Or are they Butterscotch Blondies? I am not sure but we kinda love ’em. Start with browned butter and the usual bar ingredients, add a wallop of butterscotch chips, and top with a sprinkle of diamond flake kosher salt and you’ve got the best bars around. Call them butterscotch brownies or blondies, whatever you like, just make some and be sure you have a place to take so they get out of your house.

full pan of brownies

The Brownie VS Blondie

I know a LOT of people call NON-chocolate brownie-like bars, blondies. we never grew up with blondies. I don’t know if they’re a regional thing or what but we had brownies. And we NEVER had blondies, chocolate chip or otherwise. I do know that growing up in Alaska in the 70s meant limited groceries, limited tv (no cable), although we did have print media like magazines. We perpetually run 1-2 fads behind everyone else. Yes even now.

butterscotch brownies cooled and cut

Doing a little facebook hivemind research gave me a peek into what everyone else remembers too.

  1. they’re a regional name that you either grew up with or didn’t.
  2. if you had a certain cooky book from way back when there was a recipe in it for blondies
  3. some families DID make them because they were a family recipe
  4. blondies rose in popularity up here by the late 80s early 90s and were starting to make the rounds up here.
butterscotch blondies

When I dropped butterscotch blondies on my family the other day they were as confused as I would have been as a kid. I had to explain what they were to get anyone to even try them. The smell alone was enough to convince ME to enjoy them. I literally had to say “you know a bar, like a brownie but not chocolate” to one kid to get him to try it. And he remained unswayed and only tried a little bite. My kids sometimes!

cookies on a cutting board

These Butterscotch Brownies are as dangerous to have around as some of my other favorite cookie recipes such as Texas Sheet Cake Cookies, OH MY! OR these Orange-Cinnamon Millionaire Bars which are too tasty! I had to send them to work with my husband or I’d have inhaled them. More of them anyway!

Butterscotch Brownies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 bars


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 3/4 cups butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • kosher salt


  • preheat the oven to 350˚ 
  • melt the butter over medium heat, once melted keep it on the heat until it starts to brown up a bit, this give it a rich nutty flavor
  • meanwhile mix flour, salt, and baking powder together, set aside
  • prep your 8X8 pan as well, either butter it generously OR line it with foil or parchment paper
  • once the butter is browned set it off the heat for a few minutes to cool, you don’t want to add the eggs to it while it’s too hot and scramble them
  • measure the brown sugar in a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and stir until combined, it will be thick
  • add the flour mixture, stir to combine, add the butterscotch chips and chopped pecans and stir again
  • press into your prepared baking pan
  • sprinkle lightly with kosher salt if you like that salty sweet combo
  • bake at 350˚ for 30-35 minutes or until set, they will remain dense and soft while cooking but will firm up as they cool
  • to cut gently lift out of the pan and cut on a cutting board

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