Blondies

Please welcome Simply Recipes guest author Garrett McCord who shares with us his favorite blondie recipe.

Blondies are often called brownies without chocolate which I find silly; blondies are a dessert with their own unique deliciousness and personality. Whereas brownies depend on chocolate for their flavor, for blondies it’s all about the brown sugar, giving the blondies their distinctive molasses flavor. Chewy, rich, and flavorful blondies, when made right, are an indulgent dessert that are hard to resist.

This is my “go-to” dessert recipe since it only takes about 5 minutes to make and then throw in the oven. I can’t count how many times I dashed this together so that last second company could arrive to a freshly baked treat. Plus, it only makes a small batch, so you don’t have to worry about being tempted by dozens of tasty treats lying in wait for you.

Since brown sugar is the critical flavor here, I suggest using dark brown sugar. While butterscotch chips or walnuts are commonly mixed in, chocolate chips are equally good. And of course, blondies should always be served with a glass of milk.

Blondies Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 9 blondies.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of tightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of butterscotch chips (chopped walnuts and chocolate chips are equally tasty)

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour an 8X8 pan. Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in a bowl.

2 Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk.

3 Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix it all together. Add the butterscotch chips or other mix-ins.

4 Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into squares and serve.

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134 Comments

  1. Sam

    Garrett, I do believe you are clairvoyant. I have been yearning over the PERFECT good and simple blondie recipe for quite some time now (quite some time meaning 6-10 years…) The last time I had blondies was when my little sister made them in her easy bake oven so I think it’s time to return the favor. Many thanks for the awesome recipe!

  2. Anonymous

    Mmmm… I don’t have any dark brown sugar at home but I do have a glut of light brown ones. Is that a viable alternative?

    Of course! =) ~Garrett

  3. jonathan

    I love Blondies. I have all their records, and even attended a concert in the 80′s.

    “One way, or another, I’m gonna eat’cha, I’m gonna eat’cha, eat’cha, eat’cha, eat’cha…”

    Yup. Still need more sleep.

    Almost forgot…I recently made a cocoa-based brownie recipe, substituting about 1/3 to 1/2 of the white sugar with a light brown sugar on the suggestion of a pastry chef friend. The brown sugar gave it a saturated chocolate flavor that left me speechless. You must try it if you never have. Compensate a bit for the added moisture, however.

  4. Amanda

    My mom always added a small amount of maple syrup to her blondies. Really tasted great with the brown sugar!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  5. andrea

    Excellent recipe! I love bondies! One little thing that I did differently is brown the butter – just cook it for about 6 minutes until just brown (careful not to burn it!) and let cool slightly before continuing – it really adds a nutty depth to the taste.

    Thanks for some great cookie and bar recipes Garrett!

    Loving this idea, Andrea! ~Garrett

  6. Stacy

    I needed a quick dessert for supper with friends tonight. So I made the recipe with chocolate chips and walnuts because that’s what I had on hand. Smelled great in the oven and my taster sample confirmed it: incredibly yummy. Perfect!

  7. shuna fish lydon

    Just a pinch of salt, really? I find that when recipes are designed around very sweet ingredients one needs a bit more than a pinch of salt to make me want to take another bite after the first rich one. (Most especially if your add-ins are also sweet.)

    Also because there is no salt like the next one I think it’s important to add an extra pinch at least for good measure. Remembering that baked goods need not be salty per se, but balanced…

    I used to work at a bakery where we added all sorts of great additions like peanut butter, and toffee to the mix. Blondies are not only forgiving, they’re quite accepting!

  8. Kate

    Can I possibly fake dark brown sugar by adding some molasses to some light brown sugar? Or should I just use light brown sugar if that’s what I have on hand? Don’t ask what kind of house I live in where I have molasses AND lt. brown sugar but no dark brown sugar. ;-)

    I would say just use light brown sugar. ~Garrett

  9. Darby "the Dessert Diva"

    Blondies are also quite wonderful if you replace the vanilla with almond (or if you are adventurous like me… add TO it), add 6 oz of softened Mascarpone, some lemon juice and once baked and cooling, lemon flavored sparkling sugar for presentation and pizazz! The possibilities of things you can do to this recipe are ENDLESS!!!

  10. Kerry

    This may sound like a silly question (I’m a new baker), but are Blondie’s similar to chocolate chip cookies without the chips? I can’t seem to bake the cookies without burning them, so I thought maybe I would give this recipe a try.

    PS – Garrett, I made your red velvet cupcakes for Valentine’s for my deployed husband and he loved them!! (Besides the squished factor since I had to vacuum seal them!) Thank you so much!

    Hmm, I guess, in a way, they are a bar cookie that is close to a c.c. cookie. Really, a blondie has it’s own character and definition. Blondies are, as Shuna notes, very forgiving; give the recipe a try! Also, very glad that the Red Velvet cupcakes turned out so well for you! ~Garrett

  11. autumnmist

    These just came out of the oven a few minutes ago… MmMmmm. Chewy and soft. Yum. I think I would’ve lowered the butter just a tiny tad (slightly too greasy). I added 2 tsp of molasses to the mix too.

  12. Deborah

    I have been making a similar recipe for years (decades, actually); we call them blondie brownies, and we use semi-sweet chocolate chips. As a matter of fact, getting ready to make a batch to send to son in Iraq.
    Thanks for the variation!

  13. Sarah

    I never thought that I would enjoy brownies without chocolate, but these just came out of the oven and I had a piece without waiting for it to cool. It was delicious and it’s quite likely that I’ll be making these again before the end of the week. I didn’t have any dark brown sugar on hand, and used light brown sugar instead, but they came out fabulous. I also added some semi-sweet chocolate chips and they provided the perfect contrast. Thanks for a great recipe!

  14. Claudine

    I made these last night and they are THE pblondies. I never put any add-ins (chips, nuts) even though I like both ingredients in other baked goods. My first taste of blondies was as a grade school student in TX and those were plain, so that’s how I like them now.

    I used light brown sugar instead of the dark (which I didn’t have in my pantry) and they were still fantastic. We had none left over!

  15. April

    I just ate one of the batch I commented about earlier. YUM! I browned the butter, like another commenter suggested, and used chocolate chips. I cut the pan into 16 pieces. I can’t imagine eating 1/9th of the pan!

    These would be so awesome with candied ginger. I’m definitely going to try that sometime.

  16. Seven

    I made these tonight to take to our Good Friday service tomorrow. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a parchment-lined jelly roll pan. They turned out perfect! Delicious!

  17. Mel

    I made these last night in just minutes while I was heating up leftovers for dinner. Super easy and delish! I used a mixture of chocolate chips and PB chips. SO good! Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Cady

    Based on a Cooking Light tip, I always brown the butter as I melt it a bit to deepen the flavor. You get caramel notes. Delish!

  19. Hil

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I am not a baker, but they came out great. Easy, but homemade, is exactly what I am looking for. Addicted to this site!

  20. KC

    Yum… I baked them for a baby shower tomorrow and I’m having a hard time not eating all of them now! I used light brown sugar, but I will try dark brown next time, maybe brown the butter as well just to deepen the flavor. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  21. Mrs. L

    Can’t wait to make these for an event I have coming up this weekend. Need something quick and that doesn’t require hand mixer etc. Thanks!

  22. Dave E.

    This is a great recipe. My favorite part is that the recipe is sized for an 8×8 pan, which is preventing me from eating way too many! I agree about lowering the butter slightly. Also, I used half Smart Balance and half regular Margarine, keeping it pure by not adding any mix-ins. Used light brown sugar, with an extra teaspoon of molasses (after all brown sugar is simply granulated sugar with added molasses). But I’d say throw this in your recipe box as your regular blondie recipe.

  23. Jane

    FABULOUS!! Loved them! I made 4 pans yesterday as part of my contribution to the freezer cooking my girl friends and I were doing! My pan did not make it to the freezer! My husband is in love!

  24. Dewi

    These are *amazing.* Thank you so much for this super easy, delicious recipe. I used chopped dates instead of nuts or butterscotch chips and they worked very well.

  25. pricklypanda

    I’ve made these a few times now (and always a double batch!) They are amaizng. I’ve made them with semi-sweet chocoloate chips (I’m a chocolate fiend) and chopped walnuts on top. mmm …

    To die for. And so easy I can whip them up without breaking out the heavy machinery!

  26. cindy

    Thanks for a great blondie recipe. Made these yesterday and we’re really enjoying them. Used semisweet chocolate chips as a mix-in and had to use light brown sugar because that’s what I had. Will try them again when I have the dark sugar and I bet they’re even richer.

  27. shannon

    personally I dont like the flavor of them. i had never had blondies before but thoguht since i dont reallu like chocolate but like brownies texture and stuff why not a vanilla brownie? but i dont like them

    i had to substitute baking powder for soda which made it too tangy. and i had to use a 8 by 8 casserole instead of pan which made baking time weird. it was almost 40 minutes with the top of them being burnt and the middle not done. i had to take them out however becuase they pouffed up and then fell

    overall disapointed i dont think i would bake these again but maybe and oh yeah we didnt add any extras i dont know why that would effect it but maybe

    they werent cakey enough and morel ike bad brownies with a nasty butter sugar taste 3/10

  28. Rei

    I have made this and it turned out great! Thanks for the recipe. I ran out of dark brown sugar so I used 1/2 quantity in light brown sugar. It turned out really good and those at home couldn’t stop at 1. I used semi sweet chocolate chips. Love it!

  29. limaygolf

    Just made these. They were quite good. A bit too sweet for my taste. But I’m having them with sugarless black coffee. Perfect match!

  30. Bekkah

    Delicious!!! :D

    I altered the recipe slightly (1/3 cup of oil instead of the butter), but all-in-all it was really good. I swirled in a sweet peanut-butter-sugar-thingy (natural peanut butter mixed with brown sugar and vanilla) and it was really great! Thank you!

  31. LynninNH

    I made these. Instead of using butterscotch chips (which i find too cloyingly sweet), I used some mini cinnamon chips (bought on line via King Arthur Flour’s website). DELISH!! I’ve also made them using cappucino chips (also from King Arthur Flour). Double yum. This is a fast, easy and wonderful recipe. Thank you.

  32. Julie

    I made a batch of these and they were great! I used rapadura (raw brown sugar) and 2 of the one ounce squares of semi sweet baking chocolate chopped up (that’s the amount I had on hand), Very quick, easy and yummy. I mailed half of them to my daughter who is in graduate school. I will be using this often, it’s easy and the ingredients are usually always around.

  33. Angie

    This recipe sounds delicious! My b/f loves sweet things but can’t have too much chocolate, so he won’t eat brownies (which are my speciality! lol) I’m going to make these tomorrow, and I think I’ll add some peanut butter and throw in chocolate chips, I think they’ll be great!

  34. Zach

    This was an excellent recipe, with moist, delicious results. However, it definitely takes more than 20-25 minutes – more like 40-45 minutes or so.

    Each oven works differently. Be sure you are preheating. ~Garrett

  35. melissa

    Hey, Garrett, could I use Splenda and Splenda brown sugar for these? Or would that just kill it lol….

    No idea, I never use the stuff. However, since the main ingredient in this is actual brown sugar, my suggestion would be no. However, if you try it and it works, please let us know! ~Garrett

  36. Judy

    Hello,
    I’ve just discovered your blog. Thought you’d like another Blondie recipe for your collection.

    Toffee Blondies
    lightly oil a 10 3/4 x 7 x 1 3/8 brownie pan

    1/2 cup salted butter, melted
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1 cup + 3 Tbsp. all purpose flour
    1 cup Skor toffee bits

    In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.

    In a medium sized bowl. add melted butter. Stir in brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and toffee bits and stir until combined. Spread batter in prepared brownie pan.
    Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 – 35 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on rack.

  37. Allison

    I’ve made these many, many times and they are awesome and the texture is perfect. Thank you for this quick and simple recipe. I love that you don’t have to wait for butter to become room temperature, and all I use is a spoon and a bowl. Can’t beat not having to clean the mixer.

    I must admit I always use semi-sweet chocolate chips, and I put in two handfuls, which is much more than 1/3 cup. People seem to love them!

    FYI, I’ve had bad luck doubling this recipe. :)

  38. Boss

    I had a craving… for blondies. But also for something with green tea baked in. Of course, I craved for all of this without any butter on hand. So, I substituted 1/8 cup of olive oil, 1/8 cup of veggie oil, and a 1/4 cup of lowfat yogurt for the butter. I substituted half the brown sugar with sweet matcha (green tea powder, but sweetened). The result were very light blondies with a green hue. The green tea taste is a very subtle aftertaste. Anyway, thought I’d ramble for a bit! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Rosa

    Delicious recipe! Made absolutely no adjustments to the recipe! Perfect as is and sooo incredibly easy to make!

    Thank you for sharing!

  40. Elizabeth

    I made these, and I added in chocolate chips and about half a small can of condensed milk to make them extra ooey and gooey. They are soooo good!

  41. Hannah and Whitney

    These are just PERFECT for our Tuesday-morning dessert club. Yes, yes there is a Tuesday-morning dessert club. No, no we are not over the age of 75. We are in fact 20-year-old college students who don’t have class until 3:00! Thanks Gar, buddy.

  42. Cyndi

    Delicious but the same problem brownies usually have — hard to get the middle down before the edges are overcooked. (I used a glass pan.) Next time, I’ll try baking them at 325′ for maybe ten minutes longer to see if that helps. BTW, these are excellent with 1/3 cup chopped peanuts added to the batter and 1/3 cup chopped peanuts sprinkled over the top.

  43. bakeme

    I make a blondie recipe very similar to this, except mine has no baking soda or powder. What difference does this make? I was also wondering if anyone has tried these with all or part whole wheat flour, and if anyone has tried subbing the egg for ground flaxseed and water? I’ve made these subs in other recipes and it works very well. I also agree they could use less butter, but wonder how that will effect the baking?

    I would suggest you try these substitutions yourself and see how it all works. ~Garrett

  44. Brenna

    Does anyone have a recommendation for converting this recipe for a larger 9×13 pan? Do I double it? And what about cooking time? Thank you!

  45. Sophie

    I had never had blondies before and came across this delicious looking recipe. I made them yesterday, exactly how the recipe was except used chocolate chips. They were so delicious, they’re all gone! My kids loved them too! I will be making them again tomorrow for a road trip this weekend…I’m sure they won’t even make it to the destination they’re so good! Thank-you!

  46. Megan

    These look so good! How long can they be kept? Can you put them in the freezer?

    You actually don’t plan to eat them all at once? Huh, this has never happened before. I would guess that they would stay a few days, and maybe a week or two in the freezer. ~Garrett

  47. Michelle

    I would definitely recommend a longer time than 25 minutes. These are delicious!!!! I cooked them for nearly thirty minutes and despite being one of the best things I’ve ever tasted they were still a little raw. Otherwise this is easy and a great treat!

    Hmm, you might want to look at getting an oven thermometer. My apartment oven runs about 50 degrees colder than the dial says. It’s a must for all bakers. =) ~Garrett

  48. Megan

    Just made these brownies. I replaced the brown sugar with the splenda brown sugar blend…I also replaced the butterscotch with walnuts and sugarfree dark chocolate pieces. It was awesome!

  49. Love The Brownies

    This is the best blondie recipe I have ever tasted. I have tried other recipes and they do not compare. The recipe is very easy, not too sweet, very moist and chewy. I loved them with pecans and a little extra vanilla. My coworkers loved them so much they are requesting them again. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Wonderful website.

  50. Sarah

    Oh my! These are DELICIOUS! I added some Skor toffee bits in addition to the butterscotch chips. I think I may end up eating the whole pan of them! Wonderfully tasty and super easy!

  51. SHELBY

    Wonderful and so darn easy. Made with chocolate chips and walnuts because that’s what I had on hand, but will make with butterscotch chips this weekend. Thanks again for a great recipe and something quick to bake for guests. Shelby in Big D.

  52. Meghan

    Made these today. Very good, extremely buttery. Was wondering what would happen if I creamed the butter instead of melting it. Overall, very good!

  53. Sarah

    I’ve made these at least 7 times in the last couple of months. They are ridiculously delicious. And dangerous to have around – there is pretty much no chance of them lasting longer than 12 hours in my house. If I wasn’t out of butter – how did that happen?! – I’d be making some right now!

  54. Roz

    These blondies are too sinful if the smell don’t get you, the taste will.
    When I made these blondies I substituted the 1 tsp vanilla for 1 tsp white chocolate coffee syrup that I bought from a coffee cafe in the mall. They have an unbelievable selection of the different flavors that you can switch out when you make your blondies or any other baked goods.
    I make Elise’s banana bread all the time. I recently found banana syrup and substituted the vanilla for the banana and its a WOW!
    Thank you Elise, your website is just FANTASTIC!

  55. Judi

    These are fantastic (I used chopped almonds, white chocolate chips and brandy-soaked dried cranberries in mine), and if you bake them in a 9″ round pan and cut them into wedges, they look very posh, for that bonus “impress the in-laws” touch :)

  56. Aya

    Made these last night, they turned out just fabulously! I used margarine to make them non-dairy, they were super greasy. In the future I might try less margerine or oil instead. Also, I substituted pure maple syrup for vanilla and the smell was intoxicating. I am pregnant and exhausted and haven’t baked for months, but this was so easy I could manage it as a dessert for dinner. My husband was angry at me this morning but after he tried the blondies he declared them to be “Wow, the best cookies I’ve ever tasted.” He’s not mad at me anymore! These are super sweet, don’t eat too many. Also eat them fresh and warm, once they harden up they’re not the same. Thanks, Garrett! :D

  57. Jess

    Oh goodness, these were amazing! They were soft and chewy, and so good with chocolate chips! My boyfriend and I both loved them, and our friends too. I had to make more of them, they were so popular! Thanks for the recipe!

  58. Fire Flower

    Once, I ran out of vanilla and substituted Ameretto liquer. Awesome! Now I always make Ameretto Blondies – I don’t use just a teaspoon either – its three glugs from the bottle. Glug, glug, glug! Makes the house smell great and they disappear fast. THanks!

  59. pat

    This recipe is great as is- simple ingredients, small batch so we aren’t tempted to eat too many- no tinkering needed! (although, I sometimes make it with Smart Balance instead of butter just to be healthier). Thanks for posting it!

  60. melanie

    I doubled the recipe and they came out greasy and closer to gooey than fudgy, after 45 mins in the oven. I guess this is not a good one to double, although even at the single recipe my guess is you need less butter and less brown sugar to get a moist dense cake consistency instead of something closer to raw dough.

    You don’t want a cake-like consistency. They should be gooey and fudgy at first and will become more brownie-like as they cool. This recipe should double just fine. I would check your oven temperature to ensure even baking. ~Garrett

  61. cathy

    Excellent, though I have to admit the dough seemed so stiff that I added a second egg, so did get a slightly more cakey, springy consistency which went over GREAT with the family.

  62. adie

    With double the ingredients this becomes like a huge muffin that slowly wants to crawl out of the cake tray :)
    AND it takes double the time! I guess its better to just make this twice?

  63. Azri

    This recipe is very similiar to Ruby Tuesday’s Blondie. But I noticed in RT’s that they didn’t have butterscotch chips, but butterscotch flavor, so I melted butterscotch with a lil milk and still added the added walnuts and chocolate chips. So good. Going to make it again this wkend.

  64. Jen

    I have made these a few times now- browning the butter, not browning the butter, semi-sweet chips, butterscotch, and chopped caramel- all versions have been wonderful. The caramel made them a little extra chewy (I like chewy). I used part of the butter called for to grease the pan, which in my mind, reduces the fat a little. Thanks! My friends all love you. =)

  65. melissa

    I made these and the taste is delicious but they didn’t seem to get done in the middle. I baked them in an 8×8 glass casserole dish rather than a metal pan. Do you know if there is a difference in baking with glass or metal? Thanks.

    Shouldn’t matter all that much for this recipe. I’ve used both depending on what I happen to grab off the shelves first. ~Garrett

  66. Brittanie

    What is the flour suppose to be??? I noticed that 1 cup of flour has to be wrong, so I used 2 cups but they still seem off, a bit too greasy. I love blondies and these have great flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

    The recipe is correct. ~Garrett

  67. Julie

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe (it is the only blondie recipe I will now use)! Every time I make it, it is received with moans and groans – of pleasure! Plus, the (relatively) small amount in a batch is fantastic for someone like me (read: someone who can easily consume an entire panful – of anything – in one sitting)!
    Question: I’ve accessed both Simply Recipes and Vanilla Garlic via my iPhone, but have either of you considered an actual app? That would be incredibly sweet (pun intended)! :-)

    Hi Julie – well I do have a iphone web app, which you can get to by pointing your iphone Safari browser to http://simplyrecipes.com/m/, but not an app app yet. That’s a little bit trickier. ~Elise

  68. Erinn

    These were so greasy while they were still warm that I had them cool on paper towels. And I had to add about 10 minutes to the time. I STILL took them out early because I wanted them “molten” inside like the pictures.
    The flavor was “ok” but next time I will half the butter and try to use light brown sugar and a touch of cream and hope for a more caramel like, less greasy flavor.
    They taste like butter tarts to me which is nice, but the grease and ton of sugar made ME sick to my stomach. And I am a sugar addict that tends to bake small cakes for MEALS.
    7/10
    -2 for grease.
    -1 for the stomach ache.

  69. Jennifer

    I thought this recipe was great. I only used 3/4 of a stick of butter because the first time I made these they were a little greasier than I liked. I also added about a cup of oats which made them really full, and not greasy what-so-ever. Yummy!

  70. Amanda

    I wanted to make blondies at home and found this recipe. when I cooked it, it came out gooey and I do not know what I did wrong. I kept putting in the oven to cook longer and still not cooked all the way. I used the throw away pan, do you think that is why I had trouble baking it all the way?

    It still came out tasting good just not something I would serve to friends since it does look good when I cut it!

    Amanda, it shouldn’t matter the pan. My guess is you didn’t let it cool before you cut it so it didn’t have enough of a chance to set. ~Garrett

  71. Kati

    There’s a reason that when ‘Blondie’ is Googled, your recipe is the first one that comes up. YUM! We didn’t call them Blondies when we were little, we called them cookie bars but it’s the same. I added mini chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. I love the ‘sticky-like’ top. : )

  72. rayna

    I made these only after reading over the comments… I must admit I was apprehensive at first since my fancy schmancy cookbook had a much more detail and labor intensive recipe, so I thought the outcome would reflect all the work involved. But your recipes always have me coming back, so I figured if you had a recipe for blondies, I might as well trust it since every dessert you’ve given me and my friends has been terribly delicious. Wow, I was impressed with how simple this was and yet it came out really nice. Why did I doubt you, Garrett? I followed the suggestion of the one comment to brown the butter, and added walnuts, to complete a nice presentation of nut-free brownies and nutty blondies in a box for a volunteer project tomorrow. Thanks for the easy recipe; you’ve done it again.

  73. Creamy Boy

    Does anyone have any suggestions for White Chocolate Blondies?

    I had some at a coffee bar in London (sadly they stopped selling them-now i have to find a recipe!)

    They were not chewy at all…very very soft thick creamy..a unique texture like a cross between turkish delight and whitechoclate mouse, ut with that tell tale slightly crisp brownie/blondie top…how did they do that?

    I’d die for the recipe..really…

    I’m thinking maybe loads of white chocolate and butter, almost no flour, not many eggs (they weren’t eggy at all, nor custardy…), possibly condensed milk?

    Any suggestions anyone?

  74. Chrisina Santiago

    I loved this ‘so simple’ recipe! These kind of recipes are dangerous! I’m partial to Light Brown Sugar but will try it once with the Dark just to compare. I put, however, some Coconut extract as well as Vanilla. I like my blondies with nothing but the blondie! Yum! I also doubled the batch & added 5 more minutes to the time. They were perfect! Thanks!

  75. Krystle

    These were okay – I’m always interested in reading about the ingredient substitutions people make and how they turn out. Well, I happened to run out of vanilla mid-recipe, so I subbed almond extract instead. Wooooow, these blondies were almondy! I can’t say it was entirely pleasant – perhaps almond extract is stronger than vanilla? In any event, I think they probably taste fantastic when you make them as the recipe indicates. :) Also, it was a little hard to cover the entire bottom of the baking pan with this amount of dough. I agree with the other reviewers that doubling would probably work quite well. Thank you for sharing!

    Almond extract is WAY stronger than vanilla. Use 1/2 next time. ~Garrett

  76. Daniel

    I just made these as a birthday treat to myself and they’re amazing! One thing, though…the middle is a bit under-baked, at least compared to the outside. Is there anything I can/should do to fix this?

    Not that I’m complaining. The pan will still be gone before Monday :)

  77. jennifer

    This was a complete disaster. Worst batch I’ve ever made, they wouldn’t get done in the middle.

    If they weren’t done then you probably need to bake it longer. ~Garrett

  78. Megan

    I tried to make this with gluten free flour and I cooked for an extra 10ish mins, but it was still really crumbly and not as sweet as I expected. Any suggestions?

    The only suggestion I have is to not make them gluten-free. I am not familiar with the rules of gluten-free baking so I am not sure what happened. ~Garrett

  79. ayai

    Are they still delicious without the bottom ingredients like walnuts, chocolate chips, and butter scotch or are those crucial ingredients, because I have everything else?

    You don’t have to use those at all. ~Garrett

  80. jean

    Made these yesterday. Delish. I added roasted pecans and toffee chips. I also added 1 egg yolk because the batter looked a tad bit dry.

    PS: I just found out that I am allergic to chocolate so this is my alternative to brownies. I really don’t miss chocolate.

  81. Debbie

    Hi! I was wondering if I could add my overripe bananas to this recipe. What do I need to adjust in the recipe if I do add them? Hope to hear from you soon!

    I suppose you could. I have never done it myself, so you’ll just have to test it out. Probably need a longer baking time. If it works I hope you’ll let us know your results. ~Garrett

  82. Heather

    Hi Garrett, I just threw this recipe together and it was great. These blondies baked in a nice quantity (not too many), and they were quick and easy to make! I have a feeling this will become a frequently made and go-to favorite. Thank you for the post!

  83. Sarah Korn

    Thanks Garrett, I made these blondies this weekend and they were delicious.I was wondering if any one has made them this way and then again with 1/3 cup of butter? I wanted to know if decreasing the butter slightly would affect the overall flavor and consistency too much. Thanks again.Next time I’m trying your maple cookies!

  84. Ash

    Tried making these today and they did not come out as expected. Followed the recipe exactly, too. =(

    Oh well. Bad luck I guess.

    They came out quite dry. And considering the butter in them, I wouldn’t expect that.

    Without more information my guess is that your oven ran hot and over-baked them. ~Garrett

  85. Rachel

    I make these and love them, but my batter seems runny so when I add in the choc chips or butterscotch it all sinks to the very bottom. Is this normal?

    I don’t that they are sinking to the bottom per se as the blondies are simply thin for a bar cookie. I wouldn’t worry. If the blondies are puffing up a lot then something odd is occurring. ~Garrett

  86. Cat

    Just made these, added half cup of almond slivers and sprinkled white chocolate chips and cranberries on top. Yummy, fast and awesome.

  87. Debra

    I haven’t made these but do make a similar recipe for Congo Squares (pretty much just a blondie with nuts and chocolate chips) – however, the Congo square recipe calls for three eggs and I just can’t see how this recipe uses only one egg. I would think it would turn out dry since most cake recipes call for two eggs. If you make these and they turn out dry, maybe try using two eggs.

    The recipe works fine with just one egg. I would suggest you try making it. ~Garrett

  88. Cheri

    I have made these several times and they are wonderful. I am always experimenting with different ways and flavors of cheesecakes. So with that in mind, one of my favorites is dutch apple cheesecake blondies with this recipe as the bottom. Fantasmically awesome and always has everyone begging for more.

    Not that these aren’t absolutely fabulous on their own… Thank you, Garrett!!

  89. Ashok

    Hi! I was wondering if I could add my overripe bananas to this recipe. What do I need to adjust in the recipe if I do add them? Hope to hear from you soon!

    I would just mash one up and add it. You may need to increase the baking time though. Never tried it so I cannot say for sure. ~Garrett

  90. Amy

    What did I do wrong? I used a stick of butter (right?) and I added Heath bar chips and chocolate chips – no butterscotch and my batch of blondies came out incredibly greasy! Did my substitutions throw off the whole thing? Thanks…

    Mix the batter well when you put together the eggs, butter, and sugar. You don’t want to see any pools of butter. ~Garrett

  91. Ann

    Made these last night – delicious! Any suggestions for a more caramelized and super chewy blondie?

    More sugar and browning the butter might give you the results you want. ~Garrett

  92. Dee

    I just made the blondies and they turned out awfully hard. Not chewy at all. The taste is good but almost lost my tooth trying to eat them. Where did I go wrong? I followed the recipe but I used self rising flour (didn’t have all purpose in my pantry ) and brown cane sugar. Baked the Blondies 25 mn at 150°C. I’ll try again and hope to get it right ..

    Great blog! I live in France so I don’t have access to most of the ingredients required to cook some proper Texan food. But I’ll keep reading.

    Not sure why they would come out hard from self-rising flour. Sounds like they were overbaked to me. ~Garrett

  93. becky powell

    my pretty little blondies are in the oven as I type this..so psyched to devour soon as they are ready!!! Yum!! This recipe was stupid simple! Love it!! OOOO!!!! My house smells amazing right now!

  94. Makaela

    I was looking for goodies to bake and send to my deployed hubby and I stumbled onto this recipe. I had never made blondies before so I decided to give it a try. I doubled the recipe and added butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and some coconut. They smelled wonderful while they were baking and tasted even better. Will definitely make the again.

  95. Dessert Luvers

    We are making the SECOND batch of blondies. Our only issue was there wasn’t enough for all of us, so we doubled the recipe.

  96. Ruth

    Hi,

    I am trying to find a blondie recipe for a baby shower. I’m supposed to make 2 9×13 pans. I noticed that it didn’t say anything about converting, so I was wondering if you have any suggestions.

    Thanks.

    You can try doubling the recipe or making a few batches. ~Garrett

  97. Samantha

    My husband does not eat eggs so I omitted it and compensated by adding just a teeny bit more baking powder and a heaping tablespoon of Greek yogurt. I couldn’t find my square pan (!) so I used my cupcake pan instead. Probably a good idea anyway as the eggless blondie/brownie can sometimes stay a bit wet in the middle (to my taste). Lovely! Oh, I also added white chocolate chips instead of the butterscotch chips. Super yum.

  98. April

    My friend made blondies for us a while ago but she said she used peanut butter in her’s. I was just wondering can you use this recipe and add peanut butter or would it not taste right? Thanks for the recipe by the way!

    That would make this an entirely different recipe. I suggest giving it a try yourself. If it works I hope you’ll let us know. ~Garrett

  99. Mouse

    I was looking for something to bake and came across this recipe. I didn’t have enough flour so I used 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup Graham cracker crumbs (it has the same texture :p). The result was a delicious cakey brownie. Yum!

  100. Jill

    This recipe is awesome! Used light brown sugar instead of dark brown because that was all I had on hand. Was not sure whether to use salted or unsalted butter, but went with salted and am glad I did! 20-25 minutes was not enough time for my oven. Pulled them out at 33 minutes and let them cool before cutting…. yummy perfection! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. My chocolate-loathing family thanks you, too! :)

  101. Flic

    My friend and I had a baking day yesterday and made these – just gorgeous. You don’t find blondies here in the UK. About time more people knew about them! Finished the last piece this morning for breakfast! Will definitely make again.

  102. Flic

    My friend and I had a baking day yesterday and made these – just gorgeous. You don’t really find blondies here in the UK – about time more people knew about them. Finished the last piece for breakfast this morning! Will definitely make again.

  103. Kathy

    Quick and easy recipe! I made these before everyone woke up for breakfast, they were almost all gone by the end of the day – I cut the whole into 18 pieces. Browned the butter and used yellow sugar – it still worked perfectly :) Thanks so much!

  104. April

    I made these the other day and they were amaaaaaazing. They’re perfectly chewy. I browned the butter for extra flavor, and sprinkled the top with coarse sea salt.

    NB: I tried to save a dish by mixing everything in the pan in which I melted the butter. I got–you guessed it!–a few egg chunks in the mix! I picked the largest ones out, but they weren’t noticeable at all in the finished product.

  105. Ingrid

    Just made these and WOW!! Super delicious! I didn’t add anything; just made the blondies as is. I used real butter and light brown sugar and they turned out great. The only thing that I agree with other commenters about is that 25 mins wasn’t enough time. I have an oven thermometer (it was reading closer to 375 or 400. I hate my oven because of this), and yet the 25 mins still wasn’t long enough. I just had to keep checking it and putting the pan back in for a couple mins at a time. Didn’t affect the deliciousness of the blondies — I still wound up eating half the pan. ;) Thanks, Garrett!

  106. Michele

    Hi! I’ve made a batch of these, and they’re currently in the oven. They’ve been in there for 23 minutes, and are still very liquid. The only thing I’ve changed about your recipe is replaced the brown sugar with 1 cup of normal sugar and 1/4 cup of molasses. For next time, is there anything I should note?

    Well, you just added 1/4 cup of liquid sugar (molasses) so I’m not surprised they’re liquidy. In the future I think you might be better off with just a teaspoon of molasses for flavor, if you are not using brown sugar but still want the brown sugar taste. ~Elise

  107. Simone

    Amazing. I bake alot and this is the first time I’ve made these. We don’t have these in Australia. I didn’t have enough brown sugar, so I topped it with white sugar. Still delicious. Crispy on the edges and soft and gooey in the centre.

    Thank you for the recipe. It is definitely a favourite and super quick.

  108. Jackie

    I just finished baking a batch of these for my family, and I must say that they turned out beautifully! I’m still a blossoming baker, being fifteen and all. Point being, these are simple, easy, and gratifying to make for beginners such as myself. My only suggestion, which a few other people have brought up, is to increase the cooking time from 25 minutes to around 29 – 30 minutes. Stellar recipe, though!

  109. janine

    So disappointed. Wish I’d taken the advice of other people and put less butter in. They were incredibly greasy and sickeningly sweet. The top was nice and crisp but underneath it was a greasy sticky mess. I did wait until it cooled in the hope that it would harden, but all I ended up with was a toffee base that stuck to the greaseproof paper. Disaster from start to finish Im afraid. I won’t be making them again.

  110. Suz

    I am a ‘buy & eat’ type gal. I saw this recipe & how simple it seemed & tried it.
    Well, I LOVED the out-come! I loved these blondies so much, I made another batch 4 days later. It is easy. Fits right in w/my busy schedule.
    Thanks so much!

  111. Amelia

    I made these this morning. They turned out perfectly. I followed the recipe almost exactly; I used 1/8 teaspoon salt instead of just a pinch, because I didn’t want them to be too sweet. I used butterscotch chips, but next time I’ll use something different, perhaps walnuts, again to cut the sweetness. Very good, thank you so much for posting this!

  112. Sid

    I loved team and all but the last time i followed all of steps and the were as black as the color.
    they are in the oven right now and I hope it will be fine this time :)

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