Orange Cranberry Shortbread Squares

What a perfect combination! Shortbread base, custardy middle, and a crispy sweet top! I added dried cranberries to level-up Grandma Donna’s recipe. Ingredients 2 cups flour (+ 1/3 cup) 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup Earth Balance 1/2 cup granulated sugar (+ 1 1/2 cups) 4 eggs 1/3 cup orange juice 2-3…

Mocha Brownies

These are a really tasty twist on a traditional brownie. The brownie itself has a very subtle coffee flavour but really delivers the mocha vibe in the frosting. If you would like a stronger coffee flavour overall, I recommend adding another 1-2 tbsp of dissolved coffee granules to the batter. Brownie Ingredients 3 tbsp instant…

Pineapple Squares

These squares instantly reminded me of the 80’s. I don’t think I’ve seen or tasted them since I was a kid – a delicious treat to bring forward from my childhood. The kids loved them! Base Ingredients 1 cup flour 3 tbsp granulated sugar 2 tbsp melted Earth Balance 1 tsp baking powder 1 egg…

Chocolate Pecan Bars

These are like little pieces of chocolatey pecan pie that would be great for a bake sale or for gifting. Crust Ingredients 1 cup flour 3 tbsp granulated sugar 1/3 cup Earth Balance, softened Filling Ingredients 3 squares (3 oz) semi-sweet chocolate 3/4 cup corn syrup 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla…

Brownies

Simple and delicious! These would be perfect served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ingredients 3/4 cup Earth Balance 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 3/4 cup flour 1 cup walnuts, chopped 3 tbsp cocoa powder 3 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla Yield: 9 large squares Preheat oven to 350o. Cream the Earth balance…

Apple Crumble Bars

This is basically just an apple crumble with a greater crumble-to-apple ratio. Base and Crumble Ingredients 1 3/4 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup Earth Balance, melted 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp salt Filling Ingredients 5 apples, peeled and sliced 2 tbsp Earth Balance, melted 1/2 cup…

Donna’s Brownie Squares

These squares are a perfect and irresistible marriage of shortbread and brownie. I don’t actually remember having these growing up, which is surprising because you’d think Grandma Donna made these often if she named them after herself. Grandma’s recipe calls for a possible addition of frosting on top but that seemed too indulgent for my…