Blackberry Squares

This dessert is cute, refreshing and simple to make! The fruity accent makes it perfect for for a midday snack or a summer picnic, while the dense, cake-like base is satisfying without being too heavy.

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This recipe is adapted from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, which originally calls for cherry filling. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Magnolia, it is a famous chain in New York that specializes in baked goods and cupcakes. Whenever I visit, there are always long lines of hungry customers. However, the wait is definitely worth it, as I always find something that satisfies my cravings, whether it is a Blueberry Fruit Crisp or a Caramel Pecan Cheesecake.

Without further ado, below is the recipe:

Blackberry Squares

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canned blackberry pie filling (I used the Wilderness Premium brand)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Oil or Butter for greasing pan

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 13×9 baking pan with either oil or butter
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until smooth, which will take about two minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Next, add the vanilla and the flour and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and spread evenly so that there is a smooth surface. Then, using a toothpick, lightly draw a 3×4 grid into the pan. This should create 12 2-inch squares.
  5. Finally, dollop approximately a teaspoon of blackberry pie filling into the center of each square.WP_20130303_006
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges have browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.V__6A31
  7. Allow the squares to cool completely, and then sprinkle the powdered sugar over the squares using a sieve. Cut, serve, and enjoy!
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