Butterscotch is one of our favorite flavors. Some butterscotch lollipops and hard candies are dairy-free, but it is difficult to find dairy-free butterscotch chips. Katherine found some homemade butterscotch chips recipes online and altered them to make this recipe. While these dairy-free butterscotch chips don’t hold their shape when heated the way commercial chips do, they do have that perfect butterscotch flavor. We did try to make a sturdier chip, but the resulting flavor was more “caramel” than “butterscotch.” So we went back to Katherine’s original recipe.
These homemade dairy-free butterscotch chips are great in our Dairy-Free Seven Layer Bars (recipe coming soon!), as a dairy-free ice cream topping or mix in, in no-bake treats, or blended into dairy-free milkshakes. You can also use them in other cookie recipes calling for butterscotch chips. However, they do melt when heated, and will make some unattractive, though delicious, cookies!
Young children can help measure and mix all of the ingredients, spread the butterscotch in the sheet pan with a spatula, and break the butterscotch into chips once it has cooled. A butter knife can be used instead to cut them into small, even chunks. But pouring the hot butterscotch is a job best left to teens and adults.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Butterscotch Chips
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, allergy-friendly, vegan, and vegetarian.
- Put the coconut oil, margarine, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat, and whisk the ingredients to combine.
- Bring the mixture almost to a boil.
- Continue to cook the mixture over low heat, while whisking, until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the melted butterscotch onto a parchment-paper lined 9x13-inch pan.
- Spread the butterscotch evenly in the pan.
- Refrigerate the butterscotch for 3 hours.
- Break the butterscotch into small chips, or cut into chips with a pizza cutter or butter knife.
- Store the chips in an airtight container in the refrigerator.