Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2/3 cup shortening

  2. 2 cups packed brown sugar

  3. 3 eggs

  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour

  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  8. 1 cup chopped hickory nuts or walnuts

  9. 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

  10. 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting

  11. 1 empty Quaker Oats container (42 ounces)

  12. Aluminum foil

  13. 8 pieces black licorice (8 inches each )

  14. Jelly beans

  15. 3 red Lifesavers

  16. Foil-covered chocolate coins

  17. Lollipop rings, optional

  18. Additional brown sugar

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Treasure Chest Recipe photo by Taste of Home In a bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the batter and mix well. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. With a sharp knife, cut into four 7-1/2-in. x 5-in. pieces. Center one piece on a 15-in.-square covered board; frost the top. Repeat layers twice. Top with the last piece.

  2. Cut ends from the oatmeal container and discard; cut remaining portion into a 7-1/2-in. piece. Cut in half lengthwise to form lid (discard remaining pieces). Cover lid with foil. Frost to within 1 in of one long side. Carefully insert the unfrosted edge between second and third layers of chest. Frost top and sides of chest.

  3. Cut two licorice pieces into 7-1/2-in. lengths and two into 5-in. lengths; place horizontally around top edges of chest. From the remaining licorice, cut six 2-3/4-in. pieces and six 1/2-in. pieces. Press one 2-3/4-in. piece onto each corner and two vertically on the front of the chest.

  4. For handles, center a Lifesaver on the front and each side of chest; press two 1/2-in. licorice pieces on either side of Lifesavers. Press three jelly beans on either side of front chest handle between licorice pieces (see photo). Fill the top of the chest with chocolate coins, remaining jelly beans and lollipop rings if desired. Sprinkle brown sugar around chest for sand.

  5. To serve, remove and discard lid. Divide candy among plates. Cut treasure chest with a sharp knife and place on plates. Yield: 8-10 servings.


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