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Chocolate Praline Christmas Mud Squares Recipe


Chocolate Praline Christmas Mud Squares     

3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
3/4 c. finely chopped pecans
1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 (12 oz.) jar commercial caramel-flavored topping
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. butter or margarine
4 (1 oz.) sq. unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Chocolate Frosting
sifted powdered sugar (optional)
pecan halves (optional)
candied cherries (optional)

Combine cracker crumbs, chopped pecans, brown sugar and 1/4 cup melted margarine, stirring well. Press crumb mixture into bottom of greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool slightly.

Next, combine caramel and 3 tablespoons flour, stirring well. Spread topping on crust to within 1/4-inch from edge of pan. Set aside.

Next combine 1 cup butter and chocolate in heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat until melted. Stir in sugar, 1 cup flour, 4 eggs and vanilla extract; pour mixture over reserved caramel topping in pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool slightly and spread with Chocolate Frosting. Lightly sift powdered sugar over frosting and garnish with pecan halves and cherries, if desired.
Yield: 16 squares. Good anytime.

Chocolate Frosting:
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 Tbsp. cocoa
2 Tbsp. water
powdered sugar
Combine butter or margarine, cocoa and water in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.

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