Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Butterscotch Brownies and a Gift Bag Tutorial

Hey hey! It's finally here!!!
A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to guest post over at Skip to my Lou.
Well, today I'm going to share those Butterscotch Brownies with you guys!
Be excited!
Be very excited!

Goodness, gracious these are good.
We've been making these in my family for years!
Can I tell you what my family actually calls them?
Crack brownies.
They're that be warned.

Of course, with any good recipe,
it helps to round up all your ingredients first!
That way you know if you're out of something so you can find a substitute.

For these brownies, you need to melt your butterscotch morsels
and butter over a water bath on the stove.

If you have a double boiler...fantastic!

If not, do the next best thing:
place a metal mixing bowl over a saucepan with a couple inches
of water and you, too, can achieve melted morsel goodness.

The water should be boiling softly, simmering really.
See? Almost ready!
Stir it around to help it melt and mix more evenly.

Do NOT be alarmed if it looks like this when you
take it off the stove and stir in your brown sugar...

Because once it cools and you start turns to spun gold, baby!

Be careful not to over bake...these tend to look gooey in the center...
you'll be tempted to keep adding a few minutes.
Resist, my friend, resist.
I know this from experience.
I actually should have taken these out about 3 minutes earlier than I did.
Oh well...they were still soft and delicious.

This mix is easy to give...
especially in an easy to make fabric gift bag.

Once you bag your dry ingredients, fold your fabric lengthwise
and measure the width of your bags.  Add an inch or so to each side.
Cut so that when you sew the sides,
the bottom is the fold in the fabric and the top is open.

To keep it simple, just cut the open end in a zigzag pattern.
It doesn't even have to be perfect.
Fold so that the right sides are together,
sew up the sides, leaving the top open.

Turn your bag right side out...and fill with your bags of dry ingredients.

For these brownies, there are 3 dry components:
1. Brown Sugar
2. The flour, salt, and baking powder.
3. Butterscotch Morsels

Include a printout of the instructions inside the bag.
Tie it all up with a pretty tag and some've got a great hostess gift.

 Butterscotch Brownies
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 – 11.5 oz pkg butterscotch morsels
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup {1 stick} butter
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp real vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts {optional ~ I never put nuts in mine, my mom always puts nuts in hers}
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine dry ingredients, set aside.
Melt morsels and butter in a double boiler; remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.
Stir in brown sugar; cool 5 min. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Blend in flour mixture.
Stir in nuts {optional}. Spread evenly into greased 13x9x2 pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes (check at 30). Cool and Cut.
For thinner brownies...15x10x1 pan, bake 25-30 minutes.

Oh, and I am not to be held responsible if you
suddenly become butterscotch brownie dependent.
Just sayin'.

Alrighty then...
you guys be good and safe on Halloween!
Check your candy and brush your teeth!

BTW...what candy do you steal from your kids' stash?
And which ones will NOBODY eat?

Creating drools here:


  1. I think it is so much fun to give mixes like this as little gifts. I usually put them in a jar, but I really like your cloth bag idea -- so cute!

  2. Those sound really good, Kelly. I have not had butterscotch brownies in years!!!! Cute wrapping idea, too- xo Diana

  3. Hey butterscotch brownies! Get in my belly. NOW. Crack brownies indeed, I'm already addicted. Love the presentation, too--those sweet bags!

  4. Yummy! I'd love it if you'd add it to our link party @

  5. I love butterscotch and I'm so glad to see a baking resurgence!

  6. I love this gift bag idea, and such a thoughtful gift. The brownies sound delicious. Be sure to remember to link up to our Holiday Baking Party on the 20th. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  7. These look delicious and I love the bag! Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. Your post will be featured at the TGIF Link Party this week and was pinned to the TGIF Party Board! I can't wait to see what you link up this week!
    Cathy @

  8. Was happy to featured this deliciousness at Think Tank Thursday! Thanks for stopping by already this week.

  9. Oh my DH would love these. He is crazy about butterscotch. I love, loe, love your gift bag idea too. Thanks for the recipe and the tutorial on the bag and Thanks so much for linking to the Holiday Baking Party. Hugs, marty

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