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Best Butterscotch Recipes – How to Make Butterscotch – Tricks and Tips

Best Butterscotch Recipes - How to Make Butterscotch

Calling all caramel lovers—you’re going to love butterscotch. There are subtle differences between the two, mainly that caramel is made with white sugar and butterscotch with brown, but they can largely be used interchangeably. Butterscotch is perfect for everything from hot chocolate to pies, from cookies to cocktails, and we are HERE. FOR. IT. Check out our best butterscotch recipes for ideas—you might become just as obsessed as we are.

Butterscotch does get a bit of a bad rap as an old lady candy, but we’re here to tell you it can be SO much more. Its caramel-y, molasses-y, creamy flavor shouldn’t just be relegated to Werther’s hard candies. There are a few main ways you can incorporate it into your favorite sweet treats: chips, syrup, and sauce. The chips and syrup are certainly the easiest, since you can simply add them to some of your favorite desserts, like our oatmeal butterscotch cookies, our butterscotch cheesecake bars, or our peanut butter marshmallow squares, or drinks (see below for the most famous one). If you want to take things over the top, though, you’ve got to make your own butterscotch sauce. Check out our gingerbread butterscotch trifles or our butterscotch pie for examples of what to do with it, but really, it’s delicious even just drizzled over your favorite desserts. Make a batch and see what we mean!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the major role butterscotch has played in the modern zeitgeist. No matter how you feel about the Harry Potter franchise, its influence on taking butterscotch mainstream can’t be denied. The way it did so is through one of the most famous drinks from the books—Butterbeer. Described as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch,” Muggles (including us!) have been trying to approximate its flavor through ingredients like cream soda, butterscotch syrup, heavy or ice cream, and butter. We’ve taken it even further, and turned Butterbeer into everything from Jell-O shots to a boozy punch, from poke cake to fudge. Even if you’re not a fan of the Wizarding franchise, these sweets deserve a spot on your treat table.