Operation Savannah Squares

Operation Savannah Squares

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Thirty years ago this week, a group of people in Savannah decided to take on a massive task of doing what they could do to support the troops sent to the Middle East to free Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm.

WTOC recently talked to the woman who led the campaign, Pat Hackney, and asked her how it all began.

The Savannah Squares recipe was developed by Hackney for delivery to 20,000 troops from the 24th Infantry deployed from Savannah to the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm in 1990. A total of 120,000 Savannah Squares were baked and packaged by 1,000 volunteers in one day in Savannah and airlifted to the Gulf.

Hackney and nine other United Way volunteers personally delivered the Savannah Squares to the U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia.

Savannah Squares Recipe:

2 ½ cups self-rising flour

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

¾ cup white granulated sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 large eggs

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate morsels

½ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Beat in eggs.

Gradually add flour mixture.

Stir in chocolate morsels and nuts.

Spread dough in greased 15 1/2 x 10 ½ x 1- inch baking pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool 15 minutes. Cut into 48 squares.

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