Let me start off by saying I do not like butterscotch….until I had these bars. When my husband requested these I was somewhat glad because it would be easy for me to resist them. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Maybe it was the cream cheese filling or the crumbly topping but I am hooked.
The crumbly texture of the crust combined with the creamy filling and butterscotch chips makes these bars pretty irresistable. I think they would be even better with chocolate, peanut butter or cinnamon chips! I enjoyed them more once they had been refrigerated but they were still good warm or room temperature.
recipe from Taste of Home’s Complete Guide to Baking
1 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 package (10 oz.) butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, oats and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chips and pecans. Reserve 2 cups. Spread remaining dough into a greased 13×9 baking pan.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread evenly over crust. Crumble reserved dough over filling.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yields about 1 1/2 dozen bars.