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Wicked Good Loaded Halloween Bark

Wicked Good Loaded Halloween Bark

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Wicked Good Loaded Halloween Bark

So what’s your favorite Halloween memory?  Mine is getting to draw creepy halloween silhouette pictures in grade school.  I loved to draw spooky haunted houses with creepy trees, black cats on fences and of course a witch flying in front of the full moon.

Halloween Bark

Seeing these type pictures still brings a smile to my face.  So does this Wicked Good Halloween Bark.

Halloween Bark

Making Bark is ridiculously easy.  It’s ready in 15 minutes and is loaded with all kinds of fun flavors and textures. The salty crunch from the pretzels and peanut butter cups tempers the sweetness of the silky chocolate while the sprinkles and the candy corns add a great pop of Halloween color.

You’ll love making this Loaded Wicked Good Halloween Bark.   My 5 secrets guarantee your bark will be as DELICIOUS as it is EASY!

 

5 Secrets to Making Great Bark

Secret #1  Use the right chocolate.

For dark chocolate bark, you can’t beat Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers.  They have a wonderful chocolate-ly depth of flavor without the typical dark chocolate bitter taste.  You can get them on Amazon.  For milk chocolate, most craft stores carry Wilton Light Candy Cocoa Melts.  I don’t recommend using chocolate chips because in general when they melt, they’re thicker, less pourable, and harder to handle than melted bars or melting wafers of chocolate.

If it’s white chocolate you’re craving, Wal-mart, Target or Amazon carry Ghirardelli Chocolate White Chocolate Melting Wafers. You can also easily order them on Amazon.   When working with white chocolate be EXTRA careful. White chocolate melts more quickly, and burns more quickly.  Don’t even think about exceeding the 30-second microwave bursts, stirring between each.  I do NOT recommend using white chocolate CHIPS as they tend to scorch way too easily.

Halloween Bark
Halloween Bark

Secret #2 Include a Salty Item

I always like to include a salty item in the toppings, in this case the pretzels, but nuts of all kinds work well or even potato chips if you want to do a “snack” bark.  This wicked bark is loaded with all kinds of other goodies such as mini peanut butter cups or mini Kit Kats, and loads of color from wonderful witchy gold stars. Seasonal items are also fun, like the creepy eyeball candy or the candy corn.

Halloween Bark

To prep I simply put each of the ingredients in a small bowl and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Sil-Pat silicone mat.

Grocery stores are starting to carry many fun sprinkle options, but one of my favorite sprinkle shops is Sweetapolita – with absolutely the best sprinkles ever.  They have a delightful selection of sprinkles and will often send you a free “Emergency” sprinkle kit for your purse, just in case.  How fun!

Beyond that, the sky’s the limit.  Our Wicked Good bark is loaded with pretzels, creepy eye ball candy, and mini peanut butter cups.  I usually chop the mini candy bars into bite-size pieces to include in the mix.  I especially like the mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups or the mini Kit Kat bars.  Seasonal items are also fun, like the creepy eyeball candy or the candy corn.  One note:  The mini eyeballs are actually gum balls.   Not being a gum fan I wouldn’t have used them had I realized that.  Somehow gum does not seem to be a good fit with chocolate.

 

Loaded Halloween Bark

Aren’t those sprinkles wonderful!!  They would make anything into a festive event.  (Of course I LOVE anything that sparkles!)

Halloween Bark

#3  Melt the chocolate.

The easiest way to do this is in the microwave.  Place your chocolate in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 1 minute on 50% power.  Very likely nothing will happen.  Stir the chocolate and put it back for additional 30 second increments at 50% power.  Most of the chocolate discs will not change shape and will have to be stirred after each heating to determine if they have melted enough.  Be careful and do not over-cook as it can scorch the chocolate.  Keep sneaking up on it in the 30 second increments.  It will probably take a total of 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.

Loaded Halloween Bark

Secret #4  Spread the chocolate 1/4 thick and gently press in the toppings.

With a rubber spatula, scrape the chocolate from the bowl and into a puddle on the center of the parchment paper.  Using an off-set spatula (if you don’t have one, treat yourself.  You’ll love their versatility.)   Spread the chocolate in an even layer about 1/4 inch thick. Try not to let the edges get too thick or too thin.

Halloween Bark

Working fairly quickly before the chocolate sets, add your toppings, pressing down slightly to ensure they stick.

Halloween Bark

Secret #5  Refrigerate and Break

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.  The final secret is once you peel off the parchment paper, the easiest way to break it is to put it on a cutting board and press the tip of a sharp knife into it where you want it to break.  This is the least disruptive method and dislodges far less of the toppings than cutting it or breaking it into pieces by hand.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Store your bark in an airtight container in a cool, dry place until it’s needed. It will keep for 3 – 4 weeks no problem.

Halloween Bark

Here’s another version with the milk chocolate.

Halloween Bark
Halloween Bark

This Wicked Good Bark is a very flexible recipe based on what’s in your pantry. The recipe doubles or triples easily if you’re feeding a crowd.  Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Bark
Wicked Good Halloween Bark
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 people
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 24 - 30 ounces dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate melting wafers
  • 1/2 cup broken or chopped pretzel twists
  • 1/2 cup candy corn
  • 1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups rough chopped in half
  • 3 tablespoons sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper, set aside.

  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate wafers and heat in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds, until chocolate has melted and becomes smooth when stirring.

  3. Using an offset spatula spread chocolate on the parchment or wax paper into an even layer, 1/4 inch thick. You should have about an 8 x 12 rectangle of chocolate.

  4. Evenly sprinkle the toppings over the chocolate; set aside to cool on the counter if your house isn't too hot or refrigerate until set hard.  Once cooled, transfer the bark to a cutting board and break the bark into pieces by pressing on it with the point of a sharp knife.

 

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Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

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Hawaiian Passion Fruit Bars

Hawaiian Passion Fruit Bars

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Hawaiian Passion Fruit Bars

passion fruit bars

Raise your hands if you like lemon bars.

Me too!

But some people find them a bit too tart for their dessert tastes.  Welcome to the solution.  Passion Fruit Bars are still a tangy treat – but the sweet kick from the passion fruit juice off-sets the tang wonderfully and it all goes perfectly with the buttery shortbread crust!

In case you’ve never seen one, this is a passion fruit.  (They’re also called Lilikoi (pron. lily-koi).  I’ve always thought that was a pretty word.)

passion fruit bars

 

You can remove the pulp and seeds and make a WONDERFUL tasting puree.

passion fruit bars

….or you can buy it here if you don’t happen to have any growing in your backyard.

The base is a super-crispy buttery crust that I also used for my Pineapple Cheesecake Bars.  It comes together in a snap and doesn’t require any chilling. It’s sturdy, sets easily, cuts cleanly and makes the perfect filling-to-crust ratio.

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Passion Fruit Bars - Family Size Version
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Cut in 3 rows by 6 rows to serve 18.  

An AlohaDreams.com recipe

Course: Dessert
Servings: 18 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Shortbread Base:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (4.25 ounces or 120 grams) spoon into measuring cup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick, melted and slightly cooled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Filling:
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups granulated sugar (increase sugar to 2 2/3 cups if using passion fruit concentrate)
  • 1 1/2 cups passion fruit puree
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
For the Shortbread Base:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on all sides to lift later. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan.

  3. Bake at 350 degrees about 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While the crust is baking, prepare the passion fruit filling.

For the Filling:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, and passion fruit puree. Sift the flour into the egg mixture. Whisk until combined.
  2. When the crust is done baking, slide the rack half-way out of the oven. Pour the filling over the hot crust and return it to the oven. Reduce temperature to 325 F and bake for 25-30 minutes. It’s done when the center barely jiggles when the pan is tapped.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool until it reaches room temperature, then refrigerate to get cold before cutting.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  1. When ready to serve, remove the bars from the pan using the parchment or foil to lift. Cut into 3 rows by 6 rows for 18 bars, wiping the knife between cuts. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar and serving.

 

Large Group

 

Passion Fruit Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Cut into 4 rows by 6 rows to make 24 bars.

An AlohaDreams.com recipe

Course: Dessert
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Shortbread base
  • 3 cups all-purpose bleached flour (12.75 ounces or 360 gram) Spoon into measuring cup to measure
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks, melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Filling:
  • 16 large eggs
  • 4 2/3 cups granulated sugar (increase sugar to 5 cups if using passion fruit concentrate)
  • 3 cups passion fruit puree (24 fl. ounces)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Special Equipment
  • 1 (13 x 18) half sheet baking pan
Instructions
For the Shortbread Base:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of 13 x 18 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on all sides to lift later. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees about 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While the crust is baking, prepare the passion fruit filling.

For the Filling:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, and passion fruit puree. Sift the flour into the egg mixture. Whisk until combined.
  2. When the crust is done baking, slide the rack half-way out of the oven. Pour the filling over the hot crust and return it to the oven. Reduce temperature to 325 F and bake for 25-30 minutes. It’s done when the center barely jiggles when the pan is tapped.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool until it reaches room temperature, then refrigerate to get cold before cutting.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  1. When ready to serve, remove the bars from the pan using the parchment or foil to lift. Cut into 4 rows by 6 rows for 24 bars, wiping the knife between cuts. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar and serving.

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

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Beach Baby Pudding Cups

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

Aren’t these darling?

These Beach Baby Coconut Pudding Cups are everything great about the islands: creamy coconut pudding, sweet juicy pineapple and the “sand” is crushed Golden Oreo’s.  I’ve made them multiple times for kids and the kids LOVE ‘EM (not to mention the adults).  You will too since they are so easy to make.  They are one of the 6 different desserts we’re having at our luau this weekend, including Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars and Maui Flip Flops !!

How fun is that??

If you’ve seen recipes calling for an Oreo cookie crust you may have been like me and wondered if the recipe called for the whole cookie or just the 2 outside cookie “shells” without the creamy filling.  And the answer is…..the whole cookie!  Simply put the entire cookie in the food processor.  Pulse it until it’s the consistency of sand.

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

These taste best if made the same day. But you can make them the night before if you’re stretched for time.

Go for it even if you’re not having a luau. The kids EVERYONE will love them!

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

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Beach Baby Pudding Cups
Beach Baby Pudding Cups - Family Size
Prep Time
30 mins
 

Makes approximately 12 servings.

An AlohaDreams.com recipe.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 (4 ounces) package cream cheese bar , softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces Cool Whip topping
  • 1 (3 ounce) box JELL-O coconut cream pudding mix (vanilla works too)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple in juice , drained very well.
  • 1/2 (1 pound 3.1 ounce) package Golden Oreos
Special Equipment
  • 12 paper drink umbrellas
  • 12 (9 ounce) plastic tumblers
Instructions
  1. Set out cream cheese and butter to soften. (Aloha Tip: to use immediately, you can soften the cream cheese by completely unwrapping it, placing in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving it for 10 seconds. You can do the same with the butter).

  2. Put complete Oreo cookie (both cookie and fillinin the food processor and blend using pluses until they are the texture of sand. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with mixer. Fold in Cool Whip until well combined. In a separate bowl mix pudding mix and milk with a whisk. When well combined, add pudding to cream cheese mixture. Spoon the pudding cream cheese mixture into a 1 gallon bag. Place bag in a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes to get thicker.
  4. Drain the pineapple in a strainer for 10 minutes, pressing down to remove the extra juice).
MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point up to 1 day ahead. Cover the Oreo crumbs and refrigerate the pineapple and cream cheese mixtures each in a separate covered container.
  1. To assemble, place several tablespoons of Oreo crumbs in each tumbler. Cut off the corner of the baggie containing the pudding mixture. Add about ½ inch of the cream cheese pudding mixture to each tumbler. Gently tap the tumblers on the counter to displace any air bubbles if necessary. Add a layer of the crushed pineapple. Add another layer of several more tablespoons of Oreo Crumbs. Add a second half-inch layer of the pudding mixture followed with a second layer of the crushed pineapple. Top off with a layer of Oreo crumbs and a drink umbrella.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best made the same day but can be made the day before.

 

Large Group

 

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Beach Baby Pudding Cups
Beach Baby Pudding Cups - Large Group
Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
 

A real kid pleaser for your next party or family dinner.  

An AlohaDreams.com recipe.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 28 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 ounce) cream cheese bars , softened
  • ¼ cup butter , softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 containers - 1 (8 ounce) container, 1 (12 ounce) Cool Whip topping
  • 1 (3 ounce) box JELL-O coconut cream pudding mix (vanilla works too)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice , drained very well.
  • 1 (1 pound 3.1 ounce) package Golden Oreos
Special Equipment
  • 28 paper drink umbrellas
  • 28 (9 ounce) plastic tumblers
Instructions
  1. Set out cream cheese and butter to soften. (Aloha Tip: to use immediately, you can soften the cream cheese by completely unwrapping it, placing in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving it for 10 seconds. You can do the same with the butter.)

  2. Put complete Oreo cookie (both cookie and filling) in the food processor and blend using pluses until they are the texture of sand. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with mixer. Fold in Cool Whip until well combined. In a separate bowl mix pudding mix and milk with a whisk. When well combined, add pudding to cream cheese mixture. Spoon the pudding cream cheese mixture into a 1 gallon bag. Place bag in a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes to get thicker.

  4. Drain the pineapple in a strainer for 10 minutes, pressing down to remove the extra juice).

  5. MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point up to 1 day ahead. Cover the Oreo crumbs and refrigerate the pineapple and cream cheese mixtures each in a separate covered container.

  6. To assemble, place several tablespoons of Oreo crumbs in each tumbler. Cut off the corner of the baggie containing the pudding mixture. Add about ½ inch of the cream cheese pudding mixture to each tumbler. Gently tap the tumblers on the counter to displace any air bubbles if necessary. Add a thin layer of the crushed pineapple. Add another thin layer of Oreo Crumbs. Add a second thin layer of the pudding mixture followed with a second thin layer of the crushed pineapple. Top off with a sprinkling of the Oreo crumbs and a drink umbrella.

  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Best made the same day, but can be made the night before.

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
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If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

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Luscious Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Have you ever been to The Polynesian Cultural Center?  If not, you really owe it to yourself to visit it if you’re on Oahu.  You’ll enjoy exploring the rich heritage of 6 Pacific Islands. Wander through 42 acres of tropical splendor and enjoy the adventure of traditional hands-on activities.

Polynesian Cultural Center Recipes

You can learn to cook the Samoan way, using sticks, stones, leaves, husks, coconut milk, taro, fish, and plenty of patience. Or dine like alii (a hereditary line of rulers) at an authentic Polynesian luau and top it off with the most spectacular evening show in the islands.

Polynesian Cultural Center Recipes
One of the best desserts at the luau is a delicious pineapple dessert bar.  But you don’t have to plan a luau to enjoy these.  I really think you’ll like them.  Even people who don’t like pineapple or coconut take a bite and say “WOW!”    Treat yourself to a mini trip to Hawaii with these!
Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

You’ll love how amazing these bars will turn out.  They start with my favorite shortbread cookie as a base.  On that is spread a wonderful creamy cheesecake with a hint of pineapple, sweet white chocolate chips and crunchy toasted macadamia nuts.  Sprinkle on some toasted coconut and you’ll find out why everyone loves these!  They’re the next best thing to a trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center!

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

These wonderful bars use my favorite shortbread recipe as a base.  It’s buttery, crunchy and firm enough to hold together even when cut into small bar-size pieces.  The dough comes together very easily and then you simply press it into the baking pan.  Since you won’t be seeing it under all that delightful pineapple cheesecake filling, it doesn’t have to be very neat, simply even.

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

If you’ve never baked shortbread before the main thing is making sure you don’t over cook it.  You want to remove it from the oven when it’s a very light golden brown.  No darker than this.

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Cut into 4 rows by 6 rows to create 24 squares.  This is a reasonable size for a single serving.  Like this.

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

To serve a larger group cut each of the 24 squares in half long-wise.  This size is ok if you’re serving several dessert choices, with enough of each choice for every guest.

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

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Luscious Hawaiian Cheesecake Bars – Family Size
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

An AlohaDreams.com recipe.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the shortbread base
  • 1 cup all-purpose bleached flour (4.25 ounces or 120 grams), spoon into measuring cup to measure
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick, melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple un-drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chip
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts , divided
For the garnish
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut , toasted
Special Equipment
  • 1 8 x 8 baking dish
Instructions
For the garnish
  1. Move oven shelf to top position and turn on broiler. Spread 1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut and 1/4 cup rough chopped macadamia nuts on a cookie sheet. Heat under the broiler (DO NOT LEAVE THE BROILER) until coconut and nuts are a golden brown. (IF YOU LEAVE IT CAN EASILY BURN) Remove from oven and set aside.

For the shortbread base
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on all sides to lift later. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees about 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While the crust is baking, prepare the coconut topping and cream cheese filling.
For the filling
  1. In a large bowl, with a mixer or by hand, mix eggs and 1 cup powdered sugar until completely combined. Add cream cheese, sugar, crushed pineapple and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly. Gently fold-in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts.

  2. Spread filling evenly over the shortbread base. Increase oven temperature to 350 and bake on ON A CENTER SHELF for additional 25 minutes or until batter is set. Remove from oven, immediately sprinkle 1/4 cup reserved chopped, toasted macadamia nuts and 1/2 cup toasted coconut.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Let cool, cover lightly and refrigerated at least 12 and up to 24 hours.
  1. When ready to serve cut into bars.

 

Large Group

 

Luscious Hawaiian Cheesecake Bars – Large Group
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

An AlohaDreams.com recipe.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the shortbread base
  • 3 cups all-purpose bleached flour (12.75 ounces or 360 grams) , spoon into measuring cup to measure
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks, melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the filling
  • 16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups crushed pineapple un-drained (one 20 ounce can)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips divided
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts divided
For the garnish
  • 1 cup sweetened flake coconut , toasted
Special Equipment
  • 1 (13 inch x 18 inch) half sheet baking sheet
Instructions
For the garnish
  1. Move oven shelf to top position and turn on broiler.  Spread 1 cup sweetened flake coconut and 1/2 cup rough chopped macadamia nuts on a cookie sheet.  Heat under the broiler (DO NOT LEAVE THE BROILER) until coconut and nuts are a golden brown.   (IF YOU LEAVE IT CAN EASILY BURN)  Remove from oven and set aside.

For the shortbread base
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line the bottom and sides of baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on all sides. Set aside.

    In a medium bowl stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. 

    Bake at 300 degrees about 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While the crust is baking, prepare the coconut topping and cream cheese filling.

For the filling
  1. In a large bowl, with a mixer or by hand, mix eggs and 2 cups powdered sugar until completely combined.  Add cream cheese, sugar, crushed pineapple and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly.  Gently fold-in 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts, reserving 1/2 cup of  white chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts.  

    Spread filling evenly over the shortbread base.  Increase oven temperature to 350 and bake on ON A CENTER SHELF for additional 25 minutes or until batter is set. Remove from oven, immediately sprinkle 1/2 cup reserved chopped, toasted macadamia nuts and 1 cup toasted coconut.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Let cool, cover lightly and refrigerated at least 12 and up to 24 hours.
  1. When ready to serve cut into bars, 4 rows by 6 rows for a total of 24 bars.

 

 

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

Looking for a quick and easy treat?  This Hawaiian Wedding Cake comes together in a snap and tastes like a piña colada on your plate. It’s a perfect luau recipe.  Using a simple cake mix, the three layers on top – crushed pineapple, a creamy pudding, whipped topping with toasted coconut – transport you on a tropical vacation.

You’ll want to make sure your cream cheese is softened before making this cake otherwise you’ll have un-blended pockets of cream cheese in your pudding mixture.  If you’re like me and forget to set the cream cheese out to soften there’s an easy solution.  Just cut the cream cheese in cubes, place it in a microwavable bowl and microwave for about 15 – 20 seconds.  Stir well.  If it is still not completely softened, continue for additional 10 second increments. Don’t allow the cream cheese to become hot.  You just want it soft enough to mix easily.

You’ll also want to use whole milk to mix with the pudding.   The whole milk does a better job thickening the pudding then skim or 2% milk.

Family Size

 

4 from 3 votes
Hawaiian Wedding Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This is an easy, tasty cake which comes together quickly.  Ignore the directions on the cake mix box and use just the ingredients in the recipe.  Cut in 3 rows x 6 rows to serve 18.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 18 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (approx. 15 - 18 ounce size)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese cubed (bring to room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cans (one 20 ounce, one 8 ounce) crushed pineapple , drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) carton frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut toasted
Instructions
  1. Set out cream cheese and whipped topping to come to soften to make them easy to spread.  Spread coconut on a baking sheet and put under broiler until golden brown.  DO NOT WALK AWAY.  Set aside.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Spray a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, egg whites and egg. (That's all you're adding. Do not add ingredients on the cake box.) Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer to the prepared 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. When cake is done, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  5. While cake is baking, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk then add pudding and continue mixing until well blended.
  6. Drain pineapple and spread over cake.  Spread pudding mixture over the pineapple.   Top with whipped topping.  Sprinkle toasted coconut over cake.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point 6 - 8 hours before serving.
  1. Store in the refrigerator.   Cut in 3 rows x 6 rows to serve 18.

 

Large Group

 

4 from 3 votes
Hawaiian Wedding Cake
Hawaiian Wedding Cake - Large Group Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This is a quick and easy crowd pleaser.  Do not use ingredients on the cake mix box. This is a double recipe, using two (9 x 13 inch) baking pans.   Cut each pan in 3 rows x 6 rows to serve 18 per pan, or a total of 36.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 36 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 2 packages yellow cake mix approx. 15 - 18 size
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese , cubed (bring to room temperature
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 cans (two 20 ounces, two 8 ounces) crushed pineapple , drained
  • 2 (8 ounce cartons) frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut , toasted
Instructions
  1. Set out cream cheese and whipped topping to come to soften to make them easy to spread. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and put under broiler until golden brown. DO NOT WALK AWAY.  Set aside.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, egg whites and egg. (That's all you're adding. Do not add ingredients on the cake box.) Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Divide batter between the two prepared 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. When cakes are done, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  5. While cakes are baking, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk then add pudding and continue mixing until well blended.
  6. Drain pineapple and spread, dividing between the two cakes. Spread pudding mixture over the pineapple. Top with whipped topping. Sprinkle toasted coconut over cakes.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point 6 - 8 hours before serving.
  1. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Explore Aloha Dreams

Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
Dream Home Bathroom

EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

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Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Now that I’m almost done with the recipes for our church Youth Conference, you’d think I be finished with the desserts….

Never!!  (Even if I wanted to, Jeff wouldn’t let me.)

Nope.  Now I’ve been working on the Camping Recipes for a Young Men’s Super Activity at the local lake.  What do you feed 45 young men and their leaders who have spent a hot day water skiing, skeet shooting and mountain biking?  Plenty of ice-cold, yummy desserts, that’s what.  And of course chocolate has to be in the mix somewhere……

So let’s start with this Heath Bar Freezer Pie.

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

It’s one of 3 freezer pies I made for the camp out.  Here are the other 2 pies I made: Birthday Cake Freezer Pie (creamy vanilla ice cream loaded with chunks of birthday cake, frosting and sprinkles) and a real favorite – Oh Yeah Momma Freezer Pie.  I’ll be adding the recipes shortly.  In the meantime, check out my Camping Recipes page.  I’ll be adding those recipes soon as well.

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

The process is so simple, I almost hate to call it a recipe.  Just chop up the heath bars, like so.

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Mix them with the softened ice cream.  Mound it in the pre-made Oreo cookie pie shell.  Cover with the topping mixture, sprinkle on more Heath Bars and freeze.  It’s really easy!

By the way – in case you’re wondering what happens if you turn your pie crust upside down to brush several crumbs from the bottom onto your plate for an especially realistic “artistic composition”, THIS happens.

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Just sayin’…..

Don’t forget to check out the new Campfire Menu & Recipes page.  I’m adding the recipes as we speak.

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Heath Bar Freezer Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
 

One of the tricks to making pies look amazingly decadant is a high dome.  Spreading 12 ounces of whipped topping on this freezer pie accomplished that!  You will look marvelous darling.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Crust (or you can use a pre-made chocolate Oreo crust)
  • 1 Oreo cookie chocolate pie crust
For the Pie
  • 48 ounces vanilla Ice Cream
  • 8 full size Heath candy bars
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping thawed
  • chocolate syrup , optional
For Storage of the Pie(s)
  • 2-4 pounds dry ice
Instructions
  1. Several hours prior to preparing: Place whipped topping in refrigerator to thaw. Set out the cream cheese to soften.  Place the Heath Bars in the freezer.  

  2. When ready to begin preparation, set out the ice cream to soften.

  3. Chop 6 of the frozen Heath candy bars into bite-sized chunks.  (You'll be holding back the other 2 of the 8 bars for the topping.)

  4. Once the ice cream is soft enough to stir with some effort, mix in the frozen Heath Bar chunks.  

  5. Gently add the ice cream mixture to the pie crust, being careful not to tear the bottom or sides of the crust.  Mound the ice cream mixture in the crust and cover with plastic.  Place in freezer for at least 2 hours.

  6. Meanwhile, In a large bowl combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Whisk together until well combined.

  7. Fold in 1 tub (12 ounces) of the thawed whipped topping.

  8. Stir until combined. Remove the pie from the freezer and spoon the cream cheese mixture over the ice cream. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to gently and evenly spread the filling.

  9. Rough chop the 2 remaining Heath bars into bite size pieces.  Sprinkle onto the pie.

  10. Cover and freeze at least 3 hours.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Can be made to this point and frozen, gently wrapped with plastic wrap for up to 1 month.  To transport the pie to the campout, place in a cooler sitting on a bag of ice with several pounds dry ice in a bag to the side to maintain the temperature.

  2. When ready to serve, cut into pieces.  Optional - drizzle with chocolate syrup.

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Explore Aloha Dreams

Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
Dream Home Bathroom

EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

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