This, people, is pure health food. The Proverbs 17:22 kind - A cheerful heart makes good medicine. :-)

A friend gave me the recipe that inspired these bars. I changed it around a little and came up with a few variations. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you might give these a try. The ingredients should be available in most locations.

 

Sticky Bars

 

BOTTOM LAYER:
¾ cup butter, margarine, or oil or a combination of these
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cup flour
salt

Mix, press into 9x13 pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350 or until slightly golden.

TOP LAYER: Pour over crust, and bake for 25 minutes or until set and browned............ this top layer, here's where you can get creative. So far, I have made the following:

COCONUT
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
3 T flour
¾ t salt
1 ½ cup shredded coconut

PEANUT
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
3 T flour
¾ t salt
1 ½ cup roasted peanuts

LEMON
4 eggs
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup lemon juice
¾ t salt
¾ cup cream

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
3 T flour
¾ t salt
Mix the above. Divide in half. Mix half with ¾ cup peanut butter. Mix the other half with ½ cup cocoa powder. Spread peanut butter mixture over baked crust, then drizzle with chocolate mixture. Bake.



Next up is almond flavoring. You could try whatever ingredients you may have on hand. Dates, raisins? Other nuts? Orange juice or fruit? Instant coffee? Mocha...absolutely. Chocolate chips would never hurt, if you are lucky enough to have those. Cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice....

Let us know in the comments what you're thinking!

Happy baking!

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