Monday, April 7, 2014

Butter Chews

Here's a super-simple but (in the words of Mr. Food) "Oh So Good" treats.  Just a few ingredients and baked in one dish.  My friend, Sharon, shared this with me and told me I had to make it!  She told me that years ago she had made a pan for her son and his friends for a hunting trip and he let them each have one bar and kept the rest to himself!    I can understand why.

But one thing she should have mentioned:  the baker gets dibs on all of the corner pieces!

BUTTER CHEWS (makes one 9x13 pan)

1 yellow cake mix
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans, divided
1 pound powdered sugar
1 package regular or reduced-fat cream cheese, room temp

Mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and one egg to make a crumbly mixture.  Put into a greased 9x13 pan.  Pat the mixture down to make it easier for the creamed cheese topping.

Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Mix together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and the other egg.  Drop by dollops onto cake mixture and then carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake, trying not to disturb the pecans on top of the cake.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup pecans over cream cheese mixture.

Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until edges are browned.

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