Homemade Nut Goodie Bars

January 7, 2010

Nut Goodie Bars

12 oz pkg. semi sweet chocolate chips
12 oz pkg. butterscotch chips
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups salted peanuts (without skins)
2 lb. powdered sugar
1 ½ tsp. maple flavoring
1 cup butter
½ cup evaporated milk
¼ cup dry vanilla pudding (regular cook, not instant)

Melt chips and peanut butter in double boiler or microwave until melted and smooth.  Pour ½ of melted mixture in a jelly roll size pan that has been lined with foil, then greased.  Refrigerate until firm.  Add peanuts to remaining melted mixture and set aside.  In saucepan melt butter, evaporated milk, and dry pudding mix; cook for 1 minute or until it barely starts to thicken.  Pour over powdered sugar in large bowl, and add maple flavoring.  Beat until smooth with hand mixer, mixture will be quite thick.  Spread quickly over chilled chocolate layer, then top with remaining chocolate and peanut mixture (reheat if necessary to melt).  Refrigerate a few hours until set.  Remove foil and bars from pan for easy cutting.   Keep refrigerated or frozen until needed.

These are as wonderful if not better than Pearson’s Nut Goodie Bars.