I’m having such a dilemma with baked goods. I don’t buy them from outside because the ingredients just horrify me. And when I make it at home, I tend to eat more because there’s a whole bunch right there in the kitchen calling out to me. Each time passing through the kitchen, sneaking in a bite or two….or threee. And if I do buy them from outside, theyre expensive and far. I guess I don’t mind the expensive part if it saves my waist line, but I can’t be buying expensive sweets each day. And I feel like I must have a little sweet each day, just to satisfy my sweet tooth. And oh my, Girl Scout cookies just came in.
I went to this new cupcake shop called Frosted Betty a week ago and I’m so wanting to go back, but it’s pretty far from my place. I ordered two chocolate cupcakes, one with mint frosting & the other with raspberry. The mint one was like eating toothpaste…which I guess that’s what it’s suppose to be like but it could be a dab less stronger. The raspberry one was soooo scrumptious. They have a trailer that goes around town so I’m going to hunt them down soon. Hands down, they are better than Crave Cupcakes, which I found to be dense, really expensive, and just not good. I also like Frosted Betty because they use fresh, local, organic ingredients and use recyclable packaging. You can really taste the non-processed-ness in the cupcakes.
Even though Girl Scout cookies came in today, I felt the need to bake something. I feel like this recipe accomplishes many first for me as I’ve never really baked with oatmeal, browned butter, or made bars before.
Browned Butter & Chocolate Oatmeal Bars (from here)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup (4 1/2 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening
Start by melting the butter in a small sauce pan. It will take 12-15 min for the butter to brown. Stir frequently while going onto preparing the mix. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Put the chocolate chips in a large bowl. Line a 9X13 baking pan with foil, having the foil go over the sides of the pan. Once the butter has gotten golden brown, whisk it onto the chocolate chips until it’s a smooth mixture. Stir in the brown sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla. In two additions, mix in the flour-oat mixture until combined.
Press the mixture into the lined pan. Bake for about 15-20 min. Take out once an inserted tooth pick comes out clean. With a plastic knife, carefully cut into squares. In a small bowl, microwave the shortening and white chocolate in intervals until melted. Drizzle on top of squares. Let cool for 2 hours and lift the bars out using the extended foil.
These bars weren’t too sweet and were so yummy and chewy. They were pretty easy to make too. I got most of everything done while the butter browned, the rest was just mixing everything together. I was hesitant when I put the bars into the oven but I love the texture the oatmeal gives the bars, and the flavor the browned butter gives.