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1/4 teaspoon salt

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter, slightly softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup pine nuts

1 cup semisweet real chocolate pieces

1/4 cup pine nuts, optional, or confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

Strawberries for garnish, optional

Butter a 9-by-9½-inch square baking pan. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.

Cream butter in a large bowl. Add brown and white sugars and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.

Beat in 2 tablespoons flour mixture at low speed. Add vanilla and beat until blended.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining flour mixture. Stir in 2/3 cup pine nuts and chocolate.

Transfer batter to prepared pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 cup pine nuts, if desired.

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