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Salted Butterscotch Brownies
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Salted Butterscotch Brownies

A rich and fudgy brownie topped with the perfect salted butterscotch sauce!
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern



  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Spread brownie batter in prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs stuck to it.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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!


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 888mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g