Blondies

$3.98 recipe / $0.33 serving
by Marsha - Budget Bytes
4.80 from 10 votes
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Every now and then I get a taste for something sweet and decadent like homemade cookies, brownies, or carrot cake from my favorite restaurant. But buying pre-made desserts from a store or restaurant can be so expensive. Today, I have a much better option for you! Say hello to these rich, chewy, and buttery Blondies! They’re every bit as delicious as they look and they’re so easy to make. No mixer needed. So if you’re in the mood for baking this weekend or maybe you want to make a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, these Blondies are sure to be a hit and probably your new favorite dessert!

Side close up view of four blondie bars stacked on top of each other.

What Are Blondies?

I like to call these sweet little treats the cousin to our favorite Fudgy Homemade Brownies. Blondies are similar to brownies except they are made without the chocolate flavor of cocoa powder. Instead blondies get their rich flavor from a good amount of brown sugar and vanilla extract. And to make these blondies even more special, we used brown butter, which enhances the flavor and all together gives them a slight caramel, butterscotch taste.

Ingredients For Blondies

Here’s everything you need to make these irresistible Blondie bars:

  • Brown Butter: We used browned butter to add a rich, nutty, caramel flavor to the blondies. It not only gives it double the flavor, but also adds a beautiful golden brown color to these bars.
  • Brown sugar & Granulated white sugar: Brown sugar is one of the key ingredients and adds sweetness and lots of moisture to the blondies. We tested this recipe with just brown sugar and also using a combination of brown & white sugar. The use of brown & white sugar was the perfect balance and definitely the winner!
  • Eggs: Eggs give the blondies strength and helps them bake into a sliceable texture.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds even more rich flavor to the blondies.
  • All-purpose flour: Flour provides structure and body to the blondies.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder helps the blondies rise.
  • Salt: A little bit of salt helps the flavors pop.
  • White chocolate chips: Just a few white chocolate chips added a nice contrast and chocolate flavor to the blondies. We only used a small amount because we didn’t want to take away from the deliciousness of the blondie, but feel free to add more if you want!

Blondie Variations

You can easily swap out the white chocolate chips in this recipe for other candies or nuts based on your own personal preference. Here are a few ideas for you:

  • Butterscotch chips
  • Dark or Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • M&Ms – use festive colored m&ms for special holidays like pastel colors for Easter, red & pink for Valentine’s Day or green & red for Christmas!
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • A drizzle of Caramel sauce on top of the batter right before baking
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Blondies

4.80 from 10 votes
These rich, chewy, and buttery Blondies are every bit as delicious as they look and so easy to make! The perfect sweet dessert!
Side close up view of four blondie bars stacked on top of each other.
Servings 12
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Total 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup salted butter (12 Tbsp) ($1.60)
  • 1 cup brown sugar ($0.52)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar ($0.17)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.33)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.50)
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour ($0.30)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder ($0.03)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips ($0.51)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the butter into several tablespoon-sized chunks and add it to a small light-colored skillet. Heat the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter solids turn deep brown and develop a nutty aroma (it will first become foamy, then the solids will sink to the bottom and turn brown).
  • While the butter is browning, add the brown sugar and granulated white sugar to a large mixing bowl.
  • Once the butter has browned, remove it from the heat immediately to prevent burning, and carefully pour it into the mixing bowl with the sugars. Whisk the brown butter and both sugars together until smooth.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to stir the flour into the batter until evenly combined.
  • Finally add the white chocolate chips to the batter and fold them in until just combined.
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Add the blondie batter to the baking dish and spread it out evenly. Feel free to add a few more white chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  • Bake the blondies in the preheated oven for 33-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove the blondies from the oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes before lifting the parchment paper out of the baking dish. Slice into 12 bars and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1blondieCalories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSodium: 177mgFiber: 0.4g
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Close overhead view of blondies laying flat on parchment paper.

How to Make Blondies – Step by Step Photos

Overhead view of browned butter in a saucepan.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut 12 Tbsps of butter into several tablespoon-sized chunks and add it to a small light-colored skillet. Heat the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter solids turn deep brown and develop a nutty aroma (it will first become foamy, then the solids will sink to the bottom and turn brown).

Brown butter being added to white and brown sugar.

While the butter is browning, add 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated white sugar to a large mixing bowl. Once the butter has browned, remove it from the heat immediately to prevent burning, and carefully pour it into the mixing bowl with the sugars. Whisk the brown butter and both sugars together until smooth.

Eggs and vanilla added to bowl with sugar mixture.

Add 2 large eggs and 2 tsp vanilla extract to the bowl and whisk until smooth.

Dry ingredients whisked in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt until well combined.

Dry ingredients added to wet ingredients in a bowl.

Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to stir the flour into the batter until evenly combined.

White chocolate chips added to batter.

Finally add 1/4 cup white chocolate chips to the batter and fold until just combined.

Blondie batter added to a parchment lined baking dish.

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Add the blondie batter to the baking dish and spread it out evenly. Feel free to add a few more white chocolate chips on top of the batter.

Cooked blondies in a baking dish.

Bake the blondies in the preheated oven for 33-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Overhead photo of blondies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Remove the blondies from the oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes before lifting the parchment paper out of the baking dish. Slice into 12 bars and enjoy!

Close up overhead view of blondies on parchment paper with one blondie turned on it's side.
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  1. Mine needed about 45 minutes or so in the oven. Even with the extra time, they were still plenty gooey and soft. They were a big hit at an event. Will be making again.

  2. Super delicious recipe! I love blondies, and have fond memories of eating them in years past. I’m lactose intolerant, so I did a bit of researching how to do brown butter, since my vegan butter substitute, Earth Balance, does not brown on its own (it will get brownish, but it won’t get aromatic and nutty like real butter). This may sound strange, but I read you can add a bit of soy sauce (I added about a teaspoon) at the end of the butter melting process, and it adds the extra depth and color. I have to say that the flavor tasted weird in the butter, but once it all baked up, it tasted absolutely delicious. That said, I did not get the texture right. I could tell just in the mixing process that my batter was too stiff, and I’m not sure if that was from cooking the butter too long, overmixing, or what. It did not affect the finished product dramatically at all, but a little denser than I could see the pictures here were. Let me know if anyone else tries it – I’d love to hear how it went!

  3. Wow! These are amazing!! I put in chocolate chips since I had them on hand. I think they would be great with macadamia nuts as well.
    Thank you for another delicious recipe!

  4. Greetings from Chile, my country.
    The recipe for blondies is very good.
    As a contribution:
    For people intolerant to gluten, you can change wheat flour for oat flour.
    Grinding the flakes is easy, with a blender or even with your hands.
    Oats are gluten-free and we invite celiacs to try this recipe, following these same simple steps.
    It is very good with oatmeal!

    gluten free recipes

  5. This was a good way to use up some of the remaining pantry items I got for holiday baking! The taste was perfect but I was really worried that my Blondie’s were still raw, yet the toothpick came out clean. What I thought was a sign that they were undercooked was actually proof that I hadn’t really creamed the wet ingredients together thoroughly, so my butter sort of separated from everything. Wah-wah. But I’ll try these again now that I know how to get them perfect the second time!

  6. Super yummy and chewy. I did end up needing to bake them for about 20 minutes more than what the recipe says. So tasty though!!

  7. I learned to make these growing up in the 60s, when they were a major favorite with all of us. We called them “Butterscotch Brownies”, using butterscotch chips, and sometimes nuts.

  8. Followed instructions and middle was raw. Should I have let it cool for an hour instead of just 10-15 mins? Another recipe said: “The cookie bars are done when the edges are set and golden brown and a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Let the cookie bars cool in the pan for about an hour before removing and cutting.”

    1. If your cookies were still raw in the middle after 15 minutes then they would still be raw after sitting an hour. Yes, the longer they cool, the more they’ll firm up and be easier to cut, but they’re not going to continue cooking that much. It sounds like perhaps your oven may not be calibrated correctly and they were baking at less than 350. Did you test them with a toothpick? Unfortunately it’s very common for there to be many oven variations which is why we say 33-35 minutes OR until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. One oven could take 33 minutes, one might take 40. I hope that helps! I like to recommend getting an in-oven thermometer to check the temp and always check the with a toothpick to see if batter comes off. I’d hate for your hard work to go to waste! :)

      1. I just tried this recipe and mine came out the same way. Baked at 350 for 34 minutes- the top is golden and crunchy, middle is raw. Put back in oven for 10 minutes with foil over the top, still raw in the middle. Put back in for 15, no improvement. I even had them baking in an 8 x 10 dish. I am going to eat the gooey mess anyway because the batter is SO tasty, but kinda bummed the texture is not right.