Brownies & Bars

  • Hazelnut Layer Brownies

    Hazelnut Triple-Decker Brownies

    July 30th, 2016

    The Husband and I were watching a documentary about prison, like we seem to end up doing every three weeks or so, and I was inspired by these triple-decker bunks they stuff convicts into now in order to save space.  Double-decker bunks are apparently old-school, relics of a time before the whole overcrowding problem, when […]

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  • Bacon Brownies

    Bacon Brownies

    March 26th, 2016

    I finally hopped on the bandwagon and I feel like I’ve wasted two to three years of my life by not doing it sooner.  It’s not kale.  It’s not quinoa.  (Both excellent in a salad; not so much in a fudge brownie.)  No, we’re talking about pork here.  Of the bacon variety. It was our […]

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  • Marshmallow Chocolate Cookie Bars

    Marshmallow Chocolate Cookie Bars

    March 12th, 2016

    You have two options here, my baking friend, and I won’t judge you either way you take this kitchen crossroads: From Scratch: bake your little heart out, champ.  Make the chocolate chip cookies like the industrious worker bee that you are (or is it the ants who are industrious?).  Get flour on your apron.  Get […]

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  • Rum Butter Chewy Bars

    Rum Butter Pecan Chewy Bars

    February 27th, 2016

    Rum- you either love it or you hate it.  If you hate it, click here or here, or go have a nap.  If you love it, stick with me, drinking buddy.  We’re going to have a good time. (Full disclosure: rum and I are still unsure of our relationship.  I have a scarring memory from 1994 […]

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  • Peppermint Brownie Sandwiches

    Peppermint Brownie Sandwich Bars

    February 20th, 2016

    I know, I know.  This dessert looks like I missed the December holiday train, and I’ve gotta be honest, I kind of did. I technically made the candy-cane-littered dessert in time for the whole Christmas rush thing, and I even parsed a few off to my 101 year-old Grandma who eats chocolate for breakfast (I […]

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  • Brownie Caramel Nut Tart

    Brownie Caramel Nut Tarts

    February 13th, 2016

    What have I been thinking? I looked back on the recipes I’ve been making lately and they’re as white as the Oscars. It’s time to bring back the chocolate, folks, because- wait.  I don’t even need to explain the rationale on this.  Chocolate speaks for itself. I commit that I will never go more than five […]

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  • Berry Granola Bars

    Berry Granola Bars

    January 23rd, 2016

    Oh, January.  It’s the time of year for good intentions to be born and fizzled by the 31st, like your resolution to eat better or move your body more or detox or quit drinking (gasp! I just read about this thing- it’s an actual thing- called Dry January, and then promptly made another White Russian.  If […]

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  • PB Caramel Bar

    Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

    November 21st, 2015

    Does caramel go with peanut butter? That was the question I asked myself, then stopped and slapped myself in the face. Caramel goes with everything. So now that we have that out of the way, here’s the scoop:  imagine a peanut butter cookie baked into a pan so you can cut it into bars (we’re having […]

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  • Chocolate Bar Brownie Explosion

    The Chocolate Bar Brownie Explosion

    October 31st, 2015

    Stop pretending you don’t want a piece of this.  (Well, it’s more appropriate to say “a scoop”, since it’s basically chocolate muck with hacked up pieces of candy bars in it.  No- wait- it’s even more appropriate to say you want “a shovel” of it, because, it’s obvious.  You can’t not use a shovel to get the full […]

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  • Chocolate Cookie Gooey Brownie Crumble

    Gooey Chocolate Cookie with Brownie Crumbs

    July 4th, 2015

    At some point does the layering of chocolate on chocolate on chocolate become ridiculous? BLASPHEMY! I regret that I even asked that question.  How silly of me.  I’m sorry, loyal reader/baker/chocoholic, for my momentary lapse in judgement.  I guess I was looking at the picture above and was wondering if I took it too far, […]

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  • Blueberry Lemon Crumble Bars

    Blueberry Lemon Crumble Bars

    June 20th, 2015

    I know this dessert is supposed to be all about the blueberries (look at it- it’s oozing with blue), but I’ve gotta tell you- the lemon really strikes a puckering chord. Imagine a lemony shortbread kind of cookie on the bottom of something great, and then a lemony zesty crumbly topping to crown said great […]

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  • Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

    Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

    April 25th, 2015

    So fast.  So easy.  So good. I’ve had a thing lately for toasted pecans, so this dessert works JUST FINE.  (Really- I have even been adding them to my morning yogurt snack with raisins and strawberries and cinnamon.  Can’t.  Get.  Enough.  But don’t even think of skipping the 7 minute step of toasting them, or […]

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  • PBCookieBrownies

    Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies

    March 21st, 2015

    Imagine you’re sitting there eating a peanut butter cookie, but all of a sudden the cookie is enveloped in The World’s Greatest Fudge Brownie. That cookie just got about 600 times better, didn’t it? I need to be clear: this recipe isn’t about taking a massively good brownie and simply swirling PB into it (been […]

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  • PB Brownie Crumble Bars

    Peanut Butter Brownie Crumble Bars

    March 14th, 2015

    I have a hard time naming desserts, because I never find it possible to express exactly how excited I am about all of the layers and ingredients and degrees of sin. Like this winner: there’s the peanut butter cookie layer, which on its own would be satisfying as a last meal on death row.  But […]

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  • Raspberry Fudge Brownie Sandwiches

    Raspberry Fudge Brownie Sandwiches

    February 18th, 2015

    I know, I know.  I missed the Valentine’s Day boat with these heart-shaped sandwiches of sin.  I’m a horrible baker-wife. I realized on Valentine’s morning, as we sat planning what we were going to make for our most-romantic-dinner-on-the-couch-that-night-while-watching-The Americans-and-drinking-a-bottle-of-Monte-Bello, that I had nothing to offer The Husband by way of dessert. “Oh shit.” I hadn’t planned a dessert […]

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  • Cake Crumb Fudge Brownies

    Cake Crumb Fudge Brownies

    February 11th, 2015

    Imagine taking buttermilk vanilla cake crumbs, frying them in butter until they’re a teeny bit crunchy, then sprinkling them over The World’s Greatest Fudge Brownie batter, then popping the pan in the oven and waiting for 27 pain-staking minutes of your life to go by until they’re ready to eat? I know.  Exquisite torture. You might […]

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  • Sponge Toffee Fudge Brownies

    Sponge Toffee Fudge Brownies

    January 17th, 2015

    When you make a spectacular sponge toffee candy, you have to chop it up into what’s basically a golden dust and then sprinkle it over top of The World’s Greatest Fudge Brownie. I made the Hokey Pokey Dark Chocolate Sponge Toffee a couple of months back and thankfully had the foresight to plan for this […]

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  • Birthday Cake Fudge Brownies

    Birthday Cake Fudge Brownies

    January 10th, 2015

    I know this sounds confusing, so stuck with me and I’m pretty sure you’ll get it. You already know about the glory associated with The World’s Greatest Fudge Brownie, right?  Fudgy, chewy, rich, chocolatey, and other words that describe the best brownie ever. Well. What if you took my Buttermilk Vanilla Birthday Cake and chopped it […]

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