Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars

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Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings. These two-layer dessert bars have a crumbly cookie base with a soft, yet crunchy nut topping.

Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bar Recipe:

Mixed nuts aren’t just a snack food item. These Ooey Gooey Nut Bars are a crowd-pleasing, old-fashioned dessert that goes perfect with a good cup of coffee.

I stumbled upon this gem called Mixed Nut Bars in old cookbook from the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Indiana. It’s a vintage recipe that I had never seen, so I added the ingredients to my grocery list.

The bottom layer is a simple crust while the butterscotch nut topping is over the top.  It’s ooey and gooey, salty and sweet, crunchy yet soft – an anomaly in more than one way.

I love the combination of salty and sweet which is exactly what flavors these Butterscotch Mixed Nut Bars have; salty flavor from the mixed nuts and sweetness from the butterscotch topping.  If you love the combo of salty and sweet as much as I do, be sure to try these Salted Nut Bars that taste like a PayDay Bar.

Salted Nut Bar Ingredients:

Looking for a recipe using with mixed nuts? Here are the ingredients you need for these mixed nut dessert bars. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.

  • Butter, softened
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Mixed Nuts, canned
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • White Corn Syrup
  • Butter
  • Water

What kind of nuts are in mixed nuts?

The cans of mixed nuts you find at the store usually contain cashews, almonds, hazelnuts (filberts), pistachios and pecans. Some mixes also include peanuts and Brazil nuts. They are usually salted but you can find lightly salted and unsalted versions as well.

Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  

How can I keep mixed nuts fresh?

All nuts are high in fat which means they can easily go rancid causing unfavorable off-flavors. To keep nuts fresh, store at room temperature in a sealed container.  Keep the nuts away from foods such as onions and garlic since the nuts could absorb these strong flavors.  To keep nuts fresher for a longer amount of time, store in the refrigerator or freezer.

What can I do with leftover mixed nuts?

Aside from eating nuts as a snack, there’s countless ways to use up a partial container. Here’s some of our favorites:

  • Chop them up and add them to your favorite casserole for a special crunch!  Try Chicken Crunch Casserole which calls for almonds but mixed nuts could be used instead.
  • Add them to chicken salad.
  • Make a savory snack mix such as this Bacon Cheddar version.
  • Add them to White Chocolate Crack Snack Mix for a salty and sweet version.
  • Top your favorite casserole with chopped nuts.
  • Make Candied Nuts, a copy cat mall nut recipe.

Favorite Holiday Cookies

These butterscotch mixed nut squares would be a perfect addition to any holiday cookie tray. Our Mom makes the world’s best Christmas cookies each and every year. Check out what Christmas cookies are our favorites:

French Buttercream Cookies

Iced Thumbprint Cookies

Dainty Logs (Chocolate Chip Shortbread)

Peanut Blossoms

Crock Pot Seven Layer Bars

Chocolate Nut Logs

Cinnamon Snaps

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How to Make Mixed Nut Cookie Bar Recipe:

The full recipe for mixed nut bars is found at the bottom of this page. 

Instructions:

  1. Cream together softened butter and brown sugar.
  2. Add flour and salt; combine until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish that has been generously sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and top with chopped, mixed nuts. Set aside while preparing topping.
  6. For ooey gooey topping, melt butterscotch chips, white corn syrup, water and butter in a double boiler. Stir until smooth.
  7. Pour over mixed nuts.
  8. Return to the oven for 25 minutes or until the entire butterscotch topping is bubbly (even in center).
  9. Let cool before cutting.

Notes About Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars:

  • Try leaving the mixed nuts whole instead of chopped for another beautiful mixed nut cookie.
  • Be sure to generously spray the bottom of sides of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. The butterscotch topping is sticky, and this allows for easy removal from the pan.
  • The dough for the bottom layer tends to be crumbly; press it evenly into the pan.
  • Use a double boiler to melt the butterscotch topping or make your own double boiler with a small saucepan filled with water and a glass bowl nestled on top.
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Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  

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Lemon Gooey Bars

There's only six ingredients between you and a pan of Lemon Cake Mix Gooey Bars.  This rich butter cake is simple to make using a boxed cake mix base, yet the outcome is something worthy of a Grand Prize. 

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Chocolate Cake Mix Gooey Bars are a chocolate-lovers delight. This six ingredient cake mix recipe has a brownie bottom with an ooey gooey fudge layer on top.  

Leftover Candy Gooey Bars

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Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars

Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mixed Nut Bars, Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 14.75 ounces can of mixed nuts, chopped
  • 2 cups butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream butter and brown sugar; add flour and mix until a crumbly dough forms.
    Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  
  • Press into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
    Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  
  • Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven; remove from oven and spread chopped mixed nuts over top. Set aside while making butterscotch sauce.
    Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  
  • Melt butterscotch chips, corn syrup, 2 T. butter and water in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth.
    Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  
  • Pour over mixed nuts, spreading it evenly.
    Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  
  • Bake for an additional 25 minutes or until the topping is bubbly all the way to the center.
  • Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into bars or squares.
    Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  

Notes

  • Try leaving the mixed nuts whole instead of chopped for another beautiful mixed nut cookie.
  • Be sure to generously spray the bottom of sides of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. The butterscotch topping is sticky, and this allows for easy removal from the pan.
  • The dough for the bottom layer tends to be crumbly; press it evenly into the pan. 
  • Use a double boiler to melt the butterscotch topping or make your own double boiler with a small saucepan filled with water and a glass bowl nestled on top.
  • Love the combination of salty and sweet? Try these Salted Nut Squares --- they taste like a PayDay Bar. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Looking for a recipe with mixed nuts? Ooey Gooey Mixed Nut Bars are a salty and sweet cookie bar that will satisfy both cravings.  

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2 Comments

  1. yum! gooey nutty and wonderful. hard to get away from the edges of the pan but a great sweet treat! a hit with hubby, me and brother too.

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