In the decision of brownie vs. blondie I don’t think I can ultimately choose. I am a chocoholic to the max and a warm, fudgy brownie (preferably topped with ice cream) is always a good decision. But there’s just something special about the sweet, buttery blonde bar that I can’t resist. I can’t even tell you how many blondie trial and errors I went through. It was so discouraging. More brown sugar, less butter – less butter more brown sugar…too much flour, add another egg? Each time resulted in a unevenly baked, tasteless mess. But I’m happy to say I finally got it right and if your looking for a go-to blondie recipe, try mine!
These bars are whipped up in minutes. Quick, easy and irresistible. The perfect dessert bar if you ask me. The blondie is the base flavor, I think it’s best described as a buttery, brown sugar flavor and I used chocolate chips AND butterscotch morsels for the mix-ins. Chocolate chip and butterscotch are a great compliment to the chewy, buttery taste and texture.
One thing that is great about this recipe is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients or a lot of time. You don’t even need a mixer or separate bowls to assemble the blondie batter. You’ll notice in this recipe (and in a lot of others) that if brown sugar is required, I like to use a combination of light brown and dark brown sugar. Why? No specific reason, it’s something I tried while messing around with chocolate chip cookie recipes and the best flavor came from using both light brown and dark brown sugar. Maybe I’m crazy or it’s unnecessary, but I’ll like it – it gives a chewy texture and rich flavor so I think I’ll keep it!
These blondies take less than 10 minutes to whip up (I told you, super quick) and they only take 20 minutes to bake! Seriously…only 30 minutes until you have a sweet, buttery o-m-g-good blondie, now that’s what’s up. But wait, there’s a catch. The cooling time is something to consider, but don’t worry, it’s not that long either. Before you add your batter to it’s baking dish, make sure you lightly grease and line the baking dish with parchment paper and leave about 1 inch over hang to make for an easier transfer to a cooling rack. This is a step that I use to over look all the time but not anymore. It makes it so much easier to cut them into even squares. Double points for presentation, people!
When you pull the blondies out of the oven allow them to cool for about 10 minutes in the baking dish. Then, lift them out by using that 1 inch over hang, and transfer to a cooling rack, giving them another 10-15 minutes before cutting. They’ll be perfect.
What do you guys like better brownies or blondies? What about the light brown and dark brown sugar combo: weird, unnecessary or amazing? Let me know what you think in the comments!
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
- 1 Large Egg (room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 butterscotch morsels
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper leaving a 1 inch over hang for easy transfer when blondies are done. Set aside.
- Add melted butter and both light and dark brown sugar to a medium mixing bowl. Stir completely until combined. Add in egg and vanilla extract, stirring until combined. Batter should be smooth and have a caramel color. Add in dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until completely combined. Batter will be thick. Fold in chocolate chips and butterscotch morsels.
- Spread blondie batter into baking dish. Spread a thin layer to fully cover the bottom of the baking dish. It may seem like there isn't enough but there is, the layer is just thin. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, test with a toothpick inserted into the center and if it comes out clean the blondies are done. They may finish baking before 20 minutes depending on your oven.
- Allow blondies to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. After 10 minutes lift the blondies out of the baking dish by using the parchment over hand and place them on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 10-15 more minutes. Once cool blondies are ready to cut and serve. Store any leftover in an airtight container.
- *total time above does not included cooling time
- *to make it look like morsels are popping out on the surface, sprinkle a handful over the batter before you bake them in the oven