It’s been about four months since I last baked, so I thought I’d bake something to bring to work. However, I tend to be indecisive, so I decided to bake both recipes instead of picking one. Fortunately, both are fairly easy and quick, and they use most of the same ingredients.
Saucepan scotchies are a recipe my family has made since I can remember, but I’m pretty sure the recipe didn’t originate in my family. And no, there is no scotch or butterscotch in them, but the recipe does use a saucepan. I love to make them because they’re so easy and everyone loves them! The pecan pie mini muffins are a new recipe to me–in fact, I just got the recipe at my friend, Chelsea’s bridal shower this weekend, so I thought I’d give it a try. The muffins turned out great! I think this recipe might even be easier than the saucepan scotchies!
from Mom and Grandma
Ingredients: 1/2 C margarine, 1 1/2 C brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 t vanilla, 1 1/2 C sifted flour, 2 t baking powder, 1 C chopped nuts (I use pecans)
- Grease and flour a 13″ x 9″ pan (I’ve always used a metal pan).
- Melt the margarine in a saucepan, then remove the saucepan from heat.
- Add the brown sugar and blend.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well.
- Stir in the vanilla, flour, and baking powder. Mix thoroughly.
- Add the nuts and stir lightly to combine with the batter.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes, or until the sides begin to brown and a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. ***Do not overbake, or the saucepan scotchies will be hard.***
- Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Do this as soon as possible after removing the pan from the oven, or the powdered sugar won’t stick.
- Let the saucepan scotchies cool in the pan.
Pecan Pie Mini Muffins
From Chelsea’s cousin, Jenifer
Ingredients: 1 C packed brown sugar, 1/2 C flour, 1 C chopped pecans, 2/3 C melted butter, 2 eggs
- In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and pecans.
- Add the butter and eggs, then stir well.
- Spray a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray and fill each cup 2/3 full.
- Bake the muffins at 325°F for 20 minutes, or until the outer edges start to get darker. I used a medium-darkness pan–darker pans will take less time to bake.
makes 2 1/2 dozen mini muffins