Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Magic Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Magic Bars are a sweet & gooey dessert bar with a hint of tropical flair. You’ll be hooked after one bite of the gooey vegan caramel and buttery macadamia nuts on a gluten-free coconut lime crust.

These Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Magic Bars are a sweet & gooey dessert bar with a hint of tropical flair. You'll be hooked after one bite of the gooey vegan caramel and buttery macadamia nuts on a gluten-free coconut lime crust.Oooh boy, this has been a week FULL of chocolatey goodness! I had actually planned on sharing a different recipe today, but after I perfected these bars yesterday and had some people asking for the recipe on Snapchat (add me –> bakeritablog), I decided to just bite the bullet and share them now while my excitement over these beauties is still super fresh. As in, I may or may not be intermittently eating a bar as I write this, so my gushing over this treat is spot on.

These are inspired by one my all-time, like since I was a baby, favorites – magic cookie bars. Traditionally, magic cookie bars (also sometimes called Hello Dolly Bars, or Seven Layer Bars) have a graham cracker crust, sweetened condensed milk, walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and coconut. They are SO good and they’re always a staple during the holidays. [Read more…]

Samoa Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Samoa Bars have a shortbread crust, a layer of toasted coconut caramel, and a dark chocolate drizzle! They’re a gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite Girl Scout cookie.

These Samoa Bars have a shortbread crust, a layer of toasted coconut caramel, and a dark chocolate drizzle! They're a gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite Girl Scout cookie.What are your favorite Girl Scout cookies? Mine have always been a strong tie between Thin Mints and Samoas (or Caramel DeLites to some of you). They’re so different that I could never pick a fave and always ended up with both – sometimes with a box of Tagalongs thrown in for good measure.

Samoas have always had one of my favorite ever flavor combinations, though. For someone who absolutely adores shortbread cookies, caramel, chocolate, and toasted coconut in most forms, putting them all together was a genius move. In fact, it was one that was long over due to be replicated in my kitchen. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies (GF + Refined SF)

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies stay soft and chewy for days! They’re gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and will satisfy all your chocolate peanut butter cravings.

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies stay soft and chewy for days! They're gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and will satisfy all your chocolate peanut butter cravings.How was your Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re in a relationship or not, I sincerely hope you enjoyed delicious food and at least some chocolate during the day. I spent the morning making way more croissants than three girls could eat, but we tried anyways.

It was nice to finally cross croissants off my bucket list – they’d been on it for years, and I was like a proud momma as I pulled my beautifully puffed, browned, beautiful croissants from the oven. I made tons of flavors because I had tons of dough and had to use all of it. [Read more…]

Nutty Blondies

These Nutty Blondies are a soft and chewy brown sugar blondie filled with sliced almonds, pecans, and cashews. You’ll love these chewy treats!

These Nutty Blondies are a soft and chewy brown sugar blondie filled with sliced almonds, pecans, and cashews. You'll love these chewy treats!One of the best things about food blogging is the community – pretty much any food blogger will tell you that, but it took me way too long to figure out.

I started blogging when I was just sixteen years old, and I always felt like such a baby in the food blogging world that I never really reached out to other bloggers to make friends. Uhhh…such a mistake. As soon as I started chatting with other food bloggers, I realized how much value there is in chatting with other people who do the same thing as you, especially when that thing is done at home by yourself. [Read more…]

Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars (GF)

These Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars are a new flavor twist on a classic cookie bar. The crust is kept naturally gluten-free with hazelnut flour. A gooey chocolate hazelnut spread filling and topping made of chocolate chips, flaked coconut, and hazelnuts takes these bars over the top!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars are a new flavor twist on a classic cookie bar. The crust is kept naturally gluten-free with hazelnut flour. A gooey Nutella filling and topping made of chocolate chips, flaked coconut, and hazelnuts takes these bars over the top!These Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars are a hazelnut lovers dream. They’re pretty magical, you might say. I packed a bunch of hazelnut flavor into these in three separate ways, and each way adds its own texture and flavor and contributes to the overall deliciousness of these bars. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of chocolate.

First: the crust. Magic bars traditionally have a graham cracker crust, but to make these super hazelnutty (new word?) and keep them gluten free, I used Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut flour. I mixed it with butter to help it hold together and give it delicious buttery flavor. The crust goes into the oven for a few minutes to help it firm up a bit before you put on the rest of the toppings. [Read more…]

Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars

These Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars use leftover cranberry sauce to make an irresistible gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan dessert. The crumb mixture doubles as the crust and crumb topping.

These Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars use leftover cranberry sauce to make an irresistible gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan dessert. The crumb mixture doubles as the crust and crumb topping.Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! Hope all of you had an amazing day full of family, love, and especially food. As much as I love to spend my time baking and cooking, even intricate, time consuming desserts and (occasionally) meals, I’m always amazed by how quickly something that I spent hours and hours on can be eaten. Hours of work, disappeared into people’s mouths.

We spend even more time prepping for Thanksgiving, because besides just the actual cooking and baking that goes on, we have to spend a whole bunch of time planning out the meal, coordinating with family, grocery shopping, and getting everything else in order for the big day.

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Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

If you’ve been around here before, then it’s probably no surprise to you that I love making cookies and bars. I love making them all year round, so when it finally comes time for holiday baking, I get extra excited because it means everyone else is jumping all in on the baking bandwagon with me – at least for the month.

Every November and December, I fill my kitchen with recipe successes and failures for every type of cookie, candy, and bar I can to share with you the best of what comes out of my kitchen. And then, you have all you need to make the best of my kitchen come out of yours, ready to share with your friends and family for the holidays. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars have a crumble crust full of oats and pecans with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling. This recipe is an irresistible fall treat!

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars have a crumble crust full of oats and pecans with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling. This recipe is an irresistible fall treat!

For a few days this week, my entire apartment building smelled like pumpkin spice. I have been putting pumpkin into ALL of the things. It started by choice, and then I realized that I had opened a Costco-sized can of pumpkin and had way more pumpkin than I needed to get through with the two pumpkin recipes I had lined up.

So…I made the recipes (both coming soon!) and still had more than half a GIANT can left. So I started thinking of more pumpkin recipes, scouring my scrawled recipe brainstorming lists, and soliciting recipe ideas from my Instagram followers. 

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars have a crumble crust full of oats and pecans with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling. This recipe is an irresistible fall treat! [Read more…]