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Butterscotch Pecan Bars with Brown Sugar Drizzle

I’m not going to waste a special treat on something that isn’t delicious. A bite of a Butterscotch Pecan Bars with Brown Sugar Drizzle is a great treat!

Top-down view of a pan of butterscotch pecan bars with one piece removed which sits on a light blue plate. The pan sits over a cooling rack over a muslin towel.

Even though I post a lot of yummy dessert recipes, we usually limit them to Sundays. On Sunday John and I make a special meal together and finish it with a sweet treat. After a serving or two, we share the rest. These Butterscotch Pecan Bars with Brown Sugar Drizzle definitely earned the “Sunday Special” designation.

Butter Pecan Bar drizzled with a Brown Sugar Drizzle sitting on a blue plate.

When I make something and it doesn’t deserve that “special” designation, I’ll remake it or scrap the entire thing and you won’t see them here on Hostess At Heart.

I always want to hit it the first time around because I hate wasting food and ingredients. I’ve tried a few recipes on the world wide web, and sometimes they’re amazing and other times they just aren’t very good in my opinion. That always disappointing (sad face inserted here).

Top angled photo of a piece of butterscotch pecan bar with a brown sugar drizzle on a light blue plate. A forkful of the bar sits to the side showing the butterscotch pieces in the bar.

Most of our favorites usually start and end in chocolate and John and I don’t always like nuts. We’re not in love with nuts in brownies and a few other recipes but when it comes to pecans as one of the star ingredients you can sign both of us up.

These Butterscotch Pecan Bars are so easy to put together and deserve the “Sunday Special” designation. They make an 8″ square pan so you don’t have so darned much that it’s hard to get rid of.

Don’t have time to make it now? Pin it for later!

A close up of a slice of a Butterscotch bar topped with a brown sugar glaze on a light blue plate. A forkful of the bar sits to the side showing the chunks of butterscotch pieces in the bar.

Butterscotch Pecan Bars with Brown Sugar Drizzle

Author: Julie Menghini
I’m not going to waste a special treat on something that isn’t delicious. A bite of a Butterscotch Pecan Bars with a Brown Sugar Drizzle is a great treat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Butterscotch Pecan Bars
Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients
  

Butterscotch Pecan Bars

  • 4 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar I use dark
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Butterscotch Pecan Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Grease an 8×8″ pan.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together.  Add egg and vanilla.  Mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together.  Add dry ingredients to butter-sugar mixture with the mixer on low.  Add pecans and butterscotch chips and blend on low until combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Cool in the pan and cut into squares.

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • Combine the brown sugar with the butter and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds until melted.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the melted mixture and whisk together until the powdered sugar is completely dissolved and the glaze is smooth. Add additional powdered sugar if the glaze is too thin.
  • Spoon the drizzle over the top of the cooled bars.
  • Store covered at room temperature.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Toast to Omaha by Junior League of Omaha

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 134IUCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Now I have to fess up, we enjoyed (demolished) this special treat until every last crumb was gone. Hey, that’s what the gym is for right?

As much as we enjoyed these Butterscotch Pecan Bars, here are a few more treats perfect any day or occasion!

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Recipe Rating




Cindy Minton

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

I was looking for a recipe that was easy and this one was the winner. Our family loved it and I've made it several times since.

Heather

Sunday 1st of November 2020

These look great. But, what about the brown sugar drizzle? How did you make that? Did I miss the instructions for that somewhere?

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Oh heavens, Heather, I was sleeping on the job! Thank you for letting me know that we forgot that drizzle! I've updated it and hope you'll give them a try!

Denise

Thursday 7th of February 2019

You bet! Thanks for clarifying that for me! Have a good weekend & stay warm!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 9th of February 2019

Thank you Denise! You too!

Denise Ferguson

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Could you clarify the flour measurement? It says 1 cup flour 1/4. I'm thinking maybe th 1/4 goes on the next line (salt). Thank you!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Oh heavens Denise, where would I be without you guys proofing for me. Indeed it's 1 cup of flour and the 1/4 is for the salt. I'm correcting it right away and thank you for helping me out!.

Loretta

Saturday 16th of December 2017

Oooo you've really come up with some great "bar type recipes", squares, or whatever else you wanna call them :) I'm in my baking phase right now, as I'm sure you are. I'd love to make at least one of the "bars" that you've been recently posting. However, I'd like to freeze them as I have so much cooking and baking to do at the moment. How do you think they would freeze Julie?

Julie Menghini

Sunday 17th of December 2017

Happy Holidays Loretta! I'm getting so excited to have my kids here this weekend. You could definitely freeze any of these bars. I would remove them from the pan and double wrap them in plastic then foil. That's what I do with my extra bread and it works really well. Enjoy yourself and let me know what you decide to make.