Today was a plain old drab day. The weather remained cold at 34 degrees and the gray sky denied us Leo's a glimpse of our treasured ruler, the Sun! But... the evening was perfect for baking. With all the chores completed, the barn babies back in their comfy home from turnout, and the deer and bird bellies full from corn and seed; something sweet was beckoning in my brain. Hmmm, what to make? I found my Aunt Joyce's Butterscotch Bars recipe. 'Annie' Joyce hails from Vermont and is one of the best cooks I know!
Ready?....barely melt one stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter (slice in chunks for a faster melt) on low heat then add 2 cups of Domino brown sugar. ( Domino bakes the best) Bring to a light bubble which will take at least 10 minutes of constant stirring. Turn off the heat. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. This will help it cool out quicker. (Preheat your oven to 350 or 325 if you use glass baking pans) Once the mixture cools down to 'warm', add 2 eggs, but one at a time. Beat thoroughly. Add 1 tsp. vanilla. Then sift in 2 cups all purpose flour mixed with 2 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add 1 cup coconut and add 1 cup of walnut pieces if you like nuts. If you are a dough eater, time to taste! Bake in a greased pan for about 30-35 minutes or until your toothpick test comes clean. Simple, easy and irresistible!