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Easy Chewy Blondie Recipe

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What are Blondies? Basically, they are a blonde brownie; only no chocolate and with more of a vanilla, buttery, caramel-y, almost butterscotchy taste! If you have never made blondies this recipe is for you, easy, one bowl, chewy blondies.

Blondies are super versatile, you can mix just about anything in (see mix-in options towards the end of the post) and as long as you do not over bake them, they are the moistest, chewiest, gooey bar cookies around! High altitude instructions included!

They are the best of bar cookies since they whip up in no time, in one bowl (no mixer required) and take less than a half an hour to bake. Grab my other simple one pan bar recipes too! Basic Fudge Brownies, Sugar Cookie Bars or these Salted Chocolate Graham Bites.

whoppers blondies cut into squares on wood plate with cheesecloth beneath

What’s the Difference between a Blondie and a Brownie?

The main difference between blondies and brownies is brownies have the addition of chocolate whether melted or in cocoa form and blondies are rich in buttery, brown sugar and vanilla flavors.

Anyone who has followed me for awhile, knows I don’t shy away from chocolate recipes; like my easy One Bowl Brownies, or my Triple Chocolate Dream Torte or this incredibly easy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundt cake.

BUT, blondies take the cake for me, or the bar cookie, or whatever…blondies rock! Even my husband, a committed chocolate lover, loves these — he calls them “Fat Pills!” 🙂

Close-up image of heath bar and butterscotch blondie square sitting on dark cutting board

TIPS FOR MAKING SOFT, CHEWY BLONDIES

  • Melt the butter | I’ve made these with regular melted butter as well as Browned Butter (see post on Brown Butter Glaze for simple how to make brown butter), I think browned butter is my fave, but it’s an extra step, so I get it you just need to get these in your belly! Psst…please use REAL BUTTER, real butter means it’s hard coming out of the fridge, if it’s in a tub or is soft out of the fridge it’s not real butter, but a blend.
  • Extra Egg Yolk | Adding an extra egg yolk adds a bit more fat content and emulsifying abilities to the batter, some people have complained that when they make blondies the fat separates and floats to the top while baking. The fat gives baked goods extra-rich flavor and a velvety texture. The yolk also has the unique ability to bind liquids and fats together, creating an emulsion that prevents them from separating. (Source)
  • Brown Sugar | I have used all light brown sugar, half light and half dark brown sugar, the key is to use brown sugar, this gives the blondies that carmel-y, buttery chewiness!

BAKING TIME!! | This is probably the most critical aspect, I have overbaked many a blondie (or brownie for that matter). Baked goods have a tendency to bake faster at high altitude so I typically start checking my baked goods about 10 minutes before the lowest time given.

So whether you are at sea level, 1,000 feet or 8,500 feet, do not over bake them! Remove from the oven when the edges are just turning golden, pulling away slightly from the edge of the pan and the center still looks unbaked slightly. They will firm up as they cool.

chewy blondie bar with wax paper between, with bite taken out to reveal gooey insides, background brown sugar in mini cast iron pan

OPTIONAL MIX-INS FOR BLONDE BROWNIES

Rule of thumb, add up to 2 cups of your favorite mix-ins, as few as 1/2 cup or none at all, you design this designer gooey cookie bar!

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | add up to two cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch Blondies | Add up to 2 cups butterscotch chips
  • Toffee Blondies | Add one 10 oz bag Heath bar toffee bits (I used Heath bits and butterscotch chips in this batch below! WOW!)
blondie brownies on a light striped towel with one tipped up to reveal the soft, chewy center
  • Also try, white chocolate chips and chopped walnut, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or pecans
  • White Chocolate Chips, Dried Cranberries or Cherries or other dried fruit and walnuts
  • M&M’s, mini Reese’s, Mini Rolo’s, Caramel pieces or chunks, Mini Snickers, or Peanut Butter Chips
  • Whopper or Malteser Blondies | My personal favorite! Crush or chop 2 cups of malted milk balls in ziplock baggie and mix in. Optional | press whole malted milk balls into just out of the oven blondies and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt!
easy chewy blondies ingredients with names of items

HOW TO MAKE EASY, NO FAIL BLONDIES

  1. Start by melting the butter (and browning if you choose to do brown butter blondies), in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add brown sugar and melted butter and stir until smooth.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Stir in flour mixture one cup at a time, mixing into the wet mixture a little at a time, until completely combined. Add desired mix-ins (chips, nuts, toffee, etc) stirring until mixed.
  1. Spread batter into parchment or foil lined pan (for easier slicing). To easily “spread” batter, scoop batter into prepared pan and using a piece of parchment, wax paper or plastic wrap, lay over top of batter and smooth to edges of pan until even, see video below for how I do it.
  2. For thinner (but more of them) blondies use 9×13 inch pan, for thicker chewier blondies use a 9×9 inch pan or 7×11 brownie pan.
Scooping thick blondie batter into parchment lined pan

Bake at 350 degrees F (Sea Level up to 3500 feet)

  • 9×13 inch pan 20-30 minutes
  • 9×9 or 7×11 inch pan 30-40 minutes

High Altitude Baking Instructions for the Best Chewy Blondies

  • Increase heat to 375 degrees F if using metal, regular pans (if dark or glass pans; keep temp at 350)
  • 9×13 inch pan bake for 15-25 minutes
  • 9×9 or 7×11 inch pans 20-30 minutes

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Yield: 9-16 bars

Easy Chewy Blondie Recipe

Easy Chewy  Blondie Recipe

Easy, rich, chewy gooey, blondies -- buttery, caramely, butterscotchy taste! If you have never made blondies this recipe is for you, easy, one bowl, chewy blondies with oodles of mix-in ideas!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted (salted or unsalted, either work great)
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed (use light brown, dark brown or half of each)
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk (room temp, let sit in bowl of warm water while you melt butter)
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2- 2 cups mix-ins(see options)

Optional Mix-In Ideas

  • Butterscotch chips (or mixture of Toffee Chips and Butterscotch pictures in post)
  • Toffee (Heath Bar) chips with or without chocolate
  • Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate)
  • Chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds or peanuts
  • White Chocolate Chips, Dried Cranberries or Cherries or other dried fruit and chopped nuts
  • M&M's, mini Reese's, Mini Rolo's, Caramel pieces or chunks, Mini Snickers, Peanut Butter chips
  • Whopper, Maltesers or other malted milk balls (crushed - pictured in post)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-375° F (see high altitude instructions below) and line desired pan (see end of instructions) with parchment paper or foil for easier slicing.
  2. Start by melting butter (and browning if you choose to do brown butter blondies), in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add brown sugar and melted butter and stir until smooth. To brown butter, in small saucepan melt butter over low heat, you will hear it snap, pop, applaud for awhile. Swirl pan occasionally (but don't walk away), it will go silent and start foaming up, once it does, keep on low heat and swirl for a minute or so until brown starts to bubble up through the foam, when it smells nutty it's ready, remove from heat. Add to brown sugar and continue with recipe.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in flour mixture one cup at a time, mixing into the wet mixture a little at a time, until completely combined. Add desired mix-ins (chips, nuts, toffee, etc) stiring until mixed.
  4. Spread batter into parchment or foil lined pan (for easier slicing). To easily "spread" batter, scoop batter into prepared pan and using a piece of parchment, wax paper or plastic wrap, lay over top of batter and smooth to edges of pan until even, see video below for how I do it.
  5. For thinner blondies use 9x13 inch pan, for thicker, chewier blondies use a 9x9 inch pan or 7x11 brownie pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (see below for High Altitude Instructions) 9x13 inch pan 20-30 minutes; 9x9 or 7x11 inch pan 30-40 minutes.
  7. Blondies should just start to turn golden at edges, slightly pulling away from pan and not look quite done in middle, they will continue cooking once removed. Cool on wire rack, using parchment or foil, lift out of pan and slice into desired bars.
  8. Store in airtight container on counter up to 3 days, in fridge up to one week and frozen up to 3 months.

High Altitude Baking Instructions

Increase heat to 375 degrees F if using metal, regular pans (if dark or glass pans; keep temp at 350°)

9x13 inch pan bake for 15-25 minutes
9x9 or 7x11 inch pans 20-30 minutes

Notes

  • Melt the butter | I've made these with regular melted butter as well as Brown Butter (see post on Brown Butter Glaze for simple how to make brown butter), I think browned butter is my fave, but it's an extra step, so I get it you just need to get these in your belly! Psst...please use REAL BUTTER, real butter means it's hard coming out of the fridge, if it's in a tub or is soft out of the fridge it's not real butter but a blend.
  • Extra Egg Yolk | Adding an extra egg yolk adds a bit more fat content and emulsifying abilities to the batter, some people have complained that when they make blondies the fat separates and floats to the top while baking. The fat gives baked goods extra-rich flavor and a velvety texture. The yolk also has the unique ability to bind liquids and fats together, creating an emulsion that prevents them from separating.  (Source)
  • Brown Sugar | I have used all light brown sugar, half light and half dark brown sugar, the key is to use brown sugar, this gives the blondies that carmel-y, buttery chewiness!
  • BAKING TIME!! | This is probably the most critical aspect, I have overbaked many a blondie (or brownie for that matter) and things have a tendency to bake faster at altitude so I typically start checking my baked goods about 10 minutes before the lowest time given. So whether you are at sea level, 1,000 feet or 8,500 feet, do not overbake these babies! Remove them from the oven when the edges are just turning golden, pulling away slightly from the edge of the pan and the center still looks unbaked slightly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 287mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Lynn Spencer

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

My family loves these with the heath bar or the whoppers! Delicious!

Kathleen

Thursday 18th of June 2020

I adore hearing that Lynn, I'm a total sucker for Whoppers!

MICHAELA KENKEL

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

The malted milk balls were an amazing addition!! Thanks for the great recipe!

Jennifer Stewart

Monday 15th of June 2020

These are so great when you are craving brownies but can't handle all the chocolate. I can handle it and still love these blondies!

Kathleen

Monday 15th of June 2020

Absolutely!! Thank you Jennifer.

Tasia ~ two sugar bugs

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Yum, yum, yum!! That version with the malted milk balls has my name written all over it! Cannot wait to try them!

Kathleen

Monday 15th of June 2020

It's my favorite too!! Thank you Tasia!

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