KENT'S HOLIDAY MISTAKE BARS
2 Cups White Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Chopped English Walnuts
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup butter
Soften the butter. Putting the butter in the microwave oven on 'Defrost' for a minute seems to work for me. Add eggs, and beat to a slurry with either a wire whisk or electric mixer.
Add flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Mix as well as you can manage. It comes out kind of like pie dough, sort of crumbly. Chop walnuts as fine as you have the patience for, and add to the dough.
Dump dough into a 9x13 baking pan, preferably Pyrex. Press into a flat, even layer.
Bake at 350 degrees, 15 minutes or so. They're done when its nicely browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
Cut into cookie-sized bars. They don't hold together real well, but do the best you can. The results are really interesting -- crunchy and flaky on the top and bottom, and chewy in the middle.
And yes, I ate butter last night, for those who care about my vegetarianism. It tastes great! I think if I avoid butter for the most part I'll be fine, and besides, it's not clear to me whether you live a longer life by eating an exclusively healthy diet, or if it just seems that way.