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
Yield: Two Dozen Bars

Butterscotch Brownie 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 cups 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. Add eggs and beat until blended.
  4. Gradually beat in the flour mixture and then stir in butterscotch chips.
  5. FOR THE CHOCOLATE BATTER: Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl using a wire whisk. Set aside.
  6. Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave. Stir together until smooth.Add sugar and stir with a wire whisk until combined. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  7. Stir in flour mixture until blended and then stir in chocolate chips.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. When cool, spread ganache on top. Let set for a few minutes before sprinkling butterscotch chips on top.
  11. 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


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76 comments on “Butterscotch Brownie Bars”

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

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

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

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

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

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

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

  11. 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.

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

  13. I’m drooling over here!

  14. I am drooling over here……..

  15. 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:)

  16. I love you. Just sayin’.

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

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

  19. 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!!

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

  21. “Oh my ganache!!!!!”

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

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

  23. 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)

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

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

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

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

  28. Those look decadently delicious! I love butterscotch!

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

  30. YUMMOOOO!!!! those look sinful!

  31. 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 :)

  32. these look great. Wish I had some right now.

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

  34. 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

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

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

  37. 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!!! ;)

  38. 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

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

  40. 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

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

  42. 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!

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

  44. Looks sooo god! Jummy

  45. 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!

  46. Oh, wow… I’m feeling this one!! YUM.

  47. These look absolutely scrumptious!! =)


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

  49. I want to be you when I grow up!!

  50. 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! :(

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

  52. Mmmm love this idea! Looks awesome!

  53. 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

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

  55. Oh my heavens, Angie! I’m drooling!

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

  57. They look beautiful, and decadent!

  58. Yummy! These look delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    ? Samantha

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

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

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

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

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

  64. oh, how I missed your recipes!

  65. 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!

  66. These look so… *drool*

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

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

  68. 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.

  69. MUST make!

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

  71. Looks SO GOOD!!! :)

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


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

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