Butterscotch Bar Cookies
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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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.


  • 10 Tbspbutter (1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp)

  • 2 cbrown sugar, firmly packed

  • 2eggs

  • 1 tspvanilla

  • 2 call-purpose flour

  • 2 tspbaking powder

  • 1/4 tspsalt

  • 1 1/2 cshredded coconut

  • 1 cchopped pecans (optional)

How to Make Butterscotch Bar Cookies

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    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9" x 12" baking dish by greasing with Crisco.

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    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.

  3. Butterscotch Bar Cookies

    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.

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    In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine. Add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine.

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    Add coconut and nuts (if using). Mix in well. The batter will be very stiff.

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    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.)

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    Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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    Let cool on a wire rack. After 5-10 minutes, cut into squares while brownies are still somewhat warm.


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