St. Patrick’s Day Pudding Pies

St. Patricks Day Pudding Pies

I love to make holiday themed food and really love to make holiday themed food when it’s SUPER easy!!  It doesn’t get any easier then this and they are soooo super cute!  My 5 year old daughter actually made these from start to finish all by herself…she’s my lucky little Leprechaun helper!!

What you need:

  • Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (found in the baking section at your local supermarket)
  • Instant Pudding Mix (I used vanilla or you could use pistachio pudding and not have to use food coloring)
  • Green food coloring
  • Festive sprinkles and or mini chocolate chips

That’s it…make the pudding according  to the directions on the box, put in a few drops of food coloring and stir until green!  Pour into the mini pie crusts.  Put in the refrigerator to set then top with sprinkles or mini chocolate chips!  Could also add some dollops of cool whip if desired!

How fun would these but for a St. Patrick’s themed get together you are hosting or going to?!  Adults and kids alike would love these festive little pies!

Click here to see a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch!

Enjoy!!!!

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Leprechaun Trap

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With that said…the kids and I decided we needed to create a Leprechaun Trap!!  We started with a cardboard diaper box, covered it with green construction paper, the kiddos each picked a side, grabbed a tray of markers and let their artist abilities shine!  We all had so much fun…tons of laughs and giggles and tons of memories were made!  They set out to find the perfect stick (or two) to prop up our trap,  propped it up with a St. Patrick’s hat full of Chocolate Lucky Charms as bait and now we are ready to catch that sneaky Leprechaun!  If we don’t catch him…I have a feeling he may leave a special treat for the kiddos (fingers crossed)! 🙂

Leprechaun Trap 2013

  Leprechaun Trap 2014

So…did we catch a Leprechaun is the important question right!?  See below!!!

Leprechaun Trap

The kids were bummed we didn’t catch the Leprechaun but ecstatic he left them yummy chocolate bar treats!  The candy bars said “Nice Try!, Maybe Next Year…Leprechaun”!  My son said he learned in school that Leprechaun’s are a myth…now he’s a believer! So much fun!!!!!

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Snickers Cheesecake Bars

Snickers Cheese Cake Bars So…I made these sinfully devilishly decadent little cheesecake bars and I have to say…the best in the entire world!!!!  As my neighbor put it when I delivered my last 2 bars to her “The Gods have shone down upon me”!  They are seriously that good!  When you have an Oreo cookie crust, thick & creamy cheesecake, snicker stuffed middle and milk chocolate chips scattered on top…what’s not to love right!!!  I am glad I gave my last 2 bars to my neighbor (otherwise, I would of devoured them both in one sitting)….but I’m not going to lie, my mouth is watering as I type this and could use one right now with a tall cold glass of milk! 🙂  I have never made a real cheesecake and have heard that it can be tricky…there was no trick to this recipe, super easy!

If you have any dreams of what Heaven will be like…make this recipe and find out!

Snickers Cheese Cake Bars Ing

Snickers Cheesecake Bars

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Snickers Cheesecake Bars

Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9x13-inch pan, baking time will vary - about 45-55 minutes.

*Add more or less Snickers, depending on your taste. 1.5 cups of chopped Snickers equates to 13 fun size, 20 bite size, or 3 large bars.

Ingredients

    CRUST

  • 20 Oreo cookies (Regular, Double Stuf, or any chocolate wafer cookie)
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • FILLING

  • 16 ounces cream cheese (2 standard packages), softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 13 fun size snickers, chopped (about 1.5 cups total)*
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.
  2. For the crust: In a food processor or blender, pulse the whole Oreos into a fine crumb. Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a medium sized bowl. Press into the lined pan. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.
  3. For the filling: Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract together with a hand or stand mixer until smooth and creamy, about 3 full minutes. Fold in the Snickers and spread the mixture over your cooled crust. Top with chocolate chips. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for 30 minutes on the counter and then completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.
  4. Store bars in a covered container for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!!!

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