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webcoverbrownies Brownies, Bars and Squares…Who doesn’t love em? When ya can find a cookbook entitled 250 of the Best what’s not to love? I received a copy of “The 250 Best Brownies Bars and Squares ” for review. Let’s check it out.

The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares


Esther Brody

Going to a family get-together? church social? book club meeting? This book has many recipes that are sure to please. Includes English and metric ingredient amounts for each recipe. Numerous color photos show ya how your creation looks when prepared. Such an incredible selection of tasty treats. Just look at the great pics on this page. There are over 25 recipes for different types of brownies. So ya can have delectable chocolaty brownies anyway ya want em. Delicious indulgences fill the pages.

Check out these recipes that are in the book:

Ultimate Nanaimo BarUltimateNanaimoBar

page 158, No-Bake Bars & Squares

Makes 24 bars

9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan, greased with butter


1/2 cup    butter, melted     125 mL

1/4 cup    granulated sugar    50 mL

1    egg, beaten    1

1/3 cup    unsweetened cocoa     75 mL
powder, sifted

1 tsp    vanilla extract    5 mL

2 cups    graham wafer crumbs    500 mL
(about 30 wafers)

1 cup    shredded coconut    250 mL

1/2 cup    chopped walnuts    125 mL


1/4 cup    butter, softened     50 mL

2 tbsp    vanilla custard powder    25 mL
or vanilla instant
pudding mix

2 tbsp    milk (approximate)    25 mL

2 cups    confectioner’s (icing)    500 mL
sugar, sifted


4     squares (each 1 oz [28 g])    4
unsweetened chocolate

1 tbsp    butter    15 mL

1.    Base: In a bowl mix together melted butter, sugar, egg, cocoa and vanilla until blended.

2.    In another bowl, mix together crumbs, coconut and walnuts. Add butter mixture and mix well. Press evenly into prepared pan. Chill at least
1 hour.

3.    Filling: In a bowl cream butter. Beat in custard powder, milk and confectioner’s sugar until blended. If mixture is too thick, add a few drops more milk. Spread evenly over base and chill for
30 minutes or until firm.

4.    Topping: In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Spread evenly over topping, then cut into bars. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

CinnamonApplesauceSquaresCinnamon Applesauce Squares

page 72, Fruit Bars & Squares

Makes 36 bars

Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C)
13- by 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan, greased

Base and Topping

3 cups    all-purpose flour    750 mL

1/4 cup    granulated sugar    50 mL

1 tbsp      baking powder    15 mL

1 1/2 tsp    salt    7 mL

1/3 cup    butter or margarine    75 mL

2               eggs, beaten        2

6 to 8 tbsp    milk    90 to 125 mL


2 cups    applesauce    500 mL

    Ground cinnamon


1             egg yolk         1

1 tbsp    cold water    15 mL

Granulated sugar

1.    Base and Topping: In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Using 2 knives, a pastry blender or your fingers, cut butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add eggs and enough milk to make a dough, mixing lightly with a fork. Form dough into a ball and divide into
2 equal portions.

2.    On a floured work surface, roll one portion into a rectangle, just a bit larger than the pan. Ease pastry into the bottom of prepared pan, bringing the dough a bit up the sides.

3.    Filling: Spread applesauce evenly over dough and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Roll out remaining dough, as for first portion and place on top of applesauce mixture. Seal the edges.

4.    Glaze: Beat egg yolk and water and brush base with the mixture, then sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes until well browned. Place pan on a rack and cool completely, then cut into squares. Serve warm or cooled.


The ultimate collection of easy and sumptuous desserts!

For sweet satisfaction and easy preparation, there’s nothing like a plate full of brownies, bars or squares fresh from the oven. In the world of baking, these are the ultimate comfort foods, evoking wonderful memories.

Best of all, brownies, bars and squares are so easy to make. For many recipes, you simply mix up the dough in one bowl, put it into a square or oblong pan, bake, slice and enjoy! That’s why they’re ideal for busy families.

Bestselling Esther Brody brings back all that homemade goodness in this outstanding collection of fully tested recipes. You’ll discover many familiar recipes, as well as new recipes that are sure to create warm memories for your family and friends. There’s even a chapter devoted to no-bake bars and squares — absolutely perfect for those particularly time-crunched occasions. Whether you’re a novice or a long-time baker, once you start experimenting and see the outstanding results, you’ll be inspired to make baking a part of your everyday life.

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Excerpted from The 250 Best Brownies, Bars & Squares by Esther Brody © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with publisher permission.


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