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National Butterscotch Brownie Day – May 9 – Blondies and Brookies Recipes

May 9 is celebrated as National Butterscotch Brownie Day. It’s a day for those who love both butterscotch and the texture of brownies to get out the cooking pans and put on their aprons. Let’s get baking!

Butterscotch brownies are also known by the terms “blondies” and “brookies”. They are a delicious baked dessert that dates back to the 19th century. 

My research shows me that blondies were actually baked before the brownies became popular!The words "butterscotch brownie recipes" in between two photos, on of butterscotch brownies, and one of the ingredients to make the recipe.

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What is a blondie?

Blondies have the chewy texture of a brownie but are not based on chocolate (although some blondies do contain chocolate in some form).

It’s made the same way as a brownie – with eggs, flour, and butter, but the chocolate and white sugar are normally exchanged for vanilla extract and brown sugar.

Doing this gives the dessert a sweet taste that doesn’t need frosting. Check out the differences between brownies and blondies in more detail here.

You can also add other ingredients to blondies, such as butterscotch chips and chopped nuts, just as brownies also allow add ins.Nuts, butterscotch chips and brown sugar batter in a stainless steel bowl.

The term brookie is also used as a name for a butterscotch brownie. This term implies that the texture of the dessert is a cross between a brownie and a cookie and this is very accurate.

Trivia Fact: The name “Blondie” was first used in the 1980s and was popular even in cartoon characters, such as Dagwood Bumstead’s wife! The name had nothing to do with the baked good we know as Blondies.

How is butterscotch made?

You make the flavor of butterscotch by combining melted butter with brown sugar. In the earliest known recipes (from the late 1800s), treacle or molasses was used to add the flavor.

the ingredients for making blondies (butterscotch with butter and brown sugar) on a wooden surface.

The cooking time determines the consistency of butterscotch from liquid to very hard. Short cooking times give you a syrup and the longer times (also called the hard crack stage) give you toffee, caramels or the hard candy we know as butterscotch.
To make blondies, many recipes use both brown sugar and butterscotch chips for extra flavor.

How to celebrate this special food holiday

Like all foodie holidays, eating is the perfect way to celebrate National Butterscotch Brownie Day. Here are some ideas:The text "Butterscotch Brownie Day - May 9" over a pyrex container of butterscotch brownies.

  • Check to see if your local restaurant is offering free butterscotch brownies today.
  • Bring butterscotch brownies to a Pot Luck Dinner or Bake Sale
  • Have a butterscotch brownie cook off with your friends and exchange recipes.
  • Share the taste of butterscotch brownies by making one of the recipes below.
  • Combine two days in one by having a butterscotch brownie and a glass of coke (National Have a Coke Day is May 8!)
  • Share the word on social media using the hashtag #NationalButterscotchBrownieDay #BrookieDay or #BlondieDay.

Here is a tweet to get you started:

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Tasty recipes for National Butterscotch Brownie Day

One of the best ways to celebrate any food holiday is to get cooking! Why not make a batch of one of these recipes to share with your family and friends?Three different photos of butterscotch brownies and blondies with a text overlay reading "butterscotch blondie recipes".

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May 9 national days

There are almost 2000 national days of the year every year and many of them are food holidays. Don’t miss any of them.

Be sure to check back often to see what day we are celebrating. This list of national days in May has a list of all the days this month.

And if you love to do puzzle, be sure to download our free printable May word search printable. It is a useful tool for planning for the whole month.

If you’re looking for more May 9 national days, here is a list of them all:

  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day
  • National Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • National Moscato Day
  • Hurray for Buttons Day
  • National Sleepover Day

All the brownie national days

If you like brownies, you’re in luck! It appears that brownies are pretty popular. Four days of the year are devoted to them.

  • National Blonde Brownie Day – January 22
  • Have a Brownie Day – February 10 (also known as National Cream Cheese Brownie Day)
  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day – May 9
  • National Chocolate Brownie Day – December 8

What is your favorite add in for butterscotch brownies? Let me know in the comments below.

Pin these butterscotch brownie recipes for later

Would you like a reminder of these recipes for butterscotch brownies? Just pin this image to one of your cooking boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Watch our YouTube video to learn about more national days in May.

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