Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Butterscotch Bourbon Bars

Butterscotch.  Bourbon.  Bars.  I still remember the day in English class we learned about alliteration.  I may have hated English, and disliked a great many of my English teachers, but this is one concept I caught onto.  You may have noticed, while I’m not the best writer, I do enjoy playing with words here & there.  Don’t you just hate it when you realize later in life something you HATED learning in school you actually use/like/need in the real world?!  (Don’t even get me started on mathmatical expressions.  In high school I sat in math class learning expressions thinking “Screw this, I’ll never see this again in the real world.  I’m going to work in television.”  Yeah… expressions do pop up here and there as a video editor.  😛)

I digress.  Butterscotch Bourbon Bars certainly rolls off your tongue in a fun way, doesn’t it?  But ya know what’s more fun for your tongue?  Eating these.  I promise you that.  These bars have quickly moved to the top of the list in my Brownies & Bars category.  The #1 spot previously occupied in my heart, mind, and tummy was either the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars, or the Cocoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips.  But you know what both of those are missing?  Alcohol, most importantly BOURBON.  You don’t have to be a bourbon lover, and you don’t have to be a lush to enjoy these.  There’s only a mere 2 Tablespoons in it, and I’d say most of the alcohol bakes out.  These do retain the subtle, yet complex, bourbon essence I enjoy so much.


Butterscotch Bourbon Bars

adapted from frites & fries
Yields: 9 servings (So you may want to double and bake in a 9x13 pan!)


1 c. (generous amount) unbleached all-purpose flour (pssst, I used 1/2 cup all purpose & 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour, you know, to make these "healthier")
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. light brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 c. unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
2 Tablespoons bourbon (we love Bulleit)


Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and light brown sugar together. In another small bowl, whisk the butter, milk, vanilla, and egg. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry batter. Add in the bourbon and then fold in the butterscotch chips.

Pour the batter into a greased 9” square pan (I lined mine with parchment paper for really easy removal). The batter may seem dry because it doesn’t spread across the pan easily; use a spatula to cover the entire pan with the cookie batter. Bake for about 20 minutes; use a toothpick to test the center. The toothpick should not be completely clean but with very small bits of cookie dough on it.

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22 Responses to “Butterscotch Bourbon Bars”

  1. 1
    federica — January 12, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    mmmmmmmmmmmm….che buoniiiiiiiiii!

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    Blog is the New Black — January 12, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    I heart alliteration, and I heart butterscotch. Win-win!

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    Shannon — January 12, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Oh My Wow!!! These looks amazing! I like butterscotch, but I LOVE bourbon!!!

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    Courtney Wise — January 12, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    Beautiful pic Erin!!! Um, yes, you’re making me wish I was not on a low sugar/carb kick. Hmm, if I have a cheat day I’ll be making these soon!

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    amy (fearless homemaker) — January 12, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    these look great! the fiance loooves bourbon (+ i have recently grown to like it, too), so this would be a fun treat for both of us. thanks for sharing!

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    Vivek — January 12, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I didnt even know butterscotch chips existed! Where do you get ’em?

    • Erin replied: — January 12th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

      They are right next to all the chocolate chips in the grocery store! Kroger, Harris Teeter, Walmart, Publix… they should all have em. You can get name brand, or even store brand sometimes too!

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    Heather — January 13, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Ohhhh, yummy. I love Bulleit, too.

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    Erika Beth — January 13, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    Yes! I love adding alcohol to brownies. I’ve added coconut rum and Bailey’s and both make for amazing brownies. 🙂

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    Jess — January 13, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    baking these for my boyfriend’s birthday tonight… I’ll let you know how they go over! they look delicious!

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    Joanne — January 13, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    What I find so ridiculous about all this school business is that the things that end up being most important in the real world are never the things that are emphasized. Harumph.

    Love the alliteration and these bars! Bourbon makes everything better.

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    Beauty&theFeast — January 13, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Bourbon? Butterscotch? I’m so on board! Look delish!

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    Peggy — January 13, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Oh you definitely had me at Bourbon! I’m sure these were divine!

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    Jessica — January 14, 2011 @ 1:26 am

    You had me at Bourbon.

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    beckermanblog — January 14, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    WOWOWOWO!!!! UNREAL UNREAL!!!!!! those loook sooo yummy!!! Im gonna have to make those! YAY!
    Big Kisses,
    xoxo Beckerman Girls

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    Mmmmm, bourbon. I wonder how these would be with chocolate chips instead of butterscotch? My husband isn’t a butterscotch fan, but these sound great!

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    Zarna — January 16, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    yum!! these look so delicious!

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    MocknCheese — January 16, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful bars! I made a 9×13 batch last night with a little extra whiskey. Very rich and oh so divine. What a great combination!

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    Sarah — January 16, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    I came across your recipe at TasteSpotting, and I made these brownies tonight for my bourbon-loving husband. They were a big hit! I think that next time I’ll add some walnuts, but they were just as great without! Thanks.

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    Barbara — January 17, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    I would like to make these tonight and have everything except the bourbon. Are there any other alcohols I can use as a substitute? I have Chivas Regal Scotch Whiskey and a Canadian Rye Whiskey. If neither of these is suitable, is there a non alcoholic substitute?

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    These look sooo yummy! Will give it a shot soon! Thanks for posting!

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    Sally — November 13, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    Just made these. OMG. Am making them for every holiday party this upcoming season. The folks in Kentucky are mighty proud of this recipe and their bourbon!

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