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red wine brownies

When Monday and Tuesday feel like they could be a full week in and of themselves, fudgy red wine brownies are a much deserved treat. Because, yes, red wine and brownies, all in one. Homemade brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Until I was about halfway through high school I had only ever had…

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loaded peanut butter cookie bars

One of my favorite things to do around Halloween is to figure out a way to incorporate leftover candy in a baked good. I worry that I’ll run out of ideas for such a specific task, but so far, I love every variation. Last year I made M&M Reese’s sea salt chocolate chip cookies, the…

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s’mores bars

Happy 4th of July week! Let’s celebrate with some s’mores bars! How do you celebrate the 4th of July holiday? Are you a slow-cooked ribs and barbeque kind of person? A hamburger and hotdog cookout master? A family brunch participant? There are so many ways people celebrate this patriotic holiday, and no matter how or…

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oatmeal dark chocolate fig bars

Oatmeal dark chocolate fig bars are the perfect end-of-summer afternoon snack. Sometimes you are just in the mood for a bar dessert. Cookies and cake won’t do, but the dense crumb of a one-handed oatmeal bar fits the bill perfectly. I have been trying to make a fruit and oatmeal bar since the spring, with…

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guinness brownies with irish cream chocolate ganache frosting

With St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, Guinness brownies with Irish cream chocolate ganache frosting should really be on your menu. Two great Irish beverages, combined into one delicious chocolatey dessert – how could you go wrong? I think it is funny that, even though St. Patrick’s Day is closer to next weekend, all of the…

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chocolate chip cookie bars

Sometimes you just need a little comfort food. Chocolate chip cookie bars seem like the perfect comforting food for all of this snow and cold weather. And when you run out of groceries and don’t want to leave the house in the snow, you do what you can with what you have ;) These chocolate…

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pumpkin pie bars with chocolate chip gingerbread crust and cinnamon whipped cream

Are you gearing up for Thanksgiving yet?  I was at the mall this weekend and saw Christmas decorations in stores, both for sale and for festivity. I’m halfway excited because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas, but I also think Thanksgiving should have it’s time to shine.  My family has so many traditions associated with both…

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brown butter blondie dark chocolate brownie candy swirl bars

Happy November! I can’t believe October is already over! I’m kind of sad to see fall go by so quickly but I’m also very excited for the upcoming holidays, decorations and inevitable cozy family time near a fireplace. Also, I fully welcome the extra hour of sleep we got today with open arms and sleepy…

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pretzel crusted caramel cookie bars

I’m so excited to tell you about caramel! I went to a pastry making class a few weeks ago with my mom where we learned how to make Gateau St. Honoré, a cake named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs.  Only the French would have a patron saint dedicated to making…

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blondies from a blondie

A recipe is always good when it starts with chocolate. Especially three kinds of chocolate. Most people think of blondies as brownie’s younger sister.  I disagree.  They are really more like cousins.  Yes, they are both baked and cut into bars, and they usually both contain chocolate, but that is where the similarities end. I…

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