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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chocolate Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars

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The original name for these bars is marshmallow brownies. They actually appear on the very, very early days of The Sweets Life in a post I'm embarrassed to link to. Everything about it, terrible photography first and foremost, screams "NEWBIE!". Thankfully, I've come a long way and I don't mind occasionally heading deep into the archives to appreciate just how much I've improved.
I didn't like the title "marshmallow brownie" because to me, brownies are brown. They predominantly feature chocolate. While these have a heavy dose of chocolate, they aren't brown. Besides, I already have a true marshmallow brownie on the blog. So, I've renamed this dessert: Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars.

These bars err on the side of irresistible. I actually thought they were best the second day. The first night they were insanely gooey and as much as I enjoyed them that way, they're significantly easier to cut into and chew once they've firmed up a bit. I bet these would also be good with peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch chips, but I loved the trio of flavors as is!

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Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars

-1 cup butterscotch chips
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2/3 cup brown sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-2 cups miniature marshmallows
-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a microwaveable bowl, heat butterscotch chips and butter in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds, until smooth and melted. (My butter melted way before my chips did, so you might want to partially melt the butterscotch chips before adding the butter)
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Add melted butter mixture to the mixing bowl and beat until combined. Stir in marshmallows and chocolate chips.
3. Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with foil. Spray well with cooking spray. Spread batter (it will be thick) in pan evenly, pressing to the edges. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.