Butterscotch Bars

I don’t know about you, but I have always loved butterscotch, ever since I tried it as a traditional hard candy as a kid.  These bars are really easy to make.  The top and bottom layers are the same crumb mixture and the middle is simply butterscotch chips, salt, and sweetened condensed milk.  This dessert can be made under an hour and everyone will beg for the recipe!IMG_3334

Butterscotch Bars (9×13 in pan) originally from Cooking Light

1 cup packed brown sugar

5 tablespoons melted salted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

2 cups AP flour

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

butter for pan

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 1/4 cups butterscotch chips

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9×13 pan.

Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric hand held mixer.  Add vanilla and egg.

Combine flour, oats, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking powder together in a separate large bowl.

Add oat mixture to wet mixture and combine until a crumble forms using a fork.   Place 3 cups of this on the bottom of the pan and press down with fingers to make an even layer.

Melt the sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch chips, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a heat proof bowl in the microwave at 20 second intervals, mixing in-between.  Pour over the bottom layer of the crust and spread so it covers everything.

Sprinkle on the nuts and the rest of the crumb mixture.  Press down so all of the butterscotch is coated with the oats.  Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

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