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Butterscotch Brownies

It’s true, blondes have more fun! These butterscotch brownies with chocolate chips are a family favourite for a reason. They’re an easy blondie recipe with butterscotch flavor baked right in!

butterscotch brownies

Butterscotch brownies! I feel a sense of victory in posting this recipe, because it’s one that’s been on my mind since starting the blog! This recipe is actually an old family recipe. My Mom used to make these all of the time when we grew up, and I just haven’t gotten around to sharing them with you all! These blondies also make me think of my friend Stacy (hi Stacy)! She kind of grew up with these too, since I grew up with her and she became well acquainted with these bars. I think they’re still one of her favourites!

So, why am I not calling these blondies?

I’m not entirely sure. I mean, technically they ARE a blondie, since they’re a brownie that isn’t brown…but we always called these butterscotch brownies and I don’t dare change the name now!

What is the difference between a brownie and a blondie?

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These two delicious bars are basically the same, except that a blondie doesn’t contain that deep, dark cocoa powder that makes a BROWNie. Plus, a blondie typically contains brown sugar to give it a caramel-like flavor, which a traditional brownie is dark and usually made with white sugar. 

So, blondie recipes often have pieces of butterscotch chips, but what makes this recipe unique is that the butterscotch chips are melted right INTO the bar! It adds so much butterscotch flavor, plus the melted chocolate gives these bars a ridiculously delicious, chewy texture. All the heart eyes!

What are butterscotch chips of?

Strictly speaking of the store-bought ones (you can totally make your own), but mostly it’s a mix of butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Butterscotch is different than caramel from the flavour that the brown sugar brings, vs white sugar with caramel. I have always loved butterscotch! It is still my favourite sundae flavour! 

The butterscotch chips give these bars their delightfully chewy texture and rich taste. No substitutes here! I use Hershey’s brand but you can use whichever butterscotch morsels you have on hand.

And the other great thing about these bars? The little to no effort and time they take! I’ve included a video at the bottom of the recipe card to show you just how easy to make they really are. I hope they become a family favourite for you too!

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butterscotch brownies

I’ve got a ton of other bars and brownies on the site. Take a peek!

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butterscotch brownies

Butterscotch Brownies

  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x


It’s true, blondes have more fun! These butterscotch brownies with chocolate chips are a family favourite for a reason. They’re an easy blondie recipe with butterscotch flavor baked right in!


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving some overhang for easy lifting.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with an electric handheld mixer, mix together the butter and brown sugar until combined, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for 30 seconds in between. Add the vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients and slowly mix until just combined.
  3. In a small heat-proof bowl, melt the butterscotch chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Be careful not to overheat! Once melted, add the melted chips to the other ingredients, mixing until smooth. With a large wooden spoon, stir in half of the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Empty the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing evenly. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake the bars for 22-25 minutes or until slightly browned on the outside. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan and cutting into 16 bars.

Butterscotch brownies can be kept at room temperature for 3-4 days in an airtight container, or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20

Keywords: easy butterscotch brownies // easy blondie recipe

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  1. In all the baking that I do, I’ve never made a blondie! Or a butterscotch brownie! I’ll have to add these to the holiday baking list. Butterscotch treats go over well with my family! BTW, love that it’s a family recipe. Those are the best! Pinning!

  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    These look awesome! I grew up calling them butterscotch brownies too, so I’m glad you stuck with the name :). Have a great weekend, Katherine!

  3. This is my kind of brownie, I could eat it every week. It looks gorgeous

  4. Whatever you call them, I just say they’re simply delicious! And, if you need a taste tester, just send along some my way, ok 😉 They look deeeelish, my friend! Happy weekend ahead! XOXO

  5. Thank you very much for explaining the difference between blondies and brownies; I was really confused seeing all the versions and combinations so now, it makes sense. Thank you so much and enjoy your weekend 🙂

  6. Oh yum, Katherine! These butterscotch brownies are irresistible! I’ve always loved the butterscotch chips. So cool how they’re melted and mixed into the batter!

  7. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Oh I do like a slice (or five) of good blondie bars! But you know what? I’ve successfully baked some rather complicated desserts, but all my previous attempts to make blondies weren’t too satisfying. I guess butterscotch chips are the secret ingredient here, and with your recipe I’ll succeed 🙂 Needless to say, the bars look amazing!

  8. Whatever you want to call them – love the recipe. How could you go wrong with chocolate bits baked inside a tasty butterscotch batter? Pinned.

  9. This recipe takes me right back to childhood Katherine! We called them butterscotch brownies too!! I haven’t made anything like this in forever and I’m thinking I need to change that!

  10. Oh wow!! Melting the butterscotch chips to add to the batter sounds so amazing!! I bet the butterscotch flavor is off the charts! So yum!

  11. These butterscotch brownies look incredible, Katherine!! I could not be left a lone with that batch without doing some serious damage! 🙂

  12. I think I have been missing out because I have never had these brownies before. They look and sound incredible! Melting the butterscotch is definitely a good way to amp up the flavor!

  13. jonathan sands

    finally, someone has butterscotch brownies right! The melted butterscotch bits make all the difference.
    Just one question – can I double the recipe to make them a bit thicker?

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