Butterscotch Brownies

I found the recipe for this in my mom's recipe box on a note card...I don't know where she got all her recipes from and she can't even remember. These are really good and next time I wanna try throwing in some chopped apple.


  • 1/2 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease bottom and sides of 13 x 9 inch cake pan. Melt shortening in saucepan over low heat. Put brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted shortening to this and mix. Next add vanilla and eggs and mix. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in pan. Bake about 25 minutes till done. Cool slightly, then cut into squares while warm. Enjoy!

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Andy said...

I love my Mom's old recipe box too. There are some real gems hidden in there.

Should there be butterscotch chips in this recipe or something?

meeso said...

Nope, no butterscotch in these but I think It's called butterscotch because of the melted shortening and brown sugar...by definition butterscotch is just the combo of brown sugar, vanilla extract, and butter with other ingredients...so I think that's why this is called butterscotch...either way, tasty and sweet enough as it is :)

Vcuisine said...

The Brownies are yummy Meeso. perfect in shape. Viji

Padma said...

I never made brownies from scratch...but your butterscotch brownies are tempting me to do so...nice pics

TBC said...

I've only made chocolate brownies before. Your butterscotch ones look real good.

meeso said...

~ Thanks Viji :)

~ Padma, brownies are the easiest things to bake...you should give these a try!

~ tbc, I am a big chocolate lover and these are still my favorite brownies, they are that good :)

Mona said...

Meeso, it looks yummy, i will try it out for a snack in the evening today :-) Well, can i use butter instead of the shortening? What exactly is shortening? and can it be substituted with Butter or Oil in the recipes that call for it ??! i was wondering..


meeso said...

Well...butter and shortening will do different things. Shortening is a hydrogenated oil that is solid when at room temperature. I think this is why the brownies are so dense and soft and chewy when they are still warm because the shortening is in a more liquid state. Cooking oil can be used in most recipes for melted shortening. Most solid fats, butter, margarine and emulsified shortening, can be used interchangeably with some adjustments. Check this website too...http://www.geocities.com/webcipes2/misc/m14.html The general rule when substituting butter or margarine for shortening is to decrease liquid by 1 tablespoon for every 1/4 to 1/3 cup of fat. The opposite is true when substituting shortening for butter or margarine. Hope this helps and thanks for commenting :)

Mona said...

Thnx Meeso :-)

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chanit said...

meeso, what a great recipe !
I like the color of your cake,it looks yummy :-) [and thanks for sharing ]

meeso said...

Jeena, Chanit...thank you so much :)

PASSIONATE BAKER....and beyond. said...

Would love to make these! It's nice to have the kids explore new tastes...ie other than chcocolate!! Glad you stopped by my blog!