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This year my roommate and I are throwing our first ever "Friendsgiving". We decided that this time of year is about being thankful and bringing everyone we love together, and by doing so, we can remind our friends just how much they mean to us.
To mix things up and make sure no one person had to do it all, we decided to make it a potluck. But, there was a catch - every dish had to have a personal story. Whether it was a spin on their favorite dish growing up, or longstanding family tradition - we wanted to know. I decided to put my own spin on my mom's Sweet Potato Casserole (one of my favorite holiday dishes).
Once my mom found something she liked, she stuck to it. "Why fix something that ain't broke?" she used to say in her adorable southern accent. That's why, to this day, I still use McCormick Spices when baking. Even though my mom wasn't a huge baker, we had every McCormick spice and extract in our house. She knew that when she needed it, the flavors and aromas when cooking with McCormick wouldn't let her down - and her Sweet Potato Casserole is definitely evidence of that!
Once I finally got my own Sweet Potato Bars in the oven, my whole house filled with the most amazing smells - all I could think of was my childhood home and my mom doing what she did best on Thanksgiving, barking orders across the kitchen as our entire house filled with so much love. And now, I get to spread the love just a little further sharing these with my friends.
For the crust:
For the topping:
For the filling:
**Tip - I like to put the baking dish in the freezer for an hour or two before I cut them into bars. It makes for a cleaner cut!
This post was in partnership with McCormick. To explore more Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes using McCormick spices, extracts and seasoning mixes, click here!
*Makes 16 bars
Yum, looks really good!! I want to bake and eat this right now :D