July 4th Cookie Bars

Well hello there!  Today I’m sharing a classic cookie bar recipe from Nestle Toll House® !  These chocolate chip and pecan cookie bars coated with a fluffy buttercream icing are a yummy treat for any Independence day celebration.

I love the sweet and salty flavor of these treats!  Try them out!

Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookie Bars

  • Servings: 20-25
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cookie Recipe by Nestle Toll House®


Cookie Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar (packed, light or dark)
  • 2 sticks of Butter, softened
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking SODA
  • 2 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 cups of Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Chips®
  • 1 cup Pecans, chopped (I used 1/2 cup chopped pecans, then 1/2 cup of finely chopped)


  • Cream the butter and sugars together.
  • Add the eggs and mix.
  • Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Mix in the flour combo a cup at a time.
  • Add pecans and chocolate chips until fully combined.
  • Grease a 15×10 inch jelly roll pan. (pan with approx 1 inch edges)
  • Spread dough evenly across the pan filling in all areas.
  • Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool on a cooling rack. (You can either flip it out on a baker’s rack or if you don’t feel comfortable doing that then just leave it in the pan to cool.)

Buttercream Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of Crisco Shortening
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups of Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk (in an emergency you could use creamer, I used Coconut Creamer 😀 lol!)
  • Sky Blue Gel Food Coloring


  • Cream the butter and shortening.
  • Add in vanilla and milk.
  • Whip adding 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar at a time.
  • Add desired amount of blue food coloring.  I used 4 drops of Sky Blue.

To Finish:

  • Spread icing across the top of the cookie until it’s an even surface.
  • Top with festive themed sprinkles.
  • Slice in small squares and enjoy!

Photos are property of Katy from http://www.redbirdrecipes.com


Shrimp Boil in the Oven


Howdy!  I don’t really have a great photo of this but it was a delicious quick meal that I made a few weeks ago!

Shrimp Boil in the Oven

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 Ears of Corn, shucked and halved
  • 1 small bag of tiny Red Potatoes
  • 1 Onion, quatered
  • 1 loop of Andouille Sausage or Sausage of you choice, sliced
  • 1 lb of Shrimp, peeled
  • 4 tbsp Butter, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • Black Pepper to taste


  • Boil the potatoes as directed on the bag. (Mine only took 15 minutes)
  • Line a large jelly roll pan with foil.
  • Drizzle pan with oil and drop slices of butter on the pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix the raw shrimp. corn, sliced sausage, onions, and potatoes with the old bay seasoning and pepper.
  • Spoon the shrimp mix into the pan and drizzle with a touch of oil.
  • Cover entire pan with foil to seal.
  • Bake in the oven at 375*F for 20-25 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Katy from http://www.redbirdrecipes.com