Chewy Noels

 “It is easy to give to our own, those whom we love. Their gladness becomes our joy. We are not quite so ready to give to others, even if they are in need, for their happiness does not seem so necessary to our happiness. It appears yet more difficult to give to the Lord, for we are prone to believe that he must give and ask nothing in return.

“We have foolishly reversed the proper order. Our first gift at Christmas should be to the Lord; next to the friend or stranger by our gate; then, surcharged with the effulgence from such giving, we would enhance the value of our gifts to our very own. A selfish gift leaves a scar upon the soul, and it is but half a gift” (John A. Widtsoe, “The Gifts of Christmas.”

This is an old Christmas recipe Grandma Milne made when I was a little girl. It’s a yummy flavored dessert bar, topped with powdered sugar and the word Noël written in icing. This recipe makes about 24 bars.
Chewy Noels:


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 tube of green decorator icing with a writing tip

In a 9×9″ baking pan melt butter or margarine. Stir together brown sugar, nuts, flour and salt; then stir in eggs and vanilla. Pour over butter in pan; do not stir. Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Sift the powdered sugar over top. Placed waxed paper under wire rack, immediately invert pan onto rack. Cool. Dust again with powdered sugar. Cut into bars. Write “Noël” on each bar with green decorator icing.  Note:  This recipe was adapted from a recipe in a now out-of-print cookbook called Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies Cook Book.


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