Portuguese Walnut Squares

  • cookie photo1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Madeira or port wine
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Chopped walnuts for garnish

For glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon wine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Add vanilla, milk and 2 tablespoons Madeira or port. In separate bowl, mix nuts, flour and baking powder. Fold in butter-egg mixture until batter forms; do not overbeat.

Spoon into lightly greased and floured 9-inch square pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. After removing from oven, brush with 2 to 3 tablespoons of wine. Cool to room temperature and glaze.

To make glaze, mix powdered sugar, butter and wine to spreading consistency.

Makes 16 bars.

Source: John Pacheco, St. Petersburg.

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