Sister Chabanel's Squares
I inherited this recipe from my Mom, of course. It is one recipe she found in a book that she loved. I think it was one of those church get-together/recipe swap books, so it is likely not that well known. You can tell by the title. When you put your name on a recipe, you know its going to be good.
We still love them. Every time I make them and admittedly it's not that often, it reminds me of the Sunday picnics with the potluck table and the sweets table. The screaming kids playing in the field while the parents sit in the shade of the trees and share conversations. I rarely see that happening these days.
This also is one of the first memories of my Mom explaining that recipes are to be followed but once you know how they work, you can change them to suit you. I still follow her advice and if I find a recipe in a magazine or book , or off a TV show; I try it as per instructions first. Then the magic happens as I make it my own.
I, like many people, are trying to eat healthier these days, for reasons of one sort or another. Some of the recipes we grew up on were full of sugar and things we know now are not the best for our health. I tweak recipes by using things like Agava syrup instead of sugar, or coconut oil in place of butter. I also through in soluble fiber where I can without it affecting the end result.
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp AP Flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup walnut pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Lightly grease a 13"x8" baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
- Blend base ingredients together and press into lined baking dish. Make a firm even layer.
- Blend topping mixture together and sprinkle over the top of the base layer. Don not press down this layer.
- Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.
- Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before trying to cut the squares. This let's them set up a bit.
Lines you baking sheet so the squares are easy to lift out. Makes clean-up easier too.
Maybe they don't making 13 x 8 dishes anymore... Show's how far back this recipe goes. :)
I add soluble fiber to most of my cooking, It adds nothing to the taste but is a benefit to your health.