Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Prize Winning Recipe: Maple Bun Delights

Maple Bun Delights

2 (12 ounce) bags of chocolate chips
1 (12 ounce) bag of butterscotch chips
1 (18 ounce) jar of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
2 pounds powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons maple flavoring to taste
1 (16 ounce) jar of dry roasted peanuts

Line a jelly roll pan with nonstick foil making sure to overlap the pan on all sides.

Step 1: In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1 bag of chocolate chips using either the defrost setting or 10% power for 1 minute. Check and stir. If not completely melted microwave at 10 to 20 second intervals until melted. Spread melted chips onto jelly roll pan and put in freezer until chocolate sets up.

Step 2: In a microwave safe bowl, combine 6 ounces of chocolate chips, 6 ounces of butterscotch chips and 1/2 jar of peanut butter. Melt using directions in step one. Spread onto chocolate layer and set back into freezer until firm.

Step 3: In saucepan, combine butter,milk, maple flavoring and pudding mix. Cook mixture until it comes to a boil.  Boil one minute and remove from heat. Using an electric mixer beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread onto second layer and return jelly roll pan to freezer until firm.

Step 4: Melt remaining chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter as in step one. Once the mixture is completely melted stir in the jar of dry roasted peanuts. Spread onto third layer and return pan to freezer to firm up. Once firm cut into bars and store in refrigerator or freezer.

These bars are very rich and you will want to cut them small.

My number one fan, Darrellyn.
This photo was taken on the last day of the fair
and you may find this hard to believe,
but I was even more tired than I looked!

Part of the fun of being at the fair is getting to try prize winning recipes.  This Maple Bun Delights recipe took first place in a cooking contest sponsored by my number one fan, Darrellyn.  She has not only all of my cookbooks, but she also has all of my mom's cookbooks too.  I have been doing cooking demos for three years at the Iowa State Fair and Darrellyn has attended everyone!  She took the cooking demo photos below.

Cooking Demo Island
The view from the mirror over the cooking island.
 Me at my book signing table.

I will be drawing a name from my followers to win copies of my cookbooks, MY KIND OF COOKING and my new BUSY WOMAN'S SLOW COOKER COOKBOOK, on Friday, September 3rd.   

This contest is open to all of my followers. 
I will mail the cookbooks to you regardless of where you live. 

Sign up as a FOLLOWER for your chance to win! 

Check out the great giveaways at my blogging buddy, Bo's Blog (say that three times fast), Bo's Bowl.   Not only does he have great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.
Check out my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!

Check back on Friday, when I will post the quick and easy recipe that received the most comments from my cooking demo audiences.  


  1. Oh wow what fun! I think it's so great when you can meet people who share the same love of cooking and enjoy the cookbooks you put out :) Those maple bun delights look amazing!

  2. Those Maple Bun Delights will not do anything for my figure I am sure, but they look too good to not try. Diane

  3. That recipe is similar to the one on the cover of your cookbook, which I made Sunday. It was a BIG hit! Thanks again, Linda! I am really enjoying my cookbook!

  4. There is some tough competition at the Iowa State Fair -- some of my contesting friends are devoted to it -- so that is VERY impressive to have won!

  5. This recipe looks so yummy and decadent!!
    Cheers, Lia.

  6. I'm always amazed at how competitive the state fairs are in the midwest. I used to love going to the Nebraska state fair just for that! It's not that way out here in AZ...oh well! The bars looks amazing!

  7. Good for Darrellyn and she takes great photos too! Those bars look and sound pretty decadent and I would love one right now to go with my cup of coffee! Glad you're having a great time, Linda! I will be keeping my eye on what Bill does from now on! lol

  8. Those bars sound delicious. Thank you for the recipe I´ll try them and thank you for visiting GATOS.

  9. I think you look fantastic and so do your scrummy maple bun delights!

  10. The buns look good, sweet but good.
    Fairs are always so much work but oh so much fun too.

  11. Dare I make these? They look so decadent and rich....YUM!

  12. complimenti.this recipe it's very fantastic and rich

  13. Congrats on your win! You're so brave to enter all these competitions. Your buns look great!

  14. Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I have been extremely busy and when a comment is posted it makes me smile and wish I had time to answer everyone.

    Thanks again!

  15. I wish I lived in your little corner; your books are sure tempting me. Are they sold at any book stores in Canada?