• Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add extracts. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Divide batter in half; stir chocolate into one portion. Alternately spoon plain and chocolate batters into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Swirl with a knife (the batter will be thick). Bake at 350 degrees F for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely. For icing, cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl. Add milk and vanilla; mix until smooth. Spread over bars. For glaze, melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave or double boiler. Drizzle over bars. Let stand until chocolate is completely set before cutting.