• Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies

    by Christin Mahrlig on June 5, 2014

    in Brownies and Bars, Desserts

    Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies

    Chocolate cravings. They’ve been happening.

    I don’t know if it is the fact that school is out today that has me feeling a little bit celebratory and anxious. Where did the school year go? Or if it’s because I’ve been exercising more and cutting calories in an effort to drop a few pounds for summer. Nothing like a little deprivation to stir up some cravings.

    Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies

    Maybe it’s hormones?

    When you’re a 40-something year old woman, you can blame them for pretty much anything.

    But whatever the cause, I could not keep my chocolate cravings at bay any longer. When I have a chocolate craving, nothing satisfies it like a rich, fudgy brownie. They are perhaps my favorite sweet treat.

    Usually I like my brownies to be pure, unadulterated chocolate. Frosting is always A-OK. And sometimes I allow for a few nuts, or a little peanut butter or caramel.

    But this time I was in the mood for a few nuts and some butterscotch. Welcome Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies. With butterscotch chips in the batter and sprinkled on top, you get plenty of that buttery, sweet flavor in every bite. Chopped pecans provide a wonderful crunch. Together the chocolate, butterscotch, and pecans make for one delicious and celebratory brownie.

    At our house they are to celebrate the fact that my son, as of this week, has caught up on all of his school work. This is after missing nearly 4 months of school while being treated for cancer! He is now free to enjoy a school-work free summer! It wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for his AP Chemistry teacher who made huge personal sacrifices coming to our house multiple times a week the months he was out of school. She helped him not just with chemistry, but his other subjects too. I know our public education system gets a lot of criticism, but there are some truly amazing and dedicated teachers out there who make a huge impact on our children’s lives.

    So, off to eat a brownie and celebrate all the wonderful teachers in this world :)

    Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies

    Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies
    Rich and fudgy brownies with an intense chocolate flavor, loaded with butterscotch chips and pecans.
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Serves: 12
    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
    • 1 cup butterscotch chips
    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a 8X8-inch baking pan.
    2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolates over low heat, stirring frequently. Once smooth, remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
    3. Place the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until light and creamy, about 2 minutes.
    4. Whisk in vanilla extract.
    5. Gradually (so that eggs do not curdle) whisk in chocolate mixture.
    6. Switch to a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and mix flour and salt into the chocolate mixture.
    7. Stir in half of the pecans and half of the butterscotch chips.
    8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
    9. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining pecans and butterscotch chips on top.
    10. Return pan to oven for 15-20 more minutes. Cool to room temperature before cutting.
    To toast pecans, place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. They should be lightly browned and fragrant.

    Recipe adapted from More From MagnoliaThe above link is an affiliate link. This means if you click the link and make a purchase, Spicy southern Kitchen receives a small percentage at no cost to you.


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    { 28 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain June 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Chocolate cravings are a CONSTANT in my life lol, and these brownies look like the perfect solution! Plus pecans totally make everything (including brownies!) better. :)


    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking June 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    These seem like a fabulous cure for any chocolate craving! It is a rare occasion for me NOT to have a chocolate craving. A constant battle I tell you! Good luck with the summer slimming!


    Jess @ Sweet Menu June 8, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Ahh this is my dream brownie! I just love butterscotch and pecans and chocolate! They look incredible.


    Suzanne June 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Saved, I have been craving brownies, I love your recipes. These look incredible.


    Christin Mahrlig June 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Suzanne! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


    Medeja June 7, 2014 at 2:26 am

    This is a great cure for chocolate craving :D I would loooove them :D


    Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com June 7, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Congrats to your son for catching up! That’s great news. These brownies look incredible. I don’t think any excuses are needed to try them.


    Christin Mahrlig June 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you Jessica!


    Amy (Savory Moments) June 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Oh my – these brownies look so delicious and so very decadent! Wow!


    Christin Mahrlig June 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you Amy :)


    Karen (Back Road Journal) June 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    What a wonderful blog…not only for the delicious recipe but the fact that you are celebrating the kindness of a teacher and how she helped your son. :) I hope you all have a wonderful summer.


    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods June 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    These look delicious! I love chocolate and peanuts together.
    I think that is awesome that your son’s teacher did that for him. Things like that just melt my heart. :D


    Christin Mahrlig June 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    She is a very special woman :)


    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

    These look delicious!! Anything with butterscotch is definite must in my book!


    ela@GrayApron June 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Butterscotch and pecan…a dreamy combination. And definitely would satisfy my chocolate craving…

    ela h.


    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

    These are some beautiful brownies with an edge! Love it!


    Jamie@Milk N Cookies June 6, 2014 at 6:41 am

    These brownies look so decadent, Christin! I have frequent chocolate cravings, so I would definitely be reaching for these. And how wonderful that your son has caught up on all his school work! You – and he — must be so proud of his accomplishments!


    Kelly June 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Wow, these loaded brownies look beyond amazing Christin! They would totally satisfy any chocolate craving and more with all these yummy add-ins :) I love all the flavors in here and the photos are incredible! Pinning :)


    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes June 6, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I think chocolate cravings are a sign that everything is A-OK :) so your craving is totally justified! Now, from one addict to another, these look AMAZING!!! I clicked on the recipe and went “WOW”. I can just imagine how all of these flavours would work together!


    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron June 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Yum! These look fabulous! Brownies are my favorite way to beat chocolate cravings too!
    Congrats to your son!


    Matt @ Runner Savvy June 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    These look like crack! AKA delicious.


    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Your pictures are all kinds of amazing – what beautiful brownies.. I know they taste PERFECT too! YUM!


    How to Philosophize with Cake June 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Woah those look amazing! Love all of the flavors in here–what a great way to load up a brownie! :)


    Annie @Maebells June 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Growing up we had brownies for breakfast every single Sunday morning. I am one of four kids and my parents said that is the only way they could get all of us showered, dressed and fed before church. The brownies were always made in a 9×13 pan half with pecans and half with chocolate chips. The first thing I thought was “oh these would be fantastic…for breakfast!” I can’t help it, brownies will always be breakfast food to me! :)
    Can’t wait to try these!


    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes June 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    They are so perfectly fudgy!! Definitely trying!


    Marcie June 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I blame everything on hormones! I crave chocolate daily but some days it’s so bad that I need to up the ante. Brownies always deliver, and these look phenomenal with the pecans and butterscotch! I so want some now, and I’m pinning. What a wonderful teacher your son has, and you have good reason to celebrate! Thx for sharing this great recipe.


    Amy @ Elephant Eats June 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I miss the feeling of school being out…how fun to get to experience that thrill again when you have kids! And I don’t think you need an excuse for chocolate cravings ;) Loving all the butterscotch chips. mmmmmm
    How awesome that Chase has caught up on 4 months of schoolwork- very impressive! So glad he can enjoy his summer…he certainly deserves it.


    Shashi June 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

    These brownies could very easily be a chocolate addicts crack! Wow – love the taste of butterscotch with chocolate and the texture of the pecans on these brownies! YUM!


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