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We were invited to a friends house for dinner, where the kids had so much fun playing outside, they had to remove their mud encrusted garments, and attire themselves in borrowed clothes, so they could venture inside to eat.
When I returned the freshly laundered clothes, I included these Apple Butterscotch Oat Bars, in the hopes we would be welcome back – perhaps on a day when there weren’t so many puddles in the yard.


1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 apple, cored, peeled and finely chopped
1 3/4 cups butterscotch baking chips

Heat oven to 350F.
Grease a 13 by 9 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating on low until just combined. Stir in oats, apple and butterscotch chips. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool completely in a pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Recipe adapted from The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 2005