Sunday, June 21, 2009
SMS: Butterscotch Cashew Bars
This week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays selection was Butterscotch Cashew Bars. The bars are made with a brown sugar shortbread base, a layer of butterscotch caramel, and topped with cashews. These gooey bars are from the “After School Snacks” section of the cookbook, which is chock full of yummy treats that I’m sure children would love to have waiting for them when they arrive home from school. I definitely thought these bars were a great afternoon snack! These bars were nice and easy to put together, though I think I might have over-baked my shortbread crust a bit. I made a half batch in an 8x8 pan rather than a full batch in a 9x13 pan as the recipe calls for. I’m pleased I did, because a little of these bars go a long way; they’re very rich and satisfying. Melissa gave instructions on how to “cut like a pro” and Mr. Penpen did an excellent job with the knife work.
These bars rated a 9 for Deliciousness and a 2.5 for Effort, giving them an EDR of 3.6. Many thanks to Pamela of Cookies with Boys for choosing this scrumptious treat. You can find the recipe for the bars on Pamela’s fantastic blog, and if any SMS'ers happen to have leftover cashews, I highly recommend this stir-fry she posted a few weeks ago – it’s become one of our favorite weeknight dinners. You can also see what the other bakers thought of these bars via the SMS blogroll.
And happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, special wishes to my dad and my favorite doggy-daddy!