I needed a pan of squares for the church Christmas Dinner and wanted to bring something festive, sweet, and full of flavour, so I chose a Christmas favourite, Butterscotch Bars. The recipe comes my well-used copy of Company's Coming: 150 Delicious Squares by Jean Pare.
The actual name is Oh Henry Butterscotch, but without the chocolate nutty covering, it doesn't seem like the Oh Henry bars, so we always call them plain old Butterscotch Bars.
I double most recipes, which is why you see 2 pans in most photos.
Since parchment paper came on the scene for home bakers, I line everything with it as I hate ruining my pans with sharp knives and the parchment allows me to lift the food right out and then cut.
The recipe calls for graham crackers, and I used some for the bottom of a pan to show you how they fit, which isn't well. You have to break them.
Instead, I like using Christie's Toppables. They are a soft cracker without salted tops, and fit perfectly into a 9" square pan.
Combine the butter, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large saucepan.
Bring it to a boil, and then simmer for 5 mins.
Remove from the heat.
Add the graham cracker crumbs.
Mix the graham crackers crumbs until it's all well combined - remember, this is OFF the heat now.
Pour it carefully over the crackers in the pan(s).
Add another layer of crackers on top.
A few hours later, I make my Icing:
I use a flat, straight-edge spoon/spatula for easy spreading.
Because I wanted a festive look, I added Red and Green sprinkles while the icing was still soft.
In the following photo, the foreground shows the bars made with the Toppables, and the rest is from the pan with a graham cracker base. On the right of the image, you can see where I've turned one of each bar on an edge to show you the different undersides.
I brought one pan of Butterscotch Bars to the church, and the rest packed and ready for the freezer.
The image below shows the Oh Henry Butterscotch from Company's Coming: 150 Delicious Squares. Theirs are slightly higher. Mine would be higher if I used an 8" square pan instead of the 9", however, the icing would be thicker, too.
When my husband ate one of the Butterscotch Bars, I asked him what he thought. He said it tasted like caramel. I asked him if he thought it was sweet, and he said, "Oh, ya!"
Using an 8" pan then, would make it taste even sweeter, unless you didn't use all of the icing and saved it for something else. What a great idea!