the baker upstairs: butterscotch bars

6.12.2011

butterscotch bars

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I'm just in the mood to bake treats lately. Maybe it's because I am trying so hard to lose weight and I like to sabotage myself. Or maybe it's because I walk about 5 miles a day and I'm always starving when I come home, and sugar sounds wonderful. In any case, I'm not really complaining. I've tried a bunch of new recipes lately and they've all been delicious. These butterscotch oatmeal bars were delicious, especially when they were still a little warm. It was nice to try something new. They were a little too buttery (is that even possible?) and sweet for me, but G and A ate them right up. Maybe I'm not quite as big a fan of butterscotch as I thought. In any case, they were really good, but might be something I would make every few months instead of every few weeks.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars
Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Bars:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Glaze:
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, letting the foil hang over the each short edge by one or two inches. Lightly grease the foil with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Place the 3/4 cup butterscotch chips in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and let the butter cook until golden brown in color, about 10 minutes, taking care not to burn. Pour the hot butter over the butterscotch chips and whisk together until melted and smooth. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined. Whisk in the egg and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture, just until incorporated.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top, spreading the batter evenly to the edges. Bake the bars until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, about 16-18 minutes.

While the bars bake, place the 1/4 cup butterscotch chips, brown sugar, water and salt in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes on 50% power. Whisk to combine well. Drizzle the glaze over the warm bars. Let the bars cool completely in the pan. Remove the bars from the pan using the foil overhang and cut into squares. Serve.
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