Chewy Butterscotch Nut Bars

1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup pecan pieces or coarsely chopped pecans, toasted (see Note)
and cooled completely
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (see Note) 1 cup buttermilk biscuit
and baking mix
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (see Note)
1 cup buttermilk biscuit and baking mix

In 1-quart wide-mouth glass jar, gently layer and pack ingredients in the order listed, beginning with butterscotch chips. If there is any space left after adding the last ingredient, add more butterscotch chips or pecans to fill jar. Place lid on top. Cut an 8-inch circle of fabric to cover lid. Place fabric over lid; secure in place with ribbon or raffia. Attach gift tag with preparation instructions and decorate as desired.

Gift Tag: To make Chewy Butterscotch Nut Bars: Empty contents of jar into medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Press into an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until bars are light golden brown and center is almost set. Makes 16 bars.

Note: To toast pecans, place in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on High for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring every minute.

After measuring the brown sugar, crumble it between your fingers for uniform texture. Be sure to pack the brown sugar firmly in the jar to prevent the baking mix from sifting down through it. Source: Pioneer Brand