Lemon Bars are such a quintessential summer dessert! Perfect to have at picnics, brunches, bake sales, bridal showers or just paired with a nice cup of evening tea. The key to a good lemon bar is using fresh lemon juice. I can’t stress that enough. It really brings out the flavor and is totally worth it.
For this recipe, I’ve made a buttery shortbread crust and the filling is double in size because I personally like more filling on top. However, if you prefer less lemon filling, bake this in a 9 x 13 glass pan and it will be perfect for you.
Best served warm, these chocolate caramel cookie bars are the perfect combination of chocolate and caramel. I use a little cheat with the caramel inside by layering Rolo candies that are chocolate covered caramel pieces of heaven!!
I find cookie bars so much easier than actual cookies, because they bake all in one pan!
We are fortunate enough to live in a great friendly neighborhood! This means that we are often the recipients of some delicious baked goodies – courtesy of some gracious neighbors. (Thanks Sabika!)
One such day, I received a slice of a extremely lush chocolate cheesecake. It was rich, decedent, and in essence a chocolate lovers dream!
I’ll share the recipe with you below and some pictures I took along the way. I’ll also add some tips that I use, to ensure the cheesecake doesn’t sink or have cracks. Don’t panic if you do, because the final step is covering the cake with a rich chocolate ganache!
These chocolate chip cookie bars come out perfect every time and are incredibly easy to make! They are soft and chewy with ample chocolate chips in every bite! (That is what we love- right?!). Add to this the fact that it doesn’t require a mixer or chilling the dough- even better! In fact, my kids actually bake this up more often than I do.
There is really nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house! As December rolls around, I start my holiday baking. I love trying out new cookie recipes, old time favorites, some desserts and even breads. And then I try some chocolate chips straight out of the bag- you know, just to make sure they are good for baking! They always are, but best to check!
There is something about taking a bite into a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie that has bits of chocolate chunks in it that have perfectly melted and the cookie is still warm. Could you stop at just one? I try and resist and not eat the whole tray, but they are calling out to me!
Here are some of my favorites I baked this past week and handed them out as holiday gifts.