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!