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Butterscotch Squares copycat recipe

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If you love those Butterscotch Squares from your favorite candy shop…this recipe is for you!

Butterscotch Squares Copycat Recipe | | Just like the original!

I’ve mentioned before about my See’s Candy addiction. Growing up, a pound lasted less than a day. The chocolate factory is in my hometown, so that whenever I smell the inside of See’s store, I think I’m home.

If I had to pick one kind of See’s Candy to eat for the rest of my life it would be the Butterscotch Square. There would be no deliberation, hesitation, or hemming and hawing. Butterscotch Squares: they’re my favorite!

The boxes of See’s we’d get when I was a kid came with one butterscotch square. And it was mine – always. Everyone knew to back away from the square. My mom got the divinity, my dad the bordeaux. Me? I got the butterscotch square.

Of course, in true Dorothy fashion (and since I didn’t know the name for the longest time), called them brown sugar squares. I’d polish it off and then tell everyone I knew how much I hated butterscotch.

Yes, I’ve learned the error of my ways. Butterscotch and me, we’re BFFs.

And now I’ve made a copy cat of my favorite candy. So you can make it at home.

I’m not entirely sure if that’s good…or bad?

Butterscotch Squares Copycat Recipe | | Just like the original!

The base of the recipe is a cooked mixture of butter, brown sugar and heavy whipping cream. When that trifecta boils together, you get a rich butterscotch candy.

Have you ever heard of penuche? This recipe is very similar to penuche candy/fudge. The difference is the amount of powdered sugar used at the end. Also, some of the penuche recipes I came across used evaporated milk. I tried that in this candy and it did not work. Learn from my mistake!

Butterscotch Squares Copycat Recipe | | Just like the original!

I did a lot of searching online for a copy cat recipe and kept coming up with the same base recipe (some with just a few changes or additions) over and over. I finally traced it back to the oldest one I could find, but I’m not sure where that one came from.

I do recommend using a candy thermometer for this recipe. The recipe I used as a guideline just gave times, and the first time I made this it really did not turn out. After doing some research on penuche, I realized I really did need to use my candy thermometer. They’re relatively inexpensive, and I highly recommend getting one. Using one also takes the guess work out of candy making. No more “is it done???” and praying; if you use the thermometer you know when it’s done!

A note about the finished candy: it’s very brittle. If you’re not careful when cutting it into squares, it will break into pieces. Here is how I suggest you cut it:

  • Use a large kitchen knife.
  • Remove the candy from the pan using the foil. Cut it in quarters. Some little pieces may break off.
  • Cut each quarter into slices, then cut each slice into squares. Make small cuts to avoid breaking the candy.

Then dip them in chocolate (I love using Candiquik) and enjoy! They’ll take you back to childhood, I promise.

And, like in childhood, I’m not sharing. 😉

Easy Butterscotch Squares - a See's Candy copycat! We love making this candy at home.

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Butterscotch Squares {copycat recipe}


  • 2 cups brown sugar — I used light
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces melting chocolate for dipping — such as Candiquik or almond bark


  1. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place brown sugar, cream, and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until melted. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to low and place a candy thermometer in the pot.
  3. Stir occasionally and simmer until the mixture reaches 236º, about 7-8 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Whisk in powdered sugar. Pour into prepared pan and allow to set at room temperature (a few hours, but this can be done the day ahead).
  4. When ready to cut, remove from pan. Use a large kitchen knife and cut the square into quarters. From here, use small cuts to cut them into small squares.
  5. Be sure to use small but swift cuts. The candy is fragile and is prone to flaking and breaking, so a quick cut will make the candy stay together.
  6. Melt chocolate according to package directions and dip each square, tapping off excess. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill to set.

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  1. Victoria – It’s like biting into a lump of brown sugar. It disintegrates, embraces your taste buds and starts a party in your mouth. I used to call them brown sugar lumps until

    Dorothy educated me about the actual name.

  2. The Butterscotch Squares are AMAZING. I made them for my husband for Father’s Day, and they are a hit. Thanks for posting the recipe. This is going to be a longstanding family tradition, I can already tell.

  3. Hi Dorothy, I can’t tell you how happy I am to fine your recipe for these.  I used to live near the Sees factory in South San Francisco and these and the Marzipan have always been my absolute favorites.  Thank you for sharing and may I ask if you have created any of Sees other recipes?  

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  5. OMG  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!     This was my mothers and is my nieces favorite Sees candy and i wanted to make her some for Christmas and have been combing Pinterest for the recipe  and i hated every one i came across  this is PERFECT!!!  i know my niece will LOVE her Christmas gift <3  Thank you for making me the best aunt in the world  HAHAHAH 

  6. Help!
    I made these last year and they turned out perfectly! Everyone asked for more this year.
    I did everything exactly the same as last year (following the directions) and my candy keeps coming out gooey.
    I’ll give it another go but do you have any tips about what I’m doing wrong?

    • Candy is SO finicky. Is it different weather than before? I live in CA where it’s normally dry, but sometimes if I try to make toffee and it’s humid it doesn’t turn out quite right. That could be the problem!

  7. Thanks Dorothy! 
    It probably is different weather. I’ll try again. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  8. Dorothy,

    I am so excited to try this recipe. Sees Candies Butterscotch Squares are my absolute “favorite” candy in the world. I have a question for you though, since I usually only have one each night, do you suggest I refrigerate them – or will they stay well in the pantry – like the Sees candies are usually stored?
    Thank you again.

  9. These look amazing!!! Can’t wait to try them!

  10. I love the See’s version but I always wish it came in a dark chocolate version! Have you ever tried this recipe with dark?

  11. Making my own crack—I mean…butterscotch squares—has been one of my dreams in life, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for doing all the experimenting so we don’t have to. 🙂 Just out of curiosity, have you tried other chocolate? I’m a little snobby about the stuff, and I’d rather go for disheveled-looking but amazing-tasting candy than using an easy-going, pretty chocolate that has more wax content than perhaps See’s uses. Thanks!

  12. Ok, thanks for letting me know!

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  14. How long do these keep?

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  16. I LOVE see’s candies, and the butterscotch square is one of my very favorites. This was IDENTICAL to See’s Butterscotch Square. I’m so happy with how they turned out!! Thank you for the amazing recipe.

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  18. Just made these… simply delicious!! 

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