Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

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These Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars are a classic! Everyone should have a go-to soft, chewy and delicious sugar cookie bar recipe. This is definitely that recipe! With the holiday season officially upon us, cookie plates are going to be going around like crazy. All the baked goods are definitely one of the best parts of the holidays - in my opinion anyways. I remember making cookies every year at Christmas with my mom and younger brother. We would actually do a few varieties of cookies. Some went to feed Santa on Christmas Eve and the rest were used for the Christmas party my parents hosted on Christmas Day. I always loved seeing which cookies got eaten first. One cookie that was always included was sugar cookies. We'd decorate them with Christmas colored icing. Sometimes we'd even use cookie … [Read more...]

Frosted Maple Cookie Bars {with toffee bits}

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These Frosted Maple Cookie Bars with toffee pieces on top are delicious! They are so soft and chewy, they almost melt right in your mouth. All that maple flavor and maple cream cheese icing makes them the perfect fall cookie bar. So we didn’t have too eventful of a weekend. A lot of relaxing and a little baking. Trying to get a little rest and get some things done before heading to Chicago on Thursday. I mentioned a week or so ago that I’m going to be working with ALDI this month and I’m super excited to join the ALDI team and some fellow bloggers in Chicago to visit the ALDI Test Kitchen. I visited an ALDI store for the first time last month and loved all the awesome deals they had. It’s definitely a great place to pick up groceries at a great price. While at the test kitchens, we’ll be focusing … [Read more...]

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...]

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