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Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars

This Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe combines some of my favorite things in a very patriotic little package, making them absolutely perfect for the upcoming holidays!

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe

What do you think? Isn’t this recipe just adorable? As an added benefit, the recipe is also pretty simple to make and your kids can get involved – bringing the kids into the kitchen to help with baking is a great way to keep them entertained when they’re out of school AND spend some great quality time together!

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • blue & red food coloring
  • -used Americolor Soft Gel Paste in 119 Red Red and 103 sky blue
  • red, white & blue jimmies
Directions
Preheat oven to 300 and line a square baking pan with foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a food processor add, butter, sugar, salt and four. Process for about 20 seconds until dough forms.
Remove dough from food processor and shape into a log. Divide the log into thirds.
Color one portion of the dough red with red fool coloring. Mix well with a spoon so the color is even. I use about a dime size amount of color gels.
Color one portion of the dough blue with blue food coloring. Mix well with a spoon so the color is even. I use about a dime size amount of color gels.
Pull the dough apart in small sections and place into the prepared pan. Make sure the sections touch each other. When finished, flatten the dough with the palm of your hand.
Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe

Sprinkle jimmies on the top of the dough and gently press them into the dough.

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. When almost cool, cut into bars.

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Shortbread Bars Recipe

PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIE BARS

This Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars Recipe is amazing and delicious, and even if you’re not completely in love with Pumpkin Spice, you’ll be missing out if you don’t bake up a batch immediately!

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars

Ingredients
  • 1 box (or pouch, 15-17 oz size) pumpkin spice cake/cookie mix
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 package (10 oz) pumpkin flavored baking chips
  • 2 cups rice cereal
  • 1 cup fall M&M Candies
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars Recipe

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, add cake/cookie mix, melted butter and egg. Mix well. The dough will be stiff and take a minute or two of mixing to come together. Press firmly into prepared pan. Bake 12-14 minutes or until center is set. Let cool.
3. Add butter and marshmallows to a large saucepan and heat on medium low heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted. Stir in pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin baking chips. Stir until completely melted.
4. Remove from heat and stir in cereal and mix well to coat evenly. Spoon cereal on top of crust and gently press into the pan.
5. Top with M&M candies. Heat chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute on 50% power. stir until completely melted, returning to microwave if necessary until melted. Drizzle onto the top of the cookie bars. Let set to harden.
6. Cut into 2″ bars. This Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars Recipe makes 36 bars.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars Recipe

TORTELLINI AND SAUSAGE SOUP

This Tortellini and Sausage Soup Recipe is really pretty easy to make and really hits the spot!



Tortellini & Sausage Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 oz smoked sausage, cut into pieces
  • 1 package of store bought cheese tortellini (located in the cold/dairy section)
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • 2 C. spinach, chopped
  • 1 C. carrots, sliced
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 5 C. beef broth
Directions
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven on medium high heat. Add in the chopped onions and saute until tender and translucent (about 10 minutes).
Add in the smoked sausage and carrots and continue to saute about 5-10 minutes.Tortellini & Sausage Soup Recipe
Pour in the beef broth, if it seems to boil down, you can always add more. Add in the canned tomatoes, dried parsley and bay leaves. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Tortellini & Sausage Soup Recipe


Add in the package of store bought cheese tortellini and the chopped spinach. Cover and continue to simmer until the tortellin is heated through and tender (about 5-10 minutes).
Remove the bay leaves prior to serving.

Tortellini & Sausage Soup Recipe