Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies

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Rich and fudgy brownies with an intense chocolate flavor, loaded with butterscotch chips and pecans.

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

Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 379kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Rich and fudgy brownies with an intense chocolate flavor, loaded with butterscotch chips and pecans.
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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 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
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a 8X8-inch baking pan.
  • 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.
  • Place the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until light and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in vanilla extract.
  • Gradually (so that eggs do not curdle) whisk in chocolate mixture.
  • Switch to a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and mix flour and salt into the chocolate mixture.
  • Stir in half of the pecans and half of the butterscotch chips.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining pecans and butterscotch chips on top.
  • 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.


Calories: 379kcal

Recipe adapted from More From Magnolia

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28 thoughts on “Butterscotch-Pecan Brownies

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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