Category Archives: squares

Date Squares

Occasionally my mother would make date squares when I was a child.  I never really liked them then but I have learned to love them as an adult.  Filled with oatmeal and sweet dates the squares are filling and tasty at the same time. Try one as a mid afternoon snack to get you through the day.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flourDate Squares

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda Continue reading Date Squares

Peanut Chip Bars

At this time of year I like to take picnics out and explore my home town.  It’s great to have something sweet to finish off the meal.  Peanut Chip bars are sweet and nutty and filled with chocolate chips.  Their soft and moist but firm enough that they won’t disintegrate in your picnic basket.

For a change try using butterscotch chips  in place of the chocolate.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTSPeanut Chip Bars

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon Continue reading Peanut Chip Bars

Maple Walnut Squares

Maple and walnuts create a taste sensation in this recipe.  Try adding chocolate chips for a richer taste.

Ingredients

1 beaten egg

Maple Walnut Squares

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup safflower oil

1  tbsp maple syrup

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Add mixed dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until blended.  Spoon into an oiled pan using a spatula to even out mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.  Cool and cut into bars.

Jam Sunflower Squares

These squares are ooey and gooey, and are popular with chocolate lovers. You can use your favorite jelly or jam for the second layer.  I prefer raspberry as it goes well with the chocolate.

Serve this dessert plated with a fork and tea.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

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I use raspberry jam.  It goes well with chocolate.

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds (unsalted)

1 beaten egg

1 cup cold butter

jam (your favorite flavor)

chocolate chips Continue reading Jam Sunflower Squares

Frosty Strawberry Dessert

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You can make this recipe from raspberries instead of strawberries.

A light dessert that is filled with strawberry flavor.  It’s great on hot summer days and the recipe is sure to please all members of the family.

1 cup sifted flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup melted butter

Stir ingredients together and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes stirring occasionally to make crumble.  Make sure the pan is shallow. Remove from oven and sprinkle in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Set aside.

2 egg whites

1 cup sugar

2 cups sliced strawberries

2 tbsp lemon juice

Combine in a large bowl and beat at high speed until stiff peaks appear.  This will take about 10 minutes.

1 cup whipped whipping cream.

Fold in whipped cream to egg white mixture.  Spoon over crumbs.  Freeze for 6 hours and cut into squares.  Trim with strawberries.

Unbaked Cookie Squares

The basic syrup for these cookies is boiled on the stove and then stirred into the ingredients.  Once chilled this recipe makes a square something like a candy bar. 

1/2 cup brown sugar

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Almost like candy these squares are particularly popular with people who have a sweet tooth.

1/2 cup corn syrup

Bring to a rolling boil.  Remove and add

1 cup peanut butter

3 cups corn flakes

Mix together and pour into a greased pan.  Melt a bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler or the microwave and pour chocolate over base.  Smooth until even and chill for at least an hour.

Simple Chocolate Brownies

This is my mother’s recipe.  I have memories of coming home from school and smelling these brownies through the window at all times of the year.  

The chocolate combined with nuts is delicious yet the recipe is simple enough to make on a busy day.

INGREDIENTS

2 baking squares of chocolate *Simple Chocolate Brownies

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 tsp  vanilla

2/3 cup flour

2 eggs

1/3 cup chopped nuts

  • 1 square of baking chocolate equals 1 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp of cocoa.

Continue reading Simple Chocolate Brownies

Jam Crumble Squares

My favorite jam to use in these is a low sugar peach apricot blend.  The jam blends well with the soft texture of the square.

1 cup graham wafers

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These squares are soft and tender.  You’ll need a fork to sample.

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 tsp baking powder Continue reading Jam Crumble Squares

Peanut Cereal Candy

Peanut butter and cereal create a sweet treat for those times when you have a snack attack. Make a double batch and store the extra in the freezer for  when you have the munchies.

1/2 cup butter

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Whole peanuts add a crunch to this candy.

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

Melt butter and boil for one minute.  Removed from the stove and add the following ingredients.

Continue reading Peanut Cereal Candy