Something sweet for the new year

Growing up, these yummy little squares were featured fairly prominently on the potluck and special dessert rotation. This is my Mater’s recipe — I believe that it came originally from a Mennonite cookbook.

They take a bit of time to bake but are super quick to put together. It’s a great dessert to pop into the oven right before you sit down to dinner so that they’re nice and warm when you’re ready for dessert!

Butterscotch Squares


1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts, or oats
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter and blend with sugar; add egg and beat vigorously.

Combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well.

Add chopped nuts and vanilla.

Spread dough into greased 8×8″ pan.

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Cut into squares while still warm.