Last Updated on December 18, 2023 by David Michael

Homemade Blondies

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Full of rich buttery flavor our Blondies deliver lots of chocolate chips in a brown sugar base. Walnuts complete the flavor profile, but feel free to use any chopped nut that you prefer – or leave them out entirely. These blondies are the ultimate cookie bar, and so easy to make.

dark chocolate chips, brown sugar, and walnuts for blondies
dark chocolate chips, brown sugar, and walnuts for blondies

Blondies Recipe

1 ½ cups flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), plus more for greasing pan
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup chocolate chips
½ cup walnuts, or other nuts, coarsely chopped.

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

parchment lined buttered pan for blondies
parchment lined buttered pan for blondies

Butter an 8-inch-square baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on two opposite sides to help lift out the blondies when done. Lightly butter the parchment paper.

In a medium-sized bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the sugar, then transfer this mixture to a larger bowl and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

Once cooled, whisk in the egg and vanilla extract.

Mix in the flour mixture until just combined.

Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Transfer into the pan, pressing dough into the corners and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden. A toothpick will come out with a few crumbs sticking. Cool on a rack before lifting out of the pan and cutting.

Blondies in the prepared pan ready for the oven.
Blondies in the prepared pan ready for the oven.

Tips

I love dark bittersweet chocolate chips in my Blondies, but feel free to use what you like – semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate are all good.

Just about any nut will work also. Pecans, almonds, macadamias, peanuts all work.

Use any combination of chocolate chips, nuts, or anything else you want to mix in. Coated candies like M&M’s and Reece’s Pieces all work well. Just keep the total amount to around 1 ¼ cups so there’s enough Blondie to hold everything together.

Storing Your Blondies

Store your Blondies covered at room temperature. The high butter content will keep them moist and delicious 4-5 days. You may keep them covered in the refrigerator for up to a week – let them come to room temperature for best flavor. You can also freeze them for later – wrap them tightly for best results.

Be sure to check out our recipe for Deeply Fudgy Brownies!
For an autumnal treat be sure to check out our Pumpkin Blondies too!

Recommended Products for Blondies

Fat Daddio 8″ Square Pan

I love the Fat Daddio pan because it’s heavy duty and it has straight sides. All of your blondies will come out with nice straight edges. These are anodized aluminum for extra durability, hand wash these and you may never have to replace these. I find that with these light colored pans the cooking time is usually toward the longer side. These blondies take the full 35 minutes cooking time in my oven.

 Fat Daddio's PSQ-882 Anodized Aluminum Square Cake Pan, 8 x 2 Inch

Reynolds Parchment Paper with Smart Grid

The lines printed on this parchment paper are nothing short of genius. Quickly trim the parchment to fit just about any pan. It only takes me a minute of trimming to get the perfect fit.

Reynolds Parchment Paper with Smart Grid

Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

These are the chocolate chips I use for my Blondies. They have a deep rich flavor and are the perfect foil for the rich buttery batter.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Premium Baking Chips

Walnut Halves and Pieces

These are terrific walnut pieces and come in a great size so you can make up a batch of blondies anytime.

Walnuts halves and pieces

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