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Pecan Dreams- Tasty Bar Cookies

by Elizabeth Skipper | February 4th, 2015 | Chef Recipe, Recipes
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mixing bowl (400x400)Bar cookies are popular for many reasons. They’re often among the first cookies beginning bakers make, because they’re less fiddly than other kinds of cookies. Experienced bakers like them, too, when they’re pressed for time. Bar cookies don’t require shaping, cutting, or molding; just mix up the batter, spread it in the pan, and bake. You can get fancier, of course, but in general these are the easiest kinds of cookie to make. Here’s a simple one I’m fond of.

 

 

 

 

 

Pecan Dreams


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Ingredients
  1. 2 TB butter
  2. 5 TB all-purpose flour
  3. 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1/8 tsp. salt
  5. 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  6. 2 eggs
  7. ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  8. ¼ tsp. lemon extract
  9. 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Put the butter in an 8” x 8” square metal baking pan, and put in the oven to melt
  3. Keep an eye on it – a small amount of butter will melt and burn quickly
  4. Remove from the oven, tilt the pan to completely cover the inside with butter, and set aside to cool
  5. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium size bowl
  6. Stir in the chopped pecans
  7. In a larger bowl, beat together the eggs and the two extracts
  8. Add the brown sugar in increments, beating until thick
  9. Stir in the flour mixture until well-incorporated, but don’t over-mix
  10. Turn the batter into the pan, being careful to not mix in the butter coating
  11. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean
  12. Remove to a rack to cool, but cut into squares while still slightly warm
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