Bourbon Butterscotch Brownies

Wet, fudgy, dense, gooey, and over the top chocolate flavor.  That’s how I think a brownie should be, and with that said, you won’t find any cakey brownies in my house.  This is one of the best recipes I think I have ever created, and there are two things I think make it a knockout:
1.  I swirl in a Bourbon spiked butterscotch sauce, and it not only gives the intense chocolate flavor in the brownies something to play off and contrast, but who wouldn’t want Bourbon butterscotch sauce added to ANYTHING they’re eating???
2.  I make these brownies from melted chocolate, not from cocoa powder.  I really think brownies taste much better, richer, more chocolatey, and ooey gooey when made from a melted chocolate base.

If you think you have found the perfect brownie recipe, I dare you to try mine.  Without further ado, the recipe:

Bourbon Butterscotch Brownies Ingredients:
1 cup bourbon butterscotch sauce (recipe below)
4 oz unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao), chopped
9 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
4 extra large eggs
12 oz light brown sugar (about 1.5 cups packed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt
5 oz all purpose flour (about 1 cup)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Line a 9×13 glass baking dish with parchment paper so we can easily lift out the brownies after they bake.
Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan with an inch of simmering water (double boiler) and melt the chopped unsweetened chocolate, half of the chopped bittersweet chocolate, and butter until smooth.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt until blended.  Slowly stream in the melted chocolate while whisking, and whisk until combined.  Gradually whisk in the flour, and right before the flour has been absorbed, dump in the remaining half of bittersweet chocolate, and finish stirring with a spatula just until the flour disappears (and not a second longer…no extra gluten is welcome)!

Pour half of the brownie batter into the baking dish, and drizzle ½ cup of the butterscotch sauce over the top.  Pour the remaining brownie batter on top, and drizzle the other ½ cup of butterscotch over that.  Swirl with a spatula, and bake for 40 minutes, until the interior reaches 200 degrees F on an instant read thermometer and the interior is mostly set (but still gooey).  Make sure you don’t overbake them, or they will be drier than they should be.

Let the brownies cool to room temperature, then lift them out and cut into squares to be served.

Bourbon Butterscotch Ingredients:
8 oz (about 1 cup) sugar
½ cup water
½ cup bourbon liqueur
8 tbsp unsalted butter
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large saucepan, melt the sugar down over medium heat until it’s a deep amber color.  Add in the water and stand back.  When it stops bubbling, add in the bourbon and butter, and cook to 240 degrees F (the soft ball stage).  Add in the cream and the vanilla, and simmer for 10 more minutes, until it thickens slightly.  Remove from the heat and let the butterscotch cool.  Yields slightly more than 1 cup.

Click here for the printable recipe.

Thanks for reading!  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know!  See you tomorrow =)

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9 Responses to Bourbon Butterscotch Brownies

  1. What a wonderful and tasty brownie, you are right, nothing better than a fudgy brownie. Cocoa always made cakey ones, so melted chocolate is the best option. I like it, will be try to bake it on the weekend for Father’s Day…so thanks for sharing.

  2. Yes, more Bourbon Butterschotch sauce for me, please!

  3. Meg says:

    Will I be publicly stoned if I admit that, even with my extreme love of brownies, I’ve never made them from scratch? I have a few go-to box mixes that seem to do the job and I occasionally do weird things like cover them in peanut butter, but I’ve never whipped up some myself. Must remedy that — and your recipe sounds amazing!

    • Joanne says:

      LMAO! Meg, you’re funny. Nah, even though I make everything from scratch, I will say…I think Ghirardelli’s box brownies are pretty darned delicious!! I really like making them from scratch though.

  4. I could just reach out and grab that darn brownie…you are such a tease

  5. These look amazing!!! And the bourbon butterscotch sauce sounds so good!

  6. Bourbon and chocolate, great pairing.

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