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Chewy Salted Peanut Bars

My rich bars are studded with the all-American peanut. I like to think famed peanut farmer Jimmy Carter would approve. —Ann Marie Heinz, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cups lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. In a small bowl, mix flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle peanuts over crust.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butterscotch chips, corn syrup and butter over medium heat; stir until smooth. Drizzle over peanuts. Bake until bubbly, 6-8 minutes longer. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 239 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • rcoker09
    May 18, 2019

    This recipe was okay at best. The crust had an odd, sandy texture and the bars were overwhelming too sweet. You couldn't taste any of the salt on the peanuts.

  • tkuehl
    Jul 31, 2017

    This recipe is very easy to follow, and received great reviews at church potluck. I did follow the recipe exactly as printed and it worked great. Next time, I will make some substitutions to include swapping out the corn syrup with honey and go with half peanut butter chips and half semi sweet chocolate chips just as a personal taste preference.

  • ms11145
    Jul 29, 2017

    Like the other reviewers, I also used the entire package of butterscotch chips. There is no way to cover this using half the package.. Next time, husband said to use half chocolate chips to 1/2 butterscotch chips. Will do. :-)

  • jstowellsupermom
    Jul 25, 2017

    These bars were so easy to make that the kids could help!! We used honey roasted peanuts because that's what I had on hand. I also added about 1/2 cup of semi - sweet chocolate chips because, well, chocolate. Everyone loves them and we've ate half the pan already!

  • BeckyJCarver
    Jul 20, 2017

    Very easy to make. I did add extra butterscotch chips because i love them so much!

  • delowenstein
    Jul 18, 2017

    I found that I had to use a full package of butterscotch morsels. I also doubled the amount of butter and syrup. On my 2nd batch of butterscotch topping, I'd used maple syrup since I didn't have enough corn syrup. Doubling the butterscotch topping worked for me in that I had enough to top the peanuts! delowenstein, TOH Volunteer Field Editor