Bourbon Butterscotch Bars


Butterscotch bars loaded with chocolate chips and infused with the rich flavor of bourbon

I am not a patient person.  I usually stop the microwave before the time is up.  I’ve been known to finish sentences for others.  I eat food piping hot regardless of how much pain my tongue will have to endure.  I hate waiting for people to call or write me back.  I love Christmas and birthdays but I always find out what I’m getting way in advance.  It pains me to wait for kids to tie their shoes.   I channel surf because I’m too impatient to figure what’s going on in any show.  I get so exasperated when people drive BELOW the speed limit.   I HATE those automated options when I make a call.  I furiously press pound, star or 0 until a real person comes on the line!  My nail polish is always smudged because I can’t wait for them to dry.  I punch the gas petal at green lights because I can’t be still any longer.  I line jump at the grocery store to find the quickest moving line.   I’m sure there’s more, but I don’t have the patience to list them all!

I was in the mood for bourbon this week.  Not to drink, but to use in some sort of recipe.  I have a recipe for butterscotch bars that I hadn’t made in a while.  Turns out butterscotch and bourbon are very compatible flavors!  The bourbon is not very pronounced, but it provides a warm undertone.  These butterscotch  bars can be on the sweet side when unadorned, I think the bittersweet chocolate and the bourbon transform these from simply a  sweet treat into something sophisticated.

I was so excited when I took these out of the oven!  The smell was incredible!  They were speaking to me I tell you!  I couldn’t wait to cut a corner and dig in.  Literally, I couldn’t wait, so I cut a corner and dug in.  You know, for quality control.  That one bite  was so soft and buttery, it completely melted in my mouth.  The warm chocolate covered my finger tips.  Patience is indeed a virtue, but sometimes it’s worth digging right in!

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Bourbon Butterscotch Bars
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A rich butterscotch bars with a subtle hint of bourbon and loads of chocolate chips!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T bourbon
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 10 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
  1. Pre heat oven to 350. Grease a 9x 13 pan. Melt butter in microwave. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. Let cool to room temperature. Add in eggs, salt, baking powder and flour. Stir in chocolate chips.- Pour onto greased pan and bake for 20 24 minutes until bars begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and the top looks shiny.

53 Responses

  1. So, last night I went to a body toning class and was feeling good that I did not indulge in sweets when I got home. Today is going to be a different story, after viewing the picture and recipe. That’s OK, I’ll forgive you. 😉

    • Sorry! I don’t want you to feel bad! THey are worth it, I promise!

  2. I love everything about this. How can you not like butterscotch and bourbon!?

  3. Patience is definitely not a virtue I possess! These bars sound amazing….I made a Bourbon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread that was really good, so I am thinking I would love these! Maybe I will double the bourbon :-)

    • Double the bourbon for sure! I erred on the side of caution because I didn’t know if my kids would eat them. I love the sound of your banana bread! I have to look that up!

  4. I love it–“for quality control.” You definitely wouldn’t want to give your family bad food, now would you!? :) and that patient list (or should I say, impatient list) is SO me. Exactly. To a friggin’ T. It drives everyone around me CRAZY since they are a little more patient than I am, but man oh man, don’t make me wait for anything. If I had my way, I’d already be done Christmas shopping right now, with the decorations up and presents wrapped. My family always laughs because I’ll wrap the presents the second I start buying them (um, in like October) and they’ll sit in my closet that way.

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one who can’t stand to wait! I have to admit, I sometimes by xmas gifts in September!! So sad!

  5. I’ve never used bourbon in cookies, but this photo is mouth-watering !:)
    These cookies simply look DELICIOUS

  6. Reading your post was the equivalent of looking in a mirror — save the smudged fingernails, of course. And though I, too, always have a taste of whatever it is, regardless of the rule to wait for however long, now I will call it “quality control”, thanks to you. And when I bake these bars — I WILL bake these delicious bars — I can predict quality control is going to be quite thorough. Sometimes one piece just won’t do.

    • I knew I liked you! I love other impatient people. We just get things done!

  7. Yumm! These look and sound amazing!

  8. Wow, that could be me you are talking about your impatient paragraph. I sat shaking my head and saying yup, I do that too to every single one:-) And quality control? Yes, it has to happen. Love when it just melts in your mouth!!! These bars look insanely delicious!!

    • Thank you! Nthank heavens I’m not the only impatient person!!! Now I know I’m completely normal!

  9. Lynda

    I can totally relate to the impatient thing. I have gotten into trouble because of that on more than one occasion. Being from Kentucky, I love bourbon in just about anything. These bars look so good. I will be trying soon!

    • You are from Kentucku? I’ve been wanting to do the bourbon trai!

  10. These sound so rich and delicious. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

    • They were vey rich! Thanks for the party!

  11. Lori Lear

    Love it! Definitely in the “gotta try it” file but I have to say, I will be quoting you on facebook in the morning in my daily hello. “Patience is indeed a virtue, but sometimes it’s worth digging right in!” is just too good to pass up! LOL Thanks!!

    • Hey I’m gonna be quoted!! That’s great! I’m so grateful you came to visit!

      • Lori Lear

        You’re welcome! About to do it now, hope you have a fabulous weekend!

        • You rock! Thank you for coming to visit me!

  12. Thanks for bringing these to the Foodie Friends Friday Party! You and me….same patience boat ( I just don’t wear nail polish, because it ends up looking horrid!) But I might have the patience to wait for these to bake because they sound AMAZING!

    • I too have given up on nail polish. I end up picking it off anyway! Thanks for much for coming over to see me!

  13. You are not alone in the patience department. I’m right there with you! I line-jump all of the time and I always press (*) or (0) during automated messages too!! Great post! Your bourbon butterscotch bars are amazing. I’m making them!!! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

    • I’m so glad I’m not alone in my lack of patience!!!! Time cannot be spared!! Thanks for checking about the bourbon bars!

  14. Thank you so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. This recipe… ahhhh! I have everything I need to make them and I cannot wait. Pinning this. Thank you!

    • Please let me know how they turn out if you make them! Thanks for coming over!

  15. These bars look and sound just wonderful! This is a must try recipe!

    • Please let me know if you try them! Thanks for visiting!

  16. These sound amazing!

    • Awesome!!! Thank you so much for the feature!!! Can’t wait to link up!

  17. These are gorgeous, and sound amazing! I, too, suffer impatience. Often. Like, I want to hurryupandwritethisandfinishalready. 😉

    • Ha ha! I’m glad I’m not the only impatient person!

    • Thanks Jamie for the feature!! That is very exciting! Thanks for the party!

  18. Oh my goodness! Now I’ve got to have some!

  19. suzanne

    Sorry to sound dumb, but do you add butterscotch? thank you

    • That’s a great question. The flavors combined create the butterscotch flavors, there aren’t any added butterscotch chips. Hopes this helps!


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