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Monday, April 1, 2013

Oatmeal Butterscotch Brown Butter Bars

Oatmeal Butterscotch Brown Butter Bars - they taste like no-bake cookies!

I did a horrible thing. About 30 minutes before my scheduled hair appointment last week I had to call and cancel. I think I've only done that seriously like twice in my life. I felt so bad, especially since I really like my stylist and she does an amazing job.

I've been working on a project at work that involves some deadlines. Unfortunately, I just ran out of time and could leave work early for my spa time. I was bummed.

I even made her cookies. They were my SIL's Oatmeal Scotchies that I shared with you awhile back. Luckily, MY co-workers happily ate the cookies so they didn't go to waste.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Brown Butter Bars - they taste like no-bake cookies!

So over the weekend I had my make-up appointment and I couldn't go empty handed. I knew these butterscotch brown butter bars might help her forgive me for my poor planning. :)

These little bars are delicious! I think they taste like a butterscotch version of no-bake cookies. Yum.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Brown Butter Bars - they taste like no-bake cookies!

Oatmeal Butterscotch Brown Butter Bars

Bars:
1 1/4 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal (quick cooking)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butterscotch chips (seperated)
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup dark or light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Glaze:
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
2 tablespoons dark or light brown sugar
1 TBSP water
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with aluminum foil so the foil hangs over the edge of the pan by a few inches. Lightly butter the foil and set pan aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Place 3/4 cup butterscotch chips in a separated medium bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and cook until golden brown in color, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat when it turns golden to prevent burning. Pour the hot butter over the butterscotch chips and whisk together until melted and smooth. Whisk in the brown sugar, vanilla, and then the egg until mixture is smooth and combined. Add in the flour mixture and stir to combine.

Pour the mix into the prepared pan and press down to evenly cover the pan. Sprinkle with rest of the butterscotch chips (about 1/4 cup) and press down into the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes until light brown.

For the glaze, place butterscotch chips, brown sugar, water and salt in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture until melted and smooth; about 2 minutes taking out to stir a few times during the process. Use a fork or small whisk to fully combine.

After removing bars from the oven, drizzle the glaze over the warm bars. Allow bars to cool completely before using the foil 'handles' to lift the bars from the pan. Cut into squares and serve!

Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

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