Caramel Shortbread Bars

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These Caramel Shortbread Bars are an absolutely delicious blend of flavors! Shortbread topped with rice krispie filled caramel, topped with chocolate and sea salt. Definitely a new favorite around here! So you guys, I am super pumped for tonight! A friend and I are going to see Boyz II Men and En Vogue in concert and I cannot wait! I am going to dance and sing my butt off! I’m pretty sure the Boyz II Men “II” album was one of the very first cassette tapes I bought. And please tell me you know what a cassette tape is. Don’t make me feel old. :) Speaking of old, apparently CD’s are becoming old and a thing of the past since the new Macs don’t have CD drives. Seriously, what’s up with that? I have a Boyz II Men CD that I can’t listen to on my laptop and it’s not cool. I’m trying to get even more … [Read more...]

Smores Ice Cream Bars

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These Smores Ice Cream Bars are the perfect summer treat! Cold and refreshing, and with the exception of toasting the marshmallows, they are completely no bake! Today I'm sharing my second recipe as part of Smores Week. If you didn't see Monday's Smores Cheesecake post, a bunch of great bloggers are sharing s'mores treats this week. My friend Lisa has been the bomb dignity at organizing everything. Do you ever feel like you're just constantly multitasking? And it's hard to turn it off? This week has felt that way for me. Work has been pretty busy. The blog is busy. Life is busy. It feels like there's a million moving parts to keep track of. Between all of it I kind of thought my head might explode yesterday. My initial reaction when I feel like there's just so much to do is to just keep … [Read more...]

Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

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These Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars are one crazy pan of bars, full of sweet and salty flair and all your favorite munchie-food guilty pleasures! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day. We spent the weekend with some family and friends, enjoying the lake, good food and warm weather. The three day weekend was much needed - time to relax and recoup a bit. After being in Miami last weekend and going straight from having a sinus infection last week to waking up with strep throat Saturday morning, I needed the rest. Fortunately, the antibiotic kicked in quickly and other than slowing me down a bit Saturday, I was good to go! Now I'm healthy and ready to take on the world! Starting with these bars. Let's get a run-down of everything we've got going on in here. It's cray … [Read more...]

Caramel Pretzel Nutella Brownies

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These Caramel Pretzel Nutella Brownies came about from my love of three things. Can you guess what they are? If you said Nutella, pretzels and caramel, you'd be right! Tough one, huh? ;) I've been wanting to make a Nutella brownie for some time and I finally got around to it! But because I don't like anything to be too simple (flavor-wise), I thought, "What can I combine with Nutella to make this brownie even better?!" Pretzels popped right into my head! After making these Chocolate Covered Nutella Pretzel bites, I know Nutella and pretzel are a wonderful combo! And I considered just mixing them into the brownie, but that seemed...not right. So I made a crust! Yay for sweet and salty! But then I thought it needed more. Because less is not always more. And since caramel seemed like the … [Read more...]

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...]

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