They sound yummy and I wonder, since there's brown sugar, if butterscotch chips might be good instead of chocolate chips. Then use half nuts and half coconut. Tinker. Tinker. Tinker. Just thinking out loud.
Here's a recipe that is sort of a chocolate chip bar one. I got it from one of my favorite aunts when I was in high school. She is one of the best cooks I've ever knows. These bars fly off the tables at bake sales, too. It's that time of the year, so maybe those of you out there who are looking for something different for your bake sale might want to give these great bars a try.
TREASURE CHEST BARS
(Makes 48 bars)
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup margarine, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup milk
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup margarine
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. milk
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, mix sugars and cream into margarine. Blend in eggs, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Blend well. Stir in nuts, cherries and chocolate chips. Spread in a greased jellyroll pan. Bake in preheated 325º oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and frost while slightly warm.
To prepare frosting, brown margarine lightly in a small skillet. Remove from heat and blend in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add milk. Frost bars.
When bars are frosted and completely cooled, cut into squares.