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Nut Goodie Bars
12 oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
12 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups salted peanuts
3-oz. pkg. vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
1/2 cup light cream
7-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in heavy saucepan, stirring until smooth. Add peanut butter and mix well. Spread half of this mixture into a buttered 15x10" jelly roll pan and refrigerate. Stir peanuts into rest of chocolate mixture and set aside.
In large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in pudding mix and cream. Cook and stir until mixture begins to thicken - do not boil. Remove from heat. With mixer, beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until blended and smooth. Carefully spread over chocolate layer. Refrigerate 30 minutes to set.
Drop remaining chocolate-peanut mixture by spoonfuls over chilled pudding layer and carefully spread to cover. Refrigerate until firm and store in refrigerator.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|