Carrot Cake Gooey Bars

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These Carrot Cake Gooey Bars are sweet, full of pineapple, coconut and white chocolate, and super moist! Can you believe Easter is less than a week away?! It has totally snuck up on me! I am not at all prepared. I will probably be running around like a crazy person on Thursday or Friday night trying to get everything together. Normally my mom pretty much takes care of meals when we are all together for holidays - even when it's at our house. She prefers doing it and since I work full-time, she likes to take the load off of me. I do not complain. I tend to be a bit of a control freak and little OCD about certain things, but we pretty much do things the same way anyway. I am her daughter after all. I totally grew up cooking with her. So much of what I do is simply because she did it that … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Cream Pie Gooey Bars

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These Oatmeal Cream Pie Gooey Bars are dripping with deliciousness - literally! They are so sweet and full of moan-worthy flavor - I could not stop eating them! I've been wanting to bake with Oatmeal Cream Pies for forever. I absolutely love them. Every time I see them in the grocery store, I want to buy the whole box and devour them right then and there. I just love the taste and chewy texture of those little cookies. So when I thought about what to make with them, I wanted to make sure you could still taste those amazing little oatmeal nuggets. Eventually I arrived on these bars. With layers of crisp oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cream pies, nutella, mini marshmallows and three kinds of chocolate chips, I knew they'd be awesome! Plus, it's all smothered in sweetened condensed milk. The mother … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Brownies {Like a Box Mix!}

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These Quick and Easy Brownies are truly like a box mix brownie, but from scratch! They are so chocolatey, moist and delicious! I have been searching for a box-mix-like brownie for some time now. I have a couple really great brownies on the blog already - a fudgy one, one that's kind of cakey and fudgy - and now this one! I would say this is more of a cakey brownie, which I love! Basic brownies may seem kind of unexciting, but don't be fooled. These are anything but! Everyone needs a good, solid brownie in their recipe arsenal and this is the one! Sometimes I really just love a delicious brownie, uninterrupted in flavor by all the add-ins. I mentioned on Tuesday that my parents were in town for the weekend. It's such a good thing, because I made a couple rounds of brownies and someone had to … [Read more...]

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

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These Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars are the jam! So moist, chewy and lemon-y! And they stay that way for days. I actually made them for my grandmother. She is a BIG lemon fan. She's also a big white chocolate fan. I know I'm her granddaughter because we have a love of white chocolate in common. On any given day, we'd both choose a block of white chocolate over the others. The last couple years, my thing has been to give her something edible for Christmas. It's usually a combination of something I made and something fun that I buy. Last year, we got to see her a couple weeks before Christmas on our way to a wedding. I'd made my triple lemon cake for my mom's birthday and everyone raved about it. She was bummed she hadn't gotten to have any, so I brought her her own personal lemon cake. She … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars

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These Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars might just be my favorite bars to date. They are so chewy and flavorful, it's hard to stop eating them. And with all the brown sugar, molasses and sweetened condensed milk in them they stay soft for no less than a week. Even though they won't last this long, I think they'd even be soft after two weeks. That's legit, my friends. My inspiration for these bars came from one of my favorite bloggers - Dorothy, from Crazy for Crust. When I saw her Pumpkin Toffee Gooey Bars I almost fell out of my chair. I knew I had to make a version myself and gingerbread seemed like the perfect way to go. I mean how do you make something gooey and delicious even gooier? Add molasses and caramels. Chewy city. You start out with a yellow cake mix. Nice and easy. It quickly gets sticky … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cheesecake Cookie Bars

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These Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cheesecake Bars are fall in a pan. No joke. I am such a cinnamon apple fan and paired with a cinnamon cheesecake in these bars, they are completely irresistible. There is no shortage of cinnamon awesome-ness! I actually made them and brought them with me when we saw my family over Labor Day weekend. Everyone seriously loved them. My dad was eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They definitely didn't last long. If you've tried my Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cheesecake Cookie Bars, these are a cinnamon apple version and are just as delicious, if not more. You've got a layer of oatmeal cookie on the bottom, cinnamon cheesecake in the middle, topped with cinnamon apples and a crumble of the remaining oatmeal cookie batter on top. Delicious. I apologize … [Read more...]

Fudgy Brownies with Crunchy Butterfinger Crust

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These super fudgy brownies are dense, rich and chocolatey. And the Butterfinger crunch on top adds great contrast in texture and a nice, light, peanut buttery flavor on top of the rich chocolate. You won't want to stop eating these. But before I get lost in the recipe, I want to say a BIG thank you to you guys for taking my survey yesterday! The feedback has been so helpful and great! I'm going to leave it up for a few more days, but in the mean time here's a little bit of what you guys have been saying: 1. You find the site easy to navigate and like the look of things. You have no idea how happy that makes me! Part of what I do full-time (my day job) has to do with UI design, so it's a big deal to me that you guys are able to find what you are looking for easily and can explore without being … [Read more...]

Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cheesecake Cookie Bars

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Can you believe it's August already? The year is just flying by! Truthfully I'm a little torn about moving so rapidly towards fall. I don't have kids yet, so back to school doesn't effect me too much - there's just more traffic going to work in the mornings. It's more that I don't want to see the warm weather go. Walking Jessie (our black lab) in super cold weather is the worst. Worse that sweating while walking her. Plus, I've been digging cold treats recently. And those are perfect in warm weather. But I can carry those into winter, right? I mean, ice cream is totally a year round thing. And I love all the fresh fruit right now! Even though you can get fruit year round, it's all on sale right now. So I'm trying to squeeze fruit into as many treats as I can. They'll be out of season soon and … [Read more...]

Moist and Chewy Brownies

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I think the awesomeness of brownies tends to be overlooked - even by me. There are so many recipes dressing them up recently (and I'm totally into those!) that I think a plain old brownie is getting forgotten. And the truth is, a good brownie is hard to resist. Like many delicious treats, I could sit down with a pan of them and not stop until they're gone. This brownie is actually the first one I've made from scratch. Imagine that! And it's quite tasty. Before they are totally cooled (like in the pictures), they are gooey and all melty. But as they cool, they firm up a bit and get a little more cake-like and crumbly. They are still very moist though and a nice in-between of cakey and fudgy. And totally addicting. I hear the sign of a good brownie is the nice little crust on top of them and … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Sugar White Chocolate Crunch Bars

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These bars were born out of my love for cinnamon toast crunch cereal - hence the "crunch" in the name of this bar. I am a huge lover of that cereal eaten as such for breakfast, but I also love to eat it dry. I am so weird that I'll actually look through the box for the pieces covered in the most cinnamon and sugar and eat those first. I have a serious sugar and cinnamon addiction problem. That's where these bars come in. They are filled with so much cinnamon and sugar it is delightfully sinful. When the hubs took a bite, his response was "Wow, these are sweet." Perfect I say!! :) If you like cinnamon toast crunch, you will love these. If you have a thing for cinnamon and sugar (and let's be honest - who doesn't?), you will love these. If you don't like sweet things, these are not for you. But then … [Read more...]