Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Butternut Chewies - A recipe from my childhood

I've never understood why they called them Butternut Chewies...

The original recipe was a Loretta Lynn sponsored recipe from Crisco...

Ummm where's the buttter peeps?

Anyways my mom always made them with butter and they are just wonderful. They live up to their name because once you let them cool out of the pan they are really really chewy.

They are probably my favorite bar cookie ever. My mom would make them for us and have them waiting for us when we got home from school. They really did make everything better.

So the other day I remembered this recipe and decided to make it. But I wanted to add one thing that I thought would make it even more comforting: cinnamon. It worked. And it made the house smell wonderful...

That's killing two birds with one stone.

Cinna-Butter Nut Chewies
2 Cups light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans but walnuts work too)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 13x9x2 pan. In a mixer combine the butter and sugar together until creamed. Add the eggs and vanilla. In another bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients into the wet until incorporated. Fold in the nuts.

Spread mixture evenly in pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes.

Warm up your jaws for some well deserved chewing and enjoy.


  1. Oh I gotta make these! They look fantastic. Gotta love Loretta!

  2. Chocolate chips?

  3. My grandmother used to make the same recipe but with chocolate chips (minus the nuts and cinnamon). It was always very comforting and great to come home to. She called them her "Chocolate Chewy Squares".

  4. Hi, I live in Scotland and we don't have "sticks" of butter. That bar looks very like something my mum used to make and I'd love to try it but . . . what weight is a stick??

  5. beautiful photo and great recipe, I would like to try those chewies sometime....

  6. Thanx Rosy - am off to the shops!!

  7. I have been making these for a long time. I remember Loretta Lynn and her husband had a commercial on TV advertising Butter flavor Crisco. These chewies are awesome. I take them to work and my coworkers devour them.


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