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Butterscotch Brownies


These brownies, what can I say?

First off, the recipe comes from an unlikely source…a book. Not a cookbook, mind you, but a cozy, endearing, light-hearted mystery book.

The Aunt Dimity series of books, written by Nancy Atherton, all contain a recipe that was mentioned within the story, which I love. These brownies, affectionately called “Uncle Tom’s Butterscotch Brownies” are from the book Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed. I love it, and I love the brownies. The setting of the books is in England, bouncing back and forth from London to the countryside…you see, I’m sort of obsessed with everything British, and these books feed my need greatly. I can just imagine myself sitting in a cozy cottage in the Cotswolds, drinking tea and eating one (or two) of these brownies.

The best part about them, in my humble opinion, is that they mix up quite easily without the use of a stand mixer, or hand mixer, for that matter. Which, I guess, is sort of dangerous as well, because, you can really make these whenever you get the urge. Which for me, is like, all the time! The smell that emanates from the kitchen is unreal; a mix of sweet and almost smoky caramel.


Yield: Makes about 16 brownies

Butterscotch Brownies

Delicious butterscotch brownies with a hint of smoky caramel flavor...soft inside with a slightly crunchy top

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Total Time: approximately 1 hour


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups dark-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted salted butter
  • 2 eggs (extra-large work best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Butter a 9- or 8-inch square cake pan.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl; then add the wet ingredients, mixing until combined and gooey.

Spread mixture into buttered cake pan and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until dry on top and almost firm to the touch.

Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then cut into 2-inch squares, or however big or small you like! Enjoy!

Recipe slightly adapted from the book Aunt Dimity's Good Deed by Nancy Atherton.


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