Category Archives: Cookies – Bar Cookies and Brownies

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Bars

Today was the first cool (ok, cool-ish) day of the fall out in my neck of the woods and it seemed like the perfect excuse to bring out a fall favorite: pumpkin pie. I love the spicy sweet taste of pumpkin pie, and the smooth texture of a well-made one. Last year, I came up with a chocolate variation on my pumpkin pie that was ... Read More »

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

Chocolate chip cookies range from crispy to chewy, and hit every possible texture in between. Oatmeal raisin cookies, on the other hand, almost always aim for a nice, chewy consistency. This chewiness mimics the chewiness of the raisins baked into the dough and gives the cookies a uniform texture where individual flavors can stand out. At least, that’s my theory. I made this batch of ... Read More »

Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies, swirled in the pan

The first time I ever had cheesecake brownies, they were a variation on a box brownie mix that my mom baked. I had cheesecake brownies this way for years. Some of those box brownie mixes are very good (Ghiradelli is one of my favorites) and I always enjoyed it when I found a batch in the kitchen. Presentation-wise, it’s a beautiful dessert, but the thing ... Read More »

Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars

Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones that turn out to be the most satisfying because you get the best return on flavor for your investment of [not much] time. These bars are like that. Shortbread is a very basic kind of cookie to make that the bars are made up of shortbread, using the exact same mixture for the crust and the crumble topping. ... Read More »

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Strawberry Lemonade Bars, closeup

Don’t let the unusual color of these bars put you off because when it comes to flavor they are the embodiment of summer – especially if your idea of refreshment on a hot summer day is a cold glass of lemonade. They are strawberry lemonade bars, a play on traditional lemon bars that takes advantage of in-season strawberries to make an outrageously good variation of ... Read More »

Low Fat Fudgy Brownies

Low Fat Fudgy Brownie Wedge

I happened to catch an episode of the America’s Test Kitchen TV show this past weekend and was suprised – and delighted – to see that it was about making low-fat versions of two chocolate favorites: brownies and chocolate mousse. Naturally, I quickly scrounged around for a pen and something to write on (I ended up with a napkin – which, incidentally, I do not ... Read More »

Double Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

Double Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

I have never been a big fan of nuts in brownies. They’re usually included to provide a crunchy contrast to a fudgy, chocolaty treat. After eating many brownies that were more nuts than chocolate as a kid (before I wisely realized I should carefully inspect the brownie before eating it), I decided that a really good brownie is nice when it’s fudgy and doesn’t need ... Read More »

Caramel Oatmeal Brownies

Caramel Oatmeal Brownies

I’d like to dedicate this recipe to anyone who thinks that Pillsbury Bake Off recipes are nothing more than prepackaged products rearranged to make variations on a refrigerator biscuit theme. Some of them are – it’s a competition sponsored by General Mills and many name brand, prepackaged products are qualified for use in the entered recipes – but there are just as many recipes that ... Read More »

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