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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars

Often when I decide to make a dessert, I immediately think of something chocolate.  Not always, though.  There are times I let slip in a cream cheese lime pound cake or a caramel apple cheesecake or the like.  And I always enjoy those non-chocolate desserts immensely.  Not necessarily more than chocolate, but in a different way. So when I was in one of those non-chocolate moods, which my husband really appreciates since he doesn't care much for chocolate (pity!), I saw these yummy bars.  I knew I had some butterscotch chips in the pantry just waiting to be used, so I whipped up a batch of these lovelies.  And they were delicious!  I don't make butterscotch desserts often, but it was a really fun and tasty detour from the usual.  And the oatmeal gave these bars a nice chewiness.  Give them a try - they're a perfect autumn treat.

*Makes 18-24 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
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 (Have patience!  It will come together). 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.

Source: melskitchencafe.com

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