The phone rang at my office just as it always does at this time. "It's nearly six o'clock. When will you be home?" Charles asked.
"The usual. Seven." I replied.
With a smile in his voice he responded, "I hope so. I made brownies from scratch. Butterscotch brownies from Joy of Cooking. I added a shot of whiskey for extra flavor."
Preheat oven to 350F. Melt in a saucepan: 1/4 cup butter. Stir into it until dissolved 1 cup brown sugar. Cool these ingredients slightly, then beat in well 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Sift, then measure 1/2 cup all purpose flour. Resift it with 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir these ingredients into the butter mixture. Add 1/2 to 1 cup finely chopped nuts or 3/4 cup grated coconut. Pour the batter into a greased 9x9 inch pan. Bake about 20-25 minutes. Cut into bars when cool. Yield 16 thin 2.25 inch squares.