Blonde Brownies, AKA Blondies are a simple, easy rich dessert recipe. Similar to the classic chocolate brownies, Blondies are flavored vanilla instead of chocolate. Add in Chocolate chips for a fun twist, serve with ice cream or leave plain! This is the best Blonde Brownie Recipe around!
What is a Blondie?
You know the saying ‘Blondes have more fun’? Well, I’m definitely not saying I agree with that statement (I do have brown hair after all) but Blonde Brownies are one of my serious weaknesses. They might just have more fun.
Think brownie texture, but flavored VANILLA instead of chocolate. Don’t get me wrong. I love chocolate. Love love love it! I mean, If I had a spread of Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Banana Bread and Chocolate No Bake Cookies that I could just go crazy on, I’d die a happy women. ?
But BLONDIES, these little things can pack a punch because you can toss anything into them and they will taste amazing. Chocolate chips (like I did when photographing for this post!), m&m’s, nuts, toffee bits, YOU NAME IT the Blondie can handle it.
What do Blonde Brownies taste like?
Think texture of a brownie, taste similar to the base of a chocolate chip cookie.
I personally love to toss in some chocolate chips and then top with a scoop of ice-cream. That is real deliciousness right there.
Blonde Brownies Recipe Ingredients
- Butter – I always use salted butter because that is what I keep on hand. If you only have unsalted, add an extra pinch of salt to the recipe.
- Brown Sugar – this is an all brown sugar blondie recipe, the brown sugar helps keep everything soft and chewy.
- Vanilla – use your favorite brand of vanilla extract. If you are an almond extract fan, feel free to substitute almond extract here.
- Baking Powder – Baking powder will help the mixture rise just slightly and give it a soft texture.
- Flour – all purpose flour is all that we will need for this recipe.
- Add Ins – like chocolate chips, m&m’s, peanut butter chips. These are optional but always a good idea in my opinion.
How to make Blonde Brownies
- The first step is to cream together melted butter (mostly melted works great too.) and brown sugar.
- Once the butter, brown sugar are completely incorporated, add in some eggs and vanilla.
- Mix well and then add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix thoroughly. I like to use my electric hand mixer. While this can be done by hand, the mixer makes this so quick and easy.
- This is the time to fold in any add-ins, if you’d like. Here is a list of some of my favs:
- chocolate chips
- butterscotch chips
- caramel chunks
This time, I added some chocolate chips.
- Cover a 9×13 pan with tin foil and then spray the tinfoil with non-stick spray.
- Pour the blondie batter into the foil lined pan. Carefully spread the batter to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes at 350° or until golden brown. Do not over bake!!
- Let cool completely at room temperature before cutting. It is easiest to use the tinfoil to help pull the entire pan of blondies out and onto the counter. This makes cutting straight and even lines super easy! Sometimes I pop the blondies into the fridge for 15 or so minutes right before cutting to make things even easier.
If you would prefer to eat the blondies while warm (preferably with a scoop of ice cream!) That is just fine and dandy, too. Just know that the blondies will not cut and serve as nicely than if they had been cool.
Blondie Brownie Variations
One good thing about finding a staple blonde brownie recipe (ahem, you just found it!) is that we are unlocking an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to brownie variations. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Reese’s peanut butter cups
- cinnamon and sugar on top
- White chocolate chips and macadamia nuts
- chocolate chips served warm with ice cream on top
Blonde Brownie Recipe Tips
My best tip for making blonde brownies is to not over complicate it! I always use my electric hand mixer and mix until things are just combined. Don’t over mix or they will be cake like and we don’t want that! We want brownie texture.
Storing Blondie Brownies
Store blonde brownies in and air tight container or zip top bag. they will store at room temperature for up to 4 days, in the fridge for up to 1 week or they will freeze for up to 3 months.
Do blondies have to be refrigerated?
No, blondies do not need to be refrigerated, however they will keep longer if you store them in the fridge.
Blondie Brownie Recipe FAQs
A blondie is a vanilla version of a brownie. While brownies are chocolate flavored, blondies are vanilla flavored.
They should be soft and chewy, but gooey means they are under baked.
If your blondies are cake like this probably means that too much air was mixed into the batter before baking.
If they don’t set, they haven’t cooked long enough. Bake for longer next time.
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- 1 cup butter melted
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup Add-ins like chocolate chips, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil, spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add in the salt, baking powder, and flour. Mix until just combined.
- Stir in any add-ins you'd like.
- Pour the batter into the prepared 9×13 pan. Spread to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until barely golden brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE.
- Remove from the oven, cool completely. Pull the blondies out of the pan using the aluminum foil once completely cool. Slice and serve.
These blonde brownies sound amazing – looking forward to trying them out! How’s the social media break going? Your husbands posts have been so sweet, have enjoyed reading them.
Hi Cassie! The social media break is actually quite freeing and liberating! It has been so so nice. Can you believe I have no idea what he has been posting?! He won’t tell me and all of the emails and comments I’ve been getting are cracking me up! Can’t wait for the 10 days to be over so I can see what he is spilling about me over there. ? Love him and I am so glad he was willing to take over for me. Hope you love these blondies!!
Sarah M says
Great recipe…..tried and family loved!
So happy your family loved this recipe!!
These ended up cake like texture 😩
Hi Barbie- It sounds like maybe the flour was over-mixed. Mix until the flour is barely combined, that should help fix this issue. 🙂
Why do they give history lessons and so much more when you are only looking for a recipe.
Karli Bitner says
Hi Terry- feel free to just scroll past the content to the recipe at the bottom if you’d like. In order for google to be able to find and serve the results we as users expect when we search something like ‘blonde brownies’ websites (like mine) need to answer basic questions, include keywords throughout the posts so google knows what the post is about so that there are accurate results when we search specific queries. Thanks for your understanding!
I used to eat what I thought were blondies in school many, many years ago and they didn’t contain chocolate chips. Now everytime I see them they have chocolate chips, could it have been something different. They were chewy and delicious!
Karli Bitner says
I am so glad you enjoyed them, Barb! They are a favorite around here, for sure!
Just made these blondies yesterday and they are a hit with my family. This is just perfect. Not too sweet and definitely taste great. Thanks for posting this. It has become my go-to recipe for all family gatherings!
Mine probably turned out a little too cakey. Rushing with a stand mixer probably did it. I added a little almond extract…yum. This is the best ones I have made so far. Can’t wait to try it again watching my mixing and baking time.
Karli Bitner says
Give them another shot and really watch that bake time! If you loved them last time you will really love them when they are fudgey!! 🙂
Karli Bitner says
I am so happy to hear this, Jessica!! They are a go to for me, too! 🙂
Sarina Kinnunen says
Thanks for this recipe! I’m trying these out today.. I love to make them with chocolate chips.. my fav!
Karli Bitner says
I hope you love them, Sarina!
If you want to cook it in a smaller pan, like a 9×9, how long would you bake it?
Karli Bitner says
Hi Brooke, yes, you can. I am not positive on the exact cook time, but I would cook at a lower temperature for a longer time to avoid burning the edges. I would give 325° for 35-40 minutes a try.
Thanks for the baking time fix. I made them again, not exactly fudgey before I read your comment. But still super yummy!
Great recipe. I made this twice now. Once with chocolate chips and once with butterscotch chips. Both turned out great.
Only change I did was to mix all of the dry ingredients together before adding them. You might have covered this but I skipped the write up and went straight to the recipe. 😃 joking aside thanks for the recipe.