The gang playing Bananagrams Christmas Eve
Color coordinated sisters - totally unintentional!!!Now let me tell you about these bars. As you all know by now the cooking gene skipped my Mom, but thankfully it made it into some of my aunts. : ) Every year we would get a tin of cookies from my Aunt in Louisiana, and every year I quickly picked all of these cookies out of the tin and would run and hide. They are so deliciously sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy, lovely and wonderful! They also happen to be really easy and quick to make. I didn't get this recipe from my Aunt, but found it somewhere else on the Internet...it is delicious, but hers is even better! This is a great bar cookie to make and freeze for later. They also ship fairly well if packaged correctly. Why they are called "Salty Dogs" you may ask? I know not the reason. When I hear the term "Salty dog" I imagine a big hairy dog, wearing a yellow raincoat, aboard an old weather beaten boat, and smoking a pipe. These bars do not in anyway relate to that scenario. : )
Does she look like a "Salty Dog"?
Do you have friends and family that bring you the same cookies every year? How awesome are they? What is your favorite one? Another one we always get is German Chocolate Brownies - also one I need to post a recipe for.
Adapted from the Land O'lakes website
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 TBS butter
1 TBS water
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups mixed nuts (I used lightly salted, but you can use fully salted or unsalted if you like...you can also use any combination of nuts you like - all pecan, all peanut, all cashew, etc...)
Preheat oven to 350°F.Spray 13x9-inch baking pan, line with parchment paper.
Combine all crust ingredients in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press crumb mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place all topping ingredients except mixed nuts in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth (5 to 7 minutes). Stir in nuts until well coated.
Spread mixture evenly over hot, partially baked crust. Continue baking for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Lift bars out of pan and cut into bars.
I was sick most of Christmas break, so this is how much I helped with the cooking and baking day of...
I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year's with your loved ones!
Eat your heart out!