Butterscotch Brownies
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Old Fashioned Butterscotch Brownies Recipe

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This weekend, I added to my vintage cookbook collection! I was so excited to buy three cookbooks from the 1940s and 1950s. One of them had a recipe for Butterscotch Brownies.

I had never heard of Butterscotch Brownies, but they sounded amazing so I put them on my list of recipes to try. We had my parents over for dinner so I wasn’t able to bake until the kids went to bed. When I looked through my list of new recipes to try, this one seemed like it was the fastest and easiest!

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Nuts

Equipment You May Need

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • 8×8 Baking Dish
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Flour Sifter
  • Mini Serving Spatula

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I double the recipe for a larger batch? Yes, you can double the ingredients to make a larger batch. Just use a larger baking pan, and adjust the baking time accordingly.

How do I know when the brownies are done baking? The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, but not wet batter.

Can I store leftover brownies? Yes, you can store leftover brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for longer freshness.

Can I freeze butterscotch brownies? Yes, you can freeze them. Wrap the brownies tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw them at room temperature before serving.

Little girl cracking egg into bowl while grandma and sister watch.
Cracking an egg for baking. Photo credit: Yayimages.

Substitutions and Variations

Brown Sugar Variations: You can use different types of brown sugar like dark brown sugar or light brown sugar for subtle flavor differences.

Nut-Free: If you have nut allergies or prefer brownies without nuts, simply omit the walnuts or replace them with chocolate chips or other add-ins.

Butterscotch Chips: Incorporate butterscotch chips into the batter for a double dose of butterscotch flavor.

Spices: Enhance the flavor with a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice for a warm and cozy twist.

Frosting: Top the cooled brownies with a butterscotch or cream cheese frosting for added decadence.

Other Recipes You May Enjoy

If regular chocolate brownies are more your style, you might like my Chocolate Brownie Recipe. For a no-bake treat, try my No Bake Brownies. Red Velvet Brownies are also delicious.

Final Thoughts

If you want a quick and easy dessert recipe, Butterscotch Brownies are it! Most people have all of the ingredients in their kitchen so there is not much planning ahead that has to be done. The only thing that you might not have is the nuts, which can be left out if necessary.

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Brownies

Heidi Bruaw
This 1940s recipe for Butterscotch Brownies is very similar to modern Blondies. It is very simple to make with ingredients you already have!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ Cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ Cup Nuts Chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease an 8×8 baking dish.
  • Melt butter over low heat.
  • Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar until blended.
  • Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in egg.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Stir in flour mixture.
  • Stir in vanilla and nuts.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
  • Cut while still warm for best results.
Keyword 1940’s Recipe, Brownies, Butterscotch, Butterscotch Brownies, Dessert

Recipe adapted from Practical Cookery; A Compilation of Principles of Cookery and Recipes

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