Friday, August 30, 2019

Nana's Chip Nut Bars

My mom was an exceptional baker. A trait that I, sadly, did not inherit. I do better with the main course.

But her recipe for Chip Nut Bars is one that I can usually get right. This and her chocolate pie are the two things I have managed to be able to replicate, most likely because they were and remain my favorites from childhood. I mixed them up in her mixing bowl this morning. I could almost feel her in the room.

This is, essentially, a chocolate chip cookie bar, but with the added bonus of coffee in the mix. It’s so much easier than scooping out all those cookie balls, and the addition of coffee takes it to an entirely new level of goodness. Mom’s recipe calls for a cup of chopped pecans, and I can’t imagine it without them, but it is an option.

Chip Nut Bars

1 c. shortening
1 3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
> 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. instant coffee
1 c. chopped pecans
1 (6 oz) pkg. chocolate chips

Mix all together and bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degress in a shallow 13x9 inch pan, greased, not floured. Cut into bars. Yields approximately 24 bars.

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