Fruit Pecan Brownies


Makes 16 brownies


2 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, divided
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square pan. Melt unsweetened chocolate in top of double boiler over hot, not boiling, water. Remove from heat; cool. Cream sugar and butter in large bowl until smooth. Mix in eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. Stir in flour, fruit, 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or just until center feels firm. Do not overbake. Remove from oven; cover while still warm with waxed paper or foil. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into 2-inch squares.

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