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Butterscotch Pecan Brownies

 Butterscotch Pecan Brownies
Starting with my mother's basic brownie, I made up this version as I went along. It tastes just like candy, so you'll want to ct into small squares. —Donna Hampton, Warr Acres, Oklahoma
96 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • CARAMEL LAYER:
  • 24 caramels
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a microwave-safe large bowl, melt chocolate and shortening; stir

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Butterscotch Pecan Brownies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until smooth. Cool slightly. In a small bowl, beat eggs and sugar
  • until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually
  • add to chocolate mixture. Stir in pecans.
  • Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add
  • sugar and milk; bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low;
  • boil and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in
  • marshmallow creme and vanilla until smooth. Add pecans. Spread over
  • top of brownies. Chill until set.
  • In a small saucepan, combine caramels and cream. Cook and stir over
  • low heat until melted and smooth; cook and stir 4 minutes longer.
  • Spread over filling. Chill until set.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips
  • at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to
  • 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in pecans; spread
  • over caramel layer. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes before cutting. Cut into
  • 1-in. squares. Yield: about 8 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 65 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.