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Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

The bottom layer of this cookie has a texture much like a shortbread. It is made with brown sugar and has the delicate taste of butterscotch. You can substitute walnuts or pecans for the peanuts. These bars freeze well.

Makes36 bars

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Taste and Texturechewy, nutty

Type of Dishcookie, dessert

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1¼ cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¾ cup chopped unsalted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Butter a 9-inch-square baking pan. Cream the butter with ½ cup of the brown sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg yolks. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Fold this into butter mixture. Pat the dough into the prepared baking pan. Beat the egg whites until semi-stiff. Add the remaining brown sugar and beat until very stiff. Fold peanuts into the egg whites and spread the mixture over the dough. Bake for 35 minutes. When the cake has cooled, cut it into 36 squares and store them in an airtight container.

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