Owsley

This week’s Facebook finds are on the sweet side. One is a pastry treat and the other is a three-level brownie, of sorts.

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The cinnamon cream cheese treat was posted about 100 times a few weeks ago on Facebook. That might be an exaggeration but I saw it a lot. Sometimes it was referred to as a cheesecake pastry.

It is another easy find with just a few steps in preparation. Straight out of the oven, it was a little difficult to cut but after it cooled a bit and stiffened it easily was cut into squares.

Some who posted it suggested drizzling honey on top before it cooled to add to the sweetness.

The dish could be served as a dessert or breakfast treat. Apple or other fruit fillings also were suggested as fillings for an extra touch.

Admittedly, the photos posted on Facebook with this recipe looked much better than what I wound up with, but it still tasted good.

If you want to make a multi-layer dessert that looks complicated but in reality is very easy, try the cookie brownie candy bar recipe.

Start with a traditional muffin tin or a square brownie bar tin.

For the bottom layer, use refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough. You also can use the dough with candy pieces in it. This recipe called for the break-off squares of dough, but you can use the tube-type as well, which I did because it was on sale.

After pressing it into the pan, place a peanut butter cup upside down on the dough. The recipe also suggested if you don’t like peanut butter cups to use an Oreo cookie instead. I’m sure you can experiment with a variety of candies or cookies for this step of the dessert.

The last step is to pour brownie batter over the candy layer. Depending on what kind of brownie mix you choose this could create a firm brownie layer or a moist and chewy brownie layer. It depends on your preference. I prefer the less chewy kind for this because they come out of the pan easier.

When you cut or bite into one, you find three distinct layers. It’s like biting into a brownie to find a cookie and candy surprise inside.

So far, the recipes I’ve tried from Facebook all have turned out pretty well. We’ll have to wait and see how week three of Facebook Finds turns out.

CookieBrownie Candy Bar

Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

Peanut butter cups

1 package brownie mix and the ingredients listed on the mix to make the brownie batter

Place 1 1/2 squares of pre-cut cookie dough in the bottom of a 12-count muffin tin. Use cupcake papers or put them straight in a sprayed or non-stick tin. Press into the bottom of the pan. Put a peanut butter cup, top-side down, on the cookie dough. Make a family-size batch of boxed brownie mix. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the prepared batter on the top of the peanut butter cup, making sure to let it fill along the sides of the peanut butter cup to the cookie dough base. This will fill your cup about 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

Recipe from www.justhelen.net.

 

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares

2 8-ounce tubes refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Unroll one tube of dough and place in a lightly greased 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan. Seal seams and perforations; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over dough. Unroll remaining tube of dough and place over cream cheese mixture, stretching to fit. Brush butter evenly over top; sprinkle with cinnamon and remaining sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

Cool and cut into squares.

Recipe from www.food.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.