Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Saturday Seven.

Seven must-make recipes on this weekend! Salted caramel cookies, blueberry pie bars, champagne sangria, strawberry bread, and more!

Here’s the plan. We’re shaking things up! It’s the weekend. Not only that, it’s the first day of summer. You know what that means. Summer concerts, wine nights, road trips, pool parties, roof decks, 8pm runs, farmer’s market, neon sunglasses, and iced coffee. And more guacamole eating than I care to admit.

This time last year I was making S’more Cookie Bars and working on my cookbook table of contents. And now, one year later, I’m doing book signings and still making s’more cookie bars. If you’ve tried them, then you know.


By the way, thank you to all my readers who came to the book signing on Thursday night! Lindsay, Victoria, Daniela, Allie, Stephanie, Lauren, Samantha, Mariah, Anne, Holly, Cindy, Katie and everyone else. There aren’t enough ways to say thank you.

Today I’m going to share some summer recipes I’m dying to make right now. Since my life revolves around food and baking and finding any excuse to talk about food and baking. Here are 7 recipes you should put on your “to-bake” list too.

Wait, do you have one of those? #myweirdlife

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies – all that caramel!

The ultimate sweet & salty treat! Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies stuffed with gooey caramel and topped with sea salt. @sallybakeblog

Homemade Crab Pretzels – ok, these may sound a little strange but trust me on this. These homemade chewy, soft pretzels piled high with cheesy crab dip made with fresh jumbo lump crab. This is a Maryland staple.

Homemade Crab Pretzels @sallybakeblog

Apple Blueberry Pie Bars – just what you need for fireworks and 4th of July.

Blueberry Bars

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting – heck! yes! Protein packed frosting.

Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting

Glazed Strawberry Bread – the moistest loaf of bread! Full of sweet summer strawberries and topped with glaze. Amazing as muffins too – reduce baking time to about 18 minutes.

Glazed Strawberry Bread |

Oreo Cheesecake Bites – lil’ bites of heaven.

Oreo Cheesecake Bites

Sparkling Fruit Sangria – wouldn’t be summer without it!

Sparkling Fruit Sangria filled with champagne, berries, oranges, and more. There's always a reason for celebrating with sangria!-4


Q: Have you tried any of these recipes? Thoughts?

Q: Any fun plans this weekend?



  1. Hi Sally,
    I enjoyed this post. Will definitely have to make that strawberry bread VERY soon (have been thinking about it for a while now). And i don’t even know how i had missed that salted caramel chocolate chip cookie post! I absolutely LOVE caramel & if its salted even better! Can’t wait to try them…:-) I did, however, make those smore’s bars you mention in the beginning of this post. I had my doubts with having to spread the sticky fluff & having so seemingly little batter/dough left to put on top, BUT they turned out amazing!! SOOO yummy! They were extremely well received by our company that night & not a crumb was left behind….. Thank you so so much for this wonderful blog! I’ve learned so much, & look forward to each new post (wether its cookie related or not). And can’t wait for you to be in the NYC area for a book signing so i can get my copy signed! 🙂

    • Hey Austria! Yes, yes, yes! I will be in NY for a book signing this fall. And I can’t wait! Thank you so much for being supportive and reading my blog. I love the s’mores bars.. and the strawberry bread!

  2. Hi Sally, I recently made your Monster Bars from your cookbook and they were a huge hit – moist and delicious! Both kids and adults loved them! Where was your book signing? Hope it wasn’t near your current hometown in MD? I will be so upset if I missed you locally. Take care and have a nice summer.

  3. Sally, you have come SO far in just one year. From baking recipes for a cookbook to signing autographs in the front covers — I’m incredibly proud of you! You probably put in more time, energy, flour, and tears than any of us will ever know, and this is just the beginning. You are going to go so far in the baking and blogging world, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next!

  4. I just made the Glazed Strawberry Bread with fresh strawberries from my garden! It is absolutely to die for, even without the glaze. I didn’t put it on because I am slicing it and taking it to a family gathering tomorrow and wanted to put the glaze on right before I take it. But, I couldn’t resist trying a sliver (and then another sliver). Thanks for the perfect summer bread recipe!

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