Category Archives: Cookies – Bar Cookies and Brownies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Sometimes, red velvet cakes are known more for their brilliant coloring than they are for their flavor because it is easier to simply make the cake look fancy than put together a great recipe. Flavor is unquestionably the most important thing for a baked good to have, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have a “wow” factor on top of that. These Red Velvet Cheesecake ... Read More »

Cranberry Swirl Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Bars

I have to say that these Cranberry Swirl Pumpkin Bars are just about as perfect a dessert as you can get for Thanksgiving without baking a pie. They’re certainly appropriate for fans of pumpkin, cranberries and cream cheese frosting on other occasions, as well, but they really encompass the spirit of Thanksgiving by using so many favorite foods from that holiday. The pumpkin bars are ... Read More »

Walnut Maple Bars with Shortbread Crust

Walnut Maple Bars with Shortbread Crust

I never cared for pecan pies when I was a kid. I found that most of them had fillings that were too sweet and too gooey, overwhelming both the nuts and the crust of the pie. Actually, I still find a lot of pecan pies to be this way, which is why I prefer to make my own. With a homemade pecan pie, I get ... Read More »

Boneyard Brownies with Dark Chocolate Frosting

Boneyard Brownies

Perhaps it is a little over-the-top to call these brownies “Boneyard Brownies,” but, since we are getting close to Halloween, I think that adding a little bit of drama to what is otherwise a good – if undramatic – dessert is just fine. I turned this batch of brownies into boneyard brownies by topping them with dark chocolate frosting and lots of Scary Bones Sprinkles! ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Pistachios and Cherries

Blondies with CCs, Cherries and Pistachios

Blondies are one of my favorite bar cookies to make. They have all the flavor of a good, buttery chocolate chip cookie with the rich, tender texture of a brownie – with a bit less chocolate, of course. They’re very versatile cookies and you can mix almost anything into them. This is probably why I tend to get a little carried away when I bake ... Read More »

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska, innards!

I don’t usually trot out a big plate of brownies for dessert on a special occasion (although occasionally one will slip in there!), but brownies can be the basis for a fabulous and elegant dessert: Baked Alaska. Baked Alaska is a dessert that consists of a brownie base topped with ice cream, then covered in meringue and baked until browned. The “alaska” part of the ... Read More »

Chewy Salted Pecan and Chocolate Chip Squares

Chewy Pecan Bars

There are some recipes that I’ve tried out thinking that they won’t really work out, when it seems like they’re missing an ingredient or the instructions are very strange. Sometimes, they really are missing an ingredient, but other times, the recipes really surprise me and Maida Heatter’s Pecan Chews, from Maida Heatter’s Great Cookies, fell into this category the first time I tried them years ... Read More »

Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies

Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies

Maybe it’s not fashionable to admit it anymore, but I like milk chocolate. I like that it is creamy and sweet, with a good balance of darker chocolate and dairy notes. I tend to think that it is under-appreciated when it comes to baking these days because some people are so set on dark chocolate that they overlook milk even in applications where it would ... Read More »

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