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Gingerbread Brownies



  • 12 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with butter and flour or line with parchment.  Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat butter over low heat just just until melted, but not brown. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the molasses and sugar to the butter and whisk until blended. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Add vanilla and whisk until mixed well.

  4. Measure the flour, salt and spices and sift together into batter. Mix batter gently until combined and no trace of dry ingredients remains.

  5. At this point, if desired, stir in any extras like nuts or chocolate chips or maybe cinnamon chips.

  6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with only crumbs, not batter, on it.

  7. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for 1 hour. Cut just before serving.

Yield: 12-16 Brownies

Mixed Berry Bars

mixed berry bars


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg,
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 20 Nilla Wafers, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup any berry preserves
  • 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen

(lightly chop larger berries)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and/or line an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, Nilla wafer crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
Spread the preserves over the layer of dough. Sprinkle with the berries. Then top with the remaining dough by forming the dough into flat pieces with the palm of your hands and laying it down. It’ll spread out as it bakes, leaving the pretty colors of the berries to show through.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting into bars. If you don’t allow them to cool completely, they will crumble when you try to cut them.

Yield: 16-20

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