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Lightened-up Southern sweets: pecan-pumpkin bars and coconut cupcakes

Elizabeth Chambers Hammer of BIRD Bakery is stopping by the TODAY kitchen to whip up two sweet desserts — with better-for-you touches!

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Pecan-pumpkin bars, coconut cupcakes: Guilt-free Southern desserts

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Pecan-pumpkin bars, coconut cupcakes: Guilt-free Southern desserts

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She shows us how to make sweet pumpkin pecan bars and tropical coconut cupcakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down.

Light and Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes
Elizabeth Chambers' Coconut Cupcakes + Pecan Squares
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I love coconut cupcakes because they taste like a tropical vacation! They're also light, delicate, perfectly fluffy and delicious.

Healthier Pumpkin-Pecan Bars
Elizabeth Chambers' Coconut Cupcakes + Pecan Squares
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These pecan squares are absolutely delicious and buttery with just a hint of citrus. I love the nostalgia of a pecan square, how truly Texan they are and the fact that it always feels acceptable to eat more than just one.

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