Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecake Bars

nutella peanut butter cheesecake bars

Silky chocolate hazelnut cheesecake + creamy peanut butter cheesecake + buttery crushed Oreo cookie crust   I want to gush about this recipe.     Gush, I tell you.     But I’m at a loss. I have very few words for how incredible these bars are because, well, incredible really sums them up perfectly….

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Apologizing through Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies


Writing a weight loss memoir, food conference planning, all the stuff I’d rattle off in a bulleted list if and when I told you what I’ve been doing in Seattle for the past week- they’ve painted me the happiest color of busy. But I woke up today, crazed and chaotic and charmed beyond charmed with…

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My Favorite Cookie: Congo Bars


If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I’m a baker at heart. Don’t let this ol’ blog title fool you. I cook; I make dinner every night; but I’m nothing without my beloved butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. Lonely and lost without chocolate. This recipe is the one that…

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Blueberry Crumb Bars


Sometimes I meet people who say they don’t “live to eat” they “eat to live” Sometimes I envy these people. Because then maybe I wouldn’t think about food in the same infatuated, wish-I-could-breathe-you, way I thought about Daniel when we first fell in love. Sometimes I’m out with people who simply forget to eat, who…

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Chewy Double Chocolate Coconut Blondies

    Dear Daniel, Remember a few nights ago when I woke both of us up at 3am, shouting, “I’m so thirsty I’m going to die!!”? Hard to forget.     Well, remember how you ran to the kitchen to fetch me a glass of water? How when you brought it to me I spit…

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Strawberry Crumb Bars

  Excuse me, um, Monday Morning? First, hi, how are you? Tired? What’s that, you didn’t sleep well? Ah, I’m sorry to hear it. Aaanywho…Juuust wanted to touch base with you about something I’ve been thinking long and hard about lately. And that is: you just don’t treat me as well as I think you…

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Homemade Twix Bars

If for some unfortunate reason I should ever be stranded on a desert island and have enough luck to be able to tote three things with me, I can almost certainly assure you at least two of those things would be candy bars. Life vest? Too bulky. Cell phone? Too many dropped calls I bet….

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Eggnog Squares

Yesterday I woke up in Seattle, and today I opened my eyes in my sweet and sleepy little hometown in Massachusetts. And as I laid there for a good ten, okay forty, minutes before setting foot on that familiar, icy oak floor, before even considering what butter-fried breakfast my mother could be lovingly plating, I…

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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars


Well… it began with those toasted  pecans. And then an innocent bubbling of ooey gooey caramel sauce. And really, we could have stopped there. Called it a day. But then there was silky dark chocolate. And I sighed, deeply. Deeply. And then there were flakes of coconut. And again, we could have been just peachy…

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Passion Cookies

Truthfully, I don’t quite understand why these are called Passion Cookies. If anything, they’re pecan pie meets frosted shortbread. But there are lots of things I don’t understand. Like why Paula Deen and I are all alone in pronouncing my favorite nut as PEE-cans, when all the rest of the world is onto pe-CAHNS. Or…

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Chocolate Toffee Almond Bars

I quit the gym on Saturday. Burst through my apartment door after one final round of Andrea versus the treadmill and told Daniel, somewhat proudly,  “I’m not going back there. Not for a while anyway. They made me fill out a form to cancel my membership and in the section where they ask why you’re…

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