Blondies: the easy dessert recipe for delicious, chewy chocolate chip blonde brownies

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
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If you love brownies but have never tried a blondie, you're in for a treat! Blonde brownies aka Blondies are the classic brownie's vanilla-flavored sibling. They're rich and buttery with a perfectly chewy, soft texture and gorgeous vanilla taste, not unlike a chocolate chip cookie. It's basically a combo of a cookie and a brownie into one dessert recipe.

Blondies are easy to customize, you can add chocolate chips, white chocolate, nuts, or butterscotch to your blondies for an incredible, easy dessert.

What is a Blondie?

Blondies, or blonde brownies, are very similar to brownies but are made with vanilla flavoring instead of chocolate since they are made without cocoa powder or melted chocolate. Moreover, blondies are often made with brown sugar to bring out more of the vanilla flavor.

So, the texture is rich and decadent like a brownie, and tastes like chocolate chip cookies – especially if you add chocolate chips to your batter.

Blondies vs Cookies

The difference between a blondie and a chocolate chip cookie is that blondies are shaped like bars, as for brownies. They also have more free ingredients than chocolate chip cookies, and always hold their neat square shape.

Blondies Ingredients

All-purpose flour – it gives structures. Make sure you don't overdose it or the blondies will become dry, cakey instead of fudgy.

Butter – it makes blondies rich. Use unsalted butter, otherwise use salted butter and reduce salt doses.

Brown sugar – it's one of the key ingredients to make blondies taste like caramel. If you don't have it on hand, combine a cup of granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons of molasses.

Eggs – make the blonde brownies soft and tender. Use room temperature eggs.

Baking powder – it makes the blondies slightly thicker.

Vanilla extract – it's perfect to add flavor.

Chocolate chips – make blondies richer.

Salt – it enhance the flavors.

How to make Blondies

You only need few staple ingredients to whip up a batch of chocolate chip blondies today. Start by aerating the melted butter with brown sugar. Mix the two together until the sugar is mostly dissolved and the texture is smooth.

Stir in the egg, combine well, and add the vanilla. Mix until the battery is fully smooth. Now, add the all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder and only mix until the batter is combined. Over-mixing the flour can cause tough blondies.

Finally, fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula. Transfer the batter to an 8×8-inch baking dish and bake in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes or until they’re mostly set. The blondies shouldn’t take on too much color during baking. Cool the blondies and enjoy!


Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Blondies

Don't overmix the batter otherwise, the blondies will come out cakey and dry instead of chewy and soft.

For even tastier blondies, brown the butter first. Then stick it in the fridge until completely cooled and follow the normal recipe steps.

No one likes a greasy dessert. To avoid your blondies coming out greasy or oily, be sure to let the melted butter cool a bit before you add it to the blondie batter. Hot butter can cause the batter to separate.

To keep your blonde brownies from tasting too chewy or gummy, be careful not to overmix the dough. After you combine the wet and dry ingredients, only mix as much as is necessary to form the dough.

To ensure your blondies come out perfectly moist, be sure not to overbake them. They should not turn dark in the oven (remember their name!). It’s best to remove them from the heat when there is still some softness in the middle of the pan. A toothpick inserted into the center of the blondies should still have some crumbs stuck to it.

Serve your blonde brownies with a scoop of ice cream or enjoy them as a snack or after-dinner treat.


Blondie Brownie Variation Ideas

Blondies are a versatile dessert and there are so many killer variations to make. Add white chocolate, or butterscotch chips to the batter, or try the recipe with toasted chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, and pecans are all amazing additions).

Drizzle your blonde brownies with caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, or serve them with whipped cream.

Add peanut butter to the recipe for heartier blondies.

How to store Blonde Brownies

You can store blondies in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months, wrapped in plastic wrap. Before serving, thaw overnight at room temperature.

packed dark or light brown sugar
1 ¼ cup
unsalted butter, melted
1 cup
Large eggs
All-purpose flour
2 cups
pure vanilla extract
2 tsp
Baking powder
2 tbsp
1/2 tsp
semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup


Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking dish with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in salt, baking powder, and flour until just combined.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread the batter in an even layer in the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until they just start to turn a light golden brown.

Take the pan out of the oven and let the blondies cool. Once cooled, lift the blonde brownies out by the foil and cut them into squares.

Serve warm or room temperature.

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