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gooey butter bars

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

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:

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For gooey butter bars

  • 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
  • 1/2 tsp
    almond extract
  • 1 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2/3 c
  • 3 c
    sliced and/or halved fresh strawberries (or the fruit of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    grated fresh ginger

How To Make gooey butter bars

  • 1
    For 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.
  • 2
    In 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.
  • 3
    In a small bowl toss strawberries with honey and ginger. Spoon over bars before serving.
  • 4
    Note: 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.