I’ve had a thing for butterscotch since I was little. Butterscotch candies. Butterscotch pudding. Butterscotch coating for soft serve ice cream. Y.U.M. That flavor of brown sugar and butter is just perfect to me. After a impulsive buy of butterscotch chips at the market and the quick realization that I came home without ice-cream for the after school snack, I set out to quickly make a sweet treat that would distract my kids to the point of not realizing the ice cream wasn’t in the freezer.
The back of the chip bag had a recipe for butterscotch brownies which I decided to enhance with the addition of blueberries and quick cook oats. Before I go any further I’ll just admit that I’m a dough girl. Despite the warnings and recommendations not to eat it I pretty much always test it out. If the dough isn’t good I’m not usually a fan of the finished product. In this case though the finished product tasted better than the dough – so maybe my dough test isn’t so accurate after all.
1 cup blueberries
one bag butterscotch chips
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
2 sticks butter
splash of vanilla
1 cup quick cook oats
Begin by combining the flour, baking powder and salt in a dish and set aside. Beat the butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a mixer until creamy. Add in the eggs. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the oats and butterscotch chips and then fold in the blueberries.
I baked these at 350 for about 45 minutes in an ungreased pan. I started testing them 25 minutes in but the tester was not coming out clean. Mine were cooked in a super small pan making them extra thick though- so best to check early depending on how thick you make them. These bars came out perfect. They were gigantic and chewy. We like ours a little underdone which makes them a little softer in the center. And you know the way blueberries burst open once they are baked? Oh that was the best part. The butterscotch and blueberries were a great combination and the addition of the oats made this less like a brownie and more like a super sweet version of a blueberry muffin. The best part was that my kids didn’t even realize the ice cream was missing 🙂