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To make frosting easier to spread, add small amounts of cold water to frosting if needed. This is a super decadent treat of a dessert. Worth all the effort of a beautiful presentation for any occasion.

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup 1 or 2 percent milk; do not use fat free
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

Brown sugar frosting:
1/2 cup no-salt butter or margarine, not low fat
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup 1 or 2 percent milk
1-3/4 cups powered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease finger-roll/corn stick pan/muffin pan and set aside. Using electric mixer, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until well mixed. Stir in milk and pecans. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating thoroughly. Spoon batter into greased pans, filling 3/4 full. If using standard-cup muffin pans, fill only 1/2 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove pans and cool on a rack. When cool, ice with brown sugar frosting. Makes 18 to 22 sticks.

Brown sugar frosting: Combine butter or margarine with brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. (Stirring is essential, wards off burning ingredients) Boil 2 minutes, lightly stirring. Add milk slowly, lightly stirring. Boil an additional 3 minutes, no stirring. Remove from heat/stove. Sift powered sugar over mixture in pan and beat until smooth with an electric mixer. Add vanilla and pecans and stir gently.

Kay B. Schriefer
Moline



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1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
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