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20 Days of Cookie Baking - Day 15: Chewy Praline-Chocolate Fudge Bars (Squares) :gingrl :rectnt

20 Days of Cookie Baking - Day 15: Chewy Praline-Chocolate Fudge Bars (Squares) :gingrl

This was my FAVORITE cookie find of 2004! I gave them a “5+” on my rating scale of 1 – 5! The delectable butterscotch flavor remind me of my very favorite See’s candy selection – “Butterscotch Squares.” –LuAnn

If memory serves me correctly, I did NOT put toasted pecans in the cookie batter or in the frosting; instead, I sprinkled them over the Praline Fudge Icing after spreading the icing over the baked cookies. -LuAnn

Makes about 7 dozen (1 1/4-inch squares)

Ingredients:

Cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels, divided (I used at least half milk chocolate - LuAnn)

Praline Fudge Icing: (Makes about 2 cups)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:

To make Cookies:
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.
Stir in flour and pecans.
Press dough evenly into an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until brown around the edges and bars pull away from sides of pan.
While the bars bake, begin making the rich, nutty icing.
Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels evenly over warm bars.

To make Icing:
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add brown sugar and salt; bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in milk slowly.
Return to heat; bring to a boil, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
Add confectioners sugar and vanilla; beat at medium speed with a hand-held electric mixer until smooth.
Stir in pecans.
Pour warm Praline Fudge Icing over chocolate morsels; spreading to edges with a spatula.

Microwave remaining 1/2 cup chocolate morsels and milk in a small bowl at HIGH 20 to 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
Drizzle over bars.
Cool completely.
Cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces.


Source: Southern Living magazine, September, 2004; recipe reposted by LuAnn for KRT (I have posted it previously on both Cook 'n' Chat and KRT).

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