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Are you looking for ways to save money? You're not alone! It can be tough to keep up with when you have surprise expenses.  By changing some of our daily habits, my family started to make some of our household items instead of buy them to help use reduce waste, save money, and frankly because it can be more convenient. I added the items on this list bit by bit over the years. Please do not think you have to make everything all at once! Sometimes I don’t have to make more of something because I made a bit too much the first time and we are still going through it (looking at you Must Can All the Jam! bender a few years ago.) Other times, it’s a one and done kind of thing like sewing on a button, and sometimes I buy the item instead of making it (like yogurt) because I’m too busy with other life things to keep up with the supply and demand.   Save this list of money saving ideas to your Pinterest Boards for later! Share it with your friends!  In othe

Easy Chocolate Cherry Cookie Bar Recipe

I never knew how much I depended upon my Pryex baking dish until I had to bob and weave after the dish leapt from the cupboard to attack me and it smashed into a thousand pieces on the kitchen floor.

Which is a much more entertaining way to say I accidentally broke it.

I put off replacing it after reading reports of Pyrex dishes exploding in the oven because they are now made from to soda-lime glass instead of the original borosilicate glass formula (the stronger and heat resistant glass formula used to make glass lab equipment.) Of course Pryex denies that its new cheaper glass formula is to blame, however the scientists at Popular Science explain the structural difference between the two types of glass and why soda-lime glass dishes explode here. Which means I won’t be replacing it with another Pyrex dish.

It took longer than I thought to find borosilicate glass baking dishes with plastic lids (I hate how plastic wrap never sticks to anything but itself and avoid it by buying baking and dishes with snap on lids) and by the time I found them, another dish leapt to its death and needed a replacement. I bought this exact set of Bovadoborosilicate heat resistant glass baking dishes and figure I should break them in with a batch of fun and yummy bar cookies instead of a boring ol’ casserole. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience)

Let’s bake!

quick easy bar cookie recipe

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Chocolate Cherry Cookie Bar Recipe

You will need the following ingredients:

3 Eggs

1 Cup of sugar

½ Teaspoon of almond extract

1 and ¼ Cups of white flour

1 Teaspoon of salt

1 and ½ Teaspoons of baking powder

1 and ½ Cups of chocolate chips (or more or less if you like) – I used these exact allergy free Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips https://amzn.to/3V3O8Na to make my cookie bars dairy allergy friendly

1 Cup of raisins

1 Cup of chopped walnuts

½ Cup of dried cherries

Step by Step How to Make this Easy Cookie Recipe

1. Thoroughly mix together the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl (this is call creaming.)

2. Add and thoroughly mix the almond extract into the sugar and egg mixture and set it aside.

3. In a separate bowl add and mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

4. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir to thoroughly combine.

At this point, your dough may be a bit stiff which will make a chewy bar cookie. If you are not a fan of chewy, consider adding an extra egg to the mix.

5. Fold (stir) the chocolate chips, raisins, cherries, and nuts into the cookie dough.

6. Pour the cookie dough into a 9 inch by 13 inch floured baking pan and bake it in a 350 degree (F) oven for 30 minutes.

7. Allow the cookies to cool, cut into bars. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat!

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