This easy Blondie recipe is a brown sugar dream!
These Blondie Bars are one of the easiest one-bowl recipes you will find. They take just 15 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to bake! The recipe includes the option of mixing in extras like chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and chopped nuts. You don’t even need a mixer for this recipe!
Today I was missing my friend Lindy, who loves her Blondies with just a few chocolate chips. She moved to another part of California a few years ago and since I can’t see her in person as often as I would like I decided to make Blondies the way she likes them to remind me of drinking coffee and talking to her in her cozy kitchen.
These Blondie bars taste great without any add-ins too, which makes them a true Blondie. Below you’ll find more about mix-ins.
What is the difference between a Brownie and a Blondie?
Chocolate! Blondies are also called blond brownies because of their light color. They have no cocoa in them but they have the same texture as brownies, and taste like vanilla and brown sugar rather than chocolate.
Chocolate Chip Blondies also differ from chocolate chip cookie bars because they have more brown sugar which gives them more of a butterscotch flavor. I use dark brown sugar to get a deeper flavor but you can easily substitute light brown sugar if you prefer a lighter color and flavor.
What ingredients do you need for One Bowl Blondies?
- Dark Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Butter (unsalted)
- Vanilla Extract ~ we like to make our own! Try it!
- 2 Eggs
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Cornstarch – don’t skip this secret ingredient
- Optional Mix-ins ~ more on that below!
What makes a Blondie recipe chewy rather than cakey?
We like chewy blondie desserts, rather than cakey. There are two factors that help get us there.
- Egg yolks: We use 2 eggs in this recipe and the extra yolk helps make these bars chewier as a result.
- Cornstarch: Too much flour can cause dry baked goods. Cornstarch allows us to cut back just a little on the flour but gives us a tender crumb as a reward
How to make the best Blondie Recipe from scratch:
- Place oven rack in center of the oven and preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare a pan by greasing and flouring a 9″ x 13″ or a 7″ x 13″ baking pan, or to make removing bars easy after baking, line with parchment paper.
- Combine flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt in a small bowl and mix well to combine.
- Fit a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. You can also mix by hand.
- Place softened (or melted and cooled) butter plus both sugars to the mixer and mix until well blended, about 1 minute.
- Add vanilla plus 1 egg and briefly mix to combine. Add additional egg and mix lightly.
- Add flour mixture and mix only until everything is incorporated. Do not overmix as this will cause a tougher finished product.
- If adding mix-ins gently fold them in by hand.
- Spread evenly into pan and bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out almost dry but not quite. You want the middle to look just slightly underdone.
- Allow to cool for at least 30-minutes before cutting into bars.
Tips for the best soft blondies:
Although this is a very simple recipe there are a few key tips to follow to ensure the best soft chewy Blondies
- Do not over mix! This recipe really benefits from a gentle hand when mixing. If you over mix these blondies they will not be nearly as moist or tender. Just mix until the batter is combined. This holds true for brownies and any type of cookie bars, as well.
- Be careful not to over bake. The color should be golden brown and while the edges will be fully cooked the center of the pan should still be a little soft. The Blondies will continue to cook as they cool. The cooking time will vary depending on the pan size noted in the recipe card below.
- Choose the best quality ingredients. There are just a few simple ingredients in these brown sugary bars so the flavor of each ingredient really shines through.
- The most important ingredient is good quality vanilla extract. If you want to learn to make your own, try our easy 2 ingredient pure vanilla extract. It’s amazing and more economical in the long run.
- I like to use dark brown sugar to get a deeper flavor. However, you can use all light, all dark, or half of each with good results. If you use all dark brown sugar the blondies will be richer, sweeter, and a bit moister.
Plain and Chocolate Chip Blondies
What are the best mix-ins for this Blondie recipe?
Blondies are like a blank canvas because almost everything tastes great mixed into them. You can add up to 1 cup of mix-ins to this recipe.
Here’s some of the most popular choices:
- White Chocolate Chip Blondies are a favorite of any white chocolate fan!
- Dark Chocolate Chips are the choice in my house, but you can use chopped chocolate, as well.
- Butterscotch Chips are a marriage made in heaven with these Blondies because they add to the caramel type flavor.
- Try a mixture or combo of any of the above chips.
- Any type of chopped nuts will work. Favorites for Blondies are walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, or peanuts. Be sure to chop roughly before adding.
Other easy sweets and treats:
- Our One Bowl Espresso Brownies are Blondies cool cousin
- Pair these Easy Blondies with a Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Imagine these Blondies drizzled with Salted Caramel Sauce or Hot Fudge Sauce
- If you’ve never tried Cowboy Cookies then you are in for a treat!
Easy Blondie Recipe
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
- 3/4 cup sugar
- ½ cup butter very soft or melted
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips white or dark, Optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F.Grease and flour a 9"x13" or a 7"x11" baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
- Stir together flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Melt butter (alternately use very soft butter) and add to a large electric mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment. Add both sugars to the bowl and mix until completely combined.
- Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, mixing lightly between each addition.
- Add flour mixture to mixing bowl, and gently combine until just mixed together. If adding chocolate chips, or any other mix-ins, fold in by hand.
- Spread batter into prepared pan and transfer to oven.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes for a 9"x13" pan or 25-27 minutes for a 7"x11" pan, or until a toothpick inserted around edges comes out clean, but the center is still slightly soft.Cool completely on a wire rack to allow the center to finish cooking before cutting into bars, at least 30 minutes.