Chocolate Pecan Biscotti

Many years ago I made biscotti all the time and it’s been awhile since I made a batch. I figured now is the time to get back to some of my favorite things to bake and new recipes to try. Biscotti is a twice baked cookie that is meant to be dipped in coffee, tea, cocoa or wine. Traditional biscotti is very hard and crunchy. This recipe yields a crunchy biscotti, but not one that requires dipping it into a liquid to enjoy.

I love the combination of the chocolate cookie, sprinkled with mini chocolate chip and then dipped in chocolate and pecan bits. My entire family enjoyed them as well.

Chocolate biscotti dipped in chocolate and pecan bits
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yes, I know….another dessert recipe. Baking is a stress reliever for me, so I’ve been do a lot of baking. My family is loving it, but it’s not good for my waistline. I’m trying to focus on making things that I don’t like, so I’m not tempted.

Lately, I’ve noticed if I eat peanuts or peanut butter, my joint pain flares up. I did sample these bars for taste-testing purposes so I could accurately blog about them; but I should have know they were delicious with how quickly they disappeared.

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is perfect. These bars are so much better than a cookie! My family loved the hidden swirl of peanut butter in the middle.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

My kids have been asking for rice krispie treats and I keep forgetting to grab a box when I’m grocery shopping. My family is not big cereal eaters so it’s something I don’t always have on hand. I did recently pick up a big box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch at Costco and wondered if that could be used as a substitute cereal.

The answer is YES!!! Oh these bars are so good. The cinnamon in the cereal mixes so well with the gooey marshmallow. I’m trying to not devour the entire pan.


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Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge Brownies

Every year, the PTO at my kid’s school hosts dinner and dessert for our teachers on the first day of fall conferences. I usually pick a dessert to make and struggled with making a decision this year. I look through my folders on Pinterest and found this recipe for brownies. I mean, who doesn’t like brownies with peanut butter and marshmallow fudge?

They were really good, super decadent, but oh so good! My family was disappointed to learn I wasn’t make the brownies for them, but were surprised when I saved them a few. They were devoured immediately and I got two thumbs up.

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Apple Shortbread Bars

I love apple pie, but have not had much time to make one lately. I found this recipe in my grocery store’s magazine and knew I had to try it especially since I had all the ingredients in my pantry. The crumb topping is delicious and the shortbread crust and apple filling makes these the handheld version of pie.

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

These bars are the the best of both worlds – a rich fudgy brownies topped with a creamy cheesecake layer. Add in crushed Oreo cookies and chocolate chips and you have this decadent dessert.

Last week, was a bit stressful for me and I find that baking helps me relax. I’m in the crunch of the last few days before the election and see if I am voted in to represent my fellow residents as a school board director. It’s been a crazy ride, but I feel that I have a really good chance of being elected.

But back to these dessert bars … If you love chocolate, cheesecake and oreo cookies, you must give them a try! My kids thought they were amazing and they’re enjoyed all the perks of me being stressed out.

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Maple Glazed Apple Blondies

It’s finally feeling like fall here in Southeastern PA and I’m so ready to go apple picking, carve pumpkins and wrap myself if fuzzy blankets. I had a couple apples that I needed to use and an entire jug of maple syrup waiting for me, so I whipped up a batch of these delicious treats.

The blondies are so good. They are packed full of maple flavor and are sprinkled with bits of fresh apples.

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Strawberry Lemon Blondies

I feel like all I’ve been making is dessert bars lately. It’s been very hot and humid here in PA and bars are pretty quick and easy to make … plus they don’t take long to bake, so I’m not heating up my kitchen for very long. I promise I have some new recipes coming soon!

These bars were really good. I don’t make brownies or blondies very often, but after this recipe, I may make them more often. I bet these would be amazing with peaches. I loved the sprinkling of fruit, the punch from lemon juice and zest and the sweet glaze on the top.

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S’mores Cookie Bars

As I begin to reflect on the last 10 years of blogging, it’s crazy how many recipes I’ve made and shared with you all. I decide as part of my celebration, I would go back to some of my original recipes and make them again. I forgot how amazing these s’mores cookie bars are! They are going to definitely become part of my regular rotation of dessert bars to make for parties and events.

These bars are delicious! Chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two graham cracker cookies. They will surely delight anyone!

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Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Blueberries are just starting to be in-season and I can’t wait to make more recipes with blueberries. I picked up a pint of fresh berries from a local farm stand and they were delicious. I’m hoping my husband’s grandfather invites us to his house to pick blueberries this year. We’ve been able to go in the past and have picked gallons of berries that have lasted me months.

These cheesecake bars were delicious! The blueberry swirl breaks up the rich and creamy cheesecake.

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