Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vintage Butterscotch Bars

At the beginning of last week, the second year students at SFW went on a tiyul, or a trip. As I've been becoming increasingly closer to them and they've become increasingly enamored of my baking, I decided to send them off with a plate of cookies. I decided to make the Vintage Butterscotch Bars from the Cookie Companion. (I think I should just make it a project to make every cookie in the book.) These cookies wouldnt win any beauty competitions with their dull, brown, uninteresting exterior but those who can see passed it will be rewarded with yummy, delicious, chewy, candy-like dense bars. The cookies were gobbled up so fast, they didn't even make it out the door. I kid you not. Adding to the ease and simplicity of this recipe is the fact that they can be assembled in one pan. This recipe yields 24 bars but feel free to cut them even smaller as they are pretty rich.

Vintage Butterscotch Bars
from KAF Cookie Companion

1/2 stick butter or margarine
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan or line with parchment.
Place the margarine in a saucepan and place over low heat.Cook until melted completely.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the brown sugar.Mix until well blended and cool to lukewarm.Add the eggs,and stir until blended.Add the salt, vanilla and leavening,and blend.Add the flour,and combine to make a smooth batter.Spread the batter evenly into your prepared pan.
Bake for 20-24 minutes. Dont overbake! Bake until the edges just start to pull away and a tester inserted into the center has moist crumbs. Cool completely before cutting.

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