Category Archives: Cookies – Bar Cookies and Brownies

Hermit Bars

Hermit Bars

Hermit cookies have the strangest name of any cookie out there. The unusual name does not have a clear origin story, but the cookies always have a very similar recipe. Hermit cookies, and bar cookies for that matter, are made with molasses and flavored with a generous amount of spices – spices that do not usually include ginger, which really sets these apart from various ... Read More »

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Peanut Butter Bar Cookies

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I am a huge peanut butter fan and have been since the first day I took a peanut butter sandwich to school in my lunch bag. To this day, I have a soft spot for peanut butter treats. I know that I’m not the only one, either! The salty-sweet combination so often found in peanut butter candies, cookies, cakes and pies is what makes them ... Read More »

Celebrate the New Year with Champagne Bars

Champagne Bars, a dessert for celebrations!

Homemade baked goods make any occasion more special, whether you are serving up simple chocolate chip cookies or slicing a towering layer cake. But I will admit that there are some occasions that call for more festive desserts than others. When you need a dessert that practically shouts “celebration,” you need to whip up a batch of these¬†Champagne Bars. The filling for these bars is ... Read More »

Gingerbread Oatmeal Blondies

Gingerbread Oatmeal Blondies

These bar cookies are a must-make for the holiday season. I know they don’t look like it at first glance, but these are actually blondies! The dense, chewy bars have the same fudgy texture that you typically find in a brownie, but without any of the chocolate. Blondies usually have a buttery vanilla base, but these bars add molasses, spices and oatmeal to the mix ... Read More »

Fudgy Fernet Branca Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies with Frenet Branca

Fernet Branca is a type of amaro – a bitter Italian herbal liqueur – that was invented in 1845. The liqueur is complex, with 27 secret ingredients that go into it to give it its unique flavor. It is hard to describe what it tastes like because it is so complex, but I can say that it is reminiscent of cough syrup, with a very ... Read More »

Buttermilk Apple Cobbler Bars

Buttermilk Apple Cobbler Bars

I bake a lot of apple cobblers and crisps during the fall baking season. The desserts are easy to make and have a very comfort-food element to them, though they’re delivering a generous serving of fruit as well as being a tasty treat. I do a lot of entertaining in the fall, however, and apple cobblers and crisps aren’t always the best choice for a ... Read More »

Mocha Chip Brownies

Mocha Chip Brownies

These Mocha Chip Brownies may seem simple at first glance, but their short ingredient list only means that they are easy to make, not lacking in flavor. They are some of the most delicious brownies that I’ve had in a while – so tasty that I made two batches in two days just to meet the demand of my tasters. These brownies have just the ... Read More »

One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies

One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies

The only thing better than a great batch of blondies or brownies is a great batch that can be mixed up in only a few minutes using just one mixing bowl. My One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies are just such a recipe. They’re deliciously addictive and very easy to make.¬†You don’t even need a mixer to bring this batter together; the batter can be mixed entirely ... Read More »

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