I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really a beer person but when I invited a couple of my dude friends over for some long-awaited catching up a few months back, serving beer seemed like the natural thing to do.
Of course because I had not seen them in a long time some baked goods were requested and although I was tempted to go to my usual standby (I swear I have this recipe memorized), I decided to go with something a little more caramel in flavor and decided to serve these.
Best served when warm, these butterscotch brownies (although some people call them blondies- not sure there’s a difference?) are gooey and chewy and some of my friends and family members even prefer these to traditional chocolate brownies. Who knew?
As to whether or not they go with beer, well the verdict is out. Maybe we drank too much beer to notice. But if you’re in the mood for a gooey treat, these will win. Every time.
Butterscotch Brownies (yields 12)
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
Melt butter in saucepan and add it to sugar in bowl. Stir. Add egg and vanilla and stir. Measure in flour, baking powder, salt and nuts. Mix well. Spread in greased 8×8 (20 x20 cm) pan. Bake in 350F oven for 30 minutes or until sides show signs of pulling away from the pan.
2 tbsp butter/margarine
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp milk
1 c. icing sugar
Combine first 3 ingredients in saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool. Add icing sugar and stir well. Add more icing sugar or milk as needed to make a smooth spreading icing. Frost brownies. Cut into 25 squares.
Guys, I didn’t even ice them this time. They’re that good all by themselves! Honestly, I have some friends and family members say that they prefer these over chocolate brownies. As if!
Chocolate anything is still number one in my heart, but if you’ve never tried these before you gotta make them. Maybe you’ll change your mind!
Baking with B appears every other Monday on the Keeping Busy with B Blog. Find out why I like baking so much here. For more of my baking, click here. And for even more recipe inspiration, check out my Pinterest full of food eye candy that will have you licking your computer. Promise.