I actually heard that these DOVE® Fruit were now available at Walmart and purposefully went looking for them. I had an idea in my head for a new light and fruity dessert that I wanted to try out before Easter and these seemed like they would add the perfect “wow factor” to the dish. You know the one that makes your party guests go “Mmm. What is that pop of flavor?”. Let me warn you though, these DOVE® Fruit are not where you would think to find them in the store, or at least not where I thought they would be, which was in the snack food aisle. Nope! If you want to find these DOVE® Fruit in a Walmart near you, try looking in the candy aisle. After quite a bit of searching, I found them at the end of the bagged candy aisle on an end cap display. Well worth the hunt.
I was specifically searching after the blueberry ones but decided to pick up the cherries and cranberries as well for “research” (I will be researching them as I drive to Florida on my next road trip). No matter the reasons, all three flavors went home with me and today I am going to show you how I used the blueberry DOVE® Fruit to add a pop of flavor to my Easter dessert trial run.
Blueberry Cream Bars
You’ve probably heard of “dream bars” right? Well, these bars are my dream, but made with a sugar cookie base, cream cheese frosting and blueberry and chocolate topping. Mmmm….is this now your dream too? It’s ok, we can share it.
To begin making the bars, I used my mom’s sugar cookie recipe. If you wanted to cut back on steps, a tube of refrigerated cookie dough would work just as well.
Mom’s Famous Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 cup milk
Cream together shortening and sugar in a large mixer. Once combined, add in egg to the mixture and continue to beat on medium speed. Next, add in the milk and extracts. Continue to beat. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and then slowly add the dry ingredient mixture into the first mixture. Mix until combined.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and pour the sugar cookie mixture into a greased 8×8 glass dish. Press the mixture flat into the bottom of the dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Cream Cheese Topping
1- 8oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tablespoons white sugar
Combine all three ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat for about 2-3 minutes or until creamy.
Once the sugar cookies cooled, I spread a thin layer of the cream cheese topping over the bars and sprinkled it with a mixture of DOVE® Fruit blueberries and fresh blueberries. The bars were ready to be served immediately (or refrigerated until serving time).
As I made my first cut into the bars, every member of my family quickly stepped up to help me taste test them. (It’s funny how they always know when it’s time to eat, isn’t it? Yet somehow when mom is, say cleaning or preparing the food, no one is able to be found. Strange.)
The verdict was a good one! Everyone loved them. They were sweet, but not too sweet. They were light, creamy and that pop of chocolate covered blueberry rose to the occasion like I had hoped it would! The flavor of the DOVE® chocolate combined with the fresh blueberry alone is a great snack, but this recipe takes it to a whole new level! I cannot wait to share this with my friends and family at our Easter day brunch.