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Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars, sweet and crunchy

These crispy-topped brown sugar bars are at once familiar and surprising. The ingredient list is short and grocery store and pantry-friendly. The combination of Rice Krispies (or whatever puffed rice cereal you choose) and chocolate is reminiscent of a Nestle Crunch bar. But this particular arrangement—a layer of crisp and buttery brown sugar cookie covered …

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Strawberry Crumb Bars with lemon and coriander

Sometimes you want a fruit dessert that isn’t as much fuss as a pie, is more easy to share with limited utensils than a crisp or a crumble, and definitely doesn’t involve the chilling and rolling and folding of individual turnovers (even if strawberry rhubarb turnovers or strawberry rhubarb crisp with oat flour can be …

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The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies ever

These cookies. Oh, these cookies. They’re everything I want in an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Best is a bold claim, I know. And obviously it’s a subjective one. But I stand by it here. They’re chewy with a nubbly texture from the rolled oats. They have an almost butterscotch flavor from the dark brown sugar …

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Almond Shortbread Brownies, a textural wonder

These brownies, oh, these brownies. These almond shortbread brownies are something special. They might be the dessert I’ve made the most frequently in the last ten years. They are rich fudgy brownies baked on a buttery shortbread crust. Before the first time I made them, it never occurred to me that brownies would benefit from …

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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Citrus-Clove filling

These cookies. Oh, these cookies. They’re familiar, in that they’re crisp chocolate wafer sandwich cookies, a little bit like Oreos but you can use better chocolate to make them richer and deeper and more chocolatey. The surprising part is the filling, which is white chocolate that gets flavored with drops of clove and orange and …

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Mint Chip Cookies, one bowl wonders

These mint chip cookies are crowd pleasers.  They’re festive with a cookie dough that bakes up especially pale and white because it’s made with oil instead of butter. The white cookie sets off the bright green mint chips that dot these lovely little mounds. And they get a subtle glittering quality from taking a roll …

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