But, of course, I made some goodies for our final game that didn't make it to the benches for everyone to enjoy. Though I will say that I think the office was elated our game got cancelled, because I brought in the entire pan to work the next day. The plate was brought back to me [empty] in record time. No joke, kind of funny actually.
With that said, I don't feel like I need to gush about these bars too much. The 9.56 minutes it took for these treats to be eaten up at 8:00 A.M. should be enough to convince anyone that they are good. Gooey Butter Bar good.
If you're not familiar with these bars [which I most definitely was not until my Foamer teammate made the adamant request], they're pretty much just like they sound. A tender blondie-like base, topped with an ooey-gooey mixture [resembling Pecan Pie] and studded with chocolate chips and pecans. Each bite is incredibly soft and almost creamy, so soft that I will say that these bars are a little fragile [in a good way]. The chocolate, well it's chocolate. But the pecans add a lovely crunch and nuttiness to the mix, so don't leave these out [unless you're allergic...I guess]!
Browsing through the hundreds of recipe variations for these bars, I noticed that the majority used cake mixes, which obviously helps if you're in a time crunch. But I felt like going the homemade route, deciding on the Pecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Bars recipe from Becky Bakes. Her pictures alone were mouthwatering! And as I think many can attest, these bars were just as deeee-licious as they look. I was also amazed at how fast I was able to assemble the bars, one-bowl wonders I tell ya! So regardless of any busy-ness, you can most definitely fit these into your weekend schedule. Everyone will thank you .
2. For base, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. Add in butter, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan (batter will be thick).
4. For topping, in the same bowl, beat together cream cheese, corn syrup, vanilla extract, butter, brown sugar, salt, eggs, and flour until smooth and light in color.
5. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. Carefully spread topping over base.
6. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until filling has puffed and edgs are set, but the center is just a little wobbly. Let cool in pan completely before cutting and serving.
Yield: 2 dozen bars