This was originally posted on another blog of mine (Simplicity —  Small & Cheap).   I consolidated all blogs to simplify my life.   – Jen 6/19/09


Simplicity — Small & Cheap is participating in The Virtual Edition of the Great American Bake Sale @ Stolen Moments    The Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign to try to end hunger for American children by Share Our Strength.   This year, over 170 recipes were submitted by bloggers and non-bloggers alike to produce an ebook to help raise money for this cause.

Our submission?   Dessert Squares.   The most boring name in the world, I know, but it’s one of the few desserts that I can make because my lovely husband will actually partake in them with me!

Layer 1
1/2 c corn syrup
1 c peanut butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c corn flakes
1 c rice krispies

Mix & melt together corn syrup, brown sugar, and peanut butter in a 2 qt. saucepan stirring until fully combined. Remove from heat & add rice krispies & corn flakes. Combine until well-coated and press into bottom of a 9x12x1 pan (approximate size–I make fudge in this size pan also…). Put in fridge to cool & set–about 30 minutes should be plenty.

Layer 2
1/4 c softened butter (not melted, just room temp)
2 Tblsp vanilla pudding mix
2 c powdered sugar
2-4 Tblsp milk

Combine softened butter, pudding mix and 2 Tblsp of milk with fork. Add about 1/4 of powdered sugar at a time, mixing thoroughly and adding an additional tablespoon of milk as needed. It needs to be just thin enough to be able to spread on first layer easily. I find that 4 tablespoons is the perfect amount for the pan I use. Put in fridge to set–15 minutes should be fine.

Layer 3
4 squares of unsweetened bakers chocolate
1/4 c butter

Melt chocolate & butter in a small saucepan. Pour over second layer. Refridgerate for about 30 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cut into small squares and return to fridge–if you don’t cut them soon enough you will need a jackhammer to cut them!

Makes 24 squares.

To purchase the entire ebook, click here.   You will be able to donate an amount of your choosing.     If you go to the main VGABS post here, you can purchase specific sections of the book.  Again, you can donate an amount of your choosing.    The book is divided into 4 parts — Muffins & Breads; Cookies, Candy, Cakes, Bars & Brownies; Desserts; and Beyond Baked Goods (Appetizers, Breakfast, Main Dishes, etc.).


4 Comments on Virtual Great American Bake Sale

  1. Kathy R (Bermudaonion)
    28 November 2009 at 2:22 PM (11 years ago)

    Wow, these sound great and I find it interesting that there’s no baking involved.


  2. Julie P.
    28 November 2009 at 8:10 AM (11 years ago)

    Yum!!!! Thanks for sharing.


  3. Sheila (Bookjourney)
    27 November 2009 at 10:46 PM (11 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! These sound amazing! Mouth watering good! Yum!


    jen Reply:

    They are my Go-To dessert for potlucks and such. I’ve never seen ANYONE make anything close before so I know that it will go over well. Even my husband (who isn’t a sweets guy), will help me eat a whole pan!


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