As an adult, I’ve battled with my fascination with the sweeter things in life too. I kept it mostly in check until I got pregnant. With each pregnancy, my willpower went out the window and I took it as my opportunity to indulge. Donuts, pies, cupcakes, candy I wanted all the sweets. It’s a wonder I only gained the recommended 30-35 pounds each time.
Obviously once the pregnancies ended I had to return to real life and modify my eating habits again. As a parent we want to encourage healthy eating habits for our children by teaching them it’s all about balance and moderation. I still like the flavor of sweets, but I try to find ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard.
My kids don’t get dessert every night but when they do, but when they do I make sure there’s enough where our family gets a portion and there’s plenty leftover to share with friends like these Chocolate Covered Cranberry Bars.
Chocolate Covered Cranberry Bars Recipe
Chocolate Covered Cranberry Bars
- 1 15.25 ounce box butter yellow cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick unsalted butter melted
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup DOVE® Fruit Cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs, and melted butter. Using electric mixer, mix together until smooth.
Spread into the bottom of prepared baking dish using spatula until even.
In separate bowl, cream together powdered sugar, cream cheese, and remaining eggs until smooth using spatula to scrape sides as you mix.
Fold in DOVE® Fruit Cranberries until evenly mixed and then pour cream cheese mix over cake batter in baking dish.
Baked in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes until sides have browned.
Allow to cook completely on baking rack then transfer to fridge to chill until cooled, at least 4 hours.
What’s your favorite way to incorporate candy in your baking?