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Gramma Honey's Melt-A-Ways

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Well, of course after I did the project framing some of Gramma Honey's cherished family recipes, I *had* to make Av some of her Melt-A-Ways.

I think there are at least a dozen different things that people call "melt-a-ways" but this is what they are to Av's family. It's kind of like a giant (very) buttery, rich, thin cookie that you can personalize a thousand different ways by putting chocolate or peanut butter chips in one section of the pan for people that like those, and pecans in one section for those people, and leave some little part plain, put some M&Ms on or those cute toffee pieces over here and over there...go wild and mix it all together...

...or just use plain chocolate chips and with a knife make a nice thin layer of melted chocolate over the entire thing.

While it's still warm you can cut them into bar shapes or take a cookie cutter and do it that way...

Av remembers Gramma Honey making these when he was in elementary school. Every so often one of a handful of mothers or grandmothers would come in during a school day, go to the school's small kitchen, and make some sort of treat. This is one that Gramma Honey used to make all the time. Her variety was spreading out the chocolate in a thin layer, then dusting it with chopped nuts.

Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. flour
chocolate chips, pecans if you like, you could even use M&Ms or some other candy

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350*

Simply mix together the softened stick of butter, brown sugar, and flour - that's it! The dough naturally comes together when you mix it:


Next is the part where you wonder if this is really going to work right. You spread it on a 13"x9" baking pan with sides, which has been lined with parchment paper. Take a spoon and spread the dough out on the paper. It isn't too easy to do because the dough isn't very loose and will stick to the back of the spoon - but the nice thing is that you don't have to be perfect about it, and it doesn't have to look great - you just want it to get a good start on spreading out all over that baking pan:

Bake at 350* for about 15 minutes. At about 10 minutes or so, all of a sudden it will start spreading and rise up just a little:

It will just about cover the whole pan - when it gets nice and golden brown at about 15 minutes, take it out of the oven and immediately sprinkle with whatever sounds good - this one has some chocolate chips, some white chocolate chips, some peanut butter chips...
It's really rich and buttery but it will keep for at least two or three days on a plate covered with foil - and it stays nice and moist too! Yum!

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