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Chewy NoŽls

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The word "NoŽl" means "Christmas" in French. Sometimes in English we see it spelled "Nowell".

Makes about 24

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar
1 tube of green decorator icing with a writing tip

In a 9x9" baking pan melt butter or margarine. Stir together brown sugar, nuts, flour and salt; then stir in eggs and vanilla. Pour over butter in pan; do not stir. Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Sift the powdered sugar over top. Placed waxed paper under wire rack, immediately invert pan onto rack. Cool. Dust again with powdered sugar. Cut into bars. Write "NoŽl" on each bar with green decorator icing.

Note: recipe adapted from one found in an out-of-print cookbook called Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies Cook Book

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Reviews of Chewy NoŽls:

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  Mumsy in Northwest  Dec 20, 2017
Would make this again.
I have been making these cookies since I bought a Fanny Farmer cookbook many years ago. Christmas would not be the same if Chewy Noels were not on the cookie try. 5 stars

  Dale Lozier in Memphis, TN  Dec 30, 2015
Would make this again.
I have been making this recipe since it was a page to tear out of the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. I put into my cookbook of the same name given to me as a wedding present in 1968. I have used the recipe every Christmas since I got it and my family asks for them every year. I have never put the green \"noel\" on them so I could stack them and because it gave me time to make more. I have used English walnuts every time. I spray the pans with non-stick oil and line them with parchment paper on the bottoms and long sides and spray again. I have made the mistake of over-baking which is easy to do since they are ready before they look ready. After baking, I cool and chill the pan(s) of cookies before the second dusting of sugar. Then I turn the whole pan onto a wooden cutting board and dust the other side and sometimes sprinkle them additionally with colored sugar. With an electric knife (bought only for this purpose)I slice off the edges very thinly before cutting them into bite-sized pieces. I keep the trimmings and broken pieces for nibbling. Not only do I use this Better Homes and Gardens recipe but I use many others as well. This has been the best and most popular of them all. At other times of the year I call them walnut chewies and I have made this recipe possibly a hundred times if you count doubling it. 5 stars

  Jane in Maryland  Dec 17, 2012
Would make this again.
These cookie bars are delicious, but I agree with Sara. They stuck to the pan and I had to pry them out with a spatula. They were crumbly and fell apart. I used unsalted butter and an aluminum pan. Don't know if that contributed to the result. This recipe is in my Fannie Farmer cookbook. 4 stars

  Rick in University Place, WA  Jan 4, 2012
Would make this again.
Made them again last night. Everyone loved them. They never stick so I don't know what happened to Sara??? It is a Christmas must in my family...but anytime is great. This is an easy one for the men that wish to impress the family. 5 stars

  Sara in Des Moines, Iowa  Dec 12, 2010
Would make this again.
I had read the reviews before making these and was excited about them. I am so disappointed. They are just kind of boring.

I baked these 20 minutes and would have left them in longer but the top was starting to brown. After I took them out and flipped them onto the rack they just stuck to the pan. I couldn't get them out and had to turn them back over and use a spatula to get them out.

The taste of these is just average. I used almonds and added almond extract to boost the flavor.

All in all I think these Noels are rather dull although very easy to make. Maybe I did something wrong.
3 stars

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