Category Archives: Cookies – Bar Cookies and Brownies

Maple Coconut Blondies

Maple Coconut Blondies

As much as I like brownies, I would have to say that I always have a soft spot in my heart and a place in my kitchen for blondies. They tend to be more cookie-like and less chocolaty than brownies, but since they’re not defined by their cocoa content, there are even more ways to deviate from the standard and experiment with different flavors and ... Read More »

Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans

Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans, top view

Is there a rule somewhere that says that brownies must be chocolate? Can something other than chocolate be the primary feature in a brownie if the resulting baked good is still brown in color, with a rich flavor and fudgy texture? I tend to think so, especially after trying these Pumpkin Brownies. These are not cakelike bars posing as brownies, but are tender, fudgy and ... Read More »

Frankenberry Cereal Bars

Frankenberry Cereal Bars

In 1971, General Mills released two Halloween cereals: Count Chocula and Franken Berry. The former was a chocolate cereal and the later was strawberry flavored. These two cereals are still popular today and have an almost cult following as far as cereals go, largely because you can almost only find them around Halloween (I hear some stores stock them year round) and need to wait ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Brownies

Dulce de Leche Brownies

The best way to eat dulce de leche might be straight out of the jar, but even that can get a bit boring after a while and it’s nice to take advantage of some of the other options you have with a big, open jar of the milky caramel. You can pair it with fruit, pour it on ice cream or swirl it into a ... Read More »

Fig Jam Bars

Fig Jam Bars

I’ve always liked the oat and fig flavor combination of Fig Newtons (or similar knock-offs), as the subtly nutty oat flavor goes very well with the rich, sticky sweetness of the fig filling. The texture of the cake-like cookies is not always ideal, however. It might just be a freshness issue, but I never liked getting a batch of fig newtons were the edges were ... Read More »

Magic Bars

Magic Bars

Magic bars have been around for quite some time, and even though their name alone isn’t that descriptive, if you’ve been to some kind of school bake sale in the past few decades, you’ve probably seen or eaten them. These chewy bar cookies have a layers of chocolate, nuts and coconut, soaked in sweetened condensed milk, and all stacked on a graham cracker crust. They’re ... Read More »

By Cracky Bars

By Cracky Bars

“By cracky!” is one of those great, old-timey phrases that you don’t hear too much any more. Although if you have some older relatives it might come out once in a while in place of “by golly” or “by gosh” (or some similar euphemism). And, you might start hearing it around the kitchen if you add these to your repertoire because they’re By Cracky Bars! ... Read More »

Chocolate Mint Cookie Squares

Chocolate Mint Cookie Slices

They might look like fudgy brownies, but these Chocolate Mint Cookie Squares are actually far closer to the cookie side of the spectrum where bar cookies are concerned. They are fairly firm, with a nice chew to the center, like a thick cookie. The recipe is a play on the Caramel Oatmeal Brownies I made a while back. This time around, I added some chocolate ... Read More »

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