Rich and Chewy Butterscotch Bars

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Butterscotch Bars . . . these bars are thick and chewy and full of crunchy pecans.  The maple flavoring adds a wonderful depth of flavor. 

butterscotch bars with pecansChewy Butterscotch Bars

I needed some treats to take to a neighbor today, and wanted to try something fast and easy. So I whipped up these butterscotch bars. Oh man, are they ever good!

They are moist and chewy and have a great butterscotch-y (is that a word?) flavor. I used pecans in mine and I thought it was perfect. I love using this nut chopper to chop my pecans. I store it in the fridge so I can have chopped nuts ready in seconds. Such a time saver!

side shot of butterscotch blondies with pecans


It was a good thing it makes a small batch or I might have eaten them until I was sick. They are definitely going into my recipe box of favorites! If you love a chewy blondie with a rich buttery flavor, you have got to give this recipe a try!

chewy butterscotch bars on a white tray

How to make chewy butterscotch bars:

Start with melted butter, that’s what makes the bars extra chewy. You will also be using all brown sugar, and that also contributes to the decadent flavor and chewiness of these bars.

Cream the brown sugar, melted butter, and maple flavoring in a mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs. Stir in the dry ingredients and chopped nuts. Pour into a greased 9″ square pan.

Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack, then cut into bars.

So simple, so delicious!

 chewy Butterscotch Bars recipe collage


Butterscotch Bars Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings

Butterscotch Bars

Butterscotch Bars
Rich and chewy butterscotch bars with pecans.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple flavoring
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Cream brown sugar, melted butter, and maple flavoring in a mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs. Stir in dry ingredients and nuts.
  2. Pour batter into a greased 9" square pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack, then cut into bars.


These bars are pretty rich, so I cut them into smaller sized bars.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 51mg Sodium: 167mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Protein: 3g
Originally posted 10/20/2008. Updated November 2018.
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  1. I made a double batch, but it came out more cake like. Any idea what I may have done wrong?

  2. This is a great recipe! Thank u for sharing. I’m getting ready to host a party for 70 people. I would like to make these ( bake & freeze about a week ahead of time then let come to room temp ) & slice day of serving. Have you tried this? Or do you have another suggestion about freezing ?

    • I haven’t frozen them before, but I think it would work just fine. I’d wrap them up really well in a few layers of plastic wrap, and put them in an airtight container if you have one large enough. Have fun at your party!

  3. What is the weight of the flour in ounces, please

  4. These butterscotch bars are my families favorite dessert! I make them all the time! 🙂

  5. I am craving these bars right now! Love the addition of pecans!

  6. These sound wonderful! And.. I also always put a Y at the end of words. Butterscotchy is totally a word. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  7. The maple flavoring and pecans makes these bars taste so good!!!

  8. These bars are so chewy and good! Butterscotch doesn’t get enough attention in desserts!

  9. I made these last night – delicious! Thanks for the great recipe! I served it as a dessert and added a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

  10. Making these tomorrow! 😊 visiting my grandpa and he loves butterscotch so I figured these would be perfect! I’ve heard good things about this recipe so I’m giving it a go! He likes super favorful things

  11. Kara
    When you say 1/2 cup melted butter are you saying a 1/2 cup after its melted or 1/2 before melting. I’ve made a ton of recipes that call for melted butter but it does not measure the same when it comes to solid vs. melted. I would love to make these for my moms sweet tooth.

    Thank you!

  12. Hi, could the butter just be softened instead of melted when you cream it with the brown sugar? If it’s melted will it liquefy the sugar? Thanks.

  13. What is maple “flavoring”? Can I use real maple syrup instead? Thanks.

    • Maple flavoring can be found by the vanilla at the grocery store. Like other extracts or flavorings, it has a very concentrated taste, which is why you need such a small amount. Maple syrup would not be a good substitute. Hope you can find some. 🙂

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