Wednesdays Unplugged – Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars

“Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.” ~ Anonymous

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, along with an update and photos of what has been going on in our lives. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

They were busy tearing up our sidewalks and pouring new ones this week… and our grandkids who were born on the same day five years apart were engrossed in a game of Chinese checkers. I hope these two cousins will be childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.


These bars from a recipe from Land O Lakes got our granddaughter’s seal of approval… she smiled when she ate one said they were really good.



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine all crust ingredients in bowl and beat at medium speed just until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine corn syrup, water and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Place 6 tablespoons butter, sugar and salt into another bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add egg and beat again until well mixed. Add half of the flour alternately with corn syrup mixture, beating after each addition. Spread topping evenly over shortbread crust. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

Remove from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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