Mary Ann Winkowski’s Malted Butterscotch Bars from 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!
(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.
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 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts
to you by Amy Tobin
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