This chewy and decadent Butterscotch Bars recipe is rich and delicious. Homemade butterscotch cookie bars taste fantastic without much work.

Butterscotch bars on a plate.
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Butterscotch is such a rich flavor and these easy to make bars turn out amazing. It’s a treat everyone will enjoy.

Most of the ingredients are pantry staples. It really is so simple to put together. Anyone can make these in 15 minutes or less. The hardest part is waiting for them to bake.

You might also enjoy 7 Layer Magic Bars and Sweet Potato Pie Bars.

Why We Love This Recipe

The bars are packed with butterscotch chips in every bite. They are shaped like chocolate chips but butterscotch flavor.

The flavor is delicious for a yummy dessert. If you love butterscotch, this recipe is a must try. It’s simple to make and turns out delicious.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Butterscotch bars - butter, vanilla, eggs, flour, salt.
  • Butter. Softened at room temperature.
  • Brown Sugar. Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe is easy to make.
  • Large Eggs. The eggs need to be at room temperature.
  • All Purpose Flour. Measure the flour accurately by spooning the flour into the measuring cup instead of scooping it.

Find the complete ingredients for this recipe at the bottom of the page.

Variations and Additions

  • M&M’s
  • Pretzels. Crush into smaller pieces.
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Chips. Try using dark chocolate, milk chocolate or semi sweet.
  • Peanut Butter Chips. Toss in a ½ cup for a fabulous combination with the butterscotch.
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Oatmeal. We love to make oatmeal butterscotch bars.
  • Drizzle the top with caramel sauce. This turns them into fabulous Butterscotch Caramel Bars.
  • Melted chocolate. Drizzle white or milk chocolate all over the tops of the bars.
  • Nuts. Mix in chopped pecans or walnuts.

How to Make Butterscotch Bars

  • Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 
Butter and sugar combined in a bowl.

Step 2. Combine the butter and sugar. Beat together with either a hand mixer or a stand mixer.

Vanilla and eggs added to mixture.

Step 3. Add the vanilla and eggs. Then mix until they are combined.

Flour added to mixture and combined.

Step 4. Mix in the flour. On a low speed, mix in the flour, salt and baking powder until just mixed in.  Be careful not to over mix. 

Butterscotch chips folded into mixture.

Step 5. Fold in the butterscotch chips.

Batter spread into baking dish.

Step 6. Spread the batter into the 9X13 baking pan. 

Butterscotch chips sprinkled on top.

Step 7. Sprinkle the remaining butterscotch chips on top of the batter in the pan. 

Bars baked and cooling in pan.

Step 8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges of the bars are lightly golden brown.

Bars served with a spatula.

Step 9. Allow to cool. Then slice, serve and enjoy! 

Expert Tips

  • High quality butterscotch. The results are much better if you use a good brand of butterscotch morsels. Nestle Toll house works great.
  • Don’t overbake the bars. They may seem soft when taken out of the oven. However, they will continue to set as they cool.
  • Prepare the pan. Don’t forget to spray the baking pan with cooking spray.

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.  I like to use parchment paper in between the layers of bars.

You can keep a piece of bread in the container and it will help keep these bars soft while storing them.  

How to Freeze Butterscotch Bars?

These bars can be frozen up to 1 month. Cover tightly in plastic wrap and place inside an airtight container.

When ready to serve, allow the bars to thaw in the fridge overnight. They will still taste amazing in this freezer friendly recipe.

Butterscotch Bars stacked together.

More Butterscotch Dessert Recipes

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Butterscotch Bars

4.73 from 18 votes
Allow to cool. Cool the bars on a wire rack before slicing.  Then they are ready to slice, serve and enjoy! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 377

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Beat together the butter and both of the sugars in a medium size mixing bowl with either a hand held mixer or a stand up mixer.
  • Then add in the vanilla and both of the eggs.  Mix until they are incorporated.
  • On a low speed, mix in the flour, salt and baking powder until just mixed in.  Be careful not to over mix. Then gently fold in the ¾ cup of butterscotch baking chips.
  • Spread the batter into the 9X13 baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining butterscotch chips on top of the batter in the pan.
  • Bake for 26-30 minutes or until the edges of the bars are lightly golden brown and the center is set (they may appear slightly undercooked but they will continue to set as they cool to room temperature).
  • Cool the bars on a wire rack.
  • Then they are ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 
You can keep a piece of bread in the container and it will help keep these bars soft while storing them.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 377kcal, Carbohydrates 59g, Protein 4g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 49mg, Sodium 246mg, Potassium 146mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 40g, Vitamin A 283IU, Calcium 73mg, Iron 2mg

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