Starbucks-Inspired Green Tea Latte Bars with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Green Tea Latte Bars | Revamperate Green Tea Latte Bars | RevamperateI’m new to the matcha green tea trend, but I was really excited to share the recipe for these Starbucks-inspired green tea latte bars with cream cheese drizzle over on RecipeChatter! 

Even if you’ve never had matcha before, you’re sure to love these. The matcha flavor remains pretty light and the sugary shortbread and the cream cheese topping add sweetness to balance out all of the flavors. These are as simple as making shortbread, which uses the fewest ingredients of pretty much ANY baked good, so it truly is easy. 

I highly recommend purchasing matcha powder on Amazon – it’s easiest to find that way if you can wait a few days to receive it by mail. 

What should I make with matcha powder next?! Cake maybe?

Head over to RecipeChatter for the full recipe! 

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Shortbread | Revamperate Pretzel Chocolate Chip Shortbread | RevamperateHey guys! It’s been a whirlwind lately, and I decided to start cutting back on weekly posts for a while so that I can finally catch my breath. I just started a new job and we’re in the midst of apartment hunting, which has turned out to be incredibly stressful (of course). Because I’m a total routine-lover and I’ve lived in the same apartment for almost five years (only the second home I’ve ever had), just the idea of moving causes me great anxiety. As much as it sucks, my health is telling me to cut back for a couple weeks and catch up on the rest I never let myself have. 

Now, let’s talk about shortbread! Shortbread is beautiful because it’s so simple yet delicious. You can make it with so few ingredients but add whatever you want to it, and then cut it in all different ways. It’s probably the most versatile and most underrated cookie. 

Can you tell I like shortbread?

I mean, why wouldn’t I?! It’s like 60% butter.

Well, I like it even better when there’s pretzels and chocolate in it. Obviously. If you’re like me and love the salty and sweet combination, then this recipe will be a good one for you! These pretzel and chocolate chip shortbread cookies are perfectly buttery and soft in the center with an easy balance of salty pieces of pretzel and sweet mini chocolate chips. A while back, I made these shortbread pretzel bars, but I have to admit, I love these cookies more…after all, these have chocolate in them. 

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Shortbread | RevamperatePretzel Chocolate Chip Shortbread | Revamperate Ingredients (makes 10-12 cookies):

  • 7 tbsp butter, softened
  • 6 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pretzels, crushed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment. 

In your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla, scraping the bowl down as you go. Add the flour and mix on low speed until fully combined. Lastly add the mini chocolate chips and crushed pretzels (I crushed them in a plastic bag) and mix until barely combined. 

Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Place on the lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes until barely golden around the edges (you don’t want them to brown). Move to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Shortbread | RevamperateNote, if you ever have issues with your shortbread becoming to crumbly to roll out or hold together, add about a tablespoon of softened butter to the dough and continue mixing. It should make a big difference. If that doesn’t work, try adding a teaspoon of water. 

Once cooled, package them up or eat one yourself and I think you’ll find that this sweet and salty shortbread has the perfect combination. Enjoy!

Homemade Twix Bars

Homemade Twix Bars | Revamperate Homemade Twix Bars | Revamperate Homemade Twix Bars | RevamperateRecently, I made these homemade butterfingers bars, and they were so popular that I thought it would be fun to make more candy. These Twix candy bars can be as easy or as difficult as you want them to be, depending on whether or not you make everything from scratch, and they make a nice last minute gift for someone! Plus, you know, they taste pretty good. Parts of this recipe you can make from scratch or purchase as a time-saver, such as the shortbread and caramel.

First, you’ll need to make shortbread with these ingredients (or you can buy shortbread cookies):

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

You’ll also need:

  • 1 bag of caramel candies (I used Kraft brand)
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Start out by making the shortbread by creaming together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Once it’s completed mixed, slowly mix in the flour. It may begin to get really thick and hard to turn. If so, pull it onto a piece of wax paper and kneed with your hands until it’s soft and combined. With a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough onto the wax paper until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut the dough into rectangles. You should be able to get 20-24 3×1 inch pieces out of the dough. Leave the pieces on a cookie sheet in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Bake on 325 degrees for about 25 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Remove immediately and cool on a cooling rack.

Turning to the caramel middle of the candy – melt the caramel candy on low heat with 1 tablespoon of water, stirring constantly with a spatula so it doesn’t burn. When all of the pieces are melted remove the pan from heat, and use the spatula to spread caramel onto the shortbread while it’s hot. The caramel will harden on top if the cookies shortbread pretty quickly.

In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on defrost mode for 30 seconds, removing it to stir and continuing to microwave and stir until the chocolate is completely melted. If it’s too thick, add a small amount of vegetable oil.Homemade Twix Bars | Revamperate Homemade Twix Bars | RevamperateUse a fork to carefully dip the caramel-covered cookies and chocolate and let them dry on a sheet of wax paper. Then they’re ready to eat! Store the Twix bars in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge for several days. Note, the caramel hardens in the fridge, so let them sit out for a few minutes before eating so the caramel has time to soften slightly. Enjoy!

You can also see this shortbread recipe in my sweet and salty pretzel shortbread bars.

I’ll be going off the grid for the rest of the week to celebrate Thanksgiving in Northern California with Andrew’s family. When I come back, you can expect to see lots of lots of Christmas ideas. I’m honestly so excited!

This is the first Thanksgiving I’ve been able to enjoy in at least five years because I always worked in retail during the holidays, and before that, my sister worked in retail, so my family got used to not really celebrating Thanksgiving. We’ve always been more into celebrating Christmas, so it’s really wonderful to be able to spend this week around family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pretzel Shortbread Bars

Pretzel Shortbread Bars | Revamperate Pretzel Shortbread Bars | Revamperate It’s been a rough week for me, but that doesn’t completely stop me from baking (even if it probably should). I have a pretty bad sinus infection keeping me down, so I’ve been watching a lot of Friends and scrolling through a lot of Pins in between planning out recipes and trying to cuddle with my cat. Oliver pretty excited to have someone to play with during the week, so he’s more interested in playing than sleeping. Now, onto the shortbread!

If you’re a regular reader, you probably know I bake a lot of sweets. There’s usually lots of sugar and chocolate involved. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up a little bit by adding some salt into the mix. The right combination of sweet and salty can be just what you need sometimes, and these incredibly easy pretzel shortbread bars are the perfect compromise.

Do you have any idea how easy it is to make shortbread? I don’t know why I always thought it was so intimidating. It’s literally three key ingredients. Not even any eggs. So easy.

Here’s what you need to make about 20 bars:

  • 30-40 pretzels
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

First, beat together the butter, vanilla and sugar until creamy. Slowly add in the flour and continue to beat until well combined. It’ll be pretty tough at this point.

Grind up about 15 pretzels in a food processor until very fine, and beat into the dough. If it’s too thick mix in with a large spoon or your hands.

Move the dough to a sheet of wax paper and kneed with your hands. Remember, your hands can do things your mixer just can’t! Place a piece of wax paper inside of a 13X9 inch (or similar) pan and push the dough into the pan, moving it into the corners and flattening the top. It should be about 1/2 inch thick.Pretzel Shortbread Bars | Revamperate Pretzel Shortbread Bars | Revamperate Grind up additional pretzels in the food processor just enough to break them into small pieces and lightly press them into the top of the dough. Bake on 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes until the edges are slightly brown and the middle is a little tough. Cool on a rack for about 30 minutes, remove from the pan by lifting the wax paper, and cut the shortbread into pieces with a sharp knife.

These are the perfect quick snack for sweet and salty lovers! Beware; they are quite crumbly, so be prepared to clean up some crumbs. It’s so worth it, I promise. Enjoy!