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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