Angel Slices from Joy of Cooking

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START TO FINISH: 20 minutes to prep; 25 minutes to bake; 30 minutes to cool
Recipe Scoop Angel Slices from Joy of Cooking

Cooking Notes

We tested the cookies in an 8 X 8-inch pan which also worked fine.

Angel Slices from Joy of Cooking

1 1/2 cups chopped toasted, pecans or walnuts
1 cup flaked or shredded sweetened coconut, lightly toasted
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 ½ tablespoons
2 large eggs
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Lemon Glaze, if desired, (click here for recipe)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan* lined with foil, and set aside.

In separate pans, lightly toast nuts and coconut in the oven until fragrant and just beginning to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes, and coarsely chop nuts. Set aside.

Meanwhile, beat butter, granulated sugar, egg yolk and vanilla in a medium bowl until well blended. Stir in flour until well blended and smooth. Press the dough evenly into prepared baking pan. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat 2 eggs, brown sugar 1 ½ tablespoons flour, baking powder, salt and 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla in a medium bowl until well combined Stir in nuts and coconut. Spread mixture evenly over the hot baked crust.

Return to oven and bake, uncovered, until top is firm and golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out slightly wet, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and set pan on a rack. If desired, while the bars are still warm, spread evenly with Lemon Glaze. (Click here for recipe.) Let stand until the bars are cool and the glaze is set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate the container for up to a week.

Angel Slices from Joy of Cooking

Many a copy of Joy of Cooking has been sold on the strength of this recipe. One fan says her family is sure these are the cakes St. Peter gives little children at the gates of heaven, to get them over the first pangs of homesickness.

We've slightly adapted the instructions for this recipe from the Joy of Cooking version to fit our recipe style. We think the flavor improves even more the day after they're made!

Angel Slices from Joy of Cooking

Approximate Values Per Serving: 325 calories (45% from fat), 17 g fat (5.5 g saturated), 63 mg cholesterol, 4 g protein, 42 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 49 mg sodium

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