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butterscotch bar cookies

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Ruth Ann Vokac
Mansfield, IL

My family began making these bar cookies in the 1960s. They soon became a family favorite. Cooking the butter and brown sugar until bubbly gives them a special butterscotch flavor. Wrap these individually and freeze if one batch is more than you can use in a week.

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These butterscotch bars are super easy to make. Great for when your sweet tooth appears. Shredded coconut gives them a hint of coconut flavor. Pecans add a fantastic crunch. The whole crew loved these chewy, buttery bars. We think you will too.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 1
serves 24
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For butterscotch bar cookies

  • 10 Tbsp
    butter (1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded coconut
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans (optional)

How To Make butterscotch bar cookies

  • Greasing a baking dish.
    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9" x 12" baking dish by greasing with Crisco.
  • Butter and brown sugar cooking in a saucepan.
    In a heavy saucepan, perhaps one in which you can use a hand mixer, cook butter and brown sugar over low heat until bubbly, stirring constantly. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Egg and vanilla added to melted sugar.
    If you cannot use mixer beaters in your saucepan, pour sugar/butter mixture into a mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time and beat. (If the mixture is fairly hot, beat eggs immediately after adding them.) Add vanilla extract.
  • Flour, baking soda, and salt added to sugar.
    In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine. Add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine.
  • Coconut and nuts added to the saucepan.
    Add coconut and nuts (if using). Mix in well. The batter will be very stiff.
  • Batter poured into greased baking dish.
    Scrape batter into prepared baking dish. Use a knife to level batter in the pan. (Or pick up the pan and slightly shake it from side to side.)
  • Butterscotch bars baking in the oven.
    Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Butterscotch Baking Bars ready to be sliced.
    Let cool on a wire rack. After 5-10 minutes, cut into squares while brownies are still somewhat warm.