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Over the years, the task of “dessert-maker” for our annual neighborhood 4th-of-July party has somehow fallen to me. I think it all started when I was still in high school and brought a vegan coconut cream pie recipe I’d adapted from one of my very-first vegan cookbooks: How it all Vegan.

After that, I was put in charge of desserts permanently. You won’t be hearing me complain about this any time soon!


One year, I brought vegan vanilla cupcakes.

No cupcakes this year. Just lots of bars. My neighbor asked me to make my white-bean blondies for their party today, but I also wanted to try something new. I figured they wouldn’t protest if I brought two desserts. So I also made a modified version of my Raspberry Cobbler Bars. But I changed the recipe to get a more buttery, crumbly bar, reminiscent of berry crumble. If everyone at the party likes it, I’ll get the recipe up tomorrow!

Upcoming Posts:

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge (!)
  • My go-to chocolate cupcake recipe
  • Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
  • A new oatmeal technique

And I want to make a new cookie pie recipe… would you rather see a peanut butter cookie pie or a sugar cookie pie?

Or another flavor entirely?

Finally, I wanted to apologize for being a tease on Twitter.

It really wasn’t my intent to be a tease, bringing up my big decision before I was ready to elaborate.  I will tell y’all my news in a few weeks. Honestly, I meant to write about it earlier, but last-minute travel plans got in the way!

Happy Fourth of July! (Now if only I could get that Katy Perry song out of my head…)

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Chelsey Kight (@ckighttt) says:

    sugar cookie pie!!!

  2. I would rather see the peanut butter cookie pie! :)

  3. Sarahishealthy says:

    That is SUCH a pretty picture of you, Katie :). And my vote goes to peanut butter pie!!! Plus, I really wanna hear your news! :)

  4. Sugar cookie pie for sure! And I’m super interested in PB&J fudge — that sounds delicious.

    Happy 4th Katie!

  5. Sugar cookie pie! Would also love love LOVE oatmeal raisin cookie pie! YUM 😀

  6. Erin says:

    I vote for sugar cookie pie! Can’t wait to see your new recipes!

  7. Lisa Fine says:

    Those look delicious! I’m guessing they’ll be a big hit, making them blog-worthy this week.

    And I’m very curious about this news you’re going to share…

    Happy 4th!

  8. VeggieGirl says:

    CHOCOLATE peanut butter cookie pie, please :)

    1. L. says:

      Seconded! 😉

    2. Amber K says:

      ooh sounds soooo good!

  9. Jennifer JCD says:

    Happy Fourth of July! We celebrated Canada Day with a big party on the first. :) Do you have any special fourth of July traditions? I hear fireworks are pretty popular in America.

    As for pie… definitely Sugar Cookie!! Have a great day and enjoy the party.

    1. Yeah, firweorks are big… sadly, because they’re not very environmentally-friendly, especially here in Texas where it’s super-dry. I’ve heard that parts of Tx cancelled fireworks this year, but not Dallas. (Also, poor Henry hates fireworks!)

      Barbecues are big too, but I guess that’s true of any summer holiday!

      1. Alexandra says:

        hahah aww, poor henry. my dog gets scared of the loud booming noises too.

  10. tea-bag says:

    peanut butter cookie pie!
    ps – i’m always the dessert baker, too! i used to be a baker and my specialty was pies. you can guess what i spend every thanksgiving and christmas making … yup. pies.

  11. PB cookie pie hands-down. Any of the nut butter flavors sound amazing. Almond butter cookie pie. Cashew butter cookie pie. Happy 4th Katie!! Your desserts rock!

  12. Lisa C. says:

    Happy Fourth, Katie! Those cupcakes are beautiful!

  13. Gen says:

    Happy 4th of July!!!
    I’m thinking the pb cookie pie sounds incredible! 😀

  14. ooo sugar cookie pie! I love sugar cookies. And your cupcakes look amazing. I just love sprinkles. I hope you have a good fourth!

  15. Ali says:

    Hi Katie,
    You are so beatiful, have you ever done a makeup post? Happy fourth of july!

    1. Aw thanks Ali!
      I don’t really wear makeup often. If I put any on, it’s bronzer, eyeshadow, and a little mascara. I never wear foundation because I hate the way it feels!

  16. Sugar cookie pie flavor! Wait….. EVERY single recipe I’ve tried of yours is amazing. Note: I just found your site not all that long ago, a few weeks, and have made at least 12 of your recipes! (that I can recall) They are AMAZING!

    1. Wow, thank you SO much! Your comment put a huge smile on my face :).

  17. Giulia says:

    I’m a peanut butter lover… so I say peanut butter cookie pie!!

  18. O.C. says:

    Sugar cookie pie pretty pleasee, with sprinkles on top :) I loveee sugar cookies!

  19. Ragnhild says:

    Gah, you are so beautiful Katie!! Not jealous at all … 😉
    Im sure they will love your desserts! You are the dessert queen for a reason!
    I vote Peanut butter cookie pie 😀

  20. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to see a PB Cookie pie! Anything PB is amazing. Everything looks so good! :)

  21. Don’t you love having the dessert-making responsibility? I have that responsibility in my neighborhood/family and I love it! Desserts are just so much fun to make! 😀

  22. Megan says:

    Peanut butter pie :-) And Happy Fourth of July Katie!!

  23. Lisa says:

    peanut butter cookie pie, hands down :)
    you know me and peanut butter have a special bond 😉
    those cupcakes look so cute! im checking out your recipe right now!
    happy 4th!

    1. Ah, I wish it were mine… it’s Isa’s! She’s a genius! (Vegan Cupcakes take over the World!)

  24. Emma says:

    u look so pretty! happy 4th! and pleeeeze post the pb pie!

  25. Alexandra says:

    hi katie! your cupcakes are so cute! i love them! i am kind of the family-designated dessert maker as well, because i have loved baking and cooking since i was a little girl. :) i hope you have loads of fun at your party, and i also hope that your fruit bars turn out, as i am looking for a healthy fruit-crumble thing as well. i love your recipes and your blog, you are so cool! you’re also super genuine and honest and really nice. i just thought I’d throw that in there. :)

    happy holidays!
    xxx alexandra

    1. Oh my goodness, thank you for SUCH a sweet comment! :)

  26. Judy says:

    NO CONTEST. Peanut butter cookie 😀

  27. Tricia says:

    What I think you should is layer your cookie cake- peanut butter cookie, fruit, peanut butter cookie and call it pb and j pie 😛

  28. I’m making a sugar-free, raw dessert for out block party! Chocolate Banana cream pie…and I’m putting strawberries and blueberries on top to look like the flag.

    And….definitely peanut butter. Because I am sugar-free, a sugar cookie doesn’t really sounds appetizing 😛 Plus, I’m like addicted to pb!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Sugar cookie please :) Also, you’ve mentioned making healthy sugar cookies before and I was wondering if you could post that recipe? Or maybe it’s already on here and I can’t find it?

    1. I made them a looooong time ago and don’t remember the recipe. But it’s on my to-do list to try and re-create it!

  30. peanut butter pie!! you may just make my life with that one…

  31. shannonmarie says:

    My kids would definitely love those. Hayden is still upset that I didn’t have any leftover raw neapolitan blondie/brownies to give her. I’ll post about them soon.

  32. Green Groats says:

    Everyone attending your neighbor’s party is pretty lucky to get to enjoy all your delicious treats!! I wish I was invited….too bad I live about 1000 miles away. Have fun today, Katie!!

  33. It’s because you’re like the Godfather (mother?) of desserts!
    Coconut Chocolate Chip with (vegan) Marshmellow and Sea Salt cookie pie please! (–> ugh, I think I just turned myself on.. buwahahaha)

    1. LOL! I would love to be the godmother of desserts, because I’ve kinda been in love with Michael ever since I first saw that movie. (Shhh don’t tell!) I’m really not sure why, considering he kills people and all… 😕

  34. Aja says:

    Um, peanut butter, duh! Haha. Have a happy 4th.

  35. oooh I wish I was your neighbors today!

  36. Elise says:

    PB cookie pie definitely! Your cupcakes look amazing, did you ever do that post on decorating cupcakes? Did I miss it?

    Can’t wait to hear your news :)

    1. I never did :(. It’s still on my list of posts to write… but lol that list is like four pages long! 😕

  37. VEGirl says:

    Oh no now I have that song stuck in my head, too. DANG! I am making a dessert to take to an independance day party, too– peanut crusted chocolate-crusted frozen bananas, with a spinkle of sea salt. YUMMMMMMMM. Speaking of yum, PB&J fudge? Sign me up (or send me a batch, whichever is fine)!

    1. Oh man, if it wouldn’t melt, I would for sure send you some!

  38. You’re the queen of mystery. Good for you! I posted last week in one of my blogging how to’s posts (called blogging 105…i think it’s my last one from my blogging 101 series) but anyway, said that a little mystery is good, we dont need to explain or reveal every last thing about ourselves. And boy, after some major life bombs I’ve had dropped on me, I took my own advice and although I blogged about it, I confess I was a tease too. All in good time when things are more finalized, then I’ll blog about it.

    I cant wait to see your dessert recipes…I love cobblers, crumbles, cookie pies, whatever you make, I am sure I will drool :)

  39. Sarah says:

    Pb pie!!!

  40. Em says:

    Those cupcakes look so awesome! Come be my personal dessert decorator, please? :) :)

  41. Eric Jaffa says:

    Beautiful photo (“bars and me.”)

  42. I am soo excited for the upcoming posts ( ALL of them!)
    :) I think a peanut butter pie fo sure though!

  43. HAPPY INDEPENDANCE DAY KATIE!! Man your friends are SO lucky to have you as the dessert bringer!! I am one too, and guess whose desserts I always make? 😉

    I vote…PB COOKIE of course! 😀

  44. Tara says:

    Oh katie, you’ll give us the recipe IF they like them… of course your neighbors will like them! I don’t think you could possibly do a bad dessert!

    I would like to see a snickerdoodle pie! That could just be a variation on sugar cookie, but still. Or maybe white chocolate macadmia!? That would be AWESOME!

    1. I think, for snickerdoodle, you could just add a little baking powder to the snickerdoodle blondies and cook in a pie pan. I might have to try this! :)

  45. Did you just say Peanut Butter n Jelly … fudge!? Sounds AMAZING. Can’t wait for the recipe.
    The task of dessert maker is an admirable one :) and sounds like a ton of fun!

  46. Jessica says:

    peanut butter cookie pie! what about a snickerdoodle cookie pie?! with chocolate chips?!

    1. I think, for snickerdoodle, you could just add a little baking powder to the snickerdoodle blondies and cook in a pie pan. Chocolate chips sounds like a genius addition ;).

  47. Sarah says:

    Peanut butter pie! Happy 4th, Katie!

  48. I certainly wouldn’t protest if you brought two deserts!!! I would love to see an oatmeal raisin cookie pie….or possibly ginger snap!! Thats a fave of mine and I feel like that flavor is always neglected :(

    1. Oh my word, you are such smart cookie (ugh bad pun). Oatmeal raisin sounds like a must-try!

  49. NEW OATMEAL TECHNIQUE?!?! I am so intrigued!

  50. Jess says:

    those are cute; happy holidays. my neighbors are so uncouth, unfortunately, so i can’t focus on a decent message right now. my patriotic food was pancakes; strawberries, blueberries, and plain yogurt topping. would make them tomorrow to eat if i hadn’t made brownies. i want to finish most of the brownies before i go on vacation.

  51. No surprise everyone wants you to make their desserts- you seriously have the BEST recipes!

  52. Ooohh I can’t wait to see the new oatmeal technique!

    Hope you had a great 4th :)

  53. Nicole says:

    Desserts are my favorite things to make too… :) Although my cupcakes don’t come out as cute as yours! Ha, ha. Practice makes perfect, I suppose. 😉

  54. Claudia says:

    I would love a peanut butter cookie pie (because I am addicted to PB), but my friend is gluten free and I would love to make her a fruit pizza…so SUGAR COOKIE for me.

  55. The cupcakes are so festive but the bars look good too! I can’t wait to see this PB&J fudge! Sounds soooo interesting!

    I vote for sugar cookie pie :-)

  56. Marissa says:

    My favorite non-ice cream dessert (because I think of ice cream more of as its own food group, anyways…) are these huge, thick, cakey sugar cookies that the local bakery makes–so my vote is for the sugar cookie pie!

  57. Lexi says:

    I made your fudge dadies for the 4th of July and topped it with your coconut banana butter, blueberries, and grapes. My parents and I loved it! Thanks again!

    1. Oh my gosh, that makes me SOOOOO happy!!! Now I wish I’d thought of your genius idea yesterday. I mean, crumble bars are boring compared to a brownie cake with coconut icing!

  58. Lorin says:

    Peanut butter cookie pie please! :) I’m addicted to peanut butter, moreso than chocolate. I eat it at least once, if not twice a day.