Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Blooms & Homemade Samoas Bars

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I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friends and followers:
Dawn of Dawn's Blog,  Margot of Hand Made by Margaretha, Sarah of Syriandertje & Chantal of Chantals Crea Blog

Obsession Impression -  Boy with Flowers
Memory Box - Lovely Lady Bugs
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig & Large Garden Cart
Martha Stewart - Doily Lace Punch Around the Page

Please find below a recipe I found on the the Baking Bites Website for delicious bar cookies.   I have made these twice and my husband can't stop sneaking in the kitchen to eat them.

Homemade Samoas Bars (These are so good)

Homemade Samoas Bars
Cookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepared pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels (use Werther's Original Chewy Caramels)
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
Once bars are cut, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
Makes 30 bar cookies.


  1. Beautiful card Diane! love the edges :) Thank you for your welcome thats so sweet of you :) ! Ans I see that you've wrote a delicious recipe :) Big thanx!
    Kind regards Chantal

  2. Up very early today and checked your blog and whoa another darling
    card....love this shadow of the little boy with the flower cart, really cute Diane. Hugs, Annie B.

  3. Aww, your card is so cute!! Colorful details and you have such an imagination
    Thank you for sharing the recipe, yummy! Will definitely have to make for the family.

  4. Hi Diane, first off thanks for the recipe sounds yummy and now to your card precious love the doily and that little boy with the flowers behind his back so so sweet.....stunning for sure.

  5. Delightful card Diane, I love the scene you made the dies are gorgeous.
    The recipe is fab, thanks for posting it, hugs Kate x

  6. card looks so fine, great colours. and the recipe YUMMY ;O))

  7. Lovely card, I love the ladybugs!!!
    Hugsss, Gaby

  8. Oh darn!! I've been making my IO shopping list and seeing a card as sweet as this, is making my list longer! ;) That little boy is sweeter than words, and I love how you added a wheelbarrow of flowers. LOVELY !!

  9. Good evening Diane,
    I just LOVE that sweet image and your all over design.
    Likeing the idea of those cookies, might just have to have a go.
    Patricia x

  10. Wow Diane this is so beautiful, love the silhouette image, this is superb.
    lorraine x

  11. Beautiful card, love the little flowers and great colours. Your recipe sounds yummy, I have to try to make some x

  12. Gorgeous card Diane, love the cute ladybirds, love it!

    Donna x

  13. Gorgeous card, love the borders and such a lovely sweet set of dies.

    Kath x

  14. Pretty card and love the design. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  15. Fabulous card love htis pretty design its just so lovely. Thank for the recipe they sound delicious Love and hugs Carole x

  16. Wonderful card Diane, and those cookies look so tasty :o)
    Jackie xx

  17. I love this card Diane, the colours are gorgeous. Those cookies look yummy xx

  18. Yummy you are making my mouth water!! Wish I could eat stuff like that!!
    Beautiful card! Love the wheelbarrow of flowers!
    Lucy x

  19. A beautiful colorful design with a retro feel to it, what a great silhouette image!

  20. Oh, you have created such a charming scene here Diane! So very pretty! Hazel xx

  21. This is really spring - all the very fine colours.

  22. Dear Diane, you have created a lot of wonderful cards since my last visit on your blog. :-) Love your boy with spring blooms. Thank you for sharing a recipe for a cookies. Looks delicious. :-)
    Have a nice time,

  23. This is such a sweet card, Diane! I love the contrast between the cute silhouette and the lavish flower! And the recipe looks yummy, too!

    love Mags B x

  24. Beautiful card and love the barrow full of flowers and cute little ladybirds-recipe sounds delicious too
    Carol x

  25. Yummy cookies! Have you made them yet? Love that pretty lacy border on your card too!

  26. I like the image and all those colourful flowers. A Lovely spring card. Those bars look really scrummie. Hugs Mrs A.

  27. Such a beautiful spring card Diane!
    Lovely colors.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a creative and lovely day!

    Inger xx

  28. What a fabulous card, all those tiny little die cuts, so much detail. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  29. Love the card, but I'm drooling over those Samoas!

  30. A beautiful card and a lovely effect with the sillouette and all the little flowers. Those bars sound fantastic! Marlies

  31. Hi Diane, thank you for visiting me at tanglemouse and leaving such kind comments...you are an inspiration to be able to share cards and cakes ! Both look lovely...!

  32. Hello, Diane! I love your beautiful card using such pretty dies! I can see that you love combining dies to make gorgeous creations. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment. <3

  33. beautiful and stunning card, hugs from your newest follower x

  34. wow. that turned out fabulous!

  35. Beautiful card Diane!

  36. Beautiful card Diane and your wheelbarrow is so pretty.
    Julie x

  37. Love the card and I can't wait to try the bar recipe. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm your newest follower. ta ta for now, Kathy

  38. Oh this is so fabulous and I love all the lady bugs. So cute. I will have to try those bars out for sure!

  39. This is lovely, Love Lady Birds.


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