I always associate butterscotch with those gold-wrapped hard candies in your grandparents' candy dish, and maybe the occasional butterscotch pudding. But it is such a delicious and under-used flavor. These easy Homemade Butterscotch Blondies incorporate that awesome flavor in two ways making these the absolute best butterscotch treat there is. Plus, the batter comes together in one bowl in a matter of minutes, and in less than an hour you can be biting into these incredible soft and sweet dessert bars!
Why this recipe works
These butterscotch blondies use both butterscotch sauce and chips for double butterscotch deliciousness! They're also very versatile. They are so simple and tasty, but you can also spice them up by adding anything from coconut to caramel to walnuts or pecans, or even white chocolate chips or toffee pieces. There are so many options to change these up while keeping the incredible flavor and texture of these moist butterscotch blondie bars.
Ingredients and notes
Brown Sugar - This quick and easy butterscotch blondies recipe calls for brown sugar because brown sugar helps make these bars soft and chewy. Brown sugar is brown because of molasses which also adds a richness that perfectly compliments the butterscotch flavor.
Butterscotch Sauce - Butterscotch sauce is one of two ingredients that give this simple recipe its butterscotch flavor. You could absolutely substitute some or all of the butterscotch sauce with a caramel sauce for a delicious twist to this double butterscotch blondies recipe.
Butterscotch Chips - Butterscotch chips are the other ingredient that contributes to the epic flavor of these moist and soft butterscotch blondies. You could substitute some of all of the butterscotch chips with white chocolate chips or toffee pieces, or even add them in addition to the butterscotch chips to add some extra flavor variety.
Of course, if you substitute both the sauce and chips, these will no longer be butterscotch blondies, but the endless list of mix-ins that combine perfectly with the butterscotch flavor that the sauce and the chips bring makes this such a fun recipe. However, these are also perfect just as they are without anything extra!
How to make this recipe
Preheat your oven and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar.
Stir in the eggs and butterscotch sauce.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just incorporated and smooth.
Fold in butterscotch chips (and any other mix-ins you'd like to add!).
Spread the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
To test for doneness, stick a toothpick into the center of the blondies and remove. If the toothpick comes out clean, they're done! You may have to look closely because the batter is a similar color to the toothpick!
Cool completely, cut into squares, and enjoy!
A brownie is a chocolate-based dessert bar, whereas a blondie is essentially a brownie without the chocolate. Though you can add chocolate to a blondie, the batter itself is not a chocolate batter.
They can be! Blondies, like brownies, can be gooey in texture or can be more cake-like in texture. There is no wrong or right texture for a blondie. Just like some people prefer gooey brownies and others prefer cake-like brownies, the texture of blondies is up to your personal preference!
Tips & Tricks
- This recipe can be made in two 8x8 pans instead of one 9x13 pan if you prefer, however the bake time may need to be slightly reduced. I would suggest starting to check it at 20 minutes.
- Butterscotch sauce is usually found in the ice cream section of the grocery store with the sprinkles, ice cream cones, hot fudge, and caramel sauce.
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- 9x13 pan
- Mixing bowl
- silicone spatula
- 1 stick butter melted and cooled
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups butterscotch sauce
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt Diamond Crystal
- 1 11 oz bag butterscotch chips
- Preheat oven to 375 F and line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
- Combine butter and sugar.
- Beat eggs and butterscotch sauce into the sugar mixture.
- Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until smooth.
- Fold in the butterscotch chips.
- Spread mixture into lined pan and bake 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The batter is a similar color to the toothpick, so look closely!
- Cool completely, then cut into squares.
This recipe was originally posted on February 12, 2017, but was republished with new photos, additional information about the recipe, step-by-step instructions, FAQs, and tips and tricks in August of 2022.