Brownie Butter Squares

BROWNIE BUTTER SQUARES
This is one of my favorite 2-in-1 cookies:  Butter cookies with brownie tops.  Yumm!

Butter cookie layer:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Brownie layer:  Use any of your favorite boxed brownie mix, and ingredients as directed in the box

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Grease and line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan, line with foil with 2 inch overhang on both ends (for easy removal), and grease foil also.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together using an electric mixer, until pale and fluffy.  Beat in egg and then vanilla.   With mixer speed on low, add flour mixture and beat until just combined.

Using plastic wrap (or ziplock bag), press cookie dough evenly onto bottom of baking pan.   Bake in preheated oven for about 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown  (Check when 15 minutes timer rings; you don’t want to burn the butter cookie layer).   Transfer to rack to cool.  (leave oven on).

Prepare brownie layer as directed in the box.   Spread brownie batter over baked and cooled crust and bake until set, about 20 minutes.  Cool completely in pan before cutting into squares.

Will be baking more of these squares along with my coconut macaroons, mango bars, and tarts for a special pre-xmas gift to ‘Bai and Tony (SF).  They will devour these treats.

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