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Butterscotch Blondies

Butterscotch Blondies are buttery delicious and so easy to make!

These blondies are full of brown sugary, buttery goodness! And, if you’re like me, you’ll also make them chock-full of as many pecans as you can stuff into the batter! (I’m obsessed with pecans).

But those are totally optional. If you’re just looking for buttery golden perfection without the crunch, you can omit the pecans.

…but we probably shouldn’t be friends. You know. Because pecans are my life.

Butterscotch Blondies are buttery delicious and so easy to make!

Combining butter and brown sugar (without any other conflicting flavors– like vanilla) creates that signature butterscotch flavor, and it’s seriously so good in blondies! You’ll see in the recipe that I call for cooking the butter just a bit. You don’t actually brown the butter (to the point of getting browned bits), but cooking it a little bit makes it a lot more fragrant and makes the buttery flavor so much more present in these bars.


Butterscotch Blondies

Yield: 9-12


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper or foil and lightly spraying it with cooking spray.
  2. In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat, always stirring. Continue to stir and cook the butter until it begins to turn a light golden brown color and smells fragrant (it may foam some).
  3. Remove from heat immediately. Mix in the brown sugar, butter extract, and milk.
  4. Mix in the egg, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add pecans if desired.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and spread with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool for at least ten minutes before cutting to serve.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

15 comments on “Butterscotch Blondies”

  1. Man do these look good, the photos just slay me!

  2. Pecans are basically my life too! These look fab!

  3. See, I knew I loved you. Pecans are my life too! These blondies? Way awesome.

  4. Buttery blondies, caramely, butterscotch-rich with flavor, yes, that is exactly what I love in blondies! I love butter extract too for that extra boost :)

  5. It’s funny how the secret to amazing blondies is through making sure everything is brown. Your butter, your sugar, and the pecans.
    So delicious!

  6. I’ll never admit this on my own blog, but I think I like blondies more than brownies (gasp!!) These sound incredible with butterscotch!

  7. I would love a batch of these right now!

  8. butterscotch is my life, but I’ll gladly take the pecans too :) and butter extract, I think I need to find this stat

  9. Yesss!! Always yes to brown sugar + pecans! I’m gonna go there and say it, but these blondies are making me so excited for fall baking!

  10. The first blondie recipe I made was butterscotch, and I fell in LOVE. There’s something so magical about sweet butterscotch and brown sugary, caramel-y blondies. Heavenly!

    • Agreed!! And I just have to say that you are totally the queen of blondies– I always think of you when I make a non-chocolate dessert :)

  11. I am obsessed with butterscotch brownies. I wrote a post that was really more like an ode to them…Yours look so thick and chewy and perfect!!!!! Perfect

  12. YUMMY! I LOVE Blondies!! Thanks – just pinned!!

  13. I love pecans too! Looks yummy!

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