4/8/12

Using Up Leftover Easter Candy - Candybars and Peeps

This is a photo of my favorite kind of cheesecake; Vanilla but add bits of candy bars to yours!

Candy Bar Cheesecake Bars

The week after Easter... the time when the excitement over the Easter candy has worn off and Moms and Dads everywhere are thinking about some recipes they can make to use up a few of the leftover candy bars. How about cheesecake bars?  Snickers, Butter Fingers, 100 Grand... doesn't matter. Take your pick. 


Candy Bar Cheesecake Bars

Crust
3/4 c  (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/3 c  packed dark brown sugar
1/3 c  granulated sugar
2 c  all-purpose flour
1 c  almonds, ground

Filling
2 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c  granulated sugar
1 t  vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Butter Finger, Snickers or other candy bars; chopped or diced into pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In large bowl, beat butter on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Add sugars; beat 3 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. On low speed, beat in flour. Beat in nuts just until incorporated. Reserve 1 cup of mixture for later. Press the rest into a 9X13" pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; let cool slightly.

In large bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract and eggs; beat for 2 minutes. Fold in candy bars. Spoon over baked crust. Sprinkle reserved crust mixture over top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheesecake layer is set. Transfer pan to wire rack; let cool to room temperature. Chill at least 2 hours before serving either cool or at room temperature.





Peep Krispy Bars

3 T butter
30 Peeps (which, really no one should have that many Peeps... so use part Peeps and make the rest up with marshmallows. You'll need a grand total of 10 oz. which is about 40 large or a package of mini. Adjust accordingly to how many Peeps you have to use up!)
6 c crispy rice cereal

Put the butter and marshmallow peeps into a very large microwavable bowl and microwave until they puff up and double their size in the bowl. This takes about 1.5 - 2 minutes in my microwave.

Immediately stir in the cereal with a rubber scraper that has been sprayed with Pam style cooking oil or oiled with canola or vegetable oil. Now place the mixture into a greased or sprayed 9X13 inch pan. As soon as they are cool, cut and serve!

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