Monday, November 3, 2014

Harvest Bars and A Snickerdoodle Candle

 My tea today is in honor of my Snickerdoodle candle that I won from bj at bj's Sweet Nothings!  Oh my goodness I wish you could smell this heavenly aroma!  The lovely people at Goose Creek Candles let me choose the scent that I wanted.  I, of course, LOVE foodie scented candles and chose Snickerdoodles.

 I'm a blogger copy catter and made this sweater-encased pumpkin that I found from
Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict.   You can find the directions here.  I even had a few of my grandchildren make these. 

 Here's a close up of my candle.  I couldn't for the life of me get a good picture when it was lit!  Thank you bj and Goose Creek Candle Company for this wonderful candle.  When I light it, my house smells like I've been baking.  The candle came wonderfully packaged, too. You can find the candles at their website here   Stop by and say "Hi" to bj for me.  Bj is like the Susan Branch of Texas.  When you visit her blog, she just makes you smile and she oozes warmth and happiness.

Now for these delicious Harvest Cookie Bars, which won first place in the Easy Cookie Category of Holiday Cookies at the Dallas Morning News in 2013.  My adaptations are italicized.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked (I used Old Fashioned Oats)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 (5-ounce) package dried cranberries
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups prepared pumpkin butter (I used Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter, which is only 10 ozs, but worked and it's only $2.29!)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Combine flour, soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add oats, sugar and dried cranberries. Stir in margarine and mix well. Press half the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Top with pumpkin butter. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until brown. Cool and cut into bars.

Makes 36 bar cookies.

I am sharing this with:

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. I've bookmarked this Kitty, I'd like to make more bar cookies and these sound very seasonal! Love the use of whole wheat flour too. Congrats on winning the candle, bet it smells yummy-enjoy:@)

  2. Wow, those bars look like a bite of Autumn with the pumpkin butter and cranberries! Delicious! The candle would be one the I would love, too. Your setting is beautiful and so cozy! I'm glad I stopped by to check out your dessert!

  3. Your sweater pumpkin is amazing, Kitty. People are making pillows out of old cable sweaters too.

    Love the recipe for harvest bars. Sound yummy. Bet your candle does smell good! Now, I am craving snickerdoodle cookies and your harvest bars. Nothing like cooler weather to get me in the mood for baking.

  4. Your home looks so cozy! :) And the bars look wonderful!

  5. So nice to see your pumpkin teapot again! Love it! I can't use scented candles because of allergies, but it does sound nice. The recipe looks wonderful! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  6. Hi Kitty, Love your little pumpkin. Your home is all ready for autumn - it looks so cozy! The bars sound great! Next wknd I am going to make your apple cake with caramel fudge icing. Not sure why I waited so long to try it, but am eager to do so. I usually only make desserts/sweets on the wknd as my kids visit then and can help us eat them.

  7. I am printing your recipe as it looks delicious and I adore seasonal goodies. I thin everyone learns from everyone. Your pumpkin is darling. Sometimes we are inspired by something we see and we actually take it in a whole new direction too! Your teapot is really cute!

  8. I love TJs pumpkin butter. Wonder if I have enough left to make these bars???!!!! Fun harvest/Autumn post. Love the sweater pumpkins and good idea putting the grands to work making them! Lucky you winning the candle. Happy Tea Day!

  9. Kitty, everything about your post today is charming. I love the candle, the cookie bars sound fabulous, and that sweater pumpkin is darling! And I told you before that I adore your pumpkin teapot! Very cute and welcoming posting, my friend.


  10. didn't finish my comment . . . ! and the candle sounds fabulous. Your home looks so cozy and warm. That pumpkin is adorable, what a great idea. Blessings to you, my friend.

  11. Such a pretty fall tea, Kitty! I will have to try your bars. I love your recipes! It is so much fun to try the different fall candles each year, such yummy fragrance! Have a good week!
    Hugs, Nancy

  12. Congrats on the win! BJ is one of my favorite bloggers! i would have chosen that scent as well.

  13. Kitty, I'd love to smell your candle! I agree that BJ is like the Susan Branch of Texas ;o) The bars sound wonderful! xo

  14. Oh YUM! A sweet snack and almost sounds GOOD for a person, yay! : - )

    So glad you won that candle, can't think of a more appreciative and humble gal to win it. (Isn't bj the greatest?)

    Love your pretty teatime, Kitty. It's the perfect fall respite!


  15. Hi Kitty: I am so in love with that tea pot. It is so cute. Congratulations on your win. Candles have a way of just making you feel so comfy. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  16. Looks very cozy in your home Kitty and just thinking of the scent of snicker doodles added to your home only makes it cozier. Thank-you for a link to the "how-to" for the pumpkin and the recipe very worthy of trying out soon ! ( I will )

  17. OH.MY.GOODNESS! OH.MY.GOODNESS! Love the candle AND the recipe. I can almost smell them both. Lovely tablescape, as always. Pinning!

  18. Everything looks lovely and delicious. Your pumpkin came out so cute! These bars look incredible. And they have oats in them right? So they're heart healthy ..each one is practically like eating a bowl of oatmeal.

  19. Looks delicious! I have some pumpkin butter in my pantry, so I will make them today. Your candle brings back memories of my mother-in-law. She made snickerdoodles all the time and always gave us cookies or something she made to take home with us after a visit.

  20. Kitty, the first picture in your post is lovely. Makes me want to sit down and enjoy. I would be hungry all the time if I burned a snickerdoodle candle...LOL... We make snickerdoodles a lot cause we love them.

  21. Hello, my sweet friend! I am so sorry about being a little absent from my blog visiting - please forgive me....

    Your pictures are lovely and I agree with Beth, they make me want to sit down and enjoy with you :) I can only imagine what that candle smells like! If it's like Snickerdoodle cookies than I'm sure it's amazing.

    Also, your Spider Pizza's from the previous post are too fun! My son would definitely LOVE those :) Much love to you Kitty!

  22. The candle would be wonderful.... and the bars look delicious. :)

  23. Doesn't a snickerdoodle candle burning make you crave something sweet Kitty? I love my visits with BJ, not often but I love her personality and fun posts. This week she joined me at Mosaic Monday and l learned about bunco.
    Yummy looking bars to have with a cup of tea.

  24. Love that description of BJ! "The Susan Branch of Texas" she sure is. That first photo is so autumn cozy that I had to pin it on my autumn folder.

  25. Dearest Kitty,
    Thanks so much for the wonderful shout-out. I am beyond thrilled that you chose a candle that you really are enjoying. I am going to order one, too.
    Love your beautiful photos...and the sweater pumpkin...too cute.
    The recipe sounds amazing.
    Love, bj

  26. I love bar cookies. That candle could get me in trouble, but all kidding aside it smells like the holidays.

  27. Dear Kitty,
    Your bar cookies look so good - I've never cooked with pumpkin butter - must find some of this! Love your autumn themed vignette - especially the little lady vase :) So sweet! I've always wanted to learn how to make the sweater pumpkins - thanks for sharing.
    Hugs xo

  28. Your harvest bars sound delicious Kitty! I've never had TJ's pumpkin butter, I need to pick some up to try when I get by to stock up. Love your cute sweater pumpkin too :)

  29. I love everything here. You have such a lovely and heartwarming blog. :)

  30. Beautiful setting! I absolutely love Goose Creek candles! I won one last year I think and selected a Whipped Pumpkin fragrance. Oh my word ~ absolutely wonderful! Love bj too ~ :)

    These bars sound wonderful...I will definitely try them. I think the whole wheat flour * oats * pumpkin = delish!


  31. Hi Kitty,
    Your pumpkin teapot is adorable and somewhat resembles the pumpkin decoration in my blog this week. I love the sweater pumpkin. You are so very created - that cheese ball owl is wonderful too. Your setting for tea is just perfect today and so inviting. Wish I could visit with you and try your delicious baking! Happy Tea Day! Karen

  32. Yummy! You had me at pumpkin butter. Pinned it.

  33. I bet that candle smells heavenly! bj is a cutie for sure. The bars sound yummy too! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  34. Hi Kitty, I love your pretty maple leaf plate and tea mug. The little lady flower-holder/vase is so unique -- really cute!! You did a great job with the sweater pumpkin; I still want one of those, so I'll have to learn to make one. Congrats on winning the candle from BJ's blog; I'm sure it makes your home smell wonderful, especially this time of the year. :)

    I noticed your Rosamunde Pilcher book on the table; she's one of my favorite authors. I love "Winter Solstice" -- have you read it? Your harvest bars sound delicious Kitty; thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  35. Kitty, what a cozy setting to enjoy your Harvest Bars. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you stay warm and cozy on this cold day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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