You can't go wrong with this recipe for Brown Sugar Brownies. If you under-bake them, they're chewy. If you over-bake them, they're more cakey. Either way, these brownies without chocolate are worth celebrating.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pecan pieces
Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat well an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream softened butter; add brown sugar and eggs. Mix thoroughly then add flour and baking powder; blend. Stir in vanilla and nuts then pour batter into prepared baking pan.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan then cut into squares and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.