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Easy, fast blondies are the perfect kid-friendly treat. Enjoy the soft, chewy texture and delightful honey flavor.

overhead of blondies with bowls of chocolate chips and macadamia nuts

Blondies are super easy to make, but they are packed with moisture and flavor. It’s so easy to see why they are a time-honored classic.

While blondies’ younger sibling, brownies, is more famous, blondies existed in recipe books 10 years before chocolate was even widely in use around 1906.

What is a blondie? Instead of chocolate, these bars rely on the blend of vanilla, honey, and brown sugar.

They create a buttery honey flavor. While blondies are not overly sweet, they do have a wonderful soft, chewy texture.

They are also great without the mix-ins. Blonde brownies work well in a sundae with ice cream and caramel sauce.


Why this recipe works

  • The ratio of butter, sugar and egg leaves you with a soft, yet chewy texture.
  • Surprisingly, these bars aren’t overly sweet. And, the hint of honey makes them perfect without any mix-ins.
  • Baking powder allows the bars to bake up tall and thick.

Ready to enjoy in just 45 minutes, these blondies are so easy to make and even easier to eat.

blonde brownie with a bite taken out

Ingredients and substitutions

Whip together this super easy blondies recipe with common pantry ingredients in no time at all. Let’s discuss just a few of the key ingredients:

This is a short overview of the ingredients I used and why I chose them. The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the post!

  • Flour, baking powder, & salt: All-purpose flour works best. Baking powder acts as the leavening agent, while salt balances the sweetness.
  • Butter & eggs: These add the soft, chewy texture to the blondies. When you use salted butter, omit additional salt.
  • Brown sugar, honey, & vanilla: This trio creates the well-known butterscotch flavor of the blondie. Dark or light brown sugar works. You can also omit honey.
  • Mix-ins: While Macadamia nuts are traditional, you can substitute with toasted walnuts or pecans. Also, any type of chocolate chips will work – white, dark, etc.

How to make blondies

1. Mix the dough

Begin by preparing the oven and your baking dish. Then, you will combine ingredients to form the dough.

a glass bowl with creamed butter and sugar, a bowl of blondie dough, and a bowl of dough with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips
  1. Adjust your oven rack as described in the recipe and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Then, prepare your pan with a liner (aluminum foil or parchment paper) and cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Then, use a whisk to blend.
  4. Grab your mixer. While on medium speed, beat the unsalted butter until very creamy in a large bowl.
  5. Then, beat in sugar and honey until mixed. Also, beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix after adding each egg.
  6. Scrape down the bowl. Then, beat in the vanilla.
  7. While at low speed, add in the flour mixture until just mixed.

2. Bake

Place blondies batter into the pan and bake until doneness is reached via the toothpick test.

blondie batter spread into pan next to baked blondies in pan on wire rack
  1. Evenly spread the batter into your prepared pan.
  2. Then, place in the oven. The baking time is 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.
  3. Cool in the pan until the blondies reach room temperature. Then, refrigerate until firm.
  4. Finally, gently lift them out of the pan with the liner.
  5. Cut into 2-inch golden brown squares or your desired size or shape.

Jen’s Best tips

  • Don’t overmix the dough. Once the dry ingredients are added, mix just until no streaks of dry flour are visible.
  • Bake on the lower-third rack. This is just below the center of the oven.
  • Take care not to overbake or they’ll turn hard.
blondie dessert bars with one propped up so the inside is visible

Storing & Freezing

To store: Store your blondies for no more than 1 week in an airtight container at room temperature.

To Freeze: Place any leftover blondies in an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag. Then, store them for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to use them, thaw overnight in the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving.


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three blondie stacked

Blondies

Yield: 16 blondies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies will be on your list of favorite bar desserts. This recipe is so tasty that you won’t want another blondie dessert. Not only are these blondies super delicious, but they are extremely easy to make. They take just a few minutes to whip up and are ready to enjoy in just 45 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (170 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups (262 g) light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (80 g) macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup (150 g) white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Move the oven rack to just below the center of the oven and heat to 350ºF degrees. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to a medium bowl. Stir with a whisk to combine.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until very creamy.
  4. Beat in the sugar and the honey until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed just until incorporated. Using a silicone spatula, fold in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips just until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.
  7. Cool in the pan to room temperature, then refrigerate until firm; about 2 hours.
  8. Lift the blondies out of the pan with the parchment or foil. Cut into 2-inch squares or the desired size.

Notes

Butter: Salted butter can be used in place of unsalted. Omit the additional salt in the recipe.

Brown sugar: Light or dark brown will work great with this recipe.

Honey: If you don't have honey, simply omit it. Maple syrup can be an alternative if you prefer that flavor.

Macadamia nuts: Toasted walnuts or pecans are great substitutions.

Chocolate chips: White chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, or any combination of two will work beautifully with the recipe.

Make ahead tip

  1. Blondies will keep for up to 1 week stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
  2. Or they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Place them in an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 blondie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

* Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy by an online nutrition calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Always seek advice from a nutritionist or medical professional.

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7 Comments

  1. Jean Currie says:

    @Jen Sobjack, Now it says 2 teaspoons. Is that right or should it be 2 and 1/2 teaspoons?

  2. I made These exactly as directed. Baked at 350 for 25 minutes. The outside pieces were browned and dry cake- like. All the inside pieces were almost raw. Any ideas on why this would happen? Thanks!!

    1. The only thing I can think of is the oven temperature may not be accurate. Do you have an oven thermometer so you double check that your oven is in fact reaching the set temperature?

  3. White chocolate macadamia nut is always a winning combo. These look delicious!

    1. Thank you, Joanie! They disappeared quite fast. Definitely one of our favorites.