Butterscotch Brownies


My sister, Carolyn is 7 years my senior.  When I was little she got stuck babysitting me a lot.  I felt bad about that, but I have to admit it was fun. Even though she was only a teenager, she had (and still has) amazing cooking skills.  Especially, in the BAKING department.  I’m positive my love of cooking has a lot to do with her.

Carolyn would get home from school before me since she was in high school.  I would jump off the bus and walk through the door to a teenage baking factory.  It was like “Carolyn’s Cafe” and she was only 16!  From cookies to brownies.  I would grab the milk, and have a feast of sweets even before Mom & Dad got home from work.

The most memorable baking dish, was by far, her “Butterscotch Brownies”.  The sweet, yet salty, chewy, get in my belly brownie that no one can turn away.  They are absolutely incredible.  And different.

I think this photo says it all…

You probably have all the ingredients, too.  That is what makes these even better.  They don’t take hours of prep, and you don’t need a lot of cooking experience to make them.

Be prepared, they don’t last long.

Just say, “Thanks, Carolyn” when you’re done gulping the milk afterward.

*Below you will find Carolyn’s hand written recipe, and then below that you will find my printable recipe that is slightly modified to the way I made them with out coconut.  I opted not to use coconut and they still turned out great like Carolyn said they would because she has made them that way too.  She also mixed everything in the pan, where I used a bowl.  You can decide what works best for you, but both ways work.

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Brownies

Rating: 51

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Yield: 9 brownies

Butterscotch Brownies


  • 1/4 cup melted salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour (all purpose white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (this is optional, I used almonds and cashews, but you can use walnuts, pecans, any nut you desire)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in microwave in microwave safe dish, or melt in pot on stove. Add melted butter to medium bowl. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Combine well. Set aside. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and combine well. Add nuts last. Spread in a 8X8 glass pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Bake 35 minutes or until brown on the edges. Let cool for 30 minutes and then dig in. These didn't last 24 hours at our house. Everyone gobbled them up fast!

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Diane, Carolyn, Julie

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20 Responses

  1. Oh man. Those looks so, so good. I love chewy brownies and I love butterscotch. Definitely pinning for later!

  2. kristin says:

    Yummy, this looks so so good! Pinned and can’t wait to make

  3. Oh my goodness, Julie, this looks absolutely delicious. I would love to have this over the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Malia says:

    I love reading the story behind the recipe! How fun and it’s so sweet to see your sister’s handwriting. Pinning!

  5. Oh my Julie! I might need to whip some up this weekend.

  6. Heather says:

    Mmmm – what a delicious recipe!! My guys will love this one – thanks for sharing the recipe and beautiful story behind it!! Pinning!

  7. Jenn says:

    These look amazing! Perfect for fall!

  8. Meegan says:

    So happy I found this recipe! Butterscotch is my fave. Perfect comfort food Julie. xoxoxo

  9. Julie these looks fabulous! I’m a sucker for butterscotch and brownies and I’m sure the combo is out of this world!

  10. Melissa H says:

    Have you ever thrown some chocolate chips in the mix? I wonder if that would add to the deliciousness or take away??

  11. Lisa Castillo says:

    I am the older sister and have the gift of cooking/baking. Being 14 years older I actually got to pick my little sister up from school. Some of my favorite memories were talking about how her day went while driving home! Will be trying this recipe for sure…thank you for sharing!

  12. LORRI RAUSCHER says:

    Julie in our family we call them Cocunut Delights. Whatever name u call them..they r delish!!!!!!

  13. Ivory says:

    Yum, Yum, & Yum. I can hardly wait to make these. Yours looks mouthwatering. As always, thinks for sharing. Please, stay safe.

  14. Cathy Marie Gomez says:

    Have you ever doubled the recipe (for a 9×13 pan)? Any changes made to do that? I cant wait to taste them!

  15. Leah Cundiff says:

    OMG Red! These brownies are to die for! They taste just like the pralines I used to get at a Savannah Riverfront Candy Shop! Thanks for sharing the recipe…I have just put a batch in the oven to share with my Mom for Mother’s Day tomorrow. Love your blog…I follow it regularly & I get some many great ideas & recipes 😊
    Happy Mother’s Day!

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