I've been making these "Nut Smacks" since the early 80's - the recipe comes from "Company's Coming - 150 Delicious Squares" cookbook - my copy of this book is well worn, the cover is off, some of the often used pages are not looking so great, I see this book often at the thrifts, but I just don't want another copy, I guess the condition of this book shows that I really like it and have used it a lot.
These squares are easy and no icing involved. They have a butterscotch flavor, they're rich with nuts and brown sugar, definitely a tasty little morsel.
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
First layer - Crumble seven ingredients together well in large bowl. Press firmly in 9 x 9 inch ungreased pan.
2 egg whites
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
Second layer - Beat egg whites until frothy. Add brown sugar 1/3 at a time beating until stiff. Fold in nuts. Spoon over the unbaked base, spreading evenly. Bake in 350 oven 25 minutes until golden brown. Cover well to allow meringue to soften before cutting. I always find the meringue to be crumbly, but that doesn't matter, they still taste delicious!