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Ingredients

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13x9-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar and flour. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove 1 cup of mixture and set aside. Add baking powder and salt to the brown sugar and flour mixture. Using a fork, lightly beat in vanilla, milk and egg. Continue beating until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and walnuts. Fold in the coconut if using. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over the top of batter in pan. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and walnuts. Using a long flat spatula, spread topping evenly over the top of the batter in pan. Bake bars for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Cool bars in pan completely before slicing.

Jane Scott
Erie



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