I blame Reeni and her fantastic photography for me making these bars. Maybe it's just that I haven't made any sort of brownies or bars in a long time. I've made some sweet breads and stuff but this was the first actual dessert made in quite awhile.
I made the mistake of not using real butter. I would have, I just didn't have any. I only had I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, light. Usually when I use it in meals, it's great and I don't have any issues. It didn't work in these bars though. Stick with butter.
They were still good, I mean, we ate them all without any problem! They just would have been much better with the real butter. So if you're going to go all out and eat a ton of calories, don't skimp. Use butter. It's okay once in awhile.
Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
2 cups packed brown sugar2/3 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, light (I really recommend using real butter though)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1 cup chopped nuts (optional, I didn't use)
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 13 x 9 baking pan. In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar and butter over medium heat until butter melts and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool slightly. When slightly cooled, stir in the eggs one at a time, stir in vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chip pieces. Sprinkle with nuts if desired. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes. Cool slightly and cut bars while warm.
Total calories = 4315 calories
16 bars = 270 calories per bar
It's no fun to actually show the calories on bars like these. Luckily we had friends over so they weren't able to sit here and tempt me for long.