Gooey Butter Bars

These bars are a blank canvas for whatever topping you like. We piled on strawberries tossed with a little honey and minced ginger, but you could also try blueberries with a bit of finely shredded lemon peel or a simple glze made with powdered sufar and tangerine juice. Or skip the topping all together. These bar are just as good on their own.

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Bake: 30 mins 350°F
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Gooey Butter Bars
Ingredients
1 1/2
1/2
cup cold butter
1 1/4
1/4
cup light-colored corn syrup
1
egg
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
2/3
cup half-and-half
3
cups sliced and/or halved fresh strawberries
2
tablespoons honey
1
teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with parchment; set aside. For crust, in a medium bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs (mixture will be dry and crumbly). Pat firmly into prepared 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 until just combined after each addition (batter may appear slightly curdled). Spread into crust-lined baking pan.
  3. Bake 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.
  4. In a small bowl toss strawberries with honey and ginger. Spoon over bars before serving. Makes 24.
Nutrition Facts (Gooey Butter Bars)
    Per serving:
  • 209 kcal cal.,
  • 10 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 34 mg chol.,
  • 88 mg sodium,
  • 29 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 18 g sugar,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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