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butterscotch pecan magic bars on white plate

Are you tired of full and rich and fattening desserts yet? No?


Because really…I can’t stop. Sure…I’m trying to use low-fat ingredients, just for you (and so I can wear pants without elastic).

But it’s haaaard (she whines).

So anyway, if you’re being all good and fantastic and you haven’t had sugar in a week…well I envy you. Because I can’t stop!

Just pin these and they will be waiting for you when you need something uber sweet.

These will fulfill that requirement. And more!

butterscotch pecan magic bars

I think it’s no secret by this point that I {heart} magic bars. I mean, I made my first batch of them in the summer. And since then I’ve made approximately 7,242,123 kinds.

{Okay, I might be exaggerating. But you get the idea.}

These were born of my love of butterscotch. {Right then, my mom just scratched her head and sighed…because as a kid I would never touch the stuff. Wouldn’t go near her butterscotch krispie treats. Poor woman never got her fill.}

There is something about butterscotch and pecans that just is right. And, ever since I made magic bars with a brownie crust, I’ve been thinking of other types of crust. This one is a cake mix: Butter Pecan Cake Mix. It adds another layer of pecan flavor that totally compliments the butterscotch.

And, well. You pour sweetened condensed milk over anything and it just makes everything right with the world, right?

butterscotch pecan magic bars

So…yeah. I’m not stopping the magic bar love anytime soon. Fat pants be damned!

What would your dream flavor of magic bar be?

butterscotch pecan magic bars on white plate

Butterscotch Pecan Magic Bars

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These will be your new favorite magic bar! Cake mix crust, butterscotch, pecans, and sweetened condensed milk. So easy to make!
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 Butter Pecan Cake Mix
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bag butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray well with cooking spray.
  • Mix cake mix, egg, and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer, until combined. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle butterscotch chips and nuts over the top of the crust.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the chips and nuts.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes, until it begins to brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 210kcal
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

{Recipe inspired by Stella B’s Kitchen.}

Other Magic Bar goodness:

Cookies ‘n Cream Magic Bars

Monster Magic 7-Layer Bars

Monster Magic 7 layer 2 words

Magic from friends:
Monster Magic Cookie Bars by Something Swanky
Lightened Up Magical Coconut Bars by Oh She Glows
Nutella Hazelnut Magic Bars by Cookin’ Cowgirl

Last Updated on February 2, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. The Cookies and Cream one appeals to me. What about a Red Velvet or Peanut Butter Cookie one?

    (I’m throwing these out there and you can steal them if you are so inclined. I’m pretty lazy. Though if you come up with a recipe, I myself might be inclined to make it 🙂

  2. It must be magic bar week…I just took pictures today of the lemon ones I made on Sunday afternoon. After seeing yours and Ashton’s I need more magic bars in my life!!! Butterscotch is one of my favorites…I love uber sweet goodness! Keep it coming!!!

  3. again with the drool – this cleanse is going to be very hard with all the goodies I look at every day. last year I didn’t have any trouble – but I was’t blogging then.

    28 days seems too long to wait for magic bars

  4. Butter Pecan is SUCH an awesome flavor. And with butterscotch or sweetened condensed milk..pretty much I’d be in heaven. They look sooo chomp-able and perfect, Dorothy!

  5. I love these bars! And have had way too much sugar in my week already. I can’t imagine a little more would hurt 🙂

  6. I totally want to stuff one of these in my pie hole (er, magic bar hole?) right now. LOVE the butterscotch!

  7. I’m glad you finally found your love of butterscotch because now I get wonderful things like this. Speaking of which, are there some saved in the freezer for me?
    Love you,

  8. YUM!! We love butterscotch at our place so I KNOW these would be a big hit! And that peanut butter baklavah you posted?! LOOKS AMAZING!! You are so creative!