butterscotch bourbon bars

by Amy on 25 January 2011

last thursday, we got more snow in nashville, which meant that most of us were home + off the roads by mid-afternoon. what to do with an expected few free hours? cook! on my to-make list, i put tortellini soup with cannellini, kielbasa + kale, a vodka + elderflower-tini, + these butterscotch bourbon bars.

i found this recipe on erin’s food files, a blog run by a great cook + fabulous fellow nashvillian. when the snow hit, i knew it was the perfect time to try this out. coincidentally, my honey (who loves bourbon) was scheduled to return home that night from a business trip. i feared that his flight would be canceled due to weather, but wanted to have a batch of these butterscotch bourbon bars ready just in case he made it.

these bars are amazing – slightly rich with a kick from the butterscotch + bourbon. their texture is moist, smooth, a little crunchy here + there from the chips, which i love! i wouldn’t have thought that butterscotch + bourbon would mesh so well, but guess what? they do! + honey? he made it home safely that night to little ol’ me, our snuggly pup, + these fab sweets. thanks again, erin, for the idea!

butterscotch bourbon bars

makes 9-12 bars, adapted from frites & fries, as seen on erin’s food files


1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
2 tbsp. bourbon (i used four roses bourbon)


preheat the oven to 350 degrees. mix the flour, baking powder, salt, + light brown sugar together. in another bowl, whisk the butter, milk, vanilla, + egg. pour the liquid mixture into the dry batter. add the bourbon + fold in the butterscotch chips.

pour the batter into a greased 9” pan. use a spatula to cover the entire pan with the cookie batter. bake for about 20 minutes; use a toothpick to test the center. the toothpick should not be completely clean but with very small bits of cookie dough on it.

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1 amanda January 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

These look absolutely amazing. Am definitely trying them soon. Do you think the alcohol cooks out (meaning, can I give them to my teenagers?)

2 amy January 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

i did a quick search + it looks like a small percentage of the alcohol remains even after these are cooked – so, while no one could get tipsy off of these, some alcohol will remain. hope this helps + i hope you love ’em once you make them!

3 Jess January 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

We are huge bourbon and whiskey fans, too, so I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

4 amy January 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

you’re welcome – enjoy!

5 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) January 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

These look so good! I love bar cookies…bake and cut into squares! I bet they’d be good with white-choc chips too. BTW…I’m hosting a really great giveaway for some gourmet specialty food products on my blog, so pop before Friday by to enter.

6 amy January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

yeah, these are delicious, especially if you’re a bourbon fan! i didn’t think of trying ’em with white choco chips, but that’s a good idea – will have to try it. i’ll pop over to your blog now – thanks for telling me about the giveaway! =)

7 Sheri January 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Amy –

These look (and sound) amazing! I’m printing off the recipe as I type this!

8 amy January 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

fabulous, enjoy! they are super easy to make – you’re gonna love ’em. just make sure you butter/grease the pan well – it makes them much easier to get out. =)

9 ErinsFoodFiles January 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

YUM! I LOVED these, glad to see you did too!

10 amy January 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm

sure did! thanks again for the fabulous recipe. =)

11 The Food Hunter January 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

Just heard about these on twitter…plan to make them soon

12 amy January 27, 2011 at 8:35 am

enjoy! batch #1 went awfully quick in our house, so i’ll be making another batch this weekend, too. =)

13 Letty January 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Was just tweeted this recipe by a friend. these look yummy – can’t wait to try them!

14 amy January 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

i’m so glad you stumbled across my blog + this fantastic recipe. you’ll have to let me know what you think of them! enjoy!

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