Anything-But-Boring Butterscotch Brownies – Guest Post

Alright, guys, this is our last guest post! I hope so much that you’ve enjoyed getting to know all of these wonderful bloggers! I think we’re going out with a bang today. Grace, from A Southern Grace, has written us a recipe for the yummiest sounding brownies. Pretty sure these would make an excellent welcome home gift to me. Who volunteers to bake ‘em for me?

I’m working at a bakery while I’m on my inadvertent salaried-job hiatus, and you know what? It’s terrific. Laid-back, pressure-free fun. Each day we put out various breads and pastries, as well as an assortment of bar cookies. Although the types of bars vary, there are a few that are always available, such as lemon bars and brownies. That means that I make many, many batches of brownies throughout the week; so many pans get made, in fact, that I memorized the recipe LONG ago. What the people want, the people get, and these people want a fudgy slab o’ chocolate studded with pecans and topped with a classic chocolate frosting.

Newsflash: I get tired of making the same recipes day after day. So occasionally, I take it upon myself to mix it up. It’s healthy to try new things, am I right? My best brownie tweakage to date was so good, I felt the need to replicate it at home. The basic brownie recipe stayed the same, but I mixed in toasted, sliced almonds instead of pecans, and I made a thick butterscotch frosting in lieu of the boring and tired chocolate one. Bonus–a pinch of kosher salt sprinkled atop the finished bars really accentuates the creamy, decadent topping and smooth, rich chocolate.

Yeah, so some of our patrons demanded that the plain brownie be brought back. What can I say except that I’m clearly more evolved than the average Joe and Josephine. Palate-wise, anyway. :)

Anything-But-Boring Butterscotch Brownies – Guest Post

Ingredients

    For the Brownies:
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 oz butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • Butterscotch Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 heavy cream (or milk)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease up a 13x9-inch pan. In a saucepan, heat the chocolate and butter until completely melted. Whisk in the sugars, then add the eggs and vanilla, stirring until thoroughly combined. Fold in the flour and almonds and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until only a bit of batter clings to a toothpick inserted into the center, turning the pan halfway through.
  2. To make the frosting, first melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar and cook over low heat two minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cream and continue stirring until mixture comes to a boil and cook for about a minute. Add the powdered sugar until the frosting is spreadable. Pour onto the cooled brownies and smooth evenly.
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29 Responses to “Anything-But-Boring Butterscotch Brownies – Guest Post”

  1. Laura Jeanne March 3, 2011 @ 6:47 am (#
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    Grace,
    these look out of this world yummy. Its only 7:45am and im now craving this gooey-frosted brownie and I am sure the picture still does no justice to the taste.
    as always, thanks for sharing :)

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  2. The Teacher Cooks March 3, 2011 @ 6:59 am (#
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    Grace, you have done it again! The icing is just plain and simple sinful.

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  3. peachkins March 3, 2011 @ 7:25 am (#
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    OMG, This is awesome!

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  4. BrandyK March 3, 2011 @ 7:27 am (#
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    Yep, going to be thinking about this one ALL DAY! Thanks! :) The frosting looks so yummy!

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  5. Heather March 3, 2011 @ 8:00 am (#
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    Those look amazing. I was planning on making brownies today and I think I will make these instead. Thank you for sharing!! Also I love to fiddle with recipes too.

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  6. Marie @ Chocolate and Wine March 3, 2011 @ 8:30 am (#
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    My mom is going to freak when she sees this recipe. She loves making butterscotch brownies!

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  7. Lucie March 3, 2011 @ 10:34 am (#
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    Oh gosh. What an amazing frosting! Can I come work at the bakery too?

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  8. Joanne March 3, 2011 @ 12:07 pm (#
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    Working at a bakery is kinda sorta my dream job. Unfortunately this whole med school thing keeps getting in the way. Sigh.

    I think I’ll have to make these and just imagine myself in the bakery with you, trying to coerce patrons that these are better than the regular old plain jane brownies. And then secretly rejoicing when they refuse to change their ways and I just have to eat the whole batch myself.

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  9. Melanie March 3, 2011 @ 12:41 pm (#
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    What?? Who are those people? Wanting a plain old brownie when they could have this. No sense of refinement.

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  10. MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College March 3, 2011 @ 5:50 pm (#
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    My mouth started watering the second I saw butterscotch….this recipe sounds to die for! Love it!

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  11. katie March 3, 2011 @ 9:23 pm (#
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    hi karly!

    wooow grace those look dee-lish.

    p.s. just thought i’d let you know i’m having a little giveaway on my blog:
    http://www.whatkatiesbaking.com :)

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  12. Mimi March 4, 2011 @ 8:01 am (#
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    The older I get the less of an all chocolate person I have become,so this sounds like the perfect brownie, two great flavors in one bar.
    Mimi

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  13. Pam March 4, 2011 @ 10:16 am (#
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    I think you were meant to work in a bakery Grace! You are one of the most amazing bakers in the blogosphere. The brownies look FANTASTIC and totally drool worthy – love the frosting.

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  14. Lori March 4, 2011 @ 5:17 pm (#
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    Love these loaded, luscious looking brownies!

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  15. FOODESSA March 4, 2011 @ 7:29 pm (#
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    If I were on some sort of diet…you just slamed it with this decadence.

    Grace…it’s nice to know a little more about how you spend your quality time…excluding blogging of course ;o)

    BTW…One of my wishes is to one day work in a pastry and chocolate patisserie ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  16. pam March 4, 2011 @ 9:06 pm (#
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    Grace, I’d like to think that you and I share the same sophisticated palate.

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  17. marla March 5, 2011 @ 6:59 am (#
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    I love Grace & she is anything but boring. This brownies look sinfully fabulous!

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  18. Barbara March 5, 2011 @ 11:16 am (#
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    Oh my. Butterscotch frosting? How could you do this to me when i’m dieting Grace? I am thinking of all the things I can slather this on! Spice cake comes to mind right away. I’m going to stop thinking about this right now.
    Amen.

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  19. Angie's Recipes March 5, 2011 @ 2:14 pm (#
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    What a super moist brownie! Love esp. the butterscotch frosting.

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  20. Jannett March 5, 2011 @ 2:26 pm (#
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    these look delicious…. :o)

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  21. Cathy March 6, 2011 @ 12:48 pm (#
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    And I thought the Scotch referred to booze. Grace—they look fabulous anyway. I must make these.

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  22. Cara March 6, 2011 @ 8:42 pm (#
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    Those look delicious! Super moist and the icing looks perfect as well!

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  23. shaz March 7, 2011 @ 7:19 am (#
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    oooh yum, butterscotch! And brownie! Didn’t realise you were on a salaried-job hiatus Grace. Glad to hear you got a bakery gig to sweeten things up :) Lovely new blog to read too, yay. (Hi Karly, nice to meet you, although I think I may have been round here before).

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  24. lisaiscooking March 7, 2011 @ 9:27 am (#
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    All I needed to hear was butterscotch. I’m in! The frosting has me completely distracted now.

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  25. CHeryl March 7, 2011 @ 10:26 am (#
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    Grace, beautiful as always, I am a huge butterscotch fan!

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  26. Juliana March 7, 2011 @ 4:51 pm (#
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    I absolutely love the idea of butterscotch frosting…great combination of flavors :-) Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Grace!

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  27. sweetlife March 7, 2011 @ 6:05 pm (#
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    love me some grace, but add brownies..home run!!

    sweetlife

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  28. Colleen March 8, 2011 @ 8:49 pm (#
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    Yum! Love the surprise of the frosting!

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  29. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 13, 2011 @ 11:24 pm (#
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    Awesome guest post, Grace! I’ve never tried or been tempted by brownies with frosting but these look and sound great!

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