Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pear Bar Cookies

This recipe is based on one for apple brownies in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living. The list of ingredients reminded of apple cake, which I love. The advantage to a brownie recipe is that the batter can be easily stirred together. The one in the magazine called for a mixer, but that’s totally unnecessary. I had pears on hand, hence the fruit change. Also, I used pecans instead of walnuts and varied the spices a bit. Very easy and delicious! Serve the bar cookies with vanilla ice cream and, if you have time, homemade caramel sauce. Enjoy!

Pear Bar Cookies
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 to 3 pears, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Stir together butter and next 3 ingredients. Stir together flour and next 6 ingredients. Stir into butter mixture until combined. Stir in pears and pecans. Spread mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking pan.
2. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until done. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack, and cut into bars.

No comments: