This is a popular recipe, similar to blonde brownies.
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 pound brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
(note: too much will make batter too stiff)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional -- or you can use more!)
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
Melt butter. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla.
Sift together dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. Mix until moistened. Add nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut. Mix just until combined. The batter will be very thick.
Pour into greased, shallow 11"x16" baking pan. Spread evenly. Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes. (Don't overbake! Top will feel soft to touch but bars will become firm and chewy when cooled.) Cool. Cut into squares and remove from baking pan.
Yield: 32 to 48 bars
adapted from: Old Fashioned Country Cookies
by Jo Ann Martin & Vickie Hutchins
Gooseberry Patch Co. - 1994