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These Brown Butter Pear Bars are loaded with juicy, fresh pears in a spiced filling, all piled on a crisp brown butter shortbread crust.

Brown Butter Pear Bars

These Brown Butter Pear Bars are loaded with juicy, fresh pears in a brown butter spiced filling, all piled on a crisp shortbread crust. 

These Brown Butter Pear Bars are loaded with juicy, fresh pears in a brown butter spiced filling, all piled on a crisp shortbread crust. Crispy, crunchy, creamy, sweet, full of brown butter, and loaded with fruit. <— that list encompasses a darn whole lot of my favorite words that you can use to describe a baked good, and all 100% accurately describe the amazingness that is these Brown Butter Pear Bars.

After getting a big box of pears from Harry & David and devouring most of them plain (soooo good…), I realized the vast insufficiency of pear recipes on Bakerita. So, fixing to change that, I dreamed up these bars, layered with brown butter, creamy pear chunks, and an irresistible flavor, and they turned out even better than I had imagined they would. [Read more…]

These Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars have a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a sugar cookie-style bar that's loaded with peppermint and white chocolate, all topped with melted white chocolate and more peppermint!

Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars

These Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars have a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a sugar cookie-style bar that’s loaded with peppermint and white chocolate, all topped with melted white chocolate and more peppermint! These celebrate winter in the most delicious way possible.

These Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars have a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a sugar cookie-style bar that's loaded with peppermint and white chocolate, all topped with melted white chocolate and more peppermint!Fa la la, it’s holiday time! Which in my baking-centric head, means bring on the peppermint, gingerbread, and too many cookies for anyone to reasonably eat.

…seriously though, how did we get here already?! It’s almost CHRISTMAS! And HANNUKAH! I’m a lucky kid who grew up celebrating both, one with each side of the family. I have amazing, special traditions I associate with each, and one of the things I love most about this time of year is getting to spend time with my family. [Read more…]

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Pumpkin Caramel Marshmallow Fluff Bars

These Pumpkin Caramel Marshmallow Fluff Bars are gooey, sweet, and irresistible! These easy bars are sure to be devoured quickly.

These Pumpkin Caramel Marshmallow Fluff Bars are gooey, sweet, and irresistible! These easy bars are sure to be devoured quickly. | Recipe from Bakerita.com

I’m usually done with pumpkin after Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d sneak in one last pumpkin recipe in before my self-inflicted posting-about-pumpkin deadline. It’s a good one.

Pumpkin meets both caramel AND marshmallow fluff in these ooey gooey bars, and the result is sticky, sweet, decadent, and delicious. Somehow, these manage to taste vaguely like cinnamon rolls. It’s magical. These come together in one bowl and a few minutes, which always makes me happy (less dishes, more time! Wahoo!). [Read more…]

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting | recipe from bakerita.com

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting | recipe from bakerita.comI don’t know about you guys, but we always have extra too-brown bananas. In a house of six girls, we all tend to get confused about whose bananas are whose and end up with a pile of brown bananas waiting to be a) used in a baked good or b) thrown away. I try to use them up as much as possible so we’re not wasters, and I’m realizing that bananas taste darn good in waaay more baked goods than just banana bread.

Case in point: banana nut bars with brown sugar frosting. These are no regular banana nut bars – these are fudgy and dense and full of delicious banana flavor. They have a healthy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg because I’m all about fall spices right now, and I love the added warmth the spices bring to the bars. The nuts add the crunchiness that I love and crave in most baked goods, but obviously if you’re anti nuts in your baked goods, feel free to leave ‘em out. And then of course, you have the super delicious banana flavor from that ripe banana. It adds a nice texture and an additional level of sweetness to the bar. [Read more…]

Apple Cinnamon Blondies | Sauteed apples and cinnamon chips star in this delicious Fall recipe! From Bakerita.com

Apple Cinnamon Blondies

Apple Cinnamon Blondies | Sauteed apples and cinnamon chips star in this delicious Fall recipe! From Bakerita.comI’m finally 21.

Which means, among other things, that it’s fall! (Oh, and also that now I can start posting boozy dessert recipes! And drink.)

My birthday, September 16th, always falls within the first few weeks of the school year, and is always my marker of when everything starts feeling a whole lot more like fall. Classes start to get into full swing. The air gets a crisp, chilly edge to it between the sunny days, and the leaves just start to change color around the edges. Then, of course, fall baking starts, and the smells of pumpkin bread, cinnamon, and apple-y desserts dominate the kitchen. It’s a great time, especially for baking. [Read more…]

Bacon Caramel Brownies | These brownies are swirled with caramel and studded with pieces of brown sugar bacon! Recipe from Bakerita.com

Bacon Caramel Brownies

Bacon Caramel Brownies | These brownies are swirled with caramel and studded with pieces of brown sugar bacon! Recipe from Bakerita.comSoooo…I put bacon in your brownies. But first, I baked them with brown sugar and watched the bacon strips get all caramelized and sweet. Seriously guys, brown sugar baked bacon is NOT a joke. It’s too good, and I recommend making more than you need for the recipe just to snack on. In addition: the only complaint from this recipe was “not enough bacon,” so I bumped up the amount of bacon in the recipe so you all have an even better brownie than I did. Really, is there ever enough bacon?

Some of you may be scoffing at me and shaking your head, wondering why in the world I would be putting bacon into brownies. The better question is why have I not done it sooner?!?! I’m seriously lagging on the bacon-baked good thing, but now I’m totally on board, and I hope you guys are too. If you haven’t tried it – these bacon caramel brownies are the perfect place to start. [Read more…]

"Best Dessert I Ever Ate" Blackberry Dulce De Leche Crumb Bars from Bakerita.com | These bars are some of the best things I've ever tasted!

Blackberry Dulce De Leche Crumb Bars

"Best Dessert I Ever Ate" Blackberry Dulce De Leche Crumb Bars from Bakerita.com | These bars are some of the best things I've ever tasted!These bars were a total baking experiment, and I really had absolutely no idea whether they would be delicious or so weird and not good.

My friend Ally and I were hanging out in our backyard, lounging in the sun on our (super awesome) swing bench, brainstorming baking ideas for me, when this idea was born. I thought of the dulce de leche I had sitting in the cabinet, and wanted to pair it with some thing fruity that was still in season, but berries + dulce de leche seemed like a weird combo. But…blackberries seemed like they might be good with dulce de leche. The tartness + the sweetness could play well together. [Read more…]

Browned Butter Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Blondies from Bakerita.com #recipe

Browned Butter Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Blondies

These one-bowl Browned Butter Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Blondies are chewy, easy, and totally delicious | from Bakerita.com #recipeWhen I look at the words in the title of this post, I see so many of my favorite things. All the ingredients in this blondie recipe are some of my absolutely favorite baking ingredients, and it’s wonderful that they all play so nicely together. Browned butter, caramel, pecans, and chocolate chips just must be the best of friends, because they seriously love each other in this recipe, and each element works so nicely with the others to create a RICH, but totally delicious and sinful dessert bar.

These blondies use the same base blondie recipe as these Browned Butter Butterscotch Bars (also awesome), which is easy to make and doesn’t require a whole lot of ingredients. The result is a rich, dark, almost chocolate-y looking base because of how deep and dark the browned butter and dark brown sugar make the bars. The taste is buttery and caramelized and everything that caramel lovers appreciate in a good blondie. They get about as “fudgy” as a blondie can manage to be, and the words dry and crumbly will never ever be associated with these babies. [Read more…]