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Added: Monday, September 29, 2008


2 sticks butter, unsalted
2 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tsp. baking powder
tsp. salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 c. flour (see Cook's note)
2 large eggs
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. pecans; chopped, optional

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9 x 12 baking pan with butter and set aside. Melt 2 sticks of butter in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl covered with a paper towel. Remove the bowl from microwave and add the brown sugar. Do not use an electric mixer. Stir well by hand. Add the baking powder, salt and vanilla extract, stirring until completely mixed. Stir in the flour, until it is well blended. The batter will be very stiff.

Crack the eggs into a small bowl, and beat them well with a fork or whisk. Add the eggs to the batter and stir with a spoon until they are completely incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips and the nuts (if using). Spread batter in the greased pan -- it will be stiff and sticky. Push to the edges of the pan with the back of a spoon. Batter will spread as it bakes, and level itself.

Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes, until the top begins to get golden brown and the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Do not over bake! Cool for at least 20 minutes, and cut into small squares. Store in an airtight container. These bars freeze very well and improve in flavor after the first day.




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