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Browned Butter Date and Pecan Bars

Makes 25 barsBrowned Butter Date & Pecan Bars

Prep Time: 35 min.
Baking Time: 30 to 35 min.
Cooking Time: 10 to 15 min.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

1) In a 3-quart heavy saucepan, melt 1 cup butter over medium heat.  Cook, stirring constantly and watching closely, until butter just begins to turn golden brown for 10 to 15 minutes.  Immediately remove from heat and cool 5 minutes.  Stir in brown sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

2) Add flour, baking powder and salt; stir until well mixed.  Stir in dates and 1/2 cup pecans.  Spread batter into greased 8-inch square baking pan.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until bars are lightly browned and begin to pull away from sides of pan.  Cool completely.  Melt 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat.

3) Cook, stirring constantly and watching closely, until butter just begins to turn golden brown for 4 to 6 minutes.  Immediately remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.  In a small bowl, combine cooled browned butter, powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  Stir in enough milk for desired frosting consistency.  Spread frosting over cooled bars.  Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans.  Gently press into frosting and cut into bars.

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