In browsing my Betty Crocker cookbook for ideas on what to serve to the teens at youth group, I stumbled about the Salted Nut Bars recipe. They sounded delicious and intriguing, not to mention simple to make. I was hooked.
I altered a few of the ingredients to fit my ingredients and my tastes. I used unsalted nuts and sprinkled lightly with sea salt as I didn't have salted peanuts on hand. I opted for chocolate chips as opposed to butterscotch chips because who doesn't love the chocolate and salty-peanut combination? (If you don't, please don't tell me. I like to think everyone loves that mixture. :))
The teens gobbled up every last one of these chocolate nut bars before I could offer seconds. Definitely a winner.
Chocolate Nut Bars
recipe by adorkablerecipes.blogspot.com
Makes 32 bars
1-1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp margarine or butter, softened
2 cups peanuts
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 Tbsp margarine or butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in 1/2 cup butter using pastry blender or stand mixer beater blade on medium/high until evenly mixed and slightly crumbly.
In the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan, press dough evenly. Bake 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool slightly.
Sprinkle nuts evenly over crust. In 1 quart saucepan, mix chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter over medium heat until chocolate chips are melted. Drizzle chocolate mixture evenly over nuts.
Bake 5 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows while still warm. (A pizza cutter worked well for me.)