Chocolate-pecan squares

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PREP TIME

20 min

Makes

16 squares

* PLUS Baking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp vinegar , or lemon juice
  • 1 cup pecans , or walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease an 8-inch (2-L) square pan or coat with cooking spray. To make base, stir butter with egg yolk in a mixing bowl. Then add 1 cup (250 mL) flour, icing sugar and 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) salt. Stir with a fork until well blended. Press into bottom of greased pan. Bake in centre of preheated oven until lightly golden, about 15 minutes.
  • To make topping, beat 3 eggs in a large bowl until slightly foamy. Stir brown sugar with 2 tablespoons (30 mL) flour and 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) salt. Stir into eggs until blended. Beat in corn syrup and vinegar. Add nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Spread mixture evenly over hot base. Bake in centre of 350F (180C) oven until top is set and edges are browned, from 35 to 40 minutes. Place pan on a rack to cool. Cut into squares.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 263,
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.8 g,
  • Fat
  • 14.9 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 98 mg.

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