Blondies

Quick and easy blondie recipe. Like brownies in shape and texture, blondies are flavored with brown sugar in place of chocolate. Delicious!

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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.

Blondies

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

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 9 to 16 blondies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 112 g) of butter, melted
  • 1 cup (220 g) 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 (128 g)  of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (60 g) of butterscotch chips (chopped walnuts and chocolate chips are equally tasty)

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly butter and flour an 8X8-inch  pan (20 cm x 20 cm). 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 25-30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

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  • ac

    has anyone tried using whit chocolate chips?

  • Nancy Kawa

    I made these and they are very good but I added more chips…. if you follow the golden rule…. toll house recipe… for 8×8 pan they would use a cup of chips… 1/3 cup didn’t seem like enough….

  • Karen

    Great recipe but theres no way that makes 9 -16 pc. I doubled recipe and barely got that unless youre cutting yours thumbnail sized. I cook and bake for a living so i know measurements. So i would alter the yield. Other than that a fine recipe.

  • Kim Howard

    Can make gluten free with almond flour.

  • Joey

    I like this recipe. Simple. Equal measure. I turn away when a recipe calls for 1 1/4 stick of butter or 10 tablespoons. What happens to the rest? I look at the ingredients first. Recipes should not be complicated. The simplest ones are the best and the easiest to replicate.

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