My Favorite Brownies

If I had to name my favorite chocolate dessert, the words that would come racing out of my mouth would be Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies. I usually make them only when I am giving them away, otherwise I am in big trouble! I Love Love Love Brownies!

My Favorite Brownies

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
4 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil and spray foil with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, dark cocoa, and salt. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 40-45 minutes (ovens vary but I alway bake them 45 min), until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely for easiest and cleanest cutting. Oh, and use these brownies for a brownie sundae…amazing!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars

It’s been a while since I’ve been here and it’s good to be back! Since my last post, I have become a grandmother of four, yes four! We also moved, we now live up in the mountains in California and we are loving it. It’s a whole new chapter of our lives. I am enjoying my new kitchen and it’s gotten me really excited about baking new recipes. I have made chocolate chip cookies a few times lately, tweaking the recipe each time. Then, I started thinking about cheesecake and how I would really like to combine chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. So, here you have it, my crazy thoughts coming at you as Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars!

chocolate chip cheesecake cookie bars

Cheesecake Layer:
2 (8oz) cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Chip Layers:
2½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9X13 baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Make cheesecake layer by creaming together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, set aside. Make the chocolate chip layer; mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl, set aside. In large bowl, cream butter, sugar, brown sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, mix just until combine and stir in mini chocolate chips.

Spread 2/3 of chocolate chip mixture in bottom of prepared pan (I drop spoonfuls in, spray fingers with nonstick spray and gently spread). Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate chip layer and gently spread to make even layer. Using your hands (this is another messy part) add remaining chocolate chip mixture to pan by putting small pieces evenly all over the top of cheesecake layer. There will be enough to almost cover but you do want to see cheesecake layer peeking through. Bake for 38 to 40 minutes or until just golden brown. Cool completely. Remove from pan to cutting board, lifting with foil. Remove foil and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

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Creamy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

A little twist for your chocolate chip cookie craving.

Creamy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Dough:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1½ cups chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Coconut Center:
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350°. Make chocolate chip cookie dough; with electric mixer cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in chocolate chips. Make cream cheese coconut center; with electric mixer, mix cream cheese and sugar. Mix in egg. Stir in coconut. In a 9×13 pan, press 1/2 the chocolate chip cookie dough evenly in bottom. Spread cream cheese coconut mixture evenly over cookie dough. Pinch and sprinkle small pieces of remaining cookie dough evenly over cream cheese layer, gently spreading with finger tips to make top layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes (cover with tent of foil last 10 minutes if getting too brown). Cool then refrigerate until cold and set. Cut into bars.

Graham Cracker Coconut Bars

Just five ingredients and you have Graham Cracker Coconut Bars, YUM!

Graham Cracker Coconut Bars

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups shredded coconut
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate candy bars

Preheat oven to 400°. Line 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. In a bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs and coconut. Pour in sweetened condensed milk and melted butter, stir until well combined. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 12-15 minutes, just until edges are barely starting to turn golden. Remove and cool completely. Melt milk chocolate bars (can use  1 cup milk chocolate chips) slowly in microwave until just melted and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled bars. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and nuts if desired. Chill until chocolate is set. Holding edges of foil, remove bars from pan onto cutting board. Peel back foil from sides and cut into bars.

White Chocolate Lemon Oreo Blondies

I’m obsessed with these blondies, they are lemony delicious!

White Chocolate Lemon Oreo Blondies

1 cup butter
11.5 oz white chocolate (chips or bars)
1½ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
20 Lemon Oreos, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″x13″ baking pan with foil, leaving overhang on each end, and spray with nonstick spray. Put butter and white chocolate in large microwave safe bowl. Melt in microwave on about 1/4 power for 4-5 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Must be done slowly so white chocolate doesn’t seize. When butter and white chocolate are just melted and creamy, stir in sugar and vanilla. Add flour and salt, and stir until well incorporated. Stir in chopped Lemon Oreos. Spoon into prepared pan, spread evenly. Bake 45-50 minutes (If necessary, tent with foil last minutes of baking to avoid over-browning). Cool completely. Using foil overhang, lift blondies out of baking pan to cutting board. Peel foil away from blondies and cut into squares. Makes 24.

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Four Years Ago: Crumb Cake

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Fudge Bars

I combined a couple of my favorite recipes today, yummy!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Fudge Bars

Chocolate Chip Coconut Base & Topping
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2¹/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut

Fudge Filling
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, in large bowl cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in mini chocolate chips and coconut. Press 3/4 of dough into sprayed 15″x10″ baking sheet pan (I use my fingers sprayed with nonstick spray). Set aside and prepare the fudge filling.

In a small saucepan, stir together sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Heat over low to medium-low heat just until chips are melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and walnuts. Mixture will be thick. Drop by spoonfuls over dough in pan. Evenly spread fudge filling over entire dough surface. Using your hands sprayed with nonstick spray, drop remaining 1/4 chocolate chip coconut dough by little bits evenly over surface of the fudge filling. Press down just a little to flatten dough bits. Bake 25 minutes. Remove and cool completely to cut into clean squares. Oh course, cut and eat sooner if you can’t wait!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

One bite and I was hooked! I love the consistency, it’s a chewy, dense feel as you bit into the bar. If you are a peanut butter and chocolate fan, this might be your favorite easy bar recipe too.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil, leaving overhang, and spray with non-stick spray. In large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Lay a piece of foil over top of baking pan after about 30 minutes if you think it might get too brown. Cool completely. Remove bars from pan lifting with foil overhang, peel foil away, and cut into bars.
Recipe from tasteofhome.com.

Other Bar Recipes:

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Chewy Peanut Payday Bars

Chocolate Chip Toffee Shortbread Bars

Caramel Nut Bars

Chocolate Cherry Bars

Milk Chocolate Peanut Bars

Chex Scotcheroos

I am loving these chewy stacks of sweetness! Give them a try!

Chex Scotcheroos

Chex Scotcheroo Stacks:
12 cups Chex cereal (I used corn and rice)
2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups creamy peanut butter

Line large trays or cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper or silpats. Measure Chex cereal into a large heatproof bowl. In saucepan, combine corn syrup and sugar over medium heat. Bring to boil then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Pour over cereal and gently fold together until cereal is completely covered. Scoop out onto prepared trays, I used a large ice cream scoop to make 30 stacks. When cool and set, make the topping.

Topping:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

In microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Microwave on 50% power for 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted together and smooth. Spoon 1 Tbl of mixture over each stack. Let set up at room temperature or put in fridge to speed up the process. Makes 30 large stacks. Mixture can be pressed into a sprayed sheet pan and then drizzle topping over and cut into bars.

The original recipe is found at prettyplainjanes.com.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

When our daughter came for a visit she made these delicious healthy bars. The recipe is found at sallysbakingaddiction.com. I am thinking maybe the name Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars would be better. They probably are healthier than many other dessert bars, but there are still a fair amount of calories in each bar. So, it’s all about portion control, or, do as my husband and I did and just have these bars for dinner! We are so happy…and healthy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (almond milk works)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Optional add-ins – chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. With electric mixer, cream brown sugar and peanut butter. Mix in vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts (or whatever add-ins you choose). Press dough into prepared baking pan. Bake 17-20 minutes, until bars are lightly golden and set in center. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.
Makes 16 squares, approx 240 calories each.

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Four Years Ago: Zucchini Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies Zucchini Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies