Butterscotch peanut raisin treats recipe

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What do you get when you adapt a pecan square recipe by adding salty peanuts and sweet raisins? Delicious and chewy butterscotch peanut raisin treats! This simple square uses inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Or, substitute your favourite nut, such as almonds or dry-roasted peanuts, in place of the salted peanuts.

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15-18 graham wafers

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup soft margarine

½ cup salted peanuts, finely chopped

½ cup raisins


1) Line a greased 13” x 9” baking pan with a single layer of graham wafers.

2) Heat brown sugar, margarine, and peanuts in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

3) Stir in raisins. Pour over wafers in pan, spreading to distribute peanuts and raisins evenly.

4) Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Cool slightly, then cut each wafer in half to make bars. Cool them completely, then break apart. Store in a cool dry place. Makes about 3 dozen bars.

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This recipe was originally published in the April/May 1999 issue of Cottage Life.

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