Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Whatcha Cookin' Wednesday?

For those of my two readers who aren't in my MOPS group, I just have to share this recipe. These brownies are comfort food at its finest! I was skeptical when I saw that the recipe calls for butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips.
What in the heck kind of brownie doesn't have a form of chocolate in it? I wondered. So I improvised. I added chocolate chips in a move so genius, I am sure Martha, or Paula, or Rachael, or somebody will call me up and tell me how wonderful I am.

Our Creative Activities Coordinator, KB, organized a fun little craft for the MOPS moms back in November or December. This recipe is supposed to be used as one of those gift jar recipes that you give away in love and kindness. I really love myself, and I am not that kind. So I make the brownies for me. I'm only a little ashamed to admit that. I suppose someday, many, many years from now, when the wonder of this recipe has worn off, I might consider putting together the ingredients as a gift for someone else. Until then, it's "Merry Christmas, Amanda!" whenever I make them. (And sometimes "Merry Christmas, Mimi!" if my mom is over.)

{Chewy Butterscotch Nut Bars}


1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 cups Bisquick

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1/2 cup unsalted butter

*As many chocolate chips as you can cram in*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Empty dry ingredients into a medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 large egg, and vanilla extract. Press into an eight inch square baking pan, coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes, or until light golden with set center.
NOTE: I set my oven for 325 and baked them for a little longer, probably checking on them around 15 minutes or so. They baked much better this way.

I owe my eternal gratitude to KB for coming up with this project. There are some really cool websites devoted to making recipes in a jar as gifts. Maybe when it's closer to Christmas, I'll do a post on those. For now, enjoy your comfort food!


  1. A glass of milk and one of these bars...YUM!

    You asked about a tutorial on the chalkboard. Amanda, if you can paint a wall you could do this. I taped off the frame and brushed on a couple coates of the chalkboard paint over the old print. That's it!

  2. Sounds yummy. I'm going to the store to buy some bisquick and try them tonight. Thanks.

  3. Love that it's all stuff pretty much already in the pantry!! Thanks!
    Oh, see there are more than two readers!! Yay!


  4. Yummmmmm!! I definitely need to make these (and then give most of them away so I don't eat them all myself). :)

  5. I'm so glad you posted this because I was gone during that meeting and didn't get to make one. I'll have to try it now. Merry Christmas to you :) loved that comment :) You're a hoot!

  6. YUM! You are too sweet to take the time to type out this recipe for us. Sounds like something this Nini will have to make for her sweet little boys someday soon.

    Amanda, I remember making those gifts in a jar when my girls were little. We even made bread dough toppers to coordinate with what was inside. Did you do that with your mom? I'm sure your mom and I are close in age ;)

  7. Torture. It's almost 3pm, time for my chocolate craving!

  8. these butterscotch bars are my fav! instead of chocolate chips, i use white chocolate chips, craisins, and a little coconut. perfection!!!


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