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Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

I thought I’ve seen them all when it comes to cakes and dessert bars. Recently, I was introduced to gooey butter bars and this has opened my eyes to a whole new world of sweets I have yet to explore!

They’re a popular, long-standing St. Louis treat. While there are numerous various on the gooey butter bars, it’s basically a two layered dessert. It starts with a shortbread crust bottom and topped with a melt in your mouth butter cake.

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

Together, these two layers create this decadent delightful little treat.

While these gooey butter bars are perfectly fine as is, they’re the perfect blank canvas to garnish with your favorite fruits. I added a combination of strawberries and grapefruit segments on top. It’s the ideal transitional dessert to say farewell to the citrus of winter and hello to the berries of spring and summer. Forget strawberry shortcakes and peach buckles this summer, I’m going to be making all sorts of variations on these gooey bars!

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

While you wait for the gooey butter bars to cool down and set up, I marinated the fruits in a liquid mixture of honey and grated ginger (for a little zing!). Once the gooey butter bars are ready for serving, drain the fruits and add them to the cake bars. Save the marinating juice to lightly drizzle on top of butter bars, or use it sweetened iced tea! Add a few sprigs of mint for the final touch of pop and freshness. If you’d like, a dollop of freshly whipped cream adds another dimension of luxury. Be sure to cut small portions. These gooey butter bars pack a big punch and you really only need a little slice to be super happy!

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

Here are my changes to the original GOOEY BUTTER BARS recipe:

  • Instead of 2/3 cup half-and-half, I used 2/3 cup whole milk.
  • Instead of 1/2 tsp almond extract, I used 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Add 1/4 tsp fine sea salt to cake batter
  • Instead of 3 cups strawberries, I used a mixture of strawberries and grapefruit segments.
  • Add fresh mint to garnish

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Hi Y’all! I’m Milisa from Miss in the Kitchen!  After selling my barbecue sauce business, I really missed the connection with people that I shared with my food business.  I found that food blogging was just the ticket to share my passion for recipes and love of cooking.  My very first cookbook was a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, so I am beyond excited to be blogging for BHG.com’s Delish Dish!

Summertime is made for fresh fruit desserts!  These Buttery Nectarine Bars are reminiscent of a Southern peach pie. This dessert comes together so much easier than a pie.  Sweet juicy nectarines with a hint of cinnamon are paired with a rich buttery crust for a fabulous summer treat that will have everyone begging for more!

Buttery Nectarine Squares for Delish Dish ~ MissintheKitchen

I grew up near a peach orchard with the most glorious and  juicy summer peaches.  I still still crave those fresh Arkansas peaches and peach desserts are always my favorite way to enjoy them.  My folks are really good about bringing me a box or two when they come to visit and I’m keeping my fingers crossed to get my hands on a few this summer.

Nectarines | Miss in the Kitchen for Delish Dish

In the meantime, I set off in search of peaches at my local market for a special dessert and came away with these gorgeous nectarines.  Nectarines are smooth skinned peaches, did you know that?  My ten year old was quick to inform me and it turns out he’s right.

Buttery Nectarine Bars Recipe for BHG Delish Dish ~ missinthekitchen

I found this recipe while browsing through the BHG recipe data base and knew it would be just perfect for my nectarines.  I have made lots of pies but they are never pretty.  I loved the idea of dessert squares and no worry of that perfect pie crust edge.  The crust has a little crunch to it and it’s made with crushed Rice Krispies cereal or Corn Flakes.  I used the Rice Krispies and loved the added texture with the soft fruit.

Buttery Nectarine Squares for BHG Delish Dish ~ missinthekitchen.com

You will be pleased with how easy this dessert comes together.  It is already on my list to bake again and it’s bound to be a family favorite for you as well.  The only change I made to the original recipe was to substitute nectarines for the apples.  I served it up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and I can’t think of a dessert any more perfect for summer!
BHG Delish Dish Buttery Nectarine Squares

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The changes I made to the Original BHG Recipe:

The original recipe calls for apples and I used nectarines, all the same measurements on ingredients, and the same baking time.


Hello! Maria Lichty, from Two Peas and Their Pod, here. I am thrilled to be guest posting on BHG today!

Who’s in the mood for dessert? My hand is raised. I am always in the mood for something sweet, especially when chocolate and peanut butter are involved. I love chocolate and I love peanut butter. Put them together and I am in paradise. There really isn’t a better combination. I recently made Peanutty Buckeye Bars and if you are a chocolate peanut butter fan, stop what you are doing right now and get baking! You have to make these bars!

The bars are super simple to make, another bonus! You only need six ingredients: a brownie mix, eggs, oil, peanuts, sweetened condensed milk, and peanut butter. I bet you have everything in your kitchen right now. See, you need to make these bars! They are calling your name.

The bars are layered with all kinds of goodness. The bottom layer is brownie with chopped up peanuts in the mix. The middle layer is a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and creamy peanut butter. Sweet! And to top it all off, you get another layer of peanutty brownie.

The bars are chocolaty, crunchy, with a creamy peanut butter center. I shared them with friends and everyone gave them two thumbs up. If you would like to make Peanutty Buckeye Bars…and I highly suggest you do, click here for the recipe. Enjoy!

 

Two Peas and Their Pod, is a popular food blog by husband and wife team, Josh and Maria Lichty. The blog is full of simple, fresh, and family friendly recipes. Cookie lovers will also enjoy perusing the site’s cookie collection-with close to 200 cookie recipes, you are sure to find a few favorites. Maria and Josh also have two cookbooks that are all about, you guessed it, cookies. The peas also blog about travel and every day life. Make sure you visit Two Peas and Their Pod for sweet and savory recipes-their kitchen is always open! You can also follow Two Peas and Their Pod on Facebook, Twitter, PinterestInstagram, and Google+


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