photograph by Matt Hulsman

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup self-rising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 egg
1 cup nuts (pecans or English walnuts), chopped

Mix in order given. Spread into an 8 x 8-inch greased baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes. Squares are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overcook.

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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.