Can you believe this is only my second time attempting to make brownies? Neither can I, but if I think about it, it actually does make a lot of sense. Brownies, just as chocolate chip cookies, can be found quite often in party trays and there is always someone who volunteers to make them for gatherings, so instead I just get to explore some other dessert recipes. In Romania, dessert means pastries, and it took me a while to give in and make easy recipes such as chocolate chip cookies, or any cookies for that matter, and/or brownies, but now that I am way busier than in middle school/high school and don’t get nearly the amount of holiday days off, I am starting to appreciate easy desserts a lot more. I think it’s not even the fewer days off, but the “busy culture” we live in and the social pressure to work all the time. In Europe, holidays are holidays, which means total disconnect from work, lots of time spent in the kitchen, visiting relatives and enjoying the holiday magic. I am hoping I will be able to get all this back once I have a job where I have fixed vacation days and won’t feel bad about taking time off/not checking my email, etc…is this even possible nowadays? Well, I sure hope it is, so don’t ruin it for me if your experience as a working person is different ;-)
Anyways, the stars aligned for me to make brownies last week. By this I meant, I made a impulse purchase of a bag of butterscotch chips at the grocery store and kept thinking what to make with them first, when this brownie recipe popped up on the Bon Appetit feed. So here it is with a few modifications. I reduced the sugar, but these still turned out quite sweet, so if you’re like me and like your desserts a little less sweet, feel free to reduce the amount of sugar even more…it’s good for you :-)
Ingredients (makes 12-16):
- 1 stick unsalted butter plus some for buttering the pan
- 3/4 – 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Trader Joe’s)
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup butterscotch chips (I used Nestle)
Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter a pan (I used a 8 x 4 inch) or alternatively line it with aluminum boil and then grease the foil.
Melt butter over medium heat. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, cocoa and salt. Slowly whisk in the butter. Add vanilla, the eggs one at a time and whisk until homogenous. Stir in the flour, followed by the butterscotch chips. Place batter in the pan, even out the top and bake for 25 – 30 min or until cooked through and the top begins to crack.
Let cool completely. Cut and serve ;-)
These were so fast, I didn’t even get a step by step picture, but trust me, there are very easy to make :-) I whipped this up in about 10 minutes, put the pan in the oven and them made dinner while they were baking.
I loved these brownies and this recipe is a keeper. They came out very moist, the top had a nice crunch to it, and they were extremely flavorful from the butterscotch chips.
Now time to brainstorm some nice Christmas cookies and I still need to figure out gifts…Christmas sure came fast this year ;-)