Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”John 11:25-26
Is everyone else in full crazy kitchen mode tonight?!?!? I feel like haven’t been in my kitchen this long since Christmas. We’ve made hot cross buns, yeast rolls, a coconut cake, and a breakfast casserole (we are trying to get to the 9 a.m. service tomorrow). But one of my favorite dishes has been these cream cheese carrot cake bars. Easier than a full blown cake, but with all the same flavors. I love carrot cake (if homemade isn’t an option, go to Publix!), and this has been satisfying my sweet tooth in a major way.
Easter truly is one of my favorite holidays. I have so many great memories of time spent with my extended family enjoying great food and fellowship. Hunting eggs (trying to get more quarters than my cousins), having a special basket all the way up until I left home, and enjoying that special time of the year that brings Reese’s eggs! Oh, and let’s not forget the special treat for us ladies for getting an Easter dress. For many years when I was young, my aunt Donnie would even make my Easter dresses for me. So many special memories of this time of year.
Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Bars
Carrot Cake Mixture
- 2 sticks unsalted butter – melted
- 2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 egg
- 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/5 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Cream Cheese Mixture
- 8 oz cream cheese – room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare a 9×13 pan, by lining it with parchment paper. Leave enough on the sides to use as handles to life from the pan when cooled.
Mix all carrot cake mixture ingredients. Then using the paddle attachment on a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add remaining cream cheese mixture ingredients.
Pour half of the carrot cake mixture into the prepared pan. Then about half of the cream cheese mixture on top of the carrot cake mixture, by dropping by the spoonful. Next, drop spoonfuls of the remaining carrot cake mixture, followed by the remaining cream cheese mixture. Finally, use a knife to swirl the batters together creating a marbled effect.
Bake for 40-45 mins., or until the edges are brown and the center has very little jiggle. Cool completely before cutting and store in the refrigerator.
Bunnies are cute and eggs are great, but Jesus will always be better! I hope that this Easter season has given each one of you a time to reflect on what a special gift we have been given. Jesus’ death and His resurrection gave us life. He became the final sacrifice for our sins and made a way for our eternity.
Wishing everyone a very happy Easter and until next time,