May 9th is National Butterscotch Brownie Day (Who knew?) I love Butterscotch Brownies in their simplest form. No butterscotch or chocolate chips for me, not in these bar cookies anyway. Nuts are ok, but I prefer them without. I guess I'm a Butterscotch Brownie purist. As far as I can tell, Blondies are the same thing, just a different name. So, anyway, here is a simple, easy recipe for a great bar cookie. Enjoy!
Adapted from "The Joy of Cooking" (the 1975 edition).
1/2 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 cup finely chopped nuts (or 3/4 cup grated coconut) *Optional*
Set oven rack to upper middle level.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9- by 9-inch baking pan.