These browned butter blondies are studded with butterscotch caramels. Nuff said.

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

Five of my fingernails are hot pink right now. 

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

Look. SEE? I’m girly! I’m so put together!

Well. At least halfway girly. I still haven’t painted my other hand. Wanna know why? Diapers. That’s why.

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

Every time I think “I should paint my fingernails” my inner-black-girl chimes in: ain’t NOBODY got time for that! I’ve got faces to wipe, pigtails to comb, and pins to pin toilets to scrub. 

But guess what you guys. Something’s going on with this little bloggy-thing of mine. This month I’ve gotten 30x the amount of traffic that I got last January. And 3x the amount of traffic I got even just last month.

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

With traffic comes feedback, which I LOVE. Listen to this: “I just found your site today and have spent over two hours here so far.” This is from Linda. Linda, I love you. Come to my house. I will make you these blondies. You think I’m joking.

But along with all the stars-and-rainbow-comments come the reality checks. The other day someone called me out on the photos of my atrocious chipped nails. Alright, ALRIGHT, I’m super tacky, I KNOW! Try not to hate me.

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

So here’s me making an effort. Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I thought pink. (False. I only have 5 shades, one of them is clear, and the others are getting kinda crusty, so choice was limited.)

I’m surprised there is not pink nail polish on these Blondies. I literally stopped in the middle of my shoot, slapped some paint on my nails, blow-dried them for about 30 seconds, then came back. Don’t lick chocolate and caramel off your fingers 3 minutes after you paint them. Thank you, Captain Obvious.

So are you guys ready to Super Bowl it up? (Probably now is a bad time to mention that I found out on Friday that the Super Bowl wasn’t this last weekend. Yes, really.)

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch CaramelsBut the good news is that there is still time for you to make these Blondies! Now, if you have been reading my blog recently you’ve probably heard me gush about these Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Cookies. And with good reason. They are my favorite cookie, ever. But…the recipe’s a bit time consuming because you have to chill the dough. Which means there is at least a couple hours between “I want cookies” and “Kill me now, these are amazing.” These Blondies are the answer. You can have these in your mouth in 35 minutes flat. No frilly refrigeration required. Just git ‘er done.

If you live within 5 hours 3 hours 1 hour <— that’s my final answer) of a Trader Joe’s, you need these in your life:

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

Seriously. I could go on all day, but I’ll just tell you that I’ve made many, many trips to the store for no other purpose than buying these little butterscotch caramels.

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

These are my regular Browned Butter Blondies (which are anything but ordinary) with the butterscotch caramels added instead of chocolate chips. The result is a chewy, tender, soft, and rich blondie filled with little nuggets of butterscotch-y caramel goodness. I discovered this recipe last summer and have probably made it 7 or 8 times. I made it 3 times with these caramels. The first time I tried cutting each caramel in half like I do for the cookies, but I actually prefer them when they are added whole. And it’s faster. Like I said. Git ‘er done.

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Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

Serves Makes one square pan, about 9 blondies     adjust servings


  • 1 stick (half cup) salted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 7-ounce package Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Keep it on the heat, stirring or swirling occasionally, until the foam starts turning golden and the mixture smells nutty. If you've never browned butter, go here.
  2. Remove from heat and pour immediately into a mixing bowl or stand mixer. (Hurry, otherwise the heat from the pot could burn this precious stuff.)
  3. With a wooden spoon or using the mixer, stir in the brown sugar, then the vanilla, then the egg.
  4. Add the flour, but don't mix it in. Spoon the baking soda and salt onto the flour, and stir with a small spoon to blend it with the flour.
  5. Stir in the flour until almost combined; add the butterscotch caramels and stir just until there are no more streaks of flower.
  6. Line a 9x9 or 8x8 inch pan with foil or parchment paper, then spray with nonstick spray. Spread the batter evenly into the pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes, until golden on top and set. Let them cool in the pan for at least 10-20 minutes before lifting them out. These blondies are amazing when they have cooled...but they are OUT OF CONTROL when they are warm. I always stick mine in the microwave for 10 seconds if they are cool.


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Source: adapted from these Browned Butter Blondies

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

Mmmmmm browned butter. Make sure your butter has those little brown bits in it, otherwise cook it a little longer.

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch CaramelsThey’re just so beautiful. I love you, sea salt butterscotch caramels.

Browned Butter Blondies with Sea Salt Butterscotch CaramelsIt’s a lot easier to get them out of the pan it you line it with foil or parchment paper.

The obsession continues:

Nutella Stuffed Browned Butter Blondies:

Nutella-Stuffed Browned Butter Blondies


Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramel Cookies:

Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Cookies


The original Browned Butter Blondies:

Browned Butter Blondies from