Butterscotch Cookie Bars

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You just need 10 minutes to whip up these easy butterscotch cookie bars loaded with brown sugar and butterscotch chips. Best served with ice cream!

stack of butterscotch bars with milk

Close your eyes for a minute.


Chewy butterscotch cookie bars. Imagine these little butterscotch blondies fresh from the oven with a scoop of ice cream melting on top. Oh, and don’t forget the butterscotch ice cream topping.

 butterscotch bars with milk and forks

Are you drooling yet? If not…are you breathing?!!

In my mind, butterscotch does not get the credit it deserves. When people think dessert, what comes to mind? Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Strawberries.

Butterscotch tends to get left behind.

But when you’re looking for an easy dessert to whip up? This chewy butterscotch bars recipe is the answer. Just 10 minutes. Simple ingredients. A little too easy.

close up of  butterscotch bars

Just a hint when you’re making these bars. I recommend under baking them just a little bit. The recipe calls for baking the bars at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. I tend to bake them for no more than 30 minutes, but they will be a little underdone inside. If you want them firmer, add that extra 5 minutes to the baking time.

Also, I like to cut these bars shortly after they come out of the oven. They tend to get hard to cut and remove the longer they sit in the pan.

 butterscotch bars in a baking pan

My last hint? 

Serve them with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. And maybe a drizzling of butterscotch sauce. The butterscotch cookie bars will be a hit. I promise.


stack of three butterscotch bars
stack of three butterscotch bars

Butterscotch Cookie Bars

4.55 from 80 votes
You just need 10 minutes to whip up these easy butterscotch cookie bars loaded with brown sugar and butterscotch chips. Best served with ice cream!
Servings 15 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium-size bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the vanilla and eggs. Mix well.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Fold in the butterscotch chips.
  • Spread the batter in a well-greased 9x13 pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bars are set in the middle.
  • Cut while the bars are still warm.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container.



Serving: 66g | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g
Author Julie Clark
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 258

I originally shared this recipe on Real Housemoms.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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5 years ago

5 stars
My New Nabbor made this for My Family and We Loved it so much, hoping to make some of our own, for others! California San Diego

5 years ago

5 stars
I wanted to make something simple and this recipe caught my eye. I made it tonight and its amazing! I didn’t have butterscotch chips in the house so I added a cup of chopped pecans and a cup of toffee bits. These will be made again and again

4 years ago

5 stars
Very easy very tasty i used an extra egg bc what i had were medium size

3 years ago

Can this be made a day or two ahead and refrigerated then cooked?

3 years ago

5 stars
This is the best desert I’ve ever had! I’m pretty young and I made these taste great! Thanks for posting this recipe!!
Ps I love your personality!!!! 👍👍😃

3 years ago

Recipe says baking powder, video says baking soda, uh oh…. I used powder. Hope that is correct :/

3 years ago

I noticed on the demonstration on how to make the butterscotch cookies they used baking soda instead of powder.Which should we use. Thank You.

3 years ago

I wanted to make butterscotch cookie bars and could have sworn I used to find a recipe on the back of the nestles bag. They don’t have a recipe anymore so I had to come searching. I didn’t want to use oatmeal, and I was happy I found your recipe. I followed the recipe exactly, except I really wanted them in a jelly roll pan (11 x 15). Just made it fit. I baked in my oven for about 22 minutes. These are yummy and have a wonderful flavor! I will definitely be making them again, and next time I’ll… Read more »

3 years ago

5 stars
They are delicious! If I want to double the recipe would I need to do anything different? It might be a duh question but I am not a very good baker:)

3 years ago

5 stars
Turned out super delicious!

2 years ago

5 stars
I was skeptical when putting these in the oven. They didn’t spread smoothly and it look different than the video. I used my hands to push them in the pan. So glad I tried these! They are amazing! I baked 30 minutes and they were perfect.

2 years ago

4 stars
I made this and the its kind of gooey and I want them a little cakey but still chewy, what can you recommend for me to do or add or remove from the ingredients?

2 years ago

I just tried this and it came out like a rock! I only had medium eggs. Should I have used 3 in that case?

2 years ago

Butter: salted or unsalted??

2 years ago

5 stars
These came out very good! I used salted butter and added a splash of butterscotch schnapps too. Addictive.

Last edited 2 years ago by prometheamoth