Monday, January 7, 2013

Butterscotch Brownie Bars

Butterscotch Brownie Bars

Undecided. I was in the mood for chocolate this weekend. Wait. When am I not in the mood for chocolate? Like never ever. But, besides something chocolatey, I also wanted something butterscotchy – probably influenced by the opened bag of butterscotch chips on my counter – twisting my arm to eat a couple each time I walk by. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted more. So instead of choosing one, I chose both… in one big brownie. Indecisive is good.


Starting off the year right. Chocolate. Brown sugar. Butter. Butterscotch chips. Oh baby.


Brownies are about to happen.


Batter up.


Butterscotch too. Win. Win… for me and you, too.

Butterscotch Brownie Batters

Spread the brownie batter first and then add in the butterscotch batter.

You could also drop big spoonfuls alternating between each.


Give it a swirly swirl.

And bake away.


When done, you can cover them in more chocolate… of the ganache variety.


So easy and so good. Butter, heavy cream, chocolate and heat. Hello 2013.


Oh my ganache!!!!! Glorious.

Swimming in Chocolate

Sprinkle a few extra butterscotch chips on top.


Okay, a couple more.

Butterscotch Brownie Bars

Then cut in cute, little – I mean big beautiful bars.


Yum! Yum! Teeth sinking yum.

Now this may sound like crazy talk for me, but I ate a few bites of these without the ganache and I enjoyed them even more.

What’s wrong with me… less chocolate?


Let’s just call that the diet version.

Butterscotch Brownie Bars

Servings: 24 bars


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 Tbsp butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X13 pan.
  2. FOR THE BUTTERSCOTCH BATTER: Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl using a wire whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla together until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and beat until blended.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture and then stir in butterscotch chips.
  6. FOR THE CHOCOLATE BATTER: Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl using a wire whisk. Set aside.
  7. Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave. Stir together until smooth.
  8. Add sugar and stir with a wire whisk until combined.
  9. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  10. Stir in flour mixture until blended and then stir in chocolate chips.
  11. Spread chocolate batter in prepared pan. Drop spoonfuls of butterscotch batter on top and use a knife to gently swirl the two together. Don't mix too much.
  12. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until done. If the top starts to get too dark, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the pan for the last 10 minutes.
  13. When cool, spread ganache on top. Let set for a few minutes before sprinkling butterscotch chips on top.
  14. FOR THE GANACHE: In a small saucepan, heat butter and cream. Remove from heat right before it starts to boil and pour over chocolate chips. Let stand for about 20 seconds and then stir until completely blended and smooth.

Butterscotch Brownie Bars


Remy said...

Starting off the year right, indeed!
Oh my ganache – I must try these… :)

January 7, 2013 01:20 AM
Et tu, tutu? said...

Okay, I’ll just be over here, drooling all over my laptop!


January 7, 2013 01:25 AM
Magdalena V said...

Looks SO GOOD!!! :)

January 7, 2013 01:38 AM
Anna said...

That picture of the butterscotch bits makes me want to make something with them >.<

January 7, 2013 01:46 AM
Linsey said...

MUST make!

January 7, 2013 01:57 AM
Amna Harb said...

Yummmmmy looks delicious.. This is another creative way to make brownies. I like to try new ways rather than the traditional recipe. Thank you for sharing.

January 7, 2013 02:22 AM
Lu said...

Oh my God! So delicious! Yum! Bye, Lu

January 7, 2013 02:33 AM
blkrox said...

These look so… *drool*

But I don’t eat butterscotch. Can peanut butter chips be substituted? Thank you so much!

January 7, 2013 02:39 AM
Ala said...

I have been in throes of agony all week trying to think up something I’d want to throw a pile of chocolate ganache on…considering how I just consumed an entire stack of See’s butterscotch hard candies today with no problem, I think this recipe will fit the bill quite nicely. Thanks a bundle for sharing!

January 7, 2013 02:46 AM
audrey said...

oh, how I missed your recipes!

January 7, 2013 03:04 AM
Christie Ryan said...

Sooo excited to try making these! They look incredible!! Thank you for sharing!!

January 7, 2013 03:18 AM
Keely said...

This are so yummy looking!! If only I could find butterscotch chips in Australia! Will have to search around!!

January 7, 2013 03:26 AM
Jayne said...

Your recipes are always indulgent yet cute! I don’t know if my chocoholicability can handle this. :-D

January 7, 2013 03:55 AM
Daaniah Al-Masri said...

I’m drooling. YUM.

January 7, 2013 06:24 AM
icakepops said...

How decadent! These brownies look like they will just melt in your mouth!

January 7, 2013 06:48 AM
Fed Up and Drunk said...

These look amazing! We’ve just started out in the world of blogging, would love for you to follow us too!

January 7, 2013 07:00 AM
Samantha C. said...

Yummy! These look delicious! Thank you for sharing!

? Samantha
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January 7, 2013 07:44 AM
Jessi said...

They look beautiful, and decadent!

January 7, 2013 08:23 AM
Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

hmm diet version, sounds like a good diet to me:)

January 7, 2013 08:38 AM
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch said...

Oh my heavens, Angie! I’m drooling!

January 7, 2013 08:48 AM
Lucy said...

Bakerella – you naughty, naughty temptress! You’ve tapped into my two biggest weaknesses. How did you know?!?!?

January 7, 2013 09:12 AM
Orla said...

Love these!!! :) cannot wait to try them!! You’re the best Bakerella, I always look forward to your posts :) Happy New Year!! Hopefully you’ll make it over to Ireland in 2013!! :) x

January 7, 2013 09:31 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Mmmm love this idea! Looks awesome!

January 7, 2013 09:49 AM
Seanna Lea said...

I want to make these, but I am out of eggs, brown sugar, and almost out of flour. I’ve been baking so much!

January 7, 2013 09:50 AM
Julie said...

Currently pregnant and the baby and I both agreed we “need” to make these… Of course I have my glucose test coming up so I think we’re going to have to wait until after my test! :(

January 7, 2013 11:33 AM
Deborah Pucci said...


January 7, 2013 11:33 AM
Emily Cole said...

I want to be you when I grow up!!

January 7, 2013 11:43 AM
Jenny said...

Hi,beautiful recipe,I live in Greece and I can’t find butterscotch chips what can I use instead?

January 7, 2013 11:56 AM
Chloe Moon said...

These look absolutely scrumptious!! =)


January 7, 2013 01:42 PM
Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies said...

Oh, wow… I’m feeling this one!! YUM.

January 7, 2013 01:47 PM
Aikko @ Bake Happy said...

I still have a batch of brownies sitting ny the counter and now I see this! Brownie fever is sooo on! Thanks for sharing Angie! Have a great week ahead!

January 7, 2013 02:25 PM
Christin said...

Looks sooo god! Jummy

January 7, 2013 03:19 PM
mindy1 said...

OMG those look GREAT :D I think you like it without the ganache because they are so sweet already :D

January 7, 2013 04:41 PM
Monica said...

Butterscotch and brownie.. talk about the best of both worlds. When there is a bag of butterscotch chips open… it will be gone in a few hours with me. They’re addicting!

January 7, 2013 05:06 PM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Wow, I love chocolate and butterscotch, so I’m SURE these would be incredible!!

January 7, 2013 05:30 PM
Tracy {pale yellow} said...

All New Year’s Resolutions should start with butter, brown sugar, chocolate, and butterscotch – way to start the new year off right, these look amazing1

January 7, 2013 07:18 PM
Shelan said...

I gasped when i saw the link on facebook. They look too delicious for words. Amazing!

January 7, 2013 07:48 PM
Klementine said...

I’ve actually never had butterscotch before – but seeing these brownies I’m sure it’s delicious and now I’m so hungry for brownies and I’m meant to be dieting….curse you! :D

January 7, 2013 07:49 PM
Sosheil said...

I have a bag of cherry flavored chips by Log House that I found on Amazon – I think I’ll do some substituting with your fantastic recipe and use the cherry chips in the light batter and use white chocolate chips in the chocolate batter, or the other way around? Problematically delicious decisions! Maybe later I’ll also try peanut butter chips, or mint chips! The variety just goes on – THANKS!!! ;)

January 7, 2013 08:49 PM
Shawna said...

You are seriously the most AMAZING food photographer. This blog entry is a perfect example of why your blog is so popular. Amazing!!

January 7, 2013 09:11 PM
Ruby said...

You are SO NOT helping me try and be better with my junk food intake! Those look like Heaven!

January 7, 2013 09:39 PM
Jayne said...

I love butterscotch, but we are a little behind the eight-ball here in New Zealand as we don’t have the same huge range of different flavoured choc-chips like the US does. But I found a new product a little while ago called ‘Caramel Bits’ by Nestle which taste almost the same as butterscotch (and they are in Australia as well). Thanks for another great recipe Bakerella! xx

January 7, 2013 10:33 PM
s. said...

Yum and Yum. Bakerella you have such a fun and inspiring tone of voice.

January 8, 2013 01:11 AM
buttercream bakehouse said...

these look great. Wish I had some right now.

January 8, 2013 08:36 AM
Sues said...

I’ve been craving butterscotch so much lately and now I want it even more :) I love how you swirled it in! It’s like an art :)

January 8, 2013 01:07 PM
kylene said...

YUMMOOOO!!!! those look sinful!

January 8, 2013 01:45 PM
Jemima said...

These look amazing. The photos are great too. I wonder whether I can get butterscotch chips here in the UK.

January 8, 2013 02:15 PM
Amanda said...

Those look decadently delicious! I love butterscotch!

January 8, 2013 10:21 PM
Marina(the little baker) said...

Hahaha so much for the new year diet!!! Lol :)

January 9, 2013 12:09 AM
Nocello Restaurant said...

yummy cake.I love the blog post. Thank you.

January 9, 2013 06:35 AM
Carla @ Carla's Confections said...

They look amazing! I agree! Indecisiveness isnt a bad thing at all! :D

January 9, 2013 12:53 PM
Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker said...

Oh my goodness, I wish I had one of these. Or all of them. They sound so incredibly good! :)

January 9, 2013 06:42 PM
Jessica said...

Oh yum. I’m pretty sure I drooled when I looked at every single picture. haha, those look delicious! I love chocolate and really love butterscotch, so this looks perfect. Thanks for sharing :)

-Jessica (Sew In Love)

January 9, 2013 09:32 PM
Angel said...

You really love your butterscotch! And with good reason, too! ;)

January 9, 2013 10:12 PM
Nicole said...

“Oh my ganache!!!!!”

I literally “lol”ed at that :) And now I’m drooling, but never mind that.

January 10, 2013 11:06 AM
Christa said...

This post cracked me up!!! ‘Batter up’ goodness. Thanks for brightening my evening, gorgeous. Yummy brownies!!!

January 10, 2013 08:49 PM
Jenny said...

I love butterschotch, and i’m always looking for great new butterschotch recipes! I would love for you to link up this recipe to my linky party, my readers will LOVE this recipe!! link to

January 11, 2013 12:33 AM
Isra {TheFrugalette} said...

I love butterscotch ANYTHING! This looks fabulous! Happy Friday!!

January 11, 2013 09:48 AM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

So delicious & yummy looking! A great blogging day for me includes getting those great food shots. Yours are beautiful!

January 11, 2013 04:41 PM
Annette said...

I love you. Just sayin’.

January 12, 2013 12:11 AM
ashley said...

i made them! didnt think i could cuz they looked to yummy for my ability, but yes! and they are absolutely the best dang brownies EVER!!!! a must make:) i love your recipes:)

January 12, 2013 07:32 AM
Melanie said...

I am drooling over here……..

January 12, 2013 06:46 PM
Melanie said...

I’m drooling over here!

January 12, 2013 06:48 PM
Katie B. of said...

That “swirly swirl” step looks so good I don’t think I’d make it past that without having to grab a big spoon!

January 12, 2013 07:37 PM
Lisa Cornely said...

These are amazing brownies. They turned out beautiful and decadent. They look and taste impressive. They were a big hit. Thanks so much for this one.

January 13, 2013 11:01 AM
ConfusedJulia said...

Oh my! These look absolutely delicious! Definitely Pinning them so I have the recipe to hand this week :)

January 14, 2013 03:02 PM
Michelle said...

These look AMAZING! Can life get any better than butterscotch and chocolate together? !

January 17, 2013 11:09 AM
Nadine said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaah… in Germany butterscotch drops are not available!! But I want to do these :(

January 17, 2013 11:33 AM
Mellybrown said...

What is it about butterscotch? So good.

Made these yesterday but I topped them with the ‘frosting’ I use for Scotcheroos — 3/4 cup butterscotch chips + 3/4 cup choco chips melted together and spread on top. YUM!

January 17, 2013 01:35 PM
Emma said...

Wow! My mouth is watering. Stunning photos. I love butterscotch. Please check out the food blog I have just started Thanks!

January 21, 2013 12:40 PM
Stephanie said...

Made these for my family last week. They loved them. I agree that they’re even better without the ganache. Recipe was super easy to follow. Love all your creative recipes!

January 24, 2013 12:52 AM
NELLY said...

I am going to make all these cookies!!! i love to bake :)

January 28, 2013 03:06 PM
Sandi @ My Culinary Escapades said...

Those look amazing!

January 31, 2013 04:00 PM
Bree said...

bakerella can you make more things like the cupcake burger? that would be so cool!

February 1, 2013 06:58 PM
Gabi said...

butterscotch chips! i don’t even know how it taste like.
Geting it is impossible. What can we use instead?

February 22, 2013 02:52 PM
Skazka Vostoka said...

The incredible beauty. Love your blog! Thank you, that pleases so delicious recipes.

July 26, 2013 07:26 AM
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