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These are not for the faint of heart! It uses almost 2 1/2 lbs of butter! But you can cut these into very small squares, as they are very rich. That's how I justify it, anyway. This is my go-to dessert for potlucks and bake-sales.


  • Crust:
  • 1 1/4 pounds unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • For the crust:
  • Beat the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, until light, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the batter with the mixer on low speed until just combined.
  • Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 18 by 12 by 1-inch baking sheet, making an edge around the outside.
  • It will be very sticky; sprinkle the dough and your hands lightly with flour.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned.
  • Allow to cool.

Categories: Dessert  Dough/Crust  Oven 

Author Credit: Barefoot Contessa

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