Sunday, May 4, 2014

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars

If you are looking for a yummy bar cookie for your next carry-in or family gathering, this is certainly worth a try.  Olivia saw this recipe on Trisha Yearwood's Food Network show.  The combination of peanut butter and butterscotch chips makes for a delicious combination.  These bars are also good when you are in a hurry and don't have time for making a complicated dessert.

Olivia and I  will be finding ourselves increasingly short of time in the coming weeks as planting season approaches.  Although it is still a little cool here for planting our gardens, Olivia and I have begun buying buying plants.  Today we purchased a few herbs and can't wait to begin using our own homegrown plants in summer recipes. We can't wait!  Enjoy the cookie bars!
- Nanette

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars
Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
6 ounces butterscotch chips (about 1 cup)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish with butter.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of the peanut butter. Add the egg and vanilla. Sift the flour with the baking soda and the salt. Mix the oatmeal into the flour and stir the flour into the creamed mixture. Spread the batter in the baking pan. Sprinkle the butterscotch chips over the batter and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned around the edges.

Whisk together the confectioners' sugar, milk and the remaining 1/4 cup of the peanut butter until smooth, then spread the glaze evenly over the warm bars. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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