Thursday, September 29, 2011

Squealin' With Delight

Thought you might like to have one of the recipes I made yesterday. I'm baking things for our church's booth at Squealin' On The Square. That's a huge BBQ festival here that attracts about 30,000 people each year.

I got this recipe years and years ago from a 4H leader when I worked with that program in Pickens County. I had not made it in a long time but saw the recipe when I was looking this week through my recipe collection. I like it because it makes a lot of cookies. Just the ticket when you need a big batch. Coconut makes these bar cookies "chewy" but you really don't taste it. It's mostly a peanut butter/brown sugar flavor. So glad I resurrected this recipe. I had forgotten how very good they are. It won't go back to the bottom of the pile for a long time!

Chewy Peanut Squares

2 cups self-rising flour
2/3 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-2/3 cups flaked coconut (a 7-oz. can if you find a can--I only found a bag of coconut)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine shortening, peanut butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend thoroughly at low speed. Add flour and coconut. Mix only until blended.

Spread in a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until done. Cool completely. (Cut into 1-1/2 inch squares to yield 5 dozen.)

I did bake other cookies but not as many as I had hoped to, so I packaged up this snack mix instead. If you like a PayDay candy bar, this is for you. Just mix dry roasted salted peanuts and candy corn, about half and half. That's it. I labeled it "Payday Mix."

If you aren't doing this for a sale, it looks cute in a pumpkin-shaped glass candy dish--for about a day and a half. That's as long as it lasted at my house last year.


Mary said...

Oh my! Look at all that yummy goodies!

stringplay said...

Perfect weather for the festival. Both recipes look yummy and I know I'll be making the candy corn mix. ENJOY the cool!!!