Quick & Easy Blonde Brownies Recipe


Bar cookies are the easiest thing in the world to make and this blonde brownie recipe is no exception!

Just stir a few basic ingredients together in a bowl, pour the batter into a baking pan and pop in the oven.

Blonde brownies can easily be personalized with the addition(s) of your choice - butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, etc.

The flavor combinations for these blondies are limited only by your imagination!

I sometimes bake them in a 9-inch round pie dish and serve wedges a la mode for dessert.

Blonde Brownies

Blonde Brownies

Blonde Brownies Recipe

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup optional additions below
  1. Stir the butter and brown sugar together until well combined.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla, and salt and stir until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  4. Stir in any additions.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan and pop into the oven.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  8. Cut blondies into desired size and shape.

Recipe adapted from How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman.

Optional Blonde Brownie Additions

  • Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, macadamia, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts)
  • Chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, extra dark, white, or any combination)
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Chopped caramels
  • Dried cherries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chopped dried apricots
  • Coconut
  • Oatmeal

More Blondie Recipe Variations

  • Add 2 teaspoons espresso powder to the butter/sugar mixture
  • Add 2 tablespoons bourbon, amaretto, or rum to the butter/sugar mixture

Some of our favorite Blonde Brownie flavor combinations:

  • Milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and peanuts
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cherries, and walnuts
  • White chocolate chips, coconut, and macadamia nuts
  • Slivered almonds, chopped dried apricots, and amaretto
  • White chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and dried cherries
  • Oatmeal, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries
  • Coconut, chopped dried apricots, and chopped almonds
  • Chopped caramels and semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries, coconut, and walnuts

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