Archive for the ‘Bars’ Category

Lime Coconut Bars

Serves 15

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 cup butter, softened

4 large eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the base, mix together 2 cups flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter until it clings together.

Press into a 9 by 13 inch pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

To make the filling, beat together the eggs, granulated sugar, lime juice, and lime zest.

Stir in the 1/4 cup flour and baking powder.

Place the coconut in a medium saucepan and toast over medium heat, stirring often, until golden brown.

Stir into the egg mixture.

Pour over the half baked crust.

Bake for another 25 minutes.

Cool and cut into bars.

Enjoy!

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Brown Sugar Nut Bars

This recipe comes from the Colorado Cache Cookbook.  Sweet, gooey, and delicious.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan.

Cream together the butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Mix in the flour.

Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Beat the eggs and 1 cup brown sugar until smooth.

Add the vanilla and nuts.

Spread over the crust.

Bake for 20 minutes more.

Cool and cut into bars.

Enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon Streusel Bars

This recipe is adapted from the “pear-cinnamon streusel squares” recipe in The Ultimate Cookie Book.   Moist and delicious.

Serves 9-12

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

2 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped tart apples, such as Granny Smith

3/4 cup cinnamon chips (these are found near the chocolate chips in most grocery stores)

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2+ teaspoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking pan; set aside.

In a large bowl or food processor, mix together the 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon.

Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Remove 1 1/2 cups of the mixture; set aside.

Press the remaining oats mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat the eggs and granulated sugar until smooth.

Whisk in the 2 tablespoons flour, then the baking powder and salt.

Stir in apples and cinnamon chips.

Gently spread the fruit mixture over the hot crust and sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture.

Bake for 30-35 minutes more or until golden brown.

Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Cut into bars.

In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, 2 teaspoons milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing is of drizzling consistency.

Drizzle over bars.

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Delicious Lemon Bars

Sweet and lemony.

Serves 15

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 cup butter, softened

4 large eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the base, mix together 2 cups flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter until it clings together.

Press into a 9 by 13 inch pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

To make the filling, beat together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

Stir in 1/4 cup flour and baking powder.

Pour over the half baked crust.

Bake for another 25 minutes.

Cool, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, and cut into bars.

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Chocolate-Glazed Browies

Rich, moist, and chewy.  This recipe can easily be halved and put in an 8 by 8 inch pan.

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cup butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 egg whites

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the Glaze:

1 1/3 cups powdered sugar

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6-8 teaspoons hot water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.

With an electric mixer, beat together the granulated sugar, butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and egg whites.

Stir in the flour, 1 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

Stir in the walnuts and spread in the prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool.

To make the glaze, whisk together all of the glaze ingredients until smooth.

Spread over the cooled brownies.

Enjoy.

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Marbled Brownies

Pretty and delicious.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate Batter:

8 oz semisweet chocolate

6 tablespoons butter

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup walnuts, chopped

For the Cream Cheese Batter:

4 tablespoons butter, softened

6 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.

To make the chocolate batter, melt the chocolate with the butter over low heat, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, beat eggs until light and fluffy.

Gradually add sugar and continue beating until blended.

Sift over the flour, salt, and baking powder and fold to combine.

Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture.

Add the vanilla and walnuts.  Measure and set aside 2 cups of the chocolate batter.

To make the cream cheese batter, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer.

Add the sugar and continue beating until well blended.

Beat in the eggs, flour, and vanilla.

Spread the unmeasured chocolate batter on the bottom of the prepared pan.

Pour the cream cheese batter over it and drop spoonfuls of the reserved chocolate batter on top.

With a knife or metal spatula, swirl the mixtures to marble, but do not blend completely.

Bake until just set, 35-40 minutes.

Cut into squares for serving.

Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Cookie Bars

This recipe comes from a cookbook called “The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen.”  Yummy!

Makes one 9 by 13 inch pan full of bars.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl.  Set aside.

Cream the butter with an electric mixer; add both sugars and the vanilla and beat until creamy.

Add the eggs.

Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until smooth.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Press the dough into a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool and cut into bars.

Enjoy!

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