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Chewy Butterscotch Bars with Pecans and Dark Chocolate Recipe

Updated on September 3, 2013

Delicious chewy bars of goodness that everyone will love - these are so much better than cupcakes and muffins, trust me!

These are delicious, moist, chewy morsels of heaven in a bar that your family and friends are going to want more and more of. I make batches of these for lunchboxes, school fetes and they make fabulous Christmas presents, in fact we make these every year to give to all our lovely neighbours.

These Butterscotch Bars are based on the American 'blondie' which most of us in the UK have never even heard of, but it's okay I get it now, Brownies are brown with chocolate and blondies are their paler counterparts. These are extremely easy to make and you can vary the recipe and use your favourite ingredients with ease, sometimes I add oats to these which gives them a slightly denser heavier feel but with or without the oats they're very moreish.

If you get all your ingredients ready and it will only take you 10 minutes preparation and 30 minutes of baking in the oven and then your only problem will be to keep everyone away from them while they're cooling - it's not only the dogs that will be drooling over these delicious bars. And you can store these in airtight containers for up to 3 days, but trust me they are never going to last that long.


140g / 5oz Butter

2 Large Free Range Eggs

350g / 12oz Light Muscovado Sugar / or Light Soft Brown Sugar / or Demerara Sugar

2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

250g / 9oz of Self-Raising Flour

100g of Milk or Dark Chocolate, chopped

100g of your Favourite Nuts, coarsely chopped

Icing Sugar for dusting

Making the Butterscotch Bars:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4.
  • Melt the 140g / 5oz of butter in a bowl and set it aside to cool - Note: Please don't try to use the Butter while it's warm as the Eggs may curdle.
  • Butter and line a shallow tin about 20cm x 24cm in size.
  • In another bowl beat the two large Eggs.
  • You will probably need a wooden spoon to mix the rest of this together as it's a very heavy mixture. To the eggs add the 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract, the melted butter and the 350g / 12oz of whichever Sugar you are using.
  • Smells good huh?
  • Add to this mixture the 250g / 9oz of Self-Raising Flour, the chopped Chocolate and ¾ / 75% of the chopped nuts (I highly recommend Green & Black's Organic Chocolate but please use your favourite bar it will make all the difference to you personally when you come to eat them). Now beat until incorporated but don't overbeat, you don't want to wear yourself out you've got a lot of eating to do.
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and spread to ensure it reaches into the corners.
  • Now scatter the mixture with the remaining nuts - you don't have to push them in, the mixture will rise when it's baking to ensure that they stay in place.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Leave to cool in the tray for 10-15 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
  • Cut into bars, dust with icing sugar.

Now is the time to hide some of these in the cupboard otherwise you will go back later to get one and you'll be disappointed - your friends and family however will be sitting with huge satisfied smiles on their faces.


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    • Eileen Goodall profile image

      Eileen Goodall 6 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      Would love to know if anyone's tried these yet!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hoooooly cow. This looks amazing. I am quite literally drooling. I need to get home and bake this RIGHT NOW!!!

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      Eileen Goodall 6 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      That made me laugh, I find that about half make it to the gift wrapping process so you may need to make double the quantity and your friends might actually get some. I'm sure I get party requests purely because of these and the pavlovas that I make :)

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      Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France

      Wow, these look dangerous!! I might have to make some for Christmas and pretend I'm giving them away...

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      Eileen Goodall 6 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      They are probably one of the best things I've made in years but we warned they're highly addictive.

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      gailalovesbijou 6 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

      These bars look so scrumptious! Voted up, useful, and awesome. Also bookmarking so that I can make them after I work off all the weight I gained on a trip this past weekend. Nice photos too! Thank you!

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Wow, those bars look so good, thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      Eileen Goodall 6 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      They are, thank you.

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      These look amazing!