Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars

Move over brownies. Take these Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars to the next pot luck, picnic or birthday party and wow the crowd!

Ooey and Gooey Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars by FamilySpice.com

I’m always looking for an easy dessert to take to parties and family events. But I like to find something different. Now I’m not knocking the chocolate chip cookie or even brownies, I love them! It’s just nice to try something new and to surprise people with it.

For my 3 year old’s little ballet recital, I baked up a batch of oatmeal butterscotch bars. I certainly didn’t want to see the girls’ pretty tu-tu’s covered with chocolate! If you are a fan of See’s butterscotch pops, then this treat is DEFINITELY for you!

I found this recipe in my trusty Cook’s Country magazine. It is definitely a handy guide for the novice (and not-so-novice) cook. I’m always learning new tricks and tips on baking, cooking and grilling. For this recipe, you melt the butter over the stove until it begins to brown. This gives helps bring out the flavor of the bars. You also use butterscotch chips, dark brown sugar and quick-cooking oats.

How to Make Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars by FamilySpice.com

The result?  A chewy, butterscotch bar full of flavor, and not too sweet to feel like cavities are forming with every chew. As a friend told me, they reminded her of the bars her grandmother used to bake. Now, that is the kind of compliment I am looking for!

But, would the oatmeal texture turn off the ballerinas? Nope! They loved it. And my prima-ballerina’s brothers loved them, too.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars

Not everyone is a chocolate fan. Butterscotch lovers, this bar is for YOU! Recipe adapted from Cook's Country, December/January 2007


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup oatmeal, quick
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 5/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup brown sugar, dark, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, large
  • 2 TBS brown sugar, dark, packed
  • 1 TBS water


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line one 9" x 13" baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving overhang on all sides.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl mix:
    • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 cup oatmeal, quick
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
  4. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat melt:
    • 1 cup butter, unsalted
  5. Whisk and melt until nutty brown in color, about 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and whisk into the browned butter:
    • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
  7. After butterscotch is melted and smooth, whisk in until dissolved:
    • 1 cup brown sugar, dark , packed
  8. Whisk into the butterscotch mixture until combined:
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg, large
  9. Stir in flour mixture in two additions until combined.
  10. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  11. Bake until edges are golden brown and tooth pick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs attached, 17-19 minutes.
  12. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool.
  13. For the glaze, heat a small saucepan and simmer:
    • 2 TBS brown sugar, dark , packed
    • 1 TBS water
    • 1/8 tsp salt
  14. In a small bowl pour:
    • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  15. Pour hot sugar mixture over butterscotch chips and whisk until smooth.
  16. Drizzle glaze over warm bars and cool on cooling rack until warm to touch, about 1 1/2 hours.
  17. Using foil overhang, lift bars from pan and cool completely on cooling rack, about 30 minutes.
  18. Cut into bars and serve.
  19. Bars will keep in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Serving Suggestions: Old-fashioned oats will yield a chewier and less compact bar. Do not use instant oatmeal.

Prep Time:

Yield: 24 bars

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