Mary Ann Winkowski’s Malted Butterscotch Bars from The Ghost Whisperer’s Cookbook

Did  Grandma take that family heirloom recipe to the grave?  Fear not!  Mary Ann Winkowski just may be able to get it for you! Famous for being the inspiration for CBS’s Ghost Whisperer,  she joined me to talk about her lifetime of psychic involvement, being part of a big time Hollywood production and mixing the paranormal with down to earth cuisine.
Mary Ann isn’t surprised she meets up with a wandering earthbound spirit who has a recipe to share. Sometimes that’s the only reason it hasn’t yet crossed over. Over the years, she’s gathered a collection of recipes from the dearly departed and compiled them into a book, Beyond Delicious, The Ghost Whisperer’s Cookbook.

This recipe was shared with Mary Ann when a woman named Leslie was trying to sell the pharmacy she inherited from her grandparents. She believed  it was haunted and called Mary Ann for help. When she  arrived, Mary Ann met a spirit named Queenie, who had worked for Leslie’s grandparents, making the pies, cakes and sandwiches sold at the counter. When Leslie realized who it was, she asked if Queenie would share the recipe for her Malted Butterscotch Bars. Through Mary Ann,  she was happy to do so.

Here you go- Queenie’s Malted Butterscotch Bars!

 

Directions

(Book note: The original recipe calls for baking in a 9-by-13-inch pan. However, based on the amount of batter, we recommend baking in an 8-by-8-inch square pan, which yields 16 bars. Also, we dusted our bars with powdered sugar, but serving plain or frosting with vanilla buttercream or caramel icing would also be good.)

Sift flour; measure and sift with malted milk, baking powder and salt.

Add melted shortening to sugar. Add unbeaten eggs. Mix well. Add milk, vanilla, nuts and flour mixture. Mix well and pour into well-greased pan. Bake in moderate oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Mark into bars while hot. Remove from pan when cool.


What's Needed:

 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup powdered malted milk (not chocolate)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening, melted
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts

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