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Gooey Butterscotch Bars Recipe

Gooey Butterscotch Bars Recipe

The name says it all for these bars. With caramels, butterscotch chips and pudding, they're ooey, gooey and finger-lickin' good! Sugar cookie mix speeds up prep time during the busy holidays, and the easy recipe makes a big batch! —Carol Brewer, Fairborn, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:40 servings


  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar cookie mix, pudding mix, butter and egg. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until set.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with butterscotch chips.
  • 3. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 199 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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lbeers User ID: 1557467 244136
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"easy to make and big on flavor. This recipe is a keeper for sure! Thanks for sharing."

pammied User ID: 8218684 230695
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"Can you use caramel ice cream sauce instead of caramel candy?"

LCS456 User ID: 7088740 219378
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I made these bars today and they are great! I was a little skeptical about how easy (messy) they would be to cut but I chilled them for about an hour and they cut perfectly. It's always a good thing when a recipe is easy to make, looks like the photo and tastes like the description and these do. The only problem I encountered was working with the crust -- it wasn't easy to spread in a 9 X 13 pan so I worked the dough into a ball and then rolled it out (like a pie crust) in a rectangular shape between two sheets of parchment paper - I transferred it to the pan and pressed it into the corners and it was much easier. Next time, I might try the suggestion to add chocolate. I also sprinkled a little sea salt on top of the bars for a "salted caramel" effect."

MarciaShumskyRogers User ID: 7654089 118442
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

"First dish that we found much too sweet!"

sbingen User ID: 7603348 127409
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"These are really good! I used roasted peanuts instead of mixed nuts and used half butterscotch chips and half semi sweet chocolate chips. I found its easier to keep these refrigerated, they stay a little less messy that way. I will definatly make these again!"

mimihouts User ID: 1411311 145564
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"these are so good I shared with several people and they all loved these

very rich but so so good"

sd20 User ID: 5560294 145545
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Wonderfully delicious ! :-)"

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 168050
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"Delicious and very rich-tasting. A little bar goes a long way--you could easily cut these into 1" squares because they are so rich. I might cut the butterscotch chips to 3/4 c. when I make this again. The cookie mix crust helped make this recipe simple and fast. Wrapped caramels take forever to unwrap but Kraft now makes those same caramels in bead form. The package is only 11 oz., which isn't quite enough for this recipe but it's a real time-saver to not have to unwrap all of the caramels!"

lilbonbon User ID: 6790905 116402
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"Thank you for all your imput I will be making them I see everyone like them I love taste of home recipes"

nrsgoodbody10 User ID: 4490163 116397
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

"OMG!!! These bars are the devil. They are sooooo good. Very gooey so I did stick them in the refrigerator after we were done with them and just pulled them back out when needed."

CDurfee86 User ID: 5804931 168047
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"Very, very good!!!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 101923
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"These were good but very sweet. Great with coffee!"

[email protected] User ID: 193450 103617
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"A huge hit with my family and my teenage son's friends! easy, delicious. I used cashews instead of mixed nuts, but that was the only change I made. Love these bars!"

amy32180 User ID: 1986317 108090
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"These were so good and so easy to make. I used half butterscotch chips and half chocolate chips. Took them to work and about 5 people wanted the recipe!"

aamundson User ID: 3920376 108089
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Very don't need a big piece even if you think you want it!"

_Violet_ User ID: 505123 211263
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"I made these and ...delicious!


kpcplilly02 User ID: 4547137 127407
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"This is a favorite everywhere I take them. I always get asked for the recipe. It is very easy to make"

seekere User ID: 5180847 169174
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Very Good!!!"

deeter18 User ID: 5291305 185052
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I made my own sugar cookie dough for this recipe and just added the pudding, etc. These are so yummy! My family had them devoured in a day! Thanks for sharing this!"

jajm6 User ID: 1412288 211262
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"Our family loves these -- I use roasted peanuts. Sometimes I add some mini marshmellows on top of the cookie layer and then pour the caramel mixture over it to make more of a "salted nut roll" type bar."

Not_Spacy User ID: 6034953 101922
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I used vanilla pudding to balance out the butterscotch power of the chips which enabled me to add a few extra. I exchanged the macadamia nuts for the mixed nuts, and they were an awesome complement to the other flavors."

rickjen2196 User ID: 5332737 108088
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"My son has a peanut allergy so I used rice chex in place of the nuts. It was good but I think if I make it again I will not add the butterscotch chips on top it made it a little too sweet."

hyladavis User ID: 5508744 211261
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"Made for meeting at school. They loved them. For those that butterscotch is not there favorite, I decided to change a few ingredients. I used vanilla pudding in with the sugar cookie mix, then put vanilla and milk chocolate chips and pecans.on top of the carmel layer. Then to make everyone happy I put half butterscotch chips and then then other chocolate/vanilla on the other! Two deserts in one!"

thedawsons4881 User ID: 4943532 108084
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"This is super easy and SUPER delicious. Everyone raved!"

Carollizc User ID: 2124672 186791
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"I can see me making these at the holidays, and subbing salted macadamia nuts for the mixed nuts. My sister, especially, will love them - macadamias are her favourites, and we cook with them only at the holidays, to make them more special."

lightedway User ID: 4228023 116396
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"These are sweet! Mine came out just like the picture. Didn't have a sugar cookie mix so I used a yellow cake mix, 1 pkg instant butterscotch pudding, 1/2 cup of butter and one egg. Mix until crumbly, add chopped Butterfinger candy bars, press into pan and bake for 20-22 mins. Also didn't have caramels on hand so I made caramel sauce. It worked well. I agree these didn't pack well into lunches because of the "Gooeyness". They did freeze well for me. I loved them."

liketocook43 User ID: 2203610 187603
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I made this to take to a Boy Scout family picnic. Everybody wanted the recipe, it was delicious. I used dry roasted peanuts instead of mixed nuts, so it would have more of a sweet & salty taste. I also used half butterscotch chips and half milk chocolate chips on top. Next time I might try all milk chocolate. AWESOME bars!!!"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 187569
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"I would make this recipe again. It was very good, but the cookie part was a little drier than I had anticipated. More butter, maybe?"

jeditchr User ID: 2603649 108083
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"In a word---WOW! Very easy to make. A great recipe to do with young cooks. They are delicious and VERY gooey (even several days later). "Gooey" made them difficult to put in lunch boxes, but we compromised and just enjoyed them at home. :)"

Nichollette User ID: 4634082 118441
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"The recipe was very simple. I used more milk when melting the caramel bits. At first, I thought it was too sweet, but my friends thought otherwise. I also used walnuts instead of mixed nuts."

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