Mom's Butterscotch Chews

  • 1/4 cup - unsalted butter
  • 1 cup - brown sugar
  • 1 - egg
  • 3/4 cup - all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp - baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp - salt
  • 1 tsp - vanilla
Optional Additions
  • 1/2 cup - chopped nuts
  • Powdered Sugar for dusting


In Saucepan, melt together butter & brown sugar. The goal is to melt, not boil. As soon as the mix looks like a loose peanut butter, you're ready to remove from the heat.  Set aside to cool slightly.
While you wait, grease your baking pan (paying special attention to the corners), and preheat oven to 350 degrees. I use a brownie pan which makes a thinner result, but you could also use an 8x8 if you want a thicker bite or even a small cake round for a cookie shaped one.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder & salt - set aside. 

At this point your sugar should be cool enough to touch, it may have hardened a little, that's ok. Add the egg and vanilla, mix together thoroughly. Your mixture should look a bit like a loose peanut butter. (you can do this and the remaining steps in your saucepan by the way)

Add dry ingredients to the wet - mix with wooden spoon until just combined.
If you opted for nuts, now is the time to add them.
Pour out to greased baking pan.  

Spread evenly and bake for 20 minutes.
It should be evenly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.
Allow to cool completely before cutting, and if you opted for powdered sugar, dust just before serving.