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PB Krispy Bar

PB Krispy Bar

You're hooked on watching Top Chef: Just Desserts and dream of biting into one of the treats the chefs whip up, but you're vegan? No sweat, just follow the link to see how to make the winning dessert (plus one extra, namely Toffee Fudge Brownies) of the third episode into delicious animal-friendly versions.

Recipe: PB Krispy Bar (and Toffee Fudge Brownies)

Chocolate Coconut Bars

Chocolate Coconut Bars

from Sweet Life

I love that Bonnie baked these yummy bars into individual tarts. Especially with the holidays coming up, I'm on the lookout for easy, homemade recipes that look impressive...and these definitely do!

I could see these chocolate-coconut combos as part of a dessert bar at a holiday gathering, favors at a dinner party, or a gift for someone who needs a taste of the "sweet life." 

Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Bars

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

My fiance and I don't really agree on dessert. Given the option, I would pick chocolate every time, and he would pick cheesecake. What to do? Enter Erica's brownies..."Dark chocolate brownies on the bottom, cheesecake batter, swirls of brownie batter, and raspberries poked in" for an unexpected pop of flavor of color.

I think these brownies are proof that the best compromises are when you both get what you want!

Recipe: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars

Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Bars

Chocolate-covered pretzels are one of my favorite things about Christmas. My mom has made them with us every year, ever since we were little. (And now that it's officially fall, I'm in full holiday-planning mode!)

These adorable bars remind me so much of chocolate-covered pretzels. But, these may be even better. For starters, they're in a bar form - meaning, they're bigger and denser. More chocolate. More pretzels. More to love!

Recipe: Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Bars

Ginger Crunch Bars

Ginger Crunch Bars

A simple shortbread base turned into something exciting and new by adding a delicious ginger icing!

Recipe: Ginger crunch bars

Chickpea Granola Bars

Chickpea Granola Bars

A moist, filling, not-too-sweet, protein-rich, vegan granola bar that's got the granola-freak in me very excited - they sound and look so good! Since I'm already loving black beans in my brownies, chickpeas in granola bars just makes sense - no?

Recipe: Chickpea Granola Bars

(These can also be made gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats.)

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Caramel. And nuts. And chocolate chips. And oats. All that to be enjoyed without the addition of dairy or animal products. It's official: there is a baking god!

Recipe: Oatmeal Carmelitas

Mint Triple Chocolate Brownies

Mint Triple Chocolate Brownies

I adore mint and chocolate together. When I lived in Houston, my favorite bakery made a mint chocolate brownie - they only made them on Wednesdays, and I used to drive (out of my way) to pick one up.

The sight of these brownies takes me right back. Warm chocolate brownies, filled with bittersweet chocolate chips, topped with chocolate ganache and mint chips. Box one up for me!

Recipe: Mint Triple Chocolate Brownies

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

For all of us chocolate freaks and oat lovers, behold: bars of rich chocolate fudge encased with a chewy oat crust. These decadent treats are also quick and easy to make - oh yeah. :)

Recipe: Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

I'm convinced that chocolate and peanut butter are meant for each together. A match made in heaven, you might say. The flavors in these brownies marry perfectly to capture that classic balance of sweet and salty all in one bite.

Recipe: Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies