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Chewy Granola Bars

29 Jan

Chewy Chocolate Granola BarsI’m so excited to share this recipe with you. In search of healthy, homemade treats for my kids I tried a few different recipes for granola bars over the holiday break. After being underwhelmed by what was out there, I took it upon myself to come up with my own version. I love the resulting recipe and I hope you will, too! (I’ve even included a nut-free variation for allergy sufferers!)

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Ultimate Ginger Cookies

24 Dec

Ultimate Ginger CookiesThere’s nothing better than finding a great recipe. Whether or not said recipe was created by me matters not. What does matter is that this is the PERFECT soft ginger cookie. With a crackly sugared top and a strong, spicy flavor, this is one for the recipe box (or Pinterest board, etc.) I made 4 batches to give as gifts this season and will definitely be adding them to my holiday repertoire. Thanks, Ina Garten!

I like it so much, I’ll send you to another site to get it!
Get the recipe: Barefoot Contessa’s Ultimate Ginger Cookie

*Note: I did halve the amount of candied ginger when I made these. 1 1/4 cup seemed like too much and took way too long to chop! (By the way, use kitchen scissors to chop sticky things like ginger and dried fruit instead of a knife.)

Spiced Cranberry-Banana Muffins

13 Nov

I always buy a bag of cranberries once they appear at the market each fall–then I have to figure out what to do with them! Since I’m not hosting a Thanksgiving dinner next week, I decided to riff on one of my favorite muffin recipes this afternoon, and created this spiced cranberry version. I also upped the health factor a bit by adding more whole-wheat flour and reducing the sugar and butter. Read on for the recipe… Continue reading

Homemade “Magic Shell”

3 Jun

Remember “Magic Shell” ice cream topping? That super-sweet chocolate coating that magically hardened into a crisp “shell” the second it hit the ice cream was a favorite when I was growing up. Turns out, it’s super easy to make yourself. Continue reading

Chewy Peanut Butter-Millet Bars

5 Apr

These no-bake bars will remind you a bit of Rice Krispies treats. The process used to make them is basically the same. But I’ve swapped the puffed rice for puffed millet, added peanut butter, and sweetened the whole thing with honey and agave nectar (instead of marshmallows!). The layer of chocolate on top is optional, but why would you skip it? Continue reading