This is a recipe from an old family friend. Linda was kind of like a second mom to me growing up, since my family lived only a couple of blocks away and I was close friends with her daughter from a very young age. Every year, she makes these amazing brown sugar brownies for their family’s Christmas Eve party, and I finally thought to get the recipe (which originates with her Aunt Mary) from her a couple of weeks ago. This weekend I made a bunch of them and brought them to a few Memorial Day BBQs, much to everyone’s delight. I just need to be careful to not eat too many and get sick! Oh yeah, and they’re incredibly easy to make.
Linda’s Brown Sugar Brownies
1 pound (4 sticks) butter, room temperature. Yes, a POUND of butter.
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1¼ cups pecans, finely chopped
a little granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Cream butter and brown sugar.
- Add flour, salt, and vanilla, mix thoroughly.
- Spread evenly in a 9½”x15″ glass or aluminum pan.
- Sprinkle with chopped pecans and granulated sugar. Use a glass to roll over the nuts and sugar so they’re pressed into the dough.
- Bake at 400°F until slightly risen and lightly brown around edges (around 15-19 minutes).
- Let cool (dough will not stay risen). When cool, cut into squares and remove from pan with a thin spatula.