I just cannot fathom having folks over for a meal and not offering them dessert. Having something sweet always makes for a happy ending to the evening.
This is a super simple cookie bar recipe that is perfect to serve at or take to a cookout or picnic. My mother made them frequently during my childhood, and she thought my readers would enjoy them, too.
Brown Sugar Nut Bars
Yields about 40 cookies
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond or maple extract)
1 cup Pecans, chopped (or other nut)
Optional ingredients – 1/2 cup shredded coconut or 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Place butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over low heat and stir until butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
Remove the butter and brown sugar from the heat. Add beaten eggs, flour, baking powder, and stir until well blended. Then add extract and nuts and stir. Other ingredients can be added now.
Turn out the cookie dough into a well-buttered 13 x 9-inch pan. Spread and pat down with fingers.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes. The cookie dough will be lightly browned and will pull away from the sides of the pan and a tester will come out clean.
Let cool approximately 10 minutes in the pan. Cut into bars and let cookies completely cool on wire racks.