Butterscotch Bars

Christmas is the perfect time to get all sorts of nostalgic - and these butterscotch bars are a central part of my childhood memories.

They were one of my family's favorites. My grandmother always made them with coconut because that was one of her special ingredients.

Even the smell alone brings back floods of lovely memories for me. I pray you can have the same memories, or make some new ones, with this treasured recipe.

2/3 cup unsalted butter (softened VERY well)
1 pound light brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
splash of vanilla
1/2 cup coconut
1 package butter scotch chips

1. Set out the butter to soften. It must be VERY soft or it won't incorporate into the dough very well.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3. Lightly spray a cookie sheet (the kind with high edges) with nonstick cooking spray. For more cake-y bars, spray a 13x9 glass baking dish.

4. Mix all of the ingredients except the chips in a large bowl.

5. Spread the mixture in the cookie sheet - it will be very sticky. Cover the top with the chips and press them in gently with your fingers.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Check on them towards the end of the half hour. Those in the cookie sheet may be done a minute early, while the ones in the glass dish made need a couple of extra minutes. Check for a light brown color (like they've been toasted), because the middle will probably be a little smooshy.

7. Set on a cooling rack. Cut into bars when completely cool. Store in an air-tight container, if they last that long. I ate two just removing them from the pan!


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