Triple Layer Cookie Bar

Shortbread Brownie Chocolate Chip Bar

triple layer cookie barMotivated by the Brookster. Didn’t even know about The Brookster or Baked until my recent trip to Tribeca. The cookie was amazing. Thought about recreating it, two of my favorite cookies baked together. Weeks went by and I hadn’t made any cookies at all … unusual since I love homemade cookies right from the oven. I began feeling cookie deprived, craving my favorites. Why not bake my three favorites together. Know it will work! And here it is, a three layer cookie bar!

Take a tour of Baked while I put together the Triple Layer Cookie Bar recipe.









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Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert

Chocolate Cheesecake DessertThe Perfect Dessert for tonight! We’re having a little family for dinner, my spaghetti & meatballs, and this delicious dessert. Will’s favorite pie is my chocolate, here. But I’m thinking this is going to be a favorite too. I’ve hung onto this recipe for some time but never tried it. It’s a Ghirardelli. Mildly chocolate and a pretty simple bake. More chocolate can be added if you’re into a pretty heavy chocolate taste.

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Girl Scout Cookie Crust

With Grasshopper Filling

girl scout cookie_What do you do when you buy too many Girl Scout Cookies? You use the cookies for pie crusts. Yes, all varieties will work! The secret is to have a good blender capable of pulsing the cookies to a fine crumb. This pie is an adult recipe with, yes, crème de menthe. Just in time for St. Patrick’s!

Mint cookies were used for this crust and it required approximately 3/4 box to acquire 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. The finer the crumb the more cookies used. The whole box can be used not to exceed 2 cups of fine crumbs. Will make one 8 or 9 inch pie crust. I recommend baking the crust prior filling. It just holds together better. Cool completely to room temperature before filling.

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Hot Chocolate Bar and More

Making It Easy for the Holidays

Hot Chocolate BarWe Love our Hot Chocolate! Are you into making things festive yet want it to be easy? If you haven’t put together a Hot Chocolate Bar you’ve gotta give it a try! Oops, you’re not into Hot Chocolate … Tea and Coffee work too! Even a Dessert Bar.

Here are some easily purchased items that will help you put together a Hot Chocolate or Coffee-Tea Bar in minutes. I’m sold on Dean & Deluca’s Hot Chocolate on a Stick … How easy is that! And don’t you just love these Pioneer Woman Jumbo Mugs!

Making it Easy

Hot Cocoa Goodies

Making it Easy

Holiday Mugs

Making it Easy

Teas and Chocolate

Making it Easy

Tea Mugs Chocolate

Making it Easy

French Press & Coffees

Making it Easy

Easy Gingerbread and Hot Chocolate Mix


Chocolate Chips

Chocolate ChipsSometimes the recipe has an outcome you hadn’t expected. Good or bad! This time it’s somewhere in-between. The cookie flavor is lacking ‘though a tablespoon of vanilla is used, and all the nuts and chocolate chips can’t help. So … rather than sharing a recipe I doubt I will ever try again I’d like to share some of my favorite chocolate chip recipes.

Thanks neighbors for being my taste testers.

Old Fashioned Chocolate ChippersChocolate Chip Cookies Quick MixChocolate Nut Toffee BarsChocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


Devil’s Food Chocolate Pound Cake

devils-food-pound-cakeChocolate is still my favorite dessert flavor. I can go days without it. But then thoughts of chocolate begin to circle and are relentless until I meet the craving. My recipe for this rich and moist chocolate pound cake does the trick. One must, the chocolate (for me) must be very very good if not the best. This recipe uses an entire cup of cocoa and it will drive the taste of this cake. You want the best available cocoa. If you haven’t an idea about what’s the best unsweetened cocoa ingredient to use check out Cook’s Illustrated’s ratings here.

Devil’s Food Chocolate Pound Cake, a great treat for those Halloween visitors!

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S’more Cake

S'more CakeDid I say Picnic! The perfect dessert for the backyard barbecue. Yes, this is a doctored cake mix. But I have all the secrets to give this cake a homemade taste. Have you noticed the chocolate cake mixes are the most difficult to conceal that box taste. Even brownie mixes have that telltale taste. This is easily resolved by using a yellow cake mix and adding the cocoa, (better quality, I would bet). Here’s the other issue with box mixes … They have become smaller in weight. Now every recipe you have using a cake mix is thrown off. The recipes might work but only sorta … texture is different and the overall cake size is smaller.

So, if you can find a 18.25 ounce box mix for this recipe you are ahead but if not, here is something you can do. First, what is the size of your cake mix? Most likely 15.25 ounces instead. You are now 3 ounces off. Here are some choices:

The Perfect Solution
Buy two box mixes. With the second box mix contents measure out 3 ounces by your kitchen scale. Add this to your first box mix contents and save the remainder of the second box for your next cake. One extra box will provide enough additional contents for 5 recipes … if converting to 18.25 ounces from a 15.25 ounce box. Does this make sense?

Almost Perfect
You say you don’t have a kitchen scale. Neither do I. You can pour all the ingredients of the second box into a large multi-cup measuring cup and divide this measured amount by five. Then use this 1/5 as the amount to add to the ingredient shy box mix.

Stretching Perfection
First, there are approximately 2 tablespoons in a liquid ounce. How does that help us? It doesn’t! That’s trying to convert weight into a liquid measurement formula. OK, that understood, in my reading I have found, according to King Arthur Flour, 1 cup of all purpose flour is equivalent to 4.25 ounces weight. And since one cup is equivalent to 16 tablespoons then every tablespoon is .26 ounces. And if we use this math then 10 tablespoons would be equivalent to 3 ounces or close, 2.6 ounces. (Other reading I have found a claim that 6 tablespoons of all purpose weigh 1.75 ounces. Closer yet, .29 per tablespoon. I think we’re good.) How does this work with cake mix ingredients? Is cake mix equivalent in weight to all purpose flour? Probably close enough. But let’s take it a step further. How about just adding 10 tablespoons of all purpose flour to your 3 ounce shy cake mix and forget buying the extra box of cake mix that may end up wasted anyway. There you go!

Here, too, is another SMORE recipe for those days you’re not into a whole cake. Or it’s raining outside, Oven S’mores.

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Malted Milk Balls Frosting

Malted Milk Balls Frosting



The taste of this cake (cupcake) recipe reminds me of a chocolate malted, mildly chocolate. For years I’ve baked this recipe and dressed it with all sorts of frostings … from coconut pecan to chocolate coffee, chocolate buttercream to vanilla buttercream. This moist cake is perfect for everyone. With a slight change up of frosting it becomes a special cake for that special someone. And yes, someone in our family likes Malted Milk Ball candies. I believed I had come up with something original only to find Malted Milk Balls have been used for sometime in this way. Ha. BUT not with this cake recipe. Cake recipe here.

Just about any candies can be treated in this way. Try my Peanut Butter Cake and suggested frosting with chopped up Butterfingers or Peanut Butter Cups or Heath Bars.

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Valentine’s Desserts

Valentine's DessertsComing up … Have I a new delicious dessert for you. Soon! Get your 9″ springform pan ready. Here are a few of my favs for Valentine’s. Some are time intensive and others, not so much. All perfectly delicious. Enjoy!

Tiramisu    Red Wine Dessert Sauce    Chocolate Pie    Oatmeal Raspberry

Bread with Heart            Decorated Hearts            Italian Cream Cake

Butterscotch Pie                                                      Blondies

German Chocolate      Fudge Sauce      Brownies      Chocolate Eclairs