These Butterscotch Browned Butter Oatmeal bars will be your new favorite snack or dessert. They’re sweet, buttery, chewy, and perfect for a lunch box.
Do you cook with your kids? My 4 year old son hasn’t showed much interest (yet), unless there’s something in it for him (like perhaps a small dish of chocolate chips while baking).
My 7 year old daughter has shown significantly more interest, and I often have her help around the kitchen. While baking is her favorite (she also likes it when there’s a small treat involved), she also enjoys tasks like cracking eggs, measuring, stirring, and even using a small paring knife to cut vegetables. You can thank my daughter for coming up with this week’s recipe.
One day I was packing her a snack for school. While contemplating her options for granola bar flavors, she asked me if there was such a thing as butterscotch flavored bars. I told her that I’d never seen any before, but that we could try to make something similar. I didn’t really want to make homemade granola bars, since I’d had mixed results trying to make them in the past. So I opted for an oat based cookie bar, and ended up with these Butterscotch Browned Butter Oatmeal Bars.
These bars are great as a snack in a lunch box, or as a dessert. They’d be especially great served with a scoop of ice cream. What recipes can your kids help you come up with?
Butterscotch Browned Butter Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup (8 Tablespoons/1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
- Melt 4 Tablespoons of the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Continue cooking until it becomes golden brown and fragrant, stirring often. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and place in the fridge to cool.
- Move oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13" baking pan with foil and grease lightly with oil.
- Mix the oats, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- When the butter has cooled to room temperature, add to the bowl of a stand mixer with the remaining 4 Tablespoons butter and the brown sugar. Cream together on medium high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating in between each addition. Add the vanilla and beat until fluffy.
- Turn off the mixer and add the oat mixture. Turn the mixer on to low speed and mix until combined. Mix in the butterscotch chips.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, ensuring to spread the batter into the corners of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking time. Cool completely before cutting. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or freeze.
Butterscotch Browned Butter Oatmeal Bars Nutrition Notes:
Like most desserts, these bars are high in fat (including saturated fat from the butter and butterscotch chips) and sugar and should be eaten in moderation.