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   Nepal Data Set in Shortbread Chi square brownies           

Chi square brownies
by Nidhi Khosla

Here's my recipe for chi-square brownies. It involves a little manual work; Stata fans could use Ghirardeli's brownie mix. Upon modeling happiness as a linear function of units of brownies consumed, I find the results to be practically significant. The brownies go very well with A-I-Cream, though I personally do a Tea-Test. "Problem" problem sets get a little easier with some addition of brownies to the model. Moreover brownies are good for your arm circumference, not to mention waist circumference and BMI. We could add interactions to the model and modify the recipe by adding apple sauce instead of some of the butter, for people who prefer lower arm circumference!

8- 1 ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate (you can substitute with 1.5 cups cocoa and 1/2 cup oil)
1 cup butter
5 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just mixed. Stir in the nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Don't overbake.)

Nepal Data Set in Shortbread
by Rachel Lestz

Adapted from the Silver Palate Cookbook 
(A cookbook from the 1980's when excess was the rule and butter was king!)

Note: This recipe can be adapted for use in all datasets and holidays

12 tablespoons salted butter, softened
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

granulated sugar

  1. Cream butter and confectioner's sugar together until light
  2. Sift flour and salt together and add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly until sticky dough forms.
  3. Separate dough into two equal portions.  Shape each into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 2-4 hours.
  4. Roll out chilled dough on a floured surface to 1/8- 1/4 inch thickness.
  5. Using appropriate cookie cutters, cut out cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle cookies with granulated sugar and place back into refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 325 F.
  8. Bake cookies for 20 minutes or until just starting to color lightly. They should not brown.

Decorate cookies with melted chocolate and sparkle sugars to suit your theme.

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Last edited: 04 March, 2008