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Monday, September 23, 2013

Pecan and Chocolate Chip Squares


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I had to smile when I found this recipe on Yahoo's Shine. They were featuring this bar cookie, originally developed for Food and Wine magazine, as part of a collection called "Back-to School Cookie Bars". Now, unless the editor's children are a great deal different than mine were, this cookie will not end up in many lunch boxes. It's a pretty grown-up treat and I think the kids would be happier with the oatmeal or peanut butter variety. Their, teachers, however, would be delighted to have one or two of these flavorful gems along with  their morning coffee. I'm not a big fan of sweet treats, but these cookies have a European sensibility that I really enjoy. They are bearly sweet and the dominant flavor in the cookies is that of the toasted pecans. If you prefer, hazelnut or walnuts can be used instead of pecans, but I'm really partial to the pecan version. The cookies would be wonderful with tea or a glass of sippin' sherry and if you prefer less sweet treats I know you will enjoy these. As you skim the recipe, you'll see that the cookies are made whole wheat pastry flour. If you have it, fine. If not, use all-purpose flour. I think the health benefits of whole wheat pastry flour are overstated, but I keep it on hand because I like the flavor it imparts. These cookies are very easy to make and they transport beautifully. I do hope you'll give the recipe a try. Here is how the cookies are made.

Pecan and Chocolate Chip Squares...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Food and Wine magazine

Ingredients:

1 cup pecans
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup +  2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and and line bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
2) Spread pecans in a pie plate and toast for about 8 minutes, until golden. Chop pecans and let cool.
3) In bowl of a standing electric mixer, beat butter and oil with granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.
4) In a small bowl, whisk flour with baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients into mixer at low speed. Add chocolate chips and pecans and beat just until incorporated.
5) Transfer dough to prepared baking pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned and nearly set in the center. Let cool completely, then run a knife around edges and invert rectangle. Peel off paper and invert onto a cutting board. Cut and serve. Yield: 24 squares.

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17 comments :

Life's a shoe said...

yumyum! anything with chocolates and pecan are always good!

Kim G. said...

I would be surely please with one of these!

Krista said...

Isn't it interesting how some recipes really do taste better with whole wheat flour? These bars made me smile today. They reminded me of my childhood. :-)

kitchen flavours said...

The pecan choc squares looks delightful. Just the kind of snack that is great anytime of the day!
Thank you for sharing, hope you have a wonderful week!

Jenn S said...

YUM!! These remind me of the cookie bars my mom used to make when I was a kid!!

Penny said...

Great combination of flavors Mary. I don't have a huge sweet tooth so if you say they are not overly sweet, I'm sure I would like them.

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decocinasytacones said...

I love anything that has pecan nuts....they are really good!.
Have a great day
Love
Marialuisa

David said...

Mary, I like this idea... Nice chewy cookie with the almond flavor and a touch of sweetness. I don't like overly sweet but this square or cookie has substance and would be very satisfying. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

From the Kitchen said...

I think these would be a welcome treat around here. If only hazelnuts weren't as rare as hen's teeth in these parts, I'd be using them. Toasted pecans sound like a good alternative.

Best,
Bonnie

Gloria Baker said...

ah Mary look delicious!!

Ginny said...

They look divine.

Priya Suresh said...

Wonderfully done,who can resist to it.

JG said...

Pecans taste so good in a dessert and these squares look yummy! Mary, I agree, my sons were so happy, also, with the Oatmeal Cookies in their packed lunches. :)
~Judy

Joanne said...

I love pecans in fall-infused baked goods. They add something a little extra special!

We Are Not Martha said...

LOVE these. Happy fall!! :)

Sues

Pippi said...

oh my god..i like this..

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