Wow, are these good!! If you want a really decadent dessert that's not very hard to make here's a great suggestion. I don't do a lot of baking with nuts because I don't like spending that much money to bake (most nuts are pretty expensive) but I told myself I would follow the recipes in this book and not cheap out and I'm glad I did. And this icing, I'd never even heard of browned butter frosting but boy is it good!!
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter (do not use margarine)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons milk
36 pecans halves, if desired
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 1x9-inch pan. In large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and eggs; blend well. Add flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Spread in bottom of greased pan.
2. Bake at 350°F. for 23 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.
(Ollie just taking it easy while I work. He likes to be right in the way. Above him is the silk. My feet were on either side of him until I realized how cute he was and I decided to take a picture)
3. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until light golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and enough milk for desired spreading consistency; blend until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Arrange pecan halves over frosting. Cut into bars.