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If the world suddenly became devoid of chocolate, I might (and that is purely speculation with no proven theory) be able to survive with raspberries.

My love of them is why, during the summer months, there is usually a bowl of them languishing in the fridge. The other night I decided I had to do something with the berries or wave a regretful goodbye to their juicy goodness, so I whipped up some raspberry cream cheese squares. Yummy and easy to make, you can have these ready to go in just minutes.



Mix softened cream cheese, egg, vanilla and sugar.


Gently fold in raspberries.


Use two crescent triangles for each square. Crimp the edges together to form a rectangle.


Spoon filling into pastry, fold pastry in half, like a pocket or square.

Seal edges by crimping with a fork.


Sprinkle tops with raw sugar (please make sure your hands are dry before attempting this other wise the only thing that gets sugared is your fingers – not that I know about these things.)

Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 15-20 minutes). By then, the smell will be tempting you!


Melt vanilla frosting in the microwave for about 10-12 seconds and drizzle over the top.


Serve and enjoy!

Raspberry Cream Cheese Squares

1 can crescent dinner rolls

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups fresh raspberries

vanilla frosting

raw sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat with non-stick spray. Unroll crescent dough and form four rectangles by connecting triangles together. Make sure to pinch seams together so filling won’t leak out.

Combine cream cheese, egg, vanilla and sugar, mixing until well blended. Gently fold in raspberries. Spoon filling onto half of a rectangle of dough then fold the other half over to create a square. Seal edges by crimping with a fork. Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Warm about a tablespoon of frosting in the microwave for about 10 seconds, until thin, then drizzle over squares.

Plate and be prepared for the smiles of gratitude your family will send your way!

She Who Loves Raspberries





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Delicious Raspberry Bars

Way back during my junior year of college, I somehow worked it out to have Fridays free from classes.  It was awesome. Then I realized I really, really needed a job, so I found one babysitting.

Fridays were great days for me. I got to go hang out at a nice house with the sweetest little baby, and the fun lady I babysat  for always gave me open range in the kitchen. She kept a secret stash of  delicious raspberry cookies, only sharing their hiding place with me because her husband and older son would devour them all in seconds. So I managed to not eat them all when I babysat. But even one of them was plenty. They were rich and delicious and divine.

Even though that baby is now a college student, I still remember how good those cookies tasted (and how much I loved babysitting Jake).

This recipe is close to what those cookies tasted like, especially if you dust them with powdered sugar before serving.

Try them out and enjoy!

Ingredients for Raspberry Bars

Combine the crust ingredients until crumbly.

Press the crust mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.

Much to everyone's surprise, I made raspberry jam this year and boy is it tasty!

Spread the jam over the crust.

Sprinkle jam with remaining crust.

Once bars are cooked, remove from oven, cool and then dust with powdered sugar.


Raspberry Bars

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup raspberry jam

Powdered sugar, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in oats and sugar. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Press two-thirds of the mixture into an 11 x 7 inch pan. I gave mine a light spray of PAM. Once you have the crust pressed into the pan, top evenly with jam. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture on top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool, cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.

Ta-Da! Don't you just want to eat one now!


Happy Entertaining!


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