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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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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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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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Marshmallow Squares

The best part about the Holidays is having everyone around to give me ideas of things to bake. This recipe sounded interesting and I had everything in my pantry except the marshmallows. It’s similar to a Rice Krispie treat, but without cereal. Instead it has pretzels, potato chips and popcorn. The result is a sweet […]

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Turkey Oreo Truffles

No one likes Thanksgiving food more than me, and I am in full cooking mode getting ready for the big day. I’ve been to three groceries and am getting ready to make the piecrust to put in the freezer and a cake with pears and pistachios that Mike wanted me to try. But I wanted […]

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White Chocolate Halloween Bark

Just a few days left to make something fun for Halloween. If you’re not into making monsters or bats, you can go an easier route and make my favorite white chocolate bark and add some Halloween sprinkles. Don’t have Halloween themed sprinkles, just go with orange and black. No one can resist this bark.

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Halloween Oreo Truffles

Taylor wanted to make some Halloween treats to take to work so we decided to go with an old standard, oreo truffles. This is such an easy no fail recipe that has been around for years. We decided we would make bats and monsters out of ours, so I got to experiment with candy melts […]

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Praline Brownies

I thought we needed something sweet in our lives and what could be better than some fudgy brownies with pralines inside. What a wonderful combination. These were magical, but I was afraid maybe it was because I haven’t been eating sweets lately. You know how when you’re starving anything tastes great. Not to worry, it […]

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Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies

Do you need a summer pick-me-up? Try something with sprinkles, they are guaranteed to make you smile. Natalie loves sprinkles so I sent her to Sally’s Baking Addiction to see if she could find some sprinkle cookies. Her recipes are always spot on and this one was no exception. Natalie made these by herself with […]

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