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Easy Blonde Brownies

Easy Blonde Brownies

 

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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  We love all kinds of brownies!  “So what is a blonde brownie?” you may ask.  Blonde brownies, or as some people call them “blondies,” are very similar to a brownie except you don’t use cocoa. Instead, you use brown sugar which gives them a rich, cookie-like flavor and texture. They’re buttery, chewy, and packed with chocolate chips and chopped pecans. YUM!

 

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These blonde brownies are like a giant square chocolate chip cookie, so for that reason, this recipe may also be known as chocolate chip cookie bars.  No matter what you call them, they are delicious and everyone will love them.

 

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Kids love to help in the kitchen.  This easy baking recipe is perfect for when the kids want to help make a dessert.  No mixer is required; just a bowl and a whisk are needed and a little help with measuring.  Adult supervision is required any time a stove or oven is used. 

 

Take these easy blondies to the office, your child’s school function, or give them to your favorite military service person.  Or simply treat yourself to something sweet “just because.”  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side or on top.  Now that IS a treat, my friend!

 

Ingredients for this Blonde Brownie Recipe

Butter

Light Brown Sugar

Egg

All-Purpose Flour

Baking Powder

Salt

Vanilla Extract

Chopped Pecans

Chocolate Chips

 

How to Make Blonde Brownies

STEP 1:  Preheat oven to 350.  Spray an 8 x 8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.  I suggest cutting a strip of parchment paper and laying it inside the pan/dish as well, leaving several inches of overlap so you can use as handles later to lift the brownies out of the pan after they’ve cooled.  This helps with easy removal of the cooked blondies from the pan.  Be sure to spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray as well if you choose to use it.

 

 

STEP 2:  Melt the butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl for about 30 seconds.  Blend in the brown sugar and egg.  A whisk works well for the blending.  No need for an electric mixer unless you just want to use one…but don’t overmix.  Blend just enough for the ingredients to mix well.

 

blond brownie batter

 

STEP 3:  Add flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.  Mix well.

 

blond brownie batter with nuts and chocolate chips

 

STEP 4:  Stir in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips.

 

blended blond brownie batter with nuts and chocolate chips

 

STEP 5:  Spread into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool before slicing into squares.  If you used the parchment paper, gently lift the entire brownie out of the pan using the sides of the parchment paper as handles.

 

unbaked blond brownies
BEFORE BAKING

 

baked blond brownies
AFTER BAKING

 

Earlier, I mentioned this recipe is versatile.  Below is a list of substitutions that work quite well with this recipe:

 

  • M&Ms
  • white chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • toffee bits
  • butterscotch chips
  • chopped walnuts

 

baked blondies

 

How Long will Cookie Dough Last in the Refrigerator?

This cookie dough will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.  Store covered.  I like to use the BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 20 piece set of glass food storage containers with snap locking lids. Love them!

 

Can you Freeze Homemade Cookie Dough?

You can freeze this cookie dough for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake the blondies, thaw the dough in the refrigerator, then place on your countertop and allow to come to room temperature.  Then bake as directed. 

 

How to Store Baked Blondies

Store baked blondies in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days.  You can also refrigerate baked blondies for up to a week.  When ready to enjoy a refrigerated brownie, place it on a microwave-safe place and heat in the microwave for just a few seconds.  Very good! 

 

chocolate chip cookie bars

 

 

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Easy Blonde Brownies

Blonde brownies are made with flour, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips.  Also known as blondies, this easy dessert recipe is versatile and perfect for any occasion!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 squares

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.  Spray an 8 x 8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.  I suggest cutting a strip of parchment paper and laying it inside the pan/dish as well, leaving several inches of overlap so you can use as handles later to lift the brownies out of the pan after they've cooled.  This helps with easy removal of the cooked blondies from the pan.  Be sure to spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray as well if you choose to use it.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl for about 30 seconds.  Blend in the brown sugar and egg.  A whisk works well for the blending.  No need for an electric mixer unless you just want to use one...but don't overmix.  Blend just enough for the ingredients to mix well.
  • Add flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.  Mix well.
  • Stir in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Spread into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool before slicing into squares.  If you used the parchment paper, gently lift the entire brownie out of the pan using the sides of the parchment paper as handles.
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Love cookie bar recipes?  Try my Italian Cream Cake Cookie Bars.   They taste just like the classic Italian Cream Cake, except in convenient bars!  Head over to The Slow Roasted Italian for the best ever Pecan Pie Bars recipe!

 

If you try this recipe, let me know.  I’d love to hear from you!

 



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