On Tuesdays, I am going to share my favorite recipes from that series of cookbooks here. The first recipe is called Indian Bars and is from "Farm Journal's Homemade Cookies" published in 1971. I know, I know, I just posted four cookie recipes last week. However, these are one of my granddaughter's favorite cookie; and I send them to her at school in California.
1 c. butter or margarine
2 sqs. unsweetened chocolate (may sub 6 T. cocoa and 2 T. additional butter)
2 c. sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 t. baking powder
2 t. vanilla
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
Melt butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over low heat or in microwave. Add sugar. Mix well and let cool slightly. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Combine flour and baking powder; stir into creamed mixture. Add nuts. Pour into greased 9x13-in. baking pan and bake at 350 degrees 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack. Frost if desired. Cut into bars. Makes 2-3 dozen.
These are good on-their-own; and that is what I send to my granddaughter. I line the pan with foil, using enough so that the foil will fold back over the top of the bars when they are baked. I let them cool, fold the foil over the top, tuck in on the sides, put the uncut bars in a heavy freezer bag; and ship them off. The bars stay nice and fresh that way.
Sometimes to dress the bars up, I use this frosting:
1 c. sugar
6 tbsp. butter (must be butter)
6 tbsp. milk
1/2 bag semisweet chocolate chips (must be real chocolate chips)
Combine ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring and boil for 1/2 minute, take off heat. Add chocolate chips and beat well. Pour and spread over cooled bars.
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