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Butterscotch Blondies

Who knew that the best butterscotch blondies could rival the rich, deep taste of a chocolate brownie? I admit that I did not. Oh, you didn’t think so either? Try these soft and chewy bars once and you’ll learn like I did that you could eat a half dozen of these and STILL want one more. Yes, I speak from experience. These blondie bars are THAT good.
Butterscotch Blondies made in a 9 by 13 pan cut into squares

What is a blondie?

A blondie dessert is simply a baked dessert that is similar to a chocolate brownie. It’s also called a blonde brownie or a blondie. The difference in ingredients between a blondie and a brownie is that blondies swap out vanilla or butterscotch flavors instead of cocoa. The sweet, chewy familiar feel still remains.

Baking this homemade blondie recipe might even challenge your love of chocolate brownies!

Cooking Light Butterscotch Bars Recipe

I followed a Cooking Light recipe for these butterscotch blondies bars.  My only addition was to include a generous handful of butterscotch chips for a bit of texture. I loved the chips but if you don’t have any at home, make these anyway because the sweet, chewy bites of these blondies is not to be missed. 

The butterscotch flavor of these Cooking Light butterscotch bars comes from the butter along with the brown sugar.  Let the butter brown slightly then incorporate the other ingredients. Yes, it is a lot of sugar—even more sugar than flour—but go with it. And don’t skimp on the butter either!

Why bake Butterscotch Blondies?

These blondies are a crowd favorite. Blondies are similar in texture to their more popular cousin, the brownie. They are chewy and rich in flavor. Butterscotch brownies are good to make ahead then to take along to a picnic, a family function, a day at the beach.

My batch of butterscotch blondies is gone but I may make them again for a school function this week. The parents and kids alike will love this dessert!

This Butterscotch Blondies recipe will become one of your most requested treats. Made in a 9 x 13 pan, these blondies can be cut into squares or bars and will feed a crowd.

Brown butter blondies

This recipe has a step where you essentially make brown butter. This is a process in which you simply melt the butter, letting some of the water content evaporate until you are left with a nutty, fragrant melted butter. 

You can make a light, medium or dark brown butter as is explained in this article by Bon Appetit.

You are not making a traditional butterscotch with this method but the taste that the brown butter lends to the blondies will remind you of butterscotch.

Adding in butterscotch baking chips provides an additional texture and flavor.

Yield: 32 squares

Butterscotch Blondies

Butterscotch Blondies

Find the original recipe from Cooking Light magazine.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 TB butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cups butterscotch chips (optional)


  1. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on medium low heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring a few times, until the butter has a nutty smell and turns a golden brown. Take off heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs to the butter then mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Mix in the chips.
  4. Use cooking spray to grease a 9 x 13 pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth to the edges. Bake for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 square

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Three butterscotch blondie bars stacked on white parchment
Are you looking for a gluten free alternative using the fantastic flavor of BUTTERSCOTCH? Try these Gluten Free Butterscotch Cookies.
Or perhaps you’d prefer the traditional recipe for butterscotch cookies. Take a bite!
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Monday 5th of October 2020

Tried your blondes and they were amazing, I didn’t have the butterscotch chips but they weren’t even missed I think they are better than brownies. Thanks for posting, this is a keeper

Holly Baker

Thursday 8th of October 2020

That is so great to hear! Thanks for your comment.


Thursday 16th of April 2020

Added some chopped pecans also, Delicious!

Holly Baker

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Pecans sound perfect! Great idea!


Monday 16th of April 2018

Sounds so good! I love butterscotch. Plus they look like the perfect consistency.

Holly Baker

Monday 16th of April 2018

Thanks! This ranks among the top five of my most requested recipes to bring to friends' homes so be careful-- once you make it you'll be asked to make it often! : )


Monday 11th of March 2013

Okay - yum- !!!


Monday 11th of March 2013

Well aren't these fantastic, Holly! I love butterscotch. I bet I'd love these!

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