Black and Tan Brownies

For the August Secret Recipe Club, we were assigned Pass The Sushi.  Kita’s blog is simply adorable.  We love her logo with her cartoonized self and of course, her red cupcake.  Miss Yunks had a very hard time deciding which recipe to make.  So many made my mouth water and Kita’s photography helped bring her recipes to life.  I enjoyed scrolling through her recipes and checking out her Etsy site where she sells homemade aprons.

I decided to make her Black and White Brownies.  When you read this, I will have just moved (in with BF!) and in the midst of packing I took a break to clear some baking ingredients out of my cabinet and turn them into brownies.  These are the last brownies I’ll make in my own apartment and needed to make sure I made them before I packed up my kitchen.  I slightly changed Kita’s recipe.  She used white chocolate, hence the Black and White Brownies.  I didn’t have white chocolate and I don’t really like white chocolate, but I did have butterscotch chips.  I used my butterscotch chips to make Black and Tan Brownies.  And yes, I believe they would pair well with a beer.  I made two other changes to the recipe.  I used a combination of bittersweet and milk chocolate chips, and I sprinkled sea salt on top of the brownies before baking.  I was afraid they’d be too sweet and thought the brownies would taste like salted caramel chocolate.  They actually tasted like cookie dough with hints of caramel and reminded me of Congo Bars – my favorite dessert served at my summer camp.  Congo Bars were essentially undercooked chocolate chip cookie bars, or Blondies.  My Black and Tan Brownies are fully cooked but maintain that gooey texture.

Black and Tan Brownies

adapted from Pass the Sushi and King Arthur Flour


  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup mixture of bittersweet and milk chocolate chips, split about 50/50
  • 1/2 cup mixed bittersweet and milk chocolate chips, I used about 70% bittersweet
  • sea salt for sprinkling on top, I ground it right on top, about 1/2 tsp


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9×9 inch pan.
2. Original recipe says to microwave – but I heated on stove – butterscotch, sugar, and butter until butter is melted and mixture combines.  Cool to room temperature.
3. While butterscotch mixture is cooling, whisk together flour and baking powder in medium sized bowl.
4. Beat eggs into butterscotch mixture.  Mix in vanilla, nutmeg, and salt.
5. Pour butterscotch into flour mixture and combine.  Stir in the 3/4 cup chocolate.
6. Pour into butter pan.  Sprinkle remaining chocolate on top and sprinkle sea salt.
7. Bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned and fork (or toothpick if you have one) comes out clean.  Cool completely and enjoy!

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  1. Elizabeth
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 7:49 AM | Permalink

    These sound so good! I totally want to make these now.

  2. Michelle
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 8:11 AM | Permalink

    I love these monthly recipes!

  3. Kita
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your awesome Secret Recipe Club post! This is my first time participating and I was super excited to wake up and see who had my blog. I’m enjoying checking out your blog and totally jealous that there are two of you! I wish my foodie friends would help me out on mine. Would make picking dinner so much easier sometimes. 😀

  4. Noelle @Opera Singer
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    These look so moist!

  5. Amy @ A Little Nosh
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

    Yum! This looks really easy and delicious!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  6. Rhonda
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    All these great recipe’s from SRC are making me virtually fat! Moving is such a pain, but exciting!

  7. Steph@PlainChicken
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    YUM! These look great and really easy.

  8. Eliot
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    I love Kita’s blog. You got a great pick.

  9. Michelle Collins
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

    These brownies look phenomenal! And congrats on the move!

  10. Kimberly
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    These sound delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

  11. Delishhh
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    OMG this looks soo good. Nice work on the SRC.

  12. Wendy (The Weekend G
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    Love these brownies…they look so moist and yummy! Loving SRC…so fun to meet new bloggers and see what fun recipes everyone picks to share!!

  13. Lisa~~
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    Look delicious and I love your change to black & tan.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  14. Manu
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 6:31 PM | Permalink

    Ohhh these brownies look so good and moist! Great choice for the SRC recipe! Love it!

  15. veronica gantley
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

    Oh those brownies looks so good. What a great SRC post.

  16. Kristy
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:46 PM | Permalink

    Sounds good to me!!

  17. Tina @ MOMS CRAZY CO
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 12:31 AM | Permalink

    LOVE Brownies!!!!

    I was in Secret Recipe Club: Group B. Here are my two posts I hope you have time to check them out, if you haven’t seen them already.

  18. Mia SUnday Rose
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii guys , am so thrilled to be here and am a secret fan of ur blog :-)
    TIll now ie coz i had ur blog for the SRC , sorry am a bit late on this but my post is up and hope u like it :-)))

    Excellent choice with these super brownies!

  19. heidi
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    They look really good – great SRC choice!

  20. Megan
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    These both look and sound amaaaazing!

  21. Avanika
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    Great adaptation, butterscotch chips are always a plus. They look amazing :)

  22. marla
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    These gooey black and tan brownies are so tempting right now!!
    Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post for September :)

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