Thursday, January 24, 2008

Granny Squares

I’m back on bar cookies! It will be my theme for the week. I love a good theme. Anyhoo, Granny Squares, not my Granny. A friend of ours who was responsible for introducing my husband to me had this recipe that was a family favorite. Two things that I always remember about this person when you went to her house are Grape Kool-Aid and this recipe, but never together. So now that this friend moved to Arkansas over five years ago it was time for me to try and make them. As I started reading the recipe this week I remembered why I always put the card back in my file. I never knew what size pan to use! But, today was the day! I should have just asked her when I got the recipe, but she always had some on hand so why should I make them.
A few things to note: I used a hand mixer to “stir” them up and I had to spread the mixture in the pan with a spatula. Now what size pan? Ah, the mystery was solved. A half sheet pan or 18”x13” worked for me. Give these a try, very easy, and they make your house smell great!

Granny Squares
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup pecans (optional)

Stir together and pour (spread) into a greased and floured sheath cake pan. (18x13) Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes until lightly browned on top. Cool and cut into squares.


mil10 said...

The taste of these brought back wonderful memories of plaid, wallpapered ceilings. Thanks for sharing! Have you ever tried it with a different flavored cake mix?

Kelli said...

No, thank you. I might have to try a chocolate cake mix and see what happens. Good suggestion. Some others that gave this recipe a try did not have the same memories of the squares. They thought the thickness was not the same. More experimentation to come!

mil10 said...

The thickness of your granny squares was actually better to me. In my experiences with making and eating the granny squares they can tend to be too doughy, especially in the center of the pan. The larger pan, making the squares thinner, seemed to help with that.