Monday, April 28, 2008

Brown Sugar Chewies

A friend of mine suggested a few non-chocolate desserts for me to try out. This was one of them (from Paula Dean) and it was a hit. Marc requested "just a few chocolate chips be thrown in"--which I did. I didn't realize that the dough is warm, so the chips melted and this ended up being a swirled brown sugar-chocolate chewy....VERY yummy.

Brown Sugar Chewies
(thanks to Silvia Winert, who got the recipe from Paula Dean)

1/4 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Turn off the heat, add the brown sugar and stir until smooth. Stir in the egg. Stir together the flour and baking powder and stir into the brown sugar mixture. Stir in the vanilla and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and
bake for 20 minutes. When cool, dust the top with a sifting of confectioners' sugar.

(Oh, I doubled the recipe, like always, and put it in a 9 X 13 pan)