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

Bake up Southern-style pumpkin-pecan bars and sweet coconut cupcakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down.
by Elizabeth Chambers Hammer / / Source: TODAY

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

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

Light and Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes

Elizabeth Chambers Hammer

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 Hammer

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.

If you like those delicious dessert recipe, you should also try these:

Lemon Squares

Elizabeth Chambers Hammer

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