Do you love rich, gooey brownies, but maybe you’re – gasp – not a fan of chocolate and instead pine for dessert treats featuring non-cocoa bases? Or perhaps regular ole chocolate brownies just aren’t quite sweet enough for your sugar-loving palette?
If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then today was created with your little sugar tooth in mind. Today, dear friends, is National Butterscotch Brownie Day!
For those of you not in the foodie nickname know, butterscotch brownies are often referred to as “blondies.” Recipes for said blondies swap out the chocolatey goodness of everyday ho-hum brownies, in favor of dominant, mouth-wateringly sweet brown sugar that delivers itself as a lovely butterscotch/vanilla flavor.
Now as crazy as this may sound, I’ve never had a butterscotch brownie. But that’s likely due to the fact that if a food item doesn’t contain some sort of chocolate, in my mind, it doesn’t qualify as a true dessert. But I’ll be the bigger person in this case and toss my bias to the side. After all, the blondie’s “sweet” promise of pure sugary deliciousness has truly piqued my interest.
And here’s a fun tidbit about the blondie, which might surprise you. According to foodtimeline.org, the blondie was introduced to the world before the standard chocolate brownie we all know and love today. Yep, that’s right. When it comes to seniority, the butterscotch brownie actually trumps the chocolate brownie.
So if you’re a believer in precedence, despite the chocolate brownie being an iconic staple of parties and picnics everywhere, the blondie really deserves to be in the baked goods driver’s seat, not occupying the sidecar.
In researching all this blondie v. brownie brouhaha, I kinda feel myself surprisingly pulling for the blondie. And as a chocolate fiend, I see potential gold in this new revelation. I tend to find that bonus ingredients added to standard brownies are often lost in the delicious, yet overwhelming, fudgey decadence. But with a butterscotch brownie, I bet there’s a lot more room to play when it comes to additional flavors. Like for instance the chocolate chip, which would couple nicely with the butterscotch, plus satisfy any chocolate craving one might have.
That, my sweet-loving friends, is called a dessert win-win.
If by chance I’ve also converted you to the fair butterscotch brownie side, here’s what looks to be a pretty quick and easy blondie recipe to try out. But if you’re not into that whole “bake stuff from scratch thing,” here’s a yummy blondie mix to help you celebrate today’s holiday. And if like me, you even consider baking from a box too much effort, this Brownie Bow Box from Cheryl’s might be just the ticket to that blonde brownie fix.
And sticking with the tasty theme today, why not wash all the gooey brownie goodness down with some yummy butterscotch coffee? Seems like a grand idea to me.
Ps. If you’re really lookin’ to take the whole butterscotch brownie thing up a notch, here’s a recipe for … White Chocolate Double Nutter Butter Blondies. Yes, seriously!
- Food & Wine