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Bars - Squares - Filled

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This is the nicest marriage possible: tart sweet fruit, basking on a foundation of a sweet shortbread crust. Cut into big squares, serve on a napkin, and balance it on your lap, with a mug of coffee nearby. Very Silver Palate.....

Hola, hold up! Orange and lime juice make up the sour orange flavor of these wonderful shortbread based, luscious tropical filling treats.If you like lemon bars, you will love these.

Just a touch of spicy Pumpkin cheesecake - available in fridge-ready bars for your Thanksgiving nibbles. Extravagant but not as rich as a big cheesecake in the flavor of the holiday. A recipe from a very special collection in a feature I did for the now-defunct Coffee Magazine.

Meet You in St. Louis? This is heaven, pure and simple - at least, if you are keen on chewy/pastry coffeecakes with a sludge of butter and sugar.  This is one of my own personal favorite recipes because nothing beats buttery pastry, with a sweet chewy filling. It's a yeasty, sweet coffecake/bread base, topped with a caramelized, gooey delight. There is nothing else quite like it in unique taste, texture and appearance and it always brings raves. Apparently every pastry shop, bakery, and supermarket in St. Louis offers this cake but outside St. Louis, I would wager it is pretty unique. In a pinch, use frozen bread dough to make this recipe quick and easier.

A little bit of sugar makes these brownies extra special.
It is a nicer finish than plain brownies and not as sweet as iced ones. Heck - these are just super anyway!

Big and dense, golden, and buttery, this is the vanilla and brown sugar version of brownies updated with fresh raspberries. I had these once in a bakery that specialized in rustic breads but occasionally they offered up some sweet sensations. And so these huge blondies sat in the window, begging you to come in and buy them. Of course I succumbed (each square was a good half pound) and had to recreate them.

Here is a Canadiana treat, a classic square from Nanaimo, British Columbia respun with peanut butter. If you want a salty sweet version, used salted peanuts and or salted peanut butter. The counterpoint of sweet crust, sweet chocolate and salty peanuts is a perfect taste byte. So, ya got your graham peanut bottom, a sweet and creamy filling, and a topping of pure chocolate, dollied up with a peanut butter fondant drizzle.

You may use raspberry preserves or apricot jam for this one, but the homemade apricot filling is tops.

The best of my two favorite worlds: chocolate chip cookies and New York Style cheesecake filling. Baked together into one stupendous bar, this is a surprisingly easy-to-make recipe that's innately pleasing.

These are luxurious, memorable, easy and almost more decadent than cheesecake itself. If you had them on hand, chopped up Turtle bars would tilt these into an illegal substance. I prefer these brownies cut in wedges, in a cheesecake pan for this recipe.


 

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