Salty peanuts atop a bar crust with a spraying of chocolate constitutes today's cookie recipe. Similar to a PayDay candy bar without the middle.
Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup cold butter, cut in pieces, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped peanuts, 2/3 cup chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon butter.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13" baking pan. In large bowl, beat flour, butter (1 cup), sugar and salt until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (or use a pastry blender); press firmly and evenly into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and make filling as follows: In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter (1/4 cup) and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice and then peanuts. Pour over hot crust and spread evenly.
Return pan to oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until set. Cool completely on wire rack.
Prepare chocolate glaze as follows: In small saucepan, combine chocolate chips and butter (1 T.) over medium heat, stirring until melted and smooth. Drizzle chocolate over bars and allow to harden before cutting.
Makes 48 bars.
"Treasury of Holiday Cookies" published by Publications International, LTD, Lincolnwood, IL, in 1994.