This one’s from the Blue Diamond nut company. It’s a brown sugar flavored shortbread topped with sliced almonds and butterscotch chips. The shortbread base is thin but very sturdy and makes a good foundation for the mixture of almonds and butterscotch chips. Did you know Hershey makes butterscotch chips? I didn’t, but our store started selling them a few days ago so I picked up a bag. They taste different than Nestle’s butterscotch chips and I’m not sure which brand I like better. If you want to try them yourself, you can buy them on-line.
As for the recipe, it is definitely something I will make again. The original version is made in a 15×10 inch pan, but I quartered and used an 8 inch square metal pan. Now I wish I’d made the full recipe.
Almond Butterscotch Bars
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 cup butterscotch morsels
1 cup blanched slivered almonds ( I used sliced)
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts and salt. Gradually beat in flour until well-blended. Press mixture evenly into ungreased 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Sprinkle butterscotch morsels and almonds over cookie mixture; press lightly. Bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool on wire rack.Cut into 2-inch squares.
Makes 35 bars.