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heath bar blondies with brown butter frosting

These blondies had me at Heath, but the brown butter frosting sealed the deal.  I shared them with our church choir, as well as a fellow foodie (that’s you Kari!), and all agreed that these were delish.  The base was a solid blondie, nothing too fancy, but hard to go wrong.  And then there was the frosting… We thought the technique of browning the butter and then chilling it was a clever trick. The result?  Pillowy frosting with a depth of flavor that was just so unique and very worth the effort.  Seriously, we are now looking for an excuse to slather this frosting on absolutely anything.  Also, I made a batch with butterscotch chips instead of Heath, so if you’ve no Heath on hand or it’s not your fav (gasp), try butterscotch chips!  Just as tasty.

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raspberry almond bars

These here bars are some of our absolute favorite treats of all time!  We know we love them, and we know they are delicious, but when we actually make them they manage to far exceed expectations, EVERY TIME!!  Raspberry and almond are truly a match made in heaven.

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red velvet cheesecake brownies

Gearing up for Valentine’s Day (so glad, I was starting to get post-holiday depression), and there’s no better excuse to try a new red velvet recipe.  These brownies weren’t super sweet, so they weren’t my favorite, but both my husband and 9-year-old said these were the best treat I’ve made in a long while.  Just like red velvet cake, the chocolate flavor is a bit milder, but the consistency is fudgy and moist, which I love.  Also, in my experience these are much better the next day, which requires patience I simply don’t have.  If you’re a fan of cheesecake brownies, and you don’t like sickly sweet desserts, you’ll absolutely love these!  And they’re quite pretty, if I do say so myself.

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samoa blondies

Holy freakin yum!  I have made these multiple times over the last year in hopes of getting a good picture, and every single time they are gone before I can get the camera out.  Actually, the batter is so, so delicious, that it’s hard enough just to get them in the oven, let alone allow them to cool, cut them into presentable squares, and then wait to partake while I arrange and shoot.  Forget about it.  They really are reminiscent of the girl scout samoa cookie (my absolute fav), but I can honestly say these are better.  And these are SO EASY!  Seriously one bowl, they’re mixed and in the oven in less than 15 minutes.

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sugar cookie bars

Top ‘o the morning to ya!  I’ve wanted to make these sugar cookie bars for soooo long and I found St. Patrick’s Day to be the perfect opportunity.   You know, ’cause they’re green.  We shared this batch with Andrew’s English class at church and I’ve plenty leftover to share with some family friends coming tomorrow night.  Seriously, this recipe made a whole bunch.  And dang they were easy!  Tasty too.  A touch on the dry side, but I did overcook them by a couple  minutes, so that can be easily remedied.  Overall, great flavor and simple to prepare.   Highly recommend.

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fudgy peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

Wow, it’s been such a long time!  We took a family vacation to the Southern Hemisphere (Australia and New Zealand to be exact) for some sun this winter.  Oh how I love hotels!   No dishes, no vacuuming, not even bed making if you don’t feel like it.  But, on the other hand, no kitchen aids or butter and brown sugar.  They did have some amazing bakeries down under, and we managed to get along just fine on lambingtons and lots of Cadbury chocolate.  But once we returned I went straight for this peanut butter and chocolate recipe.  What a great way to make a comeback!!  Rich, gooey, and delicious…pure baking decadence in every way.  In my opinion they’re the perfect marriage of brownie and cookie.  So completely satisfying.  (Oh, did I mention that they’re easy too?) Continue reading ‘fudgy peanut butter chocolate chip blondies’

chocolate mint brownies

Smooth.  If I had one word to describe these brownies that’s what it would be.  Followed closely by best, as in BEST BROWNIES EVER!!  Some of us (who shall remain nameless) are not even brownie fans, but these are the absolute exception.  Continue reading ‘chocolate mint brownies’


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