Category Archives: Cookies – Bar Cookies and Brownies

Lime Bars

Lime Bars with Confectioners' Sugar

I bake lemon bars all the time, both because I love them and because my friends and family love them. Lemons are probably the first fruit that you think of when you think of this type of shortbread + custard bar, but they’re not the only citrus fruit that can be used to make this type of dessert. Limes, for instance, are a great option ... Read More »

Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut oil has become more popular for baking in the past year or so. Not only is it a relatively healthy fat, but it is more widely available than ever before, so it is a readily accessible ingredient. It’s easy to work with, since it can be used both as a solid and a liquid, and it can be substituted for either butter or oil. ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Blondies

Halloween Snickerdoodle Blondies

I strongly associate flavors like cinnamon, ginger and cloves with the fall because they are the main ingredients in pumpkin pie spice, which features in a lot of my recipes around this time of year. And I’m not the only one who uses those flavors more in the fall than other times of the year. Starbucks makes a Pumpkin Spice Latte and Mars even makes ... Read More »

Cookies n’ Cream Blondies

Cookies n' Cream Blondies

The combination of chocolate cookies with a vanilla cream filling is so good that it’s not surprising that Oreos are the best selling cookie in the US and one of the best selling in the world. They were one of my favorites as a kid, always served with a big glass of milk. The cookies n’ cream flavor has found its way into all kinds ... Read More »

Applesauce Brownies

Applesauce Brownies

I bake brownies all the time because they are such a crowd pleaser, but every time that I bake a batch, someone will tell me that they just have to pass on something so rich. Brownies are known for being decadent and delivering a big dose of chocolate in every bite. As much as people love chocolate, it is understandable that you may not want ... Read More »

Blackberry Blondies

Blackberry Blondies

Blondies are the blank canvases of the bar cookie world. They have a slightly dense, chewy texture, but they are relatively plain and get most of their flavor from the mix-ins that go into the basic batter, such as chocolate chips, nuts, and dried fruits. Fresh fruit isn’t typically an ingredient that you’ll find in a batch of blondies, but when my kitchen is bursting ... Read More »

Coconut Topped Shortbread Bars

Coconut Topped Shortbread Bars

It is easy to add layers to bar cookies and that gives you a lot of options when it comes to flavor and texture that you don’t quite have when you’re working with other types of cookies. These Coconut Topped Shortbread Bars have a tender shortbread base that is topped with a slightly custardy coconut layer that adds just the right amount of contrast and ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Blondies

Vanilla Bean Blondies

Blondies are the lighter colored counterpart to brownies. They’re dense, chewy bar cookies that have a fudgy texture similar to that of a brownie, but without any chocolate. These Vanilla Bean Blondies have that deliciously chewy texture that you want in a blondie with a whole lot of vanilla. I used a whole vanilla bean in this batch, which gives them an amazing vanilla flavor ... Read More »

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