GOOEY BUTTER BARS

1
Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

These delicious bars can be served plain or you can top them with almost any fruit or glaze of your choosing. I think I would prefer some stewed apples with cinnamon.
Recipe & photo: bhg.com

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
Makes 24 bars
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1/4 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
(1 stick) butter
2/3 c
butter, softened
1 1/4 c
granulated sugar
1/4 c
light-colored corn syrup
1
egg
1/2 tsp
almond extract
1 c
all purpose flour
2/3 c
half-and-half
3 c
sliced and/or halved fresh strawberries (or the fruit of your choice)
2 Tbsp
honey
1 tsp
grated fresh ginger

Step-By-Step

1For crust, in a medium bowl combine the 1-1/2 cups flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pat into a parchment-lined 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
2In a large bowl beat softened butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in the 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar. Beat in corn syrup, egg, and almond extract just until combined. Alternately add the flour and half-and-half, beating after each addition just until combined (batter may appear slightly curdled). Gently spread into crust-lined baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until center is just set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Use parchment to lift from the pan; cut into bars.
3In a small bowl toss strawberries with honey and ginger. Spoon over bars before serving.
4Note: if using stewed apples instead of strawberries, eliminate the honey and ginger. Sprinkle apples with a little cinnamon and sugar. Or use blueberries with a bit of finely shredded lemon peel. Another alternative would be a simple glaze of powdered sugar and tangerine juice.

About GOOEY BUTTER BARS

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #flaky, #BUTTERY