Gooey Mixed Nut Bars

Rocky Road Bars My husband loves eating. He loves my cooking. He loves sitting down at the table and having his meal just show up.

After being a bachelor for a few years, he is not a picky eater and has never complained about what I put down in front of him.

But he’s also never requested anything. So when he actually clipped a recipe out of a newspaper, I paid attention.

And I made it for him.

Seems this man of mine has really good taste! These are amazing! I took them to a church event and come home with just one tiny bar. (Which would have been eaten as well, but I hid it so I could take a picture of it – and yes, my husband got to eat it after the picture!)

Gooey Mixed Nut Bars

1 – 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon chilled margarine
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 can (12 oz.) salted mixed nuts

Combine the flour sugar and salt. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until coarse crumbs. Press evenly into an ungreased 11″ x 7″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine one tablespoon butter, the butterscotch chips and the corn syrup. Cook until melted. Stir in the nuts.

Spread mixture evenly over the crust.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are bubbly.

Cool completely before cutting.


Turtle Bars and Graduation

A very busy graduation season kicked off this weekend with my nephew’s college graduation. (Three more family graduations follow quickly in the coming weeks!)

The night before the big event my mom, my two older sisters and myself got together to finish up the preparations for the family party the next day. However our evening of work soon gave way to an evening of laughter and food.

It began with my mom’s homemade salsa and chips. (Oh, the fresh cilantro was wonderful!) Then we ordered Chinese take-out for supper (I just love cashew chicken!) and ended it all with some rich gooey turtle bars that I had brought.

What a combination: Mexican, Chinese, and chocolate!

The Turtle Bars were a new recipe that I had copied some time ago and never tried. This was the perfect opportunity to try them out on some very serious chocolate eaters, and they passed the test! They were given rave reviews.

Turtle Bars

Mix together: 2 cups flour, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup butter.

Press firmly into the bottom of a 9 X 13 baking dish.

Sprinkle the top with 1 cup of chopped pecans. Set aside.

In saucepan, combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.

Pour over pecans and bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips on top. Let stand 3 minutes for the chocolate to melt. Then spread the melted chocolate all over the top of the bars.

For nice looking bars, let them cool completely before cutting so that they have a chance to set up. If you don’t care how they look, dig into them right away and enjoy the gooey melted chocolate, caramel and pecans! Yum!

This is a very rich, almost candy-like bar so you may want to cut the pieces small. You may also wish to hid them in the deepest, darkest corner of your cupboard because they are very delicious and you may not want to share them!