Browned Butter Date and Pecan Bars
Makes 25 bars
Prep Time: 35 min.
Baking Time: 30 to 35 min.
Time: 10 to 15 min.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
1) In a 3-quart heavy saucepan, melt 1 cup butter
over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly and watching
closely, until butter just begins to turn golden brown for 10 to
15 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and cool 5
minutes. Stir in brown sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
2) Add flour, baking powder and salt; stir until
well mixed. Stir in dates and 1/2 cup pecans. Spread batter into greased 8-inch square
baking pan. Bake for 30 to 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.
3) Cook, stirring constantly and watching
closely, until butter just begins to turn golden brown for 4 to 6
minutes. Immediately remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine cooled browned
butter, powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in enough
milk for desired frosting consistency. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Sprinkle
with 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans. Gently press into frosting and
cut into bars.