December 22, 2014

Raspberry Lemon Squares

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

These bright red raspberry lemon squares are the perfect last minute holiday treat! They’re even topped with a dusting of powdered snow, I mean sugar. ;) They’re soft and gooey with a sweet raspberry lemon flavor. The perfect combo!

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Just a few simple ingredients here! These bars are very similar to Gooey Butter Cake, but with a lemon square cake base and a decadent raspberry cheesecake filling.

Two things to note here.

1. You could totally use a lemon cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix. I just happen to prefer the taste of yellow cake + lemon zest to get the lemon base. But you could definitely skip a step and just use a lemon cake mix!

2. I am not really the hugest fan of cream cheese, and usually leave it out of things when possible. But you cannot taste it at all in these squares. It just makes the raspberry filling creamy and gooey. :)

Okay? Okay. ;)

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

So here’s all you do. Take the cake mix.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

If you’re using a yellow cake mix, add the zest of one lemon. We’ll be using the rest of that lemon later on. You can just use the smallest size grater holes on any old shredder you have.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Next add one egg and 1/2 cup melted butter.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Beat until light and fluffy.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Then press it into the bottom of a 9×13″ baking pan. You can use a small glass to roll it out and press it down if you don’t want to use your hands. :) I like lining my pans with foil to make the squares easier to remove when they’re done baking, but you can also just use cooking spray. :)

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Now if you want a bright red raspberry filling, get the brightest red raspberries you can find at the store. You just need one 6 oz package.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Puree them in a blender or food processor until completely smooth.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Like so! :)

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Now just pour the raspberry liquid in a regular flour sifter to get out all the seeds. Just a few cranks of the handle will get all the seeds out.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

And you’re left with this perfectly seedless raspberry puree. I got about 1 cup of liquid from 6 oz of strawberries, but you only need 3/4 cup of raspberry puree.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Beat the cream cheese,  powdered sugar, and remaining two eggs together until smooth and creamy, then mix in the raspberry puree and the juice of one lemon until well combined. Pour over crust.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Bake at 325 for 40-25 minutes until edges are set and start to crack. The middle will still be slightly gooey.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

Let set and cool completely before cutting into squares. Just before serving, top with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

They’re soft, creamy, gooey, lemony, and sweet. The perfect bite!! Hope you enjoy!! :)

Raspberry Lemon Squares

Crust
1 (18.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
1 large egg
zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

Filling
6 oz raspberries
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
2 cups powdered sugar (plus extra for garnish)
juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil and coat generously with cooking spray.

2. Beat cake mix, melted butter, 1 egg, and lemon zest to a soft dough. Press into the bottom of the prepared dish.

3. Add rasberries to a blender or food processor and puree until liquified. Pour through a flour sifter to remove seeds.

4. Beat cream cheese, 2 eggs, and powdered sugar until smooth, about 1-2 mins. And 3/4 cup raspberry puree and lemon juice, and beat until well combined. Pour on top of crust.

5. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes until edges are set and start to crack. Middle will still be slightly gooey. Let cool and set completely before cutting into squares. You can put the pan in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.

6. Just before serving, top with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Makes 20 bars. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Raspberry Lemon Squares. These are so soft and gooey! The perfect flavor combo!

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December 17, 2014

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

These Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls are so good! Honey Maple Glazed Ham and melty Swiss cheese are rolled up (cinnamon bun style!) in soft, fluffy pizza dough. Then they’re drizzled with a brown sugar poppy seed glaze and baked until golden, gooey, and crispy.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

They are seriously so good!! I could eat them every single night. They’re perfect for sharing too — like taking to friends, family, parties, or new moms — because you can assemble everything the night before (even with the glaze!) and bake them the next day.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

They’re so simple to make, too. Here’s all you need — Ham, swiss cheese, pizza dough, butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and poppy seeds.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Unroll the pizza dough onto a cutting board and press into approximately a 13×18-inch rectangle.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Top with thinly sliced ham from the deli…

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

And swiss cheese.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Then tightly roll up the dough like a cinnamon bun!

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Cut roll into 12 slices, approximately 1-inch wide.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Arrange the slices in a 9×13″ baking dish coated with baking spray.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Next melt the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and poppy seeds in a sauce pan over medium heat.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Whisk til the glaze is smooth and combined.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Pour the glaze evenly over the rolls. At this point you could cover and refrigerate to bake later or take to a friends house (this is a great meal to share with a new mom!).

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

OR go ahead and bake now (uncovered) at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes until golden and browned.

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

The inside is soft, gooey, and cheesy. The outside is browned and crispy. Every bite is out of this world!! You have to make these fabulous ham & cheese rolls. They will be the hit of the party!!

Hope you enjoy!! :)

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls


1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated Classic Pizza Crust
3/4 lb deli ham (thinly sliced, but not shaved)
12 slices Swiss cheese (thinly sliced)

Glaze
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon poppy seeds


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Unroll the pizza dough onto a cutting board and press into approximately a 13×18-inch rectangle. Top with ham and cheese slices. Starting on the longer side of the rectangle, roll up the edge tightly. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. Cut into 12 slices, approximately 1-inch wide. Arrange in prepared baking dish.

3. Next combine the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and poppy seeds in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and the glaze is smooth and combined. Pour evenly over the rolls.

4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours or bake, uncovered for 25 minutes until golden and browned. Enjoy!

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

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