These Old Fashioned Chess Bars are thick, buttery and dense and they form their own crust while baking in the oven. NO cake mix crust here. These are the real deal and SO easy to make! They are delectable!
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted then measured
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, separated
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease insides and bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment or use a hand mixer. Whisk on high speed until the egg whites form stiff peaks, about 2 minutes, and set aside.
Sift the flour, measure and re-sift the flour with the salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer or use a hand mixer. Make sure the mixture is light and creamy and the sugar is no longer grainy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, followed by the vanilla and mix on medium speed for about 1 minute, until all ingredients are well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until the flour is incorporated. With the mixer on low, fold in the nuts, followed by the egg whites.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with sticky crumbs. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting.
Store bars in an airtight container.