Homemade Nut Free “Whatchmacallit” Bars

This was one of the most popular desserts from my bakery. People who are feeling nostalgic love Whatchamacallit bars. This recipe is a great match. It is also another great candy that is a good for Christmas. Don’t worry about making them perfect, we want them to look homemade!

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12 servings

1 cup Sunbutter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Rice Krispies (you can use gluten free)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening (I like Earths Balance)

Mix together sunbutter, sugar, Rice Krispies, and melted butter. Form with your hands into 2 inch squares and place on foil until all mixture is used. Melt chocolate chips and shortening together. Dip bars into this mixture, set on foil again and let harden.

No Nut Brittle Candy

This is an easy recipe with only a few ingredients. It is a fun Christmas giveaway also. Candy thermometers are fairly easy to get, you can pick one up at your local supermarket.

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Serves 16
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 cup any Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix (I like Mountain Mambo)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda
Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in Seed and Fruit Mix. Set candy thermometer (you can get one at your local grocery store) in place, and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 F or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda; pour at once onto cookie sheet. Let cool and snap candy into pieces.

Pecan-less Pie

For those of you that miss Pecan Pie, try this alternative. It is incredibly easy and utilizes pumpkin seeds, which are healthy and give it that bit of crunch that it would normally miss.
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Makes 1 8-inch Pie

For the Crust:
1 9-inch refrigerated Pillsbury Pie crust
For the Filling:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup (7 ounces) packed dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
3 large eggs
¾ cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon McCormick or Nielson Massey vanilla extract
2 cups Gerbs raw pumpkin seed kernels

For the Crust:
1. Transfer dough to 9-inch pie pan, preferably glass. Press dough into corners and sides of pan, being careful not to stretch dough. Trim edges of dough to make 1/2-inch overhang. Tuck overhanging dough under so that folded edge is flush with rim of pan. Chill shell until firm, about 1 hour. Prick sides and bottom with fork.
2.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake crust about 15 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from oven, brush sides and bottom with egg yolk, and return to oven until yolk glazes over, about 1 minute longer. Remove from oven, and set aside while preparing the filling. Lower oven temperature to 275 degrees.

For the Filling:
3. Melt butter in the microwave. Mix in sugar and salt with wooden spoon until butter is absorbed. Beat in eggs, then corn syrup and vanilla. Place mixture in a saucepan over a low flame and stir constantly (watch for burning) until mixture is shiny and warm to the touch, about 130 degrees. Remove from heat; stir in pumpkin seeds.
4. Pour mixture into warm shell; bake until center feels set yet soft, like gelatin, when gently pressed, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer pie to rack; let cool completely, at least 4 hours. Serve pie at room temperature or warm, with lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Nut-Free (and Gluten and Egg Free!) Snickers Bars

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These were one of the most popular desserts in my bakery and they are so simple to make. Sunbutter gives it the nutty flavor and sunflower seeds give it the crunch.

Homemade Nut-Free Snickers Bars

Makes 1 dozen bars

First Layer:
1¼  cups milk chocolate chips
¼ cup sunbutter
Second layer:
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup evaporated milk
1½ cups marshmallow Fluff
¼ cup sunbutter
1½ cup Gerbs sunflower seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
Third layer:
1 14-ounce bag of Kraft brand caramels
¼ cup heavy cream
Top layer:
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup sunbutter

For the First Layer:
Spray your baking pan well (Bakers Joy spray is nut free!). Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave, then pour into the baking dish and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.

For the Second Layer:
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in fluff, sunbutter and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Turn off heat and fold in sunflower seeds, then pour over bottom chocolate layer. Let cool completely.

For the Third Layer:
Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Let melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth – this took about 10 minutes for me. Pour over nougat layer and let cool completely.

For the Top Layer:
Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave, then pour over caramel and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.Refrigerate for at least one hour, then cut.