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Butterscotch Bars – Gluten-Free

“Yum!” I heard as I was setting up a photo of the Butterscotch Bars I’d just baked.  I turned around to see my husband grabbing a whole handful of them from the pan as he was finishing his first mouthful.  He’s usually not so interested in my gluten-free cookies, but these really were outstanding.

So often it’s the simpler recipes that are best.  This gluten-free recipe for bars is like that.  Tender, chewy – with the delicate flavor of butter and brown sugar and vanilla.

Butterscotch Bars -- Gluten-Free

Butterscotch Bars -- Gluten-Free

Bars are versatile, stackable, packable, convenient…and they’re also easier to make than cookies.  Spread them in a pan, bake them and cut them into squares.  Then watch out for hungry snackers!

Butterscotch Bars – Gluten-Free


1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed

1/4 Cup Butter, softened

2 Egg Whites, large

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1-1/4 Cups Gluten-free Flour Mix (if using a mix, check ingredients for baking powder, salt and xanthan gum – if so, don’t add more)

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

Cooking Oil


Preheat oven to 350°.  Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking oil.

In small mixing bowl, beat sugars and butter at medium speed until well-blended (4-5 minutes).

Add egg whites and vanilla; beat well.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum; mix well.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed just until blended.

Spread batter evenly in prepared 8-inch square baking pan.

Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until top is lightly browned and center is done.

Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Cut into 16 pieces.

These bars are gluten-free (no wheat, barley or rye) and nut-free.  This is an adaptation of a recipe from Cooking Light.

Linked to:

-Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

-The Gluten-Free Homemaker’s Gluten-Free Wednesdays

– Miz Helen’s Country Cottage’s Full Plate Thursday

– The Whole Gang’s Real Food Weekly

– The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter Thursday