I was looking for an easy recipe to make that I could freeze if I had left overs. My thinking was then I wouldn’t be tempted to finish the left over dessert. So I have made variations of this recipe but the one below is out of a cookbook “Southern My Way” by Gena Knox, it’s her grandmother Dot’s recipe. Of course brown sugar and butter made into a bar… there were very few left overs! Four bars made it into the freezer and were eaten several days later with a dollop of ice cream.
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons of baking powder
• 1 lb of light brown sugar
• 1 ½ sticks of butter
• 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
• 2 large eggs
• 1 ½ teaspoons of “good” vanilla
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• ¾ cup of chocolate chips or butterscotch chips (optional)
• Preheat oven to 350˚
• Sift dry ingredients together and set aside.
• Melt butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan over a low heat till melted.
• Let cool slightly then whisk in eggs and vanilla.
• Transfer to a larger bowl and add in dry ingredients ½ cup at a time.
• Fold in pecans and chips then pour into a greased (buttered) 8 ½” x 11” baking dish.
• Bake for 40-45 minutes until center is a bit gooey but somewhat set.
• Let cool and then cut into squares… or whatever shape you prefer!