• Loaded Candy Blondies

    Have Ester candy hanging around?  Let’s make blondies!!! Load them up! I am blondie fan… especially loaded ones like these cookies & cream blondies and these pistachio white chocolate blondies.  Today I was craving something sweet and starting looking around and realized I had a ton of Easter candy that I had not sued so I decided to throw a lot of it into a blondie. Let me tell you… I am obsessed with these… OBSESSED!! Use what candy you have… So I threw in mini cadbury chocolate eggs, peanut butter eggs, M&M’s and sprinkles.  You could just use one kind of candy or more, if you have more… just…

  • Gluten Free Pistachio Blondies

    Pistachio Blondies are so, so good but when they are Gluten Free almost everyone can enjoy them making them even better! Hello (toasted) Pistachio I am going to be fully transparent with you, it took me a couple of tries to get these blondies right.  To get them to that perfect, slightly ooey gooey goodness. As with most gluten free recipes, the blondies were a little too dry the first go around, and then the 2nd one wouldn’t set up enough and then finally on the 3rd try we finally got there.  These blondies have a beautiful golden crust, each bite is filled with tons of pistachios and hints of…

  • Cookie Butter Blondies

    Cookie Butter is all you need to take blondies to the NEXT level!  LIKE NEXT, NEXT LEVEL! Cookie Butter Love! Have you had cookie butter?  Are you a fan?  If you are not, I am not sure we can be best friends, but we can be friends… but be warned I will probably try to make you fall in love with cookie butter.    Not sure what I am talking about… no problem.  It is basically speculous cookies (think mild gingersnaps) whipped into a delicious peanut butter/nutella type spread.  There is just something so delicious about the slightly spicy, creamy, gingery, warm yumminess of cookie butter.  I use it on…

  • Monster Brownies – A Boooo-rific Sweet Treat

    Halloween is just a round the corner and that means it is time for Monster themed treats… and these Monster Brownies are just what this Halloween needs.  A Monster Brownie with Options The beauty of these brownies are all the options.  First – you can use a box brownie mix if you would like.  If you have a favorite one use it…I would recommend one that bakes up a bit on the darker chocolate side just so the marshmallow web stands out more, but whatever you have on hand will work. Second – you can make this gluten and dairy free.  Just replace the flour and butter with your diet…

  • Berry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

    Cheesecake is always a good idea, but when you swirl it with berry jam… well thats just a whole new level of YUM! OH the Crust… One of my favorite parts of cheesecake is the crust.  I am a sucker for a good graham cracker crust.  There is just something so yummy about a buttery graham cracker crust.   I know you can make it with other crusts but for me I am a graham cracker girl all the way. Cheesecake Time! In my opinion a good cheesecake is rich, creamy, a little tart and a little sweet.   This one is all that and more because I used vanilla…

  • Cranberry Shortbread Bars – A Holiday Treat

    Cranberry Shortbread Bars are the perfect Holiday treat!!  They are a little sweet, a little tart and surrounded in a buttery shortbread… it doesn’t get much better! Cranberry Goodness in each Bite I have always been a BIG, BIG fan of cranberries.  I love them dried and use them in lots of recipes, such as this Pumpkin Cranberry Pistachio Bread, but I also love fresh ones.   There is just something about the tartness in each cranberry but then also the burst of sweet flavor you get at the same time.  I use fresh cranberries each Thanksgiving for my Spiced Cranberry Sauce but I also love, love them in pastry.…

  • Salted Caramel Brownies… YES PLEASE

    Salted Caramel Brownies make me happy… like giddy happy.   I have tried several recipes and all are good (like these) but this is the BEST in my opinion. Caramel Yumminess… Salted Caramel is a must in my life.  I love it on ice cream, poured over cheesecake, dip fruit in it and of course drizzle into super fudgy and delicious brownie batter.  There is just something about chocolate and caramel together. I usually make my own salted caramel sauce but for these brownies I used this Salted Caramel Sauce.  I love it because it is thick and super creamy, and holds up well as it is baked.  You can…

  • Browned Butter M&M Blondies

    4th of July weekend is finally here and that means time for a yummy treat, these Browned Butter Blondies are perfect!  I don’t know about you but it seems like it has taken for ever to get to this point in the year.  Even though this year’s celebrations may look a little different that doesn’t mean it can’t be yummy.  These blondies are the perfect QUICK fix for your weekend celebrations. All about the browned butter… I love a good blondie but these blondies are next level.  Why?  You ask… it is all about the browned butter.   Browned butter really does make all the difference.  It adds a nutty…

  • Firecracker Brownies

    The 4th of July is just around the corner and that means it is time for red, white and blue everything and firecrackers for everyone.  To really make this holiday something to remember make these Firecracker Brownies…they really are something amazing. It starts with a box I am a big fan of brownies and especially homemade brownies, but recently I was chatting with a  friend and she was telling me about her favorite brownies.  I was quite surprised to find out they start with a box brownie mix.  She added a few extra ingredients to make them even better and they came AMAZING…so I had to give it a shot.…

  • M&M Magic Bars

    M&M Magic Bars are truly MAGIC!!  Every bite is perfection.  I love the more traditional layer bars, like these Hello Dollies, but these are my new favorite          Layer it Up! Just like your more traditional layer bars these M&M Magic Bars are layered with tons of yummy.  First it starts with a graham cracker crust, then comes the sweetened condensed milk, some oats, some chocolate and butterscotch chips, then the M&M’s and of course some sprinkles.  Now I know that sounds like a lot of work… but trust me these are so easy to make.   Let’s Get Started! The graham cracker crust is a must for me, if you…