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Noel Bars

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cookies1This recipe is simple — melt butter in 9-by-9-inch baking pan and pour in an uncomplicated mix that includes — brown sugar, vanilla extract and chopped pecans. You use very little flour. The results are joyous, indeed.

Noel Bars

2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9-by-9-inch baking pan, melt the butter (I just put the pan in the heating oven).  Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Add brown sugar and nuts. Stir in eggs and vanilla and mix well. Pour this mixture carefully over the melted butter in the baking pan. Do not stir once it is in the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Take out of the oven and quickly turn the “cake” onto a cutting board or clean counter, otherwise it wants to stick to the pan. After it’s cooled, cut into bars and dust with powdered sugar. (If you have time, you can use a stencil of the word “Noel” or use red or green icing to write the word.)

Note: The best way to dust with powdered sugar is to have either a small sifter or a small wire mesh strainer. Tap these gently over the cookies for a light coating of sugar. Also, if you have an extra salt shaker, with large enough holes on top, these sometimes are good for powdered sugar dusting, too. (Be sure the salt is out of it, though!)

Makes 9 squares, or more if you cut into bars.

From Lisa Krueger

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