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
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ 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 9x13" 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.
Nutrition Disclaimer: I try my best to make sure the nutrition information I provide is accurate to provide you with the best information possible. However, due to ingredient discrepancies and other factors, the above nutrition information should be considered an estimation only.
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.
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