Butterscotch Squares copycat recipe

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

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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?

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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!

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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}

Ingredients:


  • 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)


Directions:


  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.


Adapted from Recipe Link.


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  1. These look so good, Dorothy! I love the combo of butterscotch and chocolate. These bites are like bites of Christmas candy heaven!

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  3. I love See’s! WOW you nailed these! And I love butterscotch. You just make this WAY too easy! Wow…so impressed!

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  5. My husband is obsessed with butterscotch, but we have never tried these. I might have to surprise him with them this year!

  6. These look so good! I am totally making them next weekend- thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness, Dorothy! These look perfect–I could see these in a candy store! And they look SO delicious!

  8. OMG! These look great and the pic is so clear I feel like I could bite my screen.

  9. Quarter cup of salt? Really?

  10. Dorothy, these look perfect. I wouldn’t mind getting a box of these for Christmas. Yum!

  11. You’re so cute with your See’s candy copycats! First truffles, now these… By the time Christmas rolls around, people might not have to buy boxes of See’s for presents anymore — they can just make your recipes! 🙂 I love the backdrops your dad made too; this blue one looks so good!

  12. I’ll have to try it out since these are one of my favorites, but is it actually 1/4 cup of salt? That seems like a lot! 🙂

  13. I’ve never had a butterscotch square. These remind me of butterfingers, minus the peanut butter of course. I’ll have to try these sometime 🙂

  14. See’s candy is the one store I miss from living out west! We get pop up stores only for the holidays but they lack the beautiful candy display that See’s candy is known for. Thanks for bringing a little See’s to our home in the east.

  15. Butterscotch squares and California brittle are definitely tied for my favorite See’s Candy…love them both! Definitely need to try this recipe. Pinned! It’s gonna be dangerous being able to make these at home…I’ll eat them all the time!

  16. Dorothy, these look perfect to make this holiday season to give as gifts! Delish!

  17. Thank you. Have a god holiday season.

  18. I wouldn’t share these either – YUM! 🙂

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  21. I grew up with See’s and, like you, I had my “one favorite” piece that was always mine in the box. It was the Scotchmallow. Mmmm. Thank God for the internet, because I don’t live near a See’s store anymore.

  22. Haha, that would be me! I remember at a restuarant (I was only 7) and Mom got me and my cousin shrimp and calamari. We were scared of the calamari and told everyone we hated it and went ahead and ate all of (what we thought:) was the shrimp. Turns out we polished off the “disgusting” calamari. We never lived that one down! These candies look incredible! Every time you talk about See’s, I wish I could visit! It sounds so good:)
    P.S. I made your gingerbread cinnamon rolls over the weekend and we all loved them!

  23. Ha, I find it amusing that I moved to the area with See’s about 11 years ago and have never gone into a store. But I certainly hear about the candies and how much they are loved and cherished by folks who do buy from them. This one looks great. Shame about it being so brittle and breaking. Does it help to cut it sooner than later while it might still have some give? I have a special caramel recipe I make each year and a special coconut candy one (like a Mounds ball) but have never tried a butterscotch one. I have to say I always loved the butterscotch hard candies from Brach–butter rum even more. Sounds like a good one to try! Thanks, Dorothy!!

  24. My grandma used to make candy a lot like this! It’s been so long since I’ve had it. This will have to go on my ever growing candy making list!

  25. I also was addicted to See’s butterscotch squares and the truffles. When I was pregnant I bought myself a pound of their vanilla nut fudge and shared it with no one!! I think I ate the whole box in 3 days. I plan to make both the squares and truffles really soon!! Thank you so much for posting these.

  26. Love, love, love this. They’ve been taunting me from Pinterest all day and I am absolutely smitten with them. Genius!

  27. Butterscotch squares are my absolute favorite also. Have you tried cooking these to a lower temperature to produce a slightly softer/less brittle candy center? We live in the South where the only place you can find See’s is in a kiosk at some of the larger airports. I do have local access to Peter’s Chocolate however which is the chocolate that See’s uses to coat their candy.

    • And I’m super jealous that you have access to Peter’s Chocolate!!!! 🙂

      I cooked them to the temperature that was said for the penuche fudge, but maybe cooking them lower and slower would make a difference! Thanks for the tip!

  28. Oh my gosh! Dorothy, thanks so much for offering us this giveaway! It would help out so many of us during the holiday season, I’m sure! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    PS- Butterfingers were always something I couldn’t turn down! Honestly, they just really are to die for, and YOURS- geez! These look awesome! I’m pinning this and will share it on my blog Friday!:) You’ve inspired me to create a healthy Butterfinger just from these photos!:) I hope you’re having a good holiday season. You’re incredibly talented<3

  29. i love See’s chocolates. this sounds like a great replica!

  30. Oh my god! These look PHENOM, Dorothy!! I love all of your genius See’s copycat candies! This has to be one of my faves, though. Cannot RESIST that incredible butterscotch!!

  31. WOW….what a giveaway. Thanks!

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  33. I had never made candy before this year and am having such fun playing with my candy thermometer! Next candy experiment will be these butterscotch squares! (If you ever figure out how to make Fanny May vanilla cremes, let me know. They are my favorite boxed candy ever!)

  34. Oh dear, these look quite dangerous. I love this particular See’s candy too. My son always takes the rum nougat and my husband the coconut cream. See’s uses guittard chocolate so I might have to try your filling with that and see how close I can get to the original. Thanks for sharing!

  35. I seriously LOVE butterscotch squares, but am not the biggest fan of chocolate so I usually just cope with it being there (and by cope, I mean I eat the chocolate off of the square and then enjoy the center sans coating). I am totally making these and leaving the chocolate off, so I can save myself some time. =P

  36. Those Sees chocolates are my favorites too. A few years ago I tried making 3 of those recipes I found trying to get the right one as well. I liked them all pretty good. I added some melted white chocolate to one too that turned out pretty good. I’m totally gonna try your recipe, can’t wait. Thanks

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  42. I WAS BORN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SEE’S WAS ALWAY’S MY FAVORITE.  WE ALWAYS HAD A COUPLE OF TWO POUND BOXES AT FAMILY GATHERINGS DURING THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, AND 
    NEW YEARS.  AT EASTER MY MOM BOUGHT US ALL OUR OWN EASTER EGG OF CHOICE.  I ALWAYS WANTED CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM 
    WITH WALNUT OR PECANS.  MY FAVORITES NOW ARE CHELSEA , CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM, VANILLA BUTTERCREAM, BOURDOUX, MAYFAIR, COCONUT.  THEIR CANS OF MIXED NUTS ARE ALSO VERY GOOD.  A BIT EXPENSIVE BUT VERY HIGH QUALITY AND FRESH.  I ALSO LOVE THE CHOCOLATE SUCKERS.  IF YOU ARE NEW TO SEES HERE IS A TIP THE DESIGN ON THE CANDY TELLS YOU WHAT THE FILLING IS NO NEED TO CUT OPEN OR BITE INTO TO TELL.  IF ANYONE IS THINKING ON GETTING A JOB AT SEE’S THEY ALLOW EMPLOYEE’S TO PURCHASE THE SECOND’S FOR A REALLY DISCOUNTED PRICE. IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO SEES’S FIND OUT THE NEAREST STATE THAT HAS A REGULAR RETAIL STORE AND MAKE THAT YOUR VACATION DESTINATION.  NEXT BEST THING MAIL ORDER FROM THE WEBSITE.  LAST YEAR THEY HAD A CONTEST TO WIN THEIR PRODUCTS DURING THE HOLIDAY’S.

  43. Thank you! Thank you!! I also used to call them Brown Sugar Squares, and it took me looking up recipes to realize I’d been wrong for so many years. I love these little bites of brown sugar. My piece of candy in the box of See’s was always the Rum Nougat. I LOVE those. But these are my second. And then Butterscotch Kisses, and then Milk Bordeaux, and then…Oh. Sorry. I was having a Sees-zure 🙂

  44. Hi, I just did the first part of this recipe and left it overnight.  I don’t have a candy thermometer, so maybe that is the problem, but my finished filling in the pan is soft and not brittle at all.  I’m not sure how I would cut this.  Maybe I didn’t cook it long enough?  Like I said, I didn’t have a thermometer.
    If I did screw it up, can I still do something with this?  I hate to waste it, but I’m not sure I can cut it up.  Would chilling it help?

    • It definitely could be because it didn’t cook long enough. When cooking sugar for these sorts of candies the perfect temperature needs to be reached so that it hardens properly. Is it liquidy? Maybe you could add some more powdered sugar. Chilling it might help as well, to try and save it. Depending on how soft/runny it is, you could also turn the recipe into a “cup” instead of a dipped candy. Line mini cupcake pans with liners and pour some melted chocolate (the kind made for candy is best; like Candiquik) and use a spoon to spread it up the liner a little, let it harden slightly, then add some of the butterscotch square mixture, then top with more chocolate, like a peanut butter cup. For a visual, see these: https://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/10/caramel-peanut-butter-cups/. And put a candy thermometer on your list for Santa. 🙂 I got mine at Kohls for under $25 (it’s the Food Network brand). It’s what I use, nothing super expensive needed!

  45. Hi! Could I use dark brown sugar instead of light brown because I don’t think I can find it?

  46. Oh and is it 236 degrees fahrenheit or celsius? 

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  48. Hi dorothy! Could u pleaseee tell me if these are hard to the bite? I know you mentioned they were brittle when cutting them, I have very troublesome teeth and I desperately want to make your recipe but I wanted to ask first.. Is it like biting into a hard candy?

    • No, it’s soft but not caramel like. It’s hard to describe; they’re not hard like a lifesaver, they’re not chewy like taffy and they’re not soft like a brownie or chewy like a Rolo. They’re somewhat soft when you bite into them and then they kind of dissolve on your tongue.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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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  53. 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 

  54. 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!

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

  56. 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.

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

  58. 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?

  59. 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!

  60. Ok, thanks for letting me know!

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