But I ventured from my misled preconceived notions & decided to go out on a limb. Besides, these had chocolate & nuts (candied nuts!); where could I go wrong?
The original recipe called for walnuts. But I had almonds, so that is what happened. My fave, personally . . .
makes 12 bars
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups chopped candied almonds
*Don't know how to candy almonds? I didn't either! Super easy recipe here.
1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 x 12 x 2 inch baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and mix well, scraping down the bowl. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and with the mixer still on low, slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture. Fold the candied almonds and chocolate chips in with a rubber spatula.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes exactly. Don’t overbake! A toothpick may not come out clean. Cool completely in the pan and cut into bars.
Source: adapted from Shutterbean
Listening to: Princess Diaries dialogue in the background . . . :)