I love to bake! One of my favorite things to make for my country kids are cookies, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to spoon out each ball and put multiple pans in the oven. So what is a momma to do when her children will no longer et store bought cookies and my energy is low? Make cookie bars!
One of my newest, and most asked for bars are my Oatmeal Bars. But these bad boys pack a secret center that keep them asking for more! Between two layers of oatmeal goodness, I pack in some butterscotch love.
These may take me a few more minutes to make then say my Tri-Chip bars, but they are so worth that little extra effort! And let me tell you, it really isn’t THAT much more effort. So let’s whip some up, shall we!
1 Cup brown sugar (packed)
5 Tablespoons of butter (melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg (lightly beaten)
2 Cups of flour
2 1/2 Cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Start of by combining the sugar and butter in a large bowl. Next add in your vanilla and egg. In another bowl combine flour, oats, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking soda. Stir in your oat mixture to your sugar mixture. Do not grab your mixer, simple use a for. The resulting “dough” will be crumbly.
Use cooking spray to coat an 13 x 9 inch baking pan and press about half the “dough” into the bottom of the pan. Just use your palms to press it down. Set your pan to the side, because now we are going to make that amazing center!
1 Cup of sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 Cups butterscotch morsels
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup of chopped walnut
Put your sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch morsels, and salt in a pan on medium low heat. Your morsels will melt into the milk. Make sure you keep stirring the contents of the pan so it doesn’t burn. Once your morsels are melted in, stir in the walnuts. I have used both store bought walnuts and some amazing black walnuts my grandpa harvested. If you go with the black walnuts, cut back a little on the amount as they have a very strong flavor. Not a bad flavor, but they can over power the butterscotch. Next, scrape your butterscotch mixture onto the “dough” in your pan, spreading evenly.
Sprinkle the remain “dough” over the butterscotch filling. Use the palms of your hands to kind of gentle press it into the butterscotch, once you have it all covered. Not too hard, just a little gentle press. This help to make all the layers meld together and as I tell my kids, seals in the love.
Bake the Oatmeal Bars at 350° for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Do not over cook or the edges will be a little tougher. Once the pan comes out of the oven, place it on a cooling rack and run a knife around outside edge. Once the pan is cooled completely, you can cut it into bars.
Each time you make these for your family, I promise you, they will be all over you before you can get the bars cut. The littlest country kid (who is going on 3) loves to stand in the kitchen and say “cut it, cut it, it’s delicious!” I have no idea where he learned that word, but it always makes me giggle and smile when he says it about something I make! What can I say, he has great taste!