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Caramel Frosted Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars #SkinnyTip

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Caramel Frosted Chocolte Chip Butterscotch Bars: Rich butterscotch batter laden with chocolate chips is baked then iced with a thick layer of caramel buttercream frosting!


Caramel Frosted Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars

When the hubby mentioned he needed to pick up a relish tray from the grocery store for the picnic we were to attend, I gave him one of my wifely looks.

What the heck!? Does he not remember that I’m a food blogger? I immediately replied that they’d probably prefer a homemade dessert more than one of those ubiquitous veggie platters.

I pulled a recipe for these Caramel Frosted Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars from a stack of my must try recipes and went to work.

Butterscotch Bars filled with chocolate chips and iced with a caramel buttercream!

These Were Winners!

Besides the picnic crowd, I tested these puppies out on my family and gal pals from knitting (No, I don’t knit, just gab. I made one scarf and that was enough to show me my talent didn’t come close to my fashion standards!). I knew I had undercooked the frosting, so it was a little grainy (I’m certain you’ll do better!), but they still got rave reviews.

Even my pickiest child, Katie, made sure I reserved a stash for her before we headed to the picnic. And, as I predicted, these flew off the table full of plastic wrapped trays of carrots and celery and bags of chips. I think you’ll find they disappear quickly at your house, too!

Butterscotch Bars filled with chocolate chips and iced with a caramel buttercream!
Caramel Frosted Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars

Caramel Frosted Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars

Butterscotch Bars filled with chocolate chips and iced with a caramel buttercream!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 30 bars


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups firmly brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips or chunks


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups firmly packed golden brown sugar.
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a half-sheet pan (13x18 inches) with non-stick foil or grease regular foil with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue beating for another minute.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the flour mixture into the batter mixture on low speed until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake until the bars are set and slightly puffed, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
  4. When brownies are cool, spread icing evenly over the top. Let them sit for about 30 minutes to allow the icing to firm up before cutting into squares. Makes 30.
  5. Icing: In a saucepan set over medium heat, melt 1 cup butter with 2 cups firmly packed golden brown sugar. Once the mixture is lightly bubbling, decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 more minutes; set aside.
  6. Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat 4 cups powdered sugar, 1/3 cup half-and-half and 1 tablespoon vanilla on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the melted butter mixture and beat until combined.


Recipe adapted from Pastry Queen Parties

If you don't own a half-sheet pan, you can bake the brownies in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Adjust the baking time and watch them carefully. You may have too much icing.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature more tips on some of my upcoming blog posts. Click on the #SkinnyTip tag at the end of this post to see all my previous tips.

Tip #40: Know your serving size. Did you know a serving size of meat is approximately the size of a deck of cards? So the 16 ounce T-bone my son likes to order when we take him out to dinner may not be ideal…but he has that 21 year-old metabolism. No fair.

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41 comments on “Caramel Frosted Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars #SkinnyTip”

  1. Anything caramel and chocolate, I’m up for! Very nice looking blocks – no doubt about the reservations 🙂

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  2. Very nice! As soon as my son sat down yesterday he was looking around to see if I had baked anything… I had not-head hanging in shame:@)

  3. They might, if I were more fond of butterscotch. I think my Dad would still eat them though.

  4. I know I’d much prefer one of your yummy looking brownies to a handful of carrots from one of those store made relish trays Liz. I’m sure you saved the day in many picnic goers eyes 🙂

  5. Liz, haha love it! Bill should know by now, right?! These Caramel Frosted Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars are WAY better than a veggie platter from the store! Good save!! 🙂

  6. No one likes those veggie trays – a serious miss on the husband’s part! Clearly bars were a much better choice! These look so soft and chewy. I am a sucker for butterscotch (the real kind, not the nasty baking chips)

  7. Way better than a relish pre-made tray! A food blogger would never show up with that!! Lol, what was he thinking;) These bars look amazing! 😉

  8. Oh my good lord, thank you Jesus that these are not in my house…I wouldn’t be able to stop after a dozen!!! WOW, those look amazing ::drooling::

  9. HAHA, you know what, my husband did the same thing the other day when we were invited to a BBQ!! I was almost offended! These bars look incredible, great job!

  10. Well done Liz, your cake is better than a relish tray from the glocery ! It looks so amazing !

  11. What was your husband thinking Ha! Caramel and chocolate are so great together, these look excellent!

  12. lol, as a food blogger I’m pretty much expected to bring something creative and delicious and healthy to any function. 😉 These look amazing Liz! oxox

  13. I totally giggled about your husband and the veggie mines tried the same thing a time or two! These look fabulous, pinning them for later!

  14. That thick layer of frosting looks divine! Your husband is hilarious – clearly a packaged veggie tray would just not do ;).

  15. LOL, oh Bill. : )

    How lucky for the picnic-ers and Katie!! : ) You are the best, Liz!

  16. I chuckled at the skinny tip today. These bars look fabulous. I would probably not have the correct serving size if the pan was in front of me.

  17. Lizzy,
    I guess we all eat more than we should sometimes. It’s so hard to stick to a serving size when you have such yummy desserts in front of you. Yum.

  18. Hey Liz, They look delicious, Katie is smart stashing some of these!! 🙂

  19. Liz you are rocking with desserts and bars and i love this yummmyy one

  20. O man! Hahaha…. I can totally see why these would disappear in no time at all.. They look delicious!

  21. Oh wow, Im in heaven. These look amazing!!!!!! Caramel and chocolate is a winning combination, and I love treat bars!

    Sharing now through Triberr 🙂

  22. You are funny! You’re right! Excuse me?! Who do you think I am! You need to make sure he reads all the comments and fans email from now on. 😉 I’m glad you got the great desserts covered!

  23. I would love to see that looks on your face Liz haha! I am sure you froze the poor guy! But it’s true that these bars cannot possibly be compared to the store bought!

  24. Everything you make looks absolutely fantastic, and these are no exception!!
    Mouth-watering bars

  25. Certainly sound terrific. My daughter and I are a big fan of anything caramel and butterscotch.

  26. These would DEF never last for that long in my house!

  27. oh! It looks sooooooooo good !! I was going to bake sth like this today – seriously! Now.. i’m going straight to the kitchen 🙂

  28. My husband will love these bars too! They look divine, Liz.

  29. These bars could keep me occupied for a very long time 😀

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  30. I can’t believe your husband was going to pick up a relish tray when you cook so well. I just can’t imagine you turning up to an event with a store-bought platter. Your butterscotch bars look amazing and so much better than a relish tray! (not that I have ever heard of a relish tray but I can imagine!) xx

  31. Gosh – these look simply decadent – half and half in frosting? I would never have thought of that – thanks so much for sharing these beauts! So, could I cut these the size of a deck of cards and pretend that would be one serving? Guess that might not be an approved skinny tip eh? 😉

  32. Oh man your bars always look perfect!

  33. I love the idea of the caramel ‘frosting!!’ anything called butterscotch has my name written all over it 😛

  34. Hehe, too cute, I would gladly choose these bars any day over a grocery relish tray 🙂 They look absolutely perfect! Love love love the caramel frosting!

  35. The pressure is always on when you are a food blogger. I am certain that if you had brought a veggie tray those carrots and celery would still be on the tray. I am sure these were the hit of the gathering and they sound sinfully delicious. I hope you are doing well Liz. Take Care, BAM

  36. Oh, man, Liz, these look amazing! I love caramel frosting – even when it is a bit grainy. Do you think these would work in a 9 by 13? I always prefer bars made in there than a tray.

  37. These bars look delicious and yes, as a food blogger you have to take something you have made to a party. 😀 I’m sure everyone devoured these!

  38. I’m a frosting lover so these would be a big hit for me. Obviously they didn’t last long.

  39. I’d take these over carrot sticks anyday!

  40. i love the frosting on these. yum!

  41. You said the magic word, butterscotch. Your bars sound AWESOME, and that frosting……YUM!!!! Hugs, Terra

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