Photo: Karry Hosford
16 servings (serving size: 1 bar)

You can substitute chopped walnuts, almonds, or cashews for the pecans.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Set aside.

Step 3

Combine brown sugar, vanilla, and egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 1 minute. Add flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.

Step 4

Spread batter into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake bars at 350° for 18 minutes or until golden and crusty on top. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Ratings & Reviews

danikiwi's Review

December 08, 2014
So easy, and my husband loves it!

dunwoodycooks's Review

January 30, 2012
Tasty but with an intersting spongy texture. Very fast and easy.

SEROMEO's Review

November 29, 2010
These were disappointing. The batter is much better than the finished product.

Mina000's Review

July 07, 2010
Just because it isn't a cake, no one should lower the stars on this, it's still delicious, chocolatey and chewy. Yes, it is more like a blondie, so what? I like it just this way. I don't think the texture was rubbery at all, but I can imagine it could be rubbery if you over beat the egg whites. I made the recipe and have it step by step on my blog, CHECK IT OUT!:

kerlseef's Review

January 05, 2010
I was a bit confused as to how this was to come out, so I left it in the oven longer than what I was supposed to. Lucky for me it still turned out fabulous and I will definitely be making this again and again.

AnnaBellaBoom's Review

March 15, 2009
These are definitely more like blondies or cookie bars than a cake, which may be what "snack cake" is supposed to mean. I thought the flavor was great, and the portion size is fine for a snack. The problem I had, hence only 3 stars, was that after baking for 18 minutes they are still really undercooked (and I love a gooey brownie!). An extra 3 minutes in the oven would solve this, and then I think they would easily be 4 stars, especially considering the calorie/fat count! Also, I skipped the powdered sugar on top and don't miss it at all.