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Monica explains, "Back in the mid '70s when my husband and I were stationed at Ft. Knox, KY, we visited Pleasant Hill for the first time and fell in love with Shaker cooking. They served a brown sugar bar cookie, which our family renamed 'Naughty Bars' because they tasted so naughty. Over the years I have tweaked the recipe and this is what friends always ask us to bring to a cookout. In fact, I made a batch this morning to take to friends this evening!"

  • 2 sticks butter (1 Cup)
  • 2 Cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13-inch pan with butter and set aside. In a large microwave-safe glass bowl, melt the butter on high for 30 seconds (or until butter is almost completely melted), covering the bowl with a paper towel. Using a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula, mix in the brown sugar and stir until completely mixed. Add the baking powder, salt and VANILLA and mix well. Gradually add the flour and mix well--the batter will be stiff. Whisk the eggs well in a small bowl, and then add to the batter, mixing well one last time.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan (a spatula works well for this) and bake until golden around the edges and the center is still soft, about 30 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE! Let cool completely before cutting into small squares. They go together quickly and there are NEVER any left over!

Prep. time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 15

Nutritional Information:
Servings 15; Serving Size 1 bar (63g); Calories 270; Calories from fat 110; Total fat 12g; Cholesterol 55mg; Sodium 180mg; Carbohydrate 38g; Dietary Fiber 0g; Sugars 26g; Protein 2g.

Single Strength Vanilla 4 oz. Bottle

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