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
*The post for Salted Butterscotch Bars was first published on April 25, 2016. The post was updated and republished April 28, 2020.
Jamie Lynn Lopez
Made these the other day... loved them so much I am making them again tonight. My boyfriend and I had them with some Butterfinger ice cream. Sooooo good!
1 1/4 cups,I rechecked everything and measured exact,when I melted the morsels it was kinda separated,not creamy but when I finished beating everything together it was fine. Not runny today but not brownie like either more like uncooked cookie dough?? Thanks for all your help, I will try again in a few months
9x13 pan ,I thought they should be like brownies and want to try again,that’s why I was wondering if you knew what I could have done wrong ? I love trying new recipes and like to make bar style goodies! Is there any way to tell if they’re done ,I tried the toothpick but it came out clean?? Thanks for your help
Yes, they should have a brownie like texture to them, and yes, testing with a toothpick is a great way to see if they are done. If it was clean, they should have set up after cooling. The only other thing I can think to ask when looking at the recipe is how much flour did you use?
Made these but the cake part did not thicken?? Any idea what might have gone wrong?
They really won't "thicken" or puff up because it is more of a dense cookie bar, not a fluffy cake. How did they taste?
They tasted good but were soupy??
Oh, yeah, that's not how they should be. What size pan did you bake them in? They should bake up and be dense like a brownie or cookie bar.
Butterscotch is my favorite. Not only is it fun to say the actual word, but it's awesome to eat. These are therefore my new favorite bars.
Hahaha! Yes, it is a fun word to say and a delicious flavor to eat!
I get so irritated at how my husband can pack it in while I have to watch every little mouthful to fit into my pants. It's so unfair.
I'd go into yoga pants for these, though! Love that you put salt on top. Such a great way to cut the sweetness!
I hear ya girl! I just look at food and gain weight! It's not fair that they guys have the will power to resist the good stuff and not gain weight when they do eat it!
Aimee @ ShugarySweets
haha, "grind your salt responsibly" 🙂 These look amazing as I am so weak for butterscotch desserts!!
Yeah, that's for all those people who will come back and say it was too salty! Hey, I warned ya!!!
they look absolutely delicious! Definitely would love to try them.
Yum....my favorite flavor I love anything butterscotch....looking forward to making these.....
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
We are totally fringe fans and I definitely want alternative Julianne to eat all the things.
YES!!!!! Why can't my alternate self like the bad food, instead of me?!?!??!!
Oh wow, these look good!
Thank you 🙂
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
These bars are definitely packed full of butterscotch flavor!