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Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe

This cookie dough brownies recipe is so easy to make! Use egg-free cookie dough instead of frosting for an interesting and tasty treat!

cookie-dough-brownies Nothing brings the family together like a batch of brownies.

Unless it’s cookie dough.  I don’t think we’ve ever stood as close to one another as when we are all reaching into the bowl of cookie dough at once.  No one wants to be left out of that!

Which is why brownies with cookie dough on them was one of the more brilliant ideas I’ve ever come across.

The kids thought so too. They asked me about 20 times if they could eat the cookie dough brownies, and I had to keep telling them no, because they weren’t quite chilled enough to photograph.

Which didn’t stop me from sneaking pieces of the crust when the kids weren’t looking.

Don’t tell them.

(See related post: One Bowl Brownies)


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I’m always sort of surprised at those people who don’t like frosting. I mean, I get that some kinds of frosting are really not that great, and more for show than for flavor, but as a general rule, you can’t go wrong with butter and sugar.

If you’re one of those anti-frosting people, this recipe should appeal to you. There’s no need to frost these. Just consider the cookie dough to be the frosting.

The best dang frosting you ever had. Because it tastes just like cookie dough.


And if you are a pro-frosting person, you can even bump these up a notch by adding a layer of chocolate ganache on top.

And sprinkles.

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Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe

Rich chocolate brownies topped with egg-free cookie dough.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour


  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips



  1. Place butter and chocolate in a mixing bowl, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.

  2. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.

  3. Pour brownie batter into a greased or lined 9x9 pan. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, until edges are dry and start to pull away from the pan slightly. Let cool.


  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add salt and flour and mix until combined. 

  2. Spread cookie dough evenly over brownies. Let chill for an hour or more in the fridge.

  3. Cut into 9 large or 16 small brownies. For best results, keep refrigerated, and serve cold.


Peanut Butter Brookies

This chocolate peanut butter recipe is cut into bars; These chewy brownie cookies bars are so delicious and easy to make!

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!My brother, the peanut butter addict, literally has the worst ideas for birthday gifts on the planet.

He and his wife both have birthdays in the same month, so we usually have a family party for both of them at the same time.  This year, when we asked them what they wanted, they gave the same answer as last year.  And the year before.  And the year before that.

Gift cards.

Yeah, yeah, gift cards are easy, and my sister in law loves shopping, so that makes the gift cards extra fun, but I can’t be alone in feeling like they are super duper boring to give, can I?  I mean, there’s nothing to open, AND there’s no personal touch.  You don’t get the satisfaction of giving them something you think they would love and enjoy.

It’s a real downer for me.  And as everyone knows, my brother’s birthday is all about me.

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!

I went ahead and told him his gift ideas were terrible, and he promptly sent me a new idea:  peanut butter baked goods.

Now THAT, I can do.  Good call, little bro.

I had this brilliant idea to pair a peanut butter cookie with a brownie, and make them into fun little muffin-shaped bites.  BUT, of course, despite my generous (and I do mean generous) greasing of the muffin pan, those things just did not want to let go.  They came out in crumbly pieces.  See the photographic evidence of this here.

FAIL.  I actually just put all the crumbs in a bowl and let the kids dig in.

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!

For attempt number two, I layered the cookie dough and the brownie batter in a pan, baked, and cut them into squares.  This was a much better plan, and the one I highly recommend.

They were really fun to give away, and a much more personal birthday offering than the gift card I paired with them.

I hope they conveyed the message to my brother that I wanted conveyed:  that I love you, you peanut butter eating dork.  Don’t ever change.


Want more?  These bars will knock your socks off!

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Peanut Butter Brookies
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A peanut butter and chocolate bar, with peanut butter cookie layer on the bottom and a brownie layer on top.
Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 20
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 box brownie mix, with ingredients listed on the box
  • (OR you can use this recipe, and double it.)
  1. For cookie layer, cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. For brownie layer, prepare batter by mixing ingredients as described on the brownie mix box.
  4. In a 9x13 pan, press cookie dough into the bottom, spreading to cover the entire pan. Pour brownie batter over the top, spreading to cover the entire pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until edges are dry and pulling away from the pan, and the center is not runny.
  6. Let cool, then cut into 12 large or 20 small bars.



Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies

Crispy chocolate peanut butter marshmallow brownies!  These brownies have a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping that will knock your socks off!

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!One of my favorite things about food blogging is the food blogging community.  I have made some awesome blogging friends, who like to talk about food photography and blog plugins just as much as I do.

One of my very best bloggy buddies is Carla at Chocolate Moosey.  And when I mentioned to her that I needed a killer brownie recipe for the upcoming family reunion brownie bake-off for eternal fame and glory, she suggested I try her Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies.

It was a brilliant suggestion.  They are amazing.

Which is why I’m sharing them with you today.  I made a couple small changes, to make them my own and all, but overall, this brilliant recipe is all Carla.

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

The family brownie bake-off was a good time, by the way.  I still didn’t kick Maren’s butt, but I have high hopes for the next contest, which is all about cookies.

The big winner was actually Grandma.  No surprise there, the woman is a fantastic cook and baker, despite her inability to smell the amazing things she makes.  Her winning bar was very similar to this one, which is so addictive I literally had to quit making it.

I also attempted a second brownie, this one with a mint cheesecake swirl, but I never could get the thing to bake all the way through for some reason, and it was really too gooey to be enjoyed.  #foodbloggerproblems  We all have those days, right?

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

What I love about this brownie is everything.  Honestly.  That crispy chocolate-peanut-butter topping is to die for.

One suggestion:  I have tried them warm and cold, and I recommend eating them cold.  The marshmallow is easier to eat, the topping has a nicer texture, and they cut cleanly into pretty little squares.  It’s a win-win.

Even if it didn’t win the family reunion bake-off.


Want more?  Check out these brownie recipes!

Cheesecake Brownies


 adapted from Chocolate Moosey

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies
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A fudgy chocolate brownie, topped with marshmallows and a crispy peanut butter topping.
Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 16
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 25 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
  1. Chop chocolate, and place in a bowl with butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  2. Let cool slightly, then add eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a 9x9 pan, and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, place marshmallows evenly on top (I did a 5x5 grid) and return to oven. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes, until marshmallows are puffy and slightly browned.
  5. Let brownies cool completely.
  6. In a small bowl, place chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add crisp rice cereal, and stir well. Pour over cooled brownies. Place in fridge and chill until topping is hardened.
  7. Cut into 9 large or 16 small squares.



Butterscotch Blondies

Of all the blondies recipes out there, this is my favorite!  Learn how to make blondies with this simple one-bowl method.

Butterscotch Blondies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A PERFECT basic blondie recipe with butterscotch chips.When I was a kid, my mom used to make these butterscotch blondies, which we always called “blonde brownies,” and which always disappeared really quickly.

Unfortunately, the recipe was lost, a fact which has not only caused me great angst, but also sent me on a blondie-recipe searching spree that lasted months.

Maybe years.

I was hoping I was close when I made these Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars, and while they were delicious, it was not exactly the blondie I was looking for.  This recipe does not have any leavening agent in it, which makes the bars dense and gooey.

I wanted something slightly more cakey.

Butterscotch Blondies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A PERFECT basic blondie recipe with butterscotch chips.

My mom found a recipe that was very close recently.  I made an adaptation or two, and voila!  The blondie of my childhood appeared before my eyes!

Mom used to make these in a sheet pan and cut the crust off before serving them.  Grandpa would always sneak into the kitchen and eat the crusts.  He always said they were the best part!  

I think he was also a little worried my mom would throw them away.

Butterscotch Blondies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A PERFECT basic blondie recipe with butterscotch chips.

Since Grandpa recently passed away, this yummy butterscotch treat has been on my mind a lot.  And, once I made them, naturally, the first thing I did was remove the crusts.

And eat them.

I like to think Grandpa would be proud!

3.8 from 10 votes

Butterscotch Blondies

Simple blondies with butterscotch chips.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 squares


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips


  1. Combine butter with sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

  2. Add baking powder and flour and mix until combined. Fold in chips.

  3. Spread into a greased or lined 9x9 pan and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes until brown. Let cool before cutting into 16 small or 9 large squares.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites

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Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.Robb and I have been having this disagreement lately.

It all started when I decided to make some healthier eating choices.  The truth is, I found the new rules to be kind of a drastic change from the old ones, and really difficult to stick to.  So, I came up with a brilliant plan…


I figured I could have a weaning-off period, a period during which I don’t completely give myself to the new lifestyle with wreckless abandon, but I start moving in that direction by getting halfway there.  Robb has always been a black-and-white kind of guy, so the whole idea of half measures makes him nuts.

He says I should just do it, or not do it.  Half measure are for wimps.

To each his own, I guess, my half measures have been working out great for me.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.

One of my alternatives to junk-food snacking this season is these Granola Bites.  There is still enough sweetness in them to make them really fun and delicious, while packing a protein punch that keeps the cravings at bay. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Granola Bites” »

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Recipe for chocolate cream cheese cake;  A layer of cheesecake atop a layer of dark chocolate cake is what makes this chocolate cream cheese cake recipe special.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesMy friend says all her actions fall into one of two categories: the math test or the good book.

The math test is stuff we have to do.  The good book is something we want to do.

The problem with food blogging is that sometimes the stuff I love and enjoy doing turns into something I have to do.  Stuff like social media, and writing, and of course, baking.

Today the sun came out, I woke up in a good mood, and it was time to bake something fun… just for fun.

Which doesn’t stop me from sharing it with you.  Because, honestly?  That’s my favorite part.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

So here’s what I did.  I made a super delicious dark chocolate sheet cake.  It would have been enough by itself.  I didn’t used to like dark chocolate, but these days I can’t get enough.

But I can’t leave well enough alone.  Not me.

I found some cream cheese in the fridge just begging to be baked with, and I figured my chocolate cake would taste amazing with a little cheesecake on top.

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I was right, by the way.  Cheesecake and dark chocolate cake is a winning combination.  Winning.

It’ll make you feel like you’re reading a good book.

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
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A layer of dark chocolate cake topped with a layer of chocolate chip cheesecake.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 10 T. butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 12 T. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ⅔ cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder and boiling water. Add cocoa mixture to dough and mix well.
  4. Add milk and flour alternately. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour batter into a jelly roll pan, which has been greased or lined. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare cheesecake layer by mixing cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth. Mix in half of the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with remaining chips, then return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool before cutting into bars.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

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Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars

Key lime cookie recipe; If you like fresh citrus flavor, you’ll love this key lime sugar cookie recipe.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesSomeday I’m going to come up with a fantastic Key Lime Pie recipe.


In the meantime, I really want that sweet lime flavor in some kind of dessert.

I have a couple sugar cookie recipes that I make regularly.  THIS ONE is the perfect one for rolling and cutting out shapes, but if you’re too impatient to wait for dough to chill, or you are freaked out by shortening, or you just want to make a drop cookie, THIS RECIPE is the one.

It uses a lot of butter, I’ll give you that.  But they mix up so delicious and creamy, you’ll forgive them for it.

Plus, this recipe is great for making in one big pan, and cutting into bars.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I used some lime juice to give these cookies their flavor, and punched them up with more lime juice in the frosting.

The real mystery is why no one in my home seems to be able to identify that flavor.  A few people tried them, and guessed the wrong flavor before I told them they were lime.  I kind of assumed the green frosting would be a big giveaway.

But you know what they say about assuming.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesKey Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

You can substitute any citrus juice you like.  I’ve had fantastic luck with both lemon and orange juices, and don’t be surprised if you see a grapefruit or tangerine version on here someday.

Citrusy desserts are just yummy; they have a fresh, clean flavor.  I guess that’s why I wanted to make these in January.  It kind of reminds me of the fresh start you get each new year.  And, much like fresh starts, key lime cookies were also much needed in my life today!

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars
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A lime flavored sugar cookie bar topped with lime frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup lime juice (if using key lime juice, reduce to 2-3 T.)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 12 T. butter
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • about 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and lime juice and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  4. Press dough evenly into a jelly roll pan and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. For Frosting: Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth and creamy. (If needed, consistency can be adjusted by adding more juice to thin, or more powdered sugar to thicken)
  7. Spread frosting on cooled bars, cut into squares.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Funfetti Sugar Cookies from Averie Cooks
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars from Cooking Classy
Snowman Snowflake Cookies from Created by Diane

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Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars

Nutella dessert recipes; You’ll love this peanut butter nutella dessert recipes!

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesIt’s January.  I’m supposed to be exercising and eating brown rice for dinner and green smoothies for breakfast, and spending my free time organizing my closets.

But, you guys…  I’m terrible at eating healthy.  I’m terrible at exercising.  And I’d rather have a root canal than start an organizing project right now.  The mere thought gives me heart palpitations.

You know what I’m great at?  Peanut Butter.  PEANUT BUTTER.  And baking.  And they go together like Bonnie and Clyde.

And these bars might be the death of me.  Like Bonnie and Clyde.

Last night, after I was complaining about an e-mail I was expecting but hadn’t received, Robb told me I’m terrible at waiting, too.  “You’re a terrible waiter,” he said, right to my face.  I stared at him for a long time.  I didn’t want it to be true.  But I have to admit that he’s right.  I get impatient fast.

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

You can’t even imagine the self-control I had to exercise for these babies.  I wanted to eat the dough with a spoon.

It was pure torture, waiting for them to bake, waiting for them to cool, waiting for them to be photographed before I could swan dive face first into them.  Under normal circumstances, I would have burned my mouth eating a big spoonful right as I pulled the out of the oven.  It might be the hardest thing about food blogging… the waiting.

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

When I finally did get to take a bite…   ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshthesearesogoodimmakingthisagaintomorrow. 

Good thing I was home alone.  Well, almost alone.  The dog gave me a funny look.

He was probably jealous.

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Lightly adapted from Averie Cooks

4.6 from 9 reviews
Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars
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Fudgy peanut butter blondies swirled with Nutella.
Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined.
  4. Press mixture into an 8x8 pan. Drop Nutella in spoonfuls on top of dough. Use a knife to swirl the Nutella into the dough.
  5. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 9 bars.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff
Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake
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Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

Easy nanaimo bars;  This recipe for easy nanaimo bars uses pumpkin spice pudding for a fall flavor profile.

pumpkin-spice-nanaimo-barsTrue story: This was my first time making Nanaimo Bars.  And it was the first time my family had even heard of them.

Me: I think I’m going to make Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: What?
Me:  Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: {pause}  Mah-what?

I explained to him all about the no-bake layered goodness, the chocolate, the coconut, the cream filling.  He just looked at me suspiciously.  Robb has no imagination for food.

Then I explained all about the Canadian origins, and about the first place I ever heard of them.  Which, strangely enough, was in one of my favorite movies, A Mighty Wind.  (See a trailer for the show here)  Then I did my best North Dakota / Canadian border accent, which netted me one genuine compliment from Robb.  {It’s one of the few accents I can pull off.}

Robb: What are they called again?  Mah-mine-ah?

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let’s not forget that it is now November.  I have no idea where this year went, and I can’t decide whether I’m happy or sad to have it behind me.  But that is beside the point.  The point is, it’s fall, and I needed some fall flavors in these bars.

Enter Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix.  If you can find it {you’ll probably only see it at Walmart} you should grab a couple boxes.  It’s nice to have some kind of special fall-flavored baked goods around this time of year.

Or, to be more precise, no-baked goods.  Whatever.

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Now that we’ve experienced Nanaimo Bar goodness, we’re going to have trouble forgetting it.  Perhaps I’ll tell the kids that if they can pronounce it, they can have a bar.  (cue evil laugh)

Mah-nee-nee?  Na-mine-ah? Mo-nah-nee-nah?

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Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars
Traditional no-bake nanaimo bars with a pumpkin spice twist.
Recipe type: No-Bake Desserts
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 box pumpkin spice pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 4-5 oz. chocolate (or ¾ cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 T. butter
  1. FOR CRUST: Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa and sugar, and quickly stir to combine.
  2. Add egg before mixture becomes too hot, and mix well. Continue cooking and stirring another minute or so to let mixture thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9x9 pan, and let chill while you make the filling.
  4. FOR FILLING: Soften butter, and combine with pudding, milk and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly over crust layer.
  5. FOR TOPPING: Melt chocolate and butter together in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each. Quickly pour over other layers, and smooth with a knife.
  6. Let bars chill for at least 1 hour before cutting into 9 large or 16 small bars. Keep in refrigerator, and serve chilled.

Peanut Butter Blondies

Peanut butter brownies; this blondies recipe uses peanut butter and chocolate chips.  These peanut butter brownies are a family favorite.

peanut butter browniesI’ve been having this problem recently.  All my pans are disappearing.

My trusty 9×9?  Gone.  My 11×7 that I use when the 9×9 is busy?  Gone.  My glass pie plate?  Gone.

I swear there are bakeware gremlins on the loose in the area.

Not to mention, I lost my favorite bread knife, and the dog ate one of my wooden spoons.  True story.  He ate it.  Ripped it to shreds.  We were finding splinters for days.

So, I guess you know what I’ll be hoping to receive as birthday gifts.  (*wink wink*)

I’m telling you all this, because you’ve already looked at the pictures, and probably wondered why these brownies are round.    And now you know that this is what happens when you make your kids do the dishes.  The pans disappear and the dog eats the utensils.

I ended up using a 9-inch round cake pan for these blondies.  I didn’t mind, because they still baked up lovely and delicious, with yummy crusty edges, and they came out of the pan quite easily.  Plus, they look cool round.


If anyone asks, that’s why they’re round.  Because they look cool.  Sleek.  Stylish.  It’s the next thing in blondies.

I’m a trendsetter, y’all.  Continue reading “Peanut Butter Blondies” »

Rocky Road Bars

Rocky Road is a classic flavor combination.  This easy recipe for Rocky Road Bars uses a chocolate, peanut, and marshmallow flavor combination.
chocolate peanutRecently, I held a little cookie-making demonstration for the ladies at church.  They obviously all know that I am a rich and famous food blogger *ahem* so several people came and baked and asked questions.

It was a fun morning.

I had these great plans.  We made Oreos from cake mix, and talked about various cake mix + frosting flavor options.  (White cake + grapefruit frosting… Spice Cake + Maple Frosting… Chocolate cake + peanut butter frosting… the possibilities are practically endless.)  Then, I took that same cake mix cookie, and mixed some stuff in to make a Rocky Road Cookie.

It was a brilliant idea, but an utter disaster.  The cookies are still glued to my favorite baking sheet.  Talk about embarrassing.

(Actually, they’re not still glued to the baking sheet.  They were stuck fast for a day or so, and then Robb rescued me and cleaned the whole mess up, as he frequently does.  You see why I keep him around.)

rocky road

At any rate, this embarrassing failure bothered me, and I reworked the recipe a couple different ways until I found a combination that I was happy with.  I’ll warn you now… they don’t look pretty, but they taste great.

The key decision-making ingredient is the marshmallows.  It’s the marshmallows that made the cookies stick to the pan, and it’s the marshmallows that make the bars kind of ugly-looking, and it’s the marshmallows that make the whole thing taste so amazing.

And since we are obviously not leaving the marshmallows out of the cookie bars, we are just going to have to learn to deal with them.  The lion tamer has a chair and a whip, and we have a 9×13 pan and some parchment paper.

Parchment paper is the key to your sanity on this particular recipe.

rocky road

And sidebar, the stupid grocery store got me again.  I’m quite certain I purchased regular old parchment paper, but when I got home, the grocery store had secretly switched it for parchment-lined foil.  Wha-whaaat?  I don’t know why the grocery store would do that to me, but it works just as well as parchment, so that’s what I used.

One last tip: you might want to put the marshmallows just on top, rather than mixing them in.  This way there is no danger of sticking, and the marshmallows get all lovely-toasty-brown and delicious.

If you want to mix them in, go right ahead, but you should at least let the person doing the dishes get the biggest vote. Continue reading “Rocky Road Bars” »

Eggnog Bars

eggnog cheesecakeIt’s a winter wonderland here today.

Two days ago, it was 65 degrees and sunny, then the wind started blowing (hard!) and it began snowing.  It snowed for a day and a half, solid.

I am neither joking nor exaggerating when I tell you that this weather is completely normal for Utah.  I’m pretty sure Utah is bi-polar.  Can we get the state of Utah some prescription drugs, people?  Please?

I will tell you that when I look out the window and watch it snow and snow, I really feel like baking.  I want to reach for molasses and butter and cinnamon and cream.

And Diet Coke.  Just being honest, here.

eggnog bars

I bought my first jug of eggnog today, too.  Robb really prefers the thinner, homemade variety, but alas, my blender is broken.  And, let’s just say, the next blender I’m planning to own is the type you save up for.   Continue reading “Eggnog Bars” »

Chocolate Yogurt Granola Bars

Chocolate Frosted GranolaUnder normal circumstances, I try to limit the amount of baking chips I purchase.  But, let’s be honest, you can’t expect a girl to just never buy chocolate chips, can you?

I found a clearance basket at my local grocery store that was full of Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips.  I’m not sure whether they were being discontinued or what, but they were going for $1 a bag.

I bought 5 bags.  And regretted not buying more.

Having this much self control is exhausting.  I’m pretty sure I deserve an award {or at least a reward} for all the money I didn’t spend last week.  Check me out:  I went to Hobby Lobby and spent less than $20.  I went to World Market and spent less than $25.  AND I went to IKEA and spent less than $30.

If you don’t include lunch.  Which I don’t.  Because that was a separate self-control win altogether. {Chocolate cake, anyone?!}

Yogurt granola bar

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Biscoff Granola Bars guest post

Biscoff barsIt’s the middle of the month, and I am already over budget on the groceries.  I can’t help myself.  Sometimes I see something fabulous like mini-bell peppers or blood orange Chobani greek yogurt, or heaven help me, Biscoff spread, and I just have to buy it.

Now school is starting, and I have to get to start packing sack lunches, and what is there to pack?  There’s no way the kids will be eating bell peppers, and Robb wants all the Chobani to himself, which means I now have to share my Biscoff spread.  I’m sort of jealous and selfish, and so this idea is not my favorite.

On the other hand, turning a fabulous ingredient like Biscoff spread into something new and delicious and homemade like Biscoff Granola Bars is kind of fun.  Plus, I’m sure the kids will love finding these cute bars in their lunches.

I’ll probably eat mine for breakfast.

Biscoff Granola

Have you met Connie yet?  She has this wonderful blog called Measured By The Heart, where she blogs about all kinds of things from home decor, to cute hair tips, to DIY projects, to recipes.  And, lucky me, I get to guest post on her blog this week!  Aaiiieee!!

Let me bribe you with a few more adjectives before I send you to the recipe.

No Bake.  Very quick.  Super easy.  Chocolate Chips. And, need I say this? BISCOFF. SPREAD.

Get the picture?  To make these fun and crazy simple granola bars for your self school kids, head over to Measured By The Heart today!  You won’t regret it.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Nutella Granola Bars from After Dinner Dance

Biscoff No Bake Cookies from Shugary Sweets

This post linked up at: Tidy Mom; Shabby Nest; Joy in my Kitchen; My Simple Home Life; While He Was Napping; Chic On a Shoestring; My Romantic Home; At the Picket Fence;

Marbled Lime Cheesecake Bars

A recipe for a beautiful cheesecake bar swirled with lime curd.

Source: A recipe by  Heather at Sprinkle Bakes, which was guest-posted on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Yield: 12 large bars

Regular readers of this blog have heard me mention Pinterest several times recently.  I’ve been trolling some wonderful food blogs, and happily pinning my favorite recipes, saving them for later use.  I have a pin board just for cookies, another for other desserts, one for breakfast, and a fourth for other foods.  If you want a preview of coming attractions on this blog, just visit these boards!  I can almost guarantee my next recipe is there somewhere.  This week, however, Pinterest told me something interesting.

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