Shortbread Fudge Cake
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Yield: Makes 2 dozen
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- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 2 cups (12-ounce package) semisweet chocolate morsels
- 3/4 cup butter
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)
- Chocolate shavings (optional)
- Beat 1 cup softened butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
- Stir together 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and salt. Add to butter mixture, beating until crumbly. Stir in pecans.
- Press dough into an ungreased 13- x 9-inch pan.
- Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden.
- Microwave chocolate morsels and 3/4 cup butter in a 2-quart glass bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice.
- Whisk in eggs, vanilla, remaining 1 cup granulated sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup flour until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over prepared crust.
- Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. (Do not overbake.) Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 24 bars. Transfer bars to wax paper; dust with powdered sugar. Store bars in an airtight container. If desired, serve with whipped cream or ice cream, and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.
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