Basic Blondies (Plus M&M and Triple Chip!)

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The perfect brownie recipe has been in my life for a very long time. Long enough to make it my signature recipe and very first blog post – see here. The perfect blondie recipe has been more elusive, but I think I’ve found it. These blondies are moist and chewy, incredibly adaptable, and super easy.

While brownies will always occupy the first place in my heart, I love a good blondie. I’ve been on a quest for the perfect blondie recipe for a while now. Some were too cakey, others so moist they seemed perpetually underdone. I wanted a blondie somewhere in the middle. The word I want to use is fudgy, but that seems more applicable to brownies. I suppose fudge isn’t always chocolate… I digress.

A few weeks ago I embarked on an ultimate blondie taste test, as seen here.

I sent my husband to work with 3 different batches and a request for feedback. This recipe, my own hybrid, came out the winner!

Today I’m giving you the basic blondie recipe, with two possible variations – triple chip and M&M. You can add whatever your heart desires – baking chips, nuts, dried fruit, sprinkles – the sky is the limit. You’ll see one of my favourite versions in the coming weeks, and maybe other versions I dream up down the road!

For the basic blondies, you’ll need flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, brown sugar, an egg and vanilla. All stuff that’s probably in your pantry or fridge right now!

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Start by melting the butter and setting it aside to cool for a few minutes. Six tablespoons (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) is the perfect amount to keep the blondies moist but not soggy.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together in a medium bowl.

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Many blondie recipes don’t use any leavening, which makes them quite flat and dense. A tiny bit of baking powder and soda gives them a little lift and a more crumbly texture.

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In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and butter until smooth. If there are any brown sugar lumps, squish them with a spoon or fish them out.

Add the egg and vanilla and whisk until combined.

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Add your dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until everything is combined.

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If you like your blondies plain, you can bake them as is. I like to jazz them up with some add-ins. Add 1 to 1 ½ cups of your chosen additions.

I did one batch with M&Ms and chocolate chips.

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And another with chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch chips. Milk chocolate and peanut butter chips is a fun combo too.

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Pour the batter into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan and smooth the top. If you’d like, sprinkle an additional 1 – 2 tablespoons of your add-ins on top.

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Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.

Let the blondies cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Basic Blondies

  • Servings: 16 squares
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup add-ins of choice (baking chips, nuts, dried fruit, candy, sprinkles)*

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and butter until smooth. If there are any brown sugar lumps, squish them with a spoon or fish them out.

Add the egg and vanilla and whisk until combined.

Add dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until everything is combined.

Mix in add-ins of choice.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with an additional 1 – 2 tablespoons add-ins, if desired.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.

Let the blondies cool completely before cutting into squares.

The blondies will keep for several days in an airtight container at room temperature.

*For M&M Chip Blondies, add ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and ½ cup M&Ms to the batter. Sprinkle additional M&Ms on top.

* For Triple Chip Blondies, add 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/3 cup white chocolate chips and 1/3 cup butterscotch chips.

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9 thoughts on “Basic Blondies (Plus M&M and Triple Chip!)

    • bluenosebaker says:

      They’re a great thing to make when you need a sweet treat fast, without a trip to the grocery store! And since the butter is melted, you don’t need to wait for it to soften or get out the mixer either!

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