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Chewy Praline-Chocolate Fudge Bars (Squares)

When I first posted this recipe on CNC in 2004, I said it was my favorite cookie find of the year. I gave them a 5+ on my scale of 1 to 5. The butterscotch flavor reminded me of my favorite Sees candy, Butterscotch Squares.

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

Ingredients:

Brownies:
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 powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

2 Tablespoons milk (for "drizzle")

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350F.
To make the brownies:
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 350F 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 (see recipe directions below).
Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels evenly over warm bars.
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.

To make the Icing:
Melt the 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 powdered sugar and vanilla; beat at medium speed with a hand-held electric mixer until smooth.
Stir in pecans.


Source: Southern Living magazine, Sept. 2004; posted by LuAnn for KRT.

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