These gooey butterscotch walnut bars, are rich and ooey, gooey, like a pecan pie but with soft butterscotch and walnut pieces crumbled in. Perfect for any time of year.
Sooner or later, they say, we all turn into out mothers. I realize that my life, especially lately, has been round housing me in the face, because it’s all come full circle. When I was a kid, the standard Saturday morning TV viewing wasn’t cartoons – it was episodes of This Old House. And I hated it. Why couldn’t I park my arse in front of the TV and watch my endless episodes of Garfield and Rugrats? But no, it was PBS, This Old House and New Yankee Workshop with Nom Abram who built lots of drawwws.
Fast forward 20 years, and with the Zillow-apping, house dreaming and imaginary house hunting I’m on, Ben and I have take up binge watching reruns of, you guessed it, This Old House. It also gives me a nice break from Breaking Bad, because there is only so much of that I can mentally taken in in any given time.
And just like that I am turning into my mother.
A mother who also watches Tosh.O. A mother who also loved Breaking Bad. And one that knew of my deep affinity for Butterscotch Chips.
Every Christmas 7-Layer Magic Bars made the cookie platter cut. They were my favorite of the Christmas cookies and I lived for opening the bag of butterscotch chips and free basing them right out of the bag. I’m pretty sure only about 3/4 of the actual butterscotch chips ever actually made it into the recipe… The rest went directly into my face.
But that flavor, those cookies and that time of year always reminded me of my mom. Since today is her birthday – HI MOM – I felt it only necessary to sacrifice a bag of butterscotch chips in her honor. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind.
Mom, thanks for always being my person, my friend, and my daily source of inspiration, laughs, and my magic mirror that shows me what a great future I have a head of me. If they say we all become our mothers – I take that as the world’s best compliment and fortune.
Gooey Butterscotch Walnut Bars
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/4 cup Flour
2 Tbsp Butter, melted
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped
1 cup Butterscotch Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, beat together 1/2 cup Butter for crust and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in flour until a crust forms. Line a 9x9 square baking dish and line with parchment paper. Press the dough into the pan firmly and bake for 10 minutes, or until just golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt. Add in the wlanuts and butterscotch chips. Pour into the cooled cookie crust. Bake for 25-30 minute or until the top is set and dark golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before removing from the baking dish. Run a knife around the edges of the baking sheet if the bars have baked into the side of the dish and crystalized.
Using a long knife - to avoid running the knife thorugh the bars - cut into 16 bars. Serve.
Very lightly adapted from Butter's Butterscotch Walnut Bar