Butterscotch Bars

There are quite a few steps to this sweet dessert, but these butterscotch bars were well worth it. Those steps were easy, however, and the bars did not come out too overwhelmingly sweet. From Cooking Light, it was fun to make it once or twice, especially the respond from Eddie and how quickly it went.

GATHER:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt AND 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted

MAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl. Stir in vanilla and egg. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, 1/2 tsp salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add oat mixture to sugar mixture; stir with a fork until combined (mixture will be crumbly.) Place 3 cups oat mixture into the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; press into bottom of pan. Set aside.
  3. Place sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch morsels, and 1/8 tsp salt in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high 1 minute or until butterscotch morsels melt, stirring every 20 seconds. Stir in walnuts. Scrape mixture into pan, spreading evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with remaining oat mixture, gently pressing into butterscotch mixture. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Place pan in a cooking rack; run a knife around outside edge. Cool completely.

Makes 36 bars.