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12 Days of Cookies: Chai-Chocolate Banana Tea Bars

12 Days of Cookies: Chai-Chocolate Banana Tea Bars

It’s cookie season and people all around the world are baking, cutting, sprinkling, wrapping, and giving out all kinds of different cookies. To celebrate this festive time of the year and to bring you some new inspiration, we’re sharing 12 cookie recipes with you, one every day from now until Christmas Eve. These aren’t just any old cookie recipes, either — they’re recipes from cookie and history-enthusiast Anna Ginsberg and her cookbook The Daily Cookie, which is filled with 365 cookie recipes that honor and celebrate notable events throughout history. Along with giving you something new to bake in the kitchen, these 12 days of cookies give you a chance to win a copy of the book every day we share a recipe, so you’ll be able to enjoy a cookie recipe every day of the year, not just right before Christmas.

Today’s cookie is a Chai-Chocolate Banana Tea Bar, in honor of the Boston Tea Party’s anniversary. This cookie recipe uses traditional tea spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and grated nutmeg to pay homage to all of that aromatic tea thrown into the Boston Harbor in 1773.

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Shortbread/Trefoils Cookies

Shortbread/Trefoils Toffee and Chocolate Bark with Toasted Almonds

Shortbread/Trefoils Toffee and Chocolate Bark with Toasted Almonds is the grand prize winner and the Candies category winner of the 2016 National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest Sponsored by Taste of Home®. Congrats on a job deliciously well done!

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling

  • 1 package (9 ounces) Girl Scout Shortbread/Trefoils® cookies
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a greased 15x10-in. rimmed baking pan with parchment paper coated with cooking spray. Arrange Shortbread/Trefoils®cookies in pan.

Microwave butter until melted whisk in brown sugar. Microwave 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until mixture is a thick caramel sauce. Pour sauce over Shortbread/Trefoils®cookies, covering each completely.

Bake until puffed up and bubbly, about 10 minutes (do not allow to burn). Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over hot caramel. Let stand 5 minutes spread chocolate over caramel. Top with almonds.

Refrigerate baking pan until chocolate and caramel have hardened, about 1 hour. Break or cut bark. Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Yield: 2 pounds.

Delightful Caramel Bars

Created by: Stephanie Salmento

Delightful Caramel Bars is the grand prize winner and the Cookies/Brownies/Bars category winner of the 2015 National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest Sponsored by Taste of Home®. Congrats on a job deliciously well done!

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

  • 1 package (9 ounces) Girl Scout Shortbread/Trefoils®, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 25 caramels
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350°. Place 12 Shortbread/Trefoils® in a food processor pulse until crushed. Reserve for topping.

Place remaining Shortbread/Trefoils® cookies in food processor pulse until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter pulse until blended. Press onto bottom of an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Layer with chocolate chips and chopped Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies.

In a large saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until caramels are melted. Pour over Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies sprinkle with reserved crushed Shortbread/Trefoils® cookies. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake

Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake is the Cakes/Pies/Cupcakes category winner of the 2015 National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest Sponsored by Taste of Home®. Congrats on a job deliciously well done!

  • 1 package (9 ounces) Girl Scout Shortbread/Trefoils® cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 1/2 ounces each) Girl Scout Lemonades™ cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Place Shortbreads/Trefoils® cookies in a food processor pulse until fine crumbs form. Add butter pulse just until blended. Press onto bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Freeze 10 minutes.

Place Lemonades™ cookies in a clean food processor pulse until fine crumbs form. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in Lemonades™ cookie crumbs. In another bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form fold into cream cheese mixture. Spread over crust. Freeze, covered, for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, whisk eggs, sugar, and lemon juice until blended. Add butter cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and a thermometer reads at least 170°. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat immediately. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl cool. Press plastic wrap onto surface of lemon curd. Refrigerate until cold.

Spoon 1 cup lemon curd over cheesecake. Freeze 1 hour longer. Remove rim from pan. Serve with remaining lemon curd. Yield: 12 servings.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 ¼ hours + chilling

  • 2 cups crushed Shortbread/Trefoil® Girl Scout Cookies
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 jar (12 1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8–10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir 1/4 cup flour into the caramel topping. Set aside 1/3 cup caramel mixture and 2 tablespoons pecans for garnish. Drizzle remaining caramel mixture over crust sprinkle with remaining pecans.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar vanilla, and remaining flour until smooth. Beat in eggs and yolks just until combined. Stir in cream. Pour over crust. Bake at 325° for 65–70 minutes or until center is almost set.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream and sugar carefully spread over warm filling. Bake 10–12 minutes longer or until topping is set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cool 1 hour longer.

Chill for 8 hours or overnight. Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, drizzle with reserved caramel mixture and sprinkle with reserved pecans. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Chocolate Hazelnut Parfaits

  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 cup refrigerated hazelnut nondairy creamer
  • 2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup crushed Shortbread/Trefoil® Girl Scout Cookies
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • Whipped cream, optional

In a large bowl, whisk the milk, creamer, and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

Spoon 1/4 cup pudding into each of eight parfait glasses sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon cookie crumbs. Top with strawberries and remaining pudding and crumbs. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Festive White Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, chips, sour cream, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 35–40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.

In a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until blended. Cool.

Just before serving, remove sides of springform pan. Spoon sauce over cheesecake to within 1 in. of edges. In a small bowl, beat cream and confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form. Pipe over sauce. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecakes

  • 1/4 cup crushed Shortbread/Trefoil® Girl Scout Cookies
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup raspberry sherbet, softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries

In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 4-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray. Freeze for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, milk, and lemon juice until blended.

Spread over crust. Freeze for 2 hours or until firm. Spread sherbet over cream cheese layer freeze 2 hours longer. Top with raspberries. Yield: 2 servings.

Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs Cookies

Nutty Caramel Turtles

Nutty Caramel Turtles is the Candies category winner of the 2015 National Girl Scout Cookie recipe Contest Sponsored by Taste of Home®. Congrats on a job deliciously well done!

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 5 min. + standing

  • 3 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
  • 12 caramels
  • 60 pecan halves
  • 12 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies

Preheat oven to 250°. Break each chocolate bar into fourths. Place each piece 2 in. apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top with one caramel.

Bake 5-7 minutes or until caramel just starts to soften. Immediately press one pecan half on one side for head press four pecan halves onto each corner for legs. Place one Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookie over the top of each candy, pressing down to secure. Let stand until set. Yield: 1 dozen.

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Fudge

  • 1 pound white candy coating, chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries, divided

Line a 9-in.-square pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating with peanut butter stir until smooth.

Stir in 1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies, 1/2 cup peanuts and 1/4 cup cherries. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining chopped Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies, peanuts and cherries. Refrigerate until firm.

Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container. Yield: 2 pounds.

Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich Banana Pudding

  • 2-1/2 cups cold whole milk, divided
  • 1 package (5.10 ounces) instant banana cream pudding mix
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 to 5 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1-1/2 packages (8 ounces each) Girl Scout Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, divided

Whisk together 2 cups milk and pudding mix. In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping, then pudding.

Crush six Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies set aside. Dip 24 Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies in remaining milk place half in a 3-qt. bowl. Top with half the banana slices, then half the pudding mixture. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Top pudding with reserved crushed Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies. Yield: 12 servings.

Peanut Caramel Thumbprint No Bake Cookies

Peanut Caramel Thumbprint No Bake Cookies is the Cookies/Brownies/Bars category winner of the 2016 National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest Sponsored by Taste of Home®. Congrats on a job deliciously well done!

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Girl Scout Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 20 caramels
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Line 24 miniature muffin cups with paper liners.

Microwave peanut butter chips until melted. Pulse peanuts in a food processor until chopped. Reserve 3/4 cup. Pulse Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies in processor with remaining peanuts until fine crumbs form. Add softened butter, peanut butter and melted peanut butter chips pulse until mixture is consistency of soft cookie dough. Meanwhile, microwave caramels and cream until smooth.

Roll tablespoonfuls of peanut butter mixture into balls roll in reserved chopped peanuts to cover. Place balls in paper-lined muffin cups. Press a deep indentation in center of each with your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon handle. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag transfer caramel mixture to bag. Pipe into indentations.

Microwave chocolate chips with shortening until smooth. Transfer chocolate mixture to a pastry bag or a food-safe plastic bag with the corner cut drizzle over cookies. Refrigerate muffin cups at least 30 minutes before removing cookies. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Yield: 2 dozen.

Peanut Butter Cookie Crunch Clusters

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.

  • 1 package (12 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Girl Scout Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups crispy chow mein noodles

In a large saucepan over low heat, stir together 1-1/3 cups chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and peanut butter until melted. Remove from heat stir in chopped Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies and chow mein noodles.

Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto two large baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 4 dozen.

Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich Candy Bars

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling

  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/2 cups natural peanut butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped Girl Scout Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, divided
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, divided

Line a 13x9-in. pan with parchment paper. Combine vanilla and baking soda.

In a large saucepan over high heat, stir together sugar, corn syrup and water until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to medium-high cook until a thermometer reads 285°. Immediately add vanilla mixture.

Meanwhile, microwave peanut butter and all but 1/2 cup chopped Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies until hot, about 2 minutes, stirring once. Quickly pour caramel into peanut butter mixture and stir just to combine. Immediately pour into prepared pan spread evenly (candy sets quickly).

Top with 3/4 cup baking chips, reserving 2 tablespoons spread to cover. Sprinkle with remaining chopped Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies. Melt reserved baking chips drizzle over top. When cool, cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.

Girl Scout Bridging Bars

Created by: Daniel Rinaldi

  • 1-1/2 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 14 ounces milk chocolate, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Girl Scout Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwiches cookies, coarsely crushed
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa

Line a 13x9-in. pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides.

In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and oil until blended. Add melted milk chocolate and crushed Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwiches cookies. Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Whisk a third of the whipped cream into melted semisweet chocolate until smooth and shiny fold mixture into remaining whipped cream. Spread over cookie layer. Refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Just before serving, dust with baking cocoa. Lifting with parchment paper, remove from pan. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.

Peanut Butter Cookie Parfait

  • 3 Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich Girl Scout Cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed

Set aside one large cookie piece. Sprinkle half of the chopped cookies in a parfait glass top with half of the ice cream and hot fudge topping. Repeat. Garnish with reserved cookie piece. Yield: 1 serving.

Peanut Butter Cream Dessert

  • 2 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.3 ounces each) instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup chopped Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich Girl Scout Cookies
  • Whipped cream in a can and chopped peanuts, optional

In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in pudding mixture. Spoon into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares. Garnish with whipped cream and chopped peanuts if desired. Yield: 12–15 servings.

Peanut Butter Icebox Dessert

  • 2 1/4 cups crushed Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich Girl Scout Cookies (about 11 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • Additional peanut butter cookies, broken into pieces

In a large bowl, combine crushed cookies, sugar, and butter press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 6–8 minutes or until golden brown cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.

In another large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes or until thickened. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping sprinkle with cookie pieces. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12–15 servings.

Thin Mints Cookies

Mini Thin Mints® Mocha Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prep: 15 min. Process: 40 min. + freezing

  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (9 ounces) Girl Scout Thin Mints® cookies
  • 1 cup chocolate ice cream topping

Stir together half-and-half, sugar, coffee granules and extracts until sugar dissolves. Stir in heavy cream. Coarsely chop 8 Thin Mints®cookies.

Fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full freeze according to manufacturer's directions, adding chopped Thin Mints®cookies during the last 2 minutes of processing. (Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze.) Remove from ice cream maker mix in chocolate topping. Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze until firm, 4-6 hours.

To make sandwiches, place 1 tablespoon ice cream between two Thin Mints®cookies. Yield: 1 dozen.

Thin Mints® Cupcakes

Created by: Crystal Oliver

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

  • 2 packages (9 ounces each) Girl Scout Thin Mints® cookies, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Reserve six Thin Mints® cookies for garnish. For truffles, place remaining Thin Mints® cookies in a food processor process until finely crushed. Add cream cheese process until blended. Roll into twenty-four 1-1/2-in. balls.

Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions. Drop 1 tablespoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Place one truffle in center of cup. Fill two-thirds full with remaining batter.

Bake 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate let stand 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Stir in peppermint extract. Cool ganache 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, vanilla and salt until creamy. Beat in baking cocoa and milk alternately with enough confectioners' sugar to reach spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes drizzle with ganache. Garnish with reserved Thin Mints® cookies. Yield: 2 dozen.

Thin Mints® Popcorn

  • 10 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 25 Girl Scout Thin Mints® cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups white baking chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 cup Andes creme de menthe baking chips

In a large bowl, combine popcorn and half of the crushed Thin Mints® cookies. In a microwave, melt baking chips with shortening stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture toss to coat.

Immediately spread onto waxed paper sprinkle with remaining crushed Thin Mints® cookies. Melt baking chips in microwave stir until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn let stand until set.

Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/2 quarts.

Thin Mints® White Chocolate Biscotti

Created by: Karrie Holland

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

  • 1 package (9 ounces) Girl Scout Thin Mints® cookies, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3/4 cups white baking chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350°. Coarsely chop 16 Thin Mints® finely crush remaining Thin Mints® cookies, reserving for dipping. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chopped Thin Mints® cookies and 3/4 cup baking chips.

Divide dough in half. On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, shape each portion into a 12x2-in. rectangle. Bake 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on pan on a wire rack 15 minutes or until firm.

Reduce oven setting to 300°. Transfer baked rectangles to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut diagonally into 3/4-in. slices. Place on baking sheets, bottom side down.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a microwave, melt remaining baking chips stir until smooth. Place reserved crushed Thin Mints® cookies in a shallow bowl. Dip each cookie bottom into chocolate allow excess to drip off. Dip in crushed Thin Mints® cookies. Place on waxed paper let stand until set. Store between pieces of waxed paper in airtight containers. Yield: 2 dozen.

Mile-High Peppermint Pie

Prep: 40 min. + freezing Bake: 5 min.

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies (about 24 cookies)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 cups peppermint ice cream, softened if necessary
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small bowl, mix crushed cookies and melted butter. Press onto the bottom and up sides of a 9-in. metal pie pan. Freeze, covered, for 1 hour or until firm.

Spread ice cream into crust. Freeze, covered, until firm.

To serve, preheat oven to 450°. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over medium-low heat. Stir in sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat simmer, uncovered, 4–5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla keep warm.

For meringue, in a small, heavy saucepan, combine egg whites and sugar. Using a hand mixer, beat on low speed 1 minute. Place saucepan over low heat continue beating on low until a thermometer reads 160°.

Transfer mixture to a bowl. Beat on high until stiff glossy peaks form. Spread over frozen pie. Bake 2–3 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Serve immediately with warm chocolate sauce. Yield: 8 servings.

Peppermint Chip Cheesecake

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling

  • 1 package (10 ounces) Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3–4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch until smooth. Add eggs and egg yolk beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the cream, extracts, and food coloring if desired. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake at 325° for 50–60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Caramel deLites/Samoas Cookies

Caramel deLites®/Samoas® Swirl No-Churn Ice Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups cream of coconut
  • 12 Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup caramel sundae syrup

Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in cream of coconut, then chopped Caramel deLites®/Samoas®cookies and toasted coconut. Spread evenly over an 8-in. square baking pan. Spoon caramel syrup over cream mixture swirl with a knife.

Freeze, covered, overnight. Note: To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.

Dulce deLites

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar beat in flour and salt until well mixed (dough will be crumbly). Press evenly onto bottom of an ungreased 8x8-in. pan. Bake until edges are golden brown top is lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Cool 15 minutes.

Chop Caramel deLites®/Samoas®cookies into 1/4-in. pieces combine with pecans. Microwave dulce de leche on high until spreadable, 15-20 seconds. Spread dulce de leche over cooled crust. Sprinkle chopped Caramel deLites®/Samoas®cookies and pecans evenly over dulce de leche, pressing down firmly. Cool completely, about one hour, before cutting into squares. Note: This recipe was tested with Nestle La Lechera dulce de leche (caramel flavored sauce) look for it in the international foods section of your grocery store. If using Eagle Brand dulce de leche, thicken according to package directions before using. Yield: 16 servings.

Please Pass Me Samoa Toffee, Please!

  • 2 packages (7 ounces each) Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 dash salt

Pulse two packages of Caramel deLites®/Samoas®cookies in a food processor until crumbled. Sprinkle one-third on a baking sheet lined with foil.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook butter, sugar and salt, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 300°. Remove carefully pour over crumbled Caramel deLites®/Samoas®cookies, spreading with a spatula to cover. Top with remaining crumbled Caramel deLites®/Samoas®cookies, pressing down slightly. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. When cool, break into pieces. Yield: 10 servings.

Sunday Sin Cake

Created by: Jennifer Osborne

Prep: 1 hour + freezing Bake: 25 min. + cooling

  • 2 packages chocolate fudge cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 packages (3.90 ounces each) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packages (7 ounces each) Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies, chopped
  • 2 jars (11-3/4 ounces each) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 2 packages (3.90 ounces each) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 packages (7 ounces each) Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies, chopped
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark baking cocoa
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) hot caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 jar (11-3/4 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1 package (7 ounces) Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first seven ingredients. Stir in two packages of chopped Caramel deLites®/Samoas®cookies. Mix on medium speed until well combined. Divide batter among four greased and floured 9x13-in. pans. Bake two at a time until a toothpick inserted in the center of each comes out clean, 20-24 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining pans.

While cake layers are warm, poke holes in the surface using the end of a wooden spoon or similar rounded object. Microwave hot fudge sauce until pourable, 1-2 minutes. Pour both jars over all four layers spread to smooth over top. Let stand until completely cooled.

Prepare filling by mixing pudding and milk stir in two more packages of chopped Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies. Spread one-fourth filling over each layer freeze layers until pudding is set, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare frosting by beating softened butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add cocoa powder beat until well blended. Reduce speed to low slowly add confectioners' sugar one cup at a time. Alternate with heavy cream and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.

Remove cake layers from freezer stack and frost. Line bottom of cake with Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookie halves. Top with toasted coconut and any remaining Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies. Microwave hot fudge sauce 1 minute stir. Drizzle hot fudge and caramel sauces over cake. Refrigerate remove 30 minutes before serving. Yield: 40 servings.

Chocolate Coconut Chantilly Pie

  • Prep: 1 hour + chilling
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
  • 1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 8 Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies, crumbled

COCONUT CREAM FILLING:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Additional toasted coconut and Girl Scout Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies

Place flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and salt in a food processor pulse until blended. Add cream cheese and butter pulse until butter and cream cheese are the size of peas. While pulsing, add vinegar and just enough ice water to form moist crumbs.

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a disk wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 425°. On a lightly floured surface, roll one pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate flute edge.

Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake on a lower oven rack 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove foil and weights bake 3-6 minutes longer or until bottom is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Cut remaining pastry in half. Roll each portion into an 8-in. circle. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For cookie filling, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix 2 minutes. Stir in crumbled Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies. Refrigerate, covered, 15 minutes or until set.

For coconut cream filling, in another bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar beat until soft peaks form. Fold in coconut.

Spread 1/2 cup cookie filling and 1/2 cup coconut cream filling into prepared crust top with one pastry circle. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cookie filling and coconut cream filling. Garnish with additional coconut and Caramel deLites®/Samoas® cookies. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 8 servings. Note: To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.


Lactation Cookies.

No, never did I ever think I would be typing “lactation” and “cookies” in the same sentence and especially not on my blog.

Here is my take on lactation cookies: I don’t know if the COOKIES really work, but I do believe that the key ingredients (oats, brewers yeast, coconut oil, flax) work. I sort of think that the cookies are an excuse to… eat cookies? But in a good way! Also, this is why I think they are so great – in those first few weeks, and heck, even now, I was so freaking hungry, like had never been so hungry in my life. Having something quick to grab, like something even quicker than a banana and almond butter, was imperative while in survival mode. Especially in the middle of the night.

Even since having Max, I’ve developed this hangry hunger every morning, to a point where if I don’t eat something very soon after waking, I feel physically sick. Most likely because he is taking calories from me at night? I’ve never dealt with that before. So having one of these as a snack in the middle of the night or even right when I wake up is a complete LIFESAVER.

Now, these are cookies. Like actual taste-good cookies. I tried a few recipes in the last couple weeks that tasted like cardboard and were drier than dirt. I wanted to make actual enjoyable cookies, ones I wanted to eat, ones I’d be happy to grab twice a day, maybe three times.

The texture: These are thick cookies, not cakey at all, slightly crunchy, but not in a bad or stale way – they are crunchy from the crazy amount of rolled oats inside. I wrote the recipe exactly as I’ve been making them – meaning mostly organic ingredients. Feel free to use non-organic ingredients and what you have on hand.

I know you’ll probably have questions on what you can substitute, what you can leave out or add, what you can change and so on, so I’ve added some notes below the recipe. These will taste best written EXACTLY as is. But I know that sometimes you gotta make some changes! I really, really suggest leaving the amount of fat/butter in the cookies – it adds to the calorie value and new moms need those calories! It will also help the cookie to be a more filling “snack.”

If you want to gift these to a new mom, I would make a batch and bake them, then make a batch and freeze them. Or bake half a batch and freeze the other half. Deliver both. Making a freshly baked double batch isn’t great because the cookies aren’t super soft and moist and that number of cookies will dry out before eaten. Unless of course their family will eat them too. If you’re a mom-to-be, you can totally make these ahead of time – scoop the dough into rounds, flash freeze it then place them in a ziplock bag. My friend Julie has a great tutorial on freezing cookie dough!


The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

If you're craving a fall cookie recipe, these applesauce cookies are it. They're not cloyingly sweet, nor overly spiced as some fall desserts can be. Although they feature cinnamon, these are light enough to be enjoyed anytime of year. The applesauce lends these cookies a springtime freshness, and their cake-like quality helps them keep for for several days. Best of all, they come together in just 30 minutes.


Raisin Cookies Recipe & Video

Raisin Cookies are very popular, probably because of their soft and chewy texture and buttery sweet flavor. These homey, raisin-packed, old fashioned drop cookies are a baker's friend as the batter is quickly made and then all you do is drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. The cookies are baked until their centers are still soft and just beginning to turn brown yet their edges are a lovely golden brown color.

What I really like about this Raisin Cookie batter is how easy it is to make. It is simply a matter of beating all the ingredients together. Now, what type of raisins should we use? Although I like to use dark raisins in these cookies you could also use golden raisins. Both dark and golden raisins are simply dried Thompson seedless grapes. The difference is that dark raisins are sun dried which gives them that dark shriveled appearance, whereas golden raisins are treated with sulfur dioxide first to prevent them from turning dark and then air dried to keep them a golden yellow color. Raisins, like dates, have a high sugar content, and are a good source of vitamins and iron. Because of their high sugar content they retain moisture which keeps these cookies soft for several days.

Raisin Cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter or line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until soft and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until incorporated. Add enough milk to make a soft batter. Then add the raisins and beat until combined.

For each cookie, drop about one tablespoon of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake the cookies for about 12 - 14 minutes , or until the tops of the cookies are still soft with just a touch of color, yet the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.


Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Trust me when I tell you that you are going to LOVE these gingerbread cookie bars! I made these last year but ran out of time to share them with you. I made them again this past week and I’m pretty sure these are going to be a staple from here on out. Believe it or not, I think these gingerbread bars are one of my favorite Christmas cookies of all time! (And I’ve tried a lot of Christmas cookies!)

These gingerbread cookie bars are very quick to make and since they are baked in bar form you are able to avoid all the chilling and rolling and cutting that comes with traditional gingerbread cookies. You can have them mixed and baked in less than 30 minutes, then you just have to wait for them to cool to frost them.


Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces), toasted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl set aside. Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix on mediumspeed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and vanilla mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture mix until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks, and walnuts.

Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.


What makes this Banana Cake Recipe Special?

Well, the name of this banana cake is a little confusing. Quite frankly I didn’t know what to call it. It’s texture is more like a muffin, the flavor is more like banana bread but it’s in a 9吉 pan which makes it very cake-ish. And do you eat it for breakfast with coffee or for dessert with milk? AHHHHHHH!

So instead of calling it “Banana Muffin Cake Bread with a Crumb Topping and Glaze”, I shortened it.

So now I present to you Banana Bread Crumb Cake. Or basically the most confused dessert/breakfast in history.

So let me start by saying that I pretty much groaned out loud when I took my first bite. In a good way. I am not a groaner, so that’s a huge thing. Ok, I take that back..actually I am.

“Ugh” is my most favorite word. Besides annoying. That’s a close second. Just call me Polly Positive.

Anyhow back to the groaning. I am telling you this cake/bread/muffin is magic. Just grab you some old bananas. The senior citizens of your bunch.

Mash the heck out of them. Then add some butter, eggs, sugar, milk, and some flour and stuff.Set it aside and make your delicious crumb.

The secret here is we are topping the cake with crumb, but also adding some to the middle too…

Adding it as a “filling” makes the cake more dense and buttery and freaking amazing. It’s kind of undetectable after you bake it, but my oh man it is like little leprechauns jumped inside your cake and jigged it up with their magic footprints.

Put half the batter in a pan….top it with your leprechaun magic crumb…

Then finish the rest of the batter and then the rest of the crumb.

When it’s baked it will look like this…Flipping fantastic.

Then, and this might be overkill, you can add a simple glaze. Just a cup of powdered sugar and some milk…

I almost just said, “Come to Mama”, then I realized I hate when people say that.

But really, come on…Banana Bread Crumb Cake is where it’s AT!

If you’re looking for other banana recipes try:


Lemon Bars

Nice, substantial crust, just enough filling&hellipperfect for spring!

I like my lemon bars with a thicker cookie base. You'll love these!

sticks (1 cup) salted butter, cut into small cubes

Zest and juice of 4 medium-sized lemons

Powdered sugar, for sifting

  1. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350˚. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter. (Use an 8 x 10 pan if you'd like the layers to be a little thicker.)
  2. Stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter to the bowl and use a pastry cutter to cut it all together until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into the prepared pan and bake until golden around the edges, about 20 minutes.
  3. For the filling: Stir together the sugar and flour. Crack in the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the lemon zest and juice and mix until combined. Pour over the crust and bake about 20 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, then sift powdered sugar over the top before cutting into squares.

I love lemon bars, but they often fall by the wayside and get forgotten for months at a time in our house. We&rsquore much more of a chocolate chip cookie/chocolate pie/chocolate sheet cake/chocolate ice cream/chocolate potato chip/chocolate everything household, followed by fruit cobblers and crisps&hellipso I sometimes have to remember to bring lemon bars back into the forefront from time to time. And whenever I do, they always go over well. Translation: They disappear within four minutes.

I&rsquom a little weird about lemon bars, in that I tend not to love them if they&rsquore made mostly of lemon filling with a super thin crust at the bottom. So these have a thicker cookie-like crust and a not-too-thick layer of filling if you don&rsquot already have a favorite lemon bar recipe, give these lemon desserts a try and see how you like &rsquoem!

(And if you don&rsquot like &rsquoem&hellipplease send the leftovers my way.)

Start by buttering a 9 x 13-inch pan. And when you think you&rsquove buttered it enough, go ahead and butter it some more!

That&rsquos the kind of mood I&rsquom in this week. Just giving you the heads up.

First, make the cookie-licious base for the lemon bars: Combine flour and sugar in a bowl&hellip

Hello, my darling butter! How was your weekend?

Cut the butter into cubes and angrily throw it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Make sure the butter is cold!

Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients&hellip

Until the mixture resembles lumpy sand.

I&rsquom tired of saying &ldquocoarse crumbs&rdquo to describe the state of the butter/flour mixture after it&rsquos been cut together. So today I&rsquom branching out into new descriptive territory and saying &ldquolumpy sand.&rdquo

Next week, who knows? I might be back to &ldquocoarse crumbs&rdquo again.

Or I might be somewhere like &ldquocrumbled madness.&rdquo

Pour the crumbled madness (oooops! It happened already!) into the buttered dish&hellip

Then use your (very clean!) hands to pat it firmly into the bottom of the pan.

Press along the edges, too, so it&rsquos all evenly packed. Then pop it in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes to set it slightly&mdashit will get slightly golden around the edges.

While it&rsquos in the oven, mix up the filling! Whisk together sugar with a little flour&hellip

Then zest four small-ish lemons&hellip

Until you have a nice big pile of the good stuff.

Slice the zested (they always look nekkid to me) lemons in half and squeeze the ever-loving life (I mean juice) out of them.

This gives you some idea about the size of lemons. The reason I mention it is that I never remember to measure the lemon juice so I can tell you an actual cup measurement&hellipbut if you stick to small/medium lemons, 4 is a good number. Also, I press/roll the lemons on the countertop before I slice them in half, just to make sure I get most of the juice outta there.

Crack the eggs into the bowl with the sugar/flour mixture&hellip

Then whisk it together until it&rsquos all combined.

Then violently throw in the zest!

Whisk it together&hellipand that&rsquos the filling.

By now, the base is out of the oven and I want to cut a square of it, top it with a little strawberry preserves, and eat it as a snack, which has absolutely nothing to do with this dessert. I&rsquom just telling you where my mind goes sometimes.


49 Healthyish Baked Goods to Satisfy Your Sweet (and Savory) Tooth

These healthy baking recipes are bound to be classics. From a beet-enriched, just-sweet-enough chocolate cake to breakfast-worthy blondies, each one is full of craveable flavor and texture (plus better-for-you ingredients). Some of these recipes are gluten-free and vegan-approved, others are made from nourishing whole grains like rye and oats. Whether you’re looking for a project recipe (see this frilly and slightly fussy winter vegetable tart) or a recipe to add to your weekly meal-prep rotation (nut butter granola bars, anyone?), we’ve got you covered. Each one of these 49 recipes is a dessert that doesn’t feel like a compromise—because it’s not.


Watch the video: Chocolate Wrappers of Russian Chocolate Bars (December 2021).