• 15 Christmas Treats

    Just because my house is full of boxes and there are no new recipes here on the blog doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy all of the recipes that I’ve already shared. It’s the 3rd year for Sam’s Christmas Treats and I have a roundup of 15 recipes to help you plan your holiday baking!     15 Christmas Treats   No-Chill Recipes: Easy Saltine Cracker Toffee Potato Chip Cookies Toffee Bars   Chocolate + Caramel: Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Thumbprints Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Turtle Chip Cookies   Drop Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies Oatmeal Snickerdoodle Cookies Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal…

  • Toffee Bars

      Hi Friends! Do I have a sweet recipe for you today. These Toffee Bars were one of the first recipes I made for Mr. Sam back when we were dating. Aww. That was about 8 years ago. Wow! Back when I used to routinely read cookbooks, with actual PAPER pages, to find new recipes. I love Pinterest and blogs (hello, you’re reading mine right now. Thank you!) But there is something about cooking from a traditional cookbook. Today’s recipe comes from my classic Betty Crocker cookbook.     When I first found this recipe, I made them all the time. I remember once as soon as I put them in the…

  • Fudge Brownies with White Chocolate Chips

    I have a new dessert to share with you today. Grab a glass of milk or hot cup of coffee and enjoy!   I love chocolate! Have I told you that before? And I love brownies. I love them warm and covered with ice cream (hello, Salted Caramel Brownie Sundae I’m looking at you) and I equally love them cold and covered in a creamy frosting (like my Double Chocolate Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting). But I also have a special place in my heart for brownies that are thick, fudge-like, and dotted with chocolate chips. And that’s exactly what I have to share with you today.     I made this…

  • Lighter Cranberry Bliss Bars

    Today we have the third recipe for Sam’s Christmas Treats!     These Cranberry Bliss Bars are a new favorite that I now want to make all of the time. Can we talk about how beautiful these bars are for a minute? The creamy white cream cheese frosting is dotted with bright cranberries.     Brown sugar gives the bars lots of flavor and helps to keep them moist. They also have just the slightest bit of spice from the cinnamon and are dotted with sweet white chocolate and chewy cranberries.     Using light cream cheese brings full flavor without all of the calories.     Bake up a…

  • S’mores Cookie Bars

      All of my s’mores loving friends raise your hands! Nothing says summer like toasty marshmallows, melty chocolate and crispy graham crackers. I fell in love with these S’mores Cookie Bars a couple summers ago and every year I start craving them as soon as the weather warms up! I wanted to share them with you today because I think they would be perfect for a July 4th BBQ or get together.     I’m sitting here enjoying a bar (or two) while writing this post and y’all these bars have a surprising graham flavor that comes from subbing some of the flour with graham cracker crumbs. A base of…

  • One Bowl Fudgy Brownies

      I love a good brownie and I thought the ease of whipping up a box mix couldn’t be beaten. Well, I was wrong. With one bowl, seven ingredients you can pronounce and just a few extra minutes you too can make fudgy brownies that are even better than the ones that come out of a box!     If you like your brownies cakey, this recipe is not for you. These brownies are fudgy, melt in your mouth, fudgy. They have a nice crispy crust on them and are deliciously soft. These One Bowl Fudgy Brownies are unbelievably rich.     They are also perfect as the base for a scrumptious brownie sundae, like the Salted Caramel…

  • Double Chocolate Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

    There’s just something about frosted brownies when they are cold that has always had a special place in my heart. I’ve made these brownies twice over the last two weeks and both times they were consumed by very happy people. The only criticism they received was that they were too chocolatey. So if chocolate filled with chocolate and then covered in chocolate isn’t your thing, then please just leave these brownies for the rest of us. If you are one of those people, I feel sorry for you, I really do.     You have to be careful when baking brownies that you don’t overbake because they will dry out. I like my brownies to be…

  • Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars {and 2 anniversaries!}

    Happy one month to the blog! If you haven’t been here since the beginning, go and check out my first recipe for Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies  and stay tuned because February is looking like a sweet month! Now for one of my favorite anniversaries. Five years ago today, I was talking to my boyfriend as I drove home from work on a Friday night. When I opened the door to my apartment, there he was!  He’d flown from Pennsylvania to South Carolina to surprise me and was all dressed up and standing in the middle of my living room. He asked me to marry him…and I said yes! The last five years have been…