To this day, I can still hear Grandma say, “well, they’re just like candy.” She was definitely right and she would know: she made these bars at least once a month. Whenever you were at her house, these treats would always be in the freezer in the off chance that some would stop in.
When her family was young, Grandma baked and cooked meals without recipes every night. And growing up, I loved listening to her recount the endless list of dishes she made, always making it sound so easy. As a grandma, she stuck to the recipes she felt comfortable with and these bars were perfect. Since they require only a little cooking and no baking, these will disappear within minutes.
These keep in the freezer extremely well, although I doubt you will need to freeze any.
Watch how to make these butterscotch bars:
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, 1 ½ sticks
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 cups marshmallows
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 6 oz butterscotch chips
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter
- Prepare graham cracker crumbs by placing in a bag and using a rolling pin to crush them. A food processor can also be used. When finely crushed, set aside until ready to use.
- Prepare a 9×13 baking pan by lining it with a parchment paper sling. Spray the paper with baking spray and set aside.
- In a saucepan, heat butter over low heat. Once melted, whisk in sugar and eggs. Over medium heat, bring to a low simmer and continue to cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool about 10 minutes.
- Add graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and coconut. Stir to combine everything.
- Pour into prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Set bars aside and prepare topping.
- Melt butterscotch chips and peanut butter in microwave in 30-second increments until completely smooth, about three 30-second increments. Spread over prepared bars and smooth out, making sure to spread into the corners.
- Allow bars to cool at least two hours before cutting to ensure the topping has set. Cut into small squares and enjoy.