These Salted Butterscotch Bars are a fun and delicious way to change up your normal brownies. These bars are loaded with plenty of butterscotch chips and topped with sea salt to satisfy that sweet and salty lover in you.
The past few weeks I have been really trying to watch what I am eating. And no, not watch it go from my plate to my mouth, like normal. I mean, eating more salads, drinking more protein drinks, and adding more meats to my meals.
And I have been trying to workout a little bit more often. Last week I doubled up on a few days. Let me tell you, two workouts a day will make you tired…and hungry…and kind of crabby!
It also makes you want to eat all the sweets in the house! And after two workouts you deserve the Best Lemon Bars or handfuls of Peanut Butter S’mores Muddy Buddies, right? My jeans and shorts say that’s the wrong answer. Thanks for trying to help a girl out, though.
In an effort to keep the shorts from being too snug this summer, I have really been attempting to say no to desserts as much as possible. There have been a few taste tests because, well, because work still has to happen.
One day last week I had done really good at not eating sweets and had done a great workout that morning. My husband came home from work and told me he had eaten Chinese for lunch…all while stuffing his face with these salted butterscotch bars!!! Woah! Wait a minute? What’s going on here?
Any Fringe watchers out there? All of a sudden I realized we must have teleported over to an alternate universe just like Olivia and Peter. A universe where alternate Jocelyn eats right and exercises all the time and alternate Jeremy is a slacker and eats bad food every day…because that’s definitely not how it normally goes down around here.
It was such a strange day for sure!
Let’s talk about these bars for a minute. They are a pretty much a brownie, but instead of melted chocolate, I used melted butterscotch chips instead. Just an FYI, the mixture looks pretty strange when you melt and mix everything together.
Don’t worry, though. That’s just how it looks until you mix in some flour.
How to make Salted Butterscotch Bars:
- Melt butter and butterscotch chips in a sauce pan over low-medium heat. (full recipe at bottom of post)
- Whisk in brown sugar and vanilla.
- Beat the eggs for a few minutes until frothy. Add a little bit of the hot butter mixture to the eggs and stir in. Slowly add the rest of the butter until completely mixed in.
- Add the flour and salt and stir until a soft batter forms.
- Spread in a greased pan and bake.
- Once the bars are cool, melt salted caramel chips and heavy cream together to make a frosting.
- Spread on the cooled bars and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- Add the hot butter mixture slowly to the eggs. If you add it too fast, you will scramble the eggs.
- If you can’t find salted caramel chips, use more butterscotch chips for the topping.
- Sea salt helps to cut the sweetness of the bars. Make sure you use course ground sea salt! You should be able to see chunks of salt on top. Most grinders allow you to change how course or fine it comes out.
Believe me, if your salt is too fine, your Salted Butterscotch Bars will taste like they are from the ocean. Please grind the salt responsibly!!!!
More easy cookie bar recipes:
- Congo Bars
- M&M Blonde Brownies
- S’mores Swirled Blondies
- Frosted Rainbow Chip Brownies
- Vanilla Unicorn Sugar Cookie Bars
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For the Bars
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups butterscotch chips
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the Frosting
- 1 cup salted caramel or butterscotch chips
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- coarse ground sea salt, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick baking spray.
- Place the butter and butterscotch chips in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until melted.
- Whisk in the brown sugar and vanilla.
- Beat the eggs for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add a little bit of the hot butter mixture at a time and beat until everything is mixed together.
- Add the flour and salt and mix again until a batter forms. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
- Place the chips and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir until melted and creamy. Heat again for 15 seconds at a time, if needed.
- Spread over the top of the cooled bars. Let set slightly before sprinkling with coarse sea salt.
*I used salted caramel chips for the frosting. If you cannot find those, use more butterscotch chips.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.
*The post for Salted Butterscotch Bars was first published on April 25, 2016. The post was updated and republished April 28, 2020.