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Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Easy-to-make bars from Margery Richmond in Fort Collins, Colorado are perfect family reunion fare! They hold up in hot weather, stack well and are easy to pick up and eat. With lots of peanuts and butterscotch flavor plus a rich, buttery crust, “Boy, are they good,“ says Margery.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 package (10 to 11 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with aluminum foil. Coat the foil with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Press into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes. Sprinkle with peanuts.
  • In a large saucepan, combine topping ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until chips and butter are melted. Spread over hot crust. Bake for 12-15 minutes longer or until topping is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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  • misscoffeepot
    Dec 19, 2019

    Really easy, and quick. It makes a lot, and really yummy. Lots of flavor

  • Cheryl
    Mar 29, 2019

    I made these for the first time to take to a potluck, substituting salted caramel chips for the butterscotch chips. Three people asked me for the recipe afterwards. It is like a soft peanut brittle cookie. Easy, and a hit.

  • drag0nrid3r
    Dec 27, 2018

    The hardest part of this recipe was to find a pan with the dimensions mentioned. I used a two inch shorter pan and adjusted the recipe accordingly with regards to amount of nuts. I followed the recipe and it worked out great. The finished product was exactly like the picture although I didn't like the crust part. It reminded me of a payday bar without the noughat. It was very sweet. Much sweeter than I thought it would be for something with nuts in it. I adjusted my nuts to 2 and 1/3 cups to accommodate the 2 in shorter pan.

  • JZAnderson
    Jan 27, 2013

    Very tasty and easy. Nice to have something different.

  • eye_lady
    Aug 30, 2010

    I made this for a family party, VERY GOOD! Everyone fought over the few left and asked for the resipe

  • angelasandoval
    Jan 25, 2010

    These are wonderful! Rich but not excessively sweet (amazing for a combination of butterscotch chips & Karo) and very peanutty!

  • goodybrooks
    Nov 29, 2009

    very rich but ooh so good and evil

  • Carolyn_Joyce
    Oct 15, 2009

    Thinner than I expected but very tasty and hold well to use in a few days.

  • Carolyn Joyce
    Oct 15, 2009

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  • jessie1
    Jul 19, 2009

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