Nut Shortbread Bars

A favorite for peanut lovers – with a rich peanutty filling over a shortbread base. Top each square with a whole peanut to make them fancy.

Nut Shortbread Bars
 
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Rich bars with a shortbread crust, peanut filling and peanut butter icing.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
Ingredients
Base:
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
Filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
Peanut Butter Icing:
  • 2 cups icing (confectioners') sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons hot water (approx)
Instructions
Base:
  1. Combine butter, sugar and flour. Mix by hand or in food processor until crumbly. Pat into a greased 8 inch square pan.
  2. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned at 350 degrees F. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
Filling:
  1. In a medium mixer bowl, beat eggs. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, peanuts and coconut.
  3. Spread filling over the base. Bake at 325 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, until set. Let cool and ice with peanut butter icing.
Peanut Butter Icing:
  1. Mix all ingredients until smooth and easy to spread, using as much hot water as necessary.
  2. Spread over cake filling. Cut into squares

 

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