Lemon Coconut Bars

The weather is really starting to heat up, which means I’ve been moving away from chocolate. Something about 80 degree weather and no air conditioning makes me want fruit… Am I the only one that gets this way in the summer? If only I still had my ice cream maker! I may have to buy a new one to get through this New York heat.

Lemon Coconut Bars from Square Root of Pie

Lemon Coconut Bars
Makes one 9″x13″ pan. Can be gluten free.

Ingredients
for the crust
1 1/2 C flour (I used gluten free)
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 1/2 stick butter, cold
for the filling
4 eggs
1 1/3 C sugar
1/2 C lemon juice
1 tsp baking powder
1 C shredded coconut

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9″x13″ pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour and powdered sugar, and cut in butter until a crumbly dough is formed.
3. Press dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15 min.
4. While the crust is in the oven, beat eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and baking powder in a large bowl.
5. Pour lemon filling over baked crust. Sprinkle coconut on top.
6. Bake for another 20-25 minutes until filling is set. Let cool, slice, and enjoy.

Lemon Coconut Bars from Square Root of Pie

Snickers Blondies

Long time no blog! I feel like I say that every time I write something. Whoops.

But anyway. We’ve had this giant bag of candy sitting in the house for a while now. We’ve been eating it slowly but surely… But then Girl Scout cookie season came along, then Easter, and there was so many OTHER desserts to eat! So the candy was left sad and uneaten. Until I decided to repurpose some of it yesterday!

Snickers Blondies at Square Root of Pie

Snickers Blondies
Makes one 8×8 pan, or about 9 blondies.

Ingredients
1 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
dash salt
5 Tbsp butter, melted
1 C brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 – 1/2 C chopped Snickers, or your favorite candy bar

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, powder, soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, combine butter with sugar. Whisk in egg and vanilla.
4. Gradually add dry to wet, stirring to make a thick batter.
5. Spread evenly in pan. Sprinkle candy on top and lightly press in.
6. Bake about 30 min, until a knife comes out clean.

Snickers Blondies from Square Root of Pie

The Snickers is really great in these! It gives it some extra gooeyness and some crunch from the peanuts. You could also use M&Ms, Milky Way… Almost any type of candy bar. Enjoy!

Adventures in GF Baking

Gluten free, hooray! I’ve definitely made gluten free things before – mochi, macarons, probably everything I do with quinoa, but I’ve never specifically set out to make something GF before. I have a couple of friends on GF diets who rarely get to enjoy what I make, so I decided to try it out.

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When I was home for winter break, I happened to look at the GF baking section at Sprouts. All kinds of things were on sale, so I picked up a bag of brownie mix just to try. Of course, I can’t *just* use a mix… How boring is that? I had to put my own spin on it!

The results were phenomenal. I know sometimes GF baked goods are a little gummy, or taste like whatever non-wheat flour they’re made with. These tasted like real brownies. No one could tell they were GF, and were surprised when I told them the truth! I’d love to try baking GF from scratch sometime, but for now I’ll stick with these. They were delicious!

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Cream Cheese Brownies
Gluten free. Makes 1 9×13 pan.

Ingredients
1 package of your favorite GF brownie mix (I used Namaste brand)
whatever ingredients called for by brownie mix
8oz cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
1.
Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Preheat oven as directed on brownie package.
2. In a large bowl, mix brownies as directed. Set aside.
3. In a slightly smaller bowl, mix cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.
4. Pour brownie mix into pan. Spoon dollops of cream cheese on top of brownies, distributing evenly but leaving some brownie mix showing.
5. Run through mix back and forth with a knife to create a swirled pattern.
6. Bake as directed on package, until a knife comes out clean.

gf brownies closeHappy gluten free baking!

Pumpkin Season!!

I’m so behind on my blogging! I’ve been crazy busy with school, dance, job interviews, blah blah blah that I haven’t had time to write up any of my new recipes! But it’s quickly becoming fall, meaning I’m quickly becoming more and more obsessed with the very best part of this season: pumpkin.

Like my collection? I like pumpkin everything. Pumpkin pie, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie Pop-Tarts, pumpkin spice Eggo waffles, and of course… pumpkin.

Everything tastes good with a little pumpkin in it. Especially desserts. Which brings me to this new recipe…

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 18 cupcakes.

Ingredients
for the cupcakes
2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
dash salt
6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1/3 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C milk
2 eggs
1 1/4 C pumpkin puree
for the frosting
8 oz light cream cheese
2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp maple syrup
2-4 C powdered sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, powder, soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Mix in vanilla, milk, and eggs. Slowly add pumpkin and mix until smooth.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture until a batter is formed.
5. Fill pans about 2/3 full and bake for 22-28 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
6. For the frosting, with an electric mixer combine cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup. Slowly sift in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

These cupcakes were light and fluffy, just the way cupcakes should be. They lasted about a day in my house before my friends had eaten them all.

So I know what you’re thinking… Pumpkin comes in a huge can, but these cupcakes didn’t sure nearly that much! So what do you do? Well, you could just make tons of cupcakes, which would certainly be fine, or you could make the easiest and most delicious brownies known to mankind.

Pumpkin Brownies

Ingredients
one box of your favorite brownie mix
15oz pumpkin (I used half the 29oz can)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
chocolate chips, walnuts – optional

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 pan.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until a batter forms. Do NOT use the ingredients called for on the brownie box (eggs, oil, etc).
3. Bake 25-30 min until a knife comes out clean. Let cool, cut, and eat!

Enjoy the rest of pumpkin season!

Dumb Blondies

My cookies from last week’s post made it to Foodgawker!! I am so excited – this is my first time getting a submission approved. Of course, this week’s photos are awful so I’m not even going to try, but it’s okay. In a week I got 138 favorites on Foodgawker, and a bunch of new Pins, which I think is quite an accomplishment.

Sunday night I went to a friend’s place to watch the Tony Awards. Neil Patrick Harris was hilarious… as usual.

Once I got the invite, I quickly whipped up some yummy baked goods to share. Unfortunately I didn’t get very good photos since I literally walked out the door as soon as these came out of the oven. But I promise, they were delicious. More than half the pan was gone by the time the awards were over, and there was only a handful of us eating!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies
Original recipe here.

Ingredients
1 stick butter
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C peanut butter (I used chunky)
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp canola oil
3 Tbsp water
1/2 C chocolate chips, divided

Instructions
1.
 Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13 pan with foil.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add sugars and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
3. While the pb mixture cools, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla.
4. Pour in pb mixture, oil, and water, and stir until a thick batter forms. (It will be very very thick!) Fold in 1/4 C chocolate chips.
5. Pour into pan and top with remaining chocolate chips. Bake 25 minutes until set. Cool, cut, and serve.

Healthy Dessert?!!

I got another tattoo yesterday, my third, and I’m really sore. I wanted to bake but I wanted something easy. Easy and healthy. This whole tattoo thing means no working out for at least 2 weeks – I have to avoid sweating as much as possible. According to the extremely reliable Yahoo! Answers, I run the risk of a staph infection – bad news. So I’m trying to keep the fatty foods at a minimum.

This is by far the best brownie I have ever tasted. It’s dense, fudgy, and secretly healthy. I’ve seen many recipes similar to this one and I’ve been absolutely dying to try it out! Seriously, don’t be afraid of it. It’s delicious.

The only thing I’d do differently is put the chocolate chips on top, rather than mixing them into the batter. The walnuts were fine, but the chocolate chips all sunk to the bottom and were lost when I took the brownies out of the pan!

Black Bean Brownies
(Original can be found here)

Ingredients:
1 can black beans
3 eggs
3 tbsp vegetable oil (I used grape seed)
1/4 C cocoa powder
2/3 C sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 heaping Tbsp instant coffee
1/3 C chocolate chips
1/3 C chopped walnuts (it actually could’ve used more, maybe 1/2 C)

Special Tools:
Blender or food processor

Instructions:
1.
 Preheat your oven to 350 F.
2.
Rinse and drain your black beans.
3. Put all ingredients except walnuts and chocolate chips into the blender. Blend until smooth.

4. Mix in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
5. Pour into an 8×8 baking pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.