Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars

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Happy Father's Day—to my amazing dad and all of the other irreplaceable papas out there! In honor of the holiday, I baked you (and him) a treat. :) Since I couldn't be there in person to celebrate the holiday with my dad, I sent a batch of this dessert his way. It's includes some of his favorite snacks, peanuts, pretzels and chocolate. And who doesn't love a bar cookie? This recipe turned out to be the perfect gift for my dad in ...continue reading

Healthified Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Little in life says, "Thank you," "I appreciate you" or "welcome to the neighborhood," than freshly baked goodies. Don't you think (and agree with this quote from Buzzfeed)? As a sign of gratitude for my co-workers who covered duties while I was away in Iceland, I baked up a big batch of cookies. These were not just basic cookies, mind you. With summer just coming into full swing, I decided to share s'mores-inspired cookies!Taking ...continue reading

Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies

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Happy National Bake Cookies Day! It's very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I've been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration! There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to ...continue reading

A Delicious Ice Cream Sandwich Health Upgrade!

They say everything is better with chocolate. This guy sure seems to think so! I don’t know if I could jive with chocolate-covered broccoli or a chocolate, ham and cheese sandwich, but I can surely get behind chocolate and beans. Huh?! Oh yes, chef Rocco DiSpirito coaxed me out of my savory+cocoa fears and I’m not looking back. I’ve seen many sweet recipes using mashed up chickpeas across the blogosphere, but ...continue reading

Two Must-Try Light Chocolate Recipes

With all of the running I’ve been doing (OK, it hasn’t been that much yet, but go with me here!), it’s time for a treat. But as many experts tell you, exercising isn’t a free pass to go off the deep end. With that in mind, I tried out two different desserts that taste decadent but won’t blow your calorie budget. Bonus: They would both be a sweet way to please your Valentine! Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies ...continue reading

Your Healthful Hints (Holidays!)

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday season so far—I know that I am! Here are three quick info bits to keep you thinking healthy, even when traveling, baking or busy: 1. Lighten up your holiday cookies. Baking up some cheer in the kitchen? Tanya Zuckerbrot shares her tips to slim down your recipes without losing the taste on That’s Fit. Classic sugar cookies or snickerdoodles are made more healthful using part whole-wheat ...continue reading