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Butterscotch Brownies

I made a whole bunch of candy over the holidays, and ended up with a surplus of hard butterscotches (this came about when a caramel sauce recipe misfired), so, naturally, it was time to make butterscotch brownies...a.k.a. Happy Brownies. 

They're happy—mostly because they're brownies with sprinkles, but you could also argue that they're happy because the butterscotches were "happy accidents". I didn't think of that until writing this post, though, so I won't. Anyway.

The brownies are pretty much a dump-and-stir method, with minimal complexity. They end up really dark, and on the crumbly-cakey-side. Normally, though, brownie = fudge (not just "fudgy confection") in my house, so I ended up introducing these as "intense chocolate cake", but the name "happy brownie" stuck instead. Go figure. 

Happy Brownies (makes 25, or one 8" x 8" pan)

1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup almond meal
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp xanthum gum
4 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt

8 oz dark chocolate, melted
1/4 cup oil or melted butter
1 egg

1/2 cup crushed butterscotch or hard caramel candies
sprinkles and nonpareils 

1- Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8" by 8" pan.

2- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 

3- In a separate small bowl or liquid measuring cup, stir the oil into the melted chocolate. Once combined, whisk in the egg until the mixture is homogenous again.

4- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Stir together and ensure there are no pockets of unmixed flours. 

5- Pour into the greased pan. Sprinkled the crushed butterscotches onto the top of the brownies. Bake 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out clean and the butterscotches have melted into the brownies noticeably  Remove pan from oven, sprinkle on sprinkles and nonpareils. Return pan to oven. Bake an additional 5 minutes to set the top of the brownies.

6- Remove pan from oven. Let cool on the counter for 10 minutes. Slice the brownies and remove them from the pan. Serve warm, with ice cream, or let cool. 

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