Coffee Ice Cream and Happy 4th!

If you saw my Facebook post yesterday, you know that I am now the proud owner of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. It’s a countertop model that is electric, requires no salt or ice, and makes ice cream scary fast. Like homemade ice cream in 20 minutes fast. It’s awesome.

I *needed* some ice cream to go with these red velvet brownies my daughter made (from a box) and coffee ice cream was calling my name. I whipped up this recipe using sweetened condensed milk (because I love that stuff), let the mix chill for a couple of hours, and then made ice cream for before dinner.
And I just happened to have red, white, and blue MandM’s on hand. #candyhoarder
coffee ice cream

 Coffee Ice Cream

1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk together all of the ingredients and chill for 1-2 hours (or overnight). Place mixture in ice cream maker and run per manufacture’s instructions. Mine produced a firm soft serve texture initially, and then I placed it in the freezer over night. The result was firm, “scoopable” yet creamy ice cream.
Happy 4th of July! God Bless the USA!

Not Your Mama’s Magic Bars

First, I’m gonna need for you to use your imagination a bit.  What you are about to see is NOT red and green Christmas candy…we are going to visualize them as red, white and pink for Valentine’s!  Okay, everybody with me?  You ready?

BAM! Valentine’s Magic Bars with a Twist.  These bad boys are AWE-SOME.  As in awesomely delicious.  A little creativity based on the ever popular and traditional Magic Bars. (Or some people know them as 7 layer bars).  I had every intention of making Magic Bars for Christmas.  They just seem like a Christmas treat to me.  I guess because that is the only time of year I remember my mom making them.  However, Christmas came and went…with no Magic Bars.  Since I still had all of the ingredients, it didn’t seem right to let these pretty M&M’s go to waste just because they were red and green.  So, I set about gathering my ingredients for my much anticipated Magic Bars. I knew I had bought all of the ingredients.  ALL of the ingredients.  So imagine my irritation surprise when there are no graham crackers to be found. I was not happy.  So, I looked around the pantry, and see Club Crackers (leftover from the DIY Twix Bars…also delicious btw).  Yep, this Mama was gonna have her some Magic Bars.  A few extra things found there way into these bars as well.
Oh yeahhhh….bring it.
Baked up in all of their ooey, gooey, chewy, sweet and salty perfection.

Not Your Mama’s Magic Bars 

1 1/2 cups crushed Club crackers
1/3 cup butter*, melted
1 can sweetened condensed milk*
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup M&M; candies (any colors!)
small bag of mini Rolos, halved
chopped pecans (optional)
*I used light butter and fat free sweetened condensed milk b/c I wanted to make this diet friendly. Just kidding, that is just what I had on hand, and the bars turned out great. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan (I did this in the oven while it was preheating). 
Sprinkle cracker crumbs over butter and pat down to make the “crust”.  (I crushed the crackers with a food processor, but you could also place them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Or wine bottle. Whatever’s handy.)
Pour condensed milk evenly over cracker/butter crust.
Sprinkle coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, M&M;’s, Rolos and nuts (if using) over top. 
Bake for 25 minutes or until light brown around edges. 
Cool completely before cutting into bars. 
All I can say is…make these.  The next holiday is Valentine’s, and nobody needs to diet on Valentine’s.  Go enjoy some mo’betta magic. hahaha, that sounded so cheese-y.  Seriously, these bars have a little something for everyone, and you can adapt the toppings to whatever you like or have on hand.  I love the club crackers as opposed to the graham crackers, b/c you get a little hint of saltiness mixed in with all that sweet.  Yep. There gooood.

Monster Magic Bars

You know how sometimes you get those crazy intense chocolate cravings that have to be satiated immediately? Please tell me I am not the only one.  Mine usually hits when it’s getting late, and I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, or do not feel like going to the store for a particular ingredient. Enter Monster Magic Cookie Bars! They have a short ingredient list and I knew with chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, they would be delicious. And I was right.  Again.  (I know my sweets peeps!)
When I first saw these at Something Swanky, I drooled all over myself.  Her pics are amazing!  Those bars were pinned in a flash, and called my name until I relented.  Okay, that sounds a little creepy.  I’m not hearing voices or anything.  But, ya know what I mean.  These bars had to be made.

Monster Magic Cookie Bars

slightly adapted from Something Swanky
  • 9 full reduced-fat graham crackers
  • 4 tbsp. butter  *I used 2 T. butter and 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1 can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • approximately 3/4 c. (old fashioned) oats
  • approximately 3/4 c. M&Ms;
  • approximately 3/4 c. chocolate chips *I used mini semi-sweet choc chips

 

  1. In a zip top bag, crush the graham crackers using a rolling pin.
  2. Once crushed, add the 2 4 tbsp. butter & coconut oil to the bag. (not necessary if your coconut oil is already in a liquid state – then you can add after you heat the butter)
  3. Place in the microwave and heat up for about 20-30 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave, let out the air and make sure the bag is sealed (be careful, it’s hot!), and “mush” the butter, coconut oil and graham crackers together until fully incorporated.
  5. Press the graham cracker crumbs into a well-greased and parchment lined (I did not line mine with parchment paper) 9×13 baking dish.
  6. Evenly pour the sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker layer.
  7. Sprinkle the oats, M&Ms;, and chocolate chips evenly over the sweetened condensed milk and gently press in a little.
  8. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until browned and pulling away from the edges.
  9. Let cool and serve.
Someone was very eager to give these a taste test….
Moving in…. 
a little closer… 
Yay! Mom is finished taking pictures and I can have one!
Another perk to this recipe, it’s egg and nut free! (M&M’s do have a warning on the bag that they may contain an occasional peanut. However, I still let him have them. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who has a severe nut allergy.)