1-Bowl Cowgirl Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

We call them cowgirl cookies. But Google says they’re cowboy cookies. Who says a cowgirl can’t have cookies, too!? We shared these cowperson cookies with many non-gluten-free friends, and they all kept going back for more…that’s when you kn…

1-Bowl Cowgirl Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

We call them cowgirl cookies. But Google says they’re cowboy cookies. Who says a cowgirl can’t have cookies, too!? We shared these cowperson cookies with many non-gluten-free friends, and they all kept going back for more…that’s when you know they’re good!

Chewy, nutty, and perfectly sweet, these cookies are LOADED with goodies (oats, coconut, chocolate, and walnuts or pecans).

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Chocolate Zucchini Baked Oatmeal

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German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

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German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.

They’re a filling snack or treat to enjoy throughout the week or share with friends. Did we mention they’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened?

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Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

Peanut butter banana quesadillas are a quick and easy single-serving dessert that you can make in minutes with pantry staples!

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I love single-serving desserts. They’re usually pretty quick and easy, and they give me just enough sweetness to kill the craving without having the leftovers stare me down for the rest of the week. These Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas are one of my favorite single-serving quick fixes because they’re just so warm, gooey, and delicious. …And I usually have the ingredients on hand! 🥰

And P.S. I’m using the word quesadilla figuratively here. There is no cheese in this dessert “quesadilla.”

Originally posted 5/27/2103, updated 7/7/2022.

A hand holding a stack of peanut butter banana quesadillas.

What’s in a Peanut Butter Banana Quesadilla?

Well, peanut butter and sliced bananas, obviously, but there’s also a little sprinkle-sprankle of chocolate chips in there that get all melty and delicious as the quesadilla cooks in the skillet! The banana gets a little soft and extra sweet themselves, then it’s all contrasted by the slightly salty peanut butter and crispy tortilla. It’s really quite perfect. 

What Else Can I Add?

This quick dessert is quite flexible, as you can imagine. Here are some other things you can add into your “quesadilla” if you have them on hand:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Strawberry or raspberry jam
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey (in place of the chocolate chips)
  • Almond butter (in place of the peanut butter)
  • Ground flaxseed

Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas lined up on a cutting board.

A hand holding a stack of peanut butter banana quesadillas.

Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

Peanut butter banana quesadillas are a quick and easy single-serving dessert that you can make in minutes with pantry staples!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $0.65 each
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 372kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 8-inch flour tortilla $0.30
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter $0.14
  • 1/2 medium banana, sliced $0.11
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate chips $0.10

Instructions

  • Spread the peanut butter over the surface of the tortilla.
  • Thinly slice the banana, then lay the slices over one half of the tortilla. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the same half of the tortilla. Fold the tortilla to close over the banana and chocolate.
  • Cook the quesadilla in a skillet over medium-low heat until it's golden brown and crispy on both sides and the chocolate and banana slices are melty inside.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 361mg | Fiber: 4g

Don’t forget, you can freeze the leftover banana for later!

How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas – Step by Step Photos

Tortilla surrounded by bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.

You’ll need one 7 or 8-inch flour tortilla for this recipe, ½ a banana (sliced), a couple tablespoons of peanut butter, and about a tablespoon of chocolate chips. 

Peanut butter being spread over a tortilla.

Spread the peanut butter over the surface of the tortilla.

Banana slices and chocolate chips added to the tortilla.

Add the banana slices and chocolate chips over one half of the tortilla, then fold it to close. The peanut butter acts as sort of a glue to hold it together (similar to how cheese holds a regular quesadilla together).

Quesadilla in a skillet.

Cook the quesadilla in a skillet over medium heat until it’s golden brown and crispy on both sides and the chocolate and banana are a bit melty on the inside. I don’t add any butter or oil to the skillet when I cook the quesadillas, but you can if you want an extra rich quesadilla.

Quesadilla on a cutting board sliced in half.

Slice the quesadilla in half and then enjoy that ooey-gooey goodness while still warm!

side view of stacked peanut butter banana quesadillas.

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Super Fudgy Homemade Brownies

These super fudgy homemade brownies are thick, rich, extra-chocolatey, and super moist. They’re the ultimate homemade fudge brownie!

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These are some seriously fudgy brownies, guys. Like, if you’re not really into chocolate, you might want to just skip this one because these homemade brownies are about as close as you can get to fudge while still being a brownie. Consider the lines blurred. But if you like ’em thick, rich, fudgy, and moist, these are the brownies for you!

P.S. Did I mention that you can make these incredible brownies in just one bowl? Yeah, they’re easy AND delicious!

A stack of fudgy homemade brownies.

Fudgy Brownies vs. Cakey Brownies

There are two main camps when it comes to brownies: fudge brownies and cake brownies. Fudge brownies are dense, chewy, and rich. Cakey brownies are lighter and fluffier, and just more cake-like in texture. I’m definitely all about those fudge brownies, so that’s what we have here. But not just any fudge brownies, SUPER fudgy brownies.

How to Make Brownies Fudgy

The secret to making moist, fudgy brownies is all in the type of fat you use and how you use it. Butter offers the best flavor for brownies, but because it’s solid at room temperature, adding a little cooking oil in addition to the butter helps keep the brownies extra soft and moist as they cool.

Using melted butter instead of cold butter also helps keep the brownies extra rich and fudgy. When solid butter is creamed together with sugar, it aerates the batter creating a light cake-like texture in the brownie. Melted butter can’t trap air in the same way, resulting in a dense, rich brownie.

What Type of Chocolate to Use for Homemade Brownies

This recipe calls for chocolate in two forms: unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chips. I used a generic cocoa powder because I wanted to make sure these brownies would still be excellent even on a budget (they are), but if you have room in your budget for a higher quality cocoa powder, your brownies will only get better.

As for the chocolate chips, you can choose just about anything. Semi-sweet, dark, mint, peanut butter, large, small, whatever. Anything goes when it comes to the chips! This is a great way to use up leftover chips that you might have in your pantry. ;)

Homemade brownies scattered on a surface, from above.
A hand holding a stack of super fudgy homemade brownies.

Super Fudgy Homemade Brownies

These super fudgy homemade brownies are thick, rich, extra-chocolatey, and super moist. They're the ultimate homemade fudge brownie!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.93 recipe / $0.44 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 374kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 12 Tbsp butter (salted) $1.32
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder $0.42
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar $0.20
  • 2 large eggs $0.42
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract $0.56
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.01
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.05
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips $0.83

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Melt the butter in a large bowl (or in a saucepot and then transfer to a bowl).
  • Add the cooking oil and cocoa powder to the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
  • Whisk the sugar into the chocolate mixture until evenly incorporated, then whisk in the eggs, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Stir in the flour until it forms a thick batter. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish by coating it with butter or non-stick spray, then laying in a piece of parchment paper (the paper does not need to cover all sides of the dish). Add the brownie batter to the prepared dish, then spread it out evenly.
  • Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. The brownies will be quite soft and moist, even when fully baked.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes before lifting them out of the baking dish. Slice into nine pieces and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g
A hand holding a stack of super fudgy homemade brownies.

How to Make Fudgy Homemade Brownies – Step by Step Photos

Butter in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Melt ¾ cup (12 Tbsp, or 1.5 sticks) butter in a large bowl. I use a microwave, but you can also do this in a saucepot and then transfer it to a bowl.

Cocoa powder added to melted butter.

Whisk ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 Tbsp cooking oil into the melted butter until smooth.

sugar added to the butter and chocolate.

Whisk 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar into the butter and cocoa mixture.

Eggs and vanilla added to batter in the bowl.

Whisk two large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, and ¼ tsp salt into the batter.

flour added to the bowl of brownie batter.

Stir ¾ cup of all-purpose flour into the brownie batter until evenly combined.

chocolate chips being added to the brownie batter.

Fold ½ cup chocolate chips into the brownie batter.

Brownie batter in the prepared baking dish.

Coat an 8×8-inch baking dish in butter or non-stick spray, then lay parchment paper in the dish (it doesn’t need to cover all sides, it just makes it easy to lift the brownies out of the dish). Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and spread it smooth.

Baked brownies in the baking dish.

Bake the brownies in the preheated 350ºF oven for 40 minutes. The brownies will be very soft and moist when hot, so let them cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the dish.

sliced brownies on a piece of parchment paper.

Once the brownies are slightly cooled, you can use the parchment to lift them out of the baking dish. You can cut them while still warm (they will still be quite soft) or let them cool even further for cleaner cuts.

Side view of a stack of fudgy homemade brownies.

Enjoy all that fudgy brownie goodness! 🤤

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

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Not only is it insanely delicious, but it’s gluten-free, vegan, and doesn’t require baking!

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These soft and fluffy chocolate chip cookie bars are crowd-pleasers! They’re easy to whip up and perfectly chewy. Everyone loves…

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These soft and fluffy chocolate chip cookie bars are crowd-pleasers! They’re easy to whip up and perfectly chewy.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Everyone loves a good chocolate cookie. But here’s something we think is even better: these soft, gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! They’ve got an irresistibly chewy texture, featuring chocolate chips on the inside and chocolate chunks pressed into the top. A bit of oatmeal gives it a nostalgic heartiness, and the edges get perfectly golden. These were a massive hit over here, and the friends we gifted extras to were begging for the recipe.

There’s nothing better than a good tray of bars: for parties, pitch-ins or just an after school snack! The advantage to bars over cookies? They’re much easier: no chilling the dough or portioning it out. Just throw the dough into a 9 x 9 pan and bake! It’s unfussy and a fun way to make an easy treat. These bars come out irresistibly soft and gooey, and they stay soft for days. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Light brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Dark chocolate chips

Once you mix up the dough for these chocolate chip cookie bars, throw them in the oven and bake for 21 to 23 minutes until golden brown. That’s it! It’s so much easier than cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

There are a few best practices for chocolate chip cookie bars. Here’s what to know:

  • Grease the pan, then line the pan with parchment paper. This makes them easy to remove from the pan. Cut the parchment so that it extends on two sides to easily remove it from the pan (cut it to fit right in the bottom on the other side). Greasing the entire pan helps the parchment stick to the bottom.
  • Allow to cool for at least 1 hour. This lets the texture set, firming it up so it’s the ideal gooey texture for eating. You may find you’ll need even up to 2 hours for the chips to fully set. But if you’d like to serve it warm with a fork, you can do that too (see below).
  • Top with flaky seas salt if desired. Pull them out of the oven and top with a few sprinkles of flaky sea salt, if you love that sweet and savory vibe.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Or, eat them warm with ice cream

These chocolate chip cookie bars are the perfect crowd pleasing dessert for cookouts, parties, and more! You can eat them cooled as bars, but if you just can’t wait? You can eat them warm, topped with vanilla ice cream as a showy dessert. If you do so, let the pan rest for about 15 minutes before serving. Or even better, serve as a sundae with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Storage info

How to store these chocolate chip cookie bars once you’ve bake them up? Make sure to store them with parchment paper between each layer, so they don’t stick to each other. Then, place them in an airtight container and you can store them for:

  • 3 days at room temperature
  • 2 weeks refrigerated
  • 3 months frozen
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Description

These soft and fluffy chocolate chip cookie bars are crowd-pleasers! They’re easy to whip up and perfectly chewy.


Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, divided
  • Sea salt for sprinkling, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 9 pan. Line the pan with a piece of parchment paper, cut so that it extends on two sides to easily remove it from the pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, mix the room temperature butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes until fluffy. Scrape the bowl with a spatula and incorporate eggs and vanilla into the butter at low speed. Once combined, add the flour mixture and mix until the dough just comes together. Stir in ¾ cup of the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed.
  4. Use a spatula to press the sticky batter into the pan in a thin, even layer. Sprinkle and press the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips into the top of the dough. 
  5. Bake 21 to 23 minutes until starting to brown at the edges. Remove the pan to a cooling rack . If desired, sprinkle a few pinches of flaky sea salt over the bars.
  6. Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Run a knife around the edges, then cut into 16 pieces. (You can also serve warm with ice cream.) To store, place layers of parchment paper in between the bars and store in a sealed container at room temperature for 3 days, refrigerated for 2 weeks, or frozen for up to 3 months. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Baked
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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It’s everything you know and love about classic mint chip ice cream (sweet, minty perfection), but made vegan, maple-sweetened, and with just 8 simple ingredients!

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