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Butterscotch Brickle Bars

This layered cookie bar recipe would be good anytime of year. My mom made these in the seventies and I finally got around to making them this Christmas.

Cookie layer:
  • 1-1/2 Cup sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup softened butter
  • 3/4 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Grease a 12 x 9 x 2 inch pan lightly and dust lightly with flour.
  3. Sift together flour and salt.
  4. Cut in butter with pastry cutter.
  5. Add sugar and mix well.
  6. Press cookie dough evenly into the bottom of prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes and cool slightly.

Butterscotch Topping:
  • 1- 6 ounce pkg. butterscotch pieces
  • 1/4 Cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups coarsely chopped nuts

  1. Combine all topping ingredients in the top of a double boiler. 
  2. Stir over hot, but not boiling water until smooth.
  3. (You could also do this in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 second interval.)
  4. Stir in nuts.
  5. Spoon mixture evenly over slightly cooled cookie layer.
  6. Bake an additional 8 minutes.
  7. Remover pan to a wire rack and cool until slightly warm.
  8. Cut into bars.
  9. Cool completely before serving.
Makes approx. 24 bars.


  1. Those sound so good - have never had these. All these wonderful recipes in blogdom and so little time - sigh! I want to make them all but alas will have to save some for the new year. Thinking of you Ellen as you miss your dear mom this Christmas!

  2. Hmmmm...those sound wonderful. I have never had this confection, but I may have to change that if I can get to a store before Christmas.

  3. Mmmmm ... my mouth is watering .. now if only virtual reality was here !!

  4. Simple but yet they sound so lovely. I wonder if I could cut this recipe by 4, then it would be like only 1/4 of the calories. Consuming way too much this year with all the good cooks around me, thank you

  5. These look tasty! Where did you get your pretty red tiered serving platter? It's really pretty and festive!

    1. Mellybrown, I bought that serving platter at Target Christmas clearance a few years ago...

  6. I'm so in love with these. I am addicted to butterscotch!! And summer. Ugh, we have 2 weeks of school left. Boredom will commence approximately 2 hours later. :)


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