Brown Sugar Chewies

Total Time:
30 min
5 min
25 min

9 servings

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Turn off the heat, add the brown sugar and stir until smooth. Stir in the egg. Stir together the flour and baking powder and stir into the brown sugar mixture. Stir in the vanilla and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. When cool, dust the top with a sifting of confectioners' sugar.

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    They are even better with walnuts. My grandmother made them all of the time when I was a kid. I still have her old recipe booklet from Diamond Walnuts from the 70s. It is the same except it calls for walnuts.
    These were good, these were eating up right away-next time I will have to double the recipe. Very easy to make.
    Easy and simple. Very chewy and delicious.
    These are very sweet. They're like a praline in a cookie form. I adjusted the recipe slightly but I think it made a big difference. First off, always toast nuts before you bake them into a dough. Second, brown the butter. You're already melting it anyway! And third, add about a half tsp. of salt. That's a no brainier.
    Well, the name "Brown Sugar Chewies" says it all. They taste just like brown sugar. I'm giving this 4 stars not because I was crazy about these bars, but because they were easy to throw together last-minute and because I think this could be a great basic recipe to add something to. I'll have to do some experimenting.
    Waaaayyy too sweet.
    One of the simplest recipes - but so incredibly delicious! They definitely did not disappoint.
    I made these last night, very good. I doubled the recipe for a larger pan (not sure of the measurements but think of a traditional brownie pan, rectangular... I didn't have pecans; they were still good. I would like to stress that the raw batter is to die for! Haha! They don't taste good right out of the oven for some reason, but the next morning they were amazing. Make sure you sprinkle the powdered sugar on top; mind got a bit of a crinkled top. 
    Paula is amazing!
    i make these all the time! So easy and so chewy and delicious :
    So easy and delicious! I used sliced almonds instead of pecans
    Quick and easy dessert! My family loves them!
    I made these over & over again. I just love how soft & yummy they were, umm so good. Thanks again Paula!
    Easy and yummy!
    Yum! Really easy to make...great with vanilla ice cream!
    My grandmother use to make this all the time but the way paula make it she just cut the time in half it real good
    This one is definitely worth the try!  
    This is one of my favorite recipes. Yes I have a sweet-tooth. I recently found it and I make a double batch (at least every time. There is never a left-over cookie at any party I've brought them to.  
    Thanks Paula!
    They were okay. I didn't have the nuts which after tasting them, I really think they need for a contrast in textures. They almost satisfied my sweet tooth, so I'll def use the nuts next time. I did add the pinch of salt which they needed. I wouldn't say they were bland but they do need some icecream or fruit to make them a well rounded complete dish. Thanks Paula!
    this recipe is from the beginning, when i first met paula deen on line and on the food channel. delicious and simple!!! i have baked these for friends and shared copies of this more times than i can count! my husband is an army kid whose mom has settled in texas. this is especially good with mom's texas pecans.
    I have been making these for quite some time now and DH and I love em. Recently I wondered what they would be like as cookies. I dropped them by teaspoonfuls and gave them pleny of room to spread. Delicious! Crispy on the edge and soft inside. Watch them close, mine took about 10 minutes.
    I didn't have any nuts on hand to put in, but next time - I might just add a few extras like cinnamon or some pumpkin spice. The pan had not even cooled off before my son was in there, before I could dust it with the sugar. These are sooo soft, moist, and tasty. The best part too was that I didn't have to go out and buy ingredients, I always have those particular ingredients available in my cabinets :
    I left out the nuts since my family doesn't like them. Really glad I made a double batch, they are not even cooled off yet and my kids and husband have devoured more than half the pan. Lovely buttery brown sugar toffe-esque flavor! I did add a healthy pinch of salt as suggested in some of the other reviews.
    it was the best dessert i have ever ate. BROWN SUGAR CHEWIES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    This time of year in Nova Scotia there is an abundance of maple sugar. I was looking for something to do with it when i came upon this recipe. It turned out AMAZING!!! It is great warm with a little vanilla whipped cream too!
    These are very easy and wonderful.When I make these,everyone asks for the recipe.
    Tip: Cut while warm, as I have found the tops crack when cooled.
    I've made these twice; they're really easy to put together, and they taste great when they're fresh from the oven. But eat them quickly, because they dry out within a day or two!
    Simple, easy and delicious... I tried in a rush and served it with vanilla ice cream and coffee!
    Very very good! I am not a big fan of chocolate, so these are the perfect alternative to a brownie.
    Baker beware!!! These are really hard to stop eating once you start. I made these twice and both times something just doesn't seem right with the consistency, none the less they are crowd pleasing and addictive! I took them to a party and everyone liked them and wanted the recipe. Also, I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but I found an almost identical recipe on another website that listed the nutrition info. 1 serving- 17grm of fat and over 300 calories. Yikes!
    Tasty COOKIE too! 
    Just added about 1/4 C. more flour and cooked for about 11 min. to make cookies. SUPER easy and YUMMY
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