Butterscotch Chocolate & Almond bars

Every time my husband goes for grocery shopping, a huge packet of cookies (I call them biscuits) seem to magically appear in his shopping trolley. Sometimes, they were on special offer so he couldn’t resist them and he has even tried, “I don’t know how they got there!” amongst the many excuses. The fact is, he has a sweet tooth and he loves his tea. The huge packets of cookies aka biscuits, are great for dunking in tea.

The good bit is, he usually forgets or is embarrassed to ask where the cookies are when he wants them with tea. I always hide the packets and I often forget myself where I have hidden them until I accidentally stumble upon them in the pantry or tucked in at the bottom of a container.

Today, I stumbled upon a  huge container of chocolate fudge cookies that magically appeared in my pantry as I was searching for some pecans. Had I left the container on the kitchen counter, I know lunch would have been tea with dunked in biscuits for someone. So, had to think quick as to how to dispose of them without wasting them. Hence the creation of these bars.

This is a no bake recipe, so it was super quick and my son and I had a lot of fun putting these together.

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BUTTERSCOTCH CHOCOLATE AND ALMOND BARS

20 Double Chocolate Fudge cookies
1/2 cup melted butter
1 packet of Butterscotch chips
A small packet of pecan crusted sweet Almonds (or use plain ones)

Line a baking sheet with two layers of cling film and set aside. Blitz the cookies in the food processor until they are like crumbs. Pour these onto the baking sheet with the melted butter and mix well. Pat them down and spread them to form the base of the bars. I put this into the fridge for a few minutes whilst I melted the butterscotch chips.

Heat the butterscotch chips in the microwave until they have melted but be careful not to burn them as they will burn really quickly. It took me 1.30 minutes but I checked them at 30 second intervals to give them a quick stir and make sure they were not burnt at the bottom.

Pour this onto the chocolate cookie base in the pan and sprinkle smashed up almond pieces. Whilst I was melting the butterscotch chips, my son was smashing them with a rolling pin. We did put the almonds in a ziploc bag first, to keep them safe from the thrashing he was going to give them. He did go a little overboard with the thrashing and spreading them onto the bars but they came out really good.

As a last minute garnish, we drizzled some chocolate fudge syrup on top.

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These bars were then distributed to a couple of our neighbours and a plateful was also taken into work by my husband. I have a hidden container of these in a secure place in my kitchen for emergencies.

The bars are quite sweet, so its not easy to eat more than one little piece at a time which is wonderful for my boys would have demolished the whole container of cookies in one afternoon!

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