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Butterscotch Brownies: Simple Blondies From Scratch

Butterscotch Brownies are one of the simplest bar cookie recipes to make from scratch. The bars call for just 7 ingredients – 8 if you add nuts at the end.

They are a classic bar cookie that resemble chocolate brownies. Yet instead of cocoa or melted chocolate for flavor, the bars call for brown sugar. The result is a rich butterscotch flavor and dense texture, particularly if you add the optional nuts.

As far as terminology goes, the bars are also called “blond brownies,”  “blondies,” or “white chocolate brownies,” although the last term is a misnomer since these bar cookies typically do not call for any kind of chocolate in the dough.

Butterscotch Brownies: Simple Blondies From Scratch

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 22-25 minutes

Makes 25 bars


½ cup butter or margarine

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

¾ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing ends of foil to extend over two sides of the pan. Coat the foil lightly with vegetable spray.

  2. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  4. Pour the melted butter into a separate mixing bowl. Add brown sugar. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine the melted butter and margarine. Add egg and vanilla extract, beating until the mixture is well blended.

  5. Beat in dry ingredients gradually until dough is well blended. Stir in nuts. The dough will be thick.

  6. Spread mixture evenly onto bottom of the prepared baking pan.

  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown. Do not over bake. Remove the pan from the oven and allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack.

  8. Grasp ends of aluminum foil and lift the brownies from the pan. Peel away foil. Cut brownies in five rows of five (or in any other size you wish.)

  9. Store bars loosely covered at room temperature.

Special Baking Tips for Butterscotch Brownies

  • You may choose to mix ingredients with a large, sturdy spoon rather than an electric mixer. The batter will come together easily by hand because the butter is melted prior to mixing.
  • Like other brownies and blondies, Butterscotch Brownies are almost like a cake, yet have a dense texture that allows the individually-cut bars to be eaten as finger food. The dough is thick and rich. Be sure to press the cookie dough evenly into the pan to ensure uniform baking. The bars hold up well when wrapped individually in plastic wrap and packed into lunch boxes.

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