Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Bars

There is no such thing as too much butterscotch! Try this twist on a classic with brown butter sea salt butterscotch bars!

Dish Count :: 1 Skillet, 1 13×9″ Baking Dish, 2 Mixing Bowls

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Gather ’round kids! Today we’re going to talk car shopping! Or better yet, how to avoid the epic meltdown that will inevitably commence when you find the perfect car and then you realize, nope – ain’t gonna happen sister!! Take your lessons from me friends, and spare your husband the ugly tears that I could not. 

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We found it, the dream car. It should come as no galloping shock that it was a Subaru Outback. *Dog Mom Alert!*

Ben and I have been searching for ages on new cars, or at least new-ish cars, because the 20 year old Tacoma and me, well, it’s not what you call a sustainable relationship. Especially not when my commute is going to be the same distance as Ben’s starting next week, and Seattle traffic in a stick shift is going to cause one of us to need a knee replacement after 6 months. Woof. So we found the cars, agreed on the total we wanted to spend, went to the dealer, drove it, fell in love. Yada yada yada. And then we ran the numbers one more time, and then it all fell to pieces.

Our aim wasn’t to go straight to new, maybe certified used? Sure, reasonable. But I fell in the love with the new one. Joy.

I knew that my new job, and new promotion, would come with a little extra moolah, but Ben (sweet reasonable, cheap and wonderful husband), said “well the experts say if we can’t pay it off within 36 months, we can’t afford it”. And then we called my mom. And her and Ben are clearly on the same side. Then there is the “well, I didn’t really feel comfortable with the number we agreed on anyway…” *Screeches to a halt*. Husbands, take note. TELL YOUR WIVES if you disagree. Because if they are anything like me, they will take an agreed upon thing and run with it until someone says stop. But you can’t let them get THAT far, then cut bait and turn on them. Not fair! Because then, in that instance – the waterworks you tried so hard to avoid… well, they will happen ten fold. You have been warned.
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And somewhere in that meltdown, she will not only be upset, self conscious, begin examining her life choices from the moment she came into the world, but then she will doubt herself, and be able to tie together every. single. life choice back to not being able to buy the car she fell in love with. The female mind is a total enigma. She will remember that fight you had over you not putting the cup in the dishwasher back from 2011, if it means she can’t get that dream car today. Or that time you wanted to go play golf with your buddies instead of taking her to the mall. Even though she HATES the mall.

So – the moral of the story kids – when car shopping, or doing anything – set an agreement and stick to it. It will really work best for everyone involved.

And don’t worry – your wife will feel the guilt of the world after her meltdown subsides. Just hug her, kiss her, and tell her you love her and you will find a way to make it work. And then next time – she might not yell at you about the cup in the sink back in 2011.

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Yield: 16 Bars

Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups Oats


1 1/4 cup Flour


1/2 tsp Baking Soda


1/2 tsp Salt


3/4 cup Butterscotch Chips +1/4 cup for Drizzle


1 cup Unsalted Butter, browned and cooled


1 cup Brown Sugar +2 Tbsp for Drizzle


1 Egg


2 tsp Vanilla Extract


1/2 tsp Sea Salt for Drizzle


1 Tbsp Milk for Drizzle


1 cup Walnuts, chopped *optional*


Directions:

In a medium saucepan or skillet, heat over medium heat and brown butter. Allow to cool slightly - or place in fridge unti the butter sets, about 20 minutes. Prepare other ingredients while cooling.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9 inch baking dish with non stick spray, then line with parchment paper, and spray again with non stick spray to adhere to the bottom of the pan.


In a bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.


In another bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla, and brown sugar. Pour in the flour/oat mixture and combine. Add in butterscotch chips, and chopped walnuts.


Pour mixture into the baking dish, press in to evenly distribute through the dish. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs on it. When done, set on a cooling rack.


For glaze, in a microwave safe bowl or cup, melt together remaining butterscotch chips, brown sugar, and milk. Heat in increments to ensure the butterscotch chips do not scorch. Stir to form a glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cooling bars. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cool completely, then slice and serve.