These butterscotch brownies are so easy the batter will be ready before the oven has even pre-heated! Great first recipe for kids learning to bake. The sweet and salty combo is utterly addictive.
Do you consider butterscotch to be a fall or summer flavor?? Normally, I'd think of butterscotch brownies as a fall treat but now I'm reconsidering my opinion on that. I found the inspiration for this recipe in Mary Kay Andrew's awesome beach house cookbook, a Mother's Day treat I gifted to myself last week.
Her southern themed cookbook is broken down by menus for different occasions like:
- Summer solstice dinner (We are SO doing this in June!)
- Fourth of July dinner
- Book Bash cocktail party
- After a day at the beach
- Full moon party
- and traditional holidays all year round like Valentine's Day sweetheart dinner and Thanksgiving at the Beach
I don't want to make just one recipe from a menu, I want to make the entire cluster of dishes together as a set. Alone they are simple, together they are brilliant. Check out the cookbook right here.
I made an exception for the salty sweet combo of these butterscotch brownies. I simply HAD to try them now, I couldn't wait for fall. I found the butterscotch treats as part of her menu for a Beach Picnic and they just seemed perfect for ending a day at the ocean. (The rest of the beach picnic menu features beachy ceviche, ham and havarti sandwiches with peach-mustard spread, and watermelon wedges.)
We have two trips to the beach lined up for this summer and I can almost guarantee these butterscotch brownies will be coming along for the trip!
The happiest surprise was just how easy the butterscotch brownie recipe is to make! I had the batter mixed and ready in the prepared pan before my oven was even fully pre-heated. It is the perfect recipe for baking with kids, they could do practically every step all by themselves. It's mostly just measuring and stirring and it all happens in just one bowl.
I know the butterscotch brownies will be a big hit with my mom who loves all things pecan. My girls practically inhaled the test batch I whipped up over the weekend. Crispy and chewy and chock full of crunchy nuts and butterscotch chips, these would be even more amazing with a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream.