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Brown Butter Butterscotch Blondies, say that five times fast! When it comes to baking ingredients, sometimes I feel like a squirrel.

Ya know scurrying around from market to market gathering ingredients to bury in my pantry in preparation for holiday baking. Problem is my pantry is bursting at the seams…I mean seriously, who needs five bags of butterscotch chips?

After Saturday’s butterscotch chip discovery, I strategically placed a bag on the counter so I would remember to use them at some point in something. Sunday evening rolled around and the sound of Faith Hill’s Monday Night Football tune was echoing in my living room, so I headed into the kitchen to escape the sound of colliding helmets and found the butterscotch chips staring me down.

I opted for a simple recipe for Brown Butter Butterscotch Blondies…again try saying that five times fast. If you have never baked with brown butter before, I urge you do so, it lends such a delightful, nutty dimension to sweets. The intoxicating scent of the butter browning is enough to make you immediately smitten with this ingredient. Imagine how adorable these would be if you took a set of autumn cookie cutters to them for some festive holiday flair. What are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and bake up a batch of these Brown Butter Blondies; they’ll be the perfect end to your day.

Brown Butter Blondies

with butterscotch chips


1 1/4 cups {2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; butter and flour parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the butter until it turns golden brown; remove from heat, and let cool. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine browned butter and both sugars; stir with a wooden spoon until combined.

4. Attach bowl to mixer; add eggs. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat to combine. Add flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Fold in butterscotch chips and pour into prepared pan.

5. Bake in preheated oven until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes (do not overbake).

6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before turning out of pan onto a cutting board. Peel off parchment paper; cut blondies into 3-inch squares.


Tempting Twists: Toss in some pecan or toffee chips for a delicious variation on this Brown Butter Blondies recipe.
Storage: Blondies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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Lish Grigsby

Tuesday 9th of October 2012

I made these last weekend and they were a big hit!! One of my son's friends wanted something with butterscotch and I stumbled upon this recipe in my search. So good and yummy-great dunked in hot tea or coffee. This was my first "brown butter" recipe and I'm guessing that's what made them so delicious. Thanks for sharing!!


Sunday 14th of October 2012

Lish- I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe - thanks so much for leaving your feedback! Have a great day! -Jamie


Tuesday 15th of May 2012

I just made these and they're absolutely delicious! Mine turned out a lot like a cake-y brownie. Just try not to eat all of the batter or you'll be buzzing on a serious sugar high. Do you have any recommendations to keep the butterscotch chips from sinking to the bottom of the crust? I'll definitely be making these again.


Wednesday 6th of April 2011

These look awesome! I never tried browned butter in anything before. A question, would semi sweet chocolate chips work in this?


Monday 21st of March 2011

I've just got into baking cakes etc (not bad at bread though), I made cookies last week and following my easy recipe, they were a doddle. Going to try these next.

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Saturday 1st of January 2011

[...] for them again and again so this recipe is definitely a keeper.  I found it on the website, My Baking Addiction, which is one of my [...]

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