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The Best Blondies Recipe in only 7 ingredients!

The Best Blondies. Dense but soft, with crispy edges and a chewy centre, these are the perfect blondies with an intense natural caramel-y butterscotch flavour. The best I’ve ever made.

The Best Blondies stacked on a blue plate

The Best Blondies

Finding the best blondies recipe has been a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve tried plenty of different recipes over the years but not one that got them just right.

By just right, I mean with the same texture as a good brownie but with that classic butterscotch flavour a good blondie should have. That flavour comes from butter, brown sugar and vanilla.

The Best Blondies cooling on a wire rack

The Best Blondies

The scent from the mixing bowl is just heavenly. One of my favourite smells of all time. There is just something magic about that trio of ingredients.

I recently came back to my blondie search when a saw a particularly good looking batch on Pinterest. I decided to make them. 

The Best Blondies on a wooden cutting board

The Best Blondies

I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical because the recipe had an unusually low amount of flour. But, I thought, maybe that was the key.

It wasn’t. The batch would not bake properly and was far too dense and flat. 

So,  that low amount of flour was not the key. Next I went in the opposite direction and tried another recipe with more flour.

The flavour was good but the texture was all wrong. It might have made quite a delicious brown sugar pound cake actually. (hmmm…maybe I should bake it in a bundt pan and see what happens.)

The Best Blondies close up photo of one cookie

The Best Blondies

I also suspected that the amount of baking powder in that recipe was an issue. I would need to adjust that going forward.

In my final endeavour as the Goldilocks of blondie bakers, I decided to trust my own instincts. I devised my own recipe from cherry picking the best of three other recipes and simplifying it overall.

The Best Blondies with glass of milk in background

The Best Blondies

The secrets to the best blondie recipe.

One of the secrets to this recipe is to mix the butter sugar egg and vanilla mixture for several minutes. The purpose here is to dissolve the brown sugar into the butter and egg mixture as much as possible.

This will help greatly in achieving a chewier texture for your blondies.

I approached it like a brownie recipe. That lead me to a batter that looked a similar consistency and had a similar sugar proportion. That’s important for a chewier brownie or blondie.

Eureka, it worked!

The proper consistency of the wet mixture for the best blondies.

The proper consistency of the wet mixture for the best blondies

Looking at the surface of the blondies when they came out of the oven, I could tell that I was on to a winner. They had that sort of thin sugary crust layer that’s often there on a great brownie recipe.

The Best Blondies just out of the oven

The Best Blondies fresh from the oven.

They also looked great around the edges and did not fall back too much when cooled. 

The flavour was totally on point too, as well as the texture. My taste testers quickly gave them a big thumbs up.

If you like you can try adding 3/4 cup of white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips to the batter to pump up the flavour even more.

 
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The Best Blondies stacked on a blue plate
Yield: 2 dozen

The Best Blondies Recipe in only 7 ingredients!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

The Best Blondies. Dense but soft, with crispy edges and a chewy centre, these are the perfect blondies with an intense natural caramel-y butterscotch flavour. The best I've ever made.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 3/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, large or extra large
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 9x9 baking pan and line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until just melted. The butter should only be lukewarm, not hot. If it gets overheated, let it cool down before continuing. 
  4. Add to the bowl of an electric mixer along with the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  5. Mix on the lowest setting for about 10 minutes. You an also stir the mixture with a wooden spoon for about the same amount of time or a little longer. The purpose here is to dissolve the brown sugar into the butter and egg mixture as much as possible. This will help greatly in achieving a chewier texture for your blondies.
  6. Fold in the dry ingredients by hand, mixing only enough so that the flour is fully incorporated. When the last streaks of flour disappear, stop. You do not want to over mix the batter.
  7. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. 
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes. They baked for the full 45 minutes in my oven.
  9. Cool thoroughly in the pan before cutting into squares or bars.

Notes

 

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Nutrition Information

Yield

25

Serving Size

1 cookie bar

Amount Per Serving Calories 156Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 42mgSodium 127mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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debbie

Sunday 19th of September 2021

I really have to try this recipe I know we will LOVE it . Thank You for this recipe & so many other ones I use on a daily basis

Holly

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

I’m on a thick dense blondie mission, because all the other recipes I’ve tried have turned out flat, so, my question is, could you please adjust your recipe from cups to grams? Or pounds and ounces? I struggle using cups, tia.

Panettone

Monday 4th of November 2019

Lovely. I love the decoration style

Theresa

Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Your blondies recipe sounds delicious and I am going to make them! Is Demerara brown sugar the same as dark brown sugar? Can Demerara sugar be used in this recipe?

Thames you

Cathy

Monday 28th of October 2019

Does the blonde recipe really use 1 tablespoon of vanilla or is it a misprint?

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