When Erin and Molly requested we make a Minnesota bar recipe, I have to admit I had no idea what that meant. The only Minnesota bars that I knew about are those I frequented in college – but that’s a whole other story. So after a little research we discovered that in addition to the Minnesota hotdish, Minnesota bars are the second most popular potluck dish in the state. The dessert bars are any kind of dessert that fits into a large baking dish, is easily made and requires little to no cookie dough. For example Rice Krispie treats, lemon bars and peanut butter bars are all considered Minnesota bars – brownies however are not (although I don’t really understand why).
What I really wanted to make tonight was another batch of these lemon bars, posted over at Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide. These things are unbelievably good, but I know if we made another batch I would eat the entire pan. Seriously. So tonight we went for something a little less dangerous. Can you guess what dessert bar we made? (And it’s not Rice Krispie treats.)
Scotcharoos. My mom used to make these quite a bit when I was a kid. I know Mr. N has had them before, but not in a long time and Miss A has never had the pleasure. The recipe is very easy (thus making it a good choice for an MN bar). We started by combining one cup of peanut butter, one cup of sugar and one cup of light corn syrup into a large sauce pan and mixing it over medium-low heat.
After the peanut butter was good and melted, we removed the pan from the heat and added six cups of Rice Krispies cereal to the mixture.
Lastly in another sauce pan we melted a 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips and a 1/2 cup of butterscotch chocolate chips. (If you want to cover the whole pan in the frosting use 1 cup of each chip.) After stirring the chips together until smooth and creamy we spread it over half of the pan of scotcharoos.
As a kid I was allergic to milk and chocolate, so my mom always left some plain for me. And that’s still just the way I like them. Dad, Mr. N and I all enjoyed our Minnesota bars tonight. Crunchy, chewy and peanut butter chocolate-y goodness.
As for Miss A, she will be sampling her’s tomorrow after a good night’s sleep.
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