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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 Apple Oatmeal Muffins are naturally vegan and absolutely full of apple flavor from sautéed apples, apple cider, and applesauce! These healthier muffins are sure to be a breakfast favorite.

Apple Oatmeal Muffins (Vegan)

These Apple Oatmeal Muffins are naturally vegan and absolutely full of apple flavor from sautéed apples, apple cider, and applesauce! These healthier muffins are sure to be a breakfast favorite.

These Apple Oatmeal Muffins are naturally vegan and absolutely full of apple flavor from sautéed apples, apple cider, and applesauce! These healthier muffins are sure to be a breakfast favorite.Okay, let’s be honest: these muffins sound *yawn* boring. But! Their perfection is in their simplicity, and I mean it when I say these muffins are super addicting, flavorful, and delicious.

I first made these as an excuse to bake for a school project for my social entrepreneurship class. My group and I had to participate in a business plan competition as part of the class, so of course when I heard that people got to vote for the people’s choice award, I knew I had to bake something to help sway people’s votes my way. [Read more…]

This Banana Cocoa Cake with Almond Butter Swirl will satisfy your chocolate cravings without breaking your diet. This cake is Paleo, gluten-free, sweetened almost entirely with bananas, and healthy enough for breakfast!

Banana Cocoa Cake with Almond Butter Swirl (Paleo)

This Banana Cocoa Cake with Almond Butter Swirl will satisfy your chocolate cravings without breaking your diet. This cake is Paleo, gluten-free, sweetened almost entirely with bananas, and healthy enough for breakfast!

This Banana Cocoa Cake with Almond Butter Swirl will satisfy your chocolate cravings without breaking your diet. This cake is Paleo, gluten-free, sweetened almost entirely with bananas, and healthy enough for breakfast!
Happy New Year, internet friends! Can you believe it’s 2015? I hope the first few days of the New Year have been treating you right.

Unfortunately, my first few days of the year I’ve been stuck on the couch trying to fight off a monster of a cold/flu combo. Not fun. I’m on my couch bundled in blankets right now, so I’m not gonna type your ear off, but rather, tell you about this delicious cake and get back to recovering so I can bake up more treats to share! [Read more…]

This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that's perfect for the holidays! It's a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.

Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme

This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that’s perfect for the holidays! It’s a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.

This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that's perfect for the holidays! It's a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.Phew, 2 more days until Christmas, and I’m squeezing in one last recipe for you guys! But this one isn’t a dessert – today I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious appetizer to serve at your holiday gatherings, or to enjoy any time.

One of my favorite Christmas Day appetizers is the baked brie that my mom makes every year. Each year, it gets devoured, way too much of it from my doing. This Cranberry Brie Tart has that same melty brie and puff pastry that I love so much, but this version comes with unique flavors and a delicious, buttery crust. [Read more…]

These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat - they'll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.

Nutella Raspberry Rugelach

These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat – they’ll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.

These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat - they'll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.Today marks the second day of Hanukkah (Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish readers!!), and I don’t know about you guys, but my favorite part of Hanukkah is the food.

Let’s be honest, food is my favorite part of a lot of holidays, but on Hanukkah, I can’t resist tearing into the challah, devouring my grandma’s chicken and brisket, and eating way too many rugelach. If you’re not familiar with rugelach, let me explain. [Read more…]

These Double Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies feature a browned butter and nutmeg dough studded with chocolate chunks & cranberries, both dried and fresh! They're the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platters. Recipe from Bakerita.com

Double Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Double Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies feature a browned butter and nutmeg dough loaded with chocolate chunks & cranberries, both dried and fresh! The fresh cranberries add a tart bite to a chewy, richly flavored cookie. They’re the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platters!

These Double Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies feature a browned butter and nutmeg dough studded with chocolate chunks & cranberries, both dried and fresh! They're the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platters. Recipe from Bakerita.com
Cranberries are a symbol of winter. The festive, cheery red color, the sweet sauce (hopefully homemade) that gets slathered all over your Thanksgiving dinner, and the piles of bags of cranberries that you see placed at the front of the produce section of the market, basking in their 15 minutes of fame, until Christmas passes and they’re replaced.

And this year, prepare for cranberry overload, because I’ve been having too much fun playing with cranberries in the kitchen! I’ve always adored the tart, sweet bite that cranberries add to any dessert, and I’ve always fondly remembered how much I loved these browned butter cranberry lime muffins that I made way back when Bakerita was only a few months old. The tartness of cranberries adds a flavor to dessert that I find absolutely enticing, and if you’ve never tried it, well…you’re in for a major treat. [Read more…]

This Spiced Apple Tart features cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apples nestled in an oatmeal-almond crust. This gluten-free and vegan dessert is healthy enough to double as breakfast! | #recipe from Bakerita.com

Spiced Apple Tart (GF + Vegan)

This Spiced Apple Tart features cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apples nestled in an oatmeal-almond crust. This gluten-free and vegan dessert is healthy enough to double as breakfast!

This Spiced Apple Tart features cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apples nestled in an oatmeal-almond crust. This gluten-free and vegan dessert is healthy enough to double as breakfast! | #recipe from Bakerita.comApples are, no doubt, one of my favorite ingredients to use (clearly – take a look at all my apple recipes!) and definitely one of my favorite things to eat. And eat a lot of them I do! There’s days where apples slathered with a little almond butter replaces meals. It’s the perfect treat, fills me right up, and they’re so delicious.

I cannot get enough of the giant Honeycrisp apples they sell at the grocery store near me, and that’s what I used in this recipe! Honeycrisp’s are my favorite, and I love the slightly tart edge they have. The flavor tasted so succulent with the aromatic spices. Use your favorite apple here though – any kind will be amazing. [Read more…]

This Apple Berry Crisp is the perfect fall treat. Baked up in a skillet, the tender apples and sweet berries pair perfectly with the buttery oatmeal pecan crisp topping. | via Bakerita.com

Apple Berry Crisp

This Apple Berry Crisp is the perfect fall treat. The tender apples and sweet berries pair perfectly with the buttery oatmeal pecan crisp topping. This easy comfort dessert is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

This Apple Berry Crisp is the perfect fall treat. Baked up in a skillet, the tender apples and sweet berries pair perfectly with the buttery oatmeal pecan crisp topping. | via Bakerita.comI get asked a lot what my favorite dessert is, and while I always hesitate and think about it for a while, the answer always ends up the same: anything with apples in it. I’m a huge sucker for apple desserts, and of all the apple desserts, ones that are piled high with crisp or crumble topping top the list. Add in pecans or oats, and I’m in heaven. Oooh, and with caramel sauce – like my caramel apple crisp? Always a winner.

So…while I definitely can’t make apple crisp frequently for fear of devouring it ALL to myself, it’s the one thing I MUST make every fall. A while back, my housemate Olivia was talking about a crisp her mom made, Bumbleberry Crisp, which was apples mixed all up with a bunch of berries. It sounded amazing, and served as the inspiration for this recipe. [Read more…]