Perfect Blondies

This easy blondies recipe is the best I’ve made. Since we use melted butter, these blondies are so easy to make and taste amazing! I bet you already have everything you need in your kitchen right now!

Easy Blondies Recipe Video

My family goes bonkers for these blondies. They are gooey, fudgy in the middle, and taste like rich, buttery caramel.

Use melted butter, which is excellent, or you can add extra flavor by browning your butter first. I’ve shown how to brown butter for blondies below.

The Best Blondies

Key Ingredients

  • Butter: Makes these rich and delicious. For an extra toasty flavor, brown the butter, as in our video. I also explain how to make brown butter here.
  • Brown sugar: Makes our blondies taste like sweet caramel. I love using dark brown sugar when making these for even more flavor.
  • Egg: Provides structure and makes our blondies fudgy in the middle. Use a room-temperature egg (or close to it) for the best results. It mixes much better into the batter. To quickly warm up your egg, place it in a bowl of lukewarm water for 5 minutes before adding it to the batter.
  • Vanilla and salt: Make these taste amazing. If you have almond extract on hand, add a little dash (it’s delicious).
  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour, which provides some structure, although I don’t use much of it. Like when making our favorite brownies, we only add a little flour to the batter (more flour results in a cakey, drier texture).
  • Chocolate chips: I love chocolate chip blondies, but I’ve provided tips for using other add-ins to our recipe.

How to Make the Best Blondies

Blondies are super simple to make. You’ll start with your butter. I love to brown my butter for brown butter blondies, but plain melted butter will work in this recipe, too.

If you want to brown your butter, swirl it in a saucepan over medium-low heat. It will melt, turn foamy, and finally start turning brown. When your butter looks light brown and smells nutty, it’s ready!

Whisk the butter into the sugar, then add the egg, vanilla, and salt. When that’s blended, stir in the flour and the chocolate chips.

How to Make Blondies - Pouring the batter into baking pan

Our blondie batter is thick, so you might need to spread it in your baking pan (I use an 8-inch x 8-inch pan). Then bake them in a 350°F oven until the edges look dry and the middle looks shiny and slightly underbaked. Just like brownies, the blondies will continue to cook and firm up in the middle as they cool.

I love how fudgy and gooey these blondies turn out. With our recipe, the blondies will be around 1/2-inch thick. We love them this way, but if you want to make thicker blondies, add some baking powder to your batter (tips for baking powder are below the recipe).

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Storing Homemade Blondies

Keep your baked blondies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Or store them in the fridge for 2 weeks. You can also freeze blondies for up to 3 months! I like wrapping them individually so I can take one or two out of the freezer.

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Perfect Blondies Recipe

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This is my favorite blondie recipe. It makes dense, rich, and fudgy blondies with a paper-thin, crinkly top. If you have it, use dark brown sugar. In our video, we use browned butter (adding an extra 5 minutes to the prep time). You can use plain melted butter in this recipe, but brown butter adds a lovely, toasty caramel flavor.

Makes 16 bars

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

8 tablespoons (115g) unsalted butter, 1 stick

1 cup (190g) lightly packed dark or light brown sugar

1 large egg at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional

1/4 rounded teaspoon fine sea salt, decrease a little if sensitive to salt

1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour

1 cup (170g) chocolate chips

1/2 cup optional extras like toasted nuts, dried fruit, or shredded coconut

Directions

    1Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Lightly butter and line an 8-inch by 8-inch metal baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

    2Melt the butter or make brown butter (brown butter adds a toasted flavor). To brown butter, add the butter to a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heat. As the butter melts, continuously swirl it around the pan. It will melt, get a little foamy, and finally turn golden brown. Remove it from the heat when the butter is light brown and smells nutty.

    3Whisk the warm butter into the brown sugar until blended. The mixture will look greasy and gritty. Set aside for a few minutes to cool.

    4When the sugar and butter mixture is warm, not hot, add the egg, vanilla, almond extract (optional), and salt. Stir until smooth and ever so slightly lighter in color.

    5Add the flour in two additions, gently folding it into the batter after each addition until you no longer see streaks of flour.

    6Stir in the chocolate chips and any additional add-ins like nuts or dried fruit.

    7Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. It just covers the bottom of the pan. The batter is very thick, so gently pressing the batter into the corners helps.

    8Bake the blondies until the edges look dry and the middle looks shiny and slightly underbaked, 20 to 30 minutes.

    9Cool to room temperature before removing from the pan — this step is essential and helps the blondies set. Cut into 16 squares. Don’t be surprised if the blondies have not risen much (they should be about 1/2-inch thick). These are intended to be dense, rich, and a little fudgy.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Baking powder: I prefer these blondies without baking powder (they are fudgy), but if you want taller 1-inch blondies, whisk 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder with the flour before adding to the batter.
  • Baking tips: We consistently achieve excellent results when baking these blondies in a 350°F oven for 23 minutes. Ovens vary, and bake time can be affected by the pan you have used. We remove the pan when the top looks shiny and light golden brown. The batter might still look slightly wet if there are cracks, but the middle should not wiggle like jello.
  • Baking pan: We recommend using an 8×8-inch metal square pan (ours is from USA Pans), as it provides consistent heat distribution and baking results. Glass and ceramic pans are okay. Due to their different heat transfer properties, they may require a longer baking time.
  • Doubling the recipe: Double all the ingredients and bake in a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan. They will be slightly thicker. The bake time will be similar, but keep an eye on them and use our visual cues in the recipe as a guide.
  • The recipe is slightly adapted from Mark Bittman’s cookbook, “How to Cook Everything” (highly recommended), via Smitten Kitchen.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. The calculations include 1 cup of chocolate chips.
Nutrition Per Serving Calories 168 / Protein 2 g / Carbohydrate 22 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 15 g / Total Fat 9 g / Saturated Fat 6 g / Cholesterol 27 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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  • Taylor May 26, 2024, 5:39 pm

    These were perfect! We loved these blondies! Next time I plan to add more almond flavor!

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  • Lynne April 5, 2024, 6:35 pm

    I have been looking for a perfect brownie for years. Your recipe fits all my requirements … the flavour, the fudgey chewiness, the slight crispness on the top and edges is so good! I followed the recipe exactly. Next time I’m going to double it because they don’t last long enough! Thank you!

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  • Liz March 28, 2024, 2:15 pm

    I used to make Blondies as a teenager (long ago) and have lost the recipe. These Easy Blondies live up to their name AND and even better than the ones that I remember. Thanks so much!

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  • Kevin January 22, 2024, 3:03 pm

    I have made these several times and they taste awesome. My question is why am I not getting the shiny top? I double the recipe since I like thicker blondies. I add the baking powder, chips and walnuts. I bake it for about 35-40 minutes since it’s much thicker. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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    • Joanne May 2, 2024, 5:31 pm

      Hi Kevin, It might be the baking powder (but I am not 100% sure on that). The shiny top is the sugar moving up through the batter as they bake. Mixing the butter into the HOT butter helps a lot (do you do this?). Hope that helps.

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  • Megan January 20, 2024, 9:58 pm

    Holy smokes! I’m just in shock of how delicious these are! I randomly googled, “easy saturday night dessert,” and stumbled upon this. I just wanted to make something easy, delicious and quick! This was a WINNER and so different from what we normally make. My tops didn’t turn out quite like the recipe but still amazing! Great job!

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  • Paula January 17, 2024, 6:15 pm

    This recipe was very easy to follow and the results are great. Very crunchy and chewy at the same time. I was very pleased with the Blondie’s.

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    • Joanne May 3, 2024, 11:43 am

      Hi Paula, So happy you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for coming back and letting us know.

      Reply

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