Ginger lime streusel bars

A little ginger, a lot of lime, and a dash of almond– what a combination of flavors!  The almond- shortbread base is topped with lime curd and crystallized ginger, and a good amount of almond streusel topping covers it all.  These bars come together quickly, freeze well and look pretty on a cookie platter.   Read More


Layered chocolate espresso bars

Here’s a two-for-one to start your coffee break:  these cookie bars will not only give you a tasty chocolate and cream flavor combo in each bite,  but will also provide a satisfying caffeine buzz.  A subtly cinnamon flavored cream filling is layered between a rich chocolate glaze and a brownie base for a sophisticated and delicious cookie bar.  Decorate it with some espresso beans or chocolate shavings and it will be ready to climb into the bakery case. Read More

Cranberry white chocolate blondies

This cookie bar earns an A+!  Most importantly, it is delicious: a white chocolate and brown sugar shortbread with tart little bites of cranberry through out, a creamy frosting and topped with more white chocolate and cranberries.  It is also a simple and forgiving recipe, and– bonus!– it is a colorful addition to any cookie tray. Read More

Caramel apple cheesecake bars

Apples, apples everywhere, over here and over there… and especially yummy when in this dessert, which combines caramel apples and cheesecake with a shortbread crust and oatmeal streusel topping.  They are sweet and sticky and would be a delicious ending to a hearty Sunday supper, or a welcome discovery in a lunch box on Monday morning. Read More

Chocolate milk and milk chocolate brownies

Who knew–September 27 is National Milk Chocolate day.   Now, chocolate milk is as deserving of its own special day as any other delicious drink to be sure, but deserving our closer attention is milk chocolate!  Unlike it’s sophisticated cousin, Dark Chocolate, it has a nostalgic, comfort- food vibe and it isn’t good for you at all.  It is sweet and pairs so well with other childhood favorites like oatmeal, marshmallow, caramel and graham crackers.  (also those childhood woes of cavities and chubbiness but everything in moderation…)

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