Butterscotch Blondie Gooey Bars

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Gooey cookie dough and butterscotch lovers: these butterscotch blondie gooey bars are for you!

These Butterscotch Blondie Gooey Bars are super gooey and full of butterscotch flavor!

Mel and I hardly ever go to movies anymore and when we do go, it’s during the day. But last weekend we redeemed one of our [hashtag] only child perks: Jordan had a slumber party so we got a date night.

{I must say, sometimes I’m sad we only have one child, but not on slumber party nights. It only took 9 years, but now we actually get to be alone once in awhile!}

I We decided we needed to see Gone Girl. Have you seen it? Did you read the book? I’d read the book and was so excited for the movie – and it didn’t disappoint. My only complaint was that it was 2 1/2 hours long, plus previews. And they showed Doogie Howser’s butt, which was both nice and disturbing at the same time. (Who knew NPH was so hairy?)

Anyway…I totally recommend the movie. Just maybe don’t drink at all during the first 2 hours and 15 minutes, mmkay?

Also? I recommend these. They’re super gooey, super butterscotchy, and they’re just plain good.

Butterscotch Blondie Gooey Bars - like a blondie but in gooey bar form, with butterscotch chips!

Yes, I’m back on the gooey bar train. Chew Chew! {Sorry, couldn’t help myself.}

These blondies are the same base as my favorite blondie recipe. It’s my go-to recipe for all things blondie bar. As baked in a regular recipe, they’re super chewy and soft from all the brown sugar. But in these? They’re soft and gooey to the extreme!

I left the batter plain – no mix-ins. It’s a purely brown sugary bar cookie, which lends itself to butterscotch even without the chips. Instead of using a 9×13″ pan, I used a 9×9″ so I could make two layers to create the gooey center.

Like all my gooey bars, the center of the bar is made using a 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk and some chips or candy of some sort. This recipe uses butterscotch chips…obviously. Simply sprinkle them on the base layer of blondie dough, pour the SCM over them, and press the rest of the blondie batter on the top.

When they bake, the outside of the bars get golden and a little crunchy and the center stays suuuuuuper gooey. Like, it’s almost like eating dough. Which is what I like the best about gooey bars in the first place!

Pretty much if you like gooey and you like butterscotch, you’re going to love these bars.

Butterscotch Blondie Gooey Bars - gooey bar heaven!

Right? Gooey-wonderful-tastic. #getinmybelly

3.91 from 11 votes

Butterscotch Blondie Gooey Bars

These are gooey to the extreme! If you like eating cookie dough, these blondie gooey bars are for you. A cup of butterscotch chips takes the flavor over the top!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray well with cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (You can also use a hand mixer.) Mix for about 1-2 minutes until the butter and sugar is smooth. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add baking powder and salt, mix to combine, then slowly add the flour. Mix until smooth.
  3. Press half of the batter into the bottom of the prepared pan. This batter is VERY sticky. You’ll want to spray your hands with cooking spray first.
  4. Sprinkle butterscotch chips and sweetened condensed milk over the top of the bottom blondie layer. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the top, spray your hands again with cooking spray, and press lightly to smooth out the top layer.
  5. Bake for 27-33 minutes until the top is browned and not jiggly in the center. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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  1. It’s so hard to go to movies when you have kids. I usually wind up going alone at odd times. But to see NPH’s butt, I might have to arrange a date night. 🙂 Anyway, I’m very happy to see another gooey bar on your site! I love the consistency!

  2. So there’s an app that you can get for iPhone or Android that will give you the best times to use the restroom while watching a movie in the theater. My boyfriend uses it every time we go to the movies (which isn’t often, I might add). I just suck it up and hold it because I’m still afraid I will miss something!

    Lovin these bars, Dorothy. Butterscotch, YES!

  3. Gone Girl is on my list to see, though I want to read the book first! These butterscotch bars sound like the perfect treat to sneak into the movies! I love how gooey and filled with flavor these are, Dorothy! Pinned!

  4. Whoa, whoa, whoa. These bars are insane. I am a sucker for anything gooey and these totally fit the bill. LOVE!

  5. I read the book but haven’t seen the movie yet. We are too cheap to watch movies at the theater. We ALWAYS wait and just buy the digital copy. I’m dying to see it though, especially if it really can compare to the book. 
    These gooey bars are the best thing I’ve laid eyes on this morning. I love butterscotch and blondies. The fact that these are super gooey make them all the better! Pinned!

  6. I love butterscotch and these bars look like gooey perfection! My husband and I haven’t gone to the movies in forever! With two kids and a third on the way, I don’t think we will be anytime soon. We do get occasional dinner dates, though! 🙂

  7. I love butterscotch bars.  These seriously look heavenly.  I might have to wait for Gone Girl to come out on Blue Ray.  I find that more and more I just cannot sit for two hours plus in a movie theater.  I would so much rather sprawl out on my couch in pajamas at home!!  

  8. These blondies look delicious! I also love the idea of putting butterscotch in them, it sounds like a wonderful combination. I’m saving this recipe for sure!

  9. whaaaat I didn’t even know NPH was in Gone Girl!?? I started the book and couldn’t finish it but I’m intrigued by the movie. 

    These bars look oh so goooooey and deeeeelicious!

  10. I’m almost done with book, I totally love it and cannot wait it see the movie! And this latest version of gooey bars is being made in my house soon.

  11. I really need to bake more with butterscotch! These would disappear in no time at our house!

  12. I could pretty much always go for a blondie over a brownie. I love how you’ve taken the natural butterscotch flavor and kicked it up to oh, the 50th degree. Nice!

  13. Butterscotch is amazing and these look so good! I love the concept of gooey bars so can’t wait to give this a go, pinned! 😀 x 

  14. These butterscotch bars look beyond good and gooey! Haha! I never get enough butterscotch, except when we make those seven layer bars. Anyways, all that to say, yes, these are going on my bucket list. (and you thought you went on trains. Mine are thought trains with lots of recipes. Chew! Chew! haha! )

  15. Butterscotch is one of my all time favorites. These look so fabulous!

  16. Butterscotch is one of my  favs and I think so underutilized. So, ya, I sort of love these. And by sort of, I mean 385% yes. 

  17. Butterscotch, gooey bars, blondies…OMG these are my heaven!! I would have had to re-home them 🙂 And that first time in 9 years thing….I’m still waiting for those slumber party invites to flood in. One night off would be amazing!

  18. I just wanna dive headfirst into a pan of these…they look incredible!

    And just as an aside, I read Gone Girl and was super stoked to see the movie. But, then it was released and I was like, eh, I’ll just wait and get it from Redbox. And now that you shared that tidbit about NPH, I’m kind of like, I must get to the theater and see his tushy for myself! So, thanks…I think. 

  19. The gooeyness of these bars is calling my name! They look AMAZING! Pinning!

  20. ohhhhhhh, I need these, Dorothy! This is the type dessert I have to eat one and send the rest away or I’ll be in t-r-o-u-b-l-e!! 

  21. I have not went to see Gone Girl, but I have read the book. It’s one of the top ten books that I’ve read.  These bars looks really good. 

  22. I am so exited you are back on the gooey bar train! 

  23. I have to admit that I was sneaking a look at my watch at about 2 hours into that movie!  And I dehydrated myself ahead of time, to not miss anything. The end disappointed me.  Great gooey Blondies to look forward to making, though!

  24. I just love butterscotch. All your bars look incredible Dorothy! 

  25. These look so gooey and amazing! 

    Totally jealous of your date night. For some crazy reason, no one wants to watch all 3 of my boys so my husband and I can go out! ha!

  26. I am counting down the days until we can look forward to slumber parties – Gone Girl is on my list too 🙂  And so are these gooey bars, they heavenly!  Love the butterscotch filling! Pinning!

  27. You had me at gooey! Yay for the gooey bar train…can I hop on with you? I love how gooey the center of these are and butterscotch…I am in love. Perks of having older children…they watch themselves while you go on date night!

  28. Gooey bars will always have a special place in my heart…and you just made them better. I could just squeeze you! {But I won’t because that would be weird} These bars look amazing! Butterscotch gooey perfection. Pinned

  29. Gooey–crazy–awesome. That layer of melting gooeyness is everything I could ask for in a bar–beats cakey any day!

  30. These blondies look so gooey!! I am a big fan of butterscotch blondies, but my current favorite recipe doesn’t turn out this gooey AT ALL. I never would have thought to add condensed milk and butterscotch chips to the middle. Looks like heaven! 🙂

  31. These look yummy! Butterscotch is such a underused flavor. Love it!

  32. Haha, me at every movie “do NOT get any water. Do NOT drink any water.” 🙂 I’ll take some of these blondies instead! Thick, gooey, ooey, butterscotch-y bars – you just cannot go wrong with SCM!

  33. Its always a dilemma for me whether or not to see the movie (or tv show) of a novel I really loved. Movies rarely live up to the visions I have in my head from reading, but sometimes, by some mysterious means, the picture on the screen is exactly like the picture in your head! As for these bars, you are right……we like gooey and we like butterscotch AND we are going to love these bars!

  34. These gooey blondies look marvelous, Dorothy.

  35. Oh, I love butterscotch! The other day I found some GUITTARD butterscotch chips. I might be hoarding them,because.. well.. Guittard. If you ever see them you must get some! You will love them.

  36. These bars are absolutely amazing. So gooey and chewy and perfect!

  37. Had to make these as soon as I saw the post. sooooo delicious. We even made them part of our Christmas cookie trade they were so good. They will definitely be happening again!

  38. Making these for the 2nd time in 4 days !! One of the best bars i’ve ever made!!! Thank you for this superb recipe!!!!

  39. do you think if i doubled the recipe and made these in a 13×9 it would be okay? how much longer do you think they would need to bake?

    • That would work just fine! They’ll be a little thicker, but thicker is always better. 🙂 I would say they’ll take at least 25 minutes but even up to 40, so just keep checking after 25!

  40. I made these and they were amazing! At first I was unsure of the “gooeyness”, but could not stop eating them. I cannot wait to make them again!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  41. I made these for a friend’s birthday party last week and they barely made it there because after trying one, I wanted to eat them all. I made them in a larger 9×13 pan which made spreading out the dough a little tougher, but, after adding 5 minutes to the baking time, they still came out great. Thanks for this awesome recipe. I’ll definitely be making them again since none of them made it home from that party.

  42. Hi what is the total weight of one batch of dough ?

  43. Can these be made without the foil lining? I have never done foil lining in my cake pans with brownies, I use a glass pan. Do I still need the foil?

  44. Can’t wait to try these and some of your other recipes, they look delicious (I’ve got 7 grand kids and I don’t think I’ll get any bad reviews with any of these great looking cookie bars)! BTW don’t worry about the “B—-” face, I’m 63 and was born with it, comes in handy sometimes! You have a lovely smile and lovely looking recipes! Thanks, happy cooking!

  45. Do you know if I reduced the sugar it would mess up the gooeyness? These are amazing and wonderfully gooey. I made these in a 8×8 which was a mistake. It rose too much and dripped over the side. So I learned my lesson.

  46. Hi, can I make this without the butterscotch chips? And lessen the sugar? 

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