Recipe source:Rachael Ray
2& 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 &1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
2& 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional
1 and 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips or peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips or M&M
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Makes 32-35 bars
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine the butter and sugar using a mixer until blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the sugar mixture, mixing on low in between each addition. Add the vanilla and mix. Add the flour and mix until combined. Stir in the chips ,nut and coconut.
Coat a 9-inch x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and spread the batter evenly into the dish.( If you prefer you can sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips on top). Bake for 20 -25 minutes, if you prefer chewy bars or you can cover the top with foil to avoid over-browning. Bake for another 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs. You will think they are under-done, but they aren't. Make sure you don’t over bake!