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Butterscotch brownies are baked, fudgy desserts that have been flavored with butterscotch. Brown sugar and butter may be combined together to form the unique flavor that lends this dessert its name. For those who feel less comfortable creating their own butterscotch, pre-packaged morsels may be purchased at most local grocery stores. This type of flavoring may be used to add notes of interest to traditional chocolate fudge brownies, or it may be used as the overall signature ingredient for the entire recipe.
The most popular version of butterscotch brownies involves flavoring the entire brownie with this unique flavor. This type of dessert may also be known as a blonde brownie because the finished product should be slightly tan in color, and will retain the characteristic heavy, fudge like consistency of brownies. Instead of using butterscotch candies or flavor chips, butter and sugar are melted together over a hot stove top. This forms the base flavor for the remaining ingredients of eggs, flour, and other extracts. All ingredients, once blended, are poured into a square baking dish and baked in a hot oven for half an hour.
These brownies may be enhanced with a variety of different toppings and mixed-in ingredients. Milk chocolate or white chocolate morsels may be swirled into the brownie batter prior to baking. Chopped pecans, walnuts, or whole macadamia nuts are also commonly used to add texture and interest to blonde brownies. Once the brownies have been allowed to cool, chocolate morsels can be melted in the microwave and drizzled diagonally over the finished pieces to create a signature finish.
A cream cheese filling may be used to form a swirl pattern throughout the butterscotch brownies. The cream cheese should be blended with sugar, eggs, and flour to make a thick, smooth filling. This mixture can be dropped by rounded spoonfuls over the brownie batter after it has been poured into a greased baking dish. Using a knife, the cook can create swirls and spirals between the batter and filling.
Simple butterscotch brownies may be prepared using a traditional box mix for chocolate fudge brownies and butterscotch morsels. The brownies should be prepared according to the package directions. Immediately prior to pouring the batter into the baking dish, the cook can add in one bag of butterscotch morsels and mix these together until just blended. Nuts may also be added, according to the taste preferences of the cook.
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