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These Razzleberry Shortbread Bars are an easy way to turn pie into a cookie!
Every year when I’m planning my holiday dinners I think about just having a dessert party. I mean ham and mashed potatoes are great but you are fill up on them and don’t have enough room for the goodies at the end :(. A dessert party would be nothing but cookies, pies, and all sorts of sweet treats! I love the idea and this year I’m going to try it out! That week between Christmas and New Year’s when so many people are off of work and the kids are out of school, I’m hosting a little open house where people can stop by and have some pie.
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Mmm pie, it’s one of my favorite desserts. Serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream or let it cool and serve it to me with a cup of coffee. Either way I’m all about it. I’m going to share the joy of pie with all an pie themed dessert table. Fun right? I’m making things like pumpkin pie dip, served with gingersnap cookies, pumpkin pie cookies, apple pie, and razzleberry shortbread bars.
Have you ever heard of razzleberry pie? I had it for the first time this summer when I visited Maine. Did you know that Maine’s official state dessert is blueberry pie? Gotta love a state that has an official dessert! Anyways, they also have great raspberries and blackberries up there and razzleberry pie is a mix of the two. OMG, it is amazing! Of course I’m a sucker for blackberry pie because it brings back so many good memories for me.
Besides my grandma do you know who else makes a great pie? Marie Callender’s®. I’m not going to pretend that I’m going to spend days slaving away over a hot oven getting ready for this party. I want it to be light-hearted and fun, for my guests and for me so I’m picking up some Marie Callender’s® Dessert pies from Walmart. They really are just as good as grandma used to make. I’m serving some of the pies as-is, and I’m turning the razzleberry pie into simple shortbread bars. It only takes a few steps and it gives people a whole new way to enjoy a piece of pie.
To make the shortbread bars you start by baking a shortbread crust in a 15″ x 10″ jelly roll pan and baking 2 of the pies you are going to use for the filling. I suggest doing this a day or two ahead of time that way your shortbread and pies are completely cooled and you aren’t rushing around on party day. When you are ready to make your shortbread bars start by removing the top of the pie. Place placing the top piece of crust to the side because you’re going to use that later.
Next scoop out the pie filling and spread it over your shortbread. Then break up the crust you removed from the top of the pie and dot the top of the pie filling with it. To finish everything off melt some white chocolate and drizzle it over the top. I can’t tell you how good these shortbread bars are and they were so easy to make! I made razzleberry but you could use any flavor you like or even split the shortbread crust in half and do two different flavors. Add some Reddi-wip® and your dessert table is complete!
With the food taken care of all I really have to do is make everything look good. With the whole pie theme going on I think of baking in grandma’s kitchen, and since it is a holiday party I went with cheerful reds and greens.
I found these cute plates with gingerbread boys and girls on them and I used a cookie tin and wire cake stand to give the plates a little height when they were placed on the table. I like to make sure at least a few of the items on a buffet style table are lifted up so everything isn’t just laid out at the same level. It makes the table look more full and it let you pack more food on the table! 🙂
While I appreciate how easy Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies make everything, I wanted to hide the pie tin they were baked in so I added a little burlap to a ceramic pie dish and sat the pie down in it.
Cute right? Now it not only tastes like homemade it looks like it is homemade :). I won’t tell if you won’t.
I love snowglobes, they instantly make me think of the holidays, so I made some of my own large snowglobes using apothecary jars, fake snow, and miniature trees. If you wanted a more rustic feel you could use different size mason jars instead of apothecary jars. Either way they are an easy DIY decoration for the holidays.
For the rest of the table decor I added a few Christmas decorations. I love that tree so much, it reminds me of a Christmas sweater! I also used some holiday oven mitts and tea towels to layer on top of my white tablecloth to add some color, and at the last minute I put an old wooden rolling pin on the table. Just like grandma used!
- 1 c Shortening
- 2 c Sugar
- 3 c Flour
- 4 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 Marie Callender's Pies
- 1 c White Chocolate chips melted
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line a 15x10 jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
In your mixer combine shortening and sugar.
Add flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
Press dough into prepared pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Let shortbread cool completely.
Bake 2 Marie Callender's Pies
Let pies cool completely.
Remove the top of the pies and set to the side.
Scoop out filling from pies and spread over the shortbread.
Break up the top pie crust and press it into the filling.
Drizzle with melted white chocolate.
Marie Callender’s® Dessert pies make life so much easier during the holidays and now you know you don’t even have to serve them the traditional way. Whether you are hosting a holiday party or attending one make sure you head to Walmart and grab a few Marie Callender’s® Dessert pies and some Reddi-wip® share the joy of pie!
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