My girlfriend Charlotte brought these to a cookie exchange. Not only were they delicious, but I loved the story behind it: Throughout my childhood my mother made these for our family and for church and school gatherings. For years she would send them to the soldiers in Germany. They loved them because they were sturdy bar cookies and therefore always arrived fresh and unbroken. I now make them for my grandchildren.
3/4 C butter, at room temperature
1 lb. brown sugar
2 1/4 C flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 12 oz. package chocolate chips
1/2 C chopped nuts
Beat butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla, dry ingredients and mix well. Add chocolate chips and nuts.
Spread dough evenly in a 12"X18" rimmed pan and bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes or until just lightly brown. Cool and cut into squares.
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