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Mixed Nut Bars Recipe

Mixed Nut Bars Recipe

Here's a tasty treat that is a wonderful time-saver. No matter where I take these bars, no one can eat just one and I always get asked for the recipe. They look great piled high on a pretty platter and taste even better.—Bobbi Brown, Waupaca, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:42 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold butter, divided
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) mixed nuts


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a microwave, melt butterscotch chips and remaining butter; stir until smooth. Stir in corn syrup.
  • 3. Sprinkle nuts over crust; top with butterscotch mixture. Bake 10 minutes longer or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 143 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 236010
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"Butterscotch fans, this is your recipe! The saltiness of the mixed roasted nuts I used was a great combination with the sweet, thick. butterscotch. Although the butterscotch mixture was a little difficult to spread around, if it is done while still very warm it spreads easier. Cut these into small serving pieces because they are very rich. As a volunteer food editor for Taste of Home I love trying new recipes that look and taste outstanding!"

HEXA User ID: 7635575 43911
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Really Yummy! My hubbie has an allergy to cashews, so I just used almonds and pecans, but I think you could use any nuts you please. Heating the butterscotch mixture a little more did make it easier to spread; I made extra because I love it gooey! I also sprinkled the top with a little coarse salt after it came out of the oven because I'm a sucker for salted caramel. Next time I might add broken pretzel pieces to the nuts. This is just me using my imagination; this recipe is really solid, and would be great just the way it is! Enjoy!"

suzie706 User ID: 5894457 51591
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"Great !! Made them for a club outing. Were gone like zap. Also requests for how to make. I dropped the melted butterscotch on top. When you put it back in the oven it melts evenly."

chilipower User ID: 6100887 25441
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2013

"Tasty bars!! Had a hard time spreading the butterscotch mixture. After several hours of cooling the final product had a heavenly chewy butterscotch nuts topping over a flaky crust. Yum :)"

someday139 User ID: 6540620 51589
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"I am trying to make these and have been through bags of butterscotch chips! Tried every method I can find online for melting without scorching. They just aren't melting right! Any suggestions? I can melt without the butter but with the butter it turns pasty!!"

kc1967 User ID: 5386490 44742
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"These are so good! I have made this recipe several times.

I did score the bars before letting them cool and it made it easier to cut them.
Be sure to melt the chips completely and I heated the mixture very briefly after adding the corn syrup. This made it easier to pour the sticky stuff over the nuts.
Oh, so good! Thanks for posting."

elaine walker User ID: 3846565 46837
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"Hi, Brenda,

The other day, I made these bars; however the topping was very thick and I was unable to spread it.  Did you encounter this problem?  Can you give me some advise?
Elaine from Minnesota."

elaine walker User ID: 3846565 46836
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"Help. I could not spread the butterscotch topping, or should I have just dropped it on top of nuts."

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 21114
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"There is NO way I'm going to feed these to my family...I'm going to hide them and eat them ALL myself. :) Oh my these are tasty. Thanks for sharing!!!"

parksville User ID: 1598935 51581
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Very easy to prepare and extremely tasty. Will definitely make these again!"

eleyana User ID: 1142513 25429
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I also made these to use up a can of mixed nuts that had been lying around. They really are tasty and I found that they freeze well. I finally had to send them to my hubby's work to get them out of the house. Just too much of a temptation. All the co-workers happily gobbled them up while complaining what it was doing to their waistlines!"

bluelover User ID: 4387883 77991
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"I loved these"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 49704
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2008

"Some of the ratings categories are really arbitrary and unneccessary. "Made with ingredients on hand"? Depends upon how close you live to a grocery store and/or what you consider to be a well-stocked pantry. "Meets my dietary needs"? Come on--a recipe like this one does not meet anyone's dietary needs. It's full of fat, sodium and sugar. That doesn't mean that one can't indulge once in a while.

I made these bars because I had a can of mixed nuts that had been sitting around since Christmas and I wanted to use them up. My husband once again told me, "Don't lose that recipe!" (As if!) He claims that they taste just like that Upper Midwest specialty, Pearson's Salted Nut Roll, but without the "sickly sweet white stuff in the middle."
P.S. The combo of sweet and salty is sure to assuage the worst PMS cravings."

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