Psalm 139: 13-14
For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
I don’t know why, but this morning was one of those days when I started thinking about my Mom.
Mom has been gone since 2000, but not a day goes by that I don’t have some memory of her and this morning was no different.
Perhaps it was when I opened the freezer to grab some meat to thaw for dinner tonight…and saw the butterscotch morsels on the freezer shelf.
I smiled to myself because Mom loved butterscotch.
As a teenager growing up, I thought my Mom had “weird” taste.
I mean she loved cottage cheese.
And coconut cream pie with tons of coconut on anything and everything!
And candied sweet potatoes loaded with tiny marshmallows!
And crushed pineapple!
And lime green jello filled with green spiced grapes from a can.
And Cherry Mash Bars you bought in a red and white wrapper!
And of course, butterscotch!
Of course over the years, as I “matured” and started sampling these foods (with out the screwed up faces and “yucky” comments); I have come to love all “her special” foods with the exception of cottage cheese!
I’ve NEVER acquired a taste for cottage cheese!
I love lasagna, but omit the Ricotta cheese when I make it.
But I digress…back to the butterscotch morsels.
I pulled them out of the freezer container and decided to try and find my recipe for butterscotch brownies with chocolate chips.
I have not made butterscotch brownies in like …..forever, I wasn’t sure I could even locate the recipe!
(I think they call them “Blondies” these days; but I call them brownies no matter their color.) LOL
So I sat down with my trusty recipe file box that I have moved from house to house over the last 50 years or so and I vowed to start organizing this treasure box so I could find certain recipes from my family who have long since passed away.
My Aunt Lucy’s baked beans with her secret ingredient that she swore she would never tell…. and my Grandma’s sugar cookies that she made so regularly the pink depression glass cookie jar was never empty as it sat in full view inside the glass doors of her Hoosier cabinet.
My Aunt Dorothy’s thin cocoa cake recipe she gave me when I was 16 years old (which btw, many young bakers call Texas sheet cake and claim it’s origin). LOL!!! My Aunt Dorothy never claimed to invent this recipe…someone handed it down to her over 50 years ago too.
And then I found the Butterscotch Brownie recipe!
Now for years, Mom made her butterscotch from scratch using brown sugar and butter. When butterscotch morsels became available, Mom used those.
The recipe is below:
Butterscotch Brownies with Chocolate Chips
1 cup Butterscotch morsels
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 room temperature eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4-1 cup chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts, but pecans work also)
Melt butter in small saucepan and add butterscotch morsels stirring to melt and combine.
(Or you can melt morsels over double boiler or in microwave.)
Cool mixture for 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup of brown sugar
Add baking powder and salt to flour and add to wet mixture
Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and the nuts (reserve some chocolate chips to add to top when brownies are removed from oven).
Stir well and add to an 8X8 baking dish (or any size you like depending on how thick you want your brownies.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
Cool and cut into bars.
For sure my Mom loved sweets!
I will always remember how she kept a perpetual candy bowl of Brach’s chocolate stars candy or Hershey’s chocolate kisses sitting by her living room chair.
All my kids used to love that too…they would almost ‘wipe her out’ when they went to visit in her latter years, but she always had an extra bag hidden deep in her cabinet.
I’m not sure Brach’s makes those chocolate star candies anymore.
And by the way, Mom was about 5 foot 1 inch tall (in shoes) and weighed maybe 89 pounds sopping wet! LOL
Thanks Mom….and I do love these Butterscotch Brownies with Chocolate Chips!
Lest you think I forgot the heart shaped potato…here is a pic just as I found it in the potato bag when I unpacked the potatoes to put in the potato bin.
And if you turn the potato over, it looks like this!
“As one whom his Mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”
Hugs and Blessings Always on this Lord’s Day!