• 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Toasted Pecan Bars are the ONLY Bar you need…

    Toasted Pecan Pie Bars are seriously the ONLY bars you ever need to make.  They are loaded with TONS of toasted pecans, a super gooey center and shortbread type crust that will make you smile.  Trust me these need to be on your Holiday dessert table. Toasting is KEY! For me the key to these toasted pecan bars is toasting the pecans.  There is just something so delicious about a toasted nut, in particular pecans.  I love the extra depth of flavor it brings to a dish, especially when they are the star of the show. I toast mine on the stovetop…if you wanted to toast them in the oven…

  • Cookies & Cream Blondies

    I am a BIG Blondie fan.  I just love how the brown sugar caramelizes to make each bite better than the last.  To make these blondies extra special I added in a few favorites, Oreos and Sprinkles! A little extra Blondies are definately good on their own but when you add in a little something extra they become AMAZING.  The add-in options are truly endless.  You could add in candy such as snickers or peanut butter cups.  You could add in nuts or pretzels.  You could mix in additional chocolate chips such as semi-sweet, butterscotch or dark chocolate.   For these blondies I decided to go with oreo cookies, sprinkles…

  • Hello Dolly Bar

    Valentines Day is just around the corner and that means it is time for everything sweet and these Hello Dolly Bars are the perfect treat.  They are loaded with tons of flavor with a little something for everyone. Brining back my Childhood  Growing up my mom would make these bars ALL THE TIME.  These were her go to dessert.  She would bring them to friends homes for get togethers, they were on every holiday dessert table and all our church pot lucks.   As a kid I hated coconut but I LOVED these bars… there is just something so special about them, especially when my momma made them. Options, Options…

  • M&M Dream Bars

    Dream bars or as we called them growing up, Hello Dollies, have been a favorite dessert in my family as long as I can remember.  They are rich, buttery and loaded with tons of flavor.  Later this week I will be posting the more traditional dream bar but this M&M version is perfect for any holiday, especially Valentines Day! M&M overload My favorite M&M’s each year are the Valentines Day ones.  I love all the pinks, red and white in one bag.  This year M&M’s took it to the next level with these BIG M&M’s with messages from Cupid on them.  They are everything you love about M&M’s but only…

  • Blueberry Snack Bars

    I am so obsessed with everything berry right now.  Every time I walk into my grocery store or my local Farmer’s Market I am overwhelmed with how beautiful the berries are right now.  Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, lots of blueberries.   Blueberry, Love I love blueberry anything and at anytime but I really love them for a snack.  I always try to keep them on hand for a quick bite when the afternoon is just dragging on or for a late night snack.  A few weeks ago I found them on sale and decided to testa  few recipes to make the blueberry shine. After several tests on several recipes I…

  • Gluten Free Lemon Bars

    Man, it is getting HOT outside.  The heat index here today is well over 100 degrees…gotta love SE Texas.  Summer here means pools, baseball and anything refreshing.  Gluten Free Lemon Bars are not only refreshing they are a treat all your friends and family can enjoy. SO simple…and SO good I am a big fan of lemon bars.  They are not only delicious but they are also so easy to make.  With just a few ingredients you can create the perfect Gluten Free Lemon Bar.   The crust is similar to a shortbread and the filling is bursting with tons of lemon from the juice and the zest.  Trust me…