Happy New Year with Butterscotch Brickle Bars

This is a recipe my mom made for her oldest granddaughter’s baby shower back in 1974.

Cookie Layer:

  • 1-1/2 Cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup softened butter
  • 3/4 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a 13 X 9 inch pan lightly and dust lightly with flour.
  3. Sift together flour and salt.
  4. Cut in butter with pastry blender.
  5. Add sugar and mix well.
  6. Press dough evenly into the bottom of prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

While cookie layer is baking prepare butterscotch topping:
Butterscotch Topping:

  • 1- 6 ounce package of butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients except nuts in a microwaveable bowl and heat at 30 second intervals on full power stirring well after each 30 second heating until smooth, (My mother didn’t have a microwave in 1974 and did this step on the stove top) (It took me 3 – 30 second intervals in the microwave) If you prefer you can do this step over a double boiler.
  2. Stir in nuts.
  3. Spoon mixture evenly over slightly cooled cookie layer.
  4. Bake an additional 8 minutes. Remover pan to a wire rack.
  5. Cool until slightly warm and then cut into 1-1/2 to 2 inch squares.
  6. Cool completely before serving.
  7. Makes 24-38 squares.

Happy New Year’s everyone!

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Martin Luther