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Peanut Sitting-Pretties Bar Cookies

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Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
3/4 cup butter, softened
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 to 5 tablespoons light cream
2 cups M&M candies
2 cups peanut M&M candies

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Peanut Sitting-Pretties Bar Cookies

  • Serves 24
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Peanut Sitting-Pretties is an old family recipe that we have been making for decades. It’s a tender brown sugar shortbread thumbprint cookie that is topped with frosting and peanut M&Ms. It’s a fabulous cookie, but pretty time-consuming and fussy to make.

So I thought – why not turn it into a bar cookie? This cuts about 2 hours off of the preparation time and the results are spectacular.

This cookie is ideal for both Easter and Christmas because you can use those cute seasonal M&M candies; pastel for Easter and red and green for Christmas.

Enjoy this wonderful bar cookie recipe with a cup of coffee or a glass of icy cold milk.

Steps

1
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Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup butter and brown sugar and beat until fluffy.

2
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Add the egg yolks and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until combined.

3
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Then add the flour and salt and beat just until mixed.

4
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Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour. Evenly distribute the peanuts in the pan.

5
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Drop the cookie dough by spoonfuls onto the peanuts in the pan. Press down evenly, using floured fingers.

6
Done

Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until the bars are set and light golden brown. Cool completely.

7
Done

In a large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter with 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar and the light cream, beating well after each addition, until the frosting is fluffy. This should be a firm frosting, not soft.

8
Done

Spread the frosting over the bars and top with both kinds of M&M candies. Cut into squares to serve.

Linda

Linda Larsen has a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College, and a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for the Pillsbury Company on the Bake-Off and in their test kitchens since 1988. Linda has written 37 cookbooks (and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005.

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