Category Archives: Cookies – Bar Cookies and Brownies

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 »

Orangesicle Magic Bars

Orangesicle Bars

Magic bars are a popular bar cookie get their name because they require few ingredients and are so easy to make that it’s hard to believe they taste as good as they do. The classic recipe features chocolate, nuts and coconut on a graham cracker crust and while it is a fantastic combination of flavors, there are times when a little variety is good. I ... Read More »

Mango Bars

Mango Bars

A perfectly ripe mango should have a firm, creamy texture that almost seems to melt in your mouth. They’re so good on their own, that many people don’t bake with them and prefer to eat them as-is. I usually put myself in that category, but I’ve had many mango desserts – from mousses to cakes – that made me re-think that position and start to ... Read More »

Marmalade Crumble Bars

Marmamlade Crumble Bars from Baking Bites

Marmalade is a popular fruit preserve┬átypically made from sugar and orange juice that has pieces of orange or orange rind suspended it it. Seville oranges, also known as bitter oranges, are the standard citrus used in marmalade, but you can actually make it with any kind of citrus and I’ve had some lovely marmalades made with blood oranges and grapefruits before. Marmalade has a very ... Read More »

Salt and Pepper Brownie Bites

Trader Joe's Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate

When I think of combining sweet and savory flavors in a dessert, I usually think about increasing the salt so that there is more of a contrast with sweet ingredients like sugar, caramel or chocolate in a recipe. I don’t usually think about adding pepper to make things even more savory, but I recently tried some Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate from ... Read More »

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies

Not everyone is a big white chocolate fan, but even people who don’t generally like white chocolate find that it is a great combination with macadamia nuts. Creamy white chocolate is a great compliment for crunchy, buttery macadamia nuts because the flavors work extremely well together and neither one dominates the other. Other kinds of chocolate can sometimes overwhelm the delicate flavor of macadamia nuts. ... Read More »

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