Sunday, May 15, 2005

Browned Butter Butterscotch Bars

Browned Butter Butterscotch Bars (Adapted from CL)

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) butterscotch chips
heaping 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, salt and baking soda.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium - continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the butter releases a nutty aroma and starts to turn golden, about 5 to 8 minutes.

In a large bowl, add browned butter and sugar - stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in egg and vanilla. Pour dry ingredients into the wet and stir until the mixture is combined and crumbly.

Scoop 3 cups of the oat mixture into a 9" x 13" pan lightly coated with cooking spray - press mixture down to form an even layer over the bottom of the pan.

In a microwave-safe bowl, add sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch chips and salt. Place into the microwave and heat until the butterscotch chips melt, stopping to stir every 20 seconds. Stir in walnuts. Pour mixture into the baking pan and quickly spread to an even layer over the crust. Scatter remaining oat mixture over the top, gently pressing it into the butterscotch layer.

Place into the oven and bake until the top is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and place pan on a wire rack - run a thin knife around the outside edge, then leave pan to cool completely before cutting.

Makes about 24 servings.

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  1. Just made these, they were delicious! The only thing I substituted was coconut oil for vegetable oil. All turned out very well. The only thing I would do different next time is bake them in a smaller pan; 9x13 was spready very thin (maybe thats the point?) but I definitely prefer a little thicker bars so the center is more pronounced and gooey. Very good though!

  2. Katie - Thanks for the feedback!