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  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces butter, cold, cut in pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional


  • Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan.
  • Combine brown sugar, flour, and salt in a mixing bowl; cut in butter until the mixture is like coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 scant cup of crumbs and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth; stir into the remaining crumbs in bowl. Spread in prepared baking pan. If desired, add chopped pecans to reserved crumbs; sprinkle crumbs evenly over the batter. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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