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If you love butterscotch, you are in for a treat with these decadent gluten free butterscotch brownies. They are full of browned butter and brown sugar flavor goodness! Add in chips or make them plain. Either way, these chewy brownies are amazing.

A stack of four gluten free butterscotch brownies on a plate.

I have been posting some fun flavors of gluten free brownies recently, and I love all of the reader comments asking for more flavors. These gluten free butterscotch brownies were a big hit with my family and a few neighbors I recruited to help me taste test.

Check out all of my delicious flavors of gluten free brownies for more baking fun! You can also make these into Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Bars!

These are the best brownies I have ever made!! This is a winner. I did not change anything in the recipe. Thanks!!!!”

Charlet S.

Why These Gluten Free Butterscotch Brownies Are so Great:

  1. These gluten free browned butter brownies are full of delicious butterscotch flavor. You can add butterscotch chips for even more!
  2. You can make this recipe in about 30 minutes!
  3. Butterscotch brownies are perfect for bake sales!
  4. Serve them with a scoop of ice cream, and top them with my homemade Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce for a fun dessert!
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Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour, 22-ounce 4 pack

This is a great gluten-free flour blend for making cookies, muffins, and biscuits. For best results, be sure to let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes before baking. Do not use this blend for yeast recipes.

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Ingredient Notes:

Gluten free butterscotch brownies ingredients photo.
  • Gluten free flour blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend, Pillsbury Gluten Free Flour Blend, and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I just have not tested other flours, and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add one teaspoon.
  • Butter – Use unsalted. As much as I wish I had success making this dairy-free, vegan/dairy-free butter doesn’t brown and taste the same as real butter.
  • Eggs – For this recipe, I used size extra large eggs.
  • Vanilla extract – I recommend pure vanilla extract. Imitation doesn’t taste as good in this recipe.

Step-By-Step Directions:

Photos of mixing both the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls.

Step 1: In a large bowl, add your gluten free flour blend, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and sea salt. Use a whisk to blend them together.

To measure your gluten free flour, I recommend using either the spoon method or leveling method.

Spoon Method: You can also use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.

Leveling Method: Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.

Step 2: Add your butter to a small saucepan. Cook on low heat for 5-9 minutes until your butter is golden brown in color. Set it aside to cool for 10 minutes. You don’t want the butter to get too hot, or it will cook the eggs.

HINT: The length of time to brown the butter will depend on the size of pot you use.

Photos mixing up the butterscotch brownies batter.

Step 3: In a small mixing bowl, add the brown butter, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk to blend them. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Note: You can use a standing mixer as well. You would want to add the wet ingredients to the mixer bowl, then gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix with a paddle attachment on low speed. Gradually increase the speed to medium until the ingredients are blended.

Step 4: this is what your brownie batter will look like.

Brownie batter spread out in a pan.

Step 5: Spread the brownie batter in an 8×8 pan for thicker brownies or a 9×13 pan for thinner brownies. Either grease the pan or line it with parchment paper.

Step 6: Bake the brownies at 350º F for 18-22 minutes. The shorter bake time is if you want the butterscotch blondies to have a gooey center.

The cut brownies on parchment paper.

Variations:

  • As I mentioned above, adding butterscotch or chocolate chips takes these brown butter blondies to a whole new level!
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the top.
  • Top them with vanilla frosting!

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

What is the difference between blondies and brownies?

The main difference between blondies and brownies is brownies are made with chocolate, and blondies are made with white chocolate or no chocolate.

How do you get gooey middles?

If you like your brownies and blondies on the gooey side, take them out of the oven sooner when the edges start to look brown.

How long will these butterscotch brownies keep fresh?

These brownies will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or for up to 4 months in the freezer.

You may also love these minty Gluten Free Peppermint Brownies or these Gluten Free Chocolate Espresso Brownies!

A butterscotch brownie on a plate next to a dad joke book.

More Gluten Free Brownie Recipes:

The cut brownies on parchment paper.

Gluten Free Butterscotch Brownies

Sandi Gaertner
Easy to make chewy gluten free butterscotch brownies
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4.60 from 10 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 229 kcal

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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup butter unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs size extra large
  • ½ cup Optional: chocolate or butterscotch chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • In a large bowl, add your gluten free flour blend, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and sea salt. Use a whisk to blend them together.
  • Add your butter to a small saucepan. Cook on low heat for 5-9 minutes until your butter is a golden brown color. Set it aside to cool for 10 minutes. You don't want the butter too hot or it will cook the eggs.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add the brown butter, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk to blend them. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  • Note: You can use a standing mixer as well. You would want to add the wet ingredients to the mixer bowl, then gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix with a paddle attachment on low speed. Gradually increase the speed to medium until the ingredients are blended.
  • Spread the brownie batter in an 8×8 pan for thicker brownies or a 9×13 pan for thinner brownies. Either grease the pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • Bake the brownies at 350º F for 18-22 minutes. The shorter bake time is if you want the butterscotch blondies to have a gooey center.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. These brownies will keep for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or for up to 4 months in the freezer.
To measure your gluten free flour, I recommend using either the spoon method or leveling method.
Spoon Method: You can also use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.
Leveling Method: Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownieCalories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 262mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 399IUCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
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17 Comments

  1. I made these – made 1½ batches for a 9X13 pan. I added lots of chocolate chips and pecans, and even the non-celiacs loved them! At the minimum baking time of 18 min. I checked and they were like raw dough in the middle. Baked them 25 min. then took them out, altho they were still quite wet in the middle. After cooling overnight, I see this morning they are gooey in the middle, but not like raw dough as they were when I first served them about 3/4 cooled. Recipe is definitely a keeper – love the browned butter flavor!

    1. Hi, I am happy to help troubleshoot. What gluten free flour blend did you use? Starchier blends do need more time to bake in many cases. Also, what kind of pan did you bake them in? Metal, glass, or ceramic?

  2. Excited to make these!!! What brand of butterscotch chips do you use?? Many are not gf, or have a funny aftertaste.
    Thanks!

  3. 3 stars
    Sandi, I’m at 6500 ft. above sea level. I’ve tried this recipe twice; the first was a wet, oily mess that never baked even with addtl. time in the oven. So of course, that’s on me b/c I didn’t adjust for high altitude. So I tried again, this time adding an extra 1/4 cup flour, no adjustments to the baking powder otherwise following the directions exactly. Still turned out very oily/wet. Are you sure you mean 1CUP of butter? Most other recipes with 2 cups GF flour call for just 1STICK (1/2 cup) butter. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi, I am definitely sure about the butter quantity. The way you describe your results, it makes me think you are using a very starchy gluten free flour blend. Which brand are you using?

      1. GF Jules, it’s the highest rated and I use it for all my recipes with fantastic results normally. It does have a high ratio of corn starch… I’ll try again with King Arthur’s GF flour and see if that works better.

  4. 4 stars
    Hi Sandi – love your recipes. I did make this one in an 8″ pan, so baked for longer than noted time – closer to 40 minutes. They were moist but little dense, maybe I overmixed. Otherwise great flavor.

    1. Hi MaryAnne. It is hard to know if they were overmixed. I mix until just barely mixed. I am surprised it took longer to bake. Which gluten free flour blend did you use?

      1. 4 stars
        Sandi, I have a fabulous non-GF chewy butterscotch bars recipe and I was hoping this one could replace it. I think my main mistake was baking in 8×8 rather than 9×13 pan. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 and large rather than xtra large eggs, plus added 1/2 c. Ghirardelli chocolate chips. At 350 deg they required 35 minutes baking, until my sharp knife in center came out slightly gooey but with a few beginning-to-form crumbs on it. The result was a cake (not any kind of brownie, chewy or otherwise!) with a nice moist-looking crumb but nevertheless very dry and heavy in the mouth (like most other GF & paleo bakes I’ve tried). I’d like to attempt these again, with 2 rather than 3 eggs (eggs contribute to cakey-ness) and bake in 9×13 pan. We’ll see!

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