As students trundle to their first classes of the quarter, laden with heavy backpacks filled with books they will probably never finish, for classes they will soon find no time to attend;
as school swings back into high gear with the sound of familiar chimes ringing from the campus bell tower, tolling its stolen set of pipes recorded from another university tower;
as I lug my brick of a laptop to my office under the unnaturally blazing October sun, I think vaguely to myself that if I chance to encounter a mad Sasquatch on my unlikely path to school, at least I carry a dense projectile with which to defend myself, my expenses spreadsheets be damned.
New beginnings are always an adventure, and Fall is a beautiful thing…
This–the late start of a new school year–is when the sun sets at an abysmally early hour and all the poetic heebie-jeebies jittering around my body just want to leap off onto the page illuminated by burning midnight oil. Call it my inner Donne or just an English grad student’s whimsy; but this is also the season of warm, comforting flavors of cinnamon-infused graham crackers in my treats, which must all be baked now that the temperature has dropped below 90F: and there’s something special about graham crackers that makes me ask them in their lurid blue cardboard box, blithely,
What the heck is a “graham” anyway? Why didn’t we reunite earlier than this?
On that rude self-interruption: I don’t know what a graham is. The phrase “graham cracker” reminds me oddly of the joke that goes, “If olive oil is made of olives, then what is baby powder made of?” Enigma central. I could probably Wiki this in a second but Bruno Mars’s “Lazy Song” just came up on my Spotify and I am not one to argue with divine intervention.
Whatever it is, I think we all agree: it’s amazing, and it’s achieved its softest, most cinnamony comforting potential in this graham cracker cookie sandwiched cheesecake bar. #word
If you follow WG, you’ll know I’m the chattery type; but now that a new school year has begun, I’m throwing all of my energies back into the black hole that is teaching, working, socializing, baking orders for my brand new Etsy bake shop, and attempting to maintain the semblance of a normal life. (That last one is particularly difficult.) I have actually taken to sleeping on my too-short loveseat at night so I’ll wake more easily in the morning, heaven forbid I fall back asleep and don’t start working until
2 PM like this weekend 9 AM.
Given the muddled state of my brain, which is caught between a work frenzy and a sugar-induced coma, I’m leaving you today with some visuals and a recipe for one of the best, most comforting treats I have ever shared. These inverted graham cracker cheesecake bars are cinnamony, creamy, chock full of warm fall flavors, and–a super plus for a cheesecake bar–aren’t inclined to get your hands in a mess, because I piled extra graham cracker crumb on top for easy handling.
For all the mums out there with mud-spattered little hands and dirt-crusted fingers around the house: can you hear the hallelujah choruses yet?
I believe the phrase to use here is,
And you most certainly are.
Happy Fall, everyone!
For the graham cracker cookie crust [adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction|http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/12/18/ultimate-magic-cookie-bars/]:
For the cheesecake layer:
For the graham cracker cookie base:
For the cheesecake layer:
For the assembly:
By the way: only two days left to enter my Etsy sampler box giveaway to celebrate the opening of my new online bake shop. Enter the giveaway here, or visit my shop directly and order your customized baked treats today! Thank you all for your amazing support so far!
A special shoutout to all the lovely bloggers who have been or will be helping me celebrate, promote, and spread the snacky word about my shop this week. You can read their wonderful promotion posts/mentions below:
Amanda @ A Cookie Named Desire
Zainab @ Blahnik Baker
Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower
Meggan @ Culinary Hill
Uru @ Go Bake Yourself
Nancy @ Gotta Get Baked
Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
Kelly @ Life Made Sweeter
Courtney @ Neighbor Food Blog
Cynthia @ Two Red Bowls
Kristy @ The Wicked Noodle
Thank you gals a bushel and a TON: you are seriously the most amazing friends a girl could ask for. I could send you all an elephant-sized chocolate right now filled with love!