Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Let's Get To Baking- Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

Put on your Santa hat and your favorite Christmas apron!  Come on in my sweetie pies ,and let's head to the kitchen!

 It's time to bake  some yummy to your tummy Toffee Pecan Bars!!  I'll grab the bowls. 

You  mix in the flour and sugar. There is a spoon on the counter just in case you want to get a sweet taste of the dough. You know I will be sneaking a taste. πŸ˜€πŸ˜‹πŸͺ


Before we go on any further, I am so excited for today is my day to share in the Christmas Cookie Exchange hosted by  Carol at  Just Let Me Quilt. Several other ladies are joining in today's blog hop. So after visiting here how about popping in to visit them as well.  


These sweet ladies are sharing today and I am sure they have been baking up a storm and have some fabulous projects to share as well. 

December 7

Inflorescence

Crazy'boutquilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Needled Mom

Quilted Delights



Alrighty!  Do you have the sugar and flour mixed? 

Oh my! I got ahead of myself- just chattering away and did not give you the measurements.πŸ˜€ I do apologize. Well let's take a look at the recipe, shall we. 





HERE IS A RECIPE CARD FOR YOU TO GRAB THE IMAGE AND PRINT OFF IF YOU WOULD LIKE.



I also have  some blank  recipe card templates for your printing pleasure. Just grab the image. Resize it  if necessary and print on cardstock . Then you can go back and visit all of the ladies in the cookie exchange and get some fabulous  Christmas cookie recipes. 


OK. Let's get to mixing!!!!   The  batter looks so yummy already . Doesn't it? 



Now my recipe says it makes 3 dozen bars. I did not find that to be accurate unless you cut your bars into itty bitty bars. This recipe made a pan full which is more than enough for Mr Pinker and I and of course you tooπŸ€—πŸ˜˜.

While the bars are in the oven, grab a seat and let me show you the quilt I made for the cookie exchange. I am calling it Christmas Toffee Bars Quilt. πŸ˜‚πŸ™„πŸ€£


 I decided a color palette of reds and browns would give a warm cozy feeling for not only Christmas but for other holidays as well. 


This quilt is as simple as can be to construct. The finished size for the block is just 3".

This is not a tutorial ,but I will share my measurements just in case you would like to make one for yourself . The FINISHED SIZE is 16 "x 19"

THESE ARE THE MEASUREMENTS FOR 1 RED BLOCK. ( You would use the same measurements to construct the brown blocks - just reverse the layout)

CUT 1- brown square 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
CUT 2 - red squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
CUT 2 red strips 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"


USING THE LAYOUT AS A GUIDE, SEW THE UNITS TOGETHER USING 1/4" SEAM ALLOWANCE

I created 10- red blocks and 10 brown blocks.


After piecing all of the blocks together, I added the borders. The long borders ( left and right ) measure 2 1/2" x 15 1/2". The top and bottom borders measure 2 1/2" x 16 1/2".




You smell that? !!! I think our bars are ready.  OH YUM! They are a bit hot so let me cool them off in the fridge .  

While we are waiting, I'll show you my quilt hanging on my old hoosier .Pretty cute -Don't ya' think?

The bars are ready!!!  Grab you a plate and a mug of milk and let's enjoy. πŸ˜‹

Ok! They are not totally cooled off , but I just couldn't resist before digging in. They taste a bit like a pecan pie. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me today and especially for helping me with the Toffee bars.  If you make them for yourself , let me know how they come out and if you make a wee quilt like mine, I would love to hear about it or better yet send me a photo. That would make my day. 

Well , sweeties. I will stop "a yacking" so you can sit back and enjoy your Christmas treat. Have a merry day and ....



As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting,

 ya'll

Melisa

Thank you for the sweet visit. 

All you need is love and Christmas cookies!!

Hugs and Stitches!!!!  And Warm Winter Wishes!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤.

 I cleaned my plate!  This little dessert plate is from the Dollar Tree. I bought a set of these in 2021. 

Dedicated to my dear baby sister Amy who loved to grocery shop and cook. Love and miss ya. ❤❤❤❤

If you missed any of the sweet ladies participating in the exchange, just click on their names below.

 

Just Let Me Quilt
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65 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Melisa!~ I can smell your bars!! Yum!! Your little quilt is adorable!!

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    1. Lol thank you so much, Sandie. I wish you were here to eat one with me. Have a wonderful day, my friend. Hugs.

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  2. The smell of those toffee bars reaches here, Melisa!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe for this sweet treat.
    We like to bake cinnamon cookies, so I'm going to take a look at the other blogs in case I get more inspiration.
    Hugs from Spain

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    1. Oh, Isabel, I have not had cinnamon cookies in years.;those are so tasty. I hope you find some cookie recipes to tempt you. I have found quite a few already. I do love baking this time of the year. Have a lovely day. Hugs

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  3. Your red/brown quilt is very cute! Those bars look delicious, if they're similar to what I make, I couldn't resist them. My favorite pie is pecan pie and those bars taste just as good, I could eat the whole pan by myself, with coffee of course. Happy stitching and happy baking!

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    1. The little quilt was a fun quick project. I look forward to using it for Valentine's as well. I have to admit that I could eat the whole pan of these bars as well. Lol We certainly have enjoyed them Thank you so much for the sweet visit.

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  4. Toffee bars - both ways are delightful. My stomach is growling just looking at the gooiness of those pecan delights and then the red and brown quilt is certainly eye candy too. Thanks for sharing both recipes!!

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    1. They were so yummy, Carla . I feel like I could gobble a plate full of them. Lol Have a very lovely day and thank you for the sweet visit.

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  5. Those toffee bars sound delish! And as soon as you said they taste like pean pie, I knew I would have to try them - pecan pie is Mikes fave! Thank you for a great recipe! Blessings

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    1. Oops- meant pecan pie, not pean! LOL!

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    2. Oh , Donna . I hope you let me know how you and Mike like them. They are amazing. We have about ate the whole pan ourselves. Lol. Hugs.

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  6. Those toffee bars and quilt look like a winning team! I made a batik runner quilt in that same pattern. I love how simple it is to make, yet how great it looks! The red and brown have such a country-feeling together.

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    1. Oh thank you so much , Daryl. Isn't that just a fun easy block. I am going to make another quilt in different colors in the near future. Have a wonderful week and happy quilting.

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  7. Christmas Toffee Bars Mini Quilt is adorable and the pecan bars look delicious, OMG! my mouth is watering. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration, Melisa.

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    1. I so appreciate the sweet Thursday visit, Ivani. I am over the moon with how my quilt came out and am enjoying it on display. The pecan bars were so delicious. I hope you give the recipe a try. Have a great week.

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  8. Your post is the most fun read! I felt like I was sitting in your kitchen with you. Your bars look fabulous...the smell a vision hasn't reached the internet world just yet, darn it. LOL!! Love your little toffee bar quilt to go along with it, too. Have a very Merry Christmas. PS: I can never wait for things to cool, before I am digging into them myself. :-)

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    1. Aaaah you are the sweetest, Joan. Thank you so much for dropping in for a visit. I wish I could send you over some pecan bars. They are so yummy. Have a very Merry Christmas

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  9. Those toffee bars look great! What a wonderful post, I enjoyed reading it!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much , dear for the sweet visit and kind words. Have a very Merry Christmas

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  10. Melisa, your quilt is adorable and those bars sound soooo yummy!! They have to be good if they taste like pecan pie! My first thought was they look like pecan pie! I am going to save your recipe and give that a try. I know the hubs will love them!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Brenda. Let me know how you and your family like them. They were so easy and quick to make which is a plus as well. Have a very lovely evening.

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  11. Today's post is so complete! A lovely quilt, delicious bars... I wish I could grab one for my coffee, I love pecans! Your plates are from Dollar tree? I missed those! I need to be more careful when I'm there.
    Hugs

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    1. Aaah that is the sweetest compliment, Diana. Thank you so much. I wish you were here to sit down for some pecan bars and a chat. I love the Dollar Tree ; I felt quite lucky to find the plates. I was hoping they would have some new ones this year. Have a great week.

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  12. Those bars sound delicious, I mean who doesn't love pecans!!

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    1. Lol Right! I love pecans! These were locally harvested as well which made it even better. Thank you so much Vicki for the sweet visit and comment. Have a very lovey week and happy quilting

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  13. Your mini quilt looks lovely, Melisa. Eat a bar for me!

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    1. Aaah thank you so much, Robin. I think I can do just that. Lol. The pecan bars are delicious . Wish I could send them your way or better yet - you was here. Hugs

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  14. Such a cute little quilt, but those bars look so good! I'll be right there, coffee in hand. Save me a piece!

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    1. I will do just that , Wendy. Lol Thank you so much . The quilt and the bars were both easy to make and very quick which made me a happy camper. Lol. Have a great week and Merry Christmas

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  15. Yum on your toffee pecan bars, and I love your little quilt, too! That's a handy block and would look great in any color combination. You're making me want to go sew right this minute!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Diann. The quilt was such a fun one to work on and yes very quick. I was thinking a blue combination would be so lovely for winter time. Happy quilting.

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  16. Those sound delicious. They would be yummy any time of the day. Cute little quilt too.

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    1. Aah thank you so much, dear. Oh yes, the toffee pecan bars have been a nice treat. Have a very Merry Christmas and happy quilting.

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  17. The cookies look delicious. Thanks so much for taking us through your beautifully decorated home, and thanks for the decorations for the quilt! Hope you have a great Christmas!

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    1. You are so kind, Karrin. Thank you so much. I have had a great time getting ready for the holidays and I am so glad to add the quilt in with the mix. Merry Christmas.

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  18. Your toffee bars look so darn good that my mouth is watering. Thanks for the recipe. BTW, your post is wonderful. What a sweet way to make reading it so much fun.

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    1. Oh the toffee pecan bars were lip smacking good that is for sure. Thank you so much for the sweet visit and have a very Merry Christmas

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  19. Love the sound of these toffee bars, Melisa! I'd better not make any this year as we'll be alone for Christmas, but I'll definitely keep the recipe for next year. Your quilt is so cute! Happy Wednesday ♥

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet Wednesday visit, Carol. I have tried to avoid making too many sweets this year- trying to avoid the temptation , but this were very yummy. Have a wonderful rest of the week. Hugs.

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  20. Yummy, yummy, yummy that's some love for my tummy! Thanks for the recipe, the sweet little quilt particulars, and the links to the other bakers!

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    1. Aaaah you are so welcome, dear Susie. They were mouth watering that is for sure. Thank you for the sweet visit. Happy quilting.

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    1. Aaah thank you so much, dear. It was a quick and fun quilt to work on Merry Christmas.

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  22. Your recipe looks incredible, and I can almost smell it from here. Thank you for the recipe! Such a sweet little quilt to go along with all the Christmas goodies. I loved your cute post!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Carol. I do love baking season for it makes the house smells so good and all of the sweet treats are so very tasty and tempting. Thank you again for the fabulous blog hop.

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  23. Oh those bars look so tempting! Yum! Love your little quilt. Thank you for the tutorial. Your post made me feel like I was right there with you. So fun!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Charlene for dropping by for a visit. I wish you were here to enjoy a pecan bar with me. Have a wonderful week and Merry Christmas

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  24. What a cute post! I would love to make these, but then I couldn't eat them, but the quiltlet, now that I can make! It's adorable, and would make a great baby quilt with bigger blocks. It does look cute hanging on the Hoosier. I used to have one, but when we decided to full-time in our 5th wheel, there was no place for it. It was such fun as a baking center! Thank you so much for your friendly post.

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    1. Why thank you so much, Susan for the sweetest compliment and visit. The quilt was super quick and easy to make and would make a great baby quilt. Oh how wonderful that you are getting to full time it now. Hubby and I hope to do that in the near future. Have a very Merry Christmas and safe travels.

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  25. Thank you for the recipe. The little quilt is really pretty and colorful. Thank you for the recipe and the recipe cards as well.

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    1. Aaah you are so welcome, Danice and thank you for the sweet visit. I had a lot of fun working on the little quilt and I am so happy to have it on display. Have a very Merry Christmas.

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  26. Melisa your toffee bars look SOOOOO good!! I just printed off the recipe, thank you! The recipe kind of reminds me of the decadent "Magic Bars" that we love here at this house. I love your palette of reds and browns, such a warm and pretty little quilt. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us, it looks so cute under those yummy bars. :)

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Linda. The toffee bars were gobbled up in no time.  I have not had Magic Bars in years Hubby used to love them loaded down with chocolate. Lol. Thank you so much for the sweet visit. Have a great week. 

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  27. Loved reading your post and seeing all those pretties. The quilt in red and brown is lovely! Those toffee bars look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Aaah thank you so much, Carol . I had ball making the little quilt and the toffee bars were so yummy. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

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  28. What a delightful post! I enjoyed my visit to your creative space - it's fun getting to know you through this hop! Your quilt is just adorable and I've got to try your toffee bars.

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    1. Aaah you are so very kind , Deonn. I truly appreciate the kind visit and I wish you the most blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas.

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  29. Melisa,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words...
    Your cookies look so good!! I also love your Kitchen and how it is decorated!! So pretty!!
    I hope you are having a good week!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Deb. I think I am just about done decorating other than tweaking here and there. I hope you have a very lovely week and thank you for the sweet visit.

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  30. Beautiful little quilt! I could almost smell those pecan bars over here. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Aaah thank you so much, Sharon. The pecan bars were so quick to make and were delicious. I do enjoy all of the baking this time of the year. Have a wonderful week .

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  31. The bars look delicious and the red and brown mat is a perfect accessory! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aah thank you so much for the sweet visit, Leah. We gobbled the pecan bars in a week's time. They were quite yummy . I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

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  32. Your cookie quilt reminds me of jam thumbprint cookies. Thank you!

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    1. Lol How fun! I thought the same thing when I first made the quilt and thought about posting a chocolate thumbprint cookie recipe, but changed my mind so I renamed my quilt . You brought a smile to my evening. Merry Christmas

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