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Salted Butterscotch Brownies {bloglovin giveaway}

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Salted caramel is so last year. Salted Butterscotch is the new salted caramel. And it’s so much better.

Especially when you pair it with a rich, fudgy, super chocolatey brownie.

If you gave up chocolate for lent, you need to make these NOW.

Homemade salted butterscotch gets poured onto hot fudgy brownies making for one incredible gooey dessert!

Oh my goodness I cannot believe these brownies. To. DIE FOR.

Last week I hosted a girls’ night out at my house. We got all dressed up and drank martinis and gossiped and chatted for hours. It was exactly what I needed!

When I was preparing desserts for the party I knew I wanted something rich and uber chocolatey. I wanted brownies but I wanted something different. Salted caramel sounded so good…but it’s been done by about 1,897,865 other bloggers.

Then I remembered my Salted Butterscotch Fudge, which I made after tasting Salted Butterscotch Cookies from Baked Equation last year in Phoenix.

Salted Butterscotch. It’s the new it thing people, and you need to get on board. It’s better than salted caramel and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted!

Did you know that butterscotch sauce is ridiculously easy to make?

Homemade salted butterscotch gets poured onto hot fudgy brownies making for one incredible gooey dessert!

It was all I could do not to drip that spoon over my mouth during the photo shoot, BTW. That would have had bad results, methinks.

You make butterscotch sauce by boiling butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream together. After boiling you add vanilla and, in this case, salt. I used vanilla bean paste and you can see all the wonderful little black specs of vanilla bean throughout.

The salt makes the sauce, let me tell you. Similar to how it makes caramel pop, salt and butterscotch works magic.

Not only did I make this butterscotch sauce, but I poured it on top of hot brownies.

Then I left the room while they cooled so I didn’t burn my mouth.

Homemade salted butterscotch gets poured onto hot fudgy brownies making for one incredible gooey dessert!

The brownie is my regular brownie recipe that’s been amped up with Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder (or you can use your favorite brand of regular or dark cocoa powder), and mini chocolate chips.

When the hot brownies come out of the oven you pour some of the butterscotch sauce on top. Then you let the brownies cool. The sauce dries somewhat so it’s no longer drippy (but it’s still sticky). Once you cut the brownies to serve, you sprinkle them with a dash of sea or kosher salt for a little salty and sweet finish.

It was seriously all I could do not to eat the ENTIRE PAN.

You’ll have some butterscotch sauce left over. It’ll get semi-hardened in a jar on the counter, or harden up in the fridge. Microwave it to thin it out and pour it on ice cream. Or a spoon. (That was dessert the night after our girls’ night, BTW. Salted Butterscotch + spoon = happy Dorothy.)

Homemade salted butterscotch gets poured onto hot fudgy brownies making for one incredible gooey dessert!

I’m dying right now. I need more of these – STAT!

Salted Butterscotch Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Salted Butterscotch Brownies

A rich and fudgy chocolate brownie is topped with a homemade salted butterscotch sauce while hot from the oven. The salty and sweet and chocolate make these the best brownies ever!


  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Special Dark)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Salted Butterscotch
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Sea Salt or Kosher salt for topping brownies, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place the two baking chocolates and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and cocoa and stir well. Add flour and stir carefully. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Spread brownie batter in prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs stuck to it.
  4. While the brownies are baking, make the butterscotch sauce. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and heavy whipping cream and stir until it boils. Once it boils, let it sit without stirring, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Transfer to a jar and let it cool on the counter until the brownies are done. (Makes about 1 3/4 cups, you won’t use it all on the brownies.)
  5. When brownies are done, remove them from the oven and immediately top with 3/4 cup of the butterscotch sauce. Let cool completely before slicing. This will take several hours, but you can also chill them for faster cooling. The sauce doesn’t harden but does solidify slightly. The brownies are sticky and gooey. Sprinkle with a few pinches of sea or kosher salt before slicing and serving.
  6. Store brownies in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Extra butterscotch sauce can be kept sealed for up to one week. It will harden in the refrigerator (and semi-solidify on the counter) but if you microwave it it becomes liquid again. Use it on anything you’d put caramel on!

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29 Responses to “Salted Butterscotch Brownies {bloglovin giveaway}”

  1. Kristin posted on April 21, 2014 at 4:29 am (#)

    Butterscotch has always been my favorite flavor. i.e. butterscotch milkshakes: The number of those things I’ve consumed over the last 20 some years….


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      I’m a new convert (as an adult) and OMG it’s my favorite. Thanks Kristin!


  2. Bianca posted on April 21, 2014 at 4:39 am (#)

    It is inappropriate to call things the new black people. The recipe seems nice but that is inappropriate please don’t do that because it is offensive. Black people have a struggle, these are brownies. Comments like that will have me leave thus blog an encourage others to do the same. I am usually happy with what I see but felt that comment was unnecessary.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Ohmygosh, I’m so sorry Bianca! I didn’t think about it that way at all – I was referring to the statement like the little black dress. There was a book awhile ago called that, and that show on Netflix, “Orange is the New Black”. Kind of like…it’s in fashion. But if it’s something offensive, I totally apologize and I’m going to change it right now. I’m so sorry!


  3. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:01 am (#)

    I just posted butterscotch cookies on my site a couple of days ago and have been so into butterscotch! I even have a few bags left of butterscotch chips. These brownies look divine!! Pinned :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks for the pin Chelsea!!


  4. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:13 am (#)

    Dorothy you are seriously killing the game with these brownies!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      But it’s a good kind of death. ;)


  5. Sandy @ RE posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:27 am (#)

    Yummy! And pinned! I’m so crazy about brownies, and love anything salted caramel. Thanks for sharing, Dorothy!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks for the pin Sandy!!!


  6. Shaina posted on April 21, 2014 at 7:48 am (#)

    I’ve got to try this salted butterscotch…if it’s anywhere near as amazing as salted caramel I’ll be hooked!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Oh, it’s way better Shaina!! :) Thank you!


  7. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on April 21, 2014 at 7:49 am (#)

    Yum! Butterscotch + chocolate = heaven! And that girl’s night sounds so fun – we all need those sometimes :)


  8. Mary Frances posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:34 am (#)

    I would’ve burned my mouth. NO question! Butterscotch and chocolate sound amazing!


  9. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on April 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm (#)

    Whhhaaatt?! You just blew my mind! I can’t wait to try salted butterscotch! I heart butterscotch (the real kind, not those fake chips that don’t actually contain any butter).


  10. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm (#)

    Oh yes! These seriously look ah-MAZING Dorothy! YUM! Pinned girl :)


  11. Melissa posted on April 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm (#)

    These look amazing- butterscotch and dark chocolate! And…not too hard. Another winner Dorothy! They’re going on my “need to make” list!


  12. Andi @ The Weary Chef posted on April 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm (#)

    Don’t tell me that salted caramel is over because I’m still crazy about it. That’s fitting though because I’m usually behind the times on trends! (You should see my closet…) Salted butterscotch sounds amazing too though. I need these brownies pronto!


  13. Laurie F. posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm (#)

    I hope that everyone can give you the benefit of the doubt, when you forget a comma ( I know that you meant to say, ” it’s the new black, people”, not referring to “black people”, but rather, the color that has always been so fashionable). No one has perfect punctuation at all times, when they are doing a long blog every day (or when commenting on a blog).


  14. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm (#)

    Oh my wow. Those look fudgilicious, Dorothy! LOVE the salted butterscotch. Such a nice alternative to the salted caramel, even though I do love salted caramel. :) Pinned!


  15. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm (#)

    well now all I can think of is “omgosh what does salted butterscotch taste like???!!!” I feel like I need to go answer this question ASAP!


  16. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm (#)

    I know, I know, I’m insane but… I’ve never made salted caramel. Or salted butterscotch. That needs to change ASAP! Especially if it gives me an excuse to bake brownies… You know how much I love those, especially the dark chocolaty and fudgy kind! :) Where do you find your vanilla paste? I’m sure you’ve mentioned it at some point in the past year since I started reading your blog, but I kind of don’t remember. Shame on me! And that girls’ night? SO happy for you that you were able to do that! With blogging, it’s hard to find the time to relax and hang out with friends, and you deserved every minute of happiness and fun from that evening. :)


  17. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on April 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm (#)

    Holy heck girl these look amazing!!! I hate late night cravings that I can’t satisfy!


  18. Medeja posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:18 am (#)

    These brownies look delicious! Salted butterscotch makes them even better!


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  20. Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm (#)

    You had me at butterscotch! And poured over wam brownies — I hope you didn’t burn your mouth!! LOL! Anyway, I’m drooling! :)


  21. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:24 am (#)

    GNO are the best for recharging and yours sounded like a blast :) These brownies must have been a HUGE hit – I love the salted butterscotch in here – it sounds amazing! Pinning.


  22. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:56 am (#)

    Ummm, Yes please!! I am a huge butterscotch fanatic!!!! These look fantastic!!


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