Three-Way Butter Bars

Three-Way Butter Bars
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4 Reviews
Three variations can top one buttery crust in these holiday bars.
25 min
Prep Time
1:15
Total Time
36 bars

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/3 cups
all-purpose flour
1/2 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/4 cup
sugar
1/4 teaspoon
baking powder

Filling

See Variations below

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Combine all crust ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed, 1-2 minutes, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 12-17 minutes (except for chocolate toffee variation) or until edges just start to brown. Follow directions for filling variations below. Cool; cut into bars with sharp knife.
  4. Variations:
    Zesty Lemon Bars: Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, 4 eggs, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder in bowl. Beat at low speed, 1-2 minutes, until well mixed. Pour filling over hot, partially baked crust. Continue baking 15-20 minutes or until filling is set. Cool slightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Yield: 36 bars.

    Pecan Pie Bars: Combine 3/4 cup dark corn syrup, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, 1-2 minutes, until well mixed. Stir in 1 cup finely chopped pecans. Sprinkle 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips over hot, partially baked crust. Pour filling over chocolate chips. Continue baking 25-30 minutes or until set. Yield: 36 bars.

    Chocolate Toffee Bars: Bake crust 17-22 minutes or until very lightly browned. Immediately sprinkle 1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips over crust. Let stand 3-5 minutes or until soft. Evenly swirl chips with table knife or back of spoon. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or peanuts, if desired. Let stand at least 1 hour at room temperature for chocolate to set before cutting. Yield: 36 bars.

Recipe Tips

- ​To serve, cut bars into diamonds, rectangles or squares and place in paper muffin liners or candy papers.

- Reduce temperature 25°F when baking in dark metal pans. 

Nutrition Facts (1 Zesty Lemon bar)

Calories
90
Cholesterol
30mg
Carbohydrates
14g
Protein
1g
Fat
3g
Sodium
45mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

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I love this crust recipe I have been using it for years I make variations such as Key Lime or Lime Squares they are always a hit !

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I make the pecan pie bars for family gatherings. It is much easier than making a regular size pie.

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I have made the pecan pie bars many times, especially at holidays. They are a family favorite. I have made the lemon bars a couple times, also a classic.

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these were so lovely to present to my guest at christmas...made a beautiful platter of goodies...these are on my short list.

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