If you are looking for something interesting to do with butterscotch morsels, here’s an old recipe for Butterscotch Brickle Bars. Originally from an Oklahoma Junior League cookbook, the recipe start with a simple shortbread crust. You bake the crust then pour on a melted butterscotch chip mixture which transforms from sticky goo to a caramel-like matrix holding together nuts.
For this batch I used toasted walnuts. They tasted great, but I think they’d be even better with cashews.
Here’s a recipe for the full batch. I made a half batch and added a few notes about that at the bottom.
Butterscotch Brickle Bars
Butterscotch Brickle Bars are bar cookies made with nuts and melted butterscotch chips.
- 1 1/3 cups flour 6 oz
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 4 oz 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt divided use
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 cups chopped nuts toasted (I used coarsely chopped walnuts)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. If you want to skip lining the pan, feel free.
- Mix the flour, brown sugar, softened butter and 1/4 tsp. salt and blend until crumbly. Press into the prepared pan and bake on middle rack for 10 minutes.
- Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the remaining salt, butterscotch chips , corn syrup and water to the hot butter and stir well. Microwave at 50% powder for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat if necessary until chips are melted. Note: You may also do that step in a double boiler. The microwave works perfectly, just don’t use a high setting. Stir in the nuts (batter will be kind of thick and goopy) and spoon over baked shortbread layer, spreading evenly. Bake for 8 minutes longer. Let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then remove from pan and score while still warm.
- Let cool completely before serving.
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Upstate NY Native
Laura E – I am intrigued – I have never seen maple chips. Where do you find them? Are they regional?
Yum! I love all things butterscotch and these look delicious!
These look great — though decadent! Since I’m on the post-holiday track right now, I’ll have to wait to make these… 🙂
Mmmm these sound so yummy!
Sue, you jogged my memory. I made a version of this 4 years ago with peanuts. It was filed under butterscotch blondies.
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I got to thinking more about these bars and I have a very similar recipe. It calls for 2 c. “mixed fancy nuts” and it’s made in a 10×15 inch pan. We LOVE those bars and haven’t made them in eons!
1 1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 c. softened butter
3 c. flour
1 t. salt
2 c. fancy mixed nuts
1/2 c. light corn syrup
2 T. butter
1 T. water
1 c. butterscotch morsels
The base is baked in a 10 x 15 pan at 350 for 10-12 min. Then the nuts are scattered over the top.
The second layer is cooked in a saucepan and boiled while stirring constantly for 2 min. Pour over crust and bake for 10-12 min.
Thanks for reminding me about these!
I have that cookbook and I love it. I’ll have to try the cookie recipe.
The bar looks golden delicious…I love shortbread crusts…never made one with brown sugar. Do you think soft raisins could be baked into the topping? or dried softened craisins?
Don’t you love those JL cookbooks? They are chock full of great recipes and this one is a perfect example. Looks delicious!
I think cinnamon, vanilla or maple chips could substitute for the butterscotch if you can find them.
never heard of these. is that weird? or am i weird.
My husband hates butterscotch. sigh
Sounds good to me!
These sound easy and look very tasty! Thanks for sharing! :o)
My son would LOVE these. He loves anything butterscotch!!