Brown Sugar Chewies

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
9 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were good, these were eating up right away-next time I will have to double the recipe. Very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and simple. Very chewy and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Waaaayyy too sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the simplest recipes - but so incredibly delicious! They definitely did not disappoint. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i make these all the time! So easy and so chewy and delicious : item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and delicious! I used sliced almonds instead of pecans item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick and easy dessert! My family loves them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these over & over again. I just love how soft & yummy they were, umm so good. Thanks again Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! Really easy to make...great with vanilla ice cream! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 : item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was the best dessert i have ever ate. BROWN SUGAR CHEWIES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple, easy and delicious... I tried in a rush and served it with vanilla ice cream and coffee! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very very good! I am not a big fan of chocolate, so these are the perfect alternative to a brownie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty COOKIE too! Just added about 1/4 C. more flour and cooked for about 11 min. to make cookies. SUPER easy and YUMMY item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and Simply Delicious! I love you Paula :~) item not reviewed by moderator and published
i was watching your show about an hr ago and you was making this recipe. i thought to myself . hmm i bet my family would really like this. my boyfriend and daughter are very picky eaters. so i made this about 30 mins ago and they loved it ! its fast and easy and i will be making this again !! thanks for the recipe. your the best and i love your show ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have them in the oven right now baking and they smell absolutely delish!! Can't wait for them to be done. Thanks again Paula :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was browsing for recipes and came across this easy to make "munchies", I was out of baking powder, I used a pinch of salt and added some cinnamon. Turned out great!! I would suggest to let it cool completely, and maybe refrigerate, because they do come out gooey. But really good. later on. Thanks again for making this simple, easy recipe! You're the Bomb~ item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious chewies, really there is no other word to describe them. Definitely need to be baked for the full 20 minutes as they will be overly gooey and sticky if under-baked. Very addictive, I will be making these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my all time favorite cookie, they are so delicious. The ingredients are really simple, I almost always have everything on hand and can make them anytime I have a sweet tooth! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these about an hour ago and they are GREAT. :) They are either brownies that think they are cookies or cookies that think they are brownies! I loove the chewiness and the brown sugar taste is exactly how i wanted them, plus the recipe was super-easy and took no time to make. Good stuff. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I MADE THESE THIS EVENING AND THEY WERE WONDERFUL item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were easy to make and are pretty good, I would not say great though. They are very sweet and remind me of a blondie. I would definitely serve these with vanilla ice cream, it cuts some of the brown sugar taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delisious. I have made these several times before. To Carissa, I think you might be adding the egg too soon while the butter and brown sugar are too hot. Try tempering the egg. Allow the butter/sugar mix to cool slightly, then add just a little at a time to the egg, beating it as you add it in. This will allow the egg to warm up before it cooks and should allow you to incorporate it back into the rest of the butter/sugar mixture and continue with the recipe as it is written. Hope that helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These chewies were so good! I did add a dash of salt to prevent the blandness that some of the reviews referred to. They were good fresh out of the oven and cooled. Plus, it was so easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Brown Sugar Chewies came out great!! Jes fer the fun of it I added cinnamon, nutmeg & clove to the flour mix. I used rasins instead of pecans. It kind'a came out like a chewie spice cake with rasins. mm-m-m-m good.. P.S. I had to cook it a little over 30 minutes instead if the recommended 20 minutes to get 'er done. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw the episode where this desert was made and I thought it looked so simple and good. I had already had majority of the items with the exception of vanilla and pecans. Well it was storming and did not want to chance the weather to get these items, therefore I used what I had. Instead of pecans I used walnuts and instead of vanilla extract I used almond extract. I must say that the end result was just fabulous. I will make this again in time and next I will try the original recipe. Thanks Paula D for this easy, handy, and wonderful dessert! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this twice and both times the egg cooked on me even when I didnt have it on the heat anymore! How do i avoid this? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am literally eating the fruit of my efforts with this recipe as I type this. I saw this show just a few days ago and remember to look up the recipe online to try it. It took me all of half an hour to complete it. I also read the other comments and, being one who has to judge on my own, decided to try it even though some folks said they cooled "hard" or were quite "bland". If you love the taste of buttery brown sugar, you will love these chewies. I dont know why some folks said they tasted bland because I am savoring all of the buttery goodness right now and my mouth is smiling :) They are chewy and delicious and they are cool. They are not hard. The only thing I did different was that I used dark brown sugar instead of light because it's what I had on hand. This is the best, fast recipe I have ever come across for a homemade snack with all the warm, wonderful flavors of homemade goodness. I will definitely make this again when I want something sweet - and it is so much healthier than any cake you can buy in a supermarket because of its natural ingredients, all of which I already had in my home. Thanks Paula for a winner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed Paula's recipe but added a 1/2 cup of cinnamon chips and instead of dusting with powdered sugar I dusted with cinnamon sugar. This is a quick way to get my cinnamon fix. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so quick, easy and good! I agree that the ingredients are already in most people's pantries. I added chocolate chips on one half and kept it plain on the other end- and I loved it both ways! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I"m surprised by the reviews saying this was bland and did not taste like brown sugar. It tastes like nothing but brown sugar. I LOVE brown sugar, so I think they're great. I do bake them a little longer, but don't leave them in too long.. they should cool to a nice chewiness. They are excellent with a scoop of vanilla icecream.. the flavors are simple and pure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a good dessert to have sitting around at home to munch on. The ingredients are things that I practically always have on hand and it is very quick and easy to whip up a pan of these. The result leaves a little to be desired, though. They are just a tad bland. I think next time I make these I will drizzle some brown butter icing on top (see Paula's recipe for loaded oatmeal cookies for how to make this). I think adding butterscotch chips would also make these a wonderful and satisfying treat. Overall, I'm glad I tried these. item not reviewed by moderator and published
recipe was really easy and quick to make. they came out chewie but some-what bland. great for picky eaters minus the nuts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once my chewies cooled they became hard. What did I do wrong? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making these for months now. EVERYBODY loves them. Make sure not to over bake. These are supposed to be chewy! It doubles well as we like them on the thicker side. They are always gone by the next day. Thanks for something simple and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to agree this was very easy to make. When it came time to eat I was very disappointed. No flavor and did not taste the brown sugar. Will not make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dessert was so quick and easy to make. I made it in 5 minutes! These were really good. I did not give a 5 star rating because I think a five star recipe should be outstanding! Don't get me wrong, I liked these a lot. I would really give them 4 1/2 stars! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't even have pecans yet. I was just anxious to make them and have everything else on hand. Since tomorrow's Saturday, I'll get pecans at the store and make another batch. I made these to the letter, and I don't work for the site or anything, and have to say they are awesome. Not too sweet at all. I did add 1/4 teaspoon of salt however. They have a shiny crackly top, the edges are a little harder and crispier, and they really are chewy, in a melt-in-your-mouth way. Someone else commented that when you add the sugar to the butter that it doesn't get smooth. Mine didn't either until I added the egg and then it was smooth. You have to hurry and get it in the pan though because as it cools it thickens very quickly. Definitely making these again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone at church that tried this recipe loved it. One of my friends husband is having a 70th birthday this month and she wants me to make it for them. I fixed it for a friend who had surgery, and the whole family loved it, too. It is so easy to fix and you have all the ingredients at home. I went to get the ingredients and said that I had everything at home. It was a hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's definitely chewy! Easy to make, and the ingredients are usually in the house. Like the reviewer below me said, not for those with a True Sweet Tooth; I would choose a chocolate brownie over this any day. I didn't go for seconds, like everyone else did. Still a good recipe... give it a try. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
These chewies had a nice texture and were easy to make. But they did not have much flavor to me. I did not taste the brown sugar much at all. I have an incurable sweet tooth, and this did NOT cut it for me. If you want something truly sweet, make a regular chocolate brownie instead of this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars are awesome! I doubled he recipe, but cut the sugar to by 1/2 a cup total and they are plenty sweet, probably could cut it a little more. I didn't have many pecans left, so I stirred in some mini choc chips, but warning, the batter was a little warm, so they started to melt, so you either have to cool the batter or sprinkle on top. They are super chewy and I would definately make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Brown Sugar Chewies are easy to make and tasty. Thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my family and they were gone in 24 hours! I used chopped almonds instead of pecans and they were delicious! These are a new family favorite. Thanks Paula:-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pay attention to the cooking time. If you prefer softer cookies, you may want to cook for only 15-17 minutes. These were very yummy. Next time I'll try them with some white chocolate chips. Thank you Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe yesterday and made them because I had everything in the pantry!! The chewies came out great I am not a good baker I will be making these in the future!!! Thanks Paula for this one!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was watching one of my favorite cooking show on October 23, 2008, Paula's Home Cooking. Imagine my surprise when she whips up a batch of what she calls "Brown Sugar Chewies". Better know to me for the past 30 years as "Tasty Brown Sugar Squares". The recipe she used was almost word for word from the one in my Cookie Cookery Cook Book. The ONLY difference is she used 1/4 cup of pecans instead of 1/2 cup of pecans. This recipe was developed by a husband and wife team John and Hazel Zenker. The cook book was published in 1969. I love Paula and her show, but I am very disappointed in her leading us to believe this was her own recipe. It has really put doubt in my mind about how many other recipes on Food TV the cooks are taking credit for that are not theirs. I watch Food tv because I think these cooks are amazing and these guys really know their stuff. OOOppppps maybe not. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was poking around foodnetwork.com looking for a quick and easy recipe. Loved this recipe because I had everything in my house! This QUICK and EASY chewy is a PERFECT HIT for my sweet tooth. Eliminated the nuts (not a huge fan of nuts), and added a handful of white chocolate chips on the top before baking! I hope my fiance comes home soon, otherwise I'll eat the whole thing!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME RECIPE - a MUST TRY!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was sitting around one night and did not have anything sweet on hand so I sat down at the computer and started searching and I came across this recipe. Since I had everything on hand I decided to give it a try and much to my surprise they were delicious. I liked them so much I called neighbors over and we ate the entire pan of chewies!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are Awesome!! I didn't have any pecans so I used walnuts and they taste a lot like the blondies from Applebees. You'll love them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this on Paula's show and prepared them the same day. I couldn't believe how quick, easy and delicious. I did use 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of walnuts. Not too sweet or soft. Just right. The powdered sugar on top makes them really pretty. Next time I'll double the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these were so easy to make and looked great, but were way too sweet.My kids gobbled them up and seemed to love them.I will make again, but maybe use 1/2 cup light brown sugar, and alittle less butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made several "award winning" cookies and these by far were the best!!!! I would make several batches item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love these. They are so easy to make and they are delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my favorite brownie ever! I keep buying brown sugar so I can make this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are fantastic! A snap to put together! I pulled them out of the oven just a bit ago and had to sneak a taste. I'm going to have to hide them or I won't be able to stop sneaking another taste. Better flavor than I imagined too! Not too sweet but a nice alternative to brownies and such. Another winner Paula - thanks!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great for a sweet tooth! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the flavor was right...but mine just did not turn out as chewie as I would have liked. Maybe a little more butter? I think Paula would not mind if we added butter ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these with home made ice cream! Very easy to make! They dont last very long at my house! Take care from Texas! Love ya..Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love the simplicity of this recipe but I have to say they should really be cooled overnight to ensure they don't taste like dough w/nuts. It was also a little too sweet for me but I shouldve known :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
These chewies are just that! So chewy, so tasty, so easy. They're the kind of dessert you an whip up quickly when unexpected guests arrive...or whenever your sweet tooth calls! And, don't forget the ice cream!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Their Easy, Take no time, And are Great tasting. Also i didnt have the Vanillia on hand so i substatuted it for 1/2 Teaspoon Almond extract ^^ was Great! hope u enjoy it too item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you're new to cooking, this is a great dessert to fix. Doesn't take long to mix together and taste great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My sister recommended these to me and I made them today. My husband absolutely loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very very good and to make item not reviewed by moderator and published
These chewies were easy & delicious. They are a big hit with my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these chewies! I almost ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand in my pantry to whip them up and they are just sooo good. A great alternative to a chocolate brownie. Sometimes I top mine with icecream and its a perfect pairing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this as soon as I saw it on the show - it was so easy and so tasty! Yummy! Really took care of my sweet tooth - thanks Paula - you're the bomb! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Enough said item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were ok. The went hard quickly and did not have the taste I was looking for. I would make them again, but not soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy and such a great change of pace from brownies. And, they disappeared as quickly as they were made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! Easy to make and a nice alternative to brownies. Delicious. Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My father in law is crazy about these!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has to be by far one of the easiest, fastest and great tasting recipes ever. It literally takes no time to make (although I had to use 1/2 stick of butter to get brown sugar to mix. Great for dessert, bake sale or holidays. Thanks for such a wonderful idea Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were absolutely fenominal! So quick, so easy, so deliciously chewy... I couldn't ask for a better brownie replacement (I'm allergic to chocolate). My co-workers loved them too... came back for seconds and thirds (and fourths!). item not reviewed by moderator and published
simple to make , good at taste item not reviewed by moderator and published
As I sat and ate HALF, the pan right after they came out the oven. It was absolute gluttony. BTW, I will make them again, I just need more restraint on my part. They are really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rarely are things that are this easy to make are this tasty. Simply ingredients you always have on hand, minimal prep work, sinfully rich desert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried making these and they looked nothing like Paula's. I'm not sure what I did wrong. When I added the light brown sugar to the melted butter, the sugar just soaked up the butter and was still dry. I didn't know what she meant by stirring them until smooth. Is the brown sugar supposed to dissolve into the butter? I kept the sugar and butter over the heat until the sugar started to melt and then I added the rest of the ingredients. Is the consistency of the batter supposed to be on the wet side like a drop cookie batter? I know everyone's raving how easy this recipe is but I'm just a little confused. While the one I made was still decent, I would have liked it to come out as great as Paula's. Any help would be greatly appreciated. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were incredibly easy to make and they were absolutley wonderful! I'll definitely be making these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too sweet on day 1, hard as rocks the next day... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh how sweet it is! These chewies are the greatest. I have a simular recipe that I tried after the holidays and it didn't turn out. But I watched Paula as she prepared this wonderful sweet and great enough to keep and eat recipe! It is very moist. I added extra pecans and also added semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, into the mix before I added it to my baking dish and they turned out wonderful. I will be baking these over and over again. So for all of you that reads the reviews of the recipes, please try this. You cannot go wrong. And they really are deliscious. They need to add another rating besides just 5 stars, because this would be 100 stars from me! Also Paula, I live less than an hour from you, and I am going to surprise you one day and turn up on your front porch. I so dearly love Paula and her show, she is very entertaining and such a HAPPY real and true LADY. Keep up the great work and I will see you soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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