Nutty Squirrel Bars

Nutty Squirrel Bars IMAGE Image by: Nutty Squirrel Bars IMAGE Author: Canadian Living

Mad for nuts? These bars are for you: caramel-coated peanuts and almonds on top of melt-in-your-mouth shortbread.

  • Portion size 40 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Holiday Best: 2001

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
Topping:
  • 2/3 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Method

Grease 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan; line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Using wooden spoon, stir in flour, 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time, until combined. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Topping: In saucepan, bring butter, sugar, corn syrup and cream to boil, stirring. Boil, without stirring, until thickened slightly, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in peanuts and almonds. Spread over crust. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Cut into bars. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days.)

Nutritional facts Per bar: about

  • Sodium 104 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 174.0
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 15 g

%RDI

  • Iron 0.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 8.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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