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Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars

Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars

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Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars:  A perfect treat for when you need a quick dessert. These buttery bars with caramel undertones are loved by butterscotch fans!

Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars stacked on a small white plate

Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars

We spent most of the day on I-74 driving from western Illinois back home to Indiana. It was Labor Day and we invited our oldest to join us for a simple cookout.

But I also needed a simple dessert. I whipped up these Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars in a matter of minutes, the only waiting involved the cooling time.

Overhead view of a stack of Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars

Butter + Dark Brown Sugar

The ol’ hubster saw “butterscotch” in the recipe I printed off (I tweaked an earlier blog post by adding chocolate chips). I assured him there were no actual butterscotch chips or extract in these blondies. Butter and dark brown sugar provided the “butterscotch” flavor.

This is where using quality ingredients is extremely important. Margarine just won’t do. And a quality butter, like Kerrygold*, will  definitely raise the bar. He had a small bar but zeroed in on the leftover non-butterscotch option that contained chopped Oreos (yeah, that always trumps any caramelly dessert in his mind). These were definitely more of my kind of treat than his.

I first sampled these butterscotch bars at my dear friend and fellow blogger’s house nearly 4 years ago. Kate, of Kate’s Kitchen, was a huge influence on yours truly when my blog was very green.  Her husband played bridge with one of my girlfriends, so we met through that connection…and found we had numerous friends in common. That along with our love of terrific food made us fast friends. Kate served these bars at one of her incomparable dinner parties…and I just had to request the recipe. This time around, I topped these buttery babies with some mini chocolate chips, but they’re just as exceptional sans chocolate.

Yield: 16 bars

Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars

Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars

Simple bars made with quality ingredients!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick ) butter, melted (I always use a premium brand like Kerrygold)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 8 x 8 inch baking pan with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with cooking spray. Or grease pan well with butter.
  2. Pour melted butter into mixing bowl. Stir in brown sugar, then egg and vanilla. Mix in cake flour, salt and baking powder and stir till combined. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with mini-chocolate chips
  3. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

May double recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 pan.

Yield: 16 bars

Total time: 2 hours with cooling time

Nutrition Information:

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

*When you’re baking with a boat load of butter, like I do,  it’s important to select a top-notch product. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of Kerrygold butter.  Made from the milk of grassfed dairy cows in Ireland, the quality is unsurpassed. You’ll love the taste of your baked goods when using Kerrygold.

Kerrygold Butter

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40 comments on “Chocolate Chip Topped Butterscotch Bars”

  1. Sounds like a great cookie! Bet they were great with the chocolate:@)

  2. I won a contest on Pinterest last year and I get a pound of Kerrygold butter and cheese every month for a year. This stuff makes me swoon, and your bars look amazing, Lizzy!

  3. Yummy bars there Liz and love the cute choco chips there

  4. Oh my this looks so amazing. I want one 🙂

  5. Mmmmm….I prefer actual butterscotch flavor to chips any day. These look and sound absolutely luscious, Liz!

  6. Just beautiful dear Lizzy!
    And yumy of course:)

  7. I agree Liz, there is no substitute for butter in baking, or in anything really! And Kerrygold is a favorite of mine as well. I love the butter-sugar combo in these creating butterscotch flavor & really glad my husband loves butterscotch too!

  8. I love that there is no actual butterscotch in here! I’m only a semi fan of butterscotch but I do love these bars!

  9. Mmm.. it looks irresistible !
    I saw your photos in Instagram and you make me think to an american actreess, maybe someone tell you already….;)

  10. That’s cool how there’s the butterscotch flavor without having butterscotch in them! Can’t wait to try!

  11. Love these bars! And I also love Kerrygold too 🙂

  12. Love these bars! I also love using Kerrygold in my cooking/baking too!

  13. Terrific recipe! All my favorite flavors. 😉 And Kerrygold is good stuff — good butter makes such a difference, doesn’t it? Fun post — thanks.

  14. I have never tried butterscotch bars but I imagine they are delicious with or without the chocolate. They look so tasty. Kerrygold is the butter we tend to use on the whole.

  15. Yum great bars and love how the butterscotch flavor comes together through the ingredients. I would do half-half for the chips 🙂

  16. Wow! gotta make it, hope i have chocolate chips or else will settle with chocolate chunks.
    That looks so good! Pinning it, thanks!

  17. As usual, you’re making my mouth water. I love how rich and buttery these look – like their just begging me to take a bite!

  18. I love Kerrygold butter as well and their cheese!

  19. The hubster would love it here – we can’t buy butterscotch chips. He’d be in a ‘safety zone’. I love how these can be whipped up quickly. They look gorgeous even without those evil butterscotch chips xx

  20. These ‘butterscothch’ blondies sound wonderful and chocolate chips sure can’t hurt.

  21. Agreed. Kerrygold is one of the best…And when indulging in scrumptious Blondies with chocolate chips – I want the best ingredients! BTW I also agree with Bill about Oreos =)

  22. This is my kind of dessert, Liz – super easy but delicious! Unlike your hubby, butterscotch is one of my favourite flavours. It’s funny that I was just talking about ‘food tastes’ in my latest post. It’s a coincidence that I read your post straight after pressing publish!

  23. I am with your husband! Butterscotch should have butter and brown sugar and nothing else! THese look delicious and I am sure I will love them.. pinned!

  24. Hmmm….I’m going through all my IFBC swag looking to see if Liz slid some of these bars in my bag but nope, not a one. So you’ll be bringing them next time right?

    I love chocolate chips an butterscotch and bars so I’m all in for these.

  25. These bars look great, and I think I would enjoy more with the chocolate chips…thanks for sharing the recipe Liz…
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 😀

  26. Easy! And delicious! I love such recipes so much..:)

  27. I love recipes that come together so quickly like this!

  28. Wow Liz – this looks amazing. I should have eaten lunch first because now I am drooling. Butterscotch and chocolate – okay!

  29. We’re totally into butterscotch bars, and topping with a few little chocolate chips is a great idea. I’m always so impressed by how perfectly cut your bars are.

  30. These look good – but I don’t know if they could possibly be as good as your Brown Butter Blondies with Heath bar chunks. I made them again on the weekend – they are legendary in our house!

  31. Oh these bars look scrumptious, love the chocolate chips!

  32. Butter makes a world of a difference. We love Kerrygold, too!

  33. Ohmygosh!! Want. Need. Love. 😀

  34. These cookie bars looks scrumptious. I could totally eat 1….or 2 🙂

  35. I’m not a big butterscotch fan of those chips, but I do love the flavor. Love that you added the flavor and keep the bars chocolatey! Real Butter in baked goods is always a better choice in my opinion!

  36. Lizzy,
    These bars would be a big hit in my house. The chocolate chips are a must. My hubby would balk at butterscotch in the name too.

  37. You can always send me Bill’s portions!

  38. Ahhhh yes-this is the only time I like butterscotch. When it’s just delicious dark brown sugar and butter (ahhh I LOVE KERRYGOLD!) These bars look so gooey and perfect!

  39. These butterscotch bars look incredible! Love recipes that come together so quickly 🙂

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