Archive | Sweet Treats

You don’t have to wait for apricot season to enjoy sweet apricots. Apricot Bars with dried apricots are covered in a mouthwatering buttery shortbread crust of coconut and pecans. |butterandbaggage.com

Apricot Bars

My grandfather had an apricot tree in his backyard and every summer we would can and dry all the apricots we couldn’t eat. I’ve never been able to find apricots on the East coast like they grow in California. The ones we get in the grocery don’t even come close to what I remember. All […]

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Apple Pie Bars have a buttery shortbread crust and cookie like topping over a combination of sweet and tart apples. Ina Garten's recipe is a winner. No fork required for this delicious apple pie in a bar. |butterandbaggage.com

Apple Pie Bars

Stemilt sent me a box of a brand new variety of apples called Rave™ which are ready to harvest for the first time in August and September. I haven’t even started thinking about apples yet but it’s a nice change after all the peaches we’ve been consuming this summer. This particular variety is one that […]

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Let Tequila and sprinkles liven up your Fruit Pizza! Start with a Sprinkle Cookie crust, add some cream cheese and Cool Whip and then pile on your favorite fruit that has been drizzled with a Tequila lime sauce. Who can say no to Tequila and Sprinkle Cookies! |butterandbaggage.com

Fruit Pizza

When the girls were younger we had a pizza place that served dessert pizza. They would always order the one with Heath Bars crumbled on top. They would choose dessert pizza over regular pizza any day. So with Natalie home for a couple of weeks we decided to work on our own creation. Our first […]

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Peach Blackberry Bars are just the thing when you can’t decide if you want cobbler or a bar. Warm, they have the texture of a cobbler, but cooled, they are like a bar with a moist cake like texture that is bursting with peaches and blackberries. Toasted pecans in the top layer give them a nice crunch and bourbon mixed with the peaches make this an AWESOME dessert | butterandbaggage.com

Peach Blackberry Bars

Peaches this year in North Carolina are particularly sweet and abundant. I was afraid the late frost would have ruined some of the crops but from what I’ve seen so far, I think it only helped. I’ve tried several varieties this summer and all have been marvelous whether from my favorite fruit stand in the […]

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If you're looking for brownies that are fudgy and not dry, you are going to LOVE these. Melissa Clark’s recipe is now my go-to PERFECT brownie recipe | butterandbaggage.com

Fudgy Brownies

Anytime I have something that doesn’t work out the way I expect it to, I’m on a mission to find a better recipe. I have cooked a few recipes out of Melissa Clark’s book, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite and already have some favorites. She doesn’t have many desserts in the book but […]

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Cherry Streusel Bars are a wonderful way to showcase frozen cherries and they ship well if you want to share with a friend | butterandbaggage.com

Cherry Streusel Bars

I made these yummy streusel bars for my mom and mother-in-law last month. I was planning on making cookies, but for some reason, my cookies turned out flat, and while delicious, I didn’t want to send ugly cookies. After messing up the cookies, I was in a rush and needed something to put together quickly […]

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Emulsion American Gin from The Fainting Goat Spirits blends perfectly with the lemon and lime in this no-bake cheesecake | butterandbaggage.com

Gin Cheesecake

My husband saw a Facebook post about a gin infused cheesecake and threw down the gauntlet for me to come up with a recipe using Emulsion American Gin from our favorite distillery, Fainting Goat Spirits in Greensboro, NC. He then told one of the owners that I would be bringing one down the next day […]

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Apple Dumplings are so delicious that they get their own National Holiday! This version is so easy, you can prepare it in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients |butterandbaggage.com

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings are so delicious that deserve their own National Holiday!  This version is so easy, you can prepare it in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients. I’m not sure why July 5th is National Apple Turnover day when apples aren’t really in season yet.  However, if you’re getting tired of peaches and blueberries, you […]

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Watermelon Pops - A cool and refreshing healthy snack with chocolate and SPRINKLES. The kids will love it at your next cook out. | butterandbaggage.com

Watermelon Pops

A friend was talking to me about some watermelon stars she made that the kids just loved at a recent cook out, so these really caught my eye when I saw them on justataste. I never thought of dipping watermelon in chocolate but it’a a great combination, especially with a little flaked salt sprinkled on […]

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Sprinkle Blondies

Sprinkle Blondies

It’s been ages since I’ve posted a sprinkle recipe. We tried these out when Natalie was home for a bit before starting her internships this summer. We were looking for something that she could take back with her. These were so tasty, that I’m not sure she had many to take back by the end […]

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World Peace Cookies

World Peace Cookies

I’m surrounded by Carolina fans who are exuberant about their final four victory, while I’m still mopping about my Wildcat’s loss. Guess I’ll just eat chocolate and what better form then in a decadent rich chocolate cookie. These are Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies. They may not lead to world peace but they are great […]

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Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars

While my mother-in-law was visiting she shared this recipe for Pecan Pie Bars which I’ve never had before but sounded fabulous. Think of pecan pie with a pecan shortbread crust topped with a thin layer of chocolate, and that’s what you get with Pecan Pie Bars. She would make them for family car trips. It’s […]

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Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

Yesterday was National Carrot Cake day and while I didn’t get a slice, it reminded me of this wonderful recipe for a cookie version. Carrot cake cookies are so much easier on your waistline then having a cake around. For some reason, if I have a cake in the house, I feel obligated to eat […]

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Vanilla Caramels

Continuing with my sweet theme, I thought I would try making caramels. I love the caramel sauce that I use for my dark and white chocolate bark, so this seemed the logical step. It seems a bit intimidating, but this recipe made it sound easy so I decided to take the leap. The recipe walked […]

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Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

I normally try to mix in dinner or vegetable posts with the dessert posts. However, I’ve been baking a lot and desserts are just so much better than broccoli. Taylor wanted to bake cookies for friends, so of course she went with her favorite cookie, Sprinkle Cookies. We updated them to Christmas Sprinkle Cookies by […]

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Peppermint Blondies

It’s Christmas week and you need to be baking something with candy canes. I love Candy Cane Brownies, and so why wouldn’t peppermint blondies be fabulous. The blondies themselves are pretty standard with butter and white chocolate chips, but they have a small amount of crushed candy canes in the batter itself. They are finished […]

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