What to make for birthday treat?

Is your birthday coming up? A friend’s birthday? Boyfriend? Girlfriend? Husband? Wife? Son? Daughter? Co-worker? I LOVE birthdays! Everyone deserves to have a wonderful, special day on the anniversary of their birth. Birthday cake is a classic. There is no more iconic way to celebrate. But, what if you want to do something different? Or…

Fudgy Cookies ‘n’ Cream Brownies! (dairy-free!)

When people find out that I’m a baker, 99% of the time they ask me what my favorite thing is to make. It’s a very good question. My answer: Brownies, for 4 reasons: 1) They’re versatile. Chocolate chunk brownies? Peanut butter swirl brownies? Cheesecake brownies? There are so many ways to add a twist to…

Double Peanut Butter Cup Bars!

Peanut butter & chocolate. You know by now, it’s my all-time favorite flavor combination. Reese’s are my favorite candy. I grew up mixing m&ms into jars of peanut butter for an after-school-track-practice snack. I put peanut butter on my Oreos. It’s just the best. True to form, how about another way to eat this creamy,…

Hello, Blondie (with the pecans & chocolate chips!)

Blondies are delicious. They’re the brownie’s brown sugar based cousin. A smooth, creamy, buttery dough with the perfect sweetness from the brown sugar, and studs of chocolate and pecans mixed in. They’re more dense than cake, but softer than a cookie bar. This basic recipe can have any of your favorite mix-ins added to it….

Java Java Crunch Bars!

Each morning, I look forward to my cup of coffee. Don’t you?? In the winter, a warm mug of soothing, cozy coffee to start the day, and in the summertime, a tall glass of iced-coffee to keep cool & caffeinated. To make that cup o’ joe extra special, I LOVE adding some chocolate. A creamy…

Choc-O-PB Bars: Chocolate Oreo Peanut Butter

Warning: These bars are rich, addicting, gooey, and dangerous. Once you start eating them, it’s very hard to stop. Add Oreos to fudgy brownies, and then add a gooey peanut butter oat layer choc-full of peanut butter cups, and you get these: Chocolate. Peanut butter. Oreos. Peanut butter cups. Personally, these are all of the…

Razzle Dazzle Shortbread Bars!

I love the holidays. The colder weather makes it perfect for soft sweaters, hunkering down with your friends and family, cozy fireplaces, and, of course, baking! These bars combine 3 great flavors: raspberry jam, dark chocolate, and slivered almonds, all amidst a buttery shortbread cookie layer and topping. They practically melt in your month and…

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Bars!

Oh.My.Goodness. THESE BARS!! Maybe you’ve had pecan pie. Maybe (definitely) have had chocolate. Maybe drank some bourbon. But how about we take all three of these delectable treats, create a custard filling out of them, pour that custard over a buttery shortbread crust, bake it, and eat it warm with vanilla ice cream. WUUUTT They’re…

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Bourbon Brownie Bars

When you’re having a chocolate craving, is there anything more satisfying than a brownie?? A rich, thick, gooey, luscious brownie warm from the oven? Perhaps topped with vanilla ice cream? Well, that’s certainly the scratch to my chocolate itch. I do love a classic brownie, but today, I wanted to take it up a notch….

Peanut Butter Oreo Brownies!

Chocolate and peanut butter is a classic, timeless, winning combination. If you know me, you know it’s my favorite combo. Remember the movie Parent Trap (the Lindsay Lohan version) when they (the two Lindsays) bond over sharing Oreos and peanut butter at camp?? I’m not sure if the peanut butter Oreo thing was big before that,…

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake PB Cup Brownies

Fall is here! The season of outdoor activities, colorful leaves, apple picking, scarves, leggings, and, of course, pumpkin!! The pumpkin craze is real. Just the other day, Trader Joe’s hosted their annual pumpkin palooza– two hours where you can sample ANY and ALL pumpkin items in the store. The cashier told me there are over…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust & Caramel Drizzle!

’tis the season for pumpkin everything! Apparently the fact that I think that means I’m “basic.” I’m not sure who coined that term, but, I don’t really understand it. I mean, I know people get really excited for pumpkin season. But who doesn’t like pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies?? Well, basic…