Butterscotch bars

Butterscotch bars

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 12 bars
Wonderfully chewy snacks for outdoor days and picnics

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal387
  • fat20g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 140g butter, plus extra for the tin



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 350g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 100g bar milk chocolate (we used Green & Black's), cut in big chunks
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…

  • 100g macadamia or pecan nuts, coarsely chopped
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. Melt the butter in a small bowl and leave to cool. Butter a shallow tin about 20 x 24cm. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Melt the butter, then add to eggs with the sugar and vanilla. Tip in the flour and stir in with the chocolate and three-quarters of the nuts. Don’t over-beat.

  2. Spread the mixture in the tin, scatter over the rest of the nuts and bake for 25-30 minutes, then cut into 12 bars. Dust with icing sugar.

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19th Jul, 2019
Oh dear God! These bars are like heaven on a plate but will be hell on my thighs! :-)
1st Jun, 2016
It is gooey after 30 mins, definitely, but I think that's part of it. I gave it a few more minutes but the gooeyness is all good. Just makes it difficult to cut into bars. Very yummy. Dangerously so.
23rd Apr, 2016
Like others I found these to be very gooey after 30mins. I flipped them over and cooked bottom up for a further 5mins. This did the trick, still gooey but easy to cut once cold.
10th Feb, 2014
Oooh! These are good. Very easy to make. I replaced the nuts with 100g chopped chocolate as my children aren't keen on nuts. Left the whole thing in the (brownie) tin overnight and were very easy to slice next morning. As they are so sweet, I cut each square into 2 triangles. Delicious!
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31st Jan, 2014
Nice recipe, very easy to make. I used hazelnuts rather than macadamia/pecan nuts as I prefer the taste. Like others, I found the bake rather gooey after 30 minutes, so I baked for another five with a foil cover. After having a disaster with Sticky Plum Flapjack bars from leaving them to cool over night and then not being able to slice them, I was wary of doing the same here, although with its cakey texture, they would probably have been alright to slice in the morning. After tasting the recipe, I found that they were rather sweet and not chocolate-y enough. This was despite lowering the sugar to 300g. I would probably increase the chocolate to 150g, and also the butter slightly to 150 - 175g. The batter was a little bit stiff for my liking, so maybe adding some cream or milk - maybe even evaporated milk may help there. I would definitely experiment with this recipe a few more times.
19th Nov, 2013
Just about to make these for the 3rd time in 10 days.........absolutely amazing, I've cooked them for French guests who loved them and am now making a batch for my son to take to work.....so easy and quite impressive too. I had some lovely glace fruits which I chopped up small and put in instead of the nuts and I use chocolate drops ( for pure laziness), delicious.
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17th May, 2013
Gorgeous brownie-like texture. Very popular at the work meeting I took them too.
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22nd Jan, 2013
Made these for fun in a cookery lesson - LOVELY, share them out to class mates and they are gone with in seconds!! and demands of more or if not, the recipe!!
6th Jun, 2012
So easy to make, left them in the oven for a bit longer than stated cos were very gooey after the given time. However, they were delicious and hardened up well once cooled. A hit with everyone that tried them. Not the healthiest of recipes, but well worth making them for a treat. Will try with walnuts or pecans and dark choc next time. YUM.
30th Jan, 2012
Took these to share in the school staff room on my birthday. Enjoyed by all. Two people asked me for the recipe. Quote "Just what I needed with my coffee while I was on playground duty in that cold wind!" I thought they were sweet, but obviously some need the sugar rush!!


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