Recipe Box, Summer BLT Nachos & Patriotic Cookie Bars

In the spirit of our patriotic summer month, July, let’s nibble on some red, white, and blue treats!

The littles thought the red white and blue icies were very fun,  but it was the red white and blue nachos that made the adults smile

Actually, they are BLT nachos, blue corn tortilla chips drizzled with homemade blue cheese dressing, topped with crispy bacon, lettuce and summer garden cherry tomatoes


So easy to assemble

I try to keep a jar of Fleming’s Knock-off Bleu Cheese Dressing in the refrigerator, nectar of the gods we call it…

But if you’re not a blue cheese fan, substitute your favorite ranch dressing

Light, refreshing and hard to resist!

Everyone young and old also enjoyed Patriotic Cookie Bars

A simple layer type cookie bar made with a crescent dough crust, coconut, chocolate and white chocolate chips, red white and blue M & Ms and sweetened condensed milk

Did you know you can freeze M & Ms for up to 18 months?

I had these red, white and blue M & Ms in my freezer that I was saving for the 4th of July…unfortunately they were right next to the popsicles…and little fingers found them and had a few samples…so when I pulled them out to make these cookies over half the bag was missing!

But there were still enough to make the cookies look red white and blue!


Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American


  • blue yellow or white tortilla chips {I used organic blue corn Tostitos}
  • crispy bacon pieces
  • chopped fresh ripe summer tomatoes {I used halved cherry tomatoes}
  • chopped romaine lettuce
  • blue cheese or ranch dressing


  • Lay chips out on a plate or platter. Drizzle with dressing. Top with lettuce, bacon and tomato. Season tomatoes with pepper if desired.
Keyword bacon, lettuce, tomato, BLT nachos, Christmas party food, Nachos, summer appetizer

Patriotic Cookie Bars

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Crust 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Gift, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 1 can crescent roll dough or crescent dough sheet
  • 1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup plain or peanut red white and blue M & Ms


  • Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.  Line it with parchment paper, pushing paper down so the spray helps hold it in place.  Unroll dough and place rectangle in dish on parchment paper stretching the rectangle to fit and pinching seams closed if necessary.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until dough is golden.
  • Top dough with even layers of coconut, chips and candy.  Slowly pour milk over all, coating everything.  Return to oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until set and bubbling.  Cool.
  • When cookies are cool carefully lift parchment paper out of dish and continue to cool.  Can be refrigerated to speed up cooling.  Once cool, cut into bars or squares.
Keyword bar cookies, chocolate chip cookie bars, cookies, crescent roll cookies, M & M cookies, patriotic cookies

Fleming’s Knock-off Bleu Cheese Dressing is fabulous not only on these nachos and salad, but it’s divine poured over a steak or burger, on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise or as a dip for vegetables and chips.  It will keep up to 3 weeks in the fridge but it won’t last that long!

Three cheers for the red white & blue!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

22 Responses to “Recipe Box, Summer BLT Nachos & Patriotic Cookie Bars”
  1. Jodi says:

    Two winners for sure!!!

  2. Please pass me a patriotic cookie bar to enjoy with my morning coffee and I will have a BLT nacho for lunch. The grands are adorable Jenna. Happy Sunday!

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    Lots of food experimentation going on here, looks delicious!

  4. jeanie says:

    I thought you could freeze them forever! Only 18 months! (I’m serious!) Lots of tasty looking stuff here — the BLT nacho sounds fun!

  5. pattyanneart says:

    Yum!! Looks delicious 😋

  6. debra cantales says:

    I love seeing the littles, and would be very happy with the menu!

  7. Linda says:

    Lots of yummy food. Good to know about m&m’s. The littles look darling. Nachos and patriotic bars look wonderful to me. You are such a foodie. Love it Jenna. Thank you for sharing at “Love your Creativity.”

  8. Mary says:

    Three cheers for the red, white & blue Jenna! Everything sound delicious! ♥

  9. Cindy Conner says:

    YUM! Making it me hungry first thing this morning. My grands would love those red, white, and blue cookie bars! Who am I kidding? I would love those!!!! The littles look like they are having a good time with their icees! This heat is good reason why to have one too. Hugs and blessings to you dear Jenna.

  10. The cookies look amazing and did not not you could freeze M&M’s!…Then you had me at bacon…oh I shall be trying those BLT nachos! Have a great week Jenna!

  11. Pattie says:

    BLT Nachos?! I am there! I love BLTs and I love nachos. I have never tried the blue corn tortilla chips, so I’ll have to do that . I also want some of that Bleu Cheese Dip/Dressing. Yum!

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