Oatmeal Butterscotch Blondies – These bars are loaded with chewy oats and creamy butterscotch chips! Two secret ingredients make these blondies perfect!
Butterscotch. You either love it or you hate it. Personally, I adore butterscotch. Especially when I can get my hands on one of those butterscotch flavored old-fashioned striped candy sticks they have in the little candy shops. Now my husband? He could live without butterscotch IF it weren’t for these blondies.
These blondies are pretty much perfect. Every ingredient has a purpose and does its job. Shelly over at Cookies & Cups has an awesome trick I’ve been dying to try out. She added toasted coconut to her blondies – yet they aren’t a “coconut blondie”. I tried it, I loved it, I’m totally hooked. Shredded coconut is another thing my husband doesn’t care for and he had no idea that there was any coconut in these blondies. So even if you think you are a coconut hater, DO NOT leave it out! It adds texture, moisture, and chewiness you do not want to miss.
The other key ingredient? Browned butter. If you have never used browned butter don’t fret – it’s a piece of cake. Seriously. You just melt the butter and then let it cook a little longer until it reaches a deep golden color. Done. So easy. And it adds so much flavor and goodness that you will wonder why you ever made anything with regular melted butter.
The last thing for these blondies that you must add is coarse sea salt. I have been wanting to try it out in my recipes for-e-ver and finally bought some last week. I used it in these butterscotch blondies and my reaction was basically this: Ohmygoshwherehaveyoubeenallmylife!? (dance around the kitchen with a fully cooked blondie in one hand, a half-licked clean beater in the other). So my point is, do it. Do the sea salt. You will not regret it!!
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1½ teaspoons coarse sea salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 cups butterscotch chips (found with the white and regular chocolate chips at the grocery store)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish/pan with nonstick foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Continue to cook 3-5 minutes until butter becomes a dark amber/golden color, and remove from heat. While butter is browning, add coconut flakes to a medium pan and cook over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes stirring throughout. When the flakes begin to brown, remove from heat. (Careful not to let them burn)
- In a large bowl combine browned butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add toasted coconut flakes and mix again until smooth. In another medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and oats and whisk to combine. Gradually stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in 1 tablespoon milk to help bring mixture together. Gently stir in butterscotch chips.
- Press mixture into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until mixture is set and top looks dry. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon sea salt. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving. Store in airtight container.