Nov 18, 2010

Strawberry Squares




Sweet baked treats baked with strawberry pie filling – yum!

These come from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook, More From Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery. For those who never heard of the Magnolia Bakery it's a well known bakery here in New York City famous for their cupcakes. A true guilty pleasure I occasionally treat myself to every now and then... red velvet anyone?

I recently saw this recipe on My Kitchen Adventure, and when I saw she calculated the points and they were only 3 points each, I knew I had to make these. My only change was swapping out the cherry pie filling for strawberry filling, but any pie filling would work.

Did I mention these are easy enough for a 17 year old to bake? Yes, my daughter did the baking, she loves to bake! And lucky for me she took most of these to school with her so I wouldn't eat more than one.



Strawberry Squares
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 24 Size: 1 2-inch square Old Points: 3 pts Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 138.2 • Fat: 4.7g Protein: 2.1 g Carb: 21.7 g Fiber: 0.1 g

Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canned strawberry pie filling
  • confectioner's sugar for dusting 
  • baking spray 

Directions:



Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray Baking Pam in a 13 x 9- inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter with the granulated sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla. Add the flour and mix thoroughly.

Spread the dough evenly in the prepared pan.  With a small, sharp knife (or toothpick), score into twenty-four 2-inch squares.  Place a teaspoon of pie filling in the center of each scored square.  Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean. Cool to room temperature, then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar before cutting and serving.

90 comments :

  1. These look amazing Gina! I have a Magnolia cookbook at home and love a lot of the recipes. I'll definitely be making these soon.

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  2. Why are they called strawberry squares when they don't have any strawberries in them?

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  3. Oh I am so glad you tried these! They are really easy, as you said. Thanks for posting the link to my blog! I will have to experiment with other pie flavors as well! Thanks again, Gina!

    www.mykitchenadventures1.blogspot.com

    Renee

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  4. My question exactly! Cherries in a strawberry square???

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  5. Thanks for noticing that, it's strawberry pie filling. I mentioned in my first paragraph that I used strawberry pie filling instead of cheery, but I forgot to change it in the ingredient list. I just adjusted. Use any pie filling you like! Blueberry would be great too!

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  6. Looks awesome - thanks for posting

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  7. Are these softer and more "cakey" in consistency or harder and more like a bar cookie.

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  8. These are soft and cakey, not a cookie.

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  9. I think I will try these with blueberry filling. I still have not figured out how to print out your recipes. Is there a print button I'm missing somplace?

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  10. Thank you! I was looking for one more treat to bring for Thanksgiving, and these will be perfect! Since my family is big on cherries, I might switch it back to cherry pie filling. Yum!

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  11. kim tournois11/19/10, 10:44 AM

    Hello does anyone have a cut out cookie recipe they could share?
    Thank You,
    Kim

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  12. Do you think sugar free strawberry jam would work instead? Would that cut down on points?

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  13. Gina, would you mind adding your review of these to the post? I'd like to know about the taste (you didn't say if they were good, though I imagine they would be) and the texture. Are they light or dense? Would you make them again? Thanks! BTW, I'm STILL making your pumpkin spice lattes--I'm addicted. :)

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  14. @ Veronica...I am the blogger from MyKitchenAdventures...and to answer your questions...they are cake like, but with the taste of a sugar cookie. I would say they are more dense than light. This recipe was a family recipe handed down to one of the bakers at Magnolia. I hope this helps! :)

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  15. Carrol in Lake in the Hills, IL11/19/10, 11:19 AM

    I still can't print your recipes either. I use Internet Explorer (the latest version) and there is no way I can figure out how to print them without getting reams of pages of comments, etc. As "Anon." said this morning, is there a print button missing?

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  16. Ooo I think I would do a cherry pie filling.. :-)

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  17. This sounds delicious! This might also work using leftover cranberry relish from Thanksgiving in place of the strawberry pie filing. I'll probably give that a try next week.

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  18. try pushing ctrl and P it should work!

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  19. There is a button that says print this post above the comments, did you use that when you printed? Any feedback is helpful, I really want to resolve the printing issue.

    I thought the cake tasted good. My daughter's friends all went crazy over them, so I hope that helps. I think preserves would be delicious here, I was thinking the same thing!

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  20. Gina, This recipe sounds great! I'm certainly going to try it. I'm very frustrated with the printing of your recipes! I don't want 10 pages of comments or even pictures of the recipes. Please help us out! Tks!

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  21. Oops! Forgot to tell you that I tried to copy and paste it into a new document and that didn't work either!

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  22. I can't print either :( It also doesnt work to copy and paste into a word document to print from there.

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  23. When the print box comes up to print, only print the first two pages...9 times out of 10 that will cover the entire recipe. Or do a print preview prior to printing so you can see exactly what pages the recipe and instructions are on.

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  24. These are so easy to make! My 5 month old enjoyed being in the Baby Bjorn while I was mixing them together. If I wanted to make these chocolate, how much cocoa would I add? Thanks!

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  25. Maybe 2 tbsp cocoa powder, then taste to see if it's enough?

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  26. Tried them and they were lovely, but for some reason mine rose but only the middle ones? Your's don't look as if they did.

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  27. Mine were all perfect, I'm not sure why that happened? My daughter actually baked these for me.

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  28. i was thinking about making this for christmas. do you have any ideas on how i can add green to this? if i added green food coloring to the mix it might look gross. haha. green sprinkles?

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  29. I made these yesterday and I need to get them out of here! lol I loved them!

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  30. TJ- lol!! That's what I did, brought my mom some, then gave the rest away to my daughter's friends! Give some to your neighbors!!

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  31. Wow thanks for sharing! Mouth watering pictures!

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  32. This looks perfect! It has a strawberry filling at the center of the pan. I love it especially when hit has a strawberry fruit on top of it.I’m sure my daughters will like it and ask for more if I make some of this. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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  33. Hey, Gina! I've commented before that I LOVE your blog and recipes, but I did NOT know you are in NY??????!!! You wrote here on this post: "...or those who never heard of them, Magnolia Bakery is well known here in New York City." "HERE," in NYC??? Where are you? I was born and bred in Brooklyn!! :) Email me and let me know. In the meantime, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
    Best regards,
    Gloria

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  34. I echo the printing issues...it would be fantastic if there was the option to print as a recipe card (4x6) like you can on other recipe sites such as Food Network. I love your recipes but spend a lot of time copying and pasting!

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  35. Sorry about the printing, I will work on this, I wish I had the staff of Food Network! This is a Blogger issue I've complained to Google about, I'm hoping to get this resolved but it prints perfectly on Firefox in the meantime.

    Gloria- I love Brooklyn! I live in Long Island, and work in Manhattan (yes, I have a full time job!)

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  36. I love how the jam sinks into the squares! These sound delicious and look so pretty!

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  37. Strawberry! This is so yummy! I can't wait to try this at home. My hubby will surely be surprised by this in our wedding anniversary.

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  38. I just highlighted the recipe itself and copied it into a blank Word Document. It worked when I did it that way.

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  39. Just wondering, how moist are they? (my daughter's got the flu & she loves dense, moist cakes! Would these be a good suggestion?)

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  40. They are more on the cakey side...

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  41. Here is a tip when you only want to print a little bit of a blog, highlight the recipe (or items you want printed) press ctrl+p choose the selection option and then print. Then you only get the recipe, and not any of the rest of the blog.

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  42. Gina, I am thinking of making these for Christmas!

    My question is - can I make these ahead of time? And, if so, do I need to refrigerate them? Would that change the taste/consistency of the cake OR the filling?

    thank you, thank you! :)

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  43. It's cake, so naturally the fresher the better. I didn't refrigerate mine, I left them out overnight and they were ok, not really sure though.

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  44. Ok, so I bake a lot and usually without incident, but I just made two of these and the filling sunk in both. Think it's because I used cherry pie filling?? (love your stuff, Gina!)

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  45. Same thing happened to me as did with Cara--filling sunk right to the bottom. Do you know why it would do that? It was so disappointing!!

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  46. No, I wonder if it has something to do with the batter and how long it mixed? Not really sure.

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  47. I just pulled these out of my oven. I made them with cherry pie filling. They look great and my house smells so good. Thanks!

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  48. I made these for my Mom's birthday yesterday (with blueberry pie filling). While we were eating them, it came up that I got the recipe off your site - when my 9-yr-old brother heard that, he exclaimed, "Gina is my best friend!" These are really good!

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  49. Aww, Angela, your brother is a sweetie :) Blueberry, yum!!

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  50. This was the first recipe I've made from this site. It was good. I even used the splenda sugar mix and cut back a point.

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  51. Have these in the over now ! I made the apple butter today so I used that in the center :)

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  52. Melissa Mullins2/9/11, 5:04 PM

    Made these tonight... with cherry. haven't tried them yet - but noticed they did not rise very much. but that is probably because I changed a few things in the recipe, using egg whites instead of whole eggs, and splenda instead of sugar (not because I didn't WANT to use the sugar and eggs, but I didn't have any in the house)

    Soooooooooo I will see how they are - but i tried a nibble and they taste good. :) I am sure using Splenda & Egg whites (and not using any confectioners sugar) will lower the points considerably as well, so I can have a couple of them, instead of just 1. :)

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  53. Great idea making these with apple butter!! Or even pumpkin butter would be interesting.

    Yes, Im sure the points are lower with Splenda. I guess the eggs effected the fact that they didn't rise.

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  54. Just wondering if anyone has subbed applesauce for the butter? Thanks!

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  55. I altered the recipe a bit, used only 1 cup of sugar, 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites, 1 cup whole wheat flour mixed with 1 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. They came out great, my family loved them. Can you figure out the point value for me?

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  56. I don't have any pie filling on hand, can I use strawberry jam?

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  57. I made these tonight with Blackberry pie filling, soooo good! Thanks!

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  58. I've made these with pie filling and I just made them with low sugar strawberry jam, and they are just as good!

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  59. Made them last night with rasberry jam. They tasted just like linzer tarts. I need to get them out of my house! So good!

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  60. My mom has made these for years- but with a lemon flavor- I can't remember if she used extract or juice- the lemon and the cherry are wonderful together! (Though I think lemon and blueberry....)

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  61. I did 1 C Whole Wheat and 1 C White flour (only because I didn't have enough white haha) with the rest of the recipe the same - and recalculated the points and it came out to 3 p+!

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  62. oh i forgot to add that i also used smuckers simply fruit strawberry, i suppose that may have affected the points as well!

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  63. I'm new to cooking/baking but these were so easy to make! They came out perfect, but I wish they had a little more fruit flavor to them. Do you think if I add a couple bananas to the cake bottom recipe it would still come out okay???

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  64. rue, not sure, but it sounds like it would work! Let me know if you try it.

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  65. I couldn't find strawberry filling at the store, so I used raspberry instead and it was REALLY good!

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  66. Hey Gina, this looks great but i'm unable to print it for some reason. I've made quite a few other things from you and have been very happy with the results! My bf loves my cooking but it's not always figure friendly. I tried a few WW recipes and they were...ehhh. So I (and my bf) thank you for your site! So glad I found it!!

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  67. They came out the oven 20 min. ago and already 10 eaten up!
    I didn't have a 13x9 bakeform, so I made 12 cupcakes and 12 madeleines.
    Withhout the pie filling. They perfect, thanks Gina.

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  68. To the person who can't print, email me,

    schoko - cupcakes, great idea!

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  69. I made these for our Memorial Day party yesterday - they came out great, and as everything I have made from your site so far, they were a big hit! I loved the texture of the cake - very light, but still 'toothsome'. I will be making these again, maybe with blueberry next time :d

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  70. I made these for a party I went to last night and everyone wanted me to email them the recipe as soon as I got home. They couldn't believe that they were only 138 Cal.

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  71. My husband, not a cook, made these last night. He couldn't find strawberry pie filling so he bought blueberry, but it didn't make a difference. These are so yummy! Thank you for posting simple, healthy recipes that my husband can follow!

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  72. wow! these look amazing, thanks for sharing C:

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  73. tracyagrace8/29/11, 6:43 PM

    This was my first of your recipes I made. AMAZING! I did use almond extract and seedless raspberry jam. Absolutely delish. I can't tell you how much I love your recipes. They make weight watchers much more enjoyalbe.

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  74. I have been asked to host a cooking segment at my son's pre-school using the letter A and since I have homemade apricot preserves was looking for a bar type recipe. I made these this afternoon as a test batch with my 4 1/2 year old son using blackberry preserves and they were great. I was surprised at how flavorful and flaky they were with such few ingredients.

    I can't wait to bake these with his class next week (and send today's batch to work with my husband tomorrow before I eat MORE than I should).

    Thanks for another winner, Gina!

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  75. I made the mistake of making these for my grandson's birthday party and now I'm stuck making them for get together that they need sweets.

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  76. Wondering if you have any suggestions for using fresh organic blueberries for topping rather than can strawberry pie filling. Think it would be AMAZING to make a fresh blueberry filling for it.

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  77. I made these last night & they are delicious. I gave some to my Mom, my coworkers & my friends & they all loved them. A keeper for my recipe book. Thanks!

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  78. They are super delicious and pretty. I quadrupled the recipe as I was making for a large group, also used my perfect brownie pan which works great for keeping the same size and not having to cut. Tastes like a soft shortbread.

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  79. Mine are in the oven as of right now! I used raspberry jam for the filling- let's see how it turns out!

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  80. Any suggestions on how to add a little bit of peanut butter to these? (so it's like a pb&j!)

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  81. Reading all your comments is making me want to bake them again!

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  82. Made these over the weekend, delicious! Thanks!

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  83. Thank you for this recipe! So simple! Mine are cooling now and they smell & look divine! Can't wait to try them :)

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  84. I just had one hot from the oven and it was delicious! Light and sweet and cakey... Mmm (: I used pineapple jam instead of pie filling, and it worked great. Thanks for sharing!

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  85. I lightened these up even more and made them with light butter, 2 eggs and 1/2 C of egg substitute, about 1/3 of the flour was white whole wheat and I used light cherry pie filling. The turned out really great. So tasty with coffee! I will definitely be making these all the time!

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  86. I just made these today and I'm not a baker, but they came out AMAZING. Light and fluffy and delicious. A definite keeper! Thank you for the recipe!

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  87. Amazing! I'm so glad I finally decided to make these during the blizzard! I made half raspberry and half apricot and everyone loved them!

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  88. After all these great comments, I feel like a loser. Everything was fine until I added the flour and then the batter was like thick dough and stuck to my beaters. I'm not sure where I went wrong. Any ideas?

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  89. Ooh my goodness! These are wonderful. We are snowed in today and I didn't have any pie filling or jam, but I did have some fresh strawberries, so I made my own filling. (Puree 1 cup sliced strawberries in food processor or blender. Add pureed strawberries, 2 T sugar, & 2 tsp lemon juice to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and let boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool completely.) They smelled heavenly - like strawberry shortcake - right out of the oven. Yum! I can't wait to try these with fresh raspberries or blueberries.

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