The Best Butterscotch Squares | No Bake Butterscotch Bars

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  • These four ingredient sweet and salty Butterscotch Squares come together in just minutes – literally! Get this incredible no bake Butterscotch Bars recipe for an indulgent treat that tastes like old-fashioned butterscotch candy.

    Single bar of butterscotch squares on a marble surface.

    Butterscotch Squares

    In my never-ending search to quench my sweet tooth cravings, I bring you another no bake treat! No bake desserts are always a hit because there’s just so little wait time!

    It’s such a great feeling to pull together a few (in this case, only FOUR) ingredients to put together something delicious and fun. These butterscotch squares are perfectly sweet and salty – a satisfying way to indulge your craving for something yummy!

    My girls love anything with marshmallows – that’s just a simple fact! It makes me wonder – do marshmallows make everything better? 

    Stack of three homemade no bake butterscotch candy bars on a marble surface.

    These quick and easy butterscotch squares are a simple concept that anyone can make. In fact, this is one of those treats that your kids will need very little help with in the kitchen. For my girls, there’s nothing better than the satisfaction of creating and eating something from scratch.

    As they grow, they are getting more confident in the kitchen, and I’m so proud! Of course…what kid (or adult) can argue with the combination of peanut butter, butterscotch and marshmallows? Not this girl! 

    Single bar of butterscotch squares on a marble surface.

    Butterscotch Candy Bars

    Do you know the difference between caramel, toffee and butterscotch? There are subtle but significant differences that can create desserts with entirely different end results. 

    While each of these three sweet flavors is created with a delicious concoction of sugar and butter, caramel generally includes white granulated sugar, cream and vanilla flavorings for a creamy, delicate balance.

    Butterscotch will have a slightly deeper flavor because it’s created with brown sugar instead of white (which means it contains molasses). A butterscotch dessert is richer and more flavor-focused for that reason!

    Close-up of a pan of butterscotch dessert, marshmallows at the top.

    Butterscotch and caramel are often used interchangeably, but butterscotch is probably best differentiated by the absence of milk or cream.

    Toffee is generally considered to be butterscotch that is cooked for longer to create a sticky, rich sweet sauce that pairs beautifully with all kinds of old-fashioned butterscotch candy or butterscotch squares.

    Get my favorite old-fashioned butterscotch sheet cake recipe for another butterscotch dessert you’re going to love! 

    Gold pan with parchment paper lining, butterscotch squares recipe inside and knife to the side.

    No Bake Butterscotch Candy Ingredients

    These butterscotch bars are made with just three simple ingredients. Yes, it’s true- you’re going to be amazed at how quickly these come together! 

    • Peanut Butter – I used creamy because that’s what I had on hand. However, you can also use crunchy peanut butter for a little added texture and crunch.
    • Marshmallows – Mini sized marshmallows work best for this recipe.
    • Butterscotch Chips – Found in the baking section with chocolate chips and the like, butterscotch chips have a distinctive flavor all their own! 
    • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your choice. I’m a fan of all things salty so I use salted butter in all my recipes.

    The combination of butterscotch and peanut butter creates a creamy, rich buttery flavor that is going to get your taste buds singing! 

    Close-up of a pan of butterscotch bars, marshmallows at the top.

    How to Make Easy Butterscotch Bars

    Like I said, these are so simple that your kids can easily handle it themselves with just a little supervision. You can melt the peanut butter and butterscotch chips in the microwave for an even safer method that doesn’t involve a traditional stove top! 

    For the full printable recipe, continue below.

    Gold pan with parchment paper lining, butterscotch squares recipe inside and knife to the side. marble surface.

    1. Line your pan with parchment paper for easy removal of the butterscotch squares. I love this gorgeous 8″ square gold cake pan, but you can use anything you have as these will easily form into any shape of pan.
    2. Melt – In a saucepan on your stove top, add peanut butter and butterscotch chips. Slowly melt over medium heat, stirring occasionally. You can also do this in the microwave in a medium microwave safe bowl. Melt with 30 second increments, stirring in between until completely melted. 
    3. Pour into your baking pan. Allow melted mixture to cool slightly before folding in the marshmallows. 
    4. Set – After the butterscotch dessert has cooled completely, cut into squares and enjoy! 

    Tips to Make Butterscotch Squares

    • Use creamy peanut butter (avoid natural as sometimes the oils don’t blend well)
    • Refrigerate until you’re ready to enjoy
    • Allow to cool for a few minutes so you don’t melt your marshmallows

    Gold pan with parchment paper lining, butterscotch squares recipe inside and knife to the side. marble surface.

    More No Bake Treats You’ll Love

    I love a good no bake dessert! As much as we enjoy baking in this house, it’s so much fun to mix something together and enjoy a sweet treat in a flash. I think you’ll love these delicious no bake treats as well! 

    Close-up of a pan of butterscotch bars, marshmallows at the top.

    What’s your favorite no bake dessert? As you can see, we love them all! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a butterscotch dessert or butterscotch candy that I didn’t love. 

    If you try these No Bake Butterscotch Squares, please come back to share using my five star rating in the comments below! Not only do I appreciate it, but I know readers do, too! For more easy recipes and simple living ideas, subscribe to my newsletter.

    The Best Butterscotch Squares (No Bake Butterscotch Bars)

    These four ingredient sweet and salty Butterscotch Squares come together in just minutes - literally! Get this incredible no bake Butterscotch Bars recipe for an indulgent treat that tastes like old-fashioned butterscotch candy.

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword butterscotch bars, butterscotch squares, candy, christmas candy, no bake
    Prep Time 8 minutes
    Servings 16
    Calories 245 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 3/4 cup peanut butter
    • 2 cups butterscotch chips 11 ounce bag
    • 4 cups miniature marshmallows

    Instructions

    1. Line a 8x8 baking pan.

    2. In a saucepan over medium heat combine butter, peanut butter and butterscotch chips stirring frequently.

      Alternatively combine in a bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, reducing to 15 second increments until melted and combined stirring between.

    3. Allow to cool 5 minutes.

    4. Fold in miniature marshmallows and pour into lined pan.

    5. Refrigerate 1+ hours before cutting into squares and serving.

    Recipe Notes

    Variations:
    Add in peanuts or candy coated chocolates like M&M's, Peanut Butter M&M's, or Reese's Pieces.

    Nutrition Facts
    The Best Butterscotch Squares (No Bake Butterscotch Bars)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 245 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Saturated Fat 5g25%
    Cholesterol 17mg6%
    Sodium 199mg8%
    Potassium 78mg2%
    Carbohydrates 32g11%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 25g28%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 199IU4%
    Calcium 8mg1%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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