Shortbread Cookies

Buttery goodness.  Crumbs that melt in your mouth.  Decadent vanilla flavor.  Do I have your attention?  These shortbread cookies may look boring, but they are quite the contrary.  After one bite, these cookies will become one of the most irresistible cookies that you’ve ever had.  To quote my taste tester and husband extraordinaire, “Yea, these don’t suck.”  Which was said while eating several pieces after the one I’d handed him as a taster. Shortbread Cookies Recipe (Makes 16 cookies) Ingredients: 1 cup (equivalent to 2 sticks) butter, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups cake flour 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1/2 …

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

I have a lot of fun finding inspiration from my fellow bloggers.  My friend, Gloria from Simply Gloria, recently made two kinds of desserts using Oreo cookies (Snickers Oreo Caramel Bars and Oreo Pudding Cookies).  They both look amazing and you should check them out, along with many of her other great ideas. Since seeing those Oreo desserts I’ve been itching to bake with Oreo cookies.  Plus I have been in the mood for cheesecake.  The perfect solution to both was to combine the ideas and create Oreo cheesecake bars.  These bars are a classic cheesecake loaded with chunks of Oreo cookies on …

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Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies

When I was a kid, my school cafeteria sometimes served a peanut butter and chocolate graham cracker square for dessert.  You could only get them on certain days and only if you bought the lunch.  They were so good that I’d specifically buy lunch on those days even if I didn’t like the lunch option.  Ever since that dessert, I’ve been a huge peanut butter and chocolate fan. These peanut butter frosted brownies take me back to when I was a kid and I adore them every bit as much as those cafeteria desserts.  These fudgy brownies are topped with sweet …

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Strawberry-Pecan Bars

There are many days where I wish I could press the “easy button.”  I’m sure you’ve been there.  How about making a dessert that’s almost as easy as pressing that button?  Meet these strawberry-pecan bars.  They use everyday ingredients, are easy to make, and they’re easy to eat.     😉 The cookie layers remind me of a soft buttery brown sugar shortbread.  As if that’s not awesome enough, there is a sweet layer of strawberry preserves in the middle. Strawberry-Pecan Bars Recipe (Makes about 24 servings) Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt …

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Double Chocolate Chip Blondies

I’m running around like a crazy lady on a Saturday trying to do too much in too little time.  What can I bake last minute to bring for dessert to my mother-in-law’s?  I need something easy and quick.  A bar cookie, more specifically this double chocolate chip blondie!  This chewy vanilla brownie loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chips will simply melt in your mouth. Double Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe (About 12 servings) Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 cup dark brown sugar 1 …

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