Real Blondies

28 Jul

To those of you who make chocolate chip cookie bars and call them blondies, I love you, but knock it off. Chocolate chip cookie recipes make delicious bars, but they’re not blondies, which are their own little bits of sweet heaven.

The difference between the two is simple: brown sugar. Blondies are made only with brown sugar, so they have a wonderful molasses taste and fantastic tooth feel to them. Just like a really good brownie, blondies are chewy. You get that both from the brown sugar and from melting together the sugar and butter before you mix everything else in. Don’t skip the melt, or you’ll get grainy bars.

I’ve had this recipe since college sometime. As I recall from way back when, the only real change I made was to ditch the nuts in the original and up the vanilla as we’ve chatted about before.

Do not, not, not overbake these. If you lose the chewy, you lose what makes these great blondies. I’d go about 22 minutes in metal and about 30 in Pyrex (assuming your oven temperature is true or you’ve compensated for an off-thermostat), but no longer.


2 cups packed light brown sugar

2/3 cup unsalted butter

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Grease a 13 x 9 pan and heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt together sugar and butter until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.

Cool butter/sugar mixture slightly (you don’t want scrambled eggs) and then with a mixer, stir in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

Pour mixture into baking pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake for 22 – 30 minutes and let cool. Easiest to slice while still slightly warm.

2 Responses to “Real Blondies”

  1. Tracey July 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Um, YUM!!! Does the butter have to be unsalted? Do I need to make an unsalted butter run this afternoon or can I use what I have?

  2. Kim July 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    You can use salted. You’ll just get a slightly different taste. 🙂

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