Butterscotch Bars

1 6 ounce package of butterscotch pieces
1/4 cup of shortening
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed OR a cup of coconut sugar or sucanat
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

chocolate chip cookies

Melt butterscotch pieces and shortening in double boiler over hot water.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar.Cool five minutes.
Stir eggs and vanilla into butterscotch mixture to blend thoroughly.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Blend into batter. Stir in nuts if using.  Spread in greased 13X9X2 an and bake in moderate oven (350) about 25 minutes.  Set pan on rack. Spread chocolate chips over the top while still hot so they melt.  Cool. cut into squares.

Adapted from a recipe in this cookbook:

Makes about 2 dozen.

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