Who can resist this rich buttery bar with the addition of dates and pecans and frosted with a browned butter icing.
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.
Melt 1 cup butter in 3-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly and watching closely, 10-15 minutes or until butter just begins to turn golden brown. Immediately remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add flour, baking powder and salt; stir until well mixed. Stir in dates and 1/2 cup pecans.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 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. Cook, stirring constantly and watching closely, 4-6 minutes or until butter just begins to turn golden brown. Immediately remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.
Combine cooled browned butter, powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Stir in enough milk for desired frosting consistency.
Spread frosting over cooled bars. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons chopped pecans; gently press into frosting. Cut into bars.
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These bars were just delicious! I made a huge batch (in a 13 x 18 pan -- I can furnish conversion if anyone wants), and I took them to three different events, and they were a huge hit! The only thing I would have liked more (but this was just me -- I'm a true date lover) was a little more date flavor. I'll try adding more dates next time. I did use fresh, unpitted dates and cut them up myself, but there just wasn't a strong date flavor.
The only thing I did differently was to toast the pecans for about 4 minutes at 350. I do that every time I add pecans to baked goods.
This recipe is one of the best ever! The browned butter frosting complements the dates, pecans and brown sugar perfectly. I'm bringing them to church fellowship. Thank you!
Browning the butter brings out the flavor. Try it in one of these recipes.