Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but sometimes I discover a baking supply in my kitchen that I forgot about. Today I stumbled upon a bag of butterscotch morsels I bought a few months ago and never got around to using. Since today is a lousy, rainy day, it seems positively providential that I should find a misplaced morsel to use in a chewy, warm baked good.
I follow the instructions on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Butterscotch Morsel bag almost to a T, but I do make what I feel are two important changes. First, I use dark brown sugar instead of light to up the treacly, dark flavor of the bars. Second, I add nutmeg; it adds a spicy warm undertone that I think suits butterscotch perfectly. Enjoy!
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks softened butter
1 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups butterscotch morsels
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 by 13 inch pan with butter and flour. Set aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Cream together the softened butter and sugar; beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients; fold in 1 cup of morsels and all the nuts. Spread into the prepared pan. Sprinkle over the remaining morsels. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars. Optionally, you can serve with with ice cream and hot fudge if you want to really treat yourself!
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