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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Ultimate Chocolate Bar

I was leafing through an old pamphlet style cookbook of mine that my mom found in her recipes recently, and I rediscovered this recipe. I love when that happens! The booklet is Pillsbury Classic No. 21, Volume 2 printed in 1982, called Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies Cookbook.  It cost me $1.98.  Gotta love that!

This recipe might be familiar to some of you. There is a brownie base, a cream cheese filling, and frosting with melted marshmallows swirled in on top. As soon as I saw the photo and looked at the ingredients, I remembered exactly how these bars tasted and I got so excited to make them again. The comment I wrote at the bottom in my teenager handwriting was "Wow! Yummy!" And so they are. My kids and husband went crazy for them and want them to now be a part of our regular Christmas cookie line-up.  I agree!!

The Ultimate Chocolate Bar
Makes ~36 bars

1/2 cup butter
1 oz. (1 square) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp.vanilla
2 eggs

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (reserve 2 oz. for frosting)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 TB flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups mini marshmallows
1/3 cup butter
2 oz. (2 squares) unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup milk
2 oz. of reserved cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 350-F. Grease and lightly flour (or use PAM cooking spray) a 13x9" pan.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat. Stir in remaining base ingredients. Mix well. Spread in prepared pan.

In a small bowl, combine all filling ingredients. Beat 1 minute at medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Spoon over brownie base and spread carefully.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with marshmallows and put back in the oven for 2 more minutes.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan, melt the butter, chocolate, milk and reserved cream cheese over low heat. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and blend well (with a spoon). Immediately pour over marshmallows and swirl together.

Chill until firm. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.


  1. great and easy recipe! thanks so much for sharing! i'm following you!! :D Xx

  2. Oh my--the thought of those makes my tummy tingle (and my teeth hurt)!

  3. Your photo looks luscious! These sound really good!

  4. Oh, my, goodness. These are amazing! They look sinfully rich. Pinning!

  5. Yummmy!! I love finding old recipes like that. I thought I was in heaven when I got to go through my Grandma's recipes....

  6. These look so good. Will have to try them during my month of December baking projects.

  7. Making me want one. Look wonderful good job. andi

  8. I found your blog via Monday Mingle & also am a new follower. This recipe looks so yummy! I must add to my to-bake list!


  9. These bars look and sound delicious!

  10. I used to own this Pillsbury cookbook. This is the greatest recipe #VER for brownies and I have been looking for it for yrs. Thanks.


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